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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

Routes / Re: Using Google Maps & the cycling routes - Beware!
« on: May 26, 2010, 12:41:06 pm »
I had it route me from Letchworth State Park, NY to Lewiston Ny and it added about 50miles (50% more)to the route vs a more direct route.  It is basicly North West.  Google had the route going North East until it reached the Erie Canal Path and then heading west.

Google bicycling routing seems to over prefer trails to roads so much so that it will add over 50% to the distance to travel just to use the trail.

Google maps street view is very helpful to confirm that the item(campground, store, ect) is actually where the map says it is or that the road exists.

It is nice to actually find trails with, but I will keep using Delorme's TOPO to do my routing.  I can add the trails found in Google to delorme when they actually help.

Gear Talk / Re: Pannier racks for LWB recumbents
« on: April 20, 2010, 10:28:46 am »
I have 2 LWB recumbents, a tour easy and a Longbikes Slipstream with a Rans seat.  Both have rear racks and both attach the same way.
the bottom of the rack attaches to the bosses above the axle and there are 2 straps that go to the seat stays, the tubes that support / set the recline angle of the seat.  they use a clamp.  This setup is basically the same as you would use on a wedgie bike. 

If you don't have any bosses above the axle, take a look at old man mountain, they have several adapters to fit unusual problems.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier-ish
« on: March 18, 2010, 11:19:37 am »
That path could be a good route if one is coming from the South and uses the Grand Island bridges (190).  I tried this and my trike was too wide at the top of the Southern Bridge.  I had to back down the sidewalk from the top, took about 45 minutes:(.  It connects with a very nice called river walk which start around the Peace bridge and goes thru Niawanda park.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier-ish
« on: March 16, 2010, 04:17:01 pm »
It appears that every winter the bridge over the whirlpool bridge is closed to pump something over it.  If they keep it closed, the only other way that I would take to the falls would be  Hyde Park to Walnut or Ferry. 

I forgot another route along the upper Niagara River.  There is a path on the south side of buffalo ave at the 190 bridges that takes you along the the river right into the state park.  There just doesn't seem to be a nice way of getting there from the east as even tho buffalo ave is low traffic, the conditions of the road was horrible the last time I rode down it.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier-ish
« on: March 15, 2010, 04:30:18 pm »
The route from east of Niagara falls would be to stay north of Niagara Falls, Upper mountain road or Rt 31 (just don't take 31 past Hyde Park rd).  then take Lewiston Rd South.  Near the intersection of Lewiston Rd and Hyde Park Rd there is an entrance ramp to the Robert Moses Parkway.  The old Southbound lanes of the parkway has been turned into a multi use path with a pedestrian bridge crossing over the car lanes.  The path will take you right down to 2 blocks from the rainbow bridge.  Much better than any road in the City of Niagara falls.  I can find better directions if you need.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier-ish
« on: March 10, 2010, 02:05:55 pm »
For amtrack to niagara falls, ny.  There is no checked baggage service in NF.  only in Buffalo.

You might want to check out  They have announced the schedule for their Toronto - Windsor trains for the summer and have yet to announce their Ontario east train.

I live and work in Niagara Falls, NY. and for bicycling across the border, I perfer the Lewiston Queenston bridge or the Rainbow bridge over the peacebridge in buffalo.

General Discussion / Re: Camping on Blue Ridge Parkway?
« on: September 04, 2009, 02:41:06 pm »
The overnight stops planned for are setup for mostly camping and less expensive motel/lodge ect.  I prefer camping for the security of the trike that I ride.

I ride a Greenspeed GTE, on the tour around lake Erie I had 1 day of 100+ miles and several around 90 miles, fully overloaded :).  I do better mileage wise on the trike than on my Tour Easy, even more so in hills.

I do have a question for you on what is your plan for getting back to the car after the ride?  This trouble has required me to either do organized trips or circular solo tours so far.


General Discussion / Re: Camping on Blue Ridge Parkway?
« on: September 03, 2009, 11:34:43 am »
I am also looking at it for sometime in 2010.  I have already layed out my overnight stops based on mileage and found that I must both camp and hotel/lodge ect at some point.  I found that with my average mileage I would have to do both.  I started planning with about 50 miles per day,  about 60% of what I did going around Lake Erie this summer.  I wound up with 45 -75 mile days.

I defiantly would recommend "Bicycling the Blue Ridge" book, as it lists options for where to stay.  I used Delorme's Street atlas and Topo software to help locate overnight stops.

Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: August 10, 2009, 01:59:08 pm »
I love the Arkels.  I ride around with a GT-18BP and tour with a set of GT-54's.  I ride a Greenspeed GTE trike, so the pockets come in handy for the rain gear, wallet ect, while still having a water resistant compartment for purchases or gear that I don't need right then.

When I tour, I put everything in space bags (ziplock style bags that one can roll the air out of).  These keep everything water proof and allows me to carry probably too much gear:).

The Hook system for the Arkels are very adjustable, I haven't seen any rack system that they wouldn't work with.

General Discussion / Re: Prep for my first trip
« on: July 24, 2009, 03:43:05 pm »
A popular option for the car is to leave it at the long term parking at an airport.  Ride to another airport and rent a car/ SUV and drive back to your car.    Since you are traveling with a trailer, you probably will only be able to ship the trailer back or rent a SUV type car.   Be aware that there are not many options for one way car rentals.  I ride a Trike that does not fold or come apart, so for any 1 way ride I have to look at renting a Uhaul type, as one-way pickup truck rentals seem to be unavailable.


General Discussion / Re: Browsing problems?
« on: June 18, 2009, 12:27:23 pm »
Thank you.  It appears to be fine today.

General Discussion / Browsing problems?
« on: June 17, 2009, 12:31:15 pm »
When I refresh or click on any link on Adventure Cycling's website, I get a Reported Attack Site warning in Firefox.

Is this a problem with my pc or firefox?


Underground Railroad / Re: Niagara Falls to Ontario Route
« on: May 27, 2009, 12:23:57 pm »
I toured around Lake Ontario last year and live in Lewiston, NY.

I would not recommend staying in the US to Niagara Falls due to the roads between the Peace Bridge and the Rainbow Bridge.

I would take the UGRR or the Northern Tier route across the Peace Bridge then take Follow the Niagara River North.   Most of this route has a nice multi-use  path except for right near Niagara Falls.  Follow the river north through Niagara on the Lake.  There is a waterfront trail, on and off road, that takes you around to Toronto.  After St Cathrines, Ontario, Follow the North Service Rd and stay near the lake.  There is a trail on the lakefront from Hamilton to Toronto.  There is a bridge next to the QEW in Hamilton that is very hard to see on the maps.  The route on the North Service Rd is very light traffic.

If you are camping I would recomend the Jordan Valley Campground.  It is west of St Cathrines.  Approach from the West. 
Past Hamilton, in Oakville, there is Bronte Creek Provincial Park.  Do not go to the main entrance, the campground entrance is on the East side of the park!  About a 7+ mile detour with Heavy traffic:(.  These stops seem to be about the distance apart as your existing plan.

Happy Touring

Gear Talk / Re: Cycling Sandals
« on: April 17, 2009, 02:46:16 pm »
I tried the older Shimano, way too narrow.
I used Lakes for years but they didn't seem to fit right.

I love the Keens.  They do have a SPD sandal.  they are very comfortable for both on bike and off bike.  I used them on RAGBRAII and two 4 day tours.


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