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Routes / Re: Erie Canal Bike Trail - Stone Dust trails
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:43:36 pm »
Hi Ben -

The only part of the trail that I dislike is around Rochester.  There are sections where the tree roots have pushed up the pavement and it a jarring/bumpy ride.  There are also some section where you integrate with roads and there was broken glass to deal with.  Only around Rochester though from my experience.


I rode the trail in 2003. Tree roots still a problem? Understandable that the park service had to deal with path deterioration, but the "solution" of asphalt paving was a disaster, both esthetically and in durability. 

I got separated from the trail several times, onto weedy, narrow single track; maybe my error.

Routes / Re: From east to west starting June 2014
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:31:32 pm »
I rode NYRATS, New York Ride Across the State, which went from Niagara Falls/Buffalo to New York City. The only public place I know of to view the maps is at

If you get to Buffalo, I suggest going a little further to Niagara Falls. View is better if you cross into Canada.

In general, the route follows a diagonal path through the Finger Lakes region; hilly. You will also cycle though the Catskills; hilly. Catskill: where Rip Van Winkle woke from his sleep.

Going north from NYC traffic is lighter west of the Hudson River; you can ride over bridge at Newburgh.

Gear Talk / Re: "SKS" Fenders??
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:40:09 am »

The single best bit of advice I've seen regarding SKS fender installation is to make sure you file the ends of the cut fender mounting rods round.  Greatly reduces the chance to stab yourself (or your wife).

If you lose a fender stay cover use a Presta valve cover.

Gear Talk / Re: Retiring, getting into self contained touring
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:32:07 pm »
None of the replies so far focus on choosing between the two bikes you are considering. Going by specs, I'd choose the Elite for the better derailleurs. As far your kit is concerned, IMHE, you'll make many changes before settling on what suits you most.

Gear Talk / Re: (Cyclo)cross-country
« on: February 15, 2014, 09:46:25 am »
Deep section rims are more durable and strong and can tolerate fewer spokes that the usual 36 or even 40 often recommended for touring. 

This is debatable. US pro team eschewed deep rims on front wheels, fearing while deep rims may be stronger vertically they are weaker in the other direction and may wash out when bike is leaning as when cornering.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier - bike shops in Bangor or Bar Harbor
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:47:35 pm »
I  had a poor experience with the Bar Harbor Bike Shop and do not recommend them.

Gear Talk / Re: Racks
« on: February 05, 2014, 10:11:12 am »
For what it is worth, on my first cross-country tour back in the 80's I actually broke two Blackburn low-rider front racks.  Granted, I may have been packing more weight up front in order to try to better balance my load front to back, however, the overall weight wasn't anything extreme.

What was the weight on the low riders? Was mounting to braze-ons or clamps? Were the low riders hooped? I had no trouble with hoopless braze-on Blackburn low riders over years of use with loads up to 20 lb a side. Not doubting your experience; just wondering details.

Gear Talk / Re: (Cyclo)cross-country
« on: January 30, 2014, 12:31:38 pm »
I carried a small backpack bicycling across USA; never again. Sweat built up under backpack, and once I forgot it, when I took it off to let my back breathe during a break. Luckily it was still there when I pedaled back miles over hills to retrieve it.

As far as a large backpack, IMHE, it is the least desirable way to carry.

Gear Talk / Re: (Cyclo)cross-country
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:12:18 pm »

Brakes: Any brakes are fine. Disc brakes on touring bikes are uncommon.

IMHE sidepull brakes are doable, but I would not say "fine". Cantilevers, with greater stopping power, are more standard for touring.

Bar-end shifters: These are sometimes preferred because the cables don't get in the way of your handlebar bag. If that's not an issue for you, then what you have is fine.

Opting for bar-end shifters to avoid cables interferring with handlebar bag is a last reason I would give for making that choice. Of greater importance is robustness of bar ends compared to brifters. Many have toured with brifters (combining shifter/brake), but I have switched several bikes from brifters to bar ends for more reliability for fully loaded touring. Usually, if brifters are standard on touring bike it is on bike made for light touring

Gear Talk / Re: Ortlieb Pannier Shoulder Straps???
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:42:23 pm »
John Nelson apperentely has Classic series; I have BikePacker Plus. I have no use for the shoulder straps, nor for compresion straps. I would like the flap straps longer.

Gear Talk / Re: First Touring Bike
« on: January 23, 2014, 01:35:42 pm »
I suggest you compare Sojourn specs with LHT. Sojourn:

Touring bikes are offered in few sizes; expecting an exact frame fit is optimistic. Frequent advice in this forum is to try the bike. For me, living in a small town, I don't even think of that as a possibility.

Gear Talk / Re: Racks
« on: January 20, 2014, 11:26:06 am »
I switched from Blackburn to Tubus racks because Ortlieb bags fit better. AFAIK Blackburn no longer offers front racks. 20lb per pannier is a reasonable limit. Four bags, 80 lb, plus bike; enough to get you most anywhere; less weight better. While any panniers may do, IMHE waterproof panniers are the way to go.

