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General Discussion / Re: Camping in Pismo Beach?
« on: July 21, 2010, 07:11:28 pm »
It does appear that Pismo Beach state park doesn't have hiker/biker sites.  They do have campsites available but the price is $25-$35.  Better than a hotel.  The web site does recommend reservations.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Southern Tier
« on: July 20, 2010, 09:52:26 pm »
I'm not sure there is a best way to cross the LA basin to get to the Southern Tier.  The most direct route is to get to the Palm Springs area.  In North Palm Springs you can take Dillon Rd all the way to Indio to connect with Interstate 10 east.  That will take you to Blythe where you can connect to the ST.  This isn't a very attractive route.  You can follow the Pacific Coast route to San Diego and connect to the ST there.  It is a much nicer route.  Not sure there are any campgrounds in the Santa Monica area.

Whittierider is right on.  They also make military jets out of carbon fiber (FA-18 is one).  They pull a lot more stress over time than you'll ever see on a bicycle.  

At jury trials experts are bought.  If you are willing to pay I'm sure you can find a Ph.D. to say anything you want.

According to the article there apparently was a manufacturing defect.  No matter what the material if there is a defect it will fail.  That includes metal. 

Rocky Mountain / Re: US 50 in Nevada?
« on: July 09, 2010, 11:24:02 am »
Where will you be located?  Hwy 50 runs completely across the state (420 miles) so to pick just 50 will depend on your logistics.  If you have someone who will give you sag support the section I like the best is the old hwy 50 from Middlegate to Austin.  It has some good climbing and virtually no traffic.  Unless you can carry lots of water you will need a sag wagon. 

If you can find a copy of Bicycling the Pacific Coast by Kirkendall & Spring you will find they a have a pretty good description of most of the campgrounds along the route.  I think it is out of print but it is a good reference book. 

Gear Talk / Re: Which pedal?
« on: July 06, 2010, 03:49:47 pm »
The weight of various shimano pedals per pair: 324 - 523g, 530 - 383g, 540 - 352g, 970 - 325g, 770 - 350g.

I was at Pfeiffer Big Sur on Labor day weekend and didn't have any problems.  I doubt you'll have any problems.  The (warm)showers at Big Sur take quarters and it sure feels good after riding.  You should get in fairly early (based on your plan) so take a look at the hiking trails.  A couple of miles south of the park is Deetjen's Big Sur Inn.  I had a great breakfast there. 

I found it was pretty easy to go from Big Sur to San Simeon without stopping for the day. 

The ACA map lists two campsites near Lucia: Limekiln Beach State Park and Kirk Creek Campground (USFS).  They also list a campsite near Pacific Valley: Plaskett Creek Campgroung (USFS).  Bicycling the Pacific Coasts lists also lists these campgrounds.  They state that Limekiln has hot showers but the other two do not.

Gear Talk / Re: Which pedal?
« on: July 04, 2010, 06:37:32 pm »
I had the 324's but found I didn't really need them.  I ride with either Keen cycling sandals or a mountain bike type of shoe.  The cleat is recessed so it is still easy to walk around.  I found the these were the only shoes I needed on a tour so I switched to M540's.  They are about 1 lb lighter than the 324's. 

Routes / Re: San Francisco to San Diego
« on: July 01, 2010, 10:25:41 am »
I've found the heavy traffic begins in Malibu.  Nice homes and cars but idiot drivers.  There is a wide shoulder but since the hollywood types don't want their servants parking in their driveways they park on the shoulder so you have to take part of a lane.  The bike lane along the beach (if you use the ACA Pacific Coast map) from Marina Del Rey to Torrance can be a real pain depending on when you use it.  The lane says it is for bicycles only but everyone uses it so you have to go slow but during rush hour it is better than the paralleling roads.  Personally I would rather follow the ACA route from Torrance to Long Beach.  PCH has way too much traffic and noise.  Once you get to Long Beach the ride along the beach is rather pleasant.  Once you get to Seal Beach PCH is pretty good all the way to Newport Beach.  You will generally have a tailwind all the way from SF.

There are numerous state parks from SF to Santa Barbara where you can use the hiker/biker sites to camp.  The fee varies up to $10.  I especially liked the site at Big Sur state park.  There a plenty of motels along the way.  Weekend rates tend to be higher than mid-week and there will be more traffic on weekends and holidays.

You could also use a trailer.  It will hold more stuff than the other options but just don't overload it. 

Connecting ACA Routes / Portland, OR to Pacific Coast Trail
« on: June 28, 2010, 09:58:03 pm »
Plan on taking Amtrak to Portland and then riding south on the Pacific Coast Trail.  What is the best way to get from Downtown Portland to the trail?

On Google Maps it looks like you can turn south of Hwy 61 on Prospect Ave in Norco.  The levee has a service road that turns into the Mississippi River Trail.  

You may want to check out this web site:  It is on the Mississippi River Trail.  You might be able to get some maps that will take you along the river and avoid the major highways.

The best way maybe to take the Southern Tier from San Diego to Baton Rouge.  The ACA maps have a large number of hotels and campgrounds listed.  From Baton Rouge to NO you may want to take hwy 61.  Haven't taken that road so I can't tell you what it's like.  You may want to get a LA road map and route yourself on some of the back roads.  I found hwy 190 to be just like a freeway as it parallels I10.  It may be that way with the 61 as well.

I had to spend the night camping in Langtry, Tx as the next town was too far away due to strong headwinds the time I rode it.  If you get there after 5 everything in town is closed.  There isn't much anyway.  The small store (converted gas station) sells a very limited supply of food and is on the corner where you turn to go into Langtry.  You can camp at the community center but the only facilities is a water spigot on the side of the building.  It is the large white building surrounded by a large dirt "parking lot".  Restroom facilities are in the State Park building (Judge Roy Bean) and its open from 8 to 5. 

In LA you might be tempted to use hwy 190 as a more direct route into Baton Rouge.  It's just like a freeway.  Where it crosses the Atchafalaya there is a 5 mile or so section that is just like a bridge with no shoulder and the traffic is high speed.  Definitely not fun.

On the day I got water in my downtube I was on a supported tour.  I had just crested a summit and it started to rain, hard.  It was about 3 miles downhill to the rest stop so I rode as fast as I safely could.  I was throwing up quite a roostertail.  No one was expecting rain so we were without rain gear or fenders.  Lets just say me and the bike were wet and dirty.  After that I got fenders for the bike.  That ended the problem. 

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