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Routes / Re: camping in the Shenandoah valley
« on: March 21, 2016, 06:48:37 pm »
I have camped at the Elizabeth Furnace USFS campground at the northern end of Fort Valley. It was about $14 and was very nice. This is on the opposite side of Massanutten Mountain from Mount Jackson but is not difficult to reach from the Front Royal and Strasburg area. It is a very scenic ride from here down Fort Valley headed south toward Vesuvius, but you would need to cross Massanutten at the southern end and depending on which way you go there could be unpaved roads.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=73687&actid=29
Latitude: 38.924507
Longitude: -78.33160599999999

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General Discussion / Re: Asking too Much?
« on: March 19, 2016, 07:14:27 pm »
You might consider buying a second set of wheels for the touring bike. It should come with a sturdy set for touring but you might like a less heavy duty set with lighter rims and narrower tires for just doing local rides around the area. It would be cheaper than owning two bikes but increase the versatility. It would not make enough difference to keep up with the racing crowd however.

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" I've seen GPS wars -- two different units, even identical units, give opposite directions"

This is usually a result of having different selections in the setup. One unit could be set up to navigate based on shortest distance and the other set up to navigate based on shortest time. It could also be what type of features one has selected to avoid in navigation such as avoid highways. Different maps can also produce slightly different routes as well, such as someone might have the Garmin maps and another unit has something like Openfietmap or some such. Unfortunately, modern items can make things easier as well as making them complicated.

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Routes / Re: Virginia Beach, VA to Wilmington, NC
« on: January 20, 2016, 01:22:19 pm »
The Ocracoke to Cedar Island ferry is not free, but it is only a few dollars. I think the last time I used it the cost was around $5. LItespeed is correct that the NC ferry system is nice and pleasant to ride.

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Routes / Re: Crossing the Mississippi
« on: December 31, 2015, 11:21:09 am »
Here is a link to a web site that documents all structures that cross the Mississippi river. This is not a bicycle specific site but appears to be one guys hobby.

http://www.johnweeks.com/river_mississippi/index.html

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South / Re: Cycling The Natchez Trace
« on: November 08, 2015, 07:24:14 am »
I have no knowledge of this person but I would contact Downtown Karla Brown in Natchez.

http://www.downtownkarlabrown.com

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Routes / Re: Route suggestions for apr-may-june 2016
« on: October 16, 2015, 02:26:12 pm »
Washington & Old Dominion

http://www.nvrpa.org/park/w_od_railroad/

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Routes / Re: Route suggestions for apr-may-june 2016
« on: October 16, 2015, 11:22:27 am »
Blue Ridge Parkway is very nice, however April is too early to do a tour there although day rides can be quite nice when the weather is good. Services such as camping do not open on the BRP until the middle of May with the exact dates published early in the year, so check early 2016 on park web page. Temperatures at night certainly at the higher elevations will still be below freezing. Daytime temperatures can be cool as well and throw in the high probability of rain and fog in the mountains it can make for a miserable time doing descents.

Summer months are better on the BJP as the weather is warmer and getting caught in the rain isn't as dangerous. Longer daylight hours are a plus as well to ride some of the longer remote stretches. I have found that campground spaces are usually easy to obtain with the exception of Mount Pisgah on the weekends. More of a problem can be that not all the campgrounds have been open the last several seasons and it can make for some long distances between NPS campgrounds.

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Routes / Re: which route in usa
« on: September 29, 2015, 02:55:58 pm »
There is train service between Washington DC and Williamsburg, VA. Williamsburg is on the Trans-Am and about 15 miles from Yorktown.

However, you could just ride from DC and intersect the Trans-Am near Ashland, VA and do that in one day and just skip Yorktown. http://www.greenway.org/pdf/vaecgguide.pdf

The ride from DC to the Trans-Am can be done in one day and probably the train to Williamsburg would take one day then it would be one days ride back to Ashland.

From a UK perspective, why start at the site of a British defeat when you could start in DC and know the British army burned that city.

