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Routes / Allegheny Mtns Loop is wonderful!
« on: June 04, 2011, 03:51:47 pm »
 Just got back from riding (most of) the AML. It's really a great short tour to do...I highly recommend it. Great scenery, natural and man made, good roads with nice climbs/descents and very little traffic (some days, maybe we'd get maybe a car per hour passing us).  Here are some notes from the trip they may help out some riders:

-You can leave you car at Tangent Outfitters in Pembroke - friendly people, and they have ice cream for a post ride treat

-White Rocks CG off of 613 is up a gravel road - its cheap $4, water and bathrooms, but no showers.

-Morris Hill CG (on lake Moomaw) is almost 2 miles up a steep road, the non-reservation sites are pretty close together. If your staying here try to get a reservation and get one of the more spaced out sites. They do have showers ($16)

- The Bath County Pump Reservoir CG ($10) was very clean, had swimming in the lake, nice showers and we had the whole place to ourselves...only thing it needed was a few more trees to shade it better

-At Durbin, make sure you turn on 250/11, rather than staying on 250...else you'll be climbing more than you have to. (just pay attention to you maps)

-The National Radio telescope Observatory is pretty cool, its free and you can ride your bike to the telescopes

-The Dirt Bean cafe/coffee shop/bike shop in Marlinton has great fresh/healthy style food - highly recommend it

- The Greenbrier -off route in White Sulphur Springs is a good side trip - good diner in WSS also (Diner on the Green?? its a tiny white building)

-Didn't go to Lewisburg (off route), but locals said its a cool town.

- Gap Mills had a great little grocery store (great fresh deli sandwiches) and bakery near just east on SR3 from Zenith road, be sure to stop at both

- Humpback Bridge is a cool place to stop and eat & wade in the river.

-Campsites on the Greenbriar Rvr Trl were nice and clean - many of them had water, I think all of them had pit toilets (they were very clean), and two of the northern ones had 3 sided shelters to stay in (great if rain were in the forecast)

We rode touring bikes with 32 width tires - they were fine on the gravel roads/Greenbrier Trail.  We did not ride the top loop up to Glady nor the West Fork Trl, and we took 311 & 159 (minimal traffic on Memorial day) rather than the gravel section NE of Sweet Chalybeate.

Be prepared on this route....as food selection is somewhat limited - especially in the VA section. Plenty of water.

enjoy




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Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tent Talk
« on: May 13, 2011, 12:47:09 pm »
I Agree on tarptents - nice tents and very light.

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Gear Talk / Re: Disc or non-disc brakes
« on: April 25, 2011, 07:53:45 pm »
you shouldn't have to remove any part of the disc brake to remove the wheel or change the tire, the disc slides right out of the caliper. (the only time that you may have to mess with a caliper is when you have a lefty suspension fork, but thats a mountain bike fork)

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Gear Talk / Re: Disc or non-disc brakes
« on: April 24, 2011, 11:08:59 pm »
i really like mechanical disc brakes.

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Classifieds / Re: Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Sleeping bag NWT
« on: April 20, 2011, 10:46:59 pm »
sold

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Gear Talk / Re: Are you happy with your disc brakes?
« on: April 03, 2011, 08:26:42 pm »
I vote for:
1. Extremely happy, disc brakes are awesome


if you want to know why:
-superior stopping power - wet/dry/whenever
--easier to set up AND as the pads wear down you can adjust them without tools. new pads can be put in without tools too! (at least on avids)
- if you bust a spoke-your breaks work the same - no chance of tearing a sidewall of your tire either
- rims won't wear out from braking - tires don't heat up either

If you think about safety...rims brakes just don't stop well in the rain (esp when loaded up on a long DH) - discs work.

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Classifieds / SOLD: Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Sleeping bag NWT
« on: April 02, 2011, 06:51:58 pm »
Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 -


-Left zip - long length - fits up to someone 6'6" tall
-super light- (MH says 1pound 7oz) -make those uphills easier!!
-800 fill DOWN!!! - so it compresses down a lot - saves room in your panniers
-stuff sack and storage sack included

NEW WITH TAGS - this bag is in perfect condition - there are no rips tears or any issues with this bag. Brand New!
Comes from a non-smoking, no pet home - stored in its storage bag
This is a nice sleeping bag!
more info here http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Phantom%E2%84%A2-32-%28Long%29/OU8440_L,default,pd.html

MSRP $305.00 Get it from me for only $185 plus $10 shipping

click below link for a picture
http://s835.photobucket.com/albums/zz278/humunukujon/?action=view&current=DSC01735.jpg


PM me if interested.

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General Discussion / Re: Free Camping
« on: March 26, 2011, 10:44:27 pm »
if your route goes near the AT at anytime, there will be plenty of cheap hostels to stay at in the trail towns

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General Discussion / State flag stickers?
« on: March 26, 2011, 03:34:32 pm »
Anyone know of a source for small WATERPROOF state flag stickers/decals? I thought it might be kinda cool to add a flag sticker to my bike for each state i ride thru.
I found some almost perfect ones (1"x1.5") on the internet, but they aren't waterproof.

thanks

jon

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Routes / Re: From Memphis TN to Washington DC: who to meet?
« on: March 20, 2011, 12:45:41 pm »
If you pass thru Knoxville, TN - we have plenty of Civil war sites within a couple miles of downtown.  You also mentioned music...while your here, go to the WDVX "Blueplate Special" its a live radio show everyday at 12pm (free) and great folk/old time/bluegrass style music.

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General Discussion / Re: Tennessee to Northeast PA
« on: March 20, 2011, 12:38:39 pm »
from where in TN are you starting? You can do a significant part of the trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway if your going to be in the east part of the start

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General Discussion / Re: Brooks saddle: keeping it dry
« on: March 18, 2011, 07:31:34 pm »
has anyone tried the saddle cover sold by adventure cycling (its made by jandd)? I'd like to by my stuff from them, if its decent

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General Discussion / Re: Camping in the east
« on: November 29, 2010, 09:32:42 pm »
Thanks for all the answers...

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General Discussion / Camping in the east
« on: November 15, 2010, 10:50:57 pm »
Hello

I'm just starting to plan for a cross country tour and I'm wondering about camping on the eastern half of the country.  In order to keep costs down, I'd really like to camp out as much as possible (for free if possible)-which seem like its pretty doable out west, but seems a little more tricky in the more crowded east coast.

So, my question is, is it possible to camp for free on the east coast on a regular basis? Or is it going to be more trouble than its worth to find a spot?

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Gear Talk / Re: Shaking on the downhills
« on: November 13, 2010, 07:52:15 pm »
I had a shimmy caused by a jacket that I had strapped to my rack...when I got going fast, the slight flapping of the jacket then transferred to the bike...i now put everything that could blow around in panniers

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