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General Discussion / Re: Where does the wind blow?
« on: August 07, 2022, 03:55:34 pm »
The wind blows to every direction on the compass, and from every direction on God's green earth. The one place where there is definitely a prevailing wind on which you can rely is the Pacific coast bicycle route. Sure you may get some side winds now and again. The prevailing goes from north to south and it can be a stiff prevailing wind.

General Discussion / Re: L Route des Bleuets Trip Report
« on: August 07, 2022, 03:53:23 pm »
It is an ongoing Adventure. That's the way it goes with maps. As they say, the map is not the road. The map is not the terrain. You seem to stress it is a must for Secure Storage at night. Is there a problem there? Well of course security is a must all the time.

General Discussion / Re: Florida State Parks
« on: August 07, 2022, 03:49:35 pm »
It has been quite a few years since I last cycled the Florida Keys. If you are talking Hiker Biker camps like what they have in California, I do not think so. Maybe things have changed since I was last there.

General Discussion / Re: What to do with a bike box?
« on: August 05, 2022, 11:18:17 pm »
I used commercial airlines, international and domestic, on four occasions to begin long bicycle tours. A cardboard box encased the bicycle on all those journeys. Everything came out well. Leave the box. Maybe somebody could use it. I have left bicycle boxes in airports, a train station and bus stations. You could place it near a dumpster, if there is one. On one travel I loaded bicycle and gear in a bike box and a smaller box in San Diego, California. The train can sell you one. They are tall. Turn the handlebar in line with the top tube and lift it in. Just leave  the box. I was looking around for a place to put a box. There was no place. What else can you do?

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle pump that works as advertised.
« on: August 02, 2022, 06:17:28 am »
I opened the link you provided. I did not see anything there about pumps.

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle pump that works as advertised.
« on: July 30, 2022, 09:38:57 pm »
Froze, thanks for the information. I have seen these pumps you name advertise on the internet. I did not want to go to the trouble of ordering one and sending it back. .

General Discussion / Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« on: July 26, 2022, 02:02:17 am »
Nobody will fall dead from excluding fruits and vegetables from his diet for 6 weeks or 2 months. There is still a problem with it, anyhow. Such a short period of time is not the test of whether or not the diet is harmful. You could say the same thing for exposure to solar radiation. You certainly will not fall dead or contract cancer immediately from being exposed to direct solar radiation for months. Those maladies develop over time. What might seem negligible now may develop into something much more serious when the body and the health begin to decline from natural causes. It's in the future when the bad part kicks in. There are many things people can do or not do in the short run which might not have any immediate adverse consequences. It's in the long term that these matters must be considered. There have been anthropological studies on the diets of various populations around the world. Two main takeaways are these. In societies with high quantities of consumption of meat, there is a high degree of heart disease and diabetes, among other maladies. In populations that consumed almost only 100% fresh fruits and vegetables and only a little meat, there were no signs of heart disease or diabetes anywhere. That study came from Dr Nathan pritikin. There are videos on YouTube about four or five young women who bicycled the Trans American route. They commented I don't know how many times on how they went through all these dinky little towns. Sometimes a cafe would be closed or out of business and all there were were convenience stores. They had videos of themselves sitting on the sidewalk in front of the store. They held up one item of junk food after another after another insisting it was all they could find. After some time they complained about having problems with their stomachs. They felt queasy and unsteady and dizzy and sick. There was another video by a woman who bicycles gravel trails. She experienced something similar to that. When she got to these little settlements small stores were her only choice for food. In fact they did not have anything that was really food. It was highly processed junk that could be chewed and swallowed, yes, but it was not really food. She complained about the same kind of sickness and illness in the gut. I cross the United States by bicycle and I got caught in the convenience store trap for about 4 days. I felt like hell. I had lost almost all my energy. I was going downhill fast and I did not like what was at the bottom. I finally got to where I could eat real food with nutrition and vitamins and minerals. It made a big difference.

Another point. Not all brake pads are created equal. I did a Crossing on the Southern Tier of states from Southeast Coastal Florida to San Diego California. I use caliper brakes with brake pads that rubbed on the rims. These were the cheap brake pads from Walmart, about $7.50 for a set of four. I wore down completely one set of four, and through about halfway another set of four. Taken together that would be like completely wearing down to the metal five brake pads or 6. I did another Crossing on the same route from Southeast Coastal Florida to San Diego. That time I used more expensive brake pads. I used only two brake pads and only on the front wheel. The back wheel had no breaks at all. Those brake pads held up all the way across the continent with plenty of braking power to spare by the time I got to San Diego. You get what you pay for.

