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Ive been looking through assorted threads and it seems to be agreed that cycling with headphones is a bit of a no no, however I'm pretty music driven when it comes to getting out and about. Has anyone had any experience with bicycle stereos? I have found links to a few online but it would be nice to hear if anyone has had any problems/ outstanding audio quality.I don't know that it is agreed. My advice, either forgo the music or use loose fitting ear buds and keep the volume fairly low. Some people use one ear bud. Personally I just skip the music when I am riding, sing, or "play music in my head". I might have listened to music if I had my iPod along when on some of the nearly deserted roads I crossed Kansas on.
Great comments! Thanks for the time to explain all that you have to me about a good journal! Really great! I agree with the importance of details and lots of description to bring the reader to where you are trying to explain.Good luck turning your life around. A cross country tour can be a life changing experience, I hope it is for you.
For me this trip will be a lot about starting life over again. I come from an addiction that stole my life and will be writing a lot about just thoughts of what was and what now is. What I look forward to most is those times of sitting on the edge of a mountain having the deepest of thoughts and analyzing life itself. I think my journal will be an autobiography mixed with the beauty of life and the experience of experiencing life to the fullest. Something like that.
I do want to have a journal worth reading. What I really want is a life worth reading and I think this trip adds an interesting chapter or two to my life. I feel like I am among many interesting people when i am on this forum. Thanks for all the comments!
In addition to everything else already said - be yourself. If your personality is appealing to at least one other person on this planet it is not because - I hope - you are pretending to be someone you are not. My guess is you have your circle of friends and they like you because of who you are. Your journal should be the same way. Don't try to win my attention trying to be someone you are not. The people I gravitate to (authors are the same) pull my attention because of something unique or particular about their personality that comes out in their words.It all depends on what you want the journal to be. A few possible goals might be.
While sitting that's fine. Try it while standingI've am in the brifter camp, but down tube shifters are my second choice. I have never had a problem shifting while standing and do not find it particularly awkward. I actually have found bar ends more awkward than down tube shifters both when sitting and standing.
Henk There is a book called "bicycling the pacific coast" that gives great route information.It is a very nice book but is probably getting a bit out of date wrt services.
I am in decent shape and I'd like to complete the trip in under 49 days.No trike experience here, but 49 days doesn't sound like an unreasonable amount of time to complete a ST. It works out to 63 miles per day, definitely in the normal range.
I wouldn't give up too quick on a saddle. There may be no break in for the saddle, but we can break in to the saddle to some extent. I know that I hated the one that came on my Windsor but after a few hundred miles I got used to it. I have since done a TA and a couple other longish tours with no saddle issues whatsoever. I have always managed to adjust to the stock saddles on all my bikes though.Thanks for the reply nagabiker, how long did it take you to break in the Terry Ti? I having a hard time, the best saddle I had was a San Marco Seele leather it rode like a dream from mile1.
Hmmmm... no breakin for the Terry -- it's a plastic-base seat, so it pretty much is what it is. If it doesn't feel good to you now (assuming your butt's in riding condition ) it probably never will.