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Routes / Can I ride from Cortez CO to Pueblo CO in early April?
« Last post by PeanutButterShammyCream on November 24, 2015, 06:11:44 am »
I plan on biking from California to the East Coast next spring. I will leave in March, and I plan to be in Colorado in early April. Will it be possible to cycle the "Great Parks South" route from Cortez CO to Pueblo CO in early april? Will the roads be open???? Will it be safe?
General Discussion / Re: Trike style recumbent usability on adventure routes
« Last post by Susan on November 24, 2015, 12:40:49 am »
I'm in the same position as you are - I ride an upright touring bike as well as an ICE Adventure trike.  I've never ridden the Atlantic Coast route but have completed 4 other ACA cross-country routes and my experience thus far echoes Pat Lamb's comments - there were always sections that I thought I wouldn't feel comfortable riding the 3-wheeler. Most of the time, the problem was a narrow shoulder separated from the lane by a stupid rumble strip - hate those things! 
Until now I've always toured on the upright but would really like to try the trike, in spite of some of the disadvantages. 

In January I'm going to ride a modified Southern Tier starting in Florida and am finally going to take the trike, after the motto, "You won't know until you try it".  I want to stealth camp alot and would be so much more comfortable on my rolling lawn chair.
I have a high tolerance for traffic, and have often, even on the upright, felt better on a heavily travelled Interstate with a wide shoulder, than on some country roads with none - it depends.  In addition to the ACA maps, I always have my Garmin GPS and my tablet PC with GoogleMaps to help me check out alternatives.  Also, it's really helpful if you meet up with other riders going in the opposite direction and can share infos.

There are lots of trike journals on CrazyGuy and posts on BentRiderOnline where riders confirm that when on a trike, cars tend to give them more space when passing due to the "handicap" look.

It's been done, but I just wouldn't choose to do alot of offroad touring on a trike.
However you decide - happy trails!
General Discussion / Re: cassettes
« Last post by F_Thomas on November 23, 2015, 11:56:15 pm »
You have quite a few good responses to your question.

However, you do not say what the current rear derailleur is and what year bike you have.

I have gone through the same process with a Jamis Aurora Elite and swapped out the crankset for a FSA Afterburner triple 48/36/26 and used the existing Shimano 105 front derailleur no problems - bar end friction.

The rear cassette that came stock was 11-30.  I am swapping out the cassette to a 11-34 using the existing Ultegra bar end, which is indexed, with new chain and a longer "B Screw"  (4x25mm). 

I needed the lower gearing for the hills around here and to be able to haul loaded panniers.  Don't know why Jamis set the Aurora Elite up like a road bike when the Aurora is geared for touring.
General Discussion / Re: Atlantic Coast Bicycle Route USA
« Last post by fiveonomo on November 23, 2015, 10:12:28 pm »
I just wanted to jump in here and let you know that I too will be following your progress.  I can't really help you with your request but as a brother Firefighter and a former U.S. Marine you have my support.  I ran the Stephen Siller run back in 2011, words cannot express the emotion I felt the day of that run.  My lieutenants uncle was killed on 9/11 in the second tower I believe, his name was Joseph Spor.  I was with my buddy's family and my brother firefighters that day, I haven't shed that many tears since I was a kid.  Thanks for what you have done and what you are going to do, it's motivating as h***!  Stay safe.
Routes / Re: Western NY to NYC and the Atlantic route
« Last post by indyfabz on November 23, 2015, 10:06:01 am »
You can forget about quiet roads the closer you get to NYC.

Something totally slipped my mind about the PA option. Before it gets to Matamoras, PA Bike Route Y passes through Milford, PA. From there, it's a short hop across the Delaware River via the ped path on the U.S. 206 bridge to join ACA's Atlantic Coast route south through the Delaware Water Gap. I just rode from Port Jervis, NY to Philly using that route last month. Mostly quiet roads, pretty roads. There are bike trail options in PA and NJ that probably total close to 40 miles.

There are decently spaced campgrounds up to Upper Black Eddy, PA. You can reach Philly from there in one day. No camping near own, but there is a HI Hostel in the park that is within biking distance to the center of town:

You could make it from Philly to the NJ shore in one day or break it up into two days. I know a nice state forest with camping along the way to Ocean City, which would be a good place to end the trip (unless you want a beer at the end).  Riding through Camden, NJ is not fun, but there is a short train option (bikes allowed) that allows you to hop over that area.

