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Routes / Re: East Coast Greenway--Will my bike be ok?
« on: April 30, 2013, 05:38:49 pm »
You might be going slower than a wider tire when the pavement ends but I bet you'd be OK.

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Rack mounted tail lights
« on: April 11, 2013, 07:50:49 pm »
I just bought a 50cent angle bracket and mounted that with a spare bolt/nut to my top shelf of my OMM rear rack and then used any standard red blinky (cateye I think is mine but most red blinkies would work, you just have to look at how they mount to the mount)...   The cateye I use is a ribbed circular that I just took another spare bolt and nut and mounted the light to my angle bracket, thereby not using the mount that came with the cateye but it works great and is cheap and light.

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Shaving Creme
« on: April 05, 2013, 07:38:39 pm »
YMMV = Your mileage may vary

I've never tried to brush my teeth with Dr Bronners either but it says so on the container which is funny to read when bored.   When used as soap, I tend to water it down as per the directions a bit as it does seem to dry my skin.

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Shaving Creme
« on: April 02, 2013, 11:01:39 am »
Has anybody tried Dr Bronners...  You can wash your hair, use it as soap, brush your teeth, wash dishes. I bet it can be used to shave too..

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Racks
« on: April 02, 2013, 10:59:59 am »
Certainly looks pretty but not sure if I would want anything close to 77lbs on it. One weld and the thing would fail. 

Having said that, depending on your needs, tubus, Old Man Mountain, certainly would make more/better functional racks I think.

Jay

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GPS Discussion / Re: Announcement about Fred Hiltz
« on: March 31, 2013, 07:08:13 pm »
Very sorry to hear about this. My thoughts are certainly with Fred and his family and friends. I certainly enjoyed reading Fred's insightful posts and recommendations here on this forums.  He was certainly a real asset to the members here and for bike touring in general. I will certainly miss reading his posts. 

Jay

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Rt 9 through Pittsfield can be not so nice, I can tell you a much better way from Rt 20 to Dalton that bypasses the crazy Rt 9/Rt 8 intersection which is messy at rush hour..

Jay

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General Discussion / Re: Campsites and bike theives!
« on: March 01, 2013, 08:18:12 am »
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The main advantages touring cyclists have is our strangeness (to most people) and the fact that most people probably assume that we really don't have much worth stealing. And we really don't. Most thieves are looking for jewelry, pricey electronics or guns.

or alcohol..   Just a matter of opportunity for some folks.   A friend of mine had some scotch lifted from a daybag on his kayak when he and I were down in a town getting food while paddling on a multiday trip on the CT river in VT.  Somebody went through his bag on the deck and lifted the bottle.  We did lock the kayaks together and the thief didn't appear to go through the hatches... but the bag on top of the deck was easy to get to and available and the boat launch was right off downtown..

Jay

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Routes / Re: Tour Divide 2013
« on: February 06, 2013, 09:47:57 am »
Trying to get up to speed on this tour so bear with me if I sound ignorant.  Would a Salsa Vaya be able to handle the Tour Divide route?
I have a 3ish year old Salsa Vaya (compact double that I'd probably switch to a true triple) with 26" wheels, road drop bars, Avid disc brakes..
or would a Fargo be a much better fit for the tour. Not intending on racing but just wondering about the route for those that have done it.

Going to check out bikepacking.net too as well...

Jay

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General Discussion / Re: Looking to join others in July to Ride the Divide
« on: February 02, 2013, 08:47:32 am »
Tim, sent ya a pm..

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Front Quick Release Skewers Too Short with Rack Fitting
« on: January 16, 2013, 08:31:50 am »
Ditto what Russ posts, I bought an OMM front rack which was a QR rack because it was used on a hardtail MTB with no
eyelets for a front rack so I had to use the QR system. OMM sends you a longer QR for such a system. You may be able to just
buy the QR for your needs from them.   

Jay

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New England / Re: Portland ME to Baxter State Park round trip
« on: January 13, 2013, 05:36:13 pm »
check BSP for the latest bike regulations. I know you can ride along the tote road, but you cannot bike to roaring brook if that is your goal...   

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Cheap Breathable Rain Gear and Shelter
« on: December 18, 2012, 12:48:43 pm »
I made a footprint for a Kelty tent once, I believe a place like Campmor sells it that you can cut to size. I don't remember if they sell it by the yard or in
 some kind of packaged length but you can always call and ask.  Do be aware that Campmor sells some stuff in their retail store not available via mail
order.

Jay

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Mid-Atlantic / Re: New Jersey Wolf Preserve & Campground
« on: December 12, 2012, 03:49:24 pm »
The Lakota Wolf Preserve is a great place!  If you are a hiker, you can take the red trail up Mt Tammany from the trailhead and hike up to
the ridge right above the Wolf Preserve and howl.  The Wolves will howl back if you're good/loud enough!!! I've done it before when I was in NJ.

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Bike Rack Advice
« on: November 21, 2012, 02:15:50 pm »
I second the advise of a hitch mounted rack if you have a hitch.

I use a roof rack because I also am a sea kayaker...

jay

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