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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.

Gear Talk / Re: Recumbent for Long-Distance Touring
« on: August 08, 2016, 12:18:12 pm »
... I was also leaning to an SWB because I figured it would be more stable on steep climbs, but I'll try out both.  Thanks again for your help.

The last time I bought a bike that was going to be used for touring ('07 Rans V-Rex), I tried a number of other bikes.  My litmus test was, would it each machine handle well towing a loaded BOB trailer?  One LWB that I tried was fine going uphill at low speed, without the trailer.  With the trailer, it was almost uncontrollable.  So if you are considering a trailer, also test ride with a loaded one.

p.s. We don't use the BOB in hilly areas, only where it's relatively flat.  Actually I've been sold on underseat racks.  Handling is unaffected, it's a really slick solution.  Combine that with taking as little gear as possible, and you have a winner.

Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« on: August 06, 2016, 06:38:27 pm »
Depends on your dress requirements, of course. If you have to dress professionally or work in close ptoximity to your customers or clients, of course.  I'm amused by the Grant Petersen mindset that you just ride in ordinary clothes. I can get away with dockers on a mild day, I'm an engineer who does not interface with the public.  My wife is a nurse, works close to people and cannot offend, she doesn't even ride to work.

Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« on: August 04, 2016, 03:24:39 pm »
3km - that's got to be fairly hassle-free.  No clothing change most days, I bet. I'd probably walk or maybe ride the old three speed.

Gear Talk / Re: Ideal Two Wheel Trailer Tongue Weight
« on: August 04, 2016, 03:21:39 pm »
I looked at their website and didn't find an answer.  I'd ask them first.

That said, the general rule is to put more weight on the front of the trailer so it tows well and doesn't go into oscillation.  Also, it's not hard to experiment with loading.

Gear Talk / Re: Recumbent for Long-Distance Touring
« on: August 01, 2016, 01:08:00 pm »
Recumbents vary widely in their configuration and character.  You've focused in on suspended short wheelbase bikes.  I would strongly advise you to find a dealer that sells a wide variety of bikes and check them out.  Try a few, then take long test rides on your finalists.  Plan it as an all-day affair.

While the bikes you've identified are well regarded for touring, you should also try unsprung and long wheelbase bikes.  LWB is highly regarded for touring.  Make sure the bikes you try have good handling at both high and low speeds, while loaded.  Make sure they can carry the load you intend to take, and that loading it up does not compromise handling.

Regarding suspension, I/we have toured with an unsuspended V-Rex, a sprung Vision R42 and a Vision R82 tandem with sprung stoker seat (since removed).  Both of us found suspension to be of little value, and a fair bit of added weight to drag up mountains.  My wife has disk problems in her back, and has not had an issue with shocks.  Unless you have back issues where shock of hitting a bad bump could "ruin your day", I wouldn't bother with suspension.  Long wheelbase will buy most of the comfort you get with suspension.  LWBs also handle well on fast descents.  (I use SWB because it's a multipurpose bike and has to fit in my car for commuting to work.)

Good luck with the search.

The project is listed as completed on July 2.  That was faster than I expected.  I presume the detour is no longer necessary.

General Discussion / Re: Converting Elevation Gain, Grade to Mileage
« on: August 01, 2016, 12:42:58 pm »
I more-or-less agree with John Nelson, I just figure it will take longer on a moderately hilly day. 

I do adjust for very hilly days.  If the day's feet of climb is less than about 3000, I don't adjust daily mileage.  More than that, and I start planning shorter days.  I subtract about ten miles off the plan for every thousand over 3000.

Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« on: July 21, 2016, 12:02:24 pm »
... i reckon i save around $50 - $60 a week on transport plus if take into account the exercise i get as well then i really don't mins. Takes me a total of 35 minutes door to door which isn't too bad

I've looked at my savings more than once.  It's very dependent on your situation, but I would make a generalization: Unless you can avoid owning a car (first or second), you're not going to save a lot of money.  Fixed car expenses such as insurance, basic maintenance and car payments can't be avoided.  Although smaller, there are fixed and per-mile costs with the bike too.

The other aspect of commuting by bike is the hassle factor.  Frankly, it's time consuming and a pain in the neck to commute to work.  I make it work because it's my chosen exercise and I love to ride, but there are days when I just say "forget it" and drive.

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