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Canada / Re: Bike transport by train
« on: November 30, 2016, 12:03:30 pm »
Have you looked at the Via Rail Canada site?

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Gear Talk / Re: Long distance tour bike for small lady
« on: November 30, 2016, 12:01:36 pm »
If your mind is open, my wife is 5'2" and a Lightning P38 fit her well.

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Gear Talk / Re: trailers vs panniers
« on: November 29, 2016, 01:08:19 pm »
staehpj1 summarizes it well.

Another factor is the terrain.  We use the trailer (BOB) in flat land for longer tours, when tandem/motel touring.  For shorter tours and mountainous terrain, we use panniers to reduce weight.  For solo touring, I might use the BOB even for mountain riding; it worked well for me in the Adirondacks.

I made a canvas bag for packing the trailer on Amtrak.

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General Discussion / Re: trikes
« on: November 29, 2016, 12:59:45 pm »
I hear the same concern about being seen, regarding my two-wheeled recumbent.  The only time that being seen is a problem is in city traffic.

You want to get a machine that's good for touring.  Trikes generally are well suited.  Apply the same criteria as you would for any touring bike:
- Comfort, comfort, comfort
- Geared low enough (aim for low-20s gear-inches)
- Able to carry your desired load
- Handles well at very low speed
- Handles well at mountain pass descent speeds

Trikes are generally very good at most of these.  I have heard that some handle funny at very high speeds.  But I listed these in order of importance.

You might also consider a two-wheeled recumbent.  Be sure to test them with a load, though.  Some of them handle very well with a load, some do not.  My current bike handles well, loaded, at 3 mi/hr.  It also handles like a dream at 40+ mi/hr.  My previous recumbent got squirrely at 30+ or below five.  A long wheelbase bike I tested was marvelous by itself at 3 mi/hr but could not be controlled with a BOB trailer attached at that speed.

Short answer: try out lots of bikes, with loads attached.  I guess you could say the same for diamond frames.

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Classifieds / Re: 20" Bike wheel
« on: November 28, 2016, 12:15:13 pm »
...Can use 406 or 559 tire.

You seem to have your numbers mixed up.  The 20" wheel is a 406, the first number (such as in 32-406) is the one that can vary.

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« on: November 28, 2016, 12:10:58 pm »
I disagree with not bringing a light.  There will be times when you choose or need to ride in moderate or heavier rain, and the visibility will be important.  Ditto with a tail light.  I bring a small (but high quality) detachable LED headlight for these times, and for use in camp as a flashlight.

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Mason County Campground, south of Luddington.

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Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Traffic - Bar Harbor going South in May '17
« on: November 17, 2016, 12:14:48 pm »
You can also leave the bike boxed and checked, and use a bikeshare bike.  Or transit.  Our large cities have pretty good transit, elsewhere it's very skimpy.

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General Discussion / Re: One piece earphone while riding
« on: November 16, 2016, 02:50:33 pm »
There are many kinds of mirrors: bike mounted, helmet mounted, eyeglass mounted.  Quality varies, and they all have their plusses and minuses.  I summarized them in an article here:https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=tS&doc_id=5276&v=22

I encourage everyone to use a mirror.  I personally think they are far more important than helmets (which get lots of press).  Prevention!   Use whatever kind you like best, just buy and use one.
Last list update was 2011... Could do for a refresh?

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Yeah, it will bubble to the top of my priorities list one of these days.  If you want to do the research and pass the info, I'll update it.

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General Discussion / Re: One piece earphone while riding
« on: November 15, 2016, 01:09:54 pm »
There are many kinds of mirrors: bike mounted, helmet mounted, eyeglass mounted.  Quality varies, and they all have their plusses and minuses.  I summarized them in an article here:https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=tS&doc_id=5276&v=22

I encourage everyone to use a mirror.  I personally think they are far more important than helmets (which get lots of press).  Prevention!   Use whatever kind you like best, just buy and use one.

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General Discussion / Re: The Schwarzenetruber Amish.
« on: November 15, 2016, 01:04:15 pm »
By using the word "highway", do you mean limited access expressways, or just open roads?  In some places, highway=expressway, but in the US northeast, not always.

I travel a bit in upstate New York, and have never seen a minimum speed posted, even on the expressways.  In fact, the only time I remember one is on I-75 in Michigan, in the 1960s.  There is no minimum speed on non-expressways, there may be one on expressways. 

Also, in New York State, any road that is limited access (has exit and entrance ramps), is illegal for bike use - even if it's not posted as such.  I checked it out with DMV and DOT, as there's an expressway here that is not posted "No Bikes" and I was wondering.


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I'd patch the current tube then carry it as your spare.  If you weren't planning to carry spare tubes, you should.

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Canada / Re: Trans-Canada Trail V The Great Trail
« on: November 10, 2016, 12:59:31 pm »
No, haven't looked there, but since it's first a fitness tracker, I wouldn't expect it to have a coast-to-coast route with services.  Something like AC provides.

I could put  together a route using Google Maps and checking things with street view.  Then cross check it against existing travelogues.  I enjoy creating routings, but doing the job right would be a LOT of work.

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Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« on: November 10, 2016, 12:50:02 pm »
Yes, bike commuting is the antidote to coffee...

I love coffee and take it along on my commute.  I found a good insulated travel mug that fits in a water bottle cage (Contigo Aria).  You can also buy ring-shaped holders that can carry many common travel mugs.

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General Discussion / Re: How often do you do pedal maintenance???
« on: November 10, 2016, 12:43:28 pm »
I wouldn't argue with ride-to-destruction.  The SPDs were indeed a bear to service, and my vintage needed a tool to open them up, a special ring-shaped tool.  If your pedal is designed to allow it, you might just partially open it and force some new grease in, maybe every few years.

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