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Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« Last post by briwasson on September 28, 2014, 12:44:59 pm »
100 miles a day does seem optimistic, and the area in general does ted to rolling hills. Doing a 100-mile century ride every day or a week, while carrying your gear (even for lightweight credit card touring) is a lot. Also don't forget the daylight hours will still be relatively short.

It's definitely a doable trip, but if suffers cutting some corners, like taking the train to Trenton, etc.
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Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« Last post by staehpj1 on September 28, 2014, 12:37:40 pm »
A good portion of that route will be quite hilly.  Factor that in when planning daily mileage.  100 mile days are fairly ambitious over the terrain in question.

I have not ridden the AC route for that section, but can give a strong recommendation for AC routes and maps in general.
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Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« Last post by briwasson on September 28, 2014, 12:30:11 pm »
+1 on taking the train to Trenton an starting from there. From Trenton you can easily head up the Delaware a bit, mostly on a bike path or nice secondary road, and connect with the ACA route at Lambertville/New Hope. Probably about 15 miles from the Trenton train station to New Hope, maybe less.

I agree: March can be iffy weather wise. Could be nice, or nasty. Be prepared to be flexible.
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Gear Talk / Re: Saddle Suggestion other than Brooks
« Last post by bogiesan on September 27, 2014, 07:43:48 pm »
Hope you all got this sorted out. I have ridden with folks on supported tours who hate their bikes which, of course, turns out to be a complaint about and inappropriately shaped or improperly positioned saddle.

I don't know how one shops for a saddle these days. The sales staff at one of the local shops are as confused as most of their customers. The experience of other riders is useless unless we can closely compare our anatomies. 
A quick googilian revealed no fewer than 15 saddles similar to Brooks, including three that are even more expensive and made of heavier, finer, thicker, and nicer leathers and that have larger copper nameplates held on with far cooler titanium bolts. REI lists 9 or more manufacturers and some 50 models of performance and cushioned bike saddles. The designs for men are clearly at opposite ends of physical reality. Support for the sits? Male-centric central void that, curiously, has arrived on female-specific saddles (news to me)? Long tongue? Narrow at the rear? Minimalist Italian elegance? Dual density luxury? 
http://www.rei.com/product/875586/fizik-arione-versus-x-kium-saddle-mens
http://www.rei.com/product/736826/serfas-lycra-dual-density-saddle-mens
http://www.rei.com/product/813902/serfas-rx-saddle-mens

One more reason I love my recumbent: My seat is 3" of open/closed cell foam sandwich and there's even a backrest.
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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Route 66 (Part 2) - Flagstaff to Santa Monica
« Last post by milestonerides on September 27, 2014, 07:26:13 pm »
I would love to hear from anyone who has cycled through the LA area, particularly from San Bernardino to Santa Monica, with suggestions on a good route to take through the metro LA area, or where we might find maps/routes that are bicycle friendly.

Hi Jeff & Ellen.  I've bike toured from Chino Hills to Joshua Tree so I have options for you to get into Los Angeles.  I've always ridden all through Pomona to Santa Monica on multiple occasions.  Parts of the route stays on Route 66 and parts will take you through the Santa Ana River path.  I have a blog entry of my trip to Joshua tree on my blog http://milestonerides.com.  PM me and we can arrange maybe a call or a web meeting so I can share my desktop so we can explore further.  Thanks.
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Gear Talk / Re: Saddle Suggestion other than Brooks
« Last post by milestonerides on September 27, 2014, 07:05:19 pm »
I've heard really good things about the Terry Liberator series saddle. 
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Gear Talk / Re: WoMo Designs Gadget Mounts
« Last post by milestonerides on September 27, 2014, 07:02:52 pm »
I have the mount on two of my bikes.  (You can order it through the Ortlieb website and it shows the different mounts they offer.) The light mount is specific for only a couple niterider lights (I use the 700 light).  I also have the Garmin Edge.  Unfortunately it is made only to fit a couple of different makes of equipment.  That said I really like the mount.  It is secure and it keeps my handlebar uncluttered. 

It would be nice if they made it for other equipment but that may come if they get enough requests.

Thanks @aggie.  I'm looking forward to getting my model to test.  It does look like an elegant solution to keeping your handlebar uncluttered.
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Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« Last post by DaveB on September 27, 2014, 06:43:38 pm »
It will be interesting to see how long this thread goes.  Panniers vs Trailer has the same potential for heated discussion and disagreement as Shimano vs Campy and "whats the best chain lube?" questions.
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Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« Last post by SprocketWeasel on September 27, 2014, 01:36:54 am »
Don't Crash with a Trailer!

I travel with a BOB, connected to a Specialized hybrid bike. I have done all my trips (on and off road) this way. So I can only comment on my experience with this rig.  Yes, I continue to travel this way.

I foolishly tried to out run two large dogs bounding toward me.  After 250 yards they could sense I was tiring.  Despite my speed, at 30 MPH.  With a second wind, the larger dog caught up to me.  My only defense was squirting him with my water bottle.  Then came the "perfect storm".  To exact my aim, taking my eyes off the road, I swerved toward the oncoming lane.  Right then, was the worst time to realize, I had never been this fast, with this much weight and hopelessly trying correct my course!  It happened.  I was a tangled heap in the middle of the road (thank God for no cars).  My rig jackknifed to the point the trailer, on one side, ripped off from the rear skewer.  To my disbelief, nothing broke.  I could put it back together.  Fortunately, I came away with only road rash.  But those dogs...they stopped.  Before they returned to their porch.  I swear, they smiled!             
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General Discussion / Re: Strange sounds from below
« Last post by Miller on September 26, 2014, 11:48:04 am »
I had something similar and it turned out to be be loose rear skewer. The knocking for me was intermittent throughout each ride. There's a thread somewhere on bike forums about knocking sounds with each pedal revolution. Someone there listed many possible causes.
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