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Old 07-27-09, 07:30 PM   #1
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Info on biking from PA to CA need help!

if i were to bike from Pennsylvania to California i have a few questions

roughly how long would it take?
what would i need to wear?
what would i need to bring?
how much money would i need?
what route i should take?
whats the most scenic route?
would my bike hold up(standard huffy road bike)?
where would be the cheapest/safest place to stay/camp?
do alot of people do this? and if so where would i find people to link up with to join?
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Old 07-27-09, 08:44 PM   #2
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roughly how long would it take? Depends on how fast you are and what kind of support you have or don't have. Some friends and I rode from Oceanside to Gettysburg in less than 6 days last month. We had some pretty good support though. Most people who do what you're doing take 1-3 months. Just calculate the number of miles you think you will ride in one day divide that into the total miles and add some rest/recreation days in there.

what would i need to wear?It really depends on the weather and how long you're going to be out there. Are you going to have support or stopping at laundry mates along the way.

what would i need to bring?Ditto above. If you have no support, tools might be a good thing.

how much money would i need? That's the $10,000 question. Depends on if you are moteling it or camping. Cooking your own meals or buying. Lots of variables.

what route i should take? That depends on the time of the year you do your trip in. You are going to be going against the prevailing winds no matter what but you are going to have heat and deserts if you go south and lots of mountains if you go north. Take a look at a topomap of the US and pick one.

whats the most scenic route?
That depends on what you like. I love deserts so I'd go south. The Rockies are beautiful. Geez it's all beautiful!

would my bike hold up(standard huffy road bike)?
People have done it on that type of bike but I wouldn't recommend it. I would guess you'll have reliability problems.

where would be the cheapest/safest place to stay/camp? Cheapest :along the road in a ditch. Safest: there are Koa's and other parks and camp sites all over the place. you'll just have to do some research and plan ahead. Part of the fun of doing something like that is the unknown and adventure!

do alot of people do this? and if so where would i find people to link up with to join?Yes, a lot of people do this. Google "Crazy guy on a bike" I'm sure other people will chime in with other resources.

This is a grand adventure you're planning with lots of challenges and obstacles!!!! Don't get discouraged, keep moving forward and plan, plan, plan. This is something you will remember for a lifetime!!!!
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Old 07-27-09, 10:12 PM   #3
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Check out the touring forum here, it's probably more like what you are after.
http://www.bikeforums.net/touring/
look at the sticky posts at the top of the forum - the whole which bike, what gear question comes up frequently, you can learn a lot from what's already there to help focus your questions & research.

Maps & companions wanted ads and forums:
www.adventurecycling.org

Journals (lots with equipment lists) and companions wanted ads and forums:
www.crazyguyonabike.com
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