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General Discussion / Re: Couple of Questions re dates of change
« on: January 11, 2012, 01:30:57 pm »
the European Tire and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO)

Heh. I'll bet their annual convention is off the hook. And it brings to mind the review of a book tracing the history of the spoke nipple that appeared in an April edition of "Adventure Cyclist" many years ago. It was a joke, but I and, according to AC, numerous others fell for it.

General Discussion / Re: Lodging in Portland Maine
« on: January 11, 2012, 01:17:09 pm »
Sorry. More than one person has said "Hmmm....I never thought of that."

General Discussion / Re: Lodging in Portland Maine
« on: January 10, 2012, 11:30:53 am »
Another option is to find a shop that will accept shipment and hold your boxes. They are likely to be more willing to do this if you have them assemble the bikes upon arrival and/or pack and ship them back. We have gone this route the last two times we have done loop tours from cities in Montana. We liked the convenience of having the bikes assembled and tuned when we arrived. At the end of each our, we simply checked in a motel, dropped our gear, rode to the shop and dropped the bikes off for shipping. The shops also held onto the duffel bag that we flew some of our gear out in.

General Discussion / Re: New Off-Road Bike tours in New York City area
« on: January 03, 2012, 01:48:10 pm »
but i'm planning the end of a cross country tour ill be doing this coming summer.  I am finishing the tour in New York City.  I still need to find a rout between Buffalo, NY and NYC.  Any suggestions?

Rte. 5 has a spur to Buffalo and intersects with Rte. 9 which takes you into NJ then Manhattan via the GWB.

If you are going to be on AC's Nothern Tier route along Lake Erie, you can take Rte. 17 from Westfield (located between Erie, PA and Dunkirk, NY).  Rte. 17 also intersects Rte. 9.

General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: December 29, 2011, 10:49:52 am »
Hi guys, Im planning on going East to West starting Yorktown on 20 April and taking approx 9 weeks to complete.
Does anyone know estimated temperature ranges? Im about to buy sleeping bag but not sure how cold ..... or warm it gets.
Let me know if I can expect to see you on the Transamerica cycle route (Central)
East Lothian, Scotland

I would "err" on the side of extra warmth in case things are like last year. This summer I rode the portion of the TransAm between Missoula, MT and the east slope of Big Hole Pass (west of Dillon). Got down to slightly below 40 in Darby and Wisdom. That was June 29 & 30. Just outside of Missoula we ran into a Scott who had started from Yorktown at the beginning of May. He had to deal with snow and cold. While this guy had some nice weather out west, he also had to deal with snow in WY and MT in late May/early June:

Routes / Re: Is the NT a traffic nightmare?
« on: December 26, 2011, 09:41:42 am »
Did the entire NT in '99 and the portion to Glacier in '00.

You are going to have traffic in Glacier. But it's not a nightmare. Totally worth the trip.

In general, I think the cautions are simply that:  cautions about what you might encounter in certain places. For example, I did the section between Whitefish and Eureka mentioned above two years ago. Leaving Whitefish on U.S. 93 in the morning there was some traffic. Other than that, we didn't see very many cars on the portion of that stretch that uses U.S. 93.

That stretch of U.S. 93 had far less traffic than the section of U.S. 93 leaving Missoula on the TransAm.  The shoulderless East Side Highway to Hamilton on the TransAm was almost non-stop traffic. I just rode both of these stretches this summer.  The TransAm roads in Yellowstone were not exactly traffic free when I rode them in '00.  Neither was the road connecting Yellowstone with Teeton Park.  (I distinctly remember the map warning people to ride early in the morning to avoid heavy traffic periods in Yellowstone.) In contrast, the North Cascades Highway was nearly empty both times I rode it.  Same with the other passes in WA.

You also have to consider what "increase" means. A road going from empty to moderately busy is an "increase."

Yeah. U.S. 1 was not the quiet country road, but I never felt threatened. iI you are there after school starts traffic will be lighter.

Yes.  U.S. 61 in MN was busy in places, but I never felt threatened.

Yeah.  There was traffic in Cleveland, but that's to be expected.

Ask yourself this:  Do you think they would maintain a route that is an overall traffic nightmare?  You list 13 bullet points.  The route is what, about 4,400 miles?  Doesn't sound too bad to me. I am milling to be there are 13 areas of the TransAm that could be described in similar ways.  Indeed, I listed two above in a stretch of about 50 miles.

General Discussion / Re: Orlando to upstate NY
« on: December 20, 2011, 10:08:25 am »
No interest, but thought I would mention the Pine Creek Tail, which currently runs from around Jersey Shore, PA to Ansonia, PA. Ansonia is not that far south of Corning, NY:

General Discussion / Re: texting
« on: December 20, 2011, 10:01:20 am »
Cell phone useage as a cause of accidents is on the rise as is texting/emailing behind the wheel. A report released this month found that 18% of drivers admitted to texting/emailing while driving, and that's assuming people did not lie on the survey. In the age group of 21-24, that number jumps to nearly 50%. Id's say that's something.

Here is but a sample of research findings (see the bar on the right):

Routes / Re: Lewis & Clark
« on: December 19, 2011, 10:36:10 am »
It should have been vis Hwy 200 through the Knife River Indian Villages and Mandan Villages historic sites - crossing the Missouri at Washburn.

