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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?

Gear Talk / A unique situation (SouthernTier).
« on: November 09, 2008, 01:07:14 pm »
Just thought I would jump in re bikes and their various qualities.  Not that I recomend this but while cycling across China a few years back came across this German guy - about 18 - who had flown into Beijing bought a local bike and set off across country. Had done about 1000ks his front wheel bearings were shot and the wheel was wobbling all over the place! The guy was almost blind and wore these really thick glasses and could not see to repair his bike.  I managed to patch it up for him.  I don't think he had washed either in all that time.  But he just carried on going.  I met up with him again some months later in Bankoc - agreed to share a room only if he had a shower!! Last I heard he was in Indonisea but had fallen off and broken his glasses so could see even less!!! Never heard from him again but he still had that old chinese bike cost around $20 new, so can be done cheap, but not for me.  Kermit (his nic name) where are you , probably lost.

Routes / North to Alburquerque NM
« on: November 20, 2008, 03:22:48 pm »
Hi has anyone riden Socorro to Alburquerque and then back along the 60 & 12 to Reserve New Mexico.  If so what's it like ??  Just a side trip off the Southern Tier

Routes / Nature Coast Trail
« on: November 17, 2008, 02:10:21 pm »
Planning to use the NCT Rails to Trails from Chiefland to Cross City.  Does anyone know if the trail extends from Cross City to Hanes and on to Clara on the 51? It looks like it goes that far on GE but is it ridable on touring bike?

Routes / southern tier weather
« on: November 23, 2008, 06:06:16 am »
Hey congrats on new job, where are you going? Don't come here to UK too cold and damp. Hope you keep up with the forum as I have found a lot of your advice invakuable, many thanks

Routes / southern tier weather
« on: November 17, 2008, 02:01:03 pm »
Hi Victoria, try Wundersearch really good web site. If you can't find it I can email you the site unless you know how I get it onto here.  I am leaving Florida in Feb E to W so give us a wave as you go past.

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