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I think my next step is to simply call the Bar Harbor Bike Shop and/or the Villager Motel to see how/if they could accommodate us.

Thanks again,


If you pay the shop to assemble and tune the bikes I am sure they will be quite happy to receive them with sufficient advance notice. I shipped two touring bikes and a disassmbled BOB to a shop in Missoula with no issues.

General Discussion / Re: Link to this forum is buried, why???
« on: January 29, 2014, 11:47:24 am »
If you are an A/C staffer, indyfabz, your response comes across as arrogant/unappreciative to feedback.

Well I am not. I am merely a person who did not find it the least bit difficult to find the forum after the re-design and who expressed that opinion. Your comment is dimissive of the voicing of differing opinions.  Perhaps you are upset with me for pointing out that your original assertions that "the new main page has 'Forum' buried under a vague link button called 'Resources'" and that the Forum link no longer has its own button are not correct.

Gear Talk / Re: Ortlieb Pannier Shoulder Straps???
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:45:22 am »
I would like the flap straps longer.

Amen! My biggest complaint about the Packer Plus collection.

As for the shoulder straps, they are in my basement among the various backpacks and other bags that I seldom, if ever, use.

Gear Talk / Re: (Cyclo)cross-country
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:40:21 am »
He may be able to lower the gearing a little for relatively little money with a SRAM XR-9 RD and a cassette with a 34t or 36t.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless tires/tyres
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:30:52 am »
The GF and I went tubeless on our road bikes near the end of last summer. They do roll nicely. I think one issue is faster wear of the tires. Not something you want on a long tour. Easy availability of replacements while on the road may also be a concern. (Don't know if you can put a normal clincher on a tubeless rim.) And not all puncture self seal sufficiently. The GF punctured in the front with about 4 miles left in a charity event. The puncture sealed but only at a low pressure that allowed her to finish. We actually didn't realize what had happened until later that afternoon when we noticed the partially flat tire. The she put 2 and 2 together and figured that what had sprayed onto her near the end of the ride was not oil, but rather some of the sealant. We tried pumping the tire to normal pressure but it would not hold and sealant kept bubbling through the puncture site. Ended up having to put a tube in. Interestingly, when she took it to the shop a few days later for more sealant, the puncture site has sealed itself. The thought is that the puncture was too large to self seal immediately and that having the tube in there for a few days allowed it to finally seal without the pressure of air against the puncture site.

I wouldn't bother with them for touring for the above reasons. I want something longer lasting and easier to replace if the need arises. Also, you'd still be advised to carry two tubes anyway in case you flat on both tires and they won't seal properly.

Gear Talk / Re: First Touring Bike
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:11:40 am »
Wanted to amend what I wrote previously. I believe on my first 60cm LHT (it was stolen) I swaped the stem for a slightly shorter one. Haven't done the same with the new one, but I have been thinking I probably should to fine tune it.

Gear Talk / Re: First Touring Bike
« on: January 24, 2014, 08:18:41 am »
I rode the 60cm Long Haul and it felt awesome. I loved riding it and thought from a fit perspective that it was great. My concern is that it feels like a giant bike (big wheelbase, very upright) and once loaded up with 40+lbs of gear it will be tough to handle.

Just the opposite. Many people say it rides just as well if not better when loaded since it's designed to carry loads. I rode mine fully loaded for touring and "bare" for commuting. I don't think it handles any worse when loaded.

I am 6' 2" with a relatively short inseam (about 33") for my height and ride a 60cm LHT. I could have probably gone with a 58cm due to my relatively short legs, but I liked the way the 60cm fit "up top." My first touring bike was a Cannondale. Back then they came in only a few sizes. S, M, L  and possibly an XL. I tried one size and and it felt a little cramped so I went with the next size up. From a standover perspective, most people would say it was too large, but I like the way both felt. My point is that maybe I am biased towards larger frames. Bus as others have said, if it feels good to you, go with it.

The LHT comes with a prettly long steering tube and a lot of spacers. You can always rearrange the spacers to affect the "uprightness" of your position. Some people (myself included) prefer a more upright position for long days in the saddle. I highly recommend not cutting the steering tube until you find out what works best for you after a good aount of time in the saddle. Also note that the difference in wheelbase between the 60cm and the 58cm is only .6". Finally, the stock bar on the 60cm is nealry 1" wider than that of the 58cm. Could make a difference if you have broad shoulders like I do. My road bike has 440mm bars like the 58cm LHT. The 60cm has 460mm bars. I can definitely tell the difference.

Good luck with your purchase.