General Discussion / Re: Tents and panniers
« on: July 09, 2022, 03:09:16 am »
Be particular about the fuel you use for an alcohol stove. The hottest burning and cleanest burning is denatured alcohol. One thing about that. Where are they selling usually in hardware stores it comes in one quart which is kind of heavy and more than you could use in a long time. The next best fuel is h e e t in the yellow container. You can find it at just about any auto supply store or Walmart or Target store. It burns hot enough and it is comparatively inexpensive. Another option if you have no other is 91% isopropyl alcohol. It burns well enough. It is inexpensive. It does leave a dark or black deposit on the pot or the Pan. It can be kind of hard scrubbing It Off. There is always 70% isopropyl alcohol but that is just not a good choice. Forget about 50% isopropyl alcohol. You might get a brief flame out of it. It would be useless for cooking or nearly so.

Just keep breaking the speed by squeezing both brake levers. Just slow down the speed and then let go. Do it again and let go. Just keep doing that. You will get the feel of it when you are on the road doing it.

General Discussion / Re: Tents and panniers
« on: July 06, 2022, 01:51:34 pm »
One piece of advice about setting up a tent. In some areas of the country insects might be swarming thick in the air. For example in Florida in some places the Swarms of mosquitoes or so thick they could nearly pick you up and carry you away. When you're setting up your tent make sure the door or the opening is zipped tight and closed. If it is open when setting up the insects would get inside. You would spend some time inside smashing them against the wall of the tent. In highly buggy areas keep the door closed when setting up and keep it closed when you are inside. Get in and out as quickly as possible and close zip the door shut immediately each time. That is something you would learn on your own by experience.

General Discussion / Re: Transamerica trip
« on: July 06, 2022, 11:46:36 am »
I would not be going on a trip like that with you, but I wish you the best of luck. At your age you should go across that trail like a breeze. They say the TA is America's premier bicycling route. I think the Pacific coast route is the premiere, and if it were not for all the traffic in summertime I suppose that might be true. There are many journals and videos online by people who did the TA. They all had a great time. Nothing is perfect and sometimes things don't go the way you want. It should be a great ride. I think you should post here occasionally and let people know how it is going.

General Discussion / Re: Tents and panniers
« on: July 06, 2022, 11:39:32 am »
For information on the lightest weight tents and other equipment, check out Appalachian Trail through hikers on YouTube. One in particular you can find by entering homemade Wanderlust in the search bar. That person is a Triple Crown through hiker on the Appalachian Trail, The Great Divide Trail and the Pacific Ridge Trail. The equipment she uses is extremely lightweight, and in my opinion extremely expensive. But it must be the lightest possible equipment for long-term outdoor use. The proof as they say is in the pudding, and all that equipment has been put to the test. A small two person tent could weigh something over a pound or maybe one and a half pounds. It may be totally rain proof but it might also cost $400 or $500. That sort of thing. If you can afford it you might want to look at some of those videos. There is plenty of information on equipment including clothing, stoves, tents and that sort of thing.

General Discussion / Re: Best Trike
« on: July 03, 2022, 01:49:36 am »
Someone locally had a Santana tandem used for sale for a few hundred dollars. It's a good frame but I am not sure about the rear wheel. There was a newly wedded couple on the Northern Tier going west to east in 1987. We bicycle together a few times. My wheels cost $26 each. His rear wheel cost $250, according to him. I had no trouble with any of my wheels. His Freewheel tightened down to the point it was impossible to turn counterclockwise. I watched him try with all his might. He actually broke the teeth off the fitting. There was no way that Freewheel was going to loosen. He had a Broken Spoke. He had to thread that in that little hole he had to thread the spoke in the spoke hole and bend it repeatedly maybe a hundred or 200 times to fit it through the hole. There was not enough space between the Freewheel and the flange for the spoke to be Insurgent straight in. I thought to myself a bicycle wheel that costs $250 for a tandem bicycle should at least have some kind of a stop built in to prevent that problem. The free wheel has to pull two people which could be $300 400 lb. Maybe 450 lb plus the weight of the bicycle and the baggage. That's very different from pulling the weight of one person. His wheel cost 10 times what mine cost but he had 10 times the trouble.

General Discussion / Re: Pacific coast season
« on: July 02, 2022, 06:54:34 pm »
I did an August to September trip on the Pacific Coast Highway. If I could have asked for better weather, I cannot possibly imagine what it might have been. It warmed up a bit in Southern California, but so what. Temperatures from north to south were cool on the coastal Road. Perfect for cycling.

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