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Offline On My Ride Today

Connecting with other members to ride trans am
« on: November 18, 2016, 04:04:18 pm »
I am new to this so I may not be in the right place to post. I am looking at riding the trans am 2018. I may want to ride with a group. Is there anywhere I can go to find buddies to ride with?

Offline John Nelson

Re: Connecting with other members to ride trans am
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2016, 04:16:08 pm »
There's a few different ways. You can make a "Companions Wanted" entry and form your own group:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/adventure-cyclist/companions-wanted/

Or you could join one of ACA's guided tours:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/guided-tours/

But I'd like you to keep your mind open to the idea of going solo. First of all, a heck of a lot of groups formed by strangers (not counting the guided tours), break apart before they get very far. There are just too many different touring styles (where to eat, where to sleep, how far to ride, how fast to ride, how often to stop, how long to stop, how much to spend, etc.). It's very hard to find compatible people to tour with unless you can all agree beforehand to one leader who makes all final decisions. Furthermore, for many people, touring solo is the ultimate experience. Touring is about freedom, and nothing gives you more freedom than not having to worry about others. If you think touring solo means being lonely, think again. You're going to meet tons of people. And if you think touring in a group is safer, I think there's ample evidence to support the assertion that touring alone is plenty safe.


Offline On My Ride Today

Re: Connecting with other members to ride trans am
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2016, 04:22:25 pm »
Thank you. That is very helpful. The idea of riding solo is appealing. I guess there are a lot of riders along the way to keep company with.

Offline RonK

Connecting with other members to ride trans am
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2016, 11:23:30 pm »
Sure, there will be like minded cyclists travelling in both directions, and it's good to meet up and chew the fat with them, perhaps ride with them for a while.

But don't neglect to engage with the locals along the way. You will have a much broader experience than if you travel in a nuclear group. Riding solo encourages more interaction.
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indyfabz

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Re: Connecting with other members to ride trans am
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2016, 10:18:03 am »
Thank you. That is very helpful. The idea of riding solo is appealing. I guess there are a lot of riders along the way to keep company with.

I have done some of the MT portion of the TransAm three times in the last few years, including back in June of this year. Met lots of other people along the way. Thus June I met two guys who were travelling together who had hooked up informally with a solo rider. A few days later I spent two nights at the Bike Camp in Twin bridges. Two solo riders and a group of three stayed there. All were heading east. In 2014 I camped in Jackson with more than a half dozen other riders doing the TransAm.

I also agree that riding alone or with maybe one or two other people tends to lead to more "intimate" interaction with locals. My first tour was ACA's group Northern Tier tour with a total of 13 people. The neatest interactions with locals happened when group members were on their own or with one or two others. For example, me and one other guy had taken a side trip in Indiana to visit a bike shop. While we were on our way to meet up with the rest of the group, we stopped at a café for breakfast. We ended up talking to a farmer who was the town's former mayor. After he left for work, we asked for out check. The waitress told us the farmer had paid for our breakfasts. Doubt any of that would have happened if there had been a half dozen or more of us.

After that trip ended, I rode home down the east coast alone and was the recipient of far more offers of kindness that I did when I was with the entire group.

Offline Soulboy#1

Re: Connecting with other members to ride trans am
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2016, 06:48:13 pm »
Hi there.

I'm doing the trans am trail starting in May 2017. It's a first for me and I've decided to go solo like the guts have already said. I've never done a tour before (although keen road cyclist) so I'm raring to go. A few folk back here in the UK have said they'd love to come with me but all of a sudden the thought of being with someone else kinda didn't feel right? Maybe this will change as I go Long but for now I'm going solo. Happy touring.

Offline dancingcyclist

Re: Connecting with other members to ride trans am
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2017, 05:57:32 pm »
I'm not planning to ride the Trans Am right away but I to am looking for 1 or 2 companions to do some self-contained touring around the West Coast area including the Pacific Coast Hwy.
 
I'm on a limited income so I can't afford the guided tours plus I'm not real comfortable around a large group of strangers. I've tried to place an ad in the "companions wanted" section a couple times but it does not seem to work as I can't locate my own ad.

I could go solo but after backpacking/day hiking mostly solo the last 25+ years and a couple bike overnights the last two years I would like some company on my bike tours. I have found that when traveling solo I get into a mind set of getting to my set goal and don't stop to enjoy the traveling like I should and really want to. A companion slows me down "stop and smell the roses" so to speak. I also find I enjoy the input/suggestions of others and not having to make all the decisions.

Lastly as my age creeps up (65) and the body slows down I feel company does add a little extra safety just in case.

Offline JHamelman

Re: Connecting with other members to ride trans am
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2017, 09:11:45 am »
Hi,

I've tried to place an ad in the "companions wanted" section a couple times but it does not seem to work as I can't locate my own ad.

Two things to note about our Companions Wanted listings:

1. You must be a current member to place a listing. You can call us at 800-755-2453 or use the Contact Us form on the website to check your membership status.
2. Each ad must be approved by a staff member in the office. You will not immediately see your listing as it may take a day or two for it to be reviewed and accepted.

I hope this helps.

Jennifer
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