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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« on: November 28, 2016, 12:10:58 pm »
I disagree with not bringing a light.  There will be times when you choose or need to ride in moderate or heavier rain, and the visibility will be important.  Ditto with a tail light.  I bring a small (but high quality) detachable LED headlight for these times, and for use in camp as a flashlight.

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Mason County Campground, south of Luddington.

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Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Traffic - Bar Harbor going South in May '17
« on: November 17, 2016, 12:14:48 pm »
You can also leave the bike boxed and checked, and use a bikeshare bike.  Or transit.  Our large cities have pretty good transit, elsewhere it's very skimpy.

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General Discussion / Re: One piece earphone while riding
« on: November 16, 2016, 02:50:33 pm »
There are many kinds of mirrors: bike mounted, helmet mounted, eyeglass mounted.  Quality varies, and they all have their plusses and minuses.  I summarized them in an article here:https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=tS&doc_id=5276&v=22

I encourage everyone to use a mirror.  I personally think they are far more important than helmets (which get lots of press).  Prevention!   Use whatever kind you like best, just buy and use one.
Last list update was 2011... Could do for a refresh?

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Yeah, it will bubble to the top of my priorities list one of these days.  If you want to do the research and pass the info, I'll update it.

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General Discussion / Re: One piece earphone while riding
« on: November 15, 2016, 01:09:54 pm »
There are many kinds of mirrors: bike mounted, helmet mounted, eyeglass mounted.  Quality varies, and they all have their plusses and minuses.  I summarized them in an article here:https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=tS&doc_id=5276&v=22

I encourage everyone to use a mirror.  I personally think they are far more important than helmets (which get lots of press).  Prevention!   Use whatever kind you like best, just buy and use one.

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General Discussion / Re: The Schwarzenetruber Amish.
« on: November 15, 2016, 01:04:15 pm »
By using the word "highway", do you mean limited access expressways, or just open roads?  In some places, highway=expressway, but in the US northeast, not always.

I travel a bit in upstate New York, and have never seen a minimum speed posted, even on the expressways.  In fact, the only time I remember one is on I-75 in Michigan, in the 1960s.  There is no minimum speed on non-expressways, there may be one on expressways. 

Also, in New York State, any road that is limited access (has exit and entrance ramps), is illegal for bike use - even if it's not posted as such.  I checked it out with DMV and DOT, as there's an expressway here that is not posted "No Bikes" and I was wondering.


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I'd patch the current tube then carry it as your spare.  If you weren't planning to carry spare tubes, you should.

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Canada / Re: Trans-Canada Trail V The Great Trail
« on: November 10, 2016, 12:59:31 pm »
No, haven't looked there, but since it's first a fitness tracker, I wouldn't expect it to have a coast-to-coast route with services.  Something like AC provides.

I could put  together a route using Google Maps and checking things with street view.  Then cross check it against existing travelogues.  I enjoy creating routings, but doing the job right would be a LOT of work.

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Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« on: November 10, 2016, 12:50:02 pm »
Yes, bike commuting is the antidote to coffee...

I love coffee and take it along on my commute.  I found a good insulated travel mug that fits in a water bottle cage (Contigo Aria).  You can also buy ring-shaped holders that can carry many common travel mugs.

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General Discussion / Re: How often do you do pedal maintenance???
« on: November 10, 2016, 12:43:28 pm »
I wouldn't argue with ride-to-destruction.  The SPDs were indeed a bear to service, and my vintage needed a tool to open them up, a special ring-shaped tool.  If your pedal is designed to allow it, you might just partially open it and force some new grease in, maybe every few years.

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Sal, are you looking to tour, or go on day rides in the wild areas?

For touring, you want a bike that has low enough gearing, is able to carry the load you intend to carry, and handles well at low speed with the load aboard.  Most mountain bikes meet these criteria, though some will not carry gear and some won't be geared quite low enough.

By the way, it's on my short list to hike either the Burren Way or Wicklow Way.  And I want my next trip to Ireland to be a cycling trip.

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General Discussion / Re: Trangia Stove / Meths
« on: November 09, 2016, 12:49:50 pm »
You can find both museums and other historic sites, in many parts of the US.  (These peoples lived everywhere before the westerners came.)  Find the tourism site for the state you're interested in, and search on "Indian".  You'll get other things, like motels in towns having "Indian" in their name, but you'll also find lots of museums, historic sites and interpretive centers.

One good location is near the Adventure Cycling Northern Tier: Ganondogan, near Rochester NY.  They have an active schedule of events, usually on the weekends.

A lot of historic sites concerning our colonial wars have Native American information.  The Indians often fought on one side or the other.  In our French and Indian War, where your wars with the French spilled over to North America, the Iroquois and Algonquin fought on the side of the French.

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General Discussion / Re: My front V-Brake is squealing like a pig???
« on: November 09, 2016, 12:33:03 pm »
The only time I wasn't able to fix squealing with adjustment was using an old pair of Avid Arch Rival brakes, on our 'bent tandem.  These had a compound mechanism.  All four pivots were getting loose with age, and I suspected this was the cause.  New brakes fixed it.  I kept the OEM Avid pads, I think they work really well.

I also used the Ultimates; I was unwilling to compromise braking ability on a tandem that is used for loaded touring, sometimes in mountain terrain.

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General Discussion / Re: How often do you do pedal maintenance???
« on: November 08, 2016, 01:10:24 pm »
Common knowledge is that good brand pedals last a lot longer than off brand.  Example: Shimano SPDs last a lot longer than the mail-order-house unbranded.  A friend had some of the knockoffs that had a terminal failure at ~4000 miles.

But to answer your question, I rebuilt my SPDs at ~20K miles.  Found no problems, the bearings and bearing surfaces looked real good.

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General Discussion / Re: My front V-Brake is squealing like a pig???
« on: November 08, 2016, 01:08:02 pm »
Take it back and ask them to fix it.  They should do so at no cost. 

Either it is not correctly adjusted, or your particular pad/wheel/brake combination requires an unconventional toe-in.

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