General Discussion / Re: Link to this forum is buried, why???
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:52:32 am »
Hundreds of buttons? Try 32 or so. You don't have to click on the vague heading of Resources if you are industrious enough to spend a few seconds scrolling through the entire page. I am one of the least e-savy people I know and I managed to find the fourm with ease when the web site was redesigned.

General Discussion / Re: Link to this forum is buried, why???
« on: January 23, 2014, 11:12:27 am »
The "Forum" link used to have its own button. Wish it still did to get more traffic.

Maybe things appear differently on your machine, but on mine the "Forum" button is still its own. Scroll to tbe bottom of the home page. Under the heading "Resources" there is a direct link for "Forum."

When I did ACA's group Northern Tier tour, we planned about a week ahead, in part because we had  adrop dead date we had to finish by. Only you know how far you can reasonably expect to ride each day based on the conditions. And note that, unless you intend to stealth camp, some times the planning in terms of where you will stay each noght takes care of itself due to the way accomodations are spaced out. On the westrn part of the NT route, sometimes we had the choice of reasonable miles and one mountain pass or unreasonable mileage and two mountain passes.

It might help you get into the grove by roughly planning out your first week. Using the maps, look for services such as food/groceries and campgrounds that are located in places that, based on your cycling ability, you reasonably believe you can reach each day. But definitely remain flexible. Condtions could shorten or extend a planned day. For example, you might find yourself with a steady 25 mph tailwind over the flat ground of central Montana and decide on the fy to turn a planned 55 mile day into an 80 mile day. On the flip side, bad weather may shorten your planned day or cancel it completely.


Thanks. I will look at it at home. I was a year ahead of you on ACA's '99 group NT tour. We passed through Williston and, like I am sure you did, rode Rte. 1804, although we stayed at Lewis & Clark State Park. Beautiful empty road. I and another guy on the trip stopped in Parshall for breakfast. Parshall is the place where one resident quipped a few years ago that the oil boom is creating a new ND millionaire every day.

Don't know if it's mentioned in the piece, but a side effect of the ramp up has been a marked increase in drug use, drinking, violence and prostitution. And a few weeks ago there was a firery rail accident involving Bakken crude not too far west of Fargo. Good thing it was in an areas that was far less populated than Lac Magentic, PQ.

Routes / Re: Florida to Ohio routes? maps?
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:31:24 am »
Once you have a general idea of a route, you can use Google Maps to find campground and other lodging. Pick some intermediate towns and search for "campgrounds near [name of town]. Zoom out or pick another location if nothing shows up. I have been planning a ride across PA partially using the maps for PA Bike Route V. While the maps show state parks where there may be camping, the maps contain no other information on the subject. I have been using the above method and marking the locations of the campgrounds with a "CG" on the relevant map segments. You can then use the lodging information tohelp design the precise route.

Just be careful. Mobile home parks often show up in the results.

Gear Talk / Re: Novara Safari rear rack - sturdy enough for long tour?
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:29:52 am »
Make sure you use high quality stainless steel bolts.  Usually bolts will shear before the welds break.

And check their tightness periodically. They can shake loose.

General Discussion / Re: Olympic Discovery Trail
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:19:07 am »
Take a look at the printable PDF maps for each section. They give you a description of trail conditions, such as whether it's on road and, where trail, the type of surface. Examples:

Where the trail has actually been completed, this suggests that it is paved, as do some of the descriptions on the individual PDF maps:

"The trail is a wide, paved pathway designed to multi user standards for bicyclists, hikers, and disabled users, with a 4’ shoulder for equestrians where appropriate."

General Discussion / Re: Safe Places to Park My Gear
« on: January 03, 2014, 11:16:32 am »
I don't think IQ has anythng to do with it. Unfortunately, we live in a litigious society. The bike falls over and injures someone or someone trips over it, the business could be sued. The bike falls over and damages some stock or breaks a window is the cyclist going to happily open their wallet right there? By accpeting your bike, a business could be considered a bailee and possibly be held responsible if something gets stolen. Then there is the issue of "authority." This summer I asked a grocery store cashier if I could leave my bike inside the store while I shopped. She clearly conveyed the feeling that she could possibly get in trouble if she allowed it and directed me to the manager, who said it was o.k. I would not expect someone in her position to risk disciplinary action on my account. I think some businesses just feel the potential aggrivation is not worth the business. The best asset to have when seeking permission is a good and understanding attitude. I think you are morelikely to be turned down if you approach it with a "You should let me and if you say no you had better have a good reason" attitude.

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