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General Discussion / Re: Trans America Trail The Eastern Third (video)
« Last post by Westinghouse on October 22, 2021, 11:18:54 pm »
Despite the pandemic, I was able to get some touring in this summer. Just wanted to share it with y'all through video. If you have nothing better to do, check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks.   
https://youtu.be/R3H-z6Uoty0

That is a good video. I watched and listened.
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General Discussion / Re: Best book you've read on bicycle travel
« Last post by Westinghouse on October 22, 2021, 10:34:05 pm »
The classic Miles to Nowhere by Barbara Savage.  Just a really good book.

Same here. I read it six times.
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General Discussion / Re: Best book you've read on bicycle travel
« Last post by John Nettles on October 22, 2021, 03:51:02 pm »
The classic Miles to Nowhere by Barbara Savage.  Just a really good book.
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General Discussion / Best book you've read on bicycle travel
« Last post by SwampYankee on October 22, 2021, 03:47:06 pm »
While touring this summer I read (listened to) a number of books on bike travel. Including On Roads That Echo by Charlie Walker - exceptional..because he told his story, not just a travel journal. Well done and kept you wondering what challenge and obstacle was next.

What's your favorite bicycle touring book and WHY?

Thanks, SY
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General Discussion / Re: Rumble Strip location
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 21, 2021, 04:48:20 pm »
IIRC, ACA was/is active on the matter of rumble strip placement.

Here is a great example I encountered while riding U.S. 287 north of Ennis, MT.

https://www.google.com/maps/@45.5902471,-111.7088339,3a,90y,6.57h,43.77t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1suvVmtNHCw512e05bipzMLw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

As you can see, what little shoulder there is has been rendered useless for cycling.  Fortunately, traffic was very light the day I rode it, which was before heavy tourist season.  But I suspect that's not always the case because it is the direct route from Ennis to Three Forks.
Saw a good bot of that terrible design in Montanna.
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I will look int those.  They would provide most or all of the advantages of both straps and bungees, without the hazards of bungees.  The only downsides might be cost or durability; but I wouldn’t mind paying more or replacing more often.
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General Discussion / Re: Rumble Strip location
« Last post by BikeliciousBabe on October 21, 2021, 09:46:09 am »
IIRC, ACA was/is active on the matter of rumble strip placement.

Here is a great example I encountered while riding U.S. 287 north of Ennis, MT.

https://www.google.com/maps/@45.5902471,-111.7088339,3a,90y,6.57h,43.77t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1suvVmtNHCw512e05bipzMLw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

As you can see, what little shoulder there is has been rendered useless for cycling.  Fortunately, traffic was very light the day I rode it, which was before heavy tourist season.  But I suspect that's not always the case because it is the direct route from Ennis to Three Forks.


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General Discussion / Re: Rumble Strip location
« Last post by John Nettles on October 21, 2021, 09:45:32 am »
I have seen some poor rumble strip designs that were downright ridiculous though.  Also I fear the in some case rumble strips are used as a crutch by tired drivers to keep driving when they otherwise might have gotten off the road.
Totally agree with the caveat that some "designs" are actually just Bubba the Road Paver deciding what is "good" with no input from the highway engineers, if there were any.
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General Discussion / Re: Rumble Strip location
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 21, 2021, 09:24:20 am »
John,

Thanks for your extensive explanation of and background information on the rumble strip issue.

It is evident that, while design specs have been extensively studied and recommended, implementation thereof have not necessarily been followed for various reasons—the world is not perfect.

All the more reason for supporting off-road routes, such as rails-to-trails.  I do.  Unfortunately, rail-trails are absent in many areas of the country.

Meh, I still prefer to tour on the road despite the fact that some roads are poorly designed.  Not a fan of bikes being segregated to rail trails and such.

I have seen some poor rumble strip designs that were downright ridiculous though.  Also I fear the in some case rumble strips are used as a crutch by tired drivers to keep driving when they otherwise might have gotten off the road.
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General Discussion / Re: Rumble Strip location
« Last post by icetrikerbobc on October 21, 2021, 08:46:26 am »
John,

Thanks for your extensive explanation of and background information on the rumble strip issue.

It is evident that, while design specs have been extensively studied and recommended, implementation thereof have not necessarily been followed for various reasons—the world is not perfect.

All the more reason for supporting off-road routes, such as rails-to-trails.  I do.  Unfortunately, rail-trails are absent in many areas of the country. 
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