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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica bike tour- travel East or West?
« on: July 24, 2015, 03:15:52 pm »
For me, the choice is largely psychological. Though I live in the East now, I grew up in the West, so I chose to ride toward my original "home". I also wanted to finish the trip with the grandeur of the Western Mtns, not polish them off at the beginning. To each, their own.

I'm in NH, as well. My family and I rode from Boston to Seattle. I highly recommend starting in Troy, NY and riding the first several hundred miles on the Erie Canal Path.

General Discussion / Re: Loaded Tour Bike Handling
« on: June 12, 2015, 02:11:52 pm »
Interesting how the title specifies "loaded tour bike handling", yet all the comments seem to be about gearing and shifters.
I'll chime in by saying that after many thousands of miles touring with racks and panniers I finally tried using a trailer.
After many more thousands of miles touring with a trailer, I find that my bike handles far better with a trailer than with front and rear panniers.

General Discussion / Re: Pac Coast Ride
« on: April 17, 2015, 10:12:51 am »
This is from an itinerary I saw someone else do:

Crescent City to Arcata = 74 miles
Arcata to Garberville = 80 miles
Garberville to Westport = 53 miles
Westport to Point Arena = 65 miles
Point Arena to Bodega Bay = 63 miles
Bodega Bay to Inverness = 37 miles
Inverness to San Francisco = 43 miles

Here's the CA Park listing of hike or bike sites:
(You have to click on the "by feature" button and then check mark the hike/bike box)

General Discussion / Re: Hello newb here looking for advice
« on: April 17, 2015, 10:02:31 am »
I find 40-80 mile days are a lot more fun as far as being able to check stuff out along the way, especially doing an incredibly scenic route like the Pacific coast.

Reasons for doing coast N to S:
-yes, winds are very consistent N to S
-wider/better shoulder on Southbound side
-you get the BEST views of the ocean and cliffs and shore and wildlife!
-90% of bike tourists go N to S, it is fun to meet up with folks and keep bumping into them/camp with them as you tour.

Many hiker/biker campgrounds at State Parks along the coast that charge only $5-12 night.

General Discussion / Re: Shipping bicycle back home question
« on: April 17, 2015, 09:49:56 am »
Another option is a company called Their rates are unbeatable and they use FedEx. I've used them when I've bought and sold used bikes.

....or do what I did after a cross country ride. We needed a new used car, so at the end of our trip I found a great deal on a car in SoCal on Craigslist and then drove back to New Hampshire, taking a completely different route than our bike trip.

No matter how much fit adjustment you do, you are still supporting a fair percentage of your body's weight with your hands/wrists/elbows. On a recumbent, you are simply resting your hands on the bars (same as your hands on the steering wheel of a car). One's neck and rear end are also positioned as comfortably as in a car, as well, on a recumbent.

General Discussion / Link to this forum is buried, why???
« on: January 22, 2014, 04:37:05 pm »
I don't understand why a direct button link to this forum does not exist at the top of the newly designed main page, as there was previously. Seems ACA would want to make it prominent to internet users there is a discussion forum, instead of "hiding" the link down at the bottom of the page.

General Discussion / Re: shipping bikes
« on: January 21, 2014, 08:28:29 pm »
Another vote for! They use fedex ground, but their rates are better. They also do international.

General Discussion / Re: Hosting - WarmShowers
« on: January 21, 2014, 12:41:17 pm »
Been a host and a guest many times. Been great every time.

Regarding advance notice: every single no-show (6) has been someone that has contacted me a couple of days to several weeks in advance. Invariably, their plans have changed by the time they get to me. I put on my profile that 24 hour notice is nice, but last minute may be accepted. If I can't host, I say I can't host.

Regarding background checks: the beauty of war showers hosting is you are never required to accept anyone. If it will be an inconvenience or something smells fishy, you say "Sorry, not available that night". Every time I get a request, I look that person up on warm showers and read ratings. (WS allows you to rate guests and hosts. Please use it for the benefit of others.) if I ever saw any questionable rating, I'd say no. I also usually google the person's name. If some Fraternity party scandal or other shady things came up, I'd say no. Most of the time, the person' strip blog comes up, which helps as well. (I don't see why it would take 48 hours to do those 2 simple background checks)
I find what others have written about guests and hosts to be the most beneficial info regarding who you end up hosting or guesting.

General Discussion / Re: recumbent steering tiller versus linkage
« on: March 20, 2013, 04:32:39 pm »
I can't help you with your question (I've seen photos of Lightfoots linkage steering and it looks cool), but I can say that I ride and tour on a Stratus XP, which is very similar to the Lightfoot. Much has to do with experience. At first, slow speed steering (especially when climbing) may be twitchy, but after many miles you learn how to overcome that. At least, I have.

General Discussion / Re: Touring Question
« on: March 20, 2013, 04:28:23 pm »
We were very much in the minority regarding bike tourist statistics. We were Mom and Dad in late 40's with 11 year old son. Seems most bike tourists are either college grads/early 20s or retired folks. We could do it because I'm a stay-at-home/homeschooling Dad and wife is a professor that went during her sabbatical. Choose the life style that works for you!

General Discussion / Re: Lost Camera on the MRT on 15
« on: March 09, 2013, 03:02:10 pm »
Best wishes on recovering anything! This is why I use a number of smaller memory cards while on trips, instead of one huge one. I also try to frequently upload photos, while on tour, to something like or in case of camera loss.

General Discussion / Re: Beginner out and back camping in NW?
« on: February 25, 2013, 01:27:25 pm »
I'm in the same predicament, except for the early retirement thing.  I wish I knew that area.  I'm in SoCal, so we have lots of options, but lots of traffic too.  Good luck with your search.  I'll be watching this thread with great interest.

If by "same predicament" you mean that you'd like to take your wife on a simple overnight tour, here's some thoughts. Don't know where in SoCal you are, but there's a series of excellent bike maps available online or from most bike shops. They are called Franko's Maps, and there's a guide for Orange County, LA, San Gabriel, and other parts of CA.

They show decent bike routes on streets, but also note the many dedicated bike paths in SoCal. I would pick one for a day trip or even for an overnighter. For example, you could drive to the trailhead for the Santa Ana River Trail at Yorba Park in Anaheim, bike the 25 miles or so with your wife down to the ocean, then head left or right along the coast and stay at a hotel in Newport Beach or Huntington Beach, next day bike back up to your car. Lots of other similar trips using other river trails that would keep you from much car traffic.

Here's a link to further info on the Santa Ana River Trail:

General Discussion / Re: Traffic conditions around the ACA routes?
« on: February 25, 2013, 01:00:29 pm »
Regarding the Coal Truck comments. While riding a modified Northern Tier route, my family and I always waved to the logging trucks driving toward us in the Northwest. Since these truckers are usually driving a loop these these same trucks that would be approaching from behind in a little while.  It seemed that this behavior led to trucks giving us wider room when passing, and often we'd get honks or waves from the passing trucks. I feel that by giving friendly waves to oncoming trucks, they possibly were noting our presence on the road through their radio communications to other trucks. If nothing else, I think we might have been spreading good karma for other cyclists. We certainly got positive responses from the oncoming truckers.

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