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Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

16 December 2014 - 8:32pm
lisap wrote:Are you planning an epic trip MrsHJ?

Yes, have to wait until the kids a a little older and I can abandon them for 3 months as their Dad works evenings so they need to be teenage as otherwise the babysitting would bankrupt us! It's fun thinking about it though and thinking through the options like an extra long planning session. Luckily work lets people take extended leave every so often.

It will be trans- something. One of my girlfriends emailed today to say she is definitely up for a trans America and I've cycled with her a lot on long trips and introduced her to cycle touring in Portugal so whilst I'm happy to travel solo it could be a good combination.

Re: 1980s Raleigh Esprit for tour of Italy?

16 December 2014 - 8:31pm
since almost all the braking in a quick stop is on the front wheel it may be he could just get an aluminium front wheel , which need not break the bank.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

16 December 2014 - 8:28pm
Are you planning an epic trip MrsHJ?

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

16 December 2014 - 8:01pm
lisap wrote:The Southern Tier has to be my least favourite for exactly the same reasons as IRC has mentioned. I also got knocked off the bike in Florida by a stationary car no less. Stupid woman flung open the door of her giant truck thing and backed out bottom first hitting me in the process. It wasn't a pretty sight.

I quite fancy doing the TransAm but linking up with the Western Express so I end up in San Francisco as it's easy to get to the airport by bike. I would also love to do the Underground Railroad because of the history involved rather than the ride itself. My family were Quakers who emigrated to the US in the 1870's up until the 1920's and I want to meet up with their relatives who live in Ohio.

I had forgotten about goatheads

Yes, sorry to continue off topic but interesting stuff. Thank you both for your comments irp and lisap. The Great Allegheny Passage combined with the C & O canal would be a nice easterly section and picking up the Lincoln Highway for small town America sounds very nice . No one seems to enjoy the rolling hills in the east as much as I thought they would! I've also fancied the western express ( partly because I've already travelled most of the route of the Pueblo to Washington coast section) and because it sounds incredible. I do find the desert cycling a bit thought provoking though. Have you doen a blog or got a map,of your trip irp?

From memory there were some sections of 100 miles on the western express without services - maybe it does fit into this thread then. I'd be interested to know what the optimal timing is for this route. It sounds maybe April- June heading out of San Francisco on 1 April, I think you might have to do it as an autumn ride if heading West. Depends on snow on the mountain crossings though.

Re: TOURING 2015

16 December 2014 - 7:56pm
Mrs. M-k and I will be cycling somewhere exotic this spring: BEESTON! Which one? — All five of them, we hope.

Wouldn't bother with the Beeston in Leeds, exotic is not an adjective that sits well in the same sentence as it.

Re: Established touring routes?

16 December 2014 - 7:36pm
Very strong recommend for franceenvelo it's a book. Stanfords have it. The route starts at St Malo where the overnight ferry arrives at 8am.

Re: Multi Function Watches

16 December 2014 - 2:35pm
That would go quite comfortably next to a Doro mobile ! (I have a similar one too in a drawer somewhere )

Al

Re: Multi Function Watches

16 December 2014 - 1:28pm
Sooper8 wrote:MickF- out of interest what is your Seiko auto from the 70's? I have a number of Seiko autos from that era.Here it is.
Seiko DX 25 jewels
Cost me 93 Singapore Dollars in May(?) 1971 bought from the NAAFI.
93 bucks at 7 to the £ is £13 ish. Dirt cheap.
They did them with a white face as well, but at the time I preferred this one.
It's on its third strap, but I haven't worn it for years. It'll still wind and tick and no doubt keep time. It had a visit to the jeweler in the mid 80s for a clean and a bit of TLC. He told me that the only thing that will sign its death knell will be the mainspring bearing as it's a big job to make a new bush. It's the only bearing that isn't jewelled.


Seiko.jpg

Re: Established touring routes?

16 December 2014 - 11:50am
Ron wrote:Might be something here to whet your appetite.
http://www.esterbauer.co.uk/international.html

+1

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

16 December 2014 - 8:20am
mercalia wrote:[quote="tatanab]There are individual state laws about "concealed weapons permits" and for some there are weapons on display. Not that it matters because it would be illegal. As a foreigner you are not allowed to own one. [/quote]
Now that is interesting to know. is that only pistols or also (assault) rifles? not own but also rent/borrow?[/quote][/quote][/quote]Each state has its own laws about no weapons/concealed weapons/weapons on display. They do no even recognise permits from other states. There really is nothing much united about the united states in many ways (driving licences, bank transfers etc). If you want to try various weapons then a visit to a range can work out because you rent whatever you choose for your time on the range. An English friend visited me when I lived there and he (a very good UK club shooter) had a very happy couple of hours banging away with guns he had not fired before.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

16 December 2014 - 8:15am
The Southern Tier has to be my least favourite for exactly the same reasons as IRC has mentioned. I also got knocked off the bike in Florida by a stationary car no less. Stupid woman flung open the door of her giant truck thing and backed out bottom first hitting me in the process. It wasn't a pretty sight.

I quite fancy doing the TransAm but linking up with the Western Express so I end up in San Francisco as it's easy to get to the airport by bike. I would also love to do the Underground Railroad because of the history involved rather than the ride itself. My family were Quakers who emigrated to the US in the 1870's up until the 1920's and I want to meet up with their relatives who live in Ohio.

