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General Discussion / Sun protection
« on: May 12, 2008, 09:59:47 am »
Sunscreen for the back of the next and arms and upper thigh area is usual for me in the summer months even though I don't burn easy.

Be caseful about anything (sunscreen, bug spray, etc) on the forehead as it could wash into your eyes when sweating.


General Discussion / Wilderness Areas Limiting biking
« on: April 30, 2008, 09:16:14 am »
Over here in NY, they have two forest designations, "wilderness areas", and "wild forests", wild forests is less restrictive in terms of human usage, i.e. may allow Mtbs, horses, and other non-motorized uses whereas wilderness areas are generally foot travel only.  The catskills are going through a MTB "reorganization" as we speak...  

What I've seen personally in a much much more dense area like northern NJ vrs rural Nevada is that the powers that be that close off areas for say mtbing cause more problems in user conflicts than solving them, cause it either a) forces more law abiding mtb'rs into a smaller legal area or b)forces folks to ignore rules and regulations.  By closing more areas to MTB funnels all of them into smaller areas thereby making more conflicts and more problems.  

Speak your concerns about the new area, I'm sure your local mtb clubs and hiking clubs will hopefully have a sitdown and chat about the new area, be friendly, don't be antagonistic and work with each other on a solution.


General Discussion / White gas on the GDMBR?
« on: April 17, 2008, 09:38:05 am »
You can find smaller MSR brand of white gas at some camping outfitters but typically you'll find colemans at Walmarts, etc. etc. and in that regard, the gallon sized Colemans.  

Some hardware stores, usually the smaller ones in smaller towns will fill your fuel bottle for a small fee and that is where i would try to look for refueling. Small mom and pop hardware stores.  


General Discussion / travel survival
« on: April 10, 2008, 02:16:10 pm »
You might want to read 'into the wild' at least on ways how not to do it.  :)


General Discussion / Stealth Camping?
« on: February 15, 2008, 08:46:55 am »
Hi Jan , et al. sorry to hear about your gun barrel experience, that must of been freaky.  

It's hard to really pinpoint or to give an blanket answer like you're all wrong, we're all nice and friendly to don't do it, you'll be shot.  All people from all walks of life, social structures, class structures are different... there's a lot of false stereotypes like all NYC folks are nasty, we get the same false impression of Parisians and perhaps all French people in general over here in the US.   there's always a few things that you can do to minimize the wackos out there like asking.  And when asking, make sure he/she understands that you are a cyclist.. Surely, the bike has an implied meaning of not being a nutcase and probably helps break the ice, so to speak.

Another, is perhaps look up warmshower organizations, like

In fact, as a member, I hosted 2 parties of fellow bike tourests in northern NJ who were both on their way to NYC last year.  I let them sleep in  my living room and take showers, help them with routefinding to NYC and fed them.  I think I got more out of it then they did as it is always fun meeting other biketourers. is not the only one out there but it goes a bit back and seems to have a good member base.

Hostels are generally fairly inexensive and as you may know, camping at USFS sites are good but they typically exist in national forests and stuff, not everywhere...

If you do stealth camp, I've found that hammocks are usually fast to setup and fairly stealthy and can be pitched in typically more places than tents do and most can be pitched on the ground if you have to. bivy sacks are also small and packable and allow for quick access to it...


General Discussion / Maps: opinion on ACA maps
« on: February 05, 2008, 12:03:03 pm »
I've use the ACA maps with a Garmin Etrex Vista (old one) that has a basemap of North America on it. I found the GPS fairly useful as a touring assistant. I've also used the ACA maps with a county level map and the free maps that you can get from various states. All of it useful, knowledge is power, so they say.


General Discussion / One way rental
« on: January 24, 2008, 09:36:07 am »
Hi ken, I assume you mean Bar Harbor, ME

I suggest you talk to ACA member here: Sailariel since he lives in Belfast which is just about a little over an hour's drive from Bar Harbor and would know bike shops.

I am pretty sure there is a bike shop in Ellesworth, ME which is on the mainland just before you get to Mt Desert Island which is where Bar Harbor is..   Anyway, there's probably one in Bar Harbor too as it's quite a popular cycling destination on the carriageways there.    

As far as flying in yourself, Bangor would be your destination I think. It's an international airport that is not terribly far from Bar Harbor. and then a taxi/van shuttle to Acadia could get you to your bike.


General Discussion / One way rental
« on: January 23, 2008, 08:58:07 pm »
I bet you could find a bike shop that will do that for you for a fee. Many bike shops will receive a bike and assemble it for you for a fee so I don't think this would be a problem.  You're best bet would be post where you're going and maybe somebody here can recommend a particular shop...  

I think you're bigger problem would be finding a bike shop that actually rents touring capable bikes...


This message was edited by JayH on 1-23-08 @ 4:58 PM

General Discussion / March on the East Cost
« on: January 22, 2008, 09:29:40 am »
I agree with you there... In march, you will most likely encounter a day or two that may be a bit chilly.. It's hard to beat week long heatwaves in the great plains though.. :-)


General Discussion / March on the East Cost
« on: January 21, 2008, 11:49:48 am »
We've had some serious snow mid-march here in northeast, like NJ, Upstate NY, New England. I'm sure it can easily get cold in the appalachians too...  I'd be prepared for the cold, but not sure if there is anything you can prepare for the snow, other than having 'snowdays' incorporated into your schedule...


General Discussion / ACA stickers -inside..
« on: January 15, 2008, 12:25:58 pm »
Does ACA produce stickers for cars that are inside? I have one on my car that always winds up getting peeled due to the snow and ice and scraping... Would be nice if they had a sticker made for the inside of the car. Does this exist? This is the "ride to live, live to ride" one that I had on my subaru...


This message was edited by JayH on 1-15-08 @ 8:26 AM

General Discussion / Happy New Year
« on: January 01, 2008, 11:36:06 am »
Same to you and all you cyclists out there... :-)


General Discussion / SFO to BHB?
« on: December 03, 2007, 09:38:31 am »
You might want to talk to sailariel, a user here since he is from belfast, ME, which is about an hour's drive south of Bar Harbor along the coast.  He should know a bunch of info on logistics and perhaps the Bangor airport.

Living on the east coast here, my joke is that a cheap way of flying to bangor is to get onto an international flight flight and then declare a hijack. All the international flights coming to America that get into trouble go to Bangor, ME... :)


General Discussion / Attacks on the Katy Trail
« on: November 28, 2007, 02:53:15 pm »
using google I found this:

and also some old articles from an attack in May.

There is nothing special about MUPs that prevents ordinary crime, in fact, maybe because of the linearness (is that a word) of most rail trails, and MUPs, and the fact that most of them cross roads and stuff and/or follow old rail grades which typically dont cut through rich areas, one always needs to be aware just like in any other park.  


General Discussion / biking yosemite and sequio nat. parks
« on: November 20, 2007, 09:29:26 am »
I don't know about all the national parks but I know Acadia NP in Maine has 2 campsites that are not reservable which I think is great, not everybody has the freedom or flexibility to reserve campsites a year in advance or more so I would hope that the NPS sets aside a few sites or a campground for first come first servers, or perhaps utilize say overflow camping sites to allow folks such as thruhikers, bike tourers and the like a place to stay and share the NP system.


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