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General Discussion / Xtracycle
« on: October 30, 2007, 11:53:35 am »
Also, check out the Commuting forum on the following internet forum, a lot of folks over there seem to have XP in the Xtracycle:


General Discussion / Is there a good all-in-one clothes/body wash?
« on: November 04, 2007, 09:04:42 am »
driftlessregion: OK, you're braver than I!  But I'll keep that in mind for the future.

Gregg: I agree with you, it is pretty strong in it's natural form but I always make sure to dilute it pretty well. I think even the instructions (that get lost in all the flotsam) say to dilute it.  I believe the soap will really dry out your skin if not diluted...


General Discussion / Is there a good all-in-one clothes/body wash?
« on: October 31, 2007, 09:23:40 am »
I typically use Peppermint but I will try others, even Almond!

I use this as a soap, shampoo, wash my clothes, etc.. I do carry toothpaste though..


This message was edited by JayH on 10-31-07 @ 5:24 AM

General Discussion / Is there a good all-in-one clothes/body wash?
« on: October 29, 2007, 10:36:55 am »
I agree with WesternFlyer, I take the Dr. Bronners everywhere, camping, biking, etc.  It's pretty useful and pretty strong, don't forget to dilute a bit.  

And in addition to cleasiness, when it's raining outside and you're stuck in your tent, you can sit there and read all the little fine print that's on the label. In fact, apparently, they couldn't fit everything on the label and resorted to selling the container with a small book on a lanyard with it!


General Discussion / dan fennessey
« on: September 25, 2007, 03:39:38 pm »
Hi, I didn't find an actual contact in the court case papers I saw (unless you want to go try and contact the NYC courthouse which might work though I'm not sure if the NYC courts are allowed to give out contact information to the general public)... I got the email address from someplace completely unrelated to the Critical Mass court date and from a flyfishing website:

However, the Adirdondacks are well within a weekend trip to those in NYC so it is feesible that if your Dan is also a fisherman, it could be the same...

I checked as an ISP and it's correct. (I was thinking perhaps it was a typo and perhaps it's and not but alas, is a valid ISP (

I could not find any other option to find a contact for Dan Fennessey other than the court docket...

More google sleuthing.... I found this:

Went to Bard College... works at Insite East which is in Brooklyn, NYC:

So, 2 + 2 makes it very feasible that we're talking the same Dan Fennessey who lives in Brooklyn...   If I was you, I would try to contact him through Marcus Attorneys or if you feel like registering with zoominfo, might be free and might allow you to contact him...


This message was edited by JayH on 9-25-07 @ 11:41 AM

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.


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