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I like Schwalbe Tires. I have Maralton Plus and I know I will jinx myself but I have yet to get a flat. Great tires!!!!

General Discussion / Re: Flying with Bicycle on Small Planes
« on: June 12, 2011, 10:56:46 am »
I use to be a pilot. Depending on how the airplane is configured* it might be an issue, I would check with the airline and have the dimensions of the box ready. It may cost you some cash. *If they have it set up for maximum number of passengers versus passengers/cargo.

I agree with the others on appearance and stealth camping. Methodist Churches, Colleges, Small Private Airports, and RV Parks. RV Parks cost an average of $15 a night. They have showers, laundry facilities, pool, and snack machines. If the weather gets dicey, they usually have a club house. 

General Discussion / Re: Making the Commitment
« on: June 10, 2011, 09:53:04 pm »
I believe a cross country tour is more than possible. I take touring one hour at a time. Many small segments added up to a lot of daily milege, over many days to make one very big tour. I can only speak for myself. My motivation is the adventure, people I encounter along the way, and the beautiful sights I see. It also gives me a tremendous satisfaction to know I am self reliant, no car, and the mileage I accomplished. However, it requires a serious committement, sacrifice, and something you really enjoy doing. Are you a person that plans out every detail or are you flexible and adapt to things as they happen? I like to plan but I also can adapt to different variables. You need a balance.* The above advice, others have given is great. Since you have done other tours, you know the things that detour a tour, like not planning your clothing and equipment properly. Cold and wet, is not good. Not planning extra time, for proper rest, unforeseen injury, mechanical problems**, and sight seeing, adds extra pressure and can make it a chore. Proper nutrition and hydration are very important. If this is your first CC tour, you may want to find someone, who has done it, the company and the experience will give you the confidence that will keep your spirits up and keep you going. As Nike says, "Just do it!" Good luck to you. *Since you own a business, if you need to stay at a motel more than camp, do it.**know how to fix your recumbent and take a few parts that might be hard to find.

Briwasson thanks for the website. It is a good site. Unfortunately, I was not able to find the low rider kickstand even with the translator on. I placed an order with Ghyllside Cycles of England. It wasn't cheap but hopefully I will receive it. :-\

Routes / Re: Route maps for cross Canada ride?
« on: May 29, 2011, 09:43:40 am »
Wuwie greetings, there is a book by Joe Kurmaskie called "Blood, Seat & Gears: A Rowdy Family Bike Adventure Across Canada on 7 Wheels." It is about a family who rode across Canada. I have it in my Kindle que and I read the sample material. Although first published in 2009, it may give you some information on routes. So far it is entertaining. You can purchase a hard copy from ACO online store.

Gear Talk / Re: Rack Platforms
« on: May 26, 2011, 07:57:19 am »
I have the Tubus Cargo/Tara system. It works for me but I miss a front platform. It depends on your mission and how much extra weight you are willing to carry, on the racks. I may try to adapt something for a small front platform for my sleeping bag. Most racks are a compromise, if you want to carry panniers and/or cargo.

General Discussion / Re: Getting a Bike to where you are going
« on: May 25, 2011, 08:27:47 am »
I agree with Lucky 13, I have rented a car one way. I do this when I have 3 or 4 days and need to get back to work.  I have been known to take the Amtrack when done with my tour. They usually have boxes and they are very inexpensive to take on a train. Make sure you go from a manned station, because they may not take it from an unmanned station.

Well look at it this way, if he runs low on funds, he can always set up a flea market and sell some of his stuff. Then might have enough money to ship the rest of his stuff home. ???

General Discussion / Re: 17th Cyclist Killed In Tampa Bay/Manatee
« on: May 24, 2011, 07:39:42 am »
On a bright note, the ceo of my company wrote us an email about supporting bicycling in the USA. With the approval, of my vice president, I wrote back to him about his message and the obstacles encountered for bicycle commuters, at our location. He wrote back and I believe progress is being made. They found the contractor, dropped the ball, on the outside bicycle rack. He told them the rack is still on backorder. They told him to find another source. They are also looking into providing showers and a locker room for us to change. We will be able to keep our work clothes there and not have to carry them, on our bicycles to work. My next project is to try to meet with the mayors of both Tampa and Wesley Chapel and see if we can get them to put in a bicycle/walking path on some of the more dangerous roads.

Gear Talk / Re: Rack Platforms
« on: May 23, 2011, 07:45:43 am »
Some racks are covered. Since I use fenders, it doesn't matter. When Touring, Sleeping Pad, Sleeping Bag and Tent. Commuting to work, I use a rear rack trunk bag to store my lock, rainjacket, spare tube, tool kit, 1st aid kit, and food since the center area of my rack trunk bag is insulated. I also attach a ACO highly reflective safety triangle to the back of it. If I stop at the grocery store, and pick up a couple of items, I unzip the side pockets and have two small panniers to add a couple of items. The weight is not a factor and over the years, even for day trips it comes in handy.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Just bought a Garmin Edge 705
« on: May 22, 2011, 10:53:50 am »
Thanks Fred, I may do a little research. How many waypoints would you need to do the TA or the Full Atlantic Coast?

Gear Talk / Re: Rain
« on: May 22, 2011, 10:44:44 am »
My 2 cents. Do you have fenders? I do wear full rain gear sometimes, although I do not like the pants. If you want dry feet, get shoe covers. Brooks makes a cover, for your saddle. (I have ridden a Brooks Professional for many years and still rides and looks great) The bike will be fine. As to the tent. I have set up many times in a down pour. It is a state of mind. It can't be helped. Make sure you seam seal the tent and there is a product that seals the tent floor. (I learned the hard way) I can't remember the name, but Campmor has it. Use your tent fly. If you don't have one, purchase a good self inflated matress pad. My tent was flooded but the matress pad saved me. I like my roll top Ortieb's paniers, especially, in the rain. Waterproof! They were floating in my tent. (It was an older Sierra Designs and I neglected to recoat the floor) I might add an outside pocket and new outside mesh pocket, to my Ortliebs. In the summer, there are times I rather ride in the rain. Finally, although in the minority, I like to stay at RV parks. Besides having, showers, pool, whirlpool, laundry facilities, snack machines, they also have a rec room that may be open, so if it gets unbearable, you would have a dry place to sleep.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Just bought a Garmin Edge 705
« on: May 22, 2011, 09:39:00 am »
Fred, which gps has the most waypoints? is it the Garmin 78?

Routes / Re: Free Meals--Stuart, Florida--Atlantic Coast Route
« on: May 21, 2011, 10:35:19 pm »
Thanks Westinghouse for the info.

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