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General Discussion / dan fennessey
« on: September 25, 2007, 10:39:12 am »

It might be the Dan you are looking for as I found the info from a flyfishing guestbook on Caruga Lake which is in the southern Adirondacks, which isn't too far from NYC.  If Dan is a flyfisherman, as well as a bike tourer and Critical Mass fan, it would further corroborate the contact you are looking for...


General Discussion / dan fennessey
« on: September 25, 2007, 08:42:30 am »
Any other information?

Where is Dan Fennessey from?

I've googled his name, a court case with regards to "Critical Mass" ride in NYC to the Police Dept comes up:

Is Dan from Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA?


This message was edited by JayH on 9-25-07 @ 4:48 AM

General Discussion / Stem length's effect on handling
« on: September 13, 2007, 04:21:48 pm »
In my experience when I replaced my stem with a shorter one is the steering is a little more quirkier, a faster turning radius but I'm quite used to it by now and don't think it's any worse than before steering wise.  If you use your stem to hold a cue sheet, then you'll have less support, or if your GPS is mounted there, etc. etc.


General Discussion / Bike shipping rates are sky high
« on: September 11, 2007, 12:15:48 pm »
Maybe if you're lucky, you can find a moving company going in your direction and ask to share space?  Perhaps freecycle and see if anybody is going your way?   I paid $135 to ship my bike fedex ground from NJ to Fairbanks, AK in 2001....  


General Discussion / Bike/Kayak Touring
« on: September 11, 2007, 12:13:40 pm »
As an avid paddler, you can buy/make kayak carriers for your bike. Paddleboy actually makes one but there are plans and ideas to make one if you have the time/ability to fabricate stuff or are a good scavenger.   As far as the towing the bike on your kayak, you will have to chose your location, anything strapped or mounted on your deck will affect the kayak's stability and your ability to roll and also affect the kayaks susceptability to strong winds.   I.e. it'll act like a sail.  Maybe flatwater lakes/rivers but I would be hesitant to go out on open water in rough seas with much of anything strapped to your deck.  

If you have the gear to bike tour, a few drybags and you'll be pretty much set to kayak tour. Buy a touring kayak (aka "sea" kayak) and you'll be set.  

I have a 14' Impex mystic in fiberglass that I tour with and an old Dagger Prospect to tool around in shallow rivers..


General Discussion / european bike tour companies
« on: August 30, 2007, 03:56:24 pm »
You might want to state what kind of touring you're interested in... guided tours, unguided. Are you looking to tour countrysides or follow the big ProTour races like the TdF, etc. etc.   Luxury hotel touring. There are differing levels of tours and likewise, different levels of tour companies.  If you are a ACA member, their magazine is an excellent start to flip through and at least find different tour groups in the region you are interested in.  I think they even reviewed tour companies in one of the magazines...


General Discussion / Whadya mean, dead last AGAIN!?
« on: August 13, 2007, 02:26:36 pm »
"beautifully hilly course"

I don't know if you were commenting on the hills or the capital of New Hampshire but if you are noticing the countryside in the middle of a bike race, then perhaps you are not concentrating on pedalling faster than the person in front of you. And perhaps you should remove the rack and panniers full of camping supplies next time?*  

Jay :-)

* :-) Yeah, like valygrl says, this is a bike TOURING forum, so I couldn't resist the last jab.

General Discussion / Small planes and Tandems
« on: July 23, 2007, 09:53:03 am »
Have you tried to rig an airplane carrier tow behind your bike friday so you can bring it along? :-)

I had to ask... :)


General Discussion / Hurting Feet
« on: July 08, 2007, 08:49:55 pm »
Good luck!

What you may try too perhaps and this is from the aspect of being a hiker/backpacker/mountaineer as well as a cyclist and bike tourer:

You might want to try a new insole, which is the removable pad that shoes have, including bike shoes that you can take out and you can replace. Perhaps something like this might help, if not, I think a qualified podiatrist that perhaps bikes would be helpful.

I have some Spenco insoles in some shoes that I backpack with and I love them, at first, I was really like why spend more money on hiking boots but these insoles, for me anyway, work well and are very comfortable, more so than the usual cheap insoles that come with hiking boots anyway.  Might be worth a shot anyway...


