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South / Permanent route change in Louisiana (bad news and good news)
« on: June 05, 2011, 06:12:50 pm »
The Ferry from New Roads to St Francisville has been shut down during the flood of 11. The ferry will not re open. It is shut down permanently.
But there is good news. The John James Audubon Bridge was opened to take it's place early. So just south of St Francisville, there is a new bridge crossing the mighty Mississippi river.
There was a problem in the first days, since the bike lane was covered in reflectors layed out to make rumble strips. But Baton Rouge cycling club got it fixed and also had the local sheriff correct his deputies and make them quit telling the cyclists they weren't allowed to cross.

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / NOTICE Melville Ferry in Louisiana
« on: December 27, 2010, 07:22:13 pm »
I thought that all of you who want to take the Southern Tier route across Louisiana might want to know that the Melville Ferry has been shut down as soon as the cane cutting is over this year due to budget cuts at the state level. This is expected to be a permanent shutdown. Auto and farm traffic is expected to use highways to the north and south. I DO NOT SUGGEST trying to ride on US190 to detour.
There has been an alternate route because for many years now, since the ferry was not completely reliable. When it would break down, it could take a long time to repair. You should now use only this alternate route.
Years ago, there was a plan to cantilever a bike lane onto the railroad bridge across the Atchafalaya River, but with current budget constraints, I doubt that it will happen any time soon.
There is a new bridge being built across the Mississippi River at New Roads (that was started before the budget crunch), and that might offer another opportunity there, but that won't help you get across the river at Melville.

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Classifieds / Two Serotta Rapid Tour Ti bikes
« on: June 22, 2007, 12:55:13 pm »
last chance before they go to ebay!
I am selling these for customers of my bike shop. More details and photos if you email me. Eagle Wheel at Hot Mail dot com. (put together)

Serotta Rapid Tour Ti 57x52 (Legend Frame)
 
Serotta Rapid Tour for sale

This is a light duty touring bike built for credit card touring, not great for being fully loaded.

Owner has replaced the bike with a Bike Friday for travel use.

Frame, Fork:
Serotta custom Titanium with rapid tour geometry giving room for panniers and relaxed handling. Big boy blue in color. Rock Shox Ruby road fork.

Size: Frame is 57stx52ttcm

Components: Profile bar and stem. Sachs New Success shift brake levers. Shimano XTR Front and rear derailleur, 12-28 tooth 8 speed cogset Dura Ace brakes. Ritchey Logic cold forged crankset 48-38-28. Wheels: Phil touring hubs, 36 DT spokes Mavic T217 rims. Synchros Ti seatpost with Terry saddle. Cateye cordless computer, Trek touring rack.

This bike has a dent on the top tube that is a cosmetic blemish.
Selling for $2,500.00


Rapid tour 54x52 Ti (legend Frame)
 
Serotta Rapid Tour (Legend Frame) for sale

This is a light duty touring bike built for credit card touring, not being fully loaded.

Owner is replacing the bike with a coupled bike for ease of travel.

Frame:

Serotta custom Titanium with rapid tour geometry giving room for panniers and relaxing the handling. Serotta steel fork. Frame is 54x52

Size:

Components: Terry Ladys bar and 75mm stem with spinachi clip-ons. Sachs New Success shift-brake levers. Shimano XTR Front and rear derailleur, 12-34 tooth 8 speed cogset Dura Ace brakes. Ritchey Logic cold forged crankset 48-38-28. Wheels: Phil touring hubs, 36 DT spokes Mavic T217 rims. Synchros Ti seatpost, Cateye cordless computer. Trek touring rack.

Selling for $2,250.00 make a reasonable offer!



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Gear Talk / Bike recommendation (under 1200 dollars US)
« on: August 01, 2007, 10:00:08 pm »
My mention of the Fit Kit was only as a starting point. Sure, many goo dfitters don't have to have one to fit you to an existing bike, but it's a good starting point for a new bike, like the OP wanted.


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Gear Talk / Bike recommendation (under 1200 dollars US)
« on: June 22, 2007, 10:48:07 am »
Having a qualified bike fitter carefully fit the bike to you (for your intended use and comfort)is much more important than the label the bike has on it (racing, touring etc.)
You actually have a generous budget, so that's not a problem. If you shop for a bike with sensible and durable frame and components, you will find a great bike. Don't be afraid to pay for a sizing and use the information to look for a used bike either.
The trick is finding a good shop. North Carolina does have some good ones, but some of them are more tuned to the ultimate racing fit instead of finding a comfortable, efficient position. I would suggest looking up the Fit Kit site
http://bikefitkit.com/
and shopping the listed shops in your area.
http://bikefitkit.com/store_locator/north_carolina.php
 The process of finding a good shop is really worth the trouble- you will find good information there as well as good product.

This message was edited by Bikinchris on 6-22-07 @ 6:49 AM

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General Discussion / Flying my bike box
« on: June 23, 2007, 12:15:35 am »
My bike has couplers that allow the frame to be seperated into two pieces right in front of the bottom bracket and top tube. The forward piece goes into the box and the rear wheel without air goes on top of it. The handlebars slide in between the corner and through the spokes, then the rear frame part goes on top and the front wheel (sans air) into the lid.
But my wife's Bike Friday is much easier and it fits into a Samsonite suitcase in ten minutes.


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General Discussion / Flying my bike box
« on: June 22, 2007, 10:36:43 am »
The UPS stores always charge a premium price. I mechanic for a ride called Cycle Zydeco here in Lafayette, LA. One of the services I perform is assembling shipped bikes for the ride and boxing them and shipping them back when the ride is over. We get much lower prices to ship them back at company shipping docks than the shipping stores. E.G. the FedEx depot is often half the price of the UPS store.
I have no experience with shipping bagged bikes.
Chris


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General Discussion / Flying my bike box
« on: June 18, 2007, 11:33:02 pm »
Well, it happened. After many flights (I think about 15), a bored skycap (in Kansas City working for Delta)measured my bike box and charged me $100 for it being 2 inches oversized. This was after failing to charge me for my other suitcase. Needless to say, I was not very happy with this. I walked off without tipping her even though she was giving me the "look" and nearly holding out her hand. I wonder if complaining would do any good. I am going to repack it and see if it will fit in the 10 inch wide box. The box measures 26x26x12, so it really is 64 inches combined. I think when I bought it, it was okay.
Thanks for being a shoulder to cry on.


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