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General Discussion / Re: Asking too Much?
« on: March 20, 2016, 02:59:16 pm »
I could not make two bikes work.  But you might be different.  For me, loaded touring is 4 panniers and a handlebar bag.  Maybe stuff on the rear rack too.  Heavy.  Local riding is fast 15-25 mph with friends.  If I work really hard I can keep the touring bike at 20 for awhile.  But not 25.  If local riding is easy 10-15 mph riding for short distances, then a loaded touring bike would be fine.  With any tires it would work fine.  Also depends on what kind of loaded touring you do.  If ultra lightweight, then a racing bike might work fine.  And be good for fast local riding too.  But if touring is carrying lots of panniers and tents and cooking, then ultra lightweight may not work and you need a loaded touring bike and wheels.

What you are describing is kind of like what pick-ups are undergoing.  Most pick-ups are driven in the city by city people.  Going to work and the grocery store and McDonalds.  So a pick-up with low profile tires and sway bars and a taut suspension is all the rage.  But this kind of truck "SUCKS" for actually doing what a pick-up is designed to do.  Haul weight.  And if you have a one ton or bigger pick-up that can haul and pull weight, then it "SUCKS" for going to the grocery store or to a bar.  The same kind of truck can sort of be made to do both.  But you have big compromises so its not ideal for anything.  I remember when my grandpa and uncles had pick-ups in the 1970s.  They had older basic pick-ups.  None of these sissy boy extended cabs and crew cab nonsense.  Just two doors and one seat in the pick-up.  They were used on the farm to haul animals or grain or other junk.  My grandpa and uncles all owned cars too.  The idea of driving the pick-up to town or the store was a foreign concept.  You drove the car for that.  The pick-up was for farm work only.  It was not a city truck.

General Discussion / Re: Passports?
« on: March 19, 2016, 05:27:07 pm »
Not sure how overseas trips and vacations relate to a bike ride across the US on the TransAm trail.  I doubt people in the middle of a bike ride across the US are going on a spur of the moment overseas trip needing a passport.  Passports can be used for identification in some situations.  Doubt you would ever have any on a cross country bike ride.  The vast majority of people you will meet on a cross country bike ride have no idea what a passport is or looks like.  So if you tried to use it as identification, they would look at you perplexed.  And demand to see your driver's license as identification.  Keep your passport at home, someplace safe.

Routes / Re: Century day along the TransAm route
« on: March 18, 2016, 02:43:29 pm »
East to West.  In the middle of the country, the Midwest, the wind will blow out of the west about 40% of the time during the summer months.  And from the south the wind will blow about 40% of the time during the summer months.  The other 20% the wind will either not blow at all or maybe, maybe come from one of the other directions.  The wind blows from the west and south in the summer in the Midwest.  Wait for one of the rare days you have a tailwind and ride your century.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie
« on: March 17, 2016, 01:26:11 pm »
I'll counter that with....In Iowa there are three packed strips.  One in the middle and one to each side.  Cars stay on their side of the gravel. Even the non-packed parts of the road is rideable (in Iowa).  Benefit of gravel is much fewer cars, you can hear them coming from a distance and they are speeding at 45mph (so much less speed than highway).

I ride in the middle and SE Iowa.  Gravel roads in those parts have two strips of packed road.  Ditch-3 feet loose gravel-packed strip-4 feet loose gravel down the middle of the road-packed strip-3 feet loose gravel-ditch.  The non packed, loose gravel on each side is where the snow plows pile the gravel when they plow the roads in the winter.  And the cars push it aside too as they speed up and down the roads.  The loose gravel in the middle is where no one drives.  45 mph is about right.  Odd that with people speeding 97 mph on the highways, 45 mph is thought of as slow and safe.  Trying to keep upright in 3 inches of loose gravel on the side of the road while a car slowly passes you at 45 mph inches away is considered safe.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie
« on: March 15, 2016, 03:36:45 pm »
If cross, or MTB is available, then take gravel roads. More scenic, safer (In my opinion).