Gear Talk / Re: Tent - One Person and Freestanding?
« on: January 02, 2014, 01:59:54 pm »
First, understand that "free standing" does not mean no stakes. My tent, which I like,,
needs stakes to be usuable, while meeting the industry definition of free standing.

As  to two person tent for one, I have had a number of two person tents for mostly solo use; I am more happy with the one person tent above.

Gear Talk / Re: tire clearance in brakes
« on: December 31, 2013, 01:50:03 pm »
Do the brakes have quick release? Do you have posts for cantilevers?

All items in very good condition, unless noted, and are plus shipping. Photos, indicated, on request. (Takeoff means mounted, not used, or just tried and taken off.)


*Freewheel, SunRace, 14-28, 6-speed; cogs ramped for better shifting; very clean; $15. Shimano remover fits. (Photo)
*Hub, Shhimano 7-Speed 32 hole LX cassette rear hub, 130mm (add spacers to widen to 135mm), black, $20. No skewer. (Photo)
*Hub, Shimano 9-Speed 32 hole LX cassette rear hub, 135mm, black, $20. No skewer. (Photo)
*Brakes, Avid Single Digit 3R brakes, one pair brake arms, black, new, $15. No cable tube or dust cover. (Photo)
*Brake, Disc Pads, Avid Original Juicy 3, 4, 7, pr, new, sealed package, $9. (Photo)
*Brake, Avid Front Post Mount Bracket, new, packaged, $5. (Photo)
*Brake Cables, Front and rear with housings, blk, new, $6. (Photo)
*Brake Cabe, Rear with housing, blkk, new with instructions, $3 (Photo)
*Brake Lever Covers, Road, aero, blk, new, $5. (Photo)
*Seat Post Collar, 1-1/8 in., polished aluminum, $5 (Photo)
*Saddle, Road or Mountain Bike, Black with white trim, new, $15. (Photo)
*Chainring, Ritchey 42T, 5-bolt, 94mm, new, $20. This chainring sells for $40. (Photo)


*Tire, Ritchey Ele Vader, 26x1.9 in., new, $20. Mud shedding thread. This tire sells for $39.99. This tire is highly rated, 4.33 out of 5! "These tires (rear) are the best for giving you speed and cornering control. You will power slide around the corners but still have control ...They never feel sketchy. The paddles practically lift you up the hills." (Photo)
*Tire, Specialized Turbo, 700x26c, new, $15 (I have used this tire for loaded touring. Also for fast recreational riding.)  This tire is highly rated. (Photo)
*Tube, Specialized Presta 700x41/44c, new, boxed, $5. (Photo)


*Women's Harlow Hooded, Zoic Clothing -  - Grey Size Medium. Three rear pockets, one zipped. Nice design back of jersey. New, with tags, $12. This jersey sells for $55. (Photo)
*Women's Hincape Shorts, lightweight chamois, 2 hidden small side pockets, black with grey side panels, med, excellent condition, $40. These shorts sold for $119.
*Gloves, Chiba Classic QR Blue - Size Small. New, with tags, $5. These gloves sell for $33.  (Photo)
*Vest, Campmor Polartec, blk, med, $10. (Photo)
*Shirt, Hinds Dry Lete, long sleeve mock turtleneck, blk, small, new with tags, $18 This shirt sells for $38. (Photo)

*Lightning V Tektro Sensir TK R 351 Recumbent Brake Levers, Black, New, $6 each. These levers sell for $40 pair. (Photo)
*TerraCycle Easy Racers Sport Return Idler; New, $35. (Photo)


*Drive Belt, new, $30. (Photo)


*Messenger Bag, Sunlite . This is a big bag, apprx 20x14x5 in. Felt lined laptop compartment. Multiple storage compartments. Rugged Cordura type fabric. New, with tags, $20. Smaller Sunlite Messenger Bag sells for $86.48. (Photo)
*Zefal Fender Z-Clips (these are the fishmouth pieces that attach struts to fenders), package, new clips, $5.
*Assos Cinto, the remarkable system that so increased speed it was banned from competition; includes belt, cable, and attachment; (increases power on flats and hills) new, $40. (Photo)
*Assos Cinto, the remarkable system that so increased speed it was banned from competition; includes belt,  cable, and attachment; (increases power on flats and hills). Cable shows slight fraying. $15. (Photo)
*Seat Bag, Pedro's Ethik, blk, new, $7. (Photo)
*Handlebar Holder, Park Holder for Holding Handlebar While Working on Bike, $6. (Photo)
*Stuff Sack, Thermarest, made for 3/4 sleep pad, but could be used for other items, new, $5.
*Waterbottle Cage, Planet Bike aluminum, takeoff, $3.
*Showercap Water Bottle, Trek, new, $4.
*Mt Bike Grips, Montane, blk, made in USA, new, packaged, $5 (These grips sell for $11) (Photo)


*Saw Miter Box, all metal; can be used as portable tool or permanently screwed to bench, $10. (Photo)
*Electro Paint Peeler, $5. (Photo)

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