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Routes / Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway (Oregon)
« Last post by PacificNorthwestRider92 on September 22, 2015, 08:32:23 pm »
Well, second time trying to post this.

Rode the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway from Beaverton to Eugene over the weekend. The route actually starts at Champoeg State Park outside Newberg but started from my house. There's a connecting route from Portland as well. Spent 3 nights/4 days doing the ride over 214 miles. Averaged about 12 mph and hit a top speed of 37.2 mph. Took my time and did a lot of sightseeing. Had about 20lbs in my panniers on my 2011 Fuji Newest 3.0 road bike. Thought I'd give everyone a short day-by-day log of the ride. Feel free to ask questions etc!

Day 1: Beaverton to Champoeg - 27.95 miles. Great biker camp. $5/night. Connected to the main campground and includes lockers with built in outlets and additional outlets outside of the lockers. Picnic tables, bike stands, fire pits, restrooms and showers included. Route takes you along a busy highway with speeds of 70 mph. Passes through tow of Newberg, last chance for food etc before you hit the last 10 miles to the campground. Plenty of trees for you hammock campers like me.

Day 2: Champoeg to Independence - 55.10 miles. Riverview Park. $10/night. Self service bike repair station. Located near downtown of the small farming town with grocery stores and food within walking distance. Picnic tables, bike stands, one central fire pit, restrooms, one cold outdoor shower, no outlets (but the camp host let me use the one on the RV). Slim pickings for trees but enough to use the hammock. Ride takes you through Oregon's State Capital of Salem, the last big town to get supplies. Ride has you riding against traffic on a busy highway for several miles.

Day 3: Independence to Brownsville - 71.92 miles. Pioneer Park. $10/night (Memorial Day to Labor Day), Free (After Labor Day to Memorial Day). Located near downtown of this even smaller-than-Independence town. One grocery store across the bridge about a mile from the park. Picnic tables, no fire pits, no bike stands, rest rooms, no showers, outlets located in the restrooms and outside the building. Plenty of trees BUT most are too big to use a hammock on. Ride takes you through Albany, the last town to get supplies before you leave civilization. There's a small store in Jefferson that you might want to refuel at before you hit Scravel Hill, a series of three daunting hills before you drop back into the valley.

Day 4: Browsville to Eugene - 59.04 miles. Armitage County Park. The bikeway ends here and sadly there is NO biker campground. Tent sites are $30/night. Because of this I declined to stay and left after browsing Eugene a bit. Picnic tables, fire pits, no bike stands, rest rooms, no showers. Beware of riding in Eugene. Whomever planned the bike paths thought it would be cool to have them going against traffic in most places and then darting in and out of traffic in others. Terrible city to bike in. You can ride an additional 35-miles south to Cottage Grove where there is a biker campground but I do not have any information on it.

UPDATE: Apparently Armitage County Park DOES have a hiker/biker camp. $20/night. Picnic tables, fire pits, rest rooms, showers, laundry, unsure of bike stands. Not listed on the sign but found this out after emailing the park.

Questions, comments?

Also, where is the right place to post a wanted ad? In terms of looking for someone to do a long distance ride with you?
Routes / james river bridge crossing
« Last post by cliffordbarnabus on September 22, 2015, 05:35:49 pm »
can bikes cross the james river bridge, specifically hwy 32/258/17 from the aberdeen gardens area to bartlett?  i've found unclear and conflicting info on the web.

Routes / Re: Solo ride from the Bronx to Boston
« Last post by indyfabz on September 22, 2015, 03:37:47 pm »
All NJ state parks are $25 for non-residents.

Even for cyclists setting up a tent for the night?  Wow.  I realize every motel in the northeast is $175 minimum.  But it still seems exorbitant.

Yep. Just did a three-day to a NJ state forest campground this past weekend. It's $20/night for residents and $25/night for non-residents. And dig this: They now use for reservations. It charges a $9.50 transaction fee on top of the nightly rate. I live in PA, so my two nights of camping cost me $59.50. I consider reserveamerica to be the TicketMaster of campground reservations. The site for NJ state parks is really obnoxious in that it doesn't list a reservation phone number. They obviously want to frustrate people to the point where they will set up an account and reserve on line. The obvious reasons are: they get your email address and it saves on labor costs.

But wait! There's more! If you don't make a reservation and simply show up and request a site at the office they charge you a "reservation fee" even though you didn't make a reservation.  IIRC, when I did that at the same state forest last year they charged me a fee of $5/night.

Neither PA not NJ have hiker-biker sites. PA parks tend to be a bit less expensive. It varies by park. I think the fees are usually in the high teens to low 20s. Same rate for non-residents. When I crossed PA last year I stayed in mostly private places. I think I paid $26/night for the most expensive place, $18 or $19 for one state park and between $22 and $24 for the other private places. One place--a township park along a popular trail--was free.

