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General Discussion / Re: Need advice - NJ
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:27:55 pm »
I live in NJ and welcome to the site.-:)

Try this for a bike tour in NJ
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/bike/pdf/highpointcapemay6.pdf

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General Discussion / Re: Bicycle Touring vs Backpacking
« on: December 07, 2012, 10:14:29 am »
Backpacking is pretty-much a 100% nature experience. Bicycle touring (on roads) is a mixture of nature and civilization. Backpacking allows you to get away from it all more completely. Bicycle touring allows you to travel greater distances and see more. Backpacking is good if you are nervous about sharing the road with traffic. Bicycle touring is good if you want to meet people and experience rural life.

Do both.

+1

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Gear Talk / Re: Bushwhacker bags and panniers
« on: November 24, 2012, 06:09:57 pm »
Has anyone here used Bushwhacker trunk bags or panniers? I'm an avid day cyclist but am interested in getting into some weekend tours. Unfortunately the budget is very tight so I'm looking for a basic but durable set of bags for the rear rack to get started. I don't mind utilitarian but I don't want "cheap" bags that don't do the job or don't hold up.

Here is an example of what I am looking at:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Bushwhacker-Mesa-Trunk-Bicycle-Black/dp/B003Z9XHAS/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1343995828&sr=1-3-fkmr0&keywords=Bushwhacker+Moab+Black+-+Bike+Pannier

I'm open to other suggestions for a set in the under $150 range if possible.

MNRider,
 I love the sport so much that I believe in paying it back.
I have an 2008 Sunlite trunk bag which was stated at 1069 cu" I have hardly used it and it hasn't been abused so if you want the bag it's yours just pay the shipping.
After all it's the holidays and I know the bag will go to good use.
It does have the Panniers and expanding top.
It's similar to the new one listed here.
http://www.sunlitecycling.com/product_detail.php?short_code=RackPack+Large+w%2FPannier&cl1=BAGS

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Gear Talk / Re: Outfitting a Trek 7.5 FX for a full summer tour
« on: October 23, 2012, 07:54:45 pm »
Assuming your bike has the same specs as those on Trek's current web site you will need:

1. Lower and better gearing.  It comes with a compact 50/34 crank and an 11x34 9-speed cassette.  That gives a barely low enough low gear (27") for loaded touring by a strong rider and an absurdly high top gear(122").  A triple crank with a 22 or 24T granny ring and a 44 or 46T big ring would be a lot more useful. 

2. The wheels are also suspect for loaded touring having only 24 spokes.  Usually the minimum recommended spoke count is 32 and 36 is even better.

3. The pedals should be replaced with those that, at a minimum, take toe clips and straps.  MTB-type clipless pedals and matching shoes would be far preferred.

4.  Obviously you need racks. Rear only if you are going lightly loaded (credit card touring) or front and rear if you are carrying a heavy, full camping and cooking load. 

5. Panniers to match the racks and your luggage volume.

5A.  A travel trailer such as the BOB can be substituted for 4 and 5 above. There are partisans on both sides of which is better.

6. Other minor items include a frame or mini-pump, additional water bottle cages and/or a hydration pack, multitool for on-road repairs, extra tubes and patch kit, etc.     

Frankly, given the deficiencies of that bike for what you plan to do, buying a more suitable true touring bike might be more cost effective and satisfactory.

+1

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New England / FYI New Cell Phone Law
« on: July 19, 2012, 08:53:47 am »
Thought everyone would be interested in this new law here in New Jersey.



Tougher driver cellphone rules signed into law


(07/19/12)TRENTON - It's now easier forNew Jersey prosecutors to obtain convictions on vehicular homicide or assault by auto charges when drivers kill or injure someone while using a cellphone.

The measure was signed into law yesterday by Acting Gov. Kim Guadagno, just weeks after it was passed in the state Legislature.

The law classifies the illegal use of a hand-held cellphone as driving recklessly, one of the factors needed in finding a person guilty of vehicular homicide or assault by auto.

Proponents had argued the measure was needed because it was difficult to hold drivers criminally accountable when they kill or injure someone while using a cellphone.

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Routes / Re: Tent and Southern Tier
« on: May 13, 2012, 07:28:11 pm »
+1 what Westinghouse said.
I would never leave with out a shelter going anywhere for a Long distance.

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General Discussion / Re: I am new and would like to take my first tour
« on: April 21, 2012, 07:45:49 pm »
You might also be interested in this tour High Point,NJ to Cap May,NJ from here http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/bike/tours.shtm
I am wanting to do this tour this year.
What ever you decide have fun.

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Gear Talk / Re: How to clean a hydration system (tube)???
« on: January 20, 2012, 07:59:23 pm »
Buy a box of denture tabs they kill bacteria very well very cheap and weights next to nothing.
Just drop a tab in hot water and let it sit for 30 minutes then run it through the drinking tube flush then rinse and your good to go.

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Gear Talk / Re: Burley Travoy trailer
« on: November 19, 2011, 06:41:49 pm »
Thanks waynemyer for the info. I just might get this for around town groceries and laundry and suck.
Again thanks for your time.

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Gear Talk / Burley Travoy trailer
« on: November 18, 2011, 08:38:23 pm »
Hi Everyone,
    I would like to know if anyone has used the Burley Travoy trailer to tour with ?
I was just looking at them on line and kinda like the new trailer.
Also if anyone has used this trailer for other then touring please post your comments I would love to know all about this trailer both the good and bad and thanks for your time and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

 

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Gear Talk / Re: Preferred method of terminating handlebar tape ?
« on: November 10, 2011, 06:52:55 pm »
Electrical tape.


+1 for the electrical tape it's what I use.:)

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Routes / Re: Bicycle Across New Jersey ?
« on: August 28, 2011, 05:08:20 pm »
Resurrecting this post as I am hopefully and finally going to do this ride so it's and old post and yes I still haven't done the ride but I am looking for any information I can get my hands on.
I thank you for your time.

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Gear Talk / Re: High capacity, headstock mounted waterbottle
« on: May 26, 2011, 08:32:00 am »
Don't know about them but I just bought 2 new water bottles  ;D they are Zefal they are called Magnum they hold 32 ounces per bottle.
Here in New Jersey I have my LBS that carries them so I was fortunate to buy them and not have to order them via the web.
Hope this in some way helps you out. :)

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Routes / Re: Great allegheny passage/C&O canal
« on: May 09, 2011, 09:46:50 pm »
 :)
I just might be interested in this.
When are you leaving what date.?

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