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Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: August 12, 2009, 08:25:52 pm »
I've had Arkels (GT-54's and T-18's) for 5 years and over 150 days on the road and have had no problems with them at all. I like having all the the pockets rather than digging through a big sack every time I want something. This makes it very easy to keep your stuff organized. The zippers on the main compartments are on the sides of the bags allowing for access when you have gear on the top of the rear rack. 

That being said, I agree with valygrl about the weight. I would certainly consider weight when buying another set of panniers. The panniers she referenced look pretty good to me but they do lack the drybag that the Arkel's have. I would probably consider the Lone Peaks with the rain covers but sadly I don't think my Arkel's are going to wear out any time soon.

General Discussion / Re: biking across america with diabetes
« on: March 30, 2009, 10:22:05 am »
Diabetes has been a known disease for over 2000 years, not a whole lot of food adultering going on back then. 

Routes / Re: need northern short cut
« on: March 28, 2009, 10:34:58 am »
Here is a link to the N.Y. state bike routes, hopefully it will help.

Here's a link to help you find campgrounds in Iowa.

If you wanted to use Adventure Cycling maps you could take the Lewis and Clark Route to Sioux City, Ia. Then use Iowa Transportation Maps for bicyclists, which are free from the Ia. DOT, to get to Jefferson, Ia and the trail Russ spoke about.

Routes / Re: East to West
« on: March 02, 2009, 09:21:30 am »
You are going to have to get your bike and yourself to one coast or the other no matter which direction you choose. You can ship your bike to a bike shop or a hotel. The wind shouldn't be that much of an issue, so go with whatever you want to do. Check out some journals and forums on crazyguyonabike to see what other people have done.

Here is a very good journal about 3 guys riding e-w from N.Y.

Gear Talk / Re: Four gears in hub.
« on: February 28, 2009, 09:37:54 am »
The tandem wheels I have are dishless due to the spacing of the rear dropouts being 145mm. Co-Motion builds their touring bikes with this spacing so they will have dishless rear wheels. I don't have a Co-Motion but my touring bike has this spacing and I have never had a spoke issue.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Michigan Hiway 23 to Mackinac bridge
« on: February 19, 2009, 11:10:11 am »
I rode hwy 23 south from Mackinaw City to Alpena last summer as part of a loop. For the most part the road had nice shoulders, traffic got heavier the closer I got to Alpena. Not bad but it had been very light before that. I was riding on a Sunday morning. There are 2 campgrounds outside of Mackinaw City on hwy 23 and a KOA in town. I used Michigan State Bicycle Maps which can be purchased from the Michigan DOT. They were very useful and had more info than a road map. Good Luck.

General Discussion / Re: ‘Camping’: Is it really necessary?
« on: February 05, 2009, 02:17:25 pm »
I think if you were able to ride long days when needed it would be possible. I ran into a British couple in Kansas on the transam in 2006 E-W and they were staying at motels. They had a journal on CGOAB but I can't find it now, I know they made it to Oregon. They always made reservations for the next day upon arriving in a town. Being willing to stay off route would be helpful also.

Routes / Re: Pennsylvania to Oregon
« on: January 26, 2009, 05:26:45 pm »
You might also look at the Northern Tier Route which goes through Erie and ends in Anacortes, Washington. You could possibly combine that route with other ACA routes to get you to Oregon. An example would be to take the Northern Tier / connect with Lewis and Clark in Williston, N.D. and ride to Missoula, Mt. /and then take either the Transam or Lewis and Clark to Oregon. I agree, these maps are great way to go.

Routes / Re: Pennsylvania to Oregon
« on: January 26, 2009, 07:54:36 am »
Check out the Transam route on this site. Also google the DOT website in each of the states you will travel through. Many offer free road maps and some have state bicycle maps and routes.

General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: January 12, 2009, 04:32:17 pm »
Two Thumbs up! Thank you

General Discussion / Re: Biking from the West Coast in May: too early?
« on: January 10, 2009, 09:17:34 am »
If you were thinking about the Northern Tier here is a link for road conditions on Hwy 20 in the Cascades.

Gear Talk / Stylish Biking Cloths?
« on: February 26, 2008, 10:11:46 pm »
I prefer regular bike clothing also but another choice might be Andiamo underwear worn with regular shorts. Here is a link to a website for Andiamo and some other clothing.

Routes / Midwest Routes
« on: February 14, 2008, 04:46:15 pm »
You could also use either the Northern Tier or the Lewis and Clark routes as part of a loop.

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