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Gear Talk / Re: From the road: least used gear, most appreciated gear
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:52:26 pm »
I never travel anywhere overnight without a set or two of earplugs. From the C&O and GAP trails campgrounds to four-star hotels in Europe and hostels, they have proved their worth many times!

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General Discussion / Cardboard Box for Bike as Checked Baggage
« on: August 05, 2014, 09:02:02 am »
^^It's much more of a major pain to have a bent derailleur hanger and destroyed rear derailleur. I always remove mine when traveling and have never had any issues reinstalling. It usually just requires a 5mm Allen wrench to reinstall. If the cable tension is too tight, make sure your shifter is all the way in the bottom cog. Depending on your bike, you can also temporarily remove the cable housing section from the right chainstay to the derailleur (if you have split housing) to get more room to reinstall. Or, if you have cable adjusters somewhere inline, set up your derailleur so that when it's properly adjusted you still have room on the cable adjuster to loosen the cable. Or, finally, if you know you are going to undo the RD cable, put a drop of colored nail polish on the cable where it is attached to the RD to make re-setup easier. (Put it before the RD cable bolt, not after, so it doesn't flake off when you pull out the cable and reinstall.)

Not meaning offense, but if it takes an entire day to install/adjust a RD, then a course at your LBS might be in order to brush up in this necessary skill for touring. They are very vulnerable and valuable pieces of machinery on the bike and knowing them well is an important skill to have when touring. Adjusting a RD is easier to do on the road if you turn the bike upside down so you can roll through the gears.

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I have a similar job (can telecommute from wherever), but with a wife and young son I'm not quite as flexible as you are.

Have you considered a kind of hybrid bike/van setup? Get a van to use as a base camp, drive it to an area you want to explore, and then do day rides or multi-day rides, returning to the van to resupply, sleep, etc. While you are out biking you can park it on a safe-looking street or in a long-term parking lot. There are a lot of resources on the Web that cover this sort of thing.

You might also consider the national and international network of hostels. Most have maximum stay limits, probably a week or so. There aren't as many in the USA as there used to be, but internationally there are quite a lot. See http://www.hiusa.org/hostels/usa-hostels

For Internet access you'd definitely want your own "MiFi" cellular hotspot so you aren't reliant on finding free WiFi. I've used both T-mobile and now Verizon 4G devices and they work well, even with VPN.

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That is a nice little beach there at the walk/bike in section. I'll send a note when I get home from traveling.

Of course , the next big hurricane could wipe it out anyway.

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Gear Talk / Re: Packing a DSLR?
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:06:31 pm »
I have an Ortlieb handlebar bag with their padded camera insert. Works great. You can't put a long lens on the body. , though.

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New England / Re: trailhead for adirondack loop?
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:15:00 pm »
Speculator is a nice little town that is on the route (I believe). There are a few town parking lots there. You could probably let the police know you are parking there and all would be good.

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It's a beautiful bike, but I think the price is very, very optimistic. A brand-new Co-Motion Cascadia S&S runs about the same price.

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Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Day tours with 2yo in bike trailer
« on: March 29, 2014, 02:18:55 pm »
Your best bet is to search for rail-trails in the areas you are traveling in. Your question is so broad with regard to location that it's kind of hard to answer.

A good resource to search out trails is the Rails to Trails Conservancy's "Traillink" website: http://www.traillink.com/

We've done day biking and even overnight tours with our son since he's been a bit over a year old (he's nine now). Lots of fun and a great way to explore. Hiking is good, too, of course, but you'll see a lot more on the bike. You just have to decide whether you will use the bikes enough to warrant bringing them. We did a cross-country tour with our campervan last summer and debated whether to bring the bikes. In the end we did, and I'm glad. We did rides in every national park we went to, and lots of other places, too. In a way it forced us to ride more, because had this idea that if we were lugging them around the country with us we better use them! So for us it was great.

We biked the closed part of the road in Grand Canyon South Rim to Hermit's Rest, an old stagecoach road in Yellowstone, the nice paved bike path in Grand Teton NP, around the campground and Lake McDonald area in Glacier NP, a rail-trail in Missoula, Mt., etc. One of our favorite memories of the entire 30-day trip is getting up early and biking the canyon road in Zion NP. Simply amazing, and totally uncrowded (we saw maybe 10 people max in an area that gets inundated during the main part of the day). And, of course, bikes are great at the campground and it's nice to be able to leave the vehicle parked and ride to the ice cream stand or whatever. You just need to look: you'll find plenty of places to do bike rides, even in parks or areas that might not seem too conducive to biking at first glance (like Grand Canyon).

Regarding transporting the trailer, that can be a bit of a pain, but I have seen waterproof bags that allow you to pack the trailer in them and then attach to an arm-type bike rack (hitch rack or similar). Space is always at a premium when RVing.

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General Discussion / Re: Packing for Air Travel -- Tandems
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:30:53 am »
Don't plan on hauling the S&S backpack cases along with you on your tour! They are fairly heavy and don't pack down that small if you include the plastic side stiffeners. I wouldn't be too keen on lugging around two of them on a long tour. Plan on finding bike boxes at your destination and just cutting them down to size. I've made up disposable S&S-sized cardboard boxes (26x26x10) and just threw them away at my destination, making a new one at the end.

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Where and when are you checking for your car rental? I just did a quick search on Hertz for a one-way rental from IAD/Dulles to Williamsburg (April 4-5), and it was $200 total for a 24-hour rental, one-way. And that's without any "coupons" or discount codes applied. That's not too bad.

Were you looking from Dulles or another airport?

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General Discussion / Re: Packing for Air Travel -- Tandems
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:10:54 pm »
Coupled bikes going in S&S cases or regular tandems going in fills size cases? In either event it shouldn't be a problem.

We always fit our front and rear racks in our S&S cases. For a front rack, consider the Tubus Duo that is basically an "S" shape without a hoop and is very easy to pack. You need a fork with low rider mounts that go through the fork, though.

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Classifieds / Re: For Sale: Trek 520 + Bicycle Touring Equipment $1,200
« on: February 20, 2014, 07:47:43 am »
Great turn-key (turn-pedal?) deal for a touring newbie! Shame you can't ship it though, as I'm sure you'd get lots more interest.

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International / Re: Flying into Paris
« on: February 17, 2014, 10:06:39 pm »
Rick Steves' France or Paris guides have good general info about getting into the city. Both the RER and the Airport bus are pretty easy. I've used both. The bus is a bit easier IMO. I haven't done either with a bike though. I believe you can take bikes on RER train off peak. The bus is a nice city type articulated bus, and getting a boxed bike on might be difficult. There is no underfloor storage like on a motor coach.

Are you staying in Paris for jus one night or more? You could always stay the night at one of the several airport hotels and take the train in for the day. 

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General Discussion / Re: "Protection" necessary?
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:59:50 pm »
Didn't you already ask this in your other thread? Why repost?

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier - bike shops in Bangor or Bar Harbor
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:26:33 am »
Bike "shops"in Bar Harbor are really mainly just rental outfits -that's where they make their money an put their effort. That being said, May should be a quiet time of year for them so they may have time to focus on you. If you can work on your bike yourself, I'd ship it to a hotel care of yourself and ask them to hold it until you arrive.

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