I had forgotten about goatheads

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

16 December 2014 - 12:11am
MrsHJ wrote:
Noted! Scurries off to check out the adventure cycling map. Hmmm, how did you hook Pittsburgh back into the transam or didn't you bother?

Didn't hit the Transam until halfway across Kansas. Away from the two coasts and big cities there are plenty low traffic roads. I used old Route 30 (Lincoln Highway) from Pittsburgh to near Chicago. Then took the Northern Tier for a few days. Then just followed quiet roads going in the right direction.

The Lincoln Highway was one of my favourite sections. A two lane road carrying only local traffic as through traffic is on the freeways built to supercede the Lincoln. As the former main road it goes through the middle of the small towns and is a pretty direct route.

https://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/

Re: Established touring routes?

16 December 2014 - 12:00am
Might be something here to whet your appetite.
http://www.esterbauer.co.uk/international.html

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

15 December 2014 - 11:04pm
irc wrote:MrsHJ wrote:What was the southern tier like? I've read such diverse reports. It's on my possible list.

It was the least favourite of my 3 USA coast to coast rides. Why? Less varied scenery. The 900 miles of Texas was a bit samey in places. Far more sections of busy roads where the riding was on a shoulder with busy traffic a short distance away. Still worthwhile if you are restricted to a time window from late Sept to early Mayl when more northerly routes are .snowbound. High traffic days are a small proportion but stood out in contrast to other routes. While I was on the route I heard of 3 cyclists hospitalised after being hit by cars. And it isn't a busy cycling route. I only met 2 or 3 dozen other tourers while I was on it.

My favourite - Washington DC to San Francisco. 300 miles of towpath and railtrack to Pittsburgh. Back roads through the midwest and Great Plains then the superb Western Express route from Colorado to San Francisco.

Noted! Scurries off to check out the adventure cycling map. Hmmm, how did you hook Pittsburgh back into the transam or didn't you bother?

Re: TOURING 2015

15 December 2014 - 10:54pm
I'm looking at doing the route from Bangor to Chepstow and then carrying on to home in Taunton. 5 days B&Bing is the plan...

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

15 December 2014 - 10:29pm
rualexander wrote:mnichols wrote:But other than the bears, pumas, wolves, coyotes, racoon's, skunks, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, psychopaths, water born parasites, hypothermia, desert heat, altitude, lack of food, water, motels and phone signal...its quite a nice place?
You missed out mosquitoes, which are large and numerous in the Canadian forests.

And the Goatheads.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

15 December 2014 - 10:27pm
MrsHJ wrote:What was the southern tier like? I've read such diverse reports. It's on my possible list.

It was the least favourite of my 3 USA coast to coast rides. Why? Less varied scenery. The 900 miles of Texas was a bit samey in places. Far more sections of busy roads where the riding was on a shoulder with busy traffic a short distance away. Still worthwhile if you are restricted to a time window from late Sept to early Mayl when more northerly routes are .snowbound. High traffic days are a small proportion but stood out in contrast to other routes. While I was on the route I heard of 3 cyclists hospitalised after being hit by cars. And it isn't a busy cycling route. I only met 2 or 3 dozen other tourers while I was on it.

My favourite - Washington DC to San Francisco. 300 miles of towpath and railtrack to Pittsburgh. Back roads through the midwest and Great Plains then the superb Western Express route from Colorado to San Francisco.

Re: Default tourer?

15 December 2014 - 10:24pm
simonhill wrote:
I wouldn't say they are the default tourer, I've yet to see a European rider one.
I came across two folk from spain (possible that they weren't both spanish - can't remember) on LHTs in cagliari, sardinia.

By the way, Brixton Cycles seem to fit the disc trucker with tektro discs rather than BB7s - can't remember the reason (easier access to spares and fitting them?) But it seemed to make sense when talking to them. I'd encourage anyone in London thinking of a LHT to check Brixton Cycles out.

Re: Andorra, Port de Cabus

15 December 2014 - 10:13pm
Checking out the photos on satellite view is often useful. There are "posted" dates, which give dates like 2007 - 2010.
It's probably similar to this from Tor to the top
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/41058394
and better down from Tor.

I'd take my road bike down (700x28 Gatorskins, usually), but allow a fair bit of extra time - i.e. assume 7-8 mph for the upper section and 12-15 mph for the lower, rather than normal downhill speeds.

Re: Default tourer?

15 December 2014 - 10:07pm
Had my LHT 2 1/2 years now. Very happy with it. Can't really compare cos only had 2 other bikes before, it is certainly better than my last MTB convert.

I'd wanted one for a while but didn't like the spec of the stock bike and would have had to spend lots converting to straight bars, etc. When they brought out frame only and started doing 26" wheels in any frame size I immediately ordered from my LBS.

Mainly Deore build, more than adequate for the job.

Love it, would be looking at it now if it hadn't been left behind in Dubai! Awaiting home delivery in the morning. Still it saved me carting it back from Gatwick on a frosty morning.

About 22,000 kms so far, 14 touring and rest day rides, local stuff, shopping, etc.

If it disappeared tomorrow, I'd order another exactly the same. Nuff said.

I see more Surlys than Thorns, just as well cos the Thorns are ugly. The frames look too small with the sloping top tube and long seat post. The Surlys look like a proper bike.

I wouldn't say they are the default tourer, I've yet to see a European rider on one, but they are more international than most brands. I have recently seen some on the road in Japan and also a shop selling them Thailand, plus an Aussie mate has one.

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