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Old 07-14-11, 03:50 AM   #1
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I am making plans to travel by bicycle. Most people have a set schedule or route. I am considering something different. I want to follow temperate weather patterns. Right now I am planning to head north when the temperature hits 80F and head south when the temperature hits 40F. I would head east or west when the temperatures are in between. I also plan on renting a car if the temperature goes below 30 or above 90 as an emergency measure. This seems good in theory but I'm sure there are lots of people out there that can poke holes in this theory. That's what I want. Tell me what I'm not seeing.

This trip may last a month, a year or a lifetime. Don't know yet. Will mostly be in the USA for the time being.
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Old 07-14-11, 05:27 AM   #2
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I think you need more of a plan.
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Old 07-14-11, 05:33 AM   #3
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Naaaa- just get the bike and ride. If Camping and carrying lots- the think of a BOB trailer. If Motels- then panniers will suffice.

Just walk out the door and ride- Return when ready.

And think of a STEEL bike. Garages can repair steel frames easily--C.F. will write off the bike.
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How will you carry the bike in the car? Rentals folks don't like bike carriers on their cars. Perhaps there are some rental agencies that provide them?

Temps in Colorado vary widely, as they do in many mountain/high altitude locations. High passes can be 30F in summer, while the valleys can be 80 and 90F, and you can go from one to the other in 1 day, or the temp can vary that much from day-to-day.

But all that is manageable, and, mostly, have fun.
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Old 07-14-11, 06:06 AM   #5
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Old 07-14-11, 06:07 AM   #6
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Old 07-14-11, 06:10 AM   #7
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Pretty much just take the wheels off and put it in the backseat. panniers and other stuff in the trunk.
Thanks for your input.
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Pretty much just take the wheels off and put it in the backseat. panniers and other stuff in the trunk.
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OK - I do that in my Neon, but somehow manage to get some chain grease spread around in the process.!! I guess that could be avoided.
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Old 07-14-11, 07:05 AM   #9
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If you have the means to do this, go for it. As with many things people tend to over think the situation. Take the minimum stuff you will need, and just take it day by day. There will be a lot less stress that way, and I would think that is what you are aiming for.
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Hope you can ride fast if you come to Southern Maine on the coast. Our temperatures can vary between 50 and 90 at the blink of an eye if the wind decides to shift suddenly. We either get a warm Southwest wind or a chilly damp wind from the East which has traveled over the cold Labrador current.
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Old 07-14-11, 07:13 AM   #11
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I'm thinking that depending on the locations the weather patterns could change much faster than you might anticipate. I'm also thinking.... hey, and adventure!
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Old 07-14-11, 07:47 AM   #12
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What's your destination? Or is this a no destination ride?
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Larryoboyd seems like one of those hippie type guys from back in the day. Go-get-em guy!!!, ...and keep us posted on your journey.
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Old 07-14-11, 08:41 AM   #14
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I think you have THE PERFECT plan. Do what Leonardo de Caprio said about 'himself' in Titanic. "Tomorrow I will be on God's good humor". Let the adventure take you where it will. I think that is AWESOME!! No real plans. Figure out life as you go.
Do you fly fish? That would be a great way to spend time and get food. A pack fly rod and flies weigh nothing and take up little/no room. You can even tie flies at down times and materials for that you can easily find along your ride. I can see myself lining up streams, lakes and ponds to visit. But that might not be your thing and I understand that.
But I think your plan is great. Some people have to have every second of the day planned out. I like no plans and do what is directly in front of you. See life for what it IS and not what others tell you it is.

And this is said from a very conservative person. If you want to live off the back of a bicycle I think that is friggen awesome. If you want to ride from 5-star hotel to 5-star hotel that is great. I'm not going to tell you how you have to live your life and I wish other's would do the same. You got room for a tag-along

I don't care if you are a hippy type or a guy that made millions off oil. Heck you might be both. If this is what you want to do, I think it is wonderful and I applaud your adventure spirit.

If you come thru West Tennessee, look me up. I'd be glad to change out a tire for ya

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Old 07-14-11, 11:15 AM   #15
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Check into the site crazyguyonabike.com-lots of good reading and info on bike touring.
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The journey is the adventure. Start out in whatever manner you feel comfortable and learn as you go.
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Old 07-14-11, 11:36 AM   #17
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Do you fly fish? That would be a great way to spend time and get food. A pack fly rod and flies weigh nothing and take up little/no room. You can even tie flies at down times and materials for that you can easily find along your ride. I can see myself lining up streams, lakes and ponds to visit.
The only problem with that advice is that he'd have to buy a fishing license for each state he planned to fish in. He'd be a non-resident in all but one of them.

I think it sounds like a great adventure, as long as he can afford it. Off on a walk-a-bout! er, BIKE-a-bout. Good luck!
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You might want to sit down with yourself and consider your expectations. What are you looking for aside from decent riding weather? Are you hitting the road to escape problems that will follow you? What are your hopes for a month/year/decade from now?

I'm not suggesting you answer that kind of question here but rather you owe it to yourself to give them a best shot before you leave.
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Old 07-14-11, 06:31 PM   #19
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I can see the weather chasing thing not working out so well in the West, since we have lots of altitude-driven temperature variations. Other than that, your plan sounds like great fun. Go for it.

When I was fresh out of college, a small group of us were touring along the CA coast. We met an old man at a camp ground. He was a retired school teacher who had decided to take a bike trip soon after he retired and he was still on that trip over a decade later with only short stays at "home" to recharge. He regaled us with stories for hours; I hope you do the same for other youngsters someday.
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Old 07-14-11, 06:45 PM   #20
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Your plan has no provision for returning to your starting point. Regional temps could conceivably prevent it, driving you farther and farther from your home base. That is, if you want to return in the first place.
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If he's legally posting on this forum then when he was "fresh out of college" nobody here trusted anybody over thirty as the saying said. From his prespective at that time anybody who was retired was old, ergo, the gentleman was old, not that being retired makes one old.
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at that time anybody who was retired was old, ergo, the gentleman was old, not that being retired makes one old.

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Young whippersnappers think that you have to be OLD to be retired, I may be retired but I am not old yet. I believe that you are in the same boat if I am not mistaken.
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Young whippersnappers think that you have to be OLD to be retired, I may be retired but I am not old yet. I believe that you are in the same boat if I am not mistaken.
Maybe we should say on the same Tandem - being a bicycle forum ?
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