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General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« on: January 08, 2015, 11:54:15 am »
I've often benefited from the kindness of strangers like a night's stay in CT or a bottle of Snapple at the top of a hill in PA while on tour but once or twice the 'help' was anything but. Like the time I came out of a cafe in Ellensburg WA and a passing stranger informed me my back tire was flat. Now I think there's a fair chance I would have noticed that on my own. I know the guy meant well but nevertheless I found it irritating and felt obliged to thank him for pointing out the obvious. Anybody else had a similar experience?

Wow, really? Somebody kindly informing you that your tire was flat made you irritated? Seems like a nice thing for a bystander to do, if it seems like perhaps you didn't or wouldn't notice it.

Routes / Re: Staying in Leesburg VA
« on: December 29, 2014, 09:25:17 pm »
We stayed at the Best Western in Leesburg when we biked a loop with the C&O and W&OD. It was really nice and they were very accommodating of our bike, even though it was a tandem with a trailer. This was a few years ago, but Tripadvisor reviews still seem pretty good for it. It's almost directly off the bike trail and there are restaurants nearby in walkable distance.

My Planet Bike rear light has a clip that looks a lot like a belt clip for a cell phone case. It slips easily onto the light bracket on my Tubus rack and seems fairly stable there. I only put it on the rack when needed (rarely). Many other lights beside Planet Bike have similar brackets.

Mid-Atlantic / Re: Pick-Up/Drop-Off Service in Maryland
« on: December 26, 2014, 07:54:33 am »
You could look into Uber. Most vehicles are sedans, but people also have minivans and SUVs.

General Discussion / Re: Schwalbe Mondial vs Marathon Plus Tour
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:25:07 am »
As an aside, Schwable NA just warrantied some Marathon tires for me. I was very impressed with their customer service and response time. Nice to see a company that stands behind their products!

Gear Talk / Re: new Blackburn Outpost Front World Touring Rack
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:22:20 am »
Interesting that the top platform is removable.

It seems there is a German "standard" to a degree, at least for Tubus racks. Many of the lights developed for the German market seem to adhere to that bolt pattern.

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Skeptical about Bike Route 66
« on: November 08, 2014, 08:40:30 am »
I bet the Rt 66 route is more targeted to Europeans, who have a much higher fascination with the route than most Americans. In Germany it's almost a mystical draw for many.

Routes / Re: Custis Trail into Washington
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:21:56 am »
We rode both those trails as part of an overnight loop including the C&O to Whites Ferry. We were on a loaded tandem pulling a child trailer and it was fine.

Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« on: September 28, 2014, 12:44:59 pm »
100 miles a day does seem optimistic, and the area in general does ted to rolling hills. Doing a 100-mile century ride every day or a week, while carrying your gear (even for lightweight credit card touring) is a lot. Also don't forget the daylight hours will still be relatively short.

It's definitely a doable trip, but if suffers cutting some corners, like taking the train to Trenton, etc.

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.

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