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Gear Talk / Re: Best tires for touring the US
« on: December 18, 2018, 01:33:41 pm »
Thats my problem as well. Finding a 24" tire for the fronts.

Gear Talk / Best tires for touring the US
« on: December 18, 2018, 12:42:12 pm »
I'm riding long-distance routes across and up and down the US on a trike. My past experiences have been catastrophic tire failure when a flat occurs. I feel that I need to carry spares (foldables) with me to at least get to the next LBS. I've thought about liners, thorn-proof tires for the goatheads, etc. I run 24" tires on the front and a 28' on the rear.  Schwalbe marathons seem to be my best solution to date, although the marathon plus is not foldable and I would have to limp to the next town, bikeshop to locate a replacement. How have other long-distance riders coped with the spare tire issue?

Gear Talk / Re: How many touring bicycles?
« on: December 18, 2018, 12:31:21 pm »
I have a Giant Hybrid Cypress, a Catrike Expedition, a Trek Madone, and just purchased a Cannondale Synapse. One can NEVER have enough bikes. Seriously. I'm embarking on a cross-country tour, actually many of them when retired and I plan on using at least 3 of said bikes for different terrain while touring. Of course that requires a sag vehicle to carry the spares!!!

General Discussion / Re: May 26th TransAm Start
« on: May 23, 2018, 10:21:09 am »
Keep us posted as to your 'discoveries'. I am planning kinda the same route with detours off the TA in Missouri for the Katy Trail, on to Nebraska for the Cowboy trail, a side trip to Mt Rushmore then on to Mizzoula and then Glacier Road to the sun. After that, I'm looking at the Northern Tier or Lewis and Clark to finish with my front wheel in the Pacific. It seems that the Northwest has many options and I'd like to know what you find later this summer. Again, keep us posted!!!!

Routes / Great Northwest options
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:24:14 pm »
Traveling cross country soon and will be on the TA route when reaching Mizzoula. From there I want to do the Road to the Sun in Glacier and the Bitterroot loops before heading to the coast. Can anyone give me specifics on what trails to include. I'm very interested in the Hiawatha, NorPac, Trail Coeur d'Aelene, Centennial,  maybe Fish Trap, John Wayne which deviates me from the TA, but what the hey, I'm looking for those 'Can't miss' adventures along the way. and a way to end up with my front wheel in the Pacific. I have options on bikes as I have a hybrid, a road bike and a trike with me in our RV.

Routes / Re: Natchez Trace Parkway
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:01:29 pm »
It IS a highway and as I mentioned, rolling hills, so there are some blind spots to watch out for, but all in all, it's very rural and not a lot of intersections or crossing traffic.

Routes / Re: Natchez Trace Parkway
« on: July 14, 2017, 02:49:12 pm »
I have ridden most of the Alabama section of the trace. Low traffic, rolling hills, nice ride!!

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