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Gear Talk / Re: Hydraulic or cable disc brakes for the Trans Am?
« on: October 13, 2017, 08:29:31 pm »
I am no expert, but I bought a Trek 520 with disc breaks in first disc break bike. I've put about 600 miles on it thus far including a 70 mile ride last weekend in mountains in eastern KY. I love the disc breaks (cable). I have no experience with hydraulic, but the cable system is simple and I would feel far more comfortable fixing problems with this system than a hydraulic system. I will be doing Trans Am next year on this far I am very pleased with it.

General Discussion / Re: TA Maps
« on: September 16, 2017, 01:12:57 pm »
I'll be there at 3 pm today. Normally start a little later, but wife has plans for this evening. I'm wearing a white helmet, on a black Trek 520 road bike, blue shoes. If you see this before then, let me know if you want to meet up.

General Discussion / Re: TA Maps
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:55:53 am »
Thanks. I actually have the first two sections...plan to do some riding on some of the KY section before my trip next year. I'm riding on the Legacy trail 3-5 days a week now. Plan to rid it tomorrow in the morning and afternoon to get in around 50 miles. If you want to meet up and ride some just let me know.

By the way, for anyone else looking for map update info, here is what I received from ACA about the update plans.
Yes, there will be several updates to the TA maps scheduled in 2018. They are listed below.

1: new map available Mar 2018
2: new map available Apr 2018
3: new map available Jul 2018
4: current map will not change in 2018
5: new map available Mar 2018
6: new map available Feb 2018
7: current map will not change in 2018
8: current map will not change in 2018
9: current map will not change in 2018
10: current map will not change in 2018
11: current map will not change in 2018
12: new map available Oct 2018

Ha...small world. I'm in Lexington as well :-) I'm planning East to West because I've traveled--and lived--all over the East, North-East, South, and South-West US, (retired active duty Air Force) but have never lived/traveled much in the Mid-west/North-west. Nothing against the east, but I want to be traveling toward the beauty of the west to have something to look forward to--would much rather be looking forward to riding toward the Rockies than the Smokies :-)

Do you ride on the Legacy Trail? I've been doing that from my house downtown quite a bit over the past few months...I can get 25 miles out and back on it with no traffic worries.

I'm planning to do the same thing starting sometime in May. The last time I thought about doing it was 8-9 years ago--actually posted here about it--but like many, life got in the way and I didn't get to do it. I'm at the point in my life now where, barring an unexpected life event, I can take the time to do it and am excited about it. My wife wants me to find someone to ride with, but I'm not too keen on the idea...I don't want to hold anyone up and don't want to be held up. Having said that, I hope to meet people along the way and have no objections to riding together for stretches as long as it's fun. I'll be 58, plan on self-contained, traveling light(ish) (meaning, no front panniers), camping some and motels some just depending on how I feel and where I am when the day ends, don't know the daily mileage I'll be doing, but am clearing my calendar for 10 weeks (if it takes me 6 that's fine and if it takes me 10 that's ok as well). I'm going east to west and may start somewhere around Myrtle Beach and figure out how to connect with the TAT as soon as possible from there. Been training all summer and have a plan to keep my base fitness through the winter--shouldn't be too tough since living in KY and the winters aren't too terrible. So, having said all this, I don't want to commit to traveling all the way with anyone, but would certainly be open to communicating with people planning to do the same thing and if we can ride some together that would be great.

General Discussion / Re: TA Maps
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:42:05 am »
Excellent....thanks for the reply Jennifer.


General Discussion / Re: UK Trip Planning...John O'Groats to Lands End
« on: September 05, 2017, 07:37:10 pm »
I did Lands End to John O'Groats in 1992 with three of my Hunts AC running club buddies. We were distance runners and just decided one evening over a few pints that we would do the bike ride. We continued our running during the week and started bike riding on the weekends...worked up to doing 100 miles on Sundays for about 2 months before starting. We left Lands End sometime in July. We mapped out own route using a UK road atlas. Traveled up the West coast until northern England--I believe we started cutting across to the East Coast around the Peak District, then followed the east coast through Scotland. We did self supported and camped. I was young and full of energy back was about 1,100 miles and we did it in 9 days. I was stationed there in the US Air Force for 6 years--4 in the early 80s and 2 in the 90s. Saw more of the UK in those 9 days than I did in the entire 6 years living there. If I ever do it again, the only thing I would change (other than going a little slower) is I would continue on the west coast all the way up--Scotland was beautiful, but I hear it's even more beautiful in the west. I remember wearing a gore tex jacket a lot on the ride even in July--it can get a little chilly and you can count on rain although it wasn't bad...maybe only a couple days of rain. Have will be a great ride.

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: November 04, 2008, 12:48:42 pm »
Thanks to everyone for all the great advice. I hear you about the travel partner. I don't want to be a burden to anyone and vice-versa.

Thanks again.

General Discussion / Northern Tier -- Start Late May 2009
« on: October 26, 2008, 02:25:55 pm »
Thanks MH. Yea, I realize 100 miles a day is ambitious...I'll just need to adjust to the variables. I'm going to give myself 60 days, but hope to do it in 50 or less...with a day or two-three rest. But, if it takes 60, so be it. I continue to think I'm 20 years younger than I am ;-)

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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