I would question whether gravel roads are safer than paved roads.  Cars/trucks on gravel may be going slower, or not.  Where I live people drive fairly high speeds on gravel roads.  Gravel roads also require you to ride on one of the two packed strips of the road.  These two strips are where all the cars drive.  They are roughly in the middle of the entire roadway where the cars drive.  The two feet between the strips and the ditch and the four feet between the strips are loose gravel.  You cannot ride a bike on this loose gravel.  You can only ride a gravel road on these two packed strips.  So you are right in line with any car coming up behind you.  And in line with any car you meet too.  Gravel roads are really one way roads.  That go one way in both directions at the same time.  You can hope a car will go to the side and into the loose gravel to pass you.  Or you can go into the loose gravel and crash yourself in front of the car and then maybe the car will run over you.  In contrast, on paved roads you are usually riding a few feet from the edge of the road.  So you have a few feet to move over if need be.  And the car can easily move side to side and be on nice fast paved roadway to pass you.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie
« on: March 14, 2016, 11:53:03 am »
Biking along the Mississippi River would be quite hilly.  One side or the other always has lots of hills.  But pleasant in the summer months.  The Northern Tier route goes through Minnesota I believe.  So you could easily do an out and back trip on it during the summer.  No shoulder roads are fine for biking.  That usually indicates they are less traveled county roads.  Shoulders mean busy roads.  I never ride on roads with shoulders.  Too busy.

Gear Talk / Re: Shimano Hollowtech experience anyone?
« on: March 08, 2016, 03:25:46 pm »
No I have no personal proof and I didn't come to that conclusion, other people did. As for personal proof, of course not, that's why I've raised this question. Check the link to the CTC website. In particular TrevA who says I got sick of replacing the bearings on the Hollowtech every 2-3000 miles. The general opinion there is that Hollowtech BBs don't last as long as STs. Russ I've as much reason for taking TrevA at his word as I have for taking you at your word.

Why are you wasting the time asking these questions?  You don't want to believe this other person you cite on the other forum, and you don't want to believe my opposite opinion.  I suggest you resolve this conflict by flipping a coin.  Heads this bottom bracket/crank, tails the other.

Gear Talk / Re: Shimano Hollowtech experience anyone?
« on: March 08, 2016, 11:45:00 am »
My LBS talked me into replacing the original square taper (ST) bottom bracket in my 520 after 51000 miles with a Shimano 105 Hollowtech BB by saying that new ST cranks weren't available (it seems that it's only Shimano ST cranks that aren't available). Now, from the CTC forum it appears that Hollowtech BBs don't last very long, < 2000 miles some people are saying. This has got me worried, it seems that ST BBs last much much longer than Hollowtech.

Apparently I am luckier than those $4 billion dollar lottery winners.  I have several of these HollowTech bottom brackets and they all work just fine after far more than 2000 miles.  Wow, wow, wow.  All my square taper bottom brackets are made by Shimano or Campagnolo.  They all work fine too.  I have a friend who loves his pricey Phil Wood square bottom brackets.  There are a few companies making square taper cranksets.  Shimano even makes them.  But no nice, upper level, high end square taper cranks are made on earth anymore.  The world has moved on to the two piece type cranksets now.  With the bottom bracket bearings outside of the bottom bracket shell.  Curious how you came to this conclusion that "ST BBs last much much longer than Hollowtech."  Do you have any actual personal proof?  Or are you just making up stuff off the top of your head?  I am aware most science and rebuttals of science are done this way now days.  Testing, proof, observation is so out of date.

General Discussion / Re: Rain gear in the summer: Why carry it at all?
« on: March 06, 2016, 03:53:01 pm »
In the Midwest, you can easily have rain all day long.  Not this one hour only fantasy you talk about.  And you can easily have two-three-four consecutive days of rain on and off all day and night.  Usually spring weather.  Its also possible although not common to get into the 50s temps in the summer.  Day time as well as night time.  But if you can easily find a restaurant or store or library to spend the entire day, then that is probably better than riding in the rain all day.  The ease of that might be hard though.

General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 01, 2016, 01:37:51 pm »
By far the most common item I have seen is 1 (not both :- ) work glove.

Not work gloves.  But I frequently pick up one glove.  Usually the thinner insulated liner gloves.  Have a small pile of them and have made two pairs of mismatched gloves.  Doesn't bother me to wear mismatched gloves if my hands are cold.

