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General Discussion / Eating and spending on a two month biking spree
« on: April 18, 2007, 06:13:09 pm »
Right, StephanieP,

See my posting on the 16th,

Lots of people make that ride.  I wouldn't unless I had support.  
However, I'm not whatever age you are.

Personally I think there's more danger being run down by some
careless driver than all the other hazzards possited here.

What I suggested above comes from not only becoming a rider at my
age, but also training others to ride over the past several years.


General Discussion / Eating and spending on a two month biking spree
« on: April 17, 2007, 03:09:14 am »
Well, SP - let me ask several questions and than I'll make my
What's your riding experience?  What's the longest day's ride?  Do you
have a bike?  Have you spent time on city streets in traffic?  What about
out in the country?  How frequently have you ridden?  What gear do you
have?  Can you change a tube?   Can you patch a tube?  Do you know
what to do if you blow out a tire?  Drop a chain?  Break a chain?

And your bike.  What are you riding - a hybrid, road, mountain.  
Cyclocross or touring?

If you haven't a clue on any or all those questions, find out quickly how
to deal with such minor mishaps.

If you peanutbutter and jelly/honey and fruit you probably can go quite
a distance on that diet.  You might be malnourished by the time you hit
Arizona, but I think you can handle it.

Now.  Rt 66 - The Mother Road.  I traveled, actually drove on it from
Chicago to Az where I headed up to Las Vegas, NV.  That'll give you a
clue to my age.

I also would like to make that ride.  In fact, New Mexico does have a Rt
66 ride.

A couple of years ago I drove from Long Beach, CA down to Lake
Havasu, AZ.  Every now and then I would see signs that said, "Rt. 66".  
And there it was, mostly dirt or broken pavement.  Many times
separated from the interstate by barbwire or a fence.

So, as to your bike.  Make sure it can handle at least 28 mm wide tires.  
That'll get you over the hard pack, and if you find you have to get up
on the interstate, they might help in preventing tire troubles.  
Interstates are not clean places to ride bikes.

If you're flexible, you might get a set of maps from Adventure Cycling
for their Southern Route.  Don't exactly how it goes, but the route
might have better roads that 66.

Your trip sounds exciting.  Wish I could do it with you.

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