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Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: tour with small children
« on: February 16, 2012, 11:10:37 am »
We did a two-day overnight tour with our son when he was two (or so) on the C&O Canal. We pulled him in a Burley Solo trailer using our tandem, on which we had front and rear panniers. He didn't complain at all, and actually seemed to enjoy it. Of course, we stopped often to let him play in the dirt with his trucks, run around, etc.

The sooner you get a child in a trailer, the more comfortable he'll be in the long term. Our son loved it! He now rides on the center seat of our triple bike.

Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: tour with small children
« on: February 15, 2012, 10:15:23 am »
For longer rides, I highly suggest ditching the kid seat and getting a one-kid trailer like the Burley Solo or Chariot. First, they are safer. They also give the child much more "play"room where they can have books, stuffed animals, small toys, etc. Also easier for napping. Our son loved riding in his trailer, even on longer rides.

We also found that cars seemed more respectful of us when we were pulling the trailer (with the flag attached) compared with riding on bikes with no trailer.

The Pletscher and ESGE kickstands are the same thing. I believe Pletscher bought out ESGE. In any event, same design. You could try grinding part of it away if that would help any. I did this on my tandem to allow for better cable routing.

General Discussion / Re: What's the century bike ride that everybody loves?
« on: February 04, 2012, 02:20:32 am »
If you are in the Md-Del-NJ-PA area, the White Clay Bike Club in Delaware runs some very nice rides and centuries throughout the year, including the fun "Double Cross," where you cross the state of Delaware -- twice -- in one day, which is a novelty. It's a nice route, too.

Alaska/Hawaii / Re: AK Bike Routes
« on: February 04, 2012, 02:17:24 am »
Good suggestions by the OP. But, a few clarifications:

1. The Denali Hwy is a very nice road, with great vistas, little traffic, and almost no services. From Paxson (on the Richardson Hwy) to Cantwell (on the Parks Hwy) is only about 130 miles or so, and onto Healy adds another 20 or so. Figure 150 miles one-way, not 350 as the OP wrote (probably a typo).

2. I wouldn't say the Glenn Hwy is "low traffic," unless you are riding it in the winter, early morning or after dinner when all the RVs are parked for the night. It's a beautiful road, though, with lots of varied scenery. Some serious ups and downs, though! I was once driving back to Glennallen from Anchorage and came around a turn and almost plowed into a German bike tourist, who was stopped in the middle of the road on a hill because he was tired. After making sure he was OK, I suggested he might want to move over to the shoulder!

3. Glennallen to Valdez along the Richardson is a great route, really beautiful, especially when you get closer to Valdez. Be sure to swing by the old gold rush town and Native Alaskan village of Copper Center en route.

4. From the Rich Hwy, south of Copper Center, a nice ride (although not "grand" like the Glenn or the Rich to Valdez) is along the Edgerton Hwy to Chitna (paved), and then on the McCarthy Road (dirt) to McCarthy/Kennicott. The McCarthy Rd is not for the ill-prepared, though! You are going right through the middle of Wrangell-St. Elias NP with very few services.

Gear Talk / Re: removing tabs on fork
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:26:42 am »
For Mag in NH: simply turn your rooftop bike mount around so that the front of the bike faces backward. That way there won't be so much air pressure pulling up on the handlebars/fork.

But, I will say that in 25+ years of rooftopping bikes on Yakima racks, most if not all without the Lips, I've never had this problem. I suspect there is something wrong with your bike mount fork holder.

Gear Talk / Re: removing tabs on fork
« on: January 30, 2012, 08:52:54 am »
I file them off on all my bikes. A Dremel makes it faster, but I usually just use an old-school flat file.

Classifieds / Re: FS: Walrus Arch Rival 2p Tent
« on: December 12, 2011, 03:08:52 pm »
Price lowered and pic added.

Gear Talk / Re: B17 issue. Am I the only one?
« on: December 12, 2011, 02:18:49 pm »
Give Bilenky Cycles in Philadelphia a call. They are the only (I believe) authorized Brooks repair facility in the USA and will likely know the exact answer.

