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General Discussion / Re: Best pre-ride supplement?
« on: November 28, 2016, 03:23:01 pm »
Drink a big glass of water.

General Discussion / Re: Trangia Stove / Meths
« on: November 04, 2016, 02:22:20 pm »
1; The fuel for Trangia stove which you call "Meths" is called methanol or wood alcohol here. It is easily available in hardware stores. However, the way most bicycle tourists buy it is a package labeled HEET in a yellow plastic bottle 12 fl oz (350 ml ) in size. This is sold as a gasoline antifreeze additive but it is pure methanol. You will find this sold at any place selling auto parts or gasoline filling stations.

There is also a product called Iso-Heet in a red plastic container which contains iso-propanol. You don't want that one as it burns dirtier than the yellow can.

Methanol sold in hardware stores will be usually sold in a 1 quart ( 950 ml ) metal container. Camping supply stores will sell it in the 1 quart or 1 gallon size as well.

Bicycle tourists tend to buy one or two cans of yellow HEET, keep it in the original package as their storage containers and buy them as you go.

2; Road would probably be the name we use for the path one takes to get somewhere, such as "Is this the road to Yorktown?" Pavement is the the word one would use to describe what substance the road was made of. Such as "The pavement on the road to Yorktown was asphalt." Sidewalk is the path adjacent to the road where pedestrians would walk found in cities and towns.

General Discussion / Re: Touring bike wheel
« on: September 24, 2016, 04:29:28 pm »
Hand built wheel -I build my own so I guess they are hand built.

Double wall wheel rim - These can be nice, but there were some nice ones in the past that were not double walled such as the Winnemann Concave. Recently I have been using the Velocity Dyad which are double walled.

Double butted spokes - I think unbutted 14 gauge spokes work well for touring, I don't think you need double butted.

At least 36 spokes with three-cross lacing - Yes, and maybe more spokes if you are a big guy or take too much stuff.

Brass nipples - Yes, I would not use Aluminum nipples on a touring bike. Al nipples save weight and build up nicely but will corrode over a year or two making it difficult to true the wheel later on. Save these for your racing bike.

Double eyelets - These are less common than they once were. I don't worry about it too much.

What is important and this is why your sources say to get a handbuilt wheel is getting the tension correct on the spokes. Rims have a maximum tension recommendation. If the tension is too low the wheel won't have integrity and will give you problems. If it is above the maximum tension the wheel will tend to break itself apart over time in the form of cracked rims or eyelets popping out. If the tension is correct the wheel lasts a long time. Building by hand with a skilled builder is a better wheel than a robotic machine made wheel which is probably how wheels are made from some mail order house advertising touring wheels for $125 or some such thing.

Routes / Re: Source for USBR GPS Data?
« on: July 29, 2016, 07:41:41 pm »
For VA:

Click on the full screen view of the map and you will be taken to a Google map of the routes. I was able to save them to my desktop from there.

The NC DOT links to to display their bike routes.

Change the cantilever brakes to V-brakes.

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.
Latitude: 38.924507
Longitude: -78.33160599999999

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.

" 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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