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Connecting ACA Routes / sanfrancisco bay bridge cycling
« on: May 05, 2007, 07:20:01 pm »
Hi, thanks for the information, I thought the ride would be difficult to navagate, so I might give the BART a go. I don't have to box the bike, so this should be OK.
Thanks Again  

Connecting ACA Routes / sanfrancisco bay bridge cycling
« on: May 02, 2007, 01:41:35 am »
Hi, Trying to organize logistics of my trip. Interested in cycling from San fancisco international airport to Oakland amktrak rail station to connect with the start of the Trans AM. Have been looking at google but the route is freeways. Any advice would be apreciated.

Gear Talk / MTB for touring
« on: August 12, 2008, 02:13:56 am »
Hi. I'd like to respond to this topic as I have just built up on of each ( 700c and 26 inch)tourers over winter.
 The are distinct benitits of a 26 inch wheeled tourer. Firstly the smaller wheels keep the weight lower. I toured last summer on a 26 inch wheeled tourer and found it great when a vehical forced you off the shoulder on to the gravel. Much better than a 700c bike in the same situation.
Secondly the range of mtb tyres broadens your touring terrain, deserts and  mountain tracks you wouldn't do on a 700c tourer.
All things being equal though, on good roads a 700c tourer is going to be faster and cover more distance quicker.

Gear Talk / Bar end vs. STI.....who cares?
« on: October 20, 2006, 06:22:21 am »
I've just completed my first tour  after changing from STI (ultegra) to bar end shifters (dura-ace) on my thorn tourer and I liked them a lot. I liked the fact that you could shift while on the drops and the fact you can be very precice with shifting on the front chain ring. I don't think I would ever go back to STI, although I find the STI's much more comfortable in my hands, especially on long decents than my new brake levers.  

Routes / pacific coast western express, trans am loop
« on: August 12, 2008, 01:57:28 am »
Hi all. I'm intending to fly from Australia to Sanfancisco and do the  Western Express and Trans am  to Eugne and Pacific Coast back to Sanfracisco. Has anyone done this? How long did it take? Which would be the way to do first?Inland or up the coast? I have the choice of either a touring MTB and a 700c Trek 520 and am undecided which bike to take. They both have about the same carring campacity, but the mtb has lower gearing.
Any thoughts apreciated.
Thanks. Phil

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