You can find cheap motels if you know where to look. I know a couple of places in the Delaware Water Gap area that are $100/night or under depending on the day.
Gear Talk / Re: List of tools
« Last post by canalligators on September 22, 2015, 12:46:27 pm »
Decide what repairs you wish to do in the field and bring the tools  needed to do only those repairs. The most common repairs are tire and tube, spoke replacement, cable replacement, lost mounting bolts. Don't bring tools for repairs that can wait, things that you get warning for, like brake pad replacement. Why carry tools for a low-probability failure?

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Routes / Re: Solo ride from the Bronx to Boston
« Last post by RussSeaton on September 22, 2015, 10:38:48 am »
All NJ state parks are $25 for non-residents.

Even for cyclists setting up a tent for the night?  Wow.  I realize every motel in the northeast is $175 minimum.  But it still seems exorbitant.
Routes / Re: Solo ride from the Bronx to Boston
« Last post by indyfabz on September 22, 2015, 09:09:16 am »
Worthington State Forest on route in NJ is a nice place to camp right along the river. Flush toilets and hot showers. All NJ state parks are $25 for non-residents. If you stay there, ask to be put in a group site with a bear locker.  I think I stayed in group site A. There are a decent number of bears up there, but don't let that worry you.  If you are lucky enough to see one on the road it will almost certainly run away from you.

The closest food sources are in Delaware Water Gap, PA, which is on route before you cross over the ped/bike walkway along I-80. There is no grocery store, but slightly off route in the "heart" of the town (it's not that big) there is a pizza place, a diner, a really nice bakery and a few higher end restaurants. There is also a small c-store that's part of a gas station. It's been a few years since I stopped in there but I seem to recall that they had things like canned chili and the like, but don't expect to get ingredients for hearty, cooked meal. Also, pack extra food/snacks for breakfast and the next day's ride because there is not much in the way of services from Worthington until Port Jervis, NY. You will find water and bathrooms at Millbrook Village. You will also pass the Walpack Inn, but I am not sure it's open for lunch, at least during the week. Along this stretch you can go off route a few easy miles from the junction of NPS 615 and Old Mine Rd. to get to Layton, where the Layton Country Store and Café serves up very good eats, and then backtrack. Not aware of any state parks on route north of Port Jervis until you get to the Hyde Park, NY area.

When are you planning on leaving? It can get pretty cold at night in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. I have done a couple editions of the Black Bear Century up there in mid-October. One year it was 32 degrees when we left the hotel to ride a few miles to the start of the event.
The now obsolete Shimano FC-5703 and FC-4503 triple cranks had 130/74 mm bolt circles and the 30T granny can be replaced with down to a 24T chainring.  You have to find these NOS somewhere.   

Shimano's "Trekking" cranksets come geared the way the Aurora does at 48/36/26 and these cranks are available from a couple of German internet suppliers.  They don't seem to be sold in the US.

Your existing front and rear derailleurs will work with either type.
Routes / Solo ride from the Bronx to Boston
« Last post by on September 22, 2015, 08:07:00 am »
Hello, I am a woman and riding from the Bronx to Boston.  I just purchased Atlantic Coast 1 and 2 maps.  I'd like to ride from state park to state park to camp as much as possible.
I'm looking for input on the route if anyone has some.  Thank you!
Routes / looking for experience, assessment biking along eastern PEI perimeter
« Last post by bobbiedobbs on September 21, 2015, 10:02:17 pm »
Seeking advice on possible bike tour tracing perimeter of eastern half of Prince Edward Island. Seeking general assessment and recommendations re routing.

Intended route:
--Charlottetown to Tracadie, Mount Stewart, Morrel, St. Peter's Bay
--Route around the Eastern Cape via North Lake/East Point, Souris
--South along Rt. 4 to Montague
--Wind along coastal routes 17/4 to Panmure, Murray River, Murray Harbor, Woods Island
--Return along Transcontinental Highway to Charlottetown.

--Which direction would you suggest (re prevailing winds) - clockwise or counterclockwise.?
--Comments on proposed route and alternatives? (NOT interested in Confederation Trail, which just about everyone seems to recommend. I prefer routes through communities vs off-road.
--How desirable is my planned trip generally?
---Do you know of any route guide. I am going to get the official Kings Byway route, beyond that I am using old Elliot Katz and Walter Sienko guidebooks.?

Much appreciated
I just recently purchased the Aurora Elite and should have paid more attention to the gearing, which is more akin to a road bike than a touring bike.  The Aurora has proper gearing so why not the Aurora Elite?  There is a lot to like about the bike, but the gearing is not one of them. 

Aurora Elite  50/39/30 & 11-30

Aurora         48/36/26 & 11-32

I really should have paid more attention.  Does anyone here have the experience of changing the drivetrain on the Aurora Elite to make it a more worthy touring bike?   Can you recommend a new crankset to pair with a 11-34 cassette keeping it a 10 speed?  Hopefully I will be able to use the existing Front and Rear Derailleurs. 
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