Hey everyone. I'm a 21 year old college student getting ready for law school next year and want to do a cross country bike trip over the summer while I still have the time. I'd follow the ACA's Virginia-Oregon route.
I'm pretty new to cycling. I used to bike a lot in my younger years but haven't had much time with school. I'm far from in ideal shape for this trip, but I want to try anyway (and I don't have much time right now to be able to bike 60 miles a day into shape).
I'm not much of a mechanic so take it easy on me as there is a lot I'm unfamiliar with. I also understand some of these questions were touched upon in the "Newbie" thread.
So, right to the questions:
1. Since I'm not in shape, I'm considering cheating a bit. I was considering taking whatever bike I purchase and attaching http://www.bicycle-engines.com/4stro...-kits-c-2.html to it. Now, before you jump all over me with "why not just take a car? or a motorcycle," I want to say that I won't be using the engine the whole time. I will pedal as far as I can and then use the engine to make up the difference between how far I pedaled and how far I want to average per day.
This is an effort to minimize the discomfort of riding into shape on the road. While I know some may see that as part of the experience, I'd like to avoid it as much as possible.
As far as the laws go, from the research I've done this is fine to be used on bike paths and in bike lanes as it is pedal assisted. And if a state has a problem with it, I'll simply turn the engine off and suck it up. Also, if there are other cyclists around me, I'd turn the engine off and pedal. In other words, I'm not a jerk.
Will this engine fit onto any of the respected touring bikes? If not this engine, does anyone have any other suggestions for engines?
2. Speaking of touring bikes, another "which bike to buy on a budget" question. I'd prefer something reliable from $500-$800 (I've been scouring ebay and have my eyes on a used Trek 520). However, if there is something I can get new for a similar price (or I could even jump up to $1,000 if need be), I'd love to hear it. Something with as little modification required as possible, as I am NOT mechanically inclined at all.
I know I will get 'you're not ready to do it' or 'do more research' (I've gotten it before) but I am well aware of the former and will continue to do the latter. Not being ready doesn't mean I don't want to try. If I try and fail, so be it.
Thanks for reading guys and happy belated Thanksgiving