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On my other bikes, I use Selle Italia Max Flight saddles; the Sojourn came with a B-17. I followed the directions on using Proofide to the T.
Lo and behold, when I wear my Aerotech bibs, I get a nasty abrasion in the perineal area. I know the the Brooks takes time to break in and this doesn't happen on the Max Flight saddles which has a huge relief cut-out. I wasn't sure if this was a need for the leather to soften around the 3 holes in the center of the B-17 or what.
Is this the result of the B-17 not being broken in yet or is it due to the seam running down the center of the shorts, under the chamois? I do not have an sit bone pain from, thigh rubbing etc. I have half a mind to swap saddles since I know the Selle Italia works for me and started to experiment with shorts could get expensive...
Trek has produced the 520 for years. Comments have been weak rear rack and not low enough gearing.
Not low enough gearing on the Trek 520? Bizarre. It comes from the factory with 26x32 low gear. Fairly low.
I agree the stock gears are "fairly low", but criticizing the reporting that the gearing is not low enough is "bizarre" is overly strong. See below,
"The one upgrade I have always thought about is lower crank gears. The stock gear ratio of 48/36/26 is a little high if you are using the bike to carry heavier loads on longer trips with mountains."
I especially agree for a small woman.
If you want to bypass all the issues associated getting out of NYC/N. Jersey by bike, you can take Metro North from Grand Central Terminal all the way to Pougkeepsie, which is on Bike Route 9. Bikes are permitted at certain times provided you buy a one-time permit for $5:
This is the route I am thinking of at the moment:
- from New York to Albany (read below)
- from Albany to Buffalo following the Erie Canal (NY State Canalway Trail)
And if it's possible to do some wild camping along the northern ACA routes?
About the ACA Northern Tier: if possible we would like to add more of Canada. So the route we are currently considering is as follows:
- leaving New York City with the NY State Bike Route 9 to Poughkeepsie, NY (85 miles)
- join the ACA Atlantic Coast to Bar Harbor, ME (542 miles)
- start the ACA Northern Tier and follow it until Ticonderoga, NY (401.5 miles)
(or maybe as an alternative route take the ACA Green Mountains Loop from North Haverhill, NH to Port Kent, NY)
- from there rejoin the NY State Bike Route 9 to Rouses Point on the New York - Quebec border (92 miles)
I've heard the North Dakota-Eastern Montana stretch of the Northern Tier can get boring (and with sometimes difficult headwinds and that direction).
My concerns are the long stretches w/o any services and "Stealth" camping.