Kinetic V wrote:A good tire liner.
See above â€” going with steel-belted radials. More weight may slow me down, but I'm more tortoise than hare in this one.
Kinetic V wrote:Day or night LED's on the back will save your ass. You want to be lit up like a proverbial Christmas tree.
In the works ... I've been biking and driving observing bicycles and what works and what doesn't. Rearward is paramount and I'm shooting for several watts of LED's in big housings. The idea is to look like a slow-moving tractor rather than "uhh, what was
that I just hit?"
Kinetic V wrote:Extra water.
I'll have the week's worth with me plus a bit more. I hate to plan for other people, but I expect I'll find at least one person who's leaving on Sunday who has extra water and I'll take theirs. Just my luck, I'll be stuck melting ice.
Kinetic V wrote:Be aware of the train crossings.
Yeah, I'm pretty scared of the train crossing, but at least I'll have plenty of silence and plenty of patience.
Kinetic V wrote:Resist the shortcut urge.
I'm hoping the Sulphur-to-Gerlach run is as obvious as it looks on Google Street View. Nonetheless, the car GPS should show the basics and the USGS topographic maps should fill me in on the details.
Kinetic V wrote:Mining trucks like to think their driving in the Baja 1000 and they will be on top of you before you know it. And they ain't looking for a pedal powered bike...you gotta let them know you are there. Again LED lighting.
From what I've seen, I'm more concerned with the heavier traffic right around Winnemucca â€” I assume it gets more sparse and steady (like 1 truck every 2 minutes). Nonetheless, I'm set with several visibility strategies and a few backup plans.
Kinetic V wrote:The key is preparation. And being radically self reliant....cause they don't run SAG trucks up Jungo Road and cell phones flat out crap out in the middle of it. I wish you luck...when you get back home post event make sure and post about how it went.
The way I figure it, unless I get splattered by a mining truck, at worst I can walk 30 miles to Gerlach, Sulphur, or Winnemucca. I highly doubt it'll come to that. I've been bringing custom bikes and stuff to Burning Man for years that I didn't specifically design for indestructibility and despite all the abuse, they have always survived. I think I'm ready â€” but it is a challenge! Thanks for your support!