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Canada / Re: Trans-Canada Trail V The Great Trail
« on: October 20, 2016, 03:12:23 pm »
I do wish some organization would map out a cycling route across Canada.  I hear that parts of the TCH are magnificent, and parts are suicidal.  I understand that it's a big undertaking, but I'd seriously consider a cross-Canada tour.  As it is, I'm very wary of very busy roads with no shoulders.

The construction is completed.  The new bridge opened last week.

General Discussion / Re: Touring bike wheel
« on: September 21, 2016, 07:27:44 pm »
Doing all of those things is probably overkill. A hand built wheel with tandem strength rim, 36 spokes and quality hub would do the job.

Hand built - one alternative is a decent quality production wheel that is then taken to a good wheel mecanic for final tightening, truing and relieving.

Double butted spokes are maginally stronger than straight, I don't bother with the added expense. But DO use a good brand spoke such as DT.  Good spokes will have good nipples, brass or stainless. Just don't use aluminum nips.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes--First time touring
« on: September 21, 2016, 10:14:55 am »
Cooking or not, those are the two schools of thought. 

Personnally, I don't cook while on tour.  This avoids carrying cooking equipment and the time spent cooking and cleaning up.  I do carry minimal utensils (spoon, cup, pocket knife) and buy food for the evening meal, usually at grocery stores.  We typically eat breakfasts in local restaurants; these meals are cheap and tasty; it's hard to mess up eggs and toast.

You'll also need to carry daytime snacks.  You can buy light and replenish these as you go. We've used packaged crackers & peanut butter and granola bars.  Additionally, I always carry emergency rations, at least a meal's worth.  I may not be much of a meal, but it will keep body and soul together for one night.

General Discussion / Re: Restricted Items on Amtrak ("flammable" etc.)
« on: September 21, 2016, 10:00:48 am »
Good point, I hadn't thought of that.

Probably the best way to handle this is to pack your sharp tools in checked baggage, and buy your flammables on arrival at El Paso.  An empty fuel bottle shouldn't be an issue.

But in practice, nobody's checking.  You could take flammmables along, making sure you're transporting them safely, and put them in your checked baggage to keep the hazards out of the passenger area.  While this is technically against the rules, you've done due dilligence... 

The same comments would apply to dog spray.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes--First time touring
« on: September 19, 2016, 12:33:16 pm »

This is my first time going bike touring and while I "think" I have a good list of equipment I'm having trouble figuring out bike routes to see the places I want to see.

Equipment is the easiest part.  Routing is the next harder part.  Don't forget about conditioning.  To test all three of these areas, I recommend you start out short and work your way up.  Do an overnight or weekend trip, and if possible a longer one, maybe a week.

Routes / Re: connecting the Eastern Seaboard route with the Northern Tier
« on: September 08, 2016, 11:59:59 pm »
You might use the GAP part and skip the C&O. GAP is rolled limestone, C&O is mostly packed dirt.

Routes / Re: Hammock Camping
« on: September 08, 2016, 11:55:51 pm »
I've used one for up to a week. I love the comfort, but find it otherwise a pain. Difficult to find well spaced trees, cold below 60f, difficult to enter with more than a single layer. I'll keep it for some uses but am getting a solo tent for most times.

I cut out reference material (maybe once per year) and pass them to my daughter for her and grandkids to read. She recycles them.

General Discussion / Re: bike racks for car (trunk style)
« on: August 24, 2016, 11:00:40 am »
Can you modify the cradle to accept a larger tube?  Strap it down with an added strap instead of the factory rubber band?  Does Thule offer replacement cradles for your model rack?

Routes / Re: Adirondack Park Loop
« on: August 23, 2016, 12:22:18 pm »
I'm hoping to do an Adirondack trip too, not necessarily on the official routes...

You can ride just about everywhere in the 'Daks, and you'll be on a good road with shoulders or low traffic, and have lovely scenery.  I'd especially recommend NY 3, NY 28N, NY 30, NY 73 through Keene Valley (five stars for this one), NY 86  and NY 8.  River Rd. along Franklin Falls Pond is beautiful.  Route 9 can be a bit trafficy but is still a nice ride.  NY 28 has narrowish shoulders in places and traffic around Old Forge, but it's all still a decent ride.

We rode a beautiful loop around all three Saranac Lakes using Forest Home Rd., NY 30 and NY 3.  I've toured the AC route and highly recommend it - many of my recommended roads above are on this route.   Some of those recommended roads are also on the Northern Tier.  I would like to check off riding all the state and county roads in the park.

We're going to Lake Placid in a couple of weeks, with the express objective of cycling up Whiteface Mountain.  (My wife likes climbing.)  You can ride from Wilmington (8 miles) or from the toll booth (5 miles), it averages 8% grade.  The lower half has some steeper sections so we're going to ride from the toll booth.  Talk about "earning the view", it's stunning.

You can also plan stops with short hikes off to see waterfalls, and some of the high peaks can be hiked as day hikes.

Corridor 30 Implementation / New York and USBRS
« on: August 22, 2016, 12:59:35 pm »
I remember reading somewhere that New York wasn't really on board with the USBRS, because they'd already laid out a network of cycling routes.  Obviously NY doesn't want to expend any effort to replicate work they've already done, and as a taxpayer I appreciate that.  Duplicate signage isn't needed, for sure.

In fact, you could use NY B 517 and B 5 to implement USBRS 30,  NY B 9 to implement USBRS 9, and NY B 14 appears to go where the AC map puts USBRS 15.  This certainly counts as cycle route miles implemented, even though it doesn't go by the US routing names.

Is AC considering somehow referring to New York's existing route system?  This could also go the other way too, if NY DOT were to include references to the USBRS on their interactive map or next printing of paper maps.  Does the same situation come up in other states that have a route network, such as Pennsylvania?

Gear Talk / Re: Fixing panniers
« on: August 22, 2016, 12:34:13 pm »
Thanks for that pointer, I haven't tried the 3M tape.  My general rule is, if you find 3M on the shelf next to Brand X, I just buy the 3M.  99% of the time their product will work better.

Gear Talk / Re: Fixing panniers
« on: August 21, 2016, 02:44:21 pm »
Gorilla Tape works far better than ordinary duck tape.

Routes / Re: Adirondack Park Loop
« on: August 16, 2016, 12:45:33 pm »
If you are willing to camp somewhere that's not in a designated campground, be aware that camping is generally allowed most places inside the preserve itself:

You'll be on your own for sanitary facilities, water, critter protection, etc.  Bear canister recommended, and required in some places.  Not to start a bear flame, but taking precautions with a canister or properly hung bear bag is a good idea.

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