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I would suggest that before you do anything you go to Georgina Terry's web page and watch every video and read every document she has about bike fit and what you are up against as a small framed female. She has made her living by dealing with the problems you face with bike fit. She explains the design constraints and the compromises that have to be made in order to build a bike for someone who is smaller. You need to know what these are in order to buy a bike that fits you and to cope with what sales people will tell you in stores.

She has good information about what bicycle companies do when they make their build choices and how it effects the bike and the rider.

http://georgenaterry.com/bicycle-frame-design/

The information there will give you the knowledge that most bicycle shops will not explain or perhaps even know about fitting a bike to someone your size.

I understand about staying within a budget, but remember it is cheaper to buy once and have something work for you than to buy twice when the first thing you buy doesn't fit. Your main concern has to be the fit of the bike.

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Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast - In the area of Bogue Sound
« on: July 29, 2015, 03:20:15 pm »
The route through Camp LeJeune is permanently closed I suspect as long as we have the current situation with terrorism in this world. I believe that if you have the proper military credentials you can still travel that way, but for most of us that isn't the case.

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General Discussion / Re: Help me and my Dog get set up for touring?
« on: July 25, 2015, 08:39:48 am »
"My Bike is a 6sp freewheel, does anyone know if I can easily put a 7sp on there? I am looking at the Shimano TZ30 (6sp 14-34) and the TZ31 (7sp 14-34). I like the middle gears in the 7sp better, and would rather go with that."

It kind of depends. Six speed freewheels came in two widths, a standard width which fit on a hub that had a 126 mm long axle, and a narrow spaced freewheel which fit on a hub with a 120 mm axle which was the standard axle for 5 speed freewheels. Seven speed freewheels have the same narrow spacing as a narrow six speed freewheel and fit on a hub with a 126 mm axle. So, if you have a standard six speed w/ a 126 mm axle then it should work just fine. If you have a narrow six speed with a 120 mm axle then it won't work as it stands now. You could get a new rear wheel that has a 126 mm rear axle and it should be no problem to spread your rear spacing on the frame out to take the new hub but that is going to cost you more money to buy a new rear wheel.

The freewheels you mention above have a very large cog, I would be concerned about whether the rear derailleur on a bicycle of that vintage could shift into a 34 tooth cog. I would guess that the largest cog that your derailleur could handle would be a 28. Those freewheels were probably more oriented toward a MTB coming from that era. I would try to do some research on your bike before spending a lot of money on it. It is hard to say what will work with the information given in your question and not really knowing what a World Sport has on it. Keep in mind that if you picked this bike up somewhere used it might not have original equipment on it as that could have been replaced at some time.

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I would like to tell you that when you are young and have ambition, you can do more than you think. Don't put all your eggs in one basket and listen to the people who have your best interest at heart but pursue your dreams.

Svein Tuft is a Canadian riding the Tour de France right now. He has won national championships, participated in the Olympics and has medaled in the World Championships. He started out just like you with those same ideas. This article is from a few years ago but tells his story very well.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/sports/othersports/08cycling.html?_r=0

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I think you just need a set of sun sleeves. These are just arm and leg warmer like things but designed to protect you from the sun rather than to keep you warm. All the clothing companies have them and most bike shops will carry them in sun intense areas. They can be ordered online as well. I imagine there is not much need for these in a place like Scotland so that probably isn't the place to shop for them.

Here is a link to the ones Pearl Izumi makes: http://shop.pearlizumi.com/product.php?mode=view&pc_id=50&product_id=2328452&outlet=&color_code=508



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General Discussion / Re: What can towns offer cyclists?
« on: June 28, 2015, 03:37:27 pm »
I would suggest having a store in town that sells supplies that a touring cyclist might need, mainly I have in mind stove fuel. The stores in a RV park or the hardware and grocery stores generally don't have the type of stove fuel a touring cyclist needs, often only selling the 1 lb Coleman propane bottles or the 1 gallon cans of Coleman fuel. It can be difficult to find the correct stove fuel in rural America and carrying more than about a weeks worth of fuel can be difficult.

Touring cyclists often use the 8 oz butane/propane thread on canister fuel containers or would like to buy Coleman fuel to fill their 20 oz fuel bottles. Having the canister fuel or selling Coleman fuel out of the gallon can by the ounce would be wonderful I think.



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