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Gear Talk / MTB for touring
« on: August 19, 2008, 10:36:31 pm »
If you can get one of the bikes on the road and do some touring you'll get a much better idea of what you want than you have today. Maybe you'll be perfectly happy with your MTB for years. If not they'll be specific things you care about and you can do a good job of picking the next bike.

I toured on a MTB, a 700c bike, and the 26" Novara Safari. I ended up learning that I liked 26" wheels because of the selection of tires. I can go on-road and off-road on the same tour just fine.

« on: August 19, 2008, 10:41:35 pm »
The toughest problem for many of us is actually finding touring bikes to try. Most LBS don't carry many, if any models. Since you're in NY City you can probably buy any bike that's ever existed. One approach would be to find a few LBS so you can look at several touring bikes. Maybe you'll find one that has both a bike you like and touring expertise and friendly folks.

I'm not answering your question of course... but just another idea.

Gear Talk / Need Gear Advise for a Randonee
« on: August 19, 2008, 10:44:57 pm »
Just got back on the forums after several months away. I've got a Randonee as well and have the GT-54s and GT-18s on mine and they fit great and ride well. I love those panniers as much as my bike itself.

Enjoy the Randonee, I think they've made some great improvements since I bought mine several years ago.

Routes / Allegheny Bike Route
« on: September 16, 2008, 11:30:56 pm »
Amy, would it be reasonable to find stealth camping areas along the trail? Or would you pretty much have to stick to the campgrounds shown on the ACA map?

Routes / Allegheny Bike Route
« on: September 08, 2008, 02:58:17 pm »
I'll be doing the Alleghany route in October so I'm also curious to see what you guys here in this thread.

My parents are dropping my brother and I off and picking us up. We'll ride however many miles we ride but looking to do a little under 300 miles over 8 days.

General Discussion / Meeting People on Tour
« on: August 20, 2008, 12:02:28 am »
That's certainly a popular route. I rode it a year ago with my brother and we met numerous other folks every day. We chatted with some of them at campgrounds and were invited to share dinner, etc., pretty easy to meet people.

I second the statement that I'm not sure about that time of year. I'm trying to remember when we did ours... it was early June I believe.

Actually, the Olympic Peninsula was pretty deserted, didn't meet many folks on that route, but hitting Oregon it got real busy (both traffic and cyclist - wise). We didn't ride any of California (yet).

General Discussion / Maine bike tour questions
« on: August 19, 2008, 11:56:30 pm »
I have shipped bicycles to bike shops and hotels both with good success. Fed Ex has been by far the cheapest. I like to build the bike myself rather than trust an unknown mechanic to put it together.

I have recently switched to a Crate Works box which can break down into a pretty small bundle to store somewhere on tour. I formerly used an old bike box from an LBS before each tour, which was cheaper to ship (smaller) but a darn tight fit.

Shipping the bike also lets me ship an empty white gas container in a bottle holder, which the airlines won't accept. And I can verify that the bike is there in advance, minimizing the chances of showing up without a bike.

Let us know how the tour goes, I've been interested in seeing some of Maine but not sure if by bike or car.

General Discussion / Where to camp
« on: September 02, 2008, 11:04:02 pm »
I tend to stealth camp because I really like the peace and quiet of being alone. I do like to clean up regularly so I'll try to find a water source somewhere nearby so at a minimum I can wash up a little if I can't take a shower.

I've had great camping in National Forest and BLM land which are wide open for camping.

We've stayed in some really nice state parks (Washington, Oregon for example) for very good rates.

My least favorite tends to be lager "family" campgrounds like KOAs, and dead last would be a hotel, although I've stayed there to dry off after a long day in the rain once. I think I wore out their hair drier!

General Discussion / Stealth Camping?
« on: February 08, 2008, 08:45:07 am »
I wonder the same thing. For me I try to get a good wash-off each night. If I can do it in the last town I'm in and take it easy until I get to camp, I'm going to try to camp in the woods with complete solitude.

If I have to go to a campground due to lack of woods or to get a shower, I'm fine with that.

It seems to depend on who I travel with. By myself you'll rarely find me in a campground, but with many others I find they are more comfortable staying in a sanctioned campground.

Funny, when traveling around the West there has always been more space for camping than I could ever need but water was tough to find. In the East there's water everywhere but I have a tougher time finding public property.

General Discussion / searching: randonee from novara
« on: February 08, 2008, 08:53:58 am »
I've got a Randonee and love it. Funny enough I was looking at Koga Miyata's in Freising Germany a while back and was near to buying one and shipping it back.

I don't travel to Germany as often as I used to, maybe 1 or 2 times per year. Shoot me an e-mail if you want to coordinate my bringing one over or shipping one to you.

I know the store manager at our local REI, I could also talk with him to see if he can coordinate getting one directly to you.

With the cost of shipping I'm not sure it's worth it unless you really love this bike. Nothing wrong with it, and I love mine. The frame fit me well and that sold me on it.

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