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Gear Talk / Re: fenders....fairly lame question.
« on: September 14, 2009, 06:35:52 am »
Hi I always use fenders - it's not so much the getting wet for me but muck that the tyres throw up off the road and getting things clean is sometimes a problem when camping.  So my vote is to keep the mud and muck off me as much as possible.

Routes / SE to NW or NW to SE - ?wind direction
« on: September 08, 2009, 04:34:44 pm »
Trying to find what would be the most favourable way to go between Florida  and Vancouver and not have to battle head winds all the way. Is is heading north or start from Vancouver?

Planning to leave mid April 2010
 Does anyone have any experience/knowledge of this?  Be very grateful for any pointers.

Thanks Tony

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddle break in period
« on: September 06, 2009, 03:08:16 pm »
Hi guys does anyone know where to buy a fleece saddle cover - I have used one years ago and really helped in the hot (dry) weather to keep me comfortable.  Can't track anyone who makes them down.  Just got a new Brooks so need a bit of comfort to start with!

Routes / Re: Riding across America
« on: September 04, 2009, 05:04:54 pm »
Hi, only ever done the ST but crossed Canada previously.  Enjoyed ST more as country side more varied.  Def go west to east as should pick up some good tail winds (not always though) Plus you can cut distance off from the ACA route by crossing Texas from Kent to St Francisville La following the 190 (hope I have that right - will check later) Don't go passed Red Chilli birger stand - great!!!

Be interested in what route the tour group is taking - good luck and enjoy.

Routes / Re: Orlando to Banff any cheats, hints, or helps
« on: September 03, 2009, 01:29:02 pm »
Hi Amy, very interested as to how you got on and the route you took.  I guess by now you will have finished the trip.  I plan to do a trip very similar next spring.  Although I live in UK I have a holiday home in Celebration, Kissimmee .  Any tips would be much appreciated.

Thanks Tony

General Discussion / Re: Tips on keeping a touring group together
« on: September 03, 2009, 01:17:58 pm »
Having toured with a group from the ACA Companions Wanted list - I would always prefer to be on my own.  Not because there was anything wrong with  any of the guys.  It was just that we all had different ideas about speed and distance and duration, despite being very clear at the outset what kind of ride it would be.  Virtually at the start the group split into two, two guys got into a scuffle! Some dropped out along the way and the best time I had was when the last person dropped out half way and I finished off on my own.  Prior to this I had done several long distance ride around the world on my own, so I guess that is what suits me.

Again don't get me wrong as I am still in touch with most of the group as we remain friends.
Ps check out anyone who snores as you need a good nights sleep as against saving money on motel rooms :)

Routes / Re: Riding across America
« on: September 03, 2009, 01:03:32 pm »
Hi, is it me or doing the ST in 40 days seems amazing - having just taken 3 months to do it.  I do tend to meander and talk to people a bit much, but fortunately don't have the time restrictions you have. For me unsupported gives me those options.  With such a short time would agree go unsupported and do as much as you can while smelling the roses.  And pick up where you left off next time. And spend the money you don't pay the tour companies on nice motel each night!!

Whatever you decide have a great time as there is nothing like it.  Mmm have to say having someone carry your gear does have a certain appeal! Good luck

General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: September 01, 2009, 02:50:48 pm »
Hi justbarb let us know how you get on.  Bet you have a great time and it is just as exciting heading out on a new trip regardless as to how many times you have done it before.  I have done several long hauls before but still get unbearable excited plus quite a bit of anxiety mixed in like "can I do this".  But just heading out that first morning there is no other feeling quite like it.

I'm sure I'm not the only who feels like this - am I?

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier East to West.
« on: August 31, 2009, 11:12:51 am »
Hi, I'll be in Florida around October and could possibly do a fortnight or so.  Where are you?  My house is in Celebration, Kissimmee and cycled the Southern Tier earlier this year.  Great time and planning to cycle Florida to Vancouver in the spring.  Be good to catch up anyway as always interested in other travellers tales..

South Atlantic / Re: West coast trails
« on: August 26, 2009, 02:26:09 pm »
Hi as you are in Tallahassee wondered if you have any good suggestions regarding a route from Tallahassee to join up with the ACA Underground Railway heading north.  I want to kinda go diagonally up to meet it rather than along the coast.  Will be arriving in Tallahassee via the St Marks trail.
Thanks Tony

South Atlantic / Re: Florida Rides
« on: August 26, 2009, 02:21:25 pm »
Hi Todd
yes that's the one I think it is excellent and def recommend it - coming from the UK - it's sometimes hard to get local information as I tend to stay only for a couple of weeks at a time.  Have a house in Celebration.  So if anyone can recommend good ride in that area be very gratefull.  Plan to buy a van when over next time to transport the bike further afield. 

General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: August 19, 2009, 01:18:27 pm »
Hi Jack, over in Southampton, too far away?  or are you meaning to cycle over in the USA?  up for both!

General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 15, 2009, 12:43:59 pm »
Hi Ronn - not too sure to what to say about cycling shorts except that I have done a lot of tours in regular soccer shorts.  Is it the material or just the look?  My last tour - southern Tier - suffered badly with heavily padded cycle shorts (good quality shorts) as the padding never wicked the sweat away and was like wearing a soggy diaper - not good.  Changed to shorts with just a chamois in - much better and shorts not the tight fitting type.

My advise for prep is to get as fit as possible, plan exhaustively as to a realistic number of miles you feel able to accomplish on a daily basis.  Start off modestly and build up as you get fitter.

Check out your route on Google Earth, masses of info there in conjunction with ACA maps. 

Spend your money on having your wheels built and best quality tyres.  I have my wheels built crossing the spokes over 4 times, gives me extra strength to take my weight 90kg  and pack.  Actually loads of good info on this forum, but like mine everyone has their own view on kit.  Which is why cycling is always so interesting.

In the end just go for it and enjoy = good luck.
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Corridor Plan Updates & Routing Within Corridors / Re: Southern IL Route
« on: August 14, 2009, 01:34:04 pm »
Hi Schaser, hope you don't mind that I'm from UK but a lot of long distant cyclists are from out of country.  ;) I'm about to embark on my 3rd cross country ride and will be heading up sort of that way so also would be interested in any planned routes as makes life a bit easier for me.  Or any info in that area.

Many thanks

Gear Talk / Re: For lack of a better title... upgrades
« on: August 10, 2009, 11:20:58 am »
Mirrors you are right absolute must - have always had them fitted really important to know what size vehicle  is coming up behind - I use one that is held on with Velcro, stayed put very well, easy to adjust and easy to take off and use to have a shave.  Who am I kidding about the shave?  But that was the theory.

I always like to pack the absolute minimum and add to it if necessary along the route.  Better than having to dump stuff.

Good luck

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