***SOLD*** to happy new owner PJinNJ

Hi Paul: depends what parts you are interested in. Send me a private message and we can talk further.

Gear Talk / Re: Brifters vs. bar-end from a convenience standpoint
« on: November 07, 2011, 02:53:11 pm »
I remember back in the day of down tube shifters that they were much "cooler" to use than handlebar-stem mounted shifters. One of the reasons everyone gave was that the longer cable run from the handlebar stem shifters made shifting worse. Now we have brifters and bar-end shifters with really long cable runs and everyone loves them! :-)

For ultimate simplicity and crisp shifting I think you can't beat downtube shifters.

Classifieds / **SOLD**Co-Motion Nor'wester ("Sport") Frame + Fork
« on: November 02, 2011, 04:11:09 pm »
Co-Motion Nor'wester 53/54 cm Reynolds 853 steel frame w/Co-Motion steel fork. Sloping top tube gives it a standover a bit over 76cm (30") with 25mm tires. This is the "Nor'wester," also previously known as the "Nor'wester Sport.
This frame is badged as "Custom" frame due to the fact that it was built with a sloping top tube before Co-Motion made that standard. As of last year, Co-Motion now builds all the Nor'wester frames this way. Uses long-reach sidepull brakes. Most all specs are identical to a current 54cm Nor'wester. See for Co-Motion's website and current bike details.

Chainstays are 42cm center-center. Sloping top tube allows it to fit a wider range of sizes. I can never quite figure out how Co-Motion measures their frame sizes, but the actual measurements are 48cm seat tube c-c, 51 c-t. Standover is around 30". I usually ride a 52-53 (21") frame and this fits fine. It would probably also fit someone a bit taller, as I tend to like my frames a little big.

Beautiful bright "Ferrari Red" paint with vanilla/light yellow panels (photos below don't show the red color correctly: think fire-engine red). I always got compliments when I had it out on rides. A few small paint nicks, all touched up with matching paint. Frame looks almost new. The bike rides beautifully. Responsive yet stable and comfortable unloaded, while also handling well when loaded, too. A fabulous all-around bike that you can ride locally and also on a long tour. Also idea for randonneuring/Audax style riding.

The only reason I'm selling is because I got the same thing with S&S couplers. This frame would also be a good candidate for an S&S retrofit, which I considered, but I got a good deal on an S&S Nor'wester and went that route.

-Built for long-reach sidepull brakes, allowing use of fenders and wider tires
-Rear rack braze-ons, two sets of bottle bosses, pump peg, dropout eyelets, derailleur cable adjuster braze-ons on headtube (nice feature eliminates cable rub), fender mounting points, etc.
-1-1/8" threadless steerer tube
-Takes 700c wheels
-Takes a 27.2 seatpost
-130mm rear dropout spacing
- Frame measurements (pretty close but may not be to the mm): top tube actual (sloping) 53.5cm c-c // seat tube 48cm c-c, 51 c-t // down tube 64cm c-c // chainstays 42cm c-c // seatstays 47cm c-c // headtube 135mm actual (slightly longer than normal to allow higher handlebar height)

See lots more pictures at

Frameset price for 2011 is $1,745 + $100 for steel fork + $225 panel paint option = $2,070 new.

>> Buy this almost-new frame for nearly 2/3 off the retail price: $745 for frame and fork <<

Shimano Ultegra-level long-reach brakes also available for an additional $45. Other parts may also be available, including a 36-spoke wheelset (Ultegra/Mavic), Ultegra triple cranks, and more.

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Willing to ship at buyer's expense (actual shipping cost only, no handling charge) and will take PayPal if buyer pays the transaction fee.

Routes / Re: route over Susquehanna
« on: October 25, 2011, 11:15:39 am »
Yes, you can ride Rt. 1 over the Conowingo Dam. It's a narrow road, as most dam crossings are, but rideable.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Chesapeake Bay Tunnel to ACA AC Route
« on: August 15, 2011, 12:53:03 pm »
There's also a parking/rest area on the north side of the Bay Bridge/Tunnel, just before the tolls. Worst case you could probably ask around there and find somebody with a truck that would take you across if you offer to pay the toll.

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