Once "down the shore" as we say, you can ride north to Atlantic City for a train ride (bikes allowed) back to Philly for transportation home.
International / Cycling out of the airport in Cancun.
« Last post by obinja on November 22, 2015, 09:22:30 pm »
Anyone have any experience cycling out of the airport in Cancun?
General Discussion / Re: Surly LHT/Disc Trucker
« Last post by RonK on November 22, 2015, 03:27:51 pm »
As for square taper bottom brackets, those have not been made in almost 15 years...

You would have to search in the attic, inside the trunk, under the newspapers to even find a square taper bottom bracket and crankset.
Err no,  square taper bb's are common, cheap, and widely available, and for those reasons remain the choice of cycle tourists.

And they are original equipment on the Long Haul Trucker.

Andel RSC6, 26/36/48t. Square taper interface. Silver

Bottom Bracket
Shimano UN-55, Square taper interface. 68 x 118mm
General Discussion / Re: Surly LHT/Disc Trucker
« Last post by DaveB on November 22, 2015, 01:44:39 pm »
Everything you wrote is correct and I'm well aware of all of it except it's too simplified. 

Certainly Shimano is the dominant name and supplier of OEM and aftermarket bike parts and Hollowtech II (24 mm spindle) in various product lines is a de facto standard.   But they are not alone.  FSA is a very common supplier of OEM cranks as a cost savings measure and many of them use non-English bottom bracket designs.  Also, SRAM and many others also use 30 mm spindles and one of the many press-fit variations and none of these fit an English threaded shell.

Shimano has pretty much abandoned the touring triple road market, SRAM was never in it and Campy doesn't under stand touring bikes at all so finding a usefully geared crank is not nearly as easy as it once was.  The closest touring suitable road Shimano triple crank  you can now get is a 10-speed FC-5603 (105) or 9-speed FC-4503 (Tiagra) which retain 130/74 BDC drilling so you can use a granny down to 24T to replace the factory 30T.  These are both out of production so you have to find either one as NOS.

Shimano's "Trekking" cranks have suitable touring gearing and English compatible Hollowtech II bottom brackets but aren't distributed in the US and you have to get one from a European (mostly German) dealer. MTB cranks are still a possibility but are also moving to odd-ball bottom brackets and strange gearing choices.

Square taper may indeed be "obsolete" except Suguino still makes several high quality cranks using that bottom bracket type and some (e.g. XD600 and XD2 Triples) are particularly suited to touring bikes so you can't write them off as a non-issue. In fact, they may be the best choice currently available.

General Discussion / Re: Surly LHT/Disc Trucker
« Last post by RussSeaton on November 22, 2015, 12:48:12 pm »
"Any normal mountain or road crankets and bottom brackets will work in the frame."

When I say normal I imply Shimano cranks and bottom brackets.  The dominant name in bike parts.  All Shimano bottom brackets and cranks use the external cups that thread into the bottom bracket threads.  The cups hold the bearings and the cranks go through the bearings.  Two piece crank with the non drive side tightening everything together.

No press fit cranks or bottom brackets will work with the threaded Surly frame.  Press fit requires the frame to have a space molded into the frame so you can press the bearings directly into the frame, no separate cups involved.  Generally only higher end road/race bikes use this system.  Not Surly.

As for square taper bottom brackets, those have not been made in almost 15 years.  I'm guessing Shimano still makes some for the cheapest parts they sell.  But they are almost rare now days.  If building a bike new, you won't even come across these cranks and bottom brackets.  You would have to search in the attic, inside the trunk, under the newspapers to even find a square taper bottom bracket and crankset.  Its about like talking about freewheels, 5,6, or 7 speed, if someone asked about building a rear wheel and what gearing to use on their bike.  Phil Wood still makes and sells hubs for freewheels.  Not sure who makes the freewheels.
General Discussion / Re: Atlantic Coast Bicycle Route USA
« Last post by justinrowe on November 22, 2015, 12:48:10 pm »
Hi thank you for the reply, please find attached photo of my old trailer its very heavy but durable as designed to carry the kit of my team of 4 runners around the UK, at the moment I am in process of having a lightweight trailer built designed to carry 100 litres of kit with an aluminium body and can be assembled very quickly with a waterproof hood. Once its built I will send you the details, Yes I have just purchased all the maps from the site and I am in the early stage of training and planning the route. I have recently run to all of the 215 fire houses in New Yorks 5 Boroughs (364 miles in 7 days) With massive support from New Yorkers & FDNY, I
 will keep you in the loop with my progress, Kind regards Justin
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