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Messages - reed523

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General Discussion / Re: "inexpensive" supported tour
« on: April 03, 2012, 08:33:03 am »
Give Oklahoma Freewheel a look.  One week supported.  Inexpensive.  800 rider limit.  Don't judge it until you ride it! 

Have you considered putting your own "supported tour" together?  Find some like minded people and split the driving obligations or find a friend to drive. 

General Discussion / Re: NEW BICYCLE QUESTIONS
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:10:16 pm »
Nice bike.  Should make the trip fine as is.  Only possible exception might be tires.  What does it have on it?

General Discussion / Re: Hello, I have some questions. help us plz.
« on: February 01, 2012, 07:49:46 am »
Spending time studying Crazy Guy journals is a good recommendation.  McDonalds are plentiful but there are other sources of free wi fi including public libraries, coffee shops, other restaurants. 

Warm Showers is excellent but there will be many places where you will be unable to find a host so you will need to plan on camping or staying in motels.  KOA is a national chain of campgrounds that you can easily look at on the web.  Of course, there are many, many others including state parks and national parks.  There are also many private campgrounds, especially in areas frequented by tourists.

As far as timing, I would think late May, early June departure would be about right.  You will encounter all kinds of temperatures along the way but nothing too dramatic.

Good luck with your journey! 

General Discussion / Re: Favorite Eating Spots
« on: January 26, 2012, 07:46:34 pm »
Guadalajara Mexican Food in South Dakota.  I ate in Pierre but it looks like they have one in Brookings and Spearfish as well.  The food was very good but the "soapapilla" was  :o  Served on a pizza pan and featured chocolate syrup, honey, whipped cream and cinnamon! 

You should really take a hard look at your route and detour through Ontario and stop at Slickers Ice Cream in Broomfield :)  Top it off with some amazing desert from the bakery across the street.  While you are in town, Broomfield Bike shop is a fun place-they don't charge tourers on labor for repairs.

General Discussion / Re: No ride reports???
« on: January 17, 2012, 09:32:18 pm »
Woohoo!  Another Advrider fan!  I guess you know about the bike subforums down in the bowels?

Agreed that it sets the standard but Crazyguy will grow on you once you get comfortable with the navigation.  Bikeforums also has a touring subforum.


Sounds like you are good to go on fitness and the Trek will do fine on a supported tour as long as the geometry works for you day after day.  For me (your age), going to a touring bike made a huge difference in comfort.  You might consider slipping over to Texas this winter and ride in the Davis Mountains to see how it goes.  Plenty of climbing, decent elevation, and spectacular scenery - road or mountain bike. 

Welcome to touring.  You are going to love it.

General Discussion / Re: Crossing Canadian Border
« on: January 16, 2012, 09:35:24 pm »
I crossed the border into Canada at Cape Vincent onto Wolfe Island.  Very low key and uncrowded plus a couple of ferry rides to boot!

First sign said "Welcome to Canada"
Second sign said "Watch for Bikes"
Third sign said "Hands free devices only"

It was love at first sight!!

General Discussion / Re: Computers and the bike
« on: November 06, 2011, 08:02:36 pm »
I used a EeePC netbook on my 66 day ride this summer.  Well worth it IMO.  2 of us used it to check email, store pictures (over 1500), and keep a crazyguy journal and blog current.  Keeping it charged was never an issue.  On a related note, i was very surprised how unreliable my att blackberry was.  Had we been relying on it for directions or regular communications, we would have been in deep trouble.


General Discussion / Re: Stupid Hotel Question
« on: October 30, 2011, 11:23:04 am »
Another plug for Warmshowers.  We were hosted 10 nights on our recent cross country (and were not on ACA routes most of the way).  Awesome hosts.  I can't say enough kind things about the people that cared for us.  I might also mention that the National Parks have a "no turn away" policy for cyclists in campgrounds, even when advertised as full. 

I was also amazed at how many places we were able to stay after friends and family had a look at our route.  Here's just one example.  My best friend from high school (back in the 70's) was looking at the route and noticed he had a cousin near the route up in Montana.  Sure enough, they were 3 blocks off our route and were glad to invite us in.  We had 7 of these along the way. 

Have a great trip!

Here in the NW I have been poured on every month of the year, sometimes far from any acceptable shelter.  I bring light weight "waterproof" jersey and keep pedaling.  I rarely use rain pants in the summer, but just let the legs get wet.  If in the mountains, though, it can get too cold so I bring leg warmers and wear them if I'm getting too wet.  Hypothermia can be an issue in the mountains any time of the year.

Ditto on the hypothermia and it doesn't have to be in the mountains.  The coldest I have ever been on a bike was in Oklahoma in June.  Freak cold front and all day driving rain storm. (I was known as blue lips for the rest of the trip!)  I have not left the house without some sort of rain protection since, and the better quality stuff sure makes it more pleasant to manage heat.

Gear Talk / Re: Could a cyclo-cross bike do?
« on: September 28, 2011, 06:32:11 pm »
I don't know if this helps or not but here is my 2 cents.  I just completed a cross country with a girl who rode a Specialized Tricross.  She abused it badly with her packing style and it held up fine.  About a week into the ride, her low budget rear panniers failed and so she just overpacked her front ortliebs (brimming to the top) and put everything else into one big bag on top of her rear rack.  I would have bet the farm the bike (or at least the racks) would have broken but she had no issues at all.

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Has anyone ridden any parts of route 66?
« on: August 27, 2011, 10:32:42 pm »
I've ridden the Oklahoma and Texas portions many times, but only on a motorcycle (or in a car).  I can only think of one section that is even borderline bicycle friendly.  If you have specific questions, i'll try to get you some better information. 

You mention a possible spring crossing.  LOTS of gusty winds (high) combined with miles and miles of interstate dominated with truck traffic.  Not fun.

Good luck,

General Discussion / Re: Getting a Bike to where you are going
« on: May 29, 2011, 08:18:40 am »
We are leaving this week driving from Oklahoma to Maine.  Our drivers situation was uncertain a while back so be looked at one way rentals.  Be aware that they sell out well in advance of holiday times.  We could not find anything even close to big enough to haul 3 of us with our bikes and gear for this week.  The companies seriously interested in one way rentals are few are far between.  Hertz and Avis were all we could locate.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks Saddle - Some helpful tips before I purchase
« on: May 11, 2011, 07:54:00 pm »
Very pleased with my B17.  One thing you don't see mentioned much is that there is limited fore-aft adjustment, seemingly about half what my other saddles offer.

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