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Your first job is to locate the house or condo you want to rent. Then, perhaps a route from Columbus to there can be recommended.  Contact the KY or TN visitors bureaus and ask for recommendations for places you want to consider.

As to getting to KY from Columbus, the annual TOSRV route from Columbus to Portsmouth, Ohio is well known and very bicycle friendly.  From there the US23 bridge crosses the Ohio river into KY and you can plan from there.

Gear Talk / Re: trikes
« on: August 08, 2014, 08:09:42 am »
This was my first Bon Ton and I was very pleased by the overnight locations, the food was great and the road marking were generally very good with a couple of minor glitches.  I've ridden a bunch of GOBAs in Ohio, Bike Virginia and DALMAC last year and one RAGBRAI decades ago and this Bon Ton was one of the top experiences. 

Did you ride the "long route" on Tuesday from Keuka College around Keuka Lake?  That was a TOUGH last 8 miles.

I also saw the guy on the trike buzzing around the various overnights too.  I agree he seemed to love to show it off.

Gear Talk / Re: trikes
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:06:01 pm »
Did the Bon Ton Roulet last month.

Well, well. so did I.  Great week wasn't it?  And I also saw the same trike but I believe I saw a couple of others too.

Gear Talk / Re: trikes
« on: August 06, 2014, 09:24:27 pm »
Never having ridden one but have seen a bunch in use, I disagree that trikes are as high as a  standard recumbent.  Most two-wheel recumbents have at least one 700c wheel or, if smaller wheels, they are under the rider, raising them somewhat.  The trikes I've seen all have small wheels, 20" or less, and the rider is positioned down below the wheel tops so is noticeably lower than on a recumbent.

Are they less visible and less safe?  I don't know and their "unusualness" does make them more likely to be noticed so that is a plus.

General Discussion / Re: Cardboard Box for Bike as Checked Baggage
« on: August 05, 2014, 10:16:21 am »
  Whatever you do don't take the derailer off as it's a bitch getting it back on. 
I used to have an S&S coupled Co-Motion single bike and I had to unthread  the rear derailleur to make it fit in the travel case.  I used a Wipperman chain with a master link and removed and bagged it separately but just unthreaded the derailleur and padded it without detaching the cable.   

Reattaching the rd required only a 5 mm Allen key and rethreading and connecting the chain.  It only took a couple of minutes and the indexing still worked perfectly with no further adjustment.

Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:31:35 pm »
For all those eager advocates of SPD clips, or any other mechanical method of attaching your feet to the pedals, here's something few of the clip using fraturnity rarely tell you.  Unless you aquaint yourself at an early stage in your cycling life and feel very comfortable getting in and out of clips at split-second notice without having time to think you might end up as I did a few years back, running out of momentum on a steep hill and quite suddenly face down on the black-top.
Your experience was unfortunate but was the result of unfamiliarity, and not an inherent problem with clipless pedals, and your generalized warning is completely wrong  The learning curve is fast and easy and it doesn't take long to get familiar to the point that the release motion is instinctive.    A few rides and some practice will make you competent and a few weeks will make fast release a complete non-issue.  Clipless pedals are much more secure and faster to get out of in an emergency than any clip and strap system.

General Discussion / Re: importance of componentry
« on: July 11, 2014, 04:41:45 pm »
I have four touring / commuter bikes and have put tens of thousands of miles on them. Three have Dura Ace one has Ultegra... I have a couple other brakes with Dura Ace also. Never had a failure or a gum problem with any kind on of them. All this equipment is incredibly reliable. Also, instead of moving your hands to the unstable end of the bars away from the brakes to shift is, in my opinion dangerous. Not to mention more difficult to shift than STI.  The performance of Dura Ace is exceptional, even when compared to Ultegra. The idea you get bar end shifter because they are more reliable is silly. . If on the incredibly remote chance that something breaks on tour... there is Fed Ex virtually anywhere in North America, Europe and much of Asia. Perhaps if you are touring in sub saharan Africa, or Siberia in the winter. I can shift with my pinky with Dura Ace. Unless you are really constrained by money, I would get nothing else. If constrained, I would get the highest level you can afford. I have found you get what you pay for with Shimano.
I think Dura Ace is the last group you'd consider for a true touring bike.  There is no longer any triple crank or shifter option, a "compact double" (50/34) is the smallest chainring set available and the cassettes are 11-speed and none with very large big cogs.  It's a wonderful racing and sports riding group but out of place for touring. 

Gear Talk / Re: Why not use my [insert bike here] on GDMBR?
« on: July 08, 2014, 12:25:22 pm »
While possible, IMHO it's irresponsible to recommend an X-mart BSO for a ride like the GDMBR.
I think you are over reacting and the comment wasn't a "recommendation" to use a Walmart bike.  This forum gets a lot of questions about using basically unsuitable bikes for specific tours, etc. and the reply that a Walmart bike could be used was meant to be facetious. 

This is what I do also. I do as little tire changing as possible.
Yeah, that's my feeling too.  Sort of a let sleeping dog lie approach.  I once tried rotating a used front to the rear and replacing the front.  To my surprise the former front wore out very fast as a rear tire, much sooner than a new rear would have.  I expect the time and miles had effected the rubber even though there was little to no apparent wear.

For all practical purposes, bike front tires don't wear at all.  Weigh a new front tire and weigh it again after say 5000 miles.  The weight loss bill be negligible while a rear tire under the same conditions will be worn down to the casing well before that.  Nevertheless, front tires do age and harden with years and miles and shouldn't be used forever.   

I start with two new tires and ride them until the rear is showing casing under the tread.   I replace the rear and keep the front.  When the second rear wears out, I then replace both.

Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« on: June 21, 2014, 06:33:03 pm »
Sandals, even SPD compatible ones, are an acquired taste.  Not everyone is happy with them as either riding or casual shoes.  Full coverage riding shoes offer better coverage and impact protection but sandals as off-the-bike shoes may be attractive.

Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« on: June 21, 2014, 09:01:26 am »
Once I tried clipless pedals and shoes I determined I would never go back to clips and straps.  You can use MTB-style pedals and shoes with recessed cleats that make walking quite tolerable so you don't have to change shoes at every stop.  I would want a pair of light shoes for overnight stops anyway as I wouldn't want to spend every waking hour of every day in the same shoes no matter what the type.

Nice looking bike.  However, and this is strictly a personal preference that you are completely free to ignore or disagree with.  I think stem shifters are the most inconvenient and awkward possible type.  They scream "cheap bike" but that isn't my main objection.  You have to remove one hand from the bars to use them but don't have the lower center of gravity that downtube shifters provide while shifting.  I'd either remount the levers as downtube shifters or mount them on the barend pods that Rivendell also sells.  For a bit more money and much better shifting convenience, you could mount those levers on "Retroshift" brake levers and have most of the convenience of brifters without the cost or complexity.

I'm sure Surly themselves would have recommendations.  Their web site description of the Ogre says; "Both fork and frame allow the use of a fender, disc brake, and rack at the same time.", so there must be suitable racks.  Contact them directly.

General Discussion / Re: Fantastic Commuting Infrastructure
« on: May 26, 2014, 04:41:14 pm »
Using any European country as an example of what we should do in the US is too much an apples and oranges comparison.  Our low population density, huge distances and the fact that Europe was crowded and urbanized for 500 years before they even knew about the "New World" makes that discussion unfair. 

Also, automobiles were an expensive luxury in Europe for decades after they were everyman's appliance here.   

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