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General Discussion / Buffalo to Albany NY
« Last post by walks.in2.trees on December 09, 2016, 07:47:39 pm »
Some friends of mine rode and filmed this last year. Thought others might like to see... enjoy!
https://youtu.be/s3WjVk6pam8

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General Discussion / Re: ?How easy are SPD pedals to get use too?
« Last post by walks.in2.trees on December 09, 2016, 04:21:37 pm »
I would practice like this:
Find something you can balance the bike with, so you aren't in motion... You can't really clip-in unless you put your full weight on it. The important part is knowing the motion you need to do to release from it.
It's a twisting motion, twist your heel away from your frame. After you do it with each foot successfully while stationary, then try riding around an empty lot. 

Always use your dominant foot when you stop. As you prepare to stop, stand on your non-dominant foot and unclip your dominant foot. Make sure your balance favors a landing on that foot, not the opposite side. Always using the same foot helps ensure this.

Always give yourself time to do this. You don't want to go down at a traffic light. As pointed out above, it's when you get surprised that your most likely to forget to unclip.
I've fallen a bunch of times, exactly because of that. Fortunately, it's usually when you're trying to stop anyway, so you probably won't get hurt.

Don't unclip your other foot until you stop, especially going from traffic light to traffic light... Use the still-clipped-in foot to pull the pedal up to a good take off position. If the distance to the next stop is short, don't bother clipping it back in.

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General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« Last post by zzzz on December 09, 2016, 02:59:42 pm »
Pat:

I think the pricing that BikeFlights and ShipBikes give you is A LOT lower than you get even when you go to the shipping centers.

It was 5 years ago when I went on my first tour and drove my bike out out to our local UPS hub and shipped it to SF. I'm not much for keeping my paperwork but it was $250-300. I just typed my bike box size/weight/destination into BikeFlights' calculator and it was $47. This isn't 100% apples to apples, no insurance on the BikeFLights number and there would have been $5000 on the 5 year old walk in #. Since then I've used the 3rd party shippers and it's in the lower $100 range w the insurance.

When you walk in to the FedEx or UPS shipping center you will get some break for them not picking up the package but as far as they're concerned you're 1 guy, shipping 1 bike, 1 time. When you use BikeFlights or Shipbikes you're a customer who ships a 1,000('s?) bikes a year. They get much better prices and while I'm sure they tack on some overhead but you still come out way ahead
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Routes / Re: New York State Bike Route 5 versus Erie Canalway Trail
« Last post by canalligators on December 09, 2016, 02:37:55 pm »
...Does following the canalway slow you down much?    I typically ride at about 14 mph without gear on my bike.  Fully loaded with camping gear and with rest stops, I probably average 10 or 11 mph, but this is on paved highway surfaces.   Did this surface of the canalway slow you down much?

My opinion is that unpaved, improved trails such as the EC will slow you down about one gear.  (I have heard that trikes are affected more than bikes, which makes sense as they have 50% more wheels.)  In any case, you trade off a little speed for a nice traffic-free trail.  Your call.

Rolled stone chips/dust make a decent riding surface.  Unlike dirt or gravel, it retains most of its traction when wet, though wet conditions will result in a pasty coating on your bike.  You do kick up a bit of white stone dust, so if you're towing a kid trailer you want to make sure you have a full length rear fender or a generous mud flap.  For the front wheel on a recumbent tandem too, so your stoker isn't breathing all the dust.
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General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on December 09, 2016, 01:25:23 pm »
BTW, I avoid going to a UPS store and having them ship.  Both times I did that the price was crazy high despite it being the same size and weight as when I paid way less via a bike shop.

The UPS Store is a retail affair, and they'll charge a lot more than if you take it to the UPS facility (where trucks drive in and out).  I think pricing is generally facility cost < pickup cost (from home or business) < store.  Unfortunately, UPS seems to choose the most remote spots imaginable to site those facilities - even worse the REI!
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Routes / Re: East Coast Greenway or Atlantic Route
« Last post by BrianW on December 09, 2016, 08:26:53 am »
I believe true e-bikes, ones where you have to pedal rather than just power along without input, are considered bikes just about everywhere and are allowed on trails, at least on any trail the ECG would use.
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General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« Last post by staehpj1 on December 09, 2016, 07:08:32 am »
My preference is to take my bike on the plane with me (on Frontier or Southwest), assemble it in the airport and ride out the door. On the way home, it depends on whether I have a friend with a car who can drive me to a bike shop to get a box, and then the airport. If I do, I'll bring it home the same way. Otherwise I'll ride to a bike shop, have them do the pack and ship, and take public transportation to the airport.
That is my preferred way to get the bike to the start of the tour.

On the way home I have generally found it easier to just drop it at a bike shop and let them pack and ship it like you do as your second option.  That has always cost me around $100 including packing and shipping.  I figure it is worth it at the end of the tour to be able to just drop it off and forget it rather than deal with boxing a bike in a strange city and then getting it to the airport.

The bike shops seem to get a better price on the shipping than I would if dealing directly with the shipper, so some of their packing charge is offset by that.\

BTW, I avoid going to a UPS store and having them ship.  Both times I did that the price was crazy high despite it being the same size and weight as when I paid way less via a bike shop.

I think that since I moved to Florida it may be a little more expensive, because when we shipped our  bikes home from Reno my bike was ~$100 to Baltimore and my daughter's was ~$125 to Tallahassee. That was with same size boxes and about the same weight (actually her's was slightly lighter).
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General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« Last post by John Nelson on December 09, 2016, 06:09:14 am »
My preference is to take my bike on the plane with me (on Frontier or Southwest), assemble it in the airport and ride out the door. On the way home, it depends on whether I have a friend with a car who can drive me to a bike shop to get a box, and then the airport. If I do, I'll bring it home the same way. Otherwise I'll ride to a bike shop, have them do the pack and ship, and take public transportation to the airport.
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General Discussion / Re: Lions and tigers and bears oh my!!!
« Last post by Joyride on December 08, 2016, 09:25:10 pm »
Good Stuff Here!
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General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« Last post by Bclayden on December 08, 2016, 07:22:58 pm »
Some good advice above. I'm often challenged with this sort of thing and have had much luck with cardboard bike boxes and shipping via BikeFlights. No bad experiences so far.

I always begin my touring rides at a hotel near the airport so I ship to the hotel.

What I've found works best for me is packing the bike up myself at home then shipping the bike (via BikeFlights and FedEx Ground) to the hotel at the start of the ride to get there a few days ahead of me. Marriott at least has always been accommodating with this sort of thing. Not sure about other brands. This requires self-assembly after unpacking but if you're up to that then you won't have to coordinate your arrival during bike shop business hours and it will save some $.

If you're cool with some dissembly/re-assembly there are some good YouTube vids showing how to pack a bike properly for shipping. There's more to it than simply throwing the bike into the box but it isn't difficult.

At the other end of the journey I have found it best and easiest to end at a bike shop who can pack and ship the bike for me and I make the BikeFlight arrangements and print shipping label for them (at the hotel) so I'm sure it's done right.

I've never tried to check bike as luggage on the airlines but have heard TSA has been known to pull the bike out of the box and not repack properly. I have avoided checking via airline.
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