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South Atlantic / Florida Connector Elevation Gain
« on: September 15, 2020, 07:36:37 pm »
The Adventure Cycling information shows 6,275 feet of climbing in 519 miles. That seems very high.

When I try to approximate the route on Google it shows less than 2000 feet.

Anyone able to verify the hills. My brother has not embraced the joy of climbing and I would like to get him to go with me.

Any help appreciated.


Gear Talk / Re: Peter White Cycles
« on: January 09, 2016, 09:14:03 pm »
Peter White has build 2 sets of wheels for me and I am completely satisfied.

I am a big boy, 250# and ride loaded touring on rough roads. The first set of wheels had 36/32 spokes with Shimano hubs and Velocity Deep V rims. These failed due to thinning of the braking surface after many miles. This was after I hit a water covered pot hole in NYC and flew over the handlebars. The tube and tire were ruined but the rim was true as the day it arrived.

The 2nd set is the one I'm using now. It has the same Shimano hubs but now Velocity Chukker rims. Not the lightest weight rims but I'm hard on them. Like I said I'm a big guy and do loaded self contained touring on rough roads in places where you don't want to have to worry about wheel problems. With Peter White speced and built rims I don't worry.

Peter will tell you that if you want light weight wheels go somewhere else, if you want quality wheels that will last, he's your man.

Just my experience.

New England / Re: Green Mountain Loop- Advice/Tips?
« on: August 11, 2014, 07:23:45 am »
You may be riding during leaf peeping season. That will make finding lodging difficult. Reservations well in advance, like now, would be advisable.

Also, the weather can be variable in October. A snow storm would not be out of the question.

That being said, it should be a glorious ride. Fall colors. Lots of sun, cool weather, great views.

Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:02:22 pm »
I used Crocks on my last tour. Hard to get lighter, drying not a problem, and certain not to get confused with someone who cars about fashion!

I live in Vermont so I can cross that one off. Last summer I did Vermont/Canada border to Brooklyn.

This summer is Vancouver to Mexican Border, or some abbreviation due to my nieces wedding in the middle of the summer in NYC.

Next summer - big dreams - Orient Express - Paris to Istanbul.

I've go the bike trip bug bad!

I rode from St. Albans, Vermont (almost at the Canadian Border) to NYC this summer. Also, I've ridden from St. Albans to Montreal a few times.

The route I used from NYC was part of the ACA Adirondack Park Loop to Albany, then the book Cycling the Hudson Valley

You can also reference this web site

From Northern Vermont to Montreal there are a number of different routes, each with their own plusses and minuses. I would make sure you ride on the Richelieu canal from St. Jean sur Richelieu to Montreal.

It will be a great rides and lots of fun.

Feel free to send some specific questions.


Gear Talk / Re: Of Tires and Rims
« on: September 13, 2013, 10:10:41 am »
I went through this process when I was getting cracked rims on my OE rims.

I am a big man (240lbs) and live in Vermont so dirt roads can't be avoided. I wanted something close to bullet proof but not crazy heavy.

I ended up having Peter White make me wheels with Ultegra Hubs and Velocity Deep Vee rims. Love 'em. They survived hitting a pot hole in NYC and me flying over the handlebars without even a retrueing. (I, on the other hand, cracked a rib.) There are lots of alternatives out there, 36 spokes will make a difference.


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