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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.

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.

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