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Gear Talk / AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« on: December 25, 2017, 02:49:34 pm »
I'm slowly collecting my gear for the TransAm next year. Have my Trek520 an Ortlieb handlebar bag, Ortlieb rear panniers are on the way, have an MSR Hubba Hubba NX tent. I'll be doing unsupported and plan to stay in motels some and campings some--maybe 50/50. I want to travel light. So, I'm now researching sleeping bags and am thinking about the AegisMax UL bag. Thoughts are welcome...I'm  mainly concerned about whether this may be enough for nights in the rockies--I can handle cold pretty well, but am just not familiar with weather in the northwest nights in mid June to mid July.

Gear Talk / Ortlieb High Vis Panniers Discontinued?
« on: December 06, 2017, 11:52:57 am »
Been slowly collecting my touring gear for spring and just got in my Ortlieb Ultimate 6 handlebar bag. It seems to be great quality and I think I'm really going to like it. Been eyeing the ortlieb high vis rear panniers and just waiting to find the best price. As I was searching today, I looked on the ortlieb website and was surprised to see these seem to be discontinued. I've read nothing but great reviews about them. Wondering if anyone has any insight before I purchase them...still lots of them out there to buy, but seeing this has caused me to pause a minute. Not sure why they would discontinue something that seemed to be very popular.

Gear Talk / Should I buy a road bike?
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:14:19 pm »
I've never owned a nice road bike. Im 57 and in my younger days--prior to 40--I was mainly a distance runner everything from 5k to marathon. I did some biking, but never bought a nice bike. I did bike Lands End to John O'Groats in 1992 on an old steel frame bike that was way to big for me, but I was young and strong and didn't think anything of it.

In August of this year I bought the best, and most expensive, bike I've ever owned--a 2017 Trek 520 touring bike. I'm training on it and have put a little over 1,000 miles on it since September. I'm starting to really enjoy riding. I've lost 20 pounds since September and am beginning to feel fit again. I want to make this a lifestyle change and continue biking for a long time. I bought the Trek with the plan of doing the TransAmerica next year and am still on track to do that barring some major life event that keeps me from it.

I ride mostly along, but have done a few rides with a biking group and there are a lot of other bike riders on the trail where I ride. On my normal rides of 20 to 35 miles, I generally average between 13.5 to 14.5 mph. I know it's better to measure power or effort, but I'm more of an mph kind of guy.

Now to the point of my post and question. I seem to notice that when I ride with others, whether in a group or just passing them (or them passing me) on my rides, the other riders who are on carbon fiber road bikes--and most other riders I encounter are on road bikes--I seem to be working harder on my touring bike than some of them are on their road bikes. Now I know some are a lot fitter than I am and I'm not talking about those individuals. But some people who I think I am just as fit/strong as they are, or maybe even fitter/stronger, some of them (a lot of them) seem to have an easier time maintaining 15mph on their road bikes than I do on my 520.

So, I guess my question is, would I see a noticeable difference in the level of effort it takes to ride at a given speed, say 15 mph, on a carbon fiber road bike vs doing that on my Trek 520 steel frame touring bike? For example, in Oct I did a 20 mile ride with members of the local bike club and we averaged about 17 mph. I was on my Trek and was worn out when I finished. If I was on a carbon fiber road bike instead of the 520, would I have been able to do that same ride with noticeably less effort? I am thinking about investing in a relatively nice road bike--something in the price range of a Trek Domane SL6, but honestly, if riding it wouldn't be noticeably different than riding my 520, then there isn't much point. Regardless I'm keeping my 520 for touring and will be using it on the TA ride, but would be nice to have a "faster" bike for when I do more organized training rides with the bike club. I do know I can get faster and ride at a given mph with less effort by getting fitter and stronger--and I plan to keep building my fitness and strength. But, all else being equal, if a nice carbon fiber road bike would help I am up for the investment.   

Thanks in advance for any advice.

General Discussion / TA Maps
« on: September 04, 2017, 06:19:15 pm »
Wanting to buy a set of the TransAmerica Trail maps for use summer 2018. Would like to get them now to study and for general motivation purposes, but really doesn't make sense to do so if there are due to be updated between now and spring next year. Does anyone know if there are planned updates to the maps between now and April/May 2018? Thanks.

General Discussion / Northern Tier -- Start Late May 2009
« on: October 25, 2008, 06:21:36 pm »
Hello ACA Members,

I'm a 49 year old male, university professor, planning a self-contained ride of the Northern Tier, East to West, starting in late May 2009. I'm an off and on rider. My only other multi-day ride was way back in 1994 when I rode from Lands End to John O'Groats (UK) with three other riders in my running club. That was one of the most memorable adventures of my life and I said then, I was going to do the same across the US some day...well, summer 2009 is the day :-)

I would like to average around 100 miles a day...not real fast riding, but by spending between 8 and 11 hours a day in the seat.

This is my "big adventure" before I hit 50 and my wife is very supportive, but she would feel a lot better if I had a riding buddy. If there is anyone else out there who may be interested let me know.

Thanks and I'm glad to see ACA started these forums again...either this is relatively new or I've just been missing the link for a long time  :)

Edit: Hummm...well, now that I look closer, I guess I've just been missing the link for a long time. I see there have been discussion here for quite a while  :blush:

This message was edited by Figaro on 10-25-08 @ 3:27 PM

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