Routes / Re: Great Rivers South-Which direction is easier?
« on: February 28, 2016, 05:15:51 pm »
May.  That is a hard one to predict.  If its a cool May, then winds will be predominantly out of the north.  North=cold.  If its a hot May, then winds will be predominantly out of the south.  South=hot.  If you have a choice of direction and flexibility in planning, then wait until a week before.  Look at a next month weather forecast, and see if it predicts hot or cold for May.  Not the best way to plan, but...  May is one of those months that can be hot or cold.  Not really predictable.  Hot south winds.  Cold north winds.  As for elevation, the mouth of the Mississippi River is at sea level.  So net elevation is higher everywhere north of the ocean/Gulf.  Whether the elevation change is better or worse depending on the direction, don't know.  But you are going down hill if you end at the Gulf.  Uphill if you start at the Gulf.

Routes / Re: TransAm Summer 2017
« on: February 24, 2016, 04:40:26 pm »
I agree with everyone else who says this sounds bad.  Summer of 2017?  That is a year and a half away.  And you are planning for it now?  I'd suggest planning for the tour starting in early 2017.  Just ride your bike from now until then and not plan or spend any time thinking about summer 2017.  You may be dead by then.  52 and over weight.  Just ride your bike and get in better shape and hopefully you will still enjoy riding come summer 2017 and will want to take the tour.  As for training for a tour, hardly necessary at all.  Just get on the bike and ride.  Easy.  As for training for a ride of 150 miles every 6 days out of 7, you better start riding centuries yesterday.

I did a long tour a long time ago.  Rode about 4000 miles around Europe.  Middle May to end August.  100+ days.  So I averaged 40 or so miles a day.  Kind of low I guess.  My fondest memories of that epic tour are of the times I spent with people I met during the ride.  I still have a few memories of some of the riding and scenery I saw during the ride.  But those are fading as I age.  Argh.  But I clearly remember all the people I met and the days spent not riding with them.  The people I met were not riders.  I lived with them for a few days or more at various times over the summer.  Those are the best memories of my biking tour of Europe.  Biking was great but if I could redo history I'd spend more days with the people and less riding.

General Discussion / Re: Vehicle rentals that can haul 4-5 bikes?
« on: February 23, 2016, 10:43:55 pm »
There was a thread about this same topic not too long ago in this forum.  Do some kind of search with some relevant words to find it.  Or just go back and read all the thread titles until you find some that might be what you are looking for.

A dog.  A big dog.  In a trailer.  A slightly older mountain bike.  A rider with no bike mechanic skills.  A rider with little to no riding experience.

Use the bike you have.  Its more or less worthless.  You could maybe sell it for $100-150 if you were lucky.  Looks like it could fit a rear rack.  Buy one and attach it with P-clamps if need be.  A front rack would require an Old Man Mountain rack and that would be $150-180 for just the front rack alone.  Get a set of low priced rear panniers and you might have enough carrying capacity.  Put some skinny road tires on it.

Personally I would suggest you get a backpack.  Then you and your dog walk up to upper New York starting in April.  Camp and explore all the parks and wilderness in northern New York.  End of summer or fall walk back to New York City.  Your dog will be happier walking each day instead of sitting in a trailer.  You can spend all day with the dog instead of 5 feet in front of him riding all day.  I get the idea the point of this ride is to be with your dog.

What you described sounds miserable.  One your lack of bike ability.  Two the lack of decent equipment and money to finance it.  Three, the dog on a bike ride.

Routes / Re: Canada to Mexico from mid february, which way?
« on: February 20, 2016, 09:14:31 pm »
I did look at the weather, but it doesn't help me well. I saw only sun and rain no snow, around 9°C. Rain like 2mm it's not that much, so anyway it give idea but nothing like real information from local.
Like say DarrenBnYYC, it can be not usual weather and each year can be different so I will see what happen when I will be there.
RussSeaton where are you living?

It was about 9 Celsius for me today.  High temp.  That is 48 degrees.  Had a pleasant sunny ride of 35 miles in late morning early afternoon.  But I had on winter boot shoes and wool socks and two long sleeve shirts and a wind jacket and two gloves each hand.  I was pleasant.  Washed my clothes after the ride because they were wet.  We had two spring days in the middle of winter.  But most days in February are below freezing for the high and lower for lows each night.

"so I will see what happen when I will be there"  That is leaving a lot up to chance.

I am in Iowa.  Middle of the US.  My weather is not too relevant to where you will be.  Except its cold in the winter and early spring when you plan to ride.

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