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Gear Talk / Re: donkey boxx feasible for cross country tour??
« on: August 27, 2013, 02:36:35 pm »
So I'd give these a try.

Also note that the price is for a pair. A Donkey Boxx appears to be $28 for one.

General Discussion / Re: Self inflating pad / Neo air reliability
« on: August 27, 2013, 02:16:02 pm »
Does Therma Rest no longer maek the ProLite 3? It's self-inflating and has been very reliable for me.

Routes / Re: Adirondack Park Route - Need advice
« on: August 22, 2013, 03:33:36 pm »
I did ACA's Cycle Vermont (supported) in 2010, which used a good portion of the Green Mountains Loop including the East Alternative. Yes. There are some hard climbs. Rochester Gap west to east was very difficult even without gear. Middlebury Gap west to east was easier, except for the last segment. Jay Peak was also a good climb, although you can avoid it by going into Canada if you bring your passport. On the flip side, Burlington to Lake Carmi (nice place to camp) was relatively easy, as was Middlebury to Button Bay State Park. Brighton State Park, outside of Island Pond, is also a nice place to camp. Heard and saw some loons there.

Re: weight: Try to look at it this way: When you add up your body weight and gear weight, how much, measured in percentage, does a heavier bike add? Depending on your body weight and gear weight, a bike weighing 20 lbs. more could add only a signle digit percentage amount to your total weight.  Keep in mind that you were considering adding 18 lbs. of trailer and dry bag (before any gear), which is more than a decent set of racks and panniers would weigh.

General Discussion / Re: Road bike for touring??
« on: August 15, 2013, 09:27:36 am »
Is the bike sufficiently geared to allow you to pull the extra weight without constant struggle? A B.O.B. trailer, for example, weighs 13 lbs. without the dry bag.

Is the rear wheel strong enough to handle the added stress of the trailer?

+1 on recessed cleats and MTB shoes, especially if you think you might be walking on gravel roads. I have done supported tours that have required walking on gravel paths/roads leading to campgrounds and rest stop parks. That can take its toll on road cleats.

Gear Talk / Re: Bike Pack for traveling
« on: August 14, 2013, 11:20:53 am »
That really sucks!! You would think they could just pass the bike through an xray system and be done with it

Depends what facilities the airport has. I flew Philadelphia to Venice in May. The Philly international terminal does not have a scanner large enough to accomodate a bike box, so my box was opened. Venice does have such a machine. I put my bike on the conveyor, it went through the scanner and the woman screener literally gave me a "thumbs up."

One of the people who was on the trip did not fare so well. Somehome managed to crack his hard case and chainstay of his carbon fiber bike. He said it looked like a forklift had been used to move his box since there was a horizontal slit in the side of the box about the size of a forklift blade.

Whatever accessories you put in the box should be firmly affixed to the frame or the side of the box. Personally, I carry my pedals and skewers with me.

Routes / Re: East Coast Greenway
« on: August 12, 2013, 01:57:55 pm »
There are not too many ways into the DWG from the southeast. You can get there a couple ways from U.S. 206/CR 521. One is Tuttles Corner-Dingmans Rd. (CR 560) or you can start at the very north end of the DWG National Recreation Area at Old Mine Rd. where it intersects U.S. 206. CR 560 and U.S. 206 can be very busy at times. (Google Maps shows a Bevans Rd. coming off U.S. 206/CR 521. I believe that road is not really there anymore.) The only other way over the ridge and into the DWG is via Millbrook Rd. off SR 94 at Blairstown. That's a nice, multi-mile climb with a few very steep parts before a screaming downhill to Old Mine Rd. at Millbrook Village. At that point, you only have about 9 miles down Old Mine Rd. until you hit the pedestrian walkway along I-80 into Delaware Water Gap, PA. In other words, you don't get to ride much (or the nicest part) of the national recreation area if you enter via Millbrook Rd.

Also understand that the only way you can actually ride into NJ from Manhattan is via the George Washington Bridge, which is up north. Otherwise, you have to take a train or the ferry. Navigating the extremely developed and in many places industrialized area of NJ just west of NYC (e.g., Newark, the Oranges) can be extremely tricky and unpleasant..

If you really want to ride through the DWG National Recreation Area, I would take the train at least part of the way into NJ or NY. For example, you can take the PATH train or ferry (the latter is a nice ride) from Manhattan to Hoboken, NJ and catch the Port Jervis line to Port Jervis and pick up the ACA route there. Or you can get off earlier at Middletown, NY and ride down U.S. 6 to Port Jervis. Or you can take some lesser roads from Middletown through Otisville and then ride down U.S. 209 to Port Jervis. The train ride eventually becomes pretty scenic once it gets into the countryside. It crosses the Moodna Viaduct, which the longest and highest rail bridge east of the Mississippi River.

