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General Discussion / Re: Routes by google maps?
« on: February 26, 2018, 03:58:11 pm »
Google Maps directions can put you on dirt roads. I have even had it plot routes on roads that no longer exist. Being able to see the roads on Street View is helpful, but not always possible. In short, take its routing with a couple of grains of salt and investigate as much as possible.

And 170 miles is what? Maybe 3 additional days? As John notes, going off the ACA maps will require more research re: services.

Routes / Re: July & August to Cycle Europe: Where should I go?
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:59:17 am »
Everyone travels in Italy in August. Expect large crowds in places popular with vacationers. Southern Spain will be hotter than hell in July & August.  Southern Italy can pretty darn hot as well.

General Discussion / Re: Most miles you have ridden in one single tour?
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:52:37 am »
About 6,000.

General Discussion / Re: Best Airlines for Bikes: US to EU
« on: February 21, 2018, 11:10:41 am »
Five years ago, U.S. Airways charged $400/bike round trip. The round trip ticket was only $1,500. So a 27% premium.

General Discussion / Re: Let's talk injuries!
« on: February 18, 2018, 08:34:48 am »
I missed a tour in Montana due to a knee injury.

Routes / Re: Traffic Free Trails
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:05:00 am »

BikeliciousBabe, thank you, the link for RoH and NorPac info is well worth knowing.   Goats Head thorns eh?   Tubeless I think :)
No goat heads that I know of.

Routes / Re: Traffic Free Trails
« on: February 14, 2018, 11:19:45 am »
+1 on the Mickelson

And as a point of clarification, the Great Allegheny Passage connects Pittsburgh and Cumberland MD. It's a former railroad right of way. The C&O canal path takes you from Cumberland, MD to D.C. It's a different animal from the GAP.

Using a FS road, you can connect the RoH with the NorPac Trail, which is the trail that takes you to Lookout Pass and then down to Mullan (or you can do the fast descent on I-90) where the Trail of the Coeur D'Alene begins. It ends in Plummer, ID. Alternatively, from the E. Portal trailhead of the RoH you can continue on the former Milwaukee Road right-of-way, which is known as the Olympian Trail, all the way to St. Regis. All this is available on Google Maps.

BTW...I have read some so so reviews of the Cowboy Trail which mention poor maintenance and lots goat head thorns.

In the east, there is the D&L Trail system in PA, although it has some gaps. In can be combined with the D&R path system in NJ. The Pine Creek Trail in PA is another option as is the Allegheny River Trail.

General Discussion / Re: Shipping Bicycle help?
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:04:55 am »
Size matters in shipping costs, so some level of dismantling will save money, possibly a lot of money. Figure out what the dimensions and weight will be before looking at costs. And determine the zip code of the origin and destination. Then figure out if you need insurance and how much. Only when you have figured these things out are you ready to go look for a shipper.

FedEx and UPS have online shipping calculators, so you can see what it will cost. The US Postal Service is usually not a feasible way to ship a bike —they probably won’t take anything that large at any cost.

Check out the shipping services of bus and train lines too. E.g., Greyhound and Amtrak.

Most surprising of all are the shipping resellers. and are usually cheaper than FedEx, even though they use FedEx to transport the bike.

Thanks for all the info. I think they decided to go with FedEx and are able to dismantle the bike. Do you happen to know price difference between going direct through them direct or through  Bikeflights ?
I know there are variable but how much do you think it would be?
Thanks again

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Bikeflights will almost certainly be less expensive that going through FedEx. Once your friend has a box size and estimated weight (size is more of a price driver than weight) she can get on line quotes from both services.

Ideas on route from Buffalo WY toward Rapid City and picking up the Mickelson Trail?
Look at a map. The Mickelson doesn't go to Rapid City. In fact, it's west of Rapid City. And while it does go by Crazy Horse (You can see it from the trail.), it doesn't take you to Mt. Rushmore. Crazy Horse is located along the trail between Hill City and Custer, so if you ride past it you have already ridden south of the junction with SD 244, which takes you right passed Mt. Rushmore and then to Keystone.

General Discussion / Re: Anyone know how much this Giant rear rack weighs?
« on: December 29, 2017, 08:05:11 am »
Hang one rack on a bungy.  Measure the bungy.  Hang the other rack on the bungy and measure. The rack that extends the bungy the most is the heavier of the two.
Great idea.

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