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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for thermometers?
« on: March 29, 2017, 12:21:40 pm »
Yeah, sorry if I came across a little cranky.  I'm more inclined to skip things like that because it's just one more thing to deal with.  I actually would like a thermometer for commuting to work, which I do all year in a northern climate.  It would help me to calibrate my clothing, which is a bigger challenge below freezing.


I believe the main reason for routing thru Canada is to shorten and make easier the route as staying in the US either requires crossing the Grand Island bridges or going around Grand Island.


You get a better view of the falls from the Canadian side, and the park setting is nicer.  Also the route is a nice bike trail, rather than walking across the Grand Island bridges or taking busy roads through Tonawanda.

If you don't want to see the falls, you could stay in the US and take Riverwalk and the Erie Canalway Trail, directly to Lockport.  It's probably about 20 miles shorter, and no passport is required.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for thermometers?
« on: March 27, 2017, 12:04:26 pm »
What are you going to use the information for?  Noting it in your journal?  Check if the roads are in danger of freezing?

I used to carry a zipper pull thermometer.  Then on one trip a few years ago, I realized that I hadn't been carrying it for several years.  I hadn't missed it.  I choose to go minimal, go light.

Routes / Re: Transamerica route question
« on: March 27, 2017, 11:54:12 am »
That's easily twice as many clothes as you need. And really, no jeans. Lightweight nylon pants look just as formal.

We've used zip-off nylon pants.  That gives you flexibility in your off-bike clothing.

Visit the web pages for the bridges, and Adventure Cycling's online information.  These sites are kept up-to-date.

I suggest that you try simple web searches first, then if your questions aren't answered, consult the forum.

Gear Talk / Re: Idworx Easy Rohler
« on: March 20, 2017, 12:30:43 pm »
... I am dismissing recumbent for safety issues on the road.

Which safety issue is that, the "can't be seen" myth?  A typical short- or long-wheelbase bent, such as a Tour Easy or a Giro 26 is almost as high as a shorter person on a DF.  I'll buy it for some trikes and low racers, I wouldn't ride one of those in a city.

Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff Speedhub
« on: March 17, 2017, 08:28:44 am »
I usually keep my mouth shut on this, but I'm wondering what the OP decided.  And did he find the comments helpful?  (Never mind saying thanks.)

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless
« on: March 17, 2017, 08:24:43 am »
I haven't tried tubeless, but don't you always use sealant with them?

On tour, remember to pack a spare inner tube or two.  You could run out of CO2, not be near a compressor or be unable to locate/fix a leak.  You don't want to be stranded.

Gear Talk / Re: Idworx Easy Rohler
« on: March 17, 2017, 08:22:22 am »
I think I'd recommend that you get out and do some touring first, so you'll get a better idea of what you want in a bike.  You can do tours on a wide variety of bikes, at least to get started.  You'll also find out if the touring bug bites you or not.

That said, I offer no advice on that bike.  But make sure that the bike you get:
- Is comfortable riding it all day  (this is the most important aspect)
- Has a lowest gear around 25 inch-gear
- Is stable with a load at 3 mi/hr climbing, and doesn't go into oscillation at 40 mi/hr on the descents
- Has capacity for the load you intend to carry
- Has sturdy wheels

By the way, are you dismissing recumbents and crank forwards out of hand?  They can be great touring bikes, assuming you use one that meets the criteria above.  (Not all do.)

General Discussion / Re: ?How easy are SPD pedals to get use too?
« on: March 17, 2017, 08:13:05 am »
As for numbness, don't overlook the insole area.  There's a spot in the middle of your foot where many nerves go through one place.  That area is protected by bones, except it can have pressure put on it by setup problems.  In my case, the backing plate for the cleats was deformed from years of use.  Its ends were bending upwards, causing pressure on that spot in the foot.

I did two things: First, I took it apart and bent the plate back to a flat condition, then reassembled.  (And put it on an annual inspection schedule.)  Second, I cut away the  insole in that area, much as Terry did on their diamond frame bike seats.  These solved the pressure part of the numbness.  Every case is different, but it might help others too.

Gear Talk / Re: Keen sandals for 2 month crosscountry trip
« on: March 07, 2017, 11:51:36 am »
I am moving towards less and less stuff brought along.  So one pair of shoes is an absolute must for me.  You may choose sandals or walkable shoes.  Since my feet require fairly high arch support for walking, and because they're useful over wider range of conditions, I choose walkable shoes.

General Discussion / Re: Cycle the Erie Canal Event
« on: March 07, 2017, 08:56:59 am »
I forgot about West End Brewery in Utica.  It's a good tour, I learned a lot about brewing.  The tour goes through there mid-day, so the timing is good too.

General Discussion / Re: Weight Distribution
« on: March 06, 2017, 01:22:09 pm »
In practice, on most bikes, as long as you don't keep all the weight to either end, you should be ok.  I strongly recommend you load and test, preferably with many conditions.  You must test it uphill at very low speed, and you should test it downhill at high speed.  Be aware that it may behave just fine as long as you keep both hands on the handlebars, so test it (cautiously) by removing one hand, and perhaps hands off very briefly.  If it doesn't shimmy with one hand, or with no  hands, you're good.

That advice is for most bikes and riders.  There are bikes, riders and setups that are inherently troublesome.  You may have to adjust weight balance as part of your testing.

General Discussion / Re: Cycle the Erie Canal Event
« on: March 06, 2017, 01:13:02 pm »
That commercial service is new, not starting up until, was it, May?

I've ridden the entire thing once, and have volunteered to help with parts of it a couple other times.  I'd like to ride it again; it is well run.  I recommend you plan on visiting the Womens' Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse and the Canastota Canal Town Museum.

As for having a cold one, all nights it's near local joints, less than a half mile walk.  In Pittsford hit the Lock 32 brew pub.  In Canajoharie it's down a steep hill, so if you end up crawling back, it might at least look like it's the hill that has you on all fours  ;)

Yes, mittens or lobster claws.  But if you use chemical hand warmers, the mittens are indicated.  You want room for the warming pouch.

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