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Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« on: September 28, 2014, 12:30:11 pm »
+1 on taking the train to Trenton an starting from there. From Trenton you can easily head up the Delaware a bit, mostly on a bike path or nice secondary road, and connect with the ACA route at Lambertville/New Hope. Probably about 15 miles from the Trenton train station to New Hope, maybe less.

I agree: March can be iffy weather wise. Could be nice, or nasty. Be prepared to be flexible.

General Discussion / Re: Strange sounds from below
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:50:38 pm »
Loose rear cassette was my first guess. Sometimes the lock rings will be just loose enough to allow the cassette to rock a bit under load. Are all your spacers there? It could also be a loose BB. Happened to us two weeks ago on our triplet, and was definitely making a clunking noise. Grab your cranks and see if you can move the BB axle at all. Also look to make sure the BB cups are fully threaded in. BBs are not hard to fix, you just need the tool (which is cheap and good to have in your toolbox anyway).

General Discussion / Re: Can scooters ride the routes?
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:46:48 pm »
I think the OP is using bike "route" and "path" interchangeably. I'm curious: where are you from Melanie? In Europe small scooters and mopeds are allowed on bike paths in some countries (Netherlands for example).

General Discussion / Re: What is a century?
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:43:30 am »
Usually 100 miles at one go. You can stop to eat, nap, take in a matinee movie, whatever, I guess. Not like anyone is keeping score, unless you are doing an organized century or randonneur event. A metric century is 62 miles. There are also half centuries and half metrics.

General Discussion / Re: Busiest ACA or other trail intersection?
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:04:18 am »
Lots of opportunities along the GAP trail in western Maryland and Pennsylvania. It's beautiful country out there and there is active help to get cycling related businesses set up. Plus property is cheap in many places. See

I see that route continuing to grow in popularity, especially once (if) AMTRAK gets their act together and improves their bike on train options.

General Discussion / Re: bike rental, amsterdam
« on: August 27, 2014, 09:51:06 am »
Also, biking in Amsterdam is not for the faint of heart or those with slow reflexes. It's like driving on a busy highway at rush hour. Be careful and pay attention to the lanes and lights!

General Discussion / Re: bike rental, amsterdam
« on: August 27, 2014, 09:49:17 am »
I would go for the tourist ones. A'dam is a touristy town, so just accept and embrace that you are one too! But for a more practical reason, bike theft is a huge problem there, and the tourist-rental bikes are probably less likely to get stolen (I'm guessing) because they are so obvious. Also, I think the locals give you more of a pass for any stupid riding mistakes you will inevitably make. There are rental places all over the city, including a convenient one right next to Centraal Station. Have fun! It's a great city to explore.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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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