Stayed in Washburn and visited Fort Mandan in '06 during CANDISC. Neat place.

General Discussion / Re: texting
« on: December 15, 2011, 05:25:22 pm »
While bicycling on all roads.  PA just passed a state-wide no texting law. Since it seems very difficult to enforce I doubt it will make much of a difference. Philadelphia's hand held cell phone ban has been in place for nearly two years now. I see dozens of people violating it nearly every day. I heard that a recent study revealed that cell phone use while driving has increased even as more and more jurisdictions have banned it. And most people who do do it think it's safe when they do it but not when others do it. I am not sure that even changing the "I can do it safely" mindset will have a huge impact because people are still willing to take risks in the face of known dangers.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Southern Tier to NYC
« on: December 09, 2011, 04:24:40 pm »
Remembered that the cue sheet for the Brooklyn Ride that goes through Hoboken is on line:

It actually starts in New Hope, PA and quickly crosses into Lambertville, NJ.  (You can get to New Hope following AC’s Atlantic Coast route from the trail mentioned below.)  If you were to ride this on a weekday you would be taking your life into your own hands riding through the port (McLester, Lyle King, Corbin St.) and on into Jersey City by Doremus and U.S. 1 & 9 Truck.  But maybe you can modify it to avoid that area.  If you do get to Hoboken on a weekday, you need not go to the ferry terminal on 14th St. During weekdays the ferries sail from the NJT train station, which you ride past. It was built in the 30s and has been nicely restored. Worth a look.

Any tolerance for riding in traffic notwithstanding, I really would avoid U.S. 30 in the neck of the woods mentioned for safety (and scenery) reasons. While not ideal in places, PA Bike Route S takes you to the Schuylkill River Trail, which will take you into Philadelphia. The route from the end of the trail to the center of the city is not a bad one, and it’s very popular with cyclists. I can give you a better alternative to a portion of Route S in Lancaster County that that spends a little less time on PA 23, which has heavy traffic at times and has a narrow shoulder. The alternative spends a little more time in the Conestoga Valley (Amish territory) just to the north of the highway. Route S also passes near French Creek State Park, where there is camping. From there, it’s a relatively easy ride to the trail and then mostly flat into downtown. The route into town also gives you the option of climbing the infamous “Mannayunk Wall” that was once used in the U.S. championship race and is still used in a big one day race in the city.

General Discussion / Re: 100 dollar bills too large?
« on: December 09, 2011, 11:19:36 am »
I guess "a lot of space" is all relative.  Assuming U.S. bills are of a uniform size, (lxwxh), $2,330 in $10 bills would measure 6.1" x 2.6" x 1". (According to WikiAsnwers, a stack of 233 $1 bills is 1" high.) Even at a healthy spending rate of $100/day, that is a 23 day supply of cash, longer as the per day spending amount drops.

In any event, I would carry some ones, fives and tens if/when you think you might be staying in campgrounds, such as BLM, U.S.F.S  and state park campgrounds, with "iron rangers." The fees can vary and are often odd amounts. For example, the fee at a BLM camground we stayed at this summer was $6. A U.S.F.S. campground we had planned to use (turned out to be closed) was $13. I'd hate to find myself at a place like that unable to crack a large bill.

General Discussion / Re: Choice of bike
« on: December 06, 2011, 01:10:55 pm »
"Surly Long Haul Trucker Disc - new for 2012, I haven't yet seen these in any shop."

Word 'round the campfire is April of '12.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Southern Tier to NYC
« on: December 01, 2011, 02:49:50 pm »
US 30 to Philly/Trenton, rt 27 in NJ to NY
(obvious skipping some connecting roads for brevity)

1.  What sort of life insurance do you have? A portion of U.S. 30 around York, PA heading east through Lancaster is a multi-lane, limited access highway with intense traffic. It them narrows down to two lanes but still carries heavy traffic depsite the fact that there are various stages of by-pass expressway.  The riding would pretty much suck big time from at least York all the way to the Philadelphia city line, where U.S. 30 becomes a city street (Lancaster Ave.) with a bike lane in places. U.S. 30 eventually  combines with I-76 and then I-676 before crossing into NJ. Both roads are off limtis to bikes. (You can cross into NJ on the pedestrian/bike path of the Ben Franklin Bridge.)  I suggest taking a look at the PA bike route maps. Being familiar with the area, some of the roads are not the greatest, but they beat the hell out of U.S. 30 in that part of the state.

2. How do you plan to get to Trenton from Philadelphia?

3. SR 27 in NJ looks like it would be no fun at all from a traffic and scenery perspective. Some of the most densley populated real estate in the most densley populated state in the nation.  I have an cool route from Lambertville, NJ to Hoboken, NJ (ferry to NYC) if you are interested, but it can only be ridden on a weekend, and there is no camping.

4.  What is your ultimate destination?  If NYC itself, note that the only way you can actually ride a bike into NYC from the east is the GW Bridge. There are, however, rail options.

General Discussion / Re: Cross Country with a 13 year old boy
« on: December 01, 2011, 02:13:58 pm »
I've read that the "southern route" is the shortest cross country route. Is this correct and would it be suitable for 2 rookies?

I would be hesitant about doing the southern tier in the middle of the summer unless you can tolerate extreme heat and, in some places, humidity.

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