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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. 
Connecting ACA Routes / Re: San Diego to Boston
« Last post by Glenm on September 21, 2015, 09:15:33 pm »
Thank you. I appreciate it. We did the Southern Tier last year and we are looking at sow thing different summer of 2017. I am leaning towards Northern Tier, Route 66 Pacific Coast type combo. I like the interactive link you sent. Thank you very much.
Routes / Re: West to east across northern Iowa?
« Last post by lkcavanagh on September 21, 2015, 07:51:29 pm »
Just to update anyone curious, every major road in Iowa was busy and without shoulder. Back roads were inconsistent with pavement. Basically,  my advice would be to ask around a lot and hope for the best!

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: San Diego to Boston
« Last post by jsieber on September 21, 2015, 06:31:26 pm »
You can see the entire Adventure Cycling Route Network at the following page:

You have quite a few options starting with these:

Boston -> Atlantic Coast Route -> Southern Tier -> San Diego
Boston - > Atlantic Coast Route -> Northern Tier -> Pacific Coast Route -> San Diego
Boston - > Atlantic Coast Route -> Northern Tier -> Route 66 -> Pacific Coast -> San Diego
Boston - > Atlantic Coast Route -> Trans Am -> Western Express -> Pacific Coast -> San Diego

There are other options as well, depending on what part of the country you would like to experience.
Classifieds / Re: FS: '06 Cannodale T2000 $600
« Last post by bdrees on September 21, 2015, 04:09:28 pm »
You are right, thanks for pointing that out!
Routes / Re: Anyone ride on 101 along Lake Crescent in Washington
« Last post by ellsdemon on September 21, 2015, 02:51:27 pm »
First, thank you all for your opinions on 101 around Lake Crescent.  I ended up riding around the lake heading eastbound on Labor Day weekend on Saturday the 5th of September.  I was at the beginning of the section of road where the button to start riding was around noon.  Better planning on my part would have gotten me there earlier than that.  Overall I think I was psyching myself out more than was needed.  It's about a 10 mile stretch of really tight roadway with little or no shoulder.  Everyone in a car was more than generous with giving me space and I really didn't have any problems doing it.  One thing a did do was, when I was coming upon a blind curve I got myself in the middle of the lane and hopefully was way more visible this way.  Also to my benefit was that I was on the route on a Saturday so there were no logging trucks whom seem to careless about anyone in their way.  Overall I would do it again, but it seems that the Olympic Discovery Trail will be open again soon and that goes along the north side of the lake and is non-motorized, and I would take that over riding on the road.   Also, if you're looking for a campsite near 101 and just west of Port Angeles, stay at the Elwha Dam R.V. campsite.  Really nice facilities and nice owners who helped me out on how to connect with the ODT that goes from PA to Sequim.
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