Hi everyone. I just came across this great site, but unfortunately I thinks it is hard to get hold of all the information and tips and tricks. Therefore i post this, to seek your guidance and help.
I live in the country of bicycles, Denmark, and I really love cycling. Furthermore I do alot of triathlon and are in good shape, both on and off the bike.
Im going on exchange in Madison, Wisconsin for half a year, but first I plan on going on a tour around California. I have a budget of around 2000, and I hope that will be suffecient for buying a bike, supplies and food. I will do around 75-100 miles a day, and will spend a few days in SF, Yosemite and LA when I get there.
I plan on renting/buying a bike when I get there, on craigslist or something like that. A fast, light roadbike, instead of a heavy more stable mtb or hybrid. I plan on camping along the way with a small tent and a sleeping bag. And my first couple of questions is:
1: If im packing very light, which alternative is there to the panniers? They seem too heavy and uncomfortable.
2: Would you recommend Hike or bike campsites, regular campsites or just finding a good spot? (Or just to find a cheap motel?)
3: Can it be done on a light roadbike, or will i get to many flat tires etc?
I've now come across ALOT of routes between SF and LA, but not exactly the one I need, from LA to Sf, and from SF to Yosemite, aaand from Yosemite back to LA. Any suggestions?
In general I need a lot of tips and tricks on how to get the smoothest ride and finding the right route.
Any help will be grealy appreciated. Also links to other threads.
Thank you very much.