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Routes / Cycling in Porto Rico
« on: December 23, 2013, 09:54:36 am »
Hi Guys
anyone have info on cycling in Porto Rico please or point me to a web site (haven't been able to come up with anything in Google myself)
Thanks

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Routes / Best jumping off point on CO Canal for heading south
« on: December 04, 2013, 08:23:44 am »
Hi, planning to start at Pittsburgh - head along the G A River Trail onto the CO Canal.
And at some point head south to Orlando. 
I don't want to get into Washington or the busy surrounding areas, so what is the best jumping off point on the CO after the Appalachian Mountains to  start heading south?
Thanks for your help

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General Discussion / Calling locals in Pitsburgh - info please
« on: November 02, 2013, 05:09:48 am »
Hi Guys
planning to ride the two trails to Washington DC in 2014. I have a couple of questions
1. I fly into Pittsburgh (coming from UK) so would like to just get into a hotel straight away.  Would the taxis at the airport take a boxed bicycle?  Or any other ideas.  Don't want to assemble bike & ride straight out after a long flight.
2. What is the best time of year?
3. Along the GA & CO Trail do the motels , B&Bs get fully booked or can one just turn up in most towns and find somewhere?
Appreciate any help
Tony

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Routes / GAP/CO Canal on a folder ????
« on: October 10, 2012, 01:52:12 pm »
Hi planning to bring my small wheel folder over to ride the GAP and CO Canal.  Any thoughts on possible problems with the surfaces for a small wheeler?

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Routes / Ronald Reagan Airport to C&O Canal route
« on: October 03, 2012, 09:39:30 am »
Hi can anyone give me a good route to get me from RR International Airport to the C&O Canal.  I would prefer not to got through central Washington.  And if there is a hotel along the way even better as not planning to go far after the flight from UK.
Thanks

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Gear Talk / Ori folding bike - anyone have any knowledge/experience
« on: August 28, 2012, 11:43:59 am »
Hi thinking of buying an Ori bike Mi8 model.
Does anyone have first hand knowledge of these machines and how good are they for touring.

I initially want it to put on the boat but also to use it to fly out and tour.

Thanks

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Gear Talk / Interesting sleeping pad, new design
« on: July 18, 2012, 06:33:07 am »
Has anyone used something like this.  I had a regular light weight inflatable which was so narrow I was unable to stay on it at night.  However, this one fits inside you sleeping bag - looks interesting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFkM2mpvH0I&feature=related

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Gear Talk / This is novel use of bike & tent for lightweight tourers
« on: July 07, 2012, 08:22:42 am »
Not too sure how much weight using the bike like this would save.  I could not be bothered with anything like this because after a days riding I want my tent up in no time - especially if raining,  Just wonder what state the tent would be when wet and muddy.

Anyone used one and can put me right about how good they are?

pedaldamnit.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/topeak-bikamper.html 

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General Discussion / Couple of Questions re dates of change
« on: January 10, 2012, 12:28:30 pm »
Just curious but does anyone know
1. when 700c wheel size was first introduced
2. when did manufacturers stop putting the gear changers on the tube from the head tube to the bottom bracket

Just wondered as these things seem to happen without me noticing  ???

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General Discussion / Never want a flat again?
« on: January 07, 2012, 02:52:12 am »
Fed up with punctures then these are the tyres for you
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGGlODF7_RY&feature=player_embedded

Bet there will still be someone complaining about rolling resistance  :D

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General Discussion / For those who like odd scenes from Google Earth
« on: December 15, 2011, 01:16:37 am »
Check this out  - found while researching route put in  Russell Square London UK and if riding round there keep your head down  ;D

What's the oddest thing you've come across?

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General Discussion / Message for Simon Kirk re Tamiami Trail
« on: December 14, 2011, 03:27:17 am »
Hi Simon you left me a message but as you are not a member I am unable to reply directly.  Rec you join and you will get all the info you need. To try and answer your question -
http://www.southfloridaonline.com/article_tamiami_trail.htm
might be a start in your research.  It is a busy tourist route but does have a shoulder and is long and straight much of the way.  However, accommodation might be your problem as not allowed to wild camp along the way, the place is a swamp and full of alligators.  It depends on what distance you are able to do each day. Most people seem to by-pass this bit using a ferry.  My advise would be to ask the question on the forum and you will get more local knowledge.  I know more about central Florida. I may well be in Florida - just south of Orlanda when you arrive - let me know your dates and route The ACA connector route passes very close to my house in Celebration. and there are several trails I would recommend. Good luck and have a great trip
Tony

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General Discussion / Best cycling town/area on Atlantic coast?
« on: November 27, 2011, 09:49:49 am »
Hi Guys I presently have a house in Central Florida but want to move further north so that I can cycle more comfortably in the summer. 
Looking for:-
1, No too far from International Airport (I live in UK)
2, Preferably some longish off road trails suitable for easy riding (my wife won't do rough off road)
3, Equatable climate
4, Cycle friendly area
5, No too isolated so that shopping isn't a day long trek
6, Good restaurants

Basically the need to ride & walk will determine where we relocate to.
Thanks for your help

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Check out my web site http://www.tonystravels.com/ and you'll see I've done several long distant rides using up to date technology.  As a collector of vintage bikes I have an idea to combine touring using an oldie.  What vintage bike would you recommend? (mine in USA are mainly the fat tyre with fake tanks on - not really suitable for long distance)

Looking for something a bit different but would do the job. 

One idea I have is to use a WW2 paratroopers folding bike, which if they would let me at my local parachute club in Florida, and start the ride by jumping with it and then heading off.  (It's the one featured in a Discovery Channel recent film and I have here in UK now) There are no gears on it so Florida touring would suit or up the Atlantic Coast and onto C&O Canal.  All pretty flat I think.

Look forward to your views even if it's a tour of fancy or in the case of the para bike maybe a flight of fancy  ;)


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Crossing Australia to highlight Heartburn awareness

On 9 September I will be leaving Perth Au to cycle across Australia to Sydney (or as far as I can in 2 months) this has always been one of my ambitions but also since being diagnosed with Barrett's Disease I want to highlight the dangers of letting heartburn continue too long without getting it checked out. I disguised the symptoms by taking various over the counter well advertised products.  So if you have persistent heartburn or acid reflux please get it checked out.  More info http://www.barrettscampaign.org.uk/
And anyone wanting to follow my progress be pleased to have you along.

http://www.tonystravels.com/

Tony
Southampton
UK
Celebration
Florida
USA

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