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Messages - John Nelson

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Gear Talk / Re: Should bicycle helmets be retired after a certain age?
« on: December 30, 2017, 05:59:50 pm »
Mine have always been replaced because of impact damage, never age.  I'd prefer them to age, however.
I really, really, really wish I could keep a helmet intact long enough for it to be old enough to worry about.

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Gear Talk / Re: Search for the perfect touring bike mirror
« on: December 30, 2017, 02:47:03 pm »
I tired the helmet mount mirror but after one ride stopped using it. I just couldn't get comfortable with it--was more distracting than helpful.

Mirrors are very personal, and everybody seems to like a different mirror. In my opinion, you didn't give your helmet-mounted mirror a sufficient chance. One ride is not enough. It probably took me three months to fully get used to it, and now I feel naked without it. I never liked handlebar-mounted mirrors because they seem to always vibrate and you can't easily point them, which is a problem when you are on a curve or want to check on the rider behind you. Furthermore, if you're in a country that drives on the right, you want your mirror on the left, which gets in the way when you lay your bike down on the non-drive side.

Don't like helmet mounted mirrors because I take my helmet on and off many times on a ride and its not always treated gently.  So the mirror would get moved every time.

A valid complaint, but it only takes me a second to adjust it. I found that taping the mirror on with electrical tape significant reduced the problem. I don't really like eyeglass-mounted mirrors because I can't get the mirror far enough away from my eyes to be comfortably visible.

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Routes / Re: From Sea to Shining Sea.... 2018
« on: December 29, 2017, 12:24:41 pm »
How tied are you to August? For many reasons (weather, available daylight, campground availability, etc.), a May start would be better.

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Routes / Re: Cross country in 8 weeks?
« on: December 26, 2017, 02:32:18 pm »
Don't try to fit South Dakota into this ride. It just complicates things. You have the rest of your life to get to South Dakota.

The shortest cross-country route is the Southern Tier. It easily fits into your time constraints. But May to October is probably too hot for the Southern Tier.

I did the Northern Tier in 9 weeks without trying too hard. You can probably do it in 8, but it will be a bit of a rush. If you want to stay in motels every night, you will likely have a few long days. But I don't suppose that will be a show-stopper.

The TransAm/Western Express combination would probably be my recommendation. Start in early May in Yorktown and finish by the end of June.

I agree with you about the wind. Don't use it as a factor in your decision.

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Gear Talk / Re: AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« on: December 25, 2017, 09:20:39 pm »
Your air mattress makes a huge difference to your warmth too.

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Gear Talk / Re: AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« on: December 25, 2017, 07:35:39 pm »
My philosophy on bags is to assume that on the coldest night, I will be simultaneously wearing every article of clothing I brought with me inside the sleeping bag. Then I buy the right bag for that assumption. Also remember that you won’t (or shouldn’t) be sleeping on the top of the Pass. You’ll descend to some place much lower before making camp.

I agree with Nyimbo that Yellowstone is most likely the coldest place on the TransAm that you will camp without a reasonable indoor alternative (unless you pay a fortune and make reservations a year in advance).

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone know how much this Giant rear rack weighs?
« on: December 25, 2017, 05:51:13 pm »
If you care about gear weight, you’ll need one anyway. I weigh all my gear. Besides, you can use it for cooking too.

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone know how much this Giant rear rack weighs?
« on: December 25, 2017, 05:38:39 pm »
Do you have a kitchen scale?

You can’t believe the manufacturer specs on weight anyway.

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone know how much this Giant rear rack weighs?
« on: December 25, 2017, 05:31:14 pm »
I’m confused. Does this mean you already have the rack?

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Gear Talk / Re: AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« on: December 25, 2017, 05:27:43 pm »
It may never get below freezing. If it does, it’ll only be once or twice. Stay in a motel those nights.

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone know how much this Giant rear rack weighs?
« on: December 25, 2017, 05:23:51 pm »
Why spend money you don’t need to? It can’t possibly weigh a significant amount less.

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone know how much this Giant rear rack weighs?
« on: December 25, 2017, 10:25:39 am »
Most all rear racks are going to be in the same weight range. This one, being mostly aluminum, is going to be on the low end of the weight, cost and capacity range. I’d worry much more about durability.

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Gear Talk / Re: Does anyone pack Cycling Thermal Tights?
« on: December 23, 2017, 06:12:36 pm »
I usually don’t tour in the winter, so no.

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If you don’t want to get out the hose, you can rinse it with a pump garden sprayer. And/or just wipe it down with a rag.

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Routes / Re: Route 66 - 2018 - Who & When?
« on: December 14, 2017, 07:08:48 pm »
It’s all paved. Occasionally  the pavement is a bit rough, but ordinarily road tires are fine. Standard touring width is fine (32 to 40).

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