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Messages - John Nelson

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Even when legal, riding on the interstate is no fun, and you will get a lot of flats. Always use alternatives if you can find them.

Gear Talk / Re: front gears
« on: August 06, 2017, 05:49:21 am »
It's all about gear inches. If the gear inches on your new bike will be as low as the lowest gear you used on the biggest hill you've climbed on a tour, then you're good. As long as you don't plan to get any older, of course. I don't think, however, many of us would like a bike without a front derailleur. But it sounds like you're not many of us. And you're touring supported.

Does your mechanic tour?

I agree with John. June 15 is probably ideal. An earlier start increases your chance of rain in the early weeks. A later start will reduce your average day length, and more average daylight increases your options.

General Discussion / Re: Front Suspension
« on: July 31, 2017, 12:17:11 am »
On paved roads in first-world countries, I believe you are better off without a suspension fork.

Routes / Re: Two Weeks/Early Oct/900 miles max
« on: July 21, 2017, 12:07:50 am »
If BC means that you're somewhere near Vancouver, then in two weeks you could ride down the Pacific Coast to the California border.

I chose to ride through SF from Samuel Taylor State Park to Half Moon Bay, for the reasons you stated. I didn't want to pay SF prices. There's a nice campground at Half Moon Bay, but watch out for the raccoons there.

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle Dynamo Charger
« on: July 19, 2017, 12:29:34 pm »
Batteries are too good, too inexpensive and too readily available. Hills are too steep. There's no need.

General Discussion / Re: GPS Tracker
« on: July 18, 2017, 12:18:02 pm »

Routes / Re: Advice on route from NYC to Santa Monica
« on: July 17, 2017, 05:20:30 pm »
I loved BR66. The interstate wasn't that much of a problem. Not that much of it is close enough for it to be bothersome.

61 miles a day is doable. A bit more of a challenge as the days get shorter, but still doable.

Routes / Re: Advice on route from NYC to Santa Monica
« on: July 17, 2017, 03:25:48 pm »
I finished Route 66 in late September in Santa Monica. I think a late October finish would be fine, weather-wise. The California desert was still hot as blazes in September, so I think it would be better in October. The only reason I finished in September was to avoid the shorter days of October, since I really like long days to ride.

I would check the historical weather for the places you'll be on the days you'll be there. I always do this before a trip. I like weatherspark. I'm guessing that Flagstaff will be your coldest spot. The average low is about freezing for when you'll be there, but the average high is still a pleasant 60 degrees F.

Gear Talk / Re: Tent ground cloth?
« on: July 14, 2017, 11:46:16 am »
If you camp in campgrounds, or other areas where the ground is generally smooth and free of debris, then a ground cloth is probably unnecessary. But if you sometimes camp on rocky ground or in areas where the ground may be covered with thorns, I would think a ground cloth would be useful.

Routes / Re: TransAm Halfway Point?
« on: July 13, 2017, 08:14:26 am »
It's going to be a bit different for each rider, depending on route options and overnight stops (e.g., I took the Mammoth Cave option). My exact halfway was 5 miles west of Eads.

Gear Talk / Re: Tent ground cloth?
« on: July 08, 2017, 11:51:23 am »
Lasts forever, but you'll wake up the whole camp when you shake it out in the morning.

Food Talk / Re: Sports/Endurance Drinks on Tour?
« on: July 04, 2017, 07:50:17 pm »
Just give it up.

At home, I used to use Gatorade on all long rides. Then I quit using it, and haven't missed it at all.

On tour, it's just too much trouble. And it makes keeping your water bottles clean harder. And a sports drink is not as versatile--you can't dump it over your head or wash your hands with it.

As was said earlier, it's better to get your nutrients from actual food.

Gear Talk / Re: Endurance bike advice
« on: July 03, 2017, 10:55:04 pm »
A hundred different bikes will work fine. Most manufacturers make bikes designed for long distances. They have longer wheelbases and wider tires. I have a compact double with a 34x28 low gear. I ride it all over the Colorado Rockies, and I'm an old fart who's a lousy climber. Your requirements are not very constraining. Get a bike from a local shop that fits you well and feels good to ride. Or just use a bike you already have.

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