Mapping long distance rides.....

Bicycle clubs do this (cross country riding) all the time--- I bet we could use some of their online resources to plan long distance moped trips.

Locally there is a maine to canada bike trip for AIDS going on--- they had to plan the route somehow--- or else there might be trouble.

when I have more time( it's nice out!!) I'll do some searched for bicycle mapping/cross country trip planner websites.

(unless someone beats me to it...hint hint...)

Good idea? I thought so....! Wait till we find something before I get all exited about this idea--- we could, with the experience of cross USA bicyclists, plan just about any trip.

Re: Mapping long distance rides.....

a cross country trip sounds great. just remember, though ... mopeds have more potential breakdowns than bicycles. so you'd have to carry more tools (more weight). but i know it can be done.

check in the links section ... there is the journal of some canuk who rode all over canada on his motobecane.

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Kevin Harrell /

If you know where there has been a bicycle tour recently you can follow the bicycle tour route. The day tours usually have 20, 35, 65, and sometimes 100 mile loops. These tours are through back roads that have little traffic on them, and offer some great scenery. To follow the route all you have to do is follow the route markers on the pavement. These are arrows shortly before intersections that indicate which direction you go at the intersection, and are about a foot from the edge of the road. Really handy, no messing about with maps.

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Kevin Harrell /

Another good thing about the road markings is that if there is a bad section of road the pot-holes are marked, making them easier to avoid.

I can only speak for myself, but, I would not mind sharing the road on a tour with some moped-ers. (The bike ride organizers might disagree.) If you do sneek in on a ride make sure to follow tour riding ediquite, including telling the bicyclist that you are "on your left" when passing them on the left. And indicating verbally indicate that you are stoping.

Also if you decide to sneek onto one of these tours do not be surprised if some bicycle-ist try to pass you, and succeed. Also, if you have a group of bicycle-ist follow you closely, talk to them and keep a steady pace, and do not ride squirely. These bicycle-ist would be drafting off of you, essentially using the hole that you punched in the air to cut down on the air resistance that they have to face.

You might also think of joining the ride rather than seeking on. This would entitle you to eat at the rest stops if these are included on the ride. And may entitle you to "sag" services. (They help out worn out, and broken down riders, and gives them rides back if things get way too bad.)

You might even consider volintering in helping out in some way with the ride. Perhaps taking along tools, patch kits, and a pump to help out the "sag" service.

Re: Mapping long distance rides, PS .....

It would be nice to see if that could happen.

There are sure to be SOME bicyclists who do NOT like a moped sharing in their activity.

(much as pedders and scooterers have 'problems' with each other)

But the militant bicyclists will probably be a minority...

... and the ped rider had BETTER keep his nose clean (riding etiquette wise)... or they will hound him out of the place before high noon.

probably best if he stays 50 to 100 feet behind the lead group

I'd like to see it happen though.

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david f martin /

A friend's dad used to drive a ratty old BMW R/6 (motorcycle). Whenever he rode with the local biker club, they always made him ride in the back. Heheheh!

david

Re: Mapping long distance rides, PS .....

I don't mind the Bicyclers.. BUT I was going down a super back road on a long as trip.. this was a narrow as hell road that was barely 2 full lanes... I drove for damn over an hour

doing 20 miles an hour that normaly takes me about 15 minutes to get down to connect to a real road.. I didn't think bicyclist were aloowed to ride on roads with 60 mph speed limits and minum of 40? anyways.. It sure sucked them fucks wouldn't let me pass.. the road was full of blind curves

Instead of hugging the shoulder so I could pass they were just in front of me doing like 15 taking up the whole god damn road. in a pack of like 4 across.... I just though this was aweful. I was doing probly 60 around the corner and had to lock my breaks up becuase a group of them doing sub 10 mph were on both sides of the road.

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david f martin /

Those bastards!

Re: Mapping long distance rides, PS .....

david f martin /

That would kinda suck, riding behind a bunch of bicycles at 10mph. Of course (and I know this isn't PC), the big fat slow folks would be at the back, and that's the scenery you'd have for the whole goddamn trip. Maybe that isn't such a good idea.

david

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Kevin Harrell /

There is some nice shapely stuff toward the front of the groop! That sort of scenery shure makes biking fun!

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