San Diego, CA to Jacksonville, FL help, tips, advice, opinions

Joined: October 25th, 2011, 4:28 pm

October 25th, 2011, 4:48 pm #1

New to the biking world.
Okay, I'll be honest, as of right now I do not own any sort of a bike and haven't rode more than 15 miles in a day. I also have no idea how to go about changing a tire on a bicycle.

But!
I am a professional baseball player (athlete) who's in excellent physical shape, and I have more mental fortitude than almost anyone I know (mixed with more than enough stubbornness). I believe I'm mentally strong enough to tackle this challenge and physically speaking I'm already in excellent shape (despite my inexperience with bike riding).

I've had this thought for about 2 years now and I'm just now starting to really attack the idea. Made a checklist of stuff I would need (at least as far as I know). And I'm starting to seriously look into routes and maps from San Diego to Jacksonville Beach. I would train in the gym seeing as how I don't have a bike and fly out to San Diego where I would purchase a nice bike then ride it back (home) to Florida.

Money will be my biggest factor. Minor league baseball players don't exactly get paid "Big League" salary so expenses will be tough but I'm used to living on a shoe-string budget so this wouldn't be a trip of luxury.

Here's what I'm getting stuck on:
How many sets of cloths should I bring (I would plan on washing every chance I got) [socks, compression shorts, gym shorts, shirts]?
How can I get in touch with charities and whatnot to either sponsor me or to bike for charity?
What kind of bike tools will I need (chain lube, tools, etc)?
Should I bring a tent to perhaps cut down hotel costs every once in a while (despite the extra baggage)?
Would I seriously need to buy/wear bike cleats and tight bike shorts/shirts?

Any advice, tips, or resources would be greatly appreciated!! Thank y'all so much!!

--Mike.
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Joined: October 25th, 2011, 4:28 pm

October 25th, 2011, 4:50 pm #2

I would be going in the fall of next year just by the way... August-October ish.
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Joined: February 25th, 2012, 10:54 pm

February 25th, 2012, 11:02 pm #3

Hi. I'm beginning my second x-country trek on March 6, 2012. I did my FIRST x-country cycle last Spring (May 2011-August2011) starting in Portland, Oregon and finishing in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware...it was AMAZING! This time I'm doing the southern states starting in California and ending in Savannah, Georgia. I remember planning for my first go around and I'd be happy to chat on the phone and share some realities of the road, costs etc. etc. I wasn't a cyclist before I started touring last year and I actually still wouldn't consider myself one...I mean I can I ride bike, but I don't speak it very well. Anyway, email me back and maybe we can connect. All the best!
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Joined: January 8th, 2013, 11:00 pm

January 8th, 2013, 11:02 pm #4

I would be going in the fall of next year just by the way... August-October ish.
I am doing the reverse route and found this while doing a search. I can't answer your question, but I hope this helps.
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Joined: February 2nd, 2013, 8:09 am

February 2nd, 2013, 8:15 am #5

New to the biking world.
Okay, I'll be honest, as of right now I do not own any sort of a bike and haven't rode more than 15 miles in a day. I also have no idea how to go about changing a tire on a bicycle.

But!
I am a professional baseball player (athlete) who's in excellent physical shape, and I have more mental fortitude than almost anyone I know (mixed with more than enough stubbornness). I believe I'm mentally strong enough to tackle this challenge and physically speaking I'm already in excellent shape (despite my inexperience with bike riding).

I've had this thought for about 2 years now and I'm just now starting to really attack the idea. Made a checklist of stuff I would need (at least as far as I know). And I'm starting to seriously look into routes and maps from San Diego to Jacksonville Beach. I would train in the gym seeing as how I don't have a bike and fly out to San Diego where I would purchase a nice bike then ride it back (home) to Florida.

Money will be my biggest factor. Minor league baseball players don't exactly get paid "Big League" salary so expenses will be tough but I'm used to living on a shoe-string budget so this wouldn't be a trip of luxury.

Here's what I'm getting stuck on:
How many sets of cloths should I bring (I would plan on washing every chance I got) [socks, compression shorts, gym shorts, shirts]?
How can I get in touch with charities and whatnot to either sponsor me or to bike for charity?
What kind of bike tools will I need (chain lube, tools, etc)?
Should I bring a tent to perhaps cut down hotel costs every once in a while (despite the extra baggage)?
Would I seriously need to buy/wear bike cleats and tight bike shorts/shirts?

Any advice, tips, or resources would be greatly appreciated!! Thank y'all so much!!

--Mike.
I've got it all on my website for the ride I did a few years ago! I love sharing what I learned and I think you'll find it pretty helpful. Contact me if you have any questions (bottom of main website page).

Cheers,

Lowell

www.steelingwest.com
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Joined: October 17th, 2014, 6:00 am

October 17th, 2014, 6:15 am #6

New to the biking world.
Okay, I'll be honest, as of right now I do not own any sort of a bike and haven't rode more than 15 miles in a day. I also have no idea how to go about changing a tire on a bicycle.

But!
I am a professional baseball player (athlete) who's in excellent physical shape, and I have more mental fortitude than almost anyone I know (mixed with more than enough stubbornness). I believe I'm mentally strong enough to tackle this challenge and physically speaking I'm already in excellent shape (despite my inexperience with bike riding).

I've had this thought for about 2 years now and I'm just now starting to really attack the idea. Made a checklist of stuff I would need (at least as far as I know). And I'm starting to seriously look into routes and maps from San Diego to Jacksonville Beach. I would train in the gym seeing as how I don't have a bike and fly out to San Diego where I would purchase a nice bike then ride it back (home) to Florida.

Money will be my biggest factor. Minor league baseball players don't exactly get paid "Big League" salary so expenses will be tough but I'm used to living on a shoe-string budget so this wouldn't be a trip of luxury.

Here's what I'm getting stuck on:
How many sets of cloths should I bring (I would plan on washing every chance I got) [socks, compression shorts, gym shorts, shirts]?
How can I get in touch with charities and whatnot to either sponsor me or to bike for charity?
What kind of bike tools will I need (chain lube, tools, etc)?
Should I bring a tent to perhaps cut down hotel costs every once in a while (despite the extra baggage)?
Would I seriously need to buy/wear bike cleats and tight bike shorts/shirts?

Any advice, tips, or resources would be greatly appreciated!! Thank y'all so much!!

--Mike.
Hey
Just came across this post! Been a long time since you posted! If you have already gone on the trip great! Would love to see some updates. Else, I have gone on a couple of them and think:
Set of clothes required: 5
Getting in touch with charities: Emails, Phone, Face-2-face meetup
Tent: Yes
Wearing bike cleats: yes, it is advisable
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Joined: May 2nd, 2016, 11:15 pm

May 2nd, 2016, 11:27 pm #7

Hi. I'm beginning my second x-country trek on March 6, 2012. I did my FIRST x-country cycle last Spring (May 2011-August2011) starting in Portland, Oregon and finishing in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware...it was AMAZING! This time I'm doing the southern states starting in California and ending in Savannah, Georgia. I remember planning for my first go around and I'd be happy to chat on the phone and share some realities of the road, costs etc. etc. I wasn't a cyclist before I started touring last year and I actually still wouldn't consider myself one...I mean I can I ride bike, but I don't speak it very well. Anyway, email me back and maybe we can connect. All the best!
How did that southern states trip go?
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