If you are dead set on riding from NYC itself, there are a few state bike routes that you can combine to get to Middletown and, I believe, Port Jervis.

The ACA route has a spur that utilizes train service to Summit, but it takes you pretty straight into Lambertvile, NJ which is way south of the DWG and misses the fabulous stretch down the Delaware River.

General Discussion / Re: Complete newb, TA in 2014
« on: August 12, 2013, 01:12:44 pm »
Do you live near an REI store? They have a couple of reasonably priced touring bikes--the Safari and Randonee.

Routes / Re: East Coast Greenway
« on: August 11, 2013, 07:56:36 pm »
Well... In my experience, and from what I've heard from others, the ACA route along the east coast often takes you through rural areas and areas of nothingness with gaps in services.  The ECG, on the other hand, tends to run you through more urban areas using off-road and bike lane routes where possible.

There are sufficient services on the ACA route down through at least Philly. The ECG in Pennsylvania is mostly a dream. Very little of it is on trails, and the bike lanes often make great parking spaces in the northeast section of Philly. I certainly would not ride it for traffic and other reasons. The section south of Philly through Chester, PA into Delaware is particularly unappealing.

Gear Talk / Re: Pannier Racks for Surly Disc Trucker
« on: August 01, 2013, 11:27:29 am »
Have you weighed the racks? Surly lists the front rack at a whopping 1382g. If I remember my conversion factors correctly, that is over 3 lbs. That's pretty darn heavy, even for a rack with a front platform. It may end up being more if that weight does not include the mounting hardware. The rear rack is listed at 2.8 lbs. Compare that to the Tubus Cargo, which is only 1.375 lbs. for the large size.

Funny. Yesterday I ordered a Seedhouse SL2 myself. Weighs 1.75 lbs. less than my older Hubba Hubba, which was the lightest in my tent collection.

General Discussion / Re: Need week long parking, Hudson WI
« on: July 24, 2013, 01:15:20 pm »
Try calling the golf club or a car repair business in town.

1. Relax

2. Just because your trike may not fit the definition of a "bicycle" doesn't mean it is "illegal."

3. You will still be proetcted by the general principle of negligence. Let's says a state has no laws speficically addressing people on roller skates. The absence of such laws does not mean a motorist can simply run down a roller skater with no consequences.

4. You can always argue that "wheel" includes the tire, which will probably put you above the 20" floor.

5. Make sure you comply with the legal requirements placed on people riding bicycles, such as any lighting requirements and any requirement that you ride on the shoulder when one is available.

6. I suspect the 20" floor was meant to exclude from coverage the smallest of childrens' pedal toys.

Gear Talk / Re: Pannier Racks for Surly Disc Trucker
« on: July 22, 2013, 04:57:18 pm »
While I have no idea about its compatability with disc brakes, the Nitto Big Front Rack from Rivendell has a platform,. It mounts to the fork eyelets down below and uses p-clamps up top. I love mine, and it weighs less than the 3+ lbs. Surly rack. It also has two mounting positions down low. This gives you the ability to creat extra vertical clearence for fenders. The down side is that it's very expensive.

The Rivendell people are extremely helpful. If you contact them they will likely give you some technical assistance/advice.

Routes / Re: Adirondack Park Route - Need advice
« on: July 19, 2013, 09:49:34 am »
Yes. There are a good number of RVs during the height of summer. Traffic also picks up noticebaly on the weekends. In '08 I drove home from a tour in PQ in mid-August. Made it was far as Plattsburgh Friday. Started out early Saturday morning for Philly. I could see that the traffic heading north on I-87 above Albany was moving at a snail's pace for a long distance. It might not be that bad to Saratoga Springs, but the point being is that droves of people were heading up that way.

Don't know where in PA you are coming from, but if you have to take the NJ Turnpike on a weekend, brace yourself. I moved at about 10 mph. for close to 2 hrs. that Saturday. No accidents. Simply volume heading to shore points.

There ain't much of anything to stop for in Jersey City, so opportunistic theft shouldn't be a problem. Hoboken, where the ferries to NYC leave from during the week, allegedly has the highest concentration of bars of any city in the U.S. It's the birthplace of baseball and the home town of Frank Sinatra. If you have ever seen the American TV show "Cake Boss," the bakery is right down town. The main ferry dock is located behind a beautifully restored train station built in 1934. The city has seen a huge turnaround during the last few decades. Lot's of people who work in Manhattan live there.  Still, I don't know that I would leave my bike unattended for any length of time, at least not in some areas of town.

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