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Old 01-22-18, 07:07 AM
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Yeah, Bro. Did it got into the mountains. It was like minus 6 and had to sleep in a disabled toilet. Turned around and went home the next day and did some short distance rides.
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Old 02-03-18, 06:21 AM
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Originally Posted by vickorano View Post
Hi all, new here. I've never toured before but I am very interested in trying. I am, however, very anxious & kind of scared to do it alone. I'm having a lot of trouble finding groups of people to do it with. I'm just one woman and I'm very nervous about the more nuanced aspects of long-term touring; the execution of the tour, interaction with people, finding safe places, staying safe on the road, preventing theft, avoiding assault or worse. Are there any women on the forum--or do you know any--who have toured alone successfully? I'm very interested in the experiences of people who are experienced tourists; what problems have you faced, how did you solve them? People interactions, road danger concerns, location safety, things like that. I'm very scared of being assaulted, kidnapped, robbed or run over. I do travel alone but I feel like bicycling makes one more vulnerable. Thanks for reading, I hope to hear some stories or advice. I very much want to try touring, very soon.
I don't know if your still around but try looking at ****** forums, especially r/bikebuddies and crazyguyonabike.com you may find some help there.
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Old 02-05-18, 06:23 AM
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Touring as a solo woman

In my years of touring experience I've met and sometimes traveled with numerous solo riders. Taking precautions as you would traveling by other modes, you can do so safely. Being in a bicycle does add risks but they're manageable. Feel free to ask me for any more info.
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Old 02-06-18, 03:58 PM
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Would you guys recommend using fenders for a trip down the West Coast starting mid August? I'm going from Seattle to Cabo San Lucas and biking in the Seattle rain has made me think of how much cleaner and prettier my bike will be without fenders. Plus, less parts that may need adjustment is a huge plus. What do y'all think?
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Old 06-30-18, 07:59 PM
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I personally think you could leave the fenders at home, there is a chance of a few late-summer showers but it shouldn't be all that bad.
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Consider improving your aerodynamic footprint with a bikepacking set-up over weight savings with UL panniers - aero is a square force and usually much more significant than weight (a linear force) to bicyclists, particularly if you are a faster rider. As an UL backpacker, you could probably fit into just a good frame and seat pack.

For example, a 3lb weight savings on a 200lb rider/bike/gear total is a 1.5% weight savings, but due to the mechanical advantages of a bicycle, that really only applies to uphills. So for a loop ride where you might average uphill 1/3 rd of the time, the overall weight benefit might only be 0.5% to your overall pace or energy expenditure. If you believe THIS article, the aero benefit might be significantly more.
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Old 02-28-19, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by antmaster5000 View Post
Would you guys recommend using fenders for a trip down the West Coast starting mid August? I'm going from Seattle to Cabo San Lucas and biking in the Seattle rain has made me think of how much cleaner and prettier my bike will be without fenders. Plus, less parts that may need adjustment is a huge plus. What do y'all think?
I'd be inclined to run fenders rain or shine. You won't have much weather to speak of south of Hearst Castle, but will have wet foggy mornings till you get there.
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Old 03-01-19, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by CraigMBA View Post
I'd be inclined to run fenders rain or shine. You won't have much weather to speak of south of Hearst Castle, but will have wet foggy mornings till you get there.
Having finished this trip, there were a total of 3 days (out of 2 months) where it rained enough to justify the fenders. With that being said, they were also good to keep general dust and street grime off of my drivetrain.
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Old 03-02-19, 11:13 PM
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Having finished this trip, there were a total of 3 days (out of 2 months) where it rained enough to justify the fenders. With that being said, they were also good to keep general dust and street grime off of my drivetrain.
Good to hear.

How was the trip south of Santa Barbara to San Diego? I live in the Central Coast and hear mixed things about riding past SB. I'm planning to take a ride south and take the train for my return trip.
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Originally Posted by antmaster5000 View Post
Would you guys recommend using fenders for a trip down the West Coast starting mid August? I'm going from Seattle to Cabo San Lucas ...
Likely, based on average climate data typical for August, you're reasonably unlikely to meet up with more than a few showers here and there. Except for the southern Washington and Oregon coastlines, you can generally expect less than 1" of rainfall in the coastal towns through August.

Of course, August to early September is when things can begin turning ... and occasionally some gully-washers begin hitting the northern coastline about this time.

Myself, I'd probably ride in the region with fenders, for a trip as far as Seattle->Cabo.

Up to you. Probably won't need them that often.
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Old 03-04-19, 01:03 AM
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Learn a lot from here!!! where can I have a tour?
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Old 03-04-19, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by CraigMBA View Post
Good to hear.

How was the trip south of Santa Barbara to San Diego? I live in the Central Coast and hear mixed things about riding past SB. I'm planning to take a ride south and take the train for my return trip.
It was great! Of course LA was a bit of a slog, but I have positive memories about the rest of it. If I recall correctly that's where the Pacific Ocean becomes very warm and accessible relative to the rest of the coast. I have a handful of fond memories where we would see a small beach right off the highway, park and lock our bikes, go for a 15 minute swim, and be back on the bikes. Beautiful scenery and pretty good cycling conditions.
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