General Discussion / Hurting Feet
« on: July 06, 2007, 08:27:13 am »
I haven't really heard too much of problems with SPDs as mountain bike pedals typically have a bigger contact pattern with the shoe (and your feet) than road pedals. I use Time ATAC pedals for commuting and touring and they are great for me.  Have you tried to move the cleat fore and aft, if you move the cleat towards the back of the shoe, perhaps just a bit, you will perhaps relieve some pressure on your balls of your feet. It's worth a shot anyway.

As far as shoe goes, perhaps if the cleat position isn't helping, you might even want to consider either

1)A road cleat/shoe

Why: Because road shoes tend to have a very very stiff sole which will help distribute the force of the pedal over your entire foot, versus a small area


2)a different MTB compatible shoe that has a stiffer sole.

I can't recommmend any because I'm not familiar with brands other than my own which I've been using forever.(an old Diadora Jalapeno II) but if you can find a store that has a bunch, you can do some basic tests to see how flexy they are when you grip them and try to bend them... This might help you without your need to buy a different pedal.


General Discussion / camp food
« on: July 06, 2007, 08:29:17 am »
What kind of MSR stove, the whisperlite?

The whisperlite has a known problem for simmering...i.e. it doesn't simmer well.  MSR came out with a simmerlite which supposedly helps but IME, my old whisperlite was either full blast or off. The one way to control the flame is the pressure of the fuel canister, reduce the pressure, simmers the flame but YMMV...

As far as varied, I'm no chef!!! I can eat freeze dried crap for days on end. :-)


General Discussion / dangerous winds
« on: June 07, 2007, 11:03:17 am »
I dunno, looking at Google Maps, there is a Claire Municipal Airport in Claire, you could meander over and watch planes take off and land!

Play some golf at the "firefly Gold Links"

Ummmm, check out "the ideal theater" right across from the Doherty hotel in downtown.. first theater in Clare county.

Maybe with the wind, buy a kite and go fly it!


General Discussion / Seeing in the rain
« on: April 24, 2007, 02:10:45 pm »
Yup, the old glove wipe! :)

I will use one of those cyclin caps for when I'm commuting in the rain, it's small enough just to do an OK job of keeping the rain off but not too big to block visibility. Doesn't work too much if you don't have a front fender though or it's really windy or really coming down..


General Discussion / Asiemut (2007 Banff Film Festival tour)
« on: March 02, 2007, 10:48:02 am »
I had a non-cycling friend mention it's length... I dunno, I thought it was the best flick of the bunch this year. We had short films, one on Mergensers ducks, a short comedy flick with Lego, A skiing one by TGR, a basejumping flick in Africa, and some others..

As far as the camera mound, I'd study the design of this:

I have this and it mounts to any round diameter tube (including handlebars up to I think 2") and any flat surface.  However, you could certainly with some machining skills or access to copy the clamp design and then weld the arm and custom mount on top. Shouldn't be too expensive if you get friendly with the local autobody. Usually they'll do custom welds for a small fee...


General Discussion / Asiemut (2007 Banff Film Festival tour)
« on: March 01, 2007, 10:31:34 am »
If anybody gets a chance to catch the Banff Film Festival road tour, see if you can catch this 56 minute film on two (french) Canadians who biked from Upper Mongolia through China/Tibet and into India.


Peoples Choice Award and Special Jury Mention
Canada, 2006, 56 minutes
Directed and produced by Olivier Higgins, Mélanie Carrier
Focus: Cycling/Culture
In 2005, Olivier Higgins and Mélanie Carrier went on their first cycling expedition  8000 kilometres across Asia. In six months they pedalled from Mongolia to Calcutta, India, travelling through Xinjiang, the Taklimakan Desert, the high Tibetan plateau, and the jungle of Nepal. Why? Not only to discover the world, but also to discover themselves.

It's a fun show, doesn't go into any of the logistics that much or the bike touring details, but both seem to be on Kona MTBs with Serratus panniers and have a custom video mtn on their headtube so they can have self videos of them biking...

The film selection is particular to each tour, so it might not be in every showing of the Banff films but check it out if it is..


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