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International / Biking New Zealand
« Last post by briancoop on October 17, 2014, 01:47:10 pm »
My wife and I are planning to explore both islands of New Zealand for two months starting in January 2015. Right now it looks like we'll be using a mix of paved roads and cycle tracks and would love to get some firsthand feedback from anyone who's done either. Links to useful (and up to date) web resources on road/track conditions, mapping tools (GPS), routes taken, etc, would be great.

The amount of information available on the net is overwhelming in its breadth, yet underwhelming in it's depth. Right now I've found lots and lots of cycle track information, but it all seems to be lacking much detail about conditions.

We'll be traveling on unsuspended drop bar adventure touring bikes - both capable of fitting 26" x 2" tires and making some decisions on our route will go a long way towards choosing the best tire. I'd rather not put 900+ gram tires on if we're going to be mostly on paved country roads, but if the best sights are along the less traveled muddy tracks then perhaps reasonably fast rolling mountain bike tires do make sense.

Thanks for any input.

Brian and Kathleen
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Routes / Re: California Hike Bike Sites closures
« Last post by JMilyko on October 17, 2014, 11:46:47 am »
Thanks, John. I'll file this so we can track the issue and follow up as seems fit.

.Jenn.
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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by etsisk on October 17, 2014, 10:34:34 am »
I think I'd prefer mud over marring. They do make clip covers, though. Then you'd have the "I'm walking with a big lump on the bottom of my shoe" problem.
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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by DaveB on October 17, 2014, 10:01:28 am »
Agreed about the tread pattern and mud - I usually take the shoes off when I go into someone's home that is hosting me. Restaurants, not so much. :)
Shimano's "Touring" shoes reduce that problem since the soles are basically flat except for the cleat pocket so there are no lugs to trap mud.  Even then you don't want to walk on someones hardwood or polished tile floor as the cleats do make mild contact with the ground.
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General Discussion / Re: Philly to FL...anyone interested?
« Last post by indyfabz on October 17, 2014, 07:52:09 am »
I am not sure which route you mean.

The Lehigh Gorge Trail is not on Bike Route V. If you will be taking the trail instead of Route V to the river, it's a nice ride. There is one water source closer to the White Haven end and nothing after that until town. You can get into JT without riding on the road. Follow the park access road and then cross the rover using the old railroad bridge. One half is still used for trains and the other for bikes/peds. The trail continues to the municipal parking lot in the center of town. Don't think I am going p on Saturday. The weather does not look ideal.
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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by Miller on October 17, 2014, 07:26:16 am »
what are skate shoes??

Canvas vans type shoes...
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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by milestonerides on October 16, 2014, 10:53:15 pm »
I personally like touring in platforms. Especially with Keen sandals. The sandals are stiff so that they don't flex as much as skate shoes like Vans which hurt over time for me. I can quickly get off my bike and go on a hike or just a walk down to the creek to waddle in water. My Keens gives me versatility to do that without bringing another pair of shoes along. If it gets cold, I put on wool socks. If it rains I usually wear no socks or have wool socks along with some waterproof socks to stay dry. It's usually a futile exercise as my sweat would soak my feet.  :-\

I've toured with clipless pedals and mountain bike pedals and cleats. They hurt my ankle and it's tough to hike with when I am pushing my bike around. YMMV.
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General Discussion / Re: Philly to FL...anyone interested?
« Last post by fitz on October 16, 2014, 10:19:33 pm »
Thanks for the heads up, that's the route I'm taking.  I've never done the Lehigh trail, so any info would be much appreciated.  See you on the trail!
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General Discussion / Re: Strange sounds from below
« Last post by etsisk on October 16, 2014, 09:47:24 pm »
I was riding today for the first time after getting a new front derailleur and I kept hearing this rhythmic deep knocking sound. I changed gears, sped up slowed down - the noise basically followed the bike. Great, I thought - I didn't want to take it back to the shop.

Then I looked down and saw my strap-on bottle cage had slid 'round the seat tube and I was hitting it with my pedal. :rolleyes:
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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by etsisk on October 16, 2014, 09:43:25 pm »
what are skate shoes??
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