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General Discussion / Re: Safety issues for solo biking
« on: July 07, 2009, 12:13:27 pm »
"Git yourself a gun!" was the advice of the Deputy Sheriff in a little town mid Texas.  Now coming from UK I wouldn't hardly know one end from the other, "you need a gun son" (I'm 61!)  Why?  "Cos the motel you plan on staying in has the biggest 'roaches ever and if you don't git them, they sure as hell gonna git you"

I've cycled many different countries and never felt the need to be armed, follow your instincts and be open to people.

Just finished the \southern Tier, the people I met made it special.  Thanks yanks!

Oh and definately support the use of a mirror.

General Discussion / Re: Cycling and camping in bear country ? !
« on: June 26, 2009, 01:42:46 pm »
Hey they sure can be scarry and of course you need to be sensible re what food you carry and never any in your tent.  I've cycled several places in bear country.  Nearest I came was one stepping out in front of me, just having cycled all day and finished off with a long uphill to the hostal in Jasper, 1/2 of me wanted to shoot off down back the hill, 1/2 though no way will I get back up and 1/2 wanted to take aphoto. Amazing how many halves you can get with a bear a few feet away.  Well Mr Bear totally ignored me and just carried on in his own sweet way.  I tell you was just so exciting.   Don't really want to do exciting again.  Not sure if this is much help, but just like talking about it! Tony

Routes / Re: Texas roads on Southern Tier
« on: June 24, 2009, 01:18:27 pm »
I took the 190 from the Texas border all the way to I10 near Kent and thought it was a great ride. (Bit dodgey around the place just north of Austin)Certainly fared better than some of the guys taking the more southerly ACA route.  Look out for Red Chilies best burgers in Texas!!! Tony

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast or Calgary to Denver through the Rockies?
« on: June 24, 2009, 01:13:50 pm »
Hi having also done quite a bit of the route and seems you have time just make sure you do all the NPs in the
Rockies - they are wonderful.  I liked it so much I turned round and did them again before going down to Vancouver.  Good luck

Routes / Re: Florida Route
« on: June 24, 2009, 01:07:21 pm »
Hi Tony
Have just finished the S Tier and used the St Marks Rail to Trail and the Withalacoochi Trail or also called Tammy Trace.  Sorry about that spelling but nothing to crib from!  Both great for cycling as I came up from Orlando.
Good luck another Tony

General Discussion / Re: Long distance cycling and supliments
« on: January 30, 2009, 10:04:37 am »
many thanks this has been most helpful, and for sure if one could always get a good balanced diet that would be preferable but I think we all know at times it's not always possible.  Have to say the thought of having to eat a Big Mac once in a while fills me with horror.

Anyone interested can follow our progress - I realy like this forum and have learnt so much from other cyclists.

Gear Talk / Re: Where should the weight go?
« on: January 28, 2009, 06:36:50 am »
Hi James,
definately need weight in the front paniers and get them as low as possible. Several reasons, All weight at the back and possible danger of the bike rearing up likea horse, even if you don't get hurt sure as hell makes you look stupid!  Weight distribution all on the rear plus you - puts big strain on the rear wheel.

I like to get as much weight as sensible on the front as seems to give a more positive response to steering especially if needing to avoid something quick - this might just be me of course, be interested if this is based on any actually research.

I also think it helps with the braking again just feels better for me. 

General Discussion / Long distance cycling and supliments
« on: January 27, 2009, 02:57:57 pm »
Any advice on which, if any, supliments you take on long distance riding?  Especially where a good balanced diet might be hard to find. Or maybe something like creatine?

What are yor thoughts? Have to say haven't ever used them before but getting a bit older now.

Routes / Southern Tier & Fuel for cooking advice please
« on: January 27, 2009, 02:17:04 pm »
Hi coming over to Florida 2 weeks and need to buy a camping stove, being English have to make sure I can get a cup of tea.  Riding the Southern Tier.

What is he easiest kind of fuel to get along the route - this will determine what kind of stove I buy.
Thanks in advance

Routes / Re: food and water on the southern tier
« on: January 24, 2009, 01:51:57 pm »
Hi PM we are starting on the ST in a couple of weeks time.  The ACA maps are great combined with Google Earth, there are a lot of other services id there and you can follow the parts of the route that concern you.  In the past I only ever got concerned about shortage of h2o once, my fault (but didn't have the benefit of ACA or GE then), but as I rode I held up my water bottle and the second RV stopped and filled my bottles up.  Much appreciated and fellow travelors are always helpful.  Good luck

Routes / Re: Handcyle with wheelchair
« on: January 24, 2009, 01:39:26 pm »
Hiya and good luck, good advice from WH re the dog.  They can be scary but I also have never actually been bitten however in some countries where rabies is prevelant you can get packs of dogs which is scarry.  I tend to use my water bottle to give a good squirt at the nose.  On the whole though you shouldn'y have this problem in USA.  On the positive side any dog coming running at you sure encourages you to get up that hill you've been struggling with a bit faster. ;)

Routes / Re: cross country polio fund raiser for newbies
« on: January 17, 2009, 10:10:47 am »
Hey  good luck, but don't avoid hills as they can be some of the best riding, plus you only cycle 50% of the way  :)- the rest is down hill.  Just make sure your gearing is right.

Staying on flat ground can often be harder than hills/mountains because if you hit head winds that is harder and more soul destroying than any hill.

ps we have a web site for fund raising and ST in Feb 09

Gear Talk / Rear bike rack
« on: December 01, 2008, 02:46:02 pm »
Hi depends where you plan to travel - whenever I have cycled in the less developed countries I always use a steele rack - just in case of breakage or accidents you can easily get it welded almost anywhere. Blackburn is good.

Gear Talk / Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« on: November 10, 2008, 08:32:22 am »
Thanks guys, yes it is for real - I can't beleive I am doing it.  My excuse - it took weeks to arrive from Canada, by which time I had shipped my cycle out to Florida.  And yes have my old saddle out there with it.  Just wondered if anyone has tried these, but will carry the old one until I decide.


This message was edited by tonythomson on 11-10-08 @ 5:58 AM

Gear Talk / Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« on: November 09, 2008, 01:30:00 pm »
Has anyone had any experience of these new type seat, The Spongy Wonder Seat.  I have just bought one and haven't had chance to try it out before setting off on the Southern Tier. I know, I should know better and this is probably the worst bit of prep anyone could do.  That is why I am now panicing as to whether to go with it or not?

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