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Gear Talk / Re: Tire Failure - Not Sure How It Happened
« on: July 09, 2012, 11:43:25 am »
Looks similar to what happened to me a couple of years ago.  The tire Failed in about the same location.  I was on day 7 about 10 miles from the end of a 500 mile bike tour.  I had last topped off the air in the tire 3 days before.  I attributed the failure to overpressure in the tire and possibly a slight flaw.  I had at the time 3 different size tires in the same brand and model(conti top touring 2000?), 20" 26" and 700. the pressures listed on the tires were very different and I didn't notice that the one was the lowest.  The bead ripped off the rest of the tire about 12" long on the 700 tire.  I noticed about 10 miles before the failure that the tire was bulging slightly but I had hoped that I would be able to finish the ride.

I found a trick that worked for me several years later when the rim on a bike failed.  It was a double walled rim and the center of the outer wall failed and one side wall failed, about 6" long on a 20" wheel.  I used duck tape to replace the rim strip and then wrapped the tire and wheel, going between the spokes  to keep the tire on the rim.  I was able to go over 60 miles on this setup before I was able to get a replacement wheel shipped to me.


Below are the directions to stay in the US from the Lewiston-Queenstion Bridge to the Peace Bridge.

Take the ACA Northern Tier route all the way to you are on Upper Mountain rd.  Just before you would take the ramp to Canada is an intersection with Military RD.  Take a right on Military Rd, towards St Marys hospital.  The road will then end at Lewiston RD(rt 104). Make a left onto Lewiston RD.  you will pass over the New York Power Authority (use caution there is currently road construction.  You will pass Niagara University on the Left.  Stay right at the light after Niagara University.  Just after the Light  on the right will be an entrance to Devil's hole and the Robet Moses parkway.  Turn right and then left into the parking lot.  at the end of the parking lot there is a pedestrian bridge over the parkway.  Take the bridge and then Turn so that the river is your right.  from here you will be on a no car path for several miles.  Take this to the end and then follow the ped detour under the Rainbow Bridge.  You will go past Niagara Falls.  keeping the river on the right as you leave the falls you will pass the water inlet towers for the power project several miles later.  You will next come up to 2 large bridges (I-190) over the niagara river and the path will end at Buffalo Ave.  make a right on Buffalo Ave and take it until you reach a 4 way stop sign (several miles down the road past several lights).  Make a right on to River Road.  After the park on the right with the Seabees memorial a bike path will appear on the right.  Take this bike path till it ends at a bridge, cross the bridge and then take the path on the right.  keep the river on the right and this path will take you to the Peace Bridge, where you will reconnect with the ACA Route. 


In short Yes.  Which direction would you be traveling?
I can give turn by turn directions.  The US route keeps you almost all roads in buffalo until it meets up with the ACA route at the Peace Bridge.
I do not recommend crossing Grand Island, as the walkway on the bridges is constantly under work.  Google maps with the bicycle route active can show you most bike paths on in the area.


General Discussion / Re: 100 dollar bills too large?
« on: December 30, 2011, 12:55:31 pm »
Smaller places won't take even $50's.  One option might be to go to a large store, ie walmart, and purchase a mastercard or visa gift card to use for most of the purchases. 

Gear Talk / Re: Tents
« on: November 17, 2011, 12:50:04 pm »
A big negative on a tent for me is one that the poles are in sleeves most of the way.  These are easy to assemble but can be a real pain to remove in the morning.
Free standing is a plus for on a pad, extremely hard ground and very soft ground.  Also for packed group tours when your neighbor trips over your guy lines in the night:(

The Picture you say is different depending on the width of the browser screen.  can you give a description of the one you are looking for? 

Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tent Talk
« on: May 18, 2011, 01:34:51 pm »
I recommend a free standing tent, I have stayed a time or two where I couldn't stake down the tent due to rock hard ground,  I used a large rock and a bench to hold out the rain fly. 

Gear Talk / Re: Pannier that converts to knapsack?
« on: May 18, 2011, 01:26:10 pm »
Arkel GT 18 BP model

GPS Discussion / Re: Delorme PN-60
« on: May 16, 2011, 12:52:17 pm »
I use a PN-40 with Topo 8 and now have Topo 9.  To set routing type, under the tab route, use New/Edit and you will see on the right a car, bike and hiker.  just click on the biker.  The great thing about Delorme software is you can add roads normally do not allow bikes.  ie Lewiston-Queenston bridge in Lewiston, NY.  The route and road will transfer, but the handheld will not auto-route over the added road.


Routes / Re: Niagra Falls...
« on: May 05, 2011, 11:20:01 am »
If visiting Niagara Falls, I highly recomend the Canadian route that ACA shows on the Northern Tier route, but I can give biking directions for staying in the US if you need them as I live and work in the area.

Great Lakes / Re: S24O in Ohio
« on: March 28, 2011, 01:55:46 pm »
I had the same problem when I went around Lake Erie in 2009.
I wound up spending the night at Crystal Springs Campground in North Ridgeville.  I had a nice spot on the pond but the bathrooms were far away.  Good for a spot for the night, but I wouldn't want to spend a day there while tenting.

GPS Discussion / Re: Another newbie setup question
« on: March 21, 2011, 04:16:12 pm »
I would make sure you go for one with autorouting in the handheld  unit.  That way if you miss a turn or have to make a detour, you can find your way back to the route.

I used a Garmin GPSMap 76C.  The older version of the software to create routes had problems.

I currently use a Delorme PN-40.  The ability to add roads on the computer and have them show on the gps is great, useful for paved trails and bikeable highways.


General Discussion / Re: Buffalo Bike Shops
« on: July 07, 2010, 12:55:32 pm »
Are you planning on going to Canada via the Peace Bridge or directly heading east and connecting to the route near Lockport or heading to North towards Niagara Falls? 
You are about 5+ miles from the Erie Canal while at Berts Bikes.

Good Luck

General Discussion / Re: Buffalo Bike Shops
« on: July 06, 2010, 04:31:17 pm »
I have never used Ricks bike shop.

I have used Berts Bikes.  The closest to the route would be their Northtowns store in Tonawanda, which is about 10 miles from the airport.

Depending on how you plan on arriving in Buffalo, I can suggest different options/routes from the bike shop.

Jeff Costanzo
Lewiston, NY

General Discussion / Re: Buffalo Bike Shops
« on: July 06, 2010, 03:25:46 pm »
How are you arriving in Buffalo as I might be able to suggest alternatives.  

I have never delt with Ricks shop.

I have used Berts bikes in the past and have not had any problems.
Berts Bikes is the largest bike shop in Western NY, 4 stores.  Your best bet would be the northtowns store, located in Tonawanda/Amherst close to the Erie Canal.

In Niagara Falls, NY there are several shops that are alot closer to the Norther tier route headed East than Buffalo.

Lewiston, NY

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