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General Discussion / Re: Arm, Leg or Bike?
« on: June 29, 2012, 08:09:25 am »
I'm not sure if Edinburgh Cycle Co-Op will deliver to Ireland but they have some great touring bikes which are very well priced.   Their own brand Revolution Country Premier is well worth a look, £850 for a steel framed, disk brake equipped bike with mudguards and a rear rack. 

Even if they don't deliver to Ireland, if you have a friend in the 6 counties, I'm pretty sure you could get it delivered there.   Have a look at their website:

Anoher of their bikes worth a look is their Revolution Cross at £450.   It's a crosser but has all the fittings you need for touring such as rack and mudguard mounts.   In fact, it uses the same frame as one of their tourers.   For £600 you could have a pretty good tourer, I know, I have one myself and the oe cross tyres work very well on the road.

As mentioned above, the Adventure touring maps are excellent, imo better than the Sustrans maps we have in the UK.   I also second the idea of getting in some smaller scale tours before you start the Transam.   The Trans Pennine trail might be a good one for you, it starts in Fylde, I believe.   Other than that the C2C and Rievers, back to back make a very pleasant 6 day tour.

As also above, the Sustrans trails are all cycle paths and quiet country roads, the routes you encounter on the TA can be busy.   One of the things I found very helpful was a Garmin Edge with USA maps, more for the ease of finding facilities such as banks and hotels and also if you choose to go off route (or get geographically challenged!)

My phone plan gives me the option to add on a USA call plan which is useful, check with your mobile phone provider, they may well have that as an add on.

General Discussion / Re: Share how you got $ & time off to tour
« on: June 04, 2012, 08:44:32 am »
I suppose the old Yorkshire saying has some validity:

Hear all, see all, say nowt.
Eat all, drink all, pay nowt.
And never do owt for nowt unles tha's doin' it for thi'sen

Routes / Re: Nevada and Utah 2011 ? Advice & tips please
« on: May 27, 2012, 07:12:17 am »
Only one I can help with is where to stay.  There's a Motel 6 close to the airport which I've used a couple of times and am happy to recommend.   

A few thoughts which might help.   I have an 06 Allez Sport and it's an excellent bike but perhaps a bit light and racy for what you have in mind.   The advantage of bringing it with you is that you'll have the use of it whilst working at the camp.   On the other hand, you have the additional expense of shipping.   It might be an idea to contact the camp organisers, you may find they have bikes available.

As for the tour, I wonder if there are any cycle recycle shops in Portland, perhaps someone on the forum may be able to advise and even keep an eye out for any suitable bikes for yourself and your brother.

And if you haven't already done so, I suggest you get hold of the excellent Adventure Cycling Pacific Coast maps.

Have a great trip!

Routes / Re: cycling Germany
« on: May 21, 2012, 06:23:46 pm »
The German Cycling Federation (ADFC) used to offer an excellent booklet with all major cycle routes by region.   I got a copy free from Sustrans a few years ago, don't know if it's still available but it's an excellent guide.   

General Discussion / Re: Woman riding by herself
« on: January 22, 2012, 08:57:53 am »
Josie Dew and Ann Mustoe have written some wonderful books about their travels, I heartily recommend them to anyone thinking of travelling on their own.   

General Discussion / Re: Insurance for U.S. trip
« on: November 25, 2011, 09:46:08 am »
Cyclists Touring Club would be my recommendation, is the main page.   Lots of resources and plenty of useful discounts.   This is the company that they recommend.

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier- Travelling from UK - Help
« on: November 09, 2011, 08:33:04 am »
As an afterthought, I enjoyed the ride down the southern part of the Pacific Coast route from LA toSan Diego.   If you feel you have time in hand, try that.   The cycle paths along the beach are fun with the added pleasure of being able to say: "I've been there" when they show up in film or in TV series :)

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier- Travelling from UK - Help
« on: November 07, 2011, 10:04:03 am »
Did part of it last year but had to fly home early.   I flew BA and got a flexible ticket which meant I could fly in to LA and then get a return flight from Miami 3 months later.   Got it through Thompson Holidays so you should be able to get the same.

Probably a good idea to get in a few days in advance.   It will also help you to acclimatise.   In the past I've included a rental car in the ticket price which helps in the first few days as you're not reliant on taxis etc.  Helps if you get something big enough to carry your bike box and I'd also recommend a Sat Nav.   If you have a Garmin, they're USA map also includes locations of hotels, campgrounds etc.

For somewhere to stay, I usually go for Motel 6, they're generally reasonably priced and the rooms are fine.

Gear Talk / Re: folding bike for touring
« on: November 05, 2011, 10:28:59 am »
I don't know if they're available in the USA but have a look at Moulton bikes.   I haven't ridden one but owners I've spoken to regard them very highly.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier favorite section? Advice needed!
« on: November 04, 2011, 08:56:45 am »
I enjoyed the section from San Diego to Tempe.   Gets a bit steep in paces but nothing you won't be able to cope with.   There's also a pleasant variation in the terrain from the hills around Alpine to the verdant agricultural sections and then the heat of the desert.   

General Discussion / Re: Camp Coffee That Doesn't Suck
« on: October 28, 2011, 07:25:57 am »
No kit required.   Boil some water in your pan, chuck in a handful of coffee and bring back to the boil.   Lift off the flame for a few seconds then repeat twice.   Pour into mug, drink and remember to leave the last half inch or so of liquid in the mug unless you like chewing grains :)   You can also add sugar if required at the first stage.   

This is actually the traditional method of making Turkish coffee although they use a very small copper utensil.

International / Re: Italy
« on: July 22, 2011, 07:14:58 am »
I don't know a particular source but I recommend the Michelin regional series.   They're quite usable for bike touring and highlight scenic routes.   They also identify Michelin rated campsites.   

Regional tourist offices might have cycle route maps. might be helpful

General Discussion / Re: Your top 5 things to take on tour
« on: July 20, 2011, 11:48:46 am »
Another vote for Kindle.   Just come back from a 3 week jolly in France and was really pleased with it.

As regards charging for Garmin, phones etc., I use the shaver sockets in campsite washrooms.

Cooker.   I use a Primus, the pot that came with it has a fast boil heat distributor on it.   Brilliant, boils enough water for a brew faster than you can put the tea/coffee/sugar in the mug!

Yorkshire Tea.   The best, imho!

Soreen Malt Loaf.   (Try it with a sharp cheddar or Wensleydale.   Yum!)

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