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Gear Talk / Re: does a messenger bag is practical ?
« on: June 06, 2023, 11:28:02 am »
I would not recommend a messenger bag for long distance or local cycling trips, unless you need to carry large oblong objects locally for short distances. Long distance I don't like any bag on my back.

So you carry all your stuff on your bike as well ? Thanks to the racks ?

Gear Talk / Re: does a messenger bag is practical ?
« on: June 05, 2023, 12:23:37 pm »
Thanks for the extra note, but yes I was talking about long distance, so I will look to equip my bike than equip my back haha

Gear Talk / Re: does a messenger bag is practical ?
« on: June 05, 2023, 11:29:25 am »
Thanks for the insights!
Your advice about transitioning to using racks or panniers on the bike is noted as well. Your input has been really helpful in my decision-making process. Thanks again Ray !  :D

Great Lakes / Re: Indiana Tippicanoe State Park Camping
« on: June 05, 2023, 10:28:14 am »
thanks for the information!

Gear Talk / does a messenger bag is practical ?
« on: June 05, 2023, 10:22:52 am »
Hello fellow cyclists,  8)

I'm considering using a messenger bag while cycling but have some concerns about its practicality. I would appreciate your insights and experiences regarding its suitability for cycling.
Would you recommend it for everyday cycling? Does a messenger bag stay securely in place while cycling, without affecting balance or maneuverability?  :)
Any additional tips, suggestions, or alternative options for carrying items while cycling would be greatly appreciated.

Routes / Re: Astoria to San Francisco on pacific cost
« on: June 05, 2023, 10:13:23 am »
Anyone that has rode from Astoria to San Francisco how long is a good time frame to allow for the ride. I have two weeks off at the end of September and was going to try and ride  this route. How many days is the average to complete this route. Thank you.

On average, most cyclists complete this route in around two to three weeks. However, if you have a two-week timeframe, it's still possible to enjoy a significant portion of the journey. You can plan your route to prioritize the highlights and must-see destinations along the coast.

To make the most of your time, it's advisable to aim for an average daily mileage of 50 to 70 miles, depending on your fitness and comfort level. This will allow you to cover a good distance while still leaving time for rest, sightseeing, and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Pacific Coast.

Enjoy your adventure along the Pacific Coast, and may you have a fantastic time exploring this picturesque route!  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Your best single piece of advice
« on: June 05, 2023, 10:11:40 am »
Hi All

I've posted here before about my upcoming TA tour and can't believe that I'm now less than 4 months away from starting. The flights were booked yesterday and so the serious planning starts now.

I'm flying from London to Washington DC (May 3rd) and will take the W&OD Trail out of DC, before heading towards Shenandoah NP, joining the TA in Waynesboro, VA. I'll stay on the TA until I find a suitable route to head north to Glacier NP, after which I'll join the Northern Tier towards Seattle (flight departs July 31st).

This group is always extremely helpful and I've returned once again to ask for your advice. Given the route outlined above, the fact that this is very much a leisurely, fully loaded tour, I'm fit and healthy, an experienced cyclist, BUT this is my very first tour, is there one piece of advice which you think is particularly important to consider as I make my plans?

Thanks again.


It's great to hear about your upcoming TA tour, and it's exciting that you're now just a few months away from starting. With your flights booked and serious planning underway, it's time to gather some valuable advice from this helpful group.

Considering your route and the nature of your leisurely, fully loaded tour, here's a crucial piece of advice to keep in mind as you make your plans:

Take it at your own pace. As a fit and experienced cyclist, you may be tempted to push yourself to cover long distances each day. However, since this is your first tour, it's essential to give yourself time to enjoy the journey, take breaks, and savor the experiences along the way. Be flexible with your schedule, allowing for rest days or detours to explore interesting sights or meet fellow cyclists. Remember, the goal is to have a memorable and enjoyable tour.

Additionally, prioritize safety. Make sure you have appropriate safety gear, including a well-fitted helmet, reflective clothing, and bike lights for visibility. Plan your routes carefully, taking into account road conditions and traffic, and always follow traffic laws. Stay hydrated, carry essential tools and spare parts, and familiarize yourself with basic bike maintenance.

Finally, connect with the cycling community. Reach out to local cycling groups or fellow cyclists who have completed similar tours. Their insights and recommendations can be invaluable in enhancing your experience and providing valuable tips specific to the areas you'll be cycling through.

Wishing you a fantastic TA tour filled with beautiful landscapes, memorable encounters, and a sense of accomplishment. Have a great time planning, and feel free to ask any further questions you may have.

Happy cycling!
- Juan  8)

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