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Gear Talk / Trailer tires
« on: July 16, 2011, 05:25:19 pm »
Ok I admit it, I sometimes pack a little more then I need to when I'm towing a trailer. The problem is what is a good tire to use and will stand up to loaded touring? (the cheap tires wearout way to fast for my taste)

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General Discussion / Finding Water
« on: July 16, 2011, 05:20:24 pm »
In the few times I've stealth camp. I always had a problem finding water. I ride mostly in the east, so you think this wouldn't be a problem but at times it's a pain. Has anyone sidestep this issue? (other then only camping near towns)


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Routes / Virginia
« on: June 13, 2011, 07:54:56 pm »
Thanks for the information about how to cross the Potomac river (White's Ferry). Now the big question is, what's there to see in northern Virginia without getting into too many hills or traffic? Are there any must see places for the bicycle tourist?

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Routes / A Bridge Too Far
« on: June 12, 2011, 07:11:44 pm »
We are looking for a route to go across the Potomac from Maryland into Northern Virginia. We hope to cross somewhere in the Frederick, Maryland area but are unable to find a bicycle friendly bridge. Any ideas of potential crossing routes?

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Routes / Penn's Woods
« on: April 15, 2011, 07:34:31 pm »
We are thinking of touring this summer around the northern part of PA. Starting in Wellsboro, going south on the Grand Canyon trail then heading west.(along the river) The problem is after Renvo, it's all hills. We are planning to make a loop route trip so I was thinking of going north (to Ridgeway/St. Mary's) but I am unsure of how bad the hills get. Has anyone rode in that area and if so, how is the route?

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General Discussion / Re: Free Camping
« on: March 29, 2011, 06:58:33 pm »
Been there, done that. The only problem with this type of camping (also known as Dry Camping or Stealth Camping) is finding a good campsite and not being found. You can find some nice campsites if you get lucky but on the other hand, just finding one in an urban setting can be a job all to itself. You might want to read Metal Cowboy by Joe Kurmaskie. He did a lot of dry camping in his time and the one that stood out in my mind is he couldn't find a decent campsite down south. He ended up tenting in what he though was a dry ditch only to be deluged by waste runoff from a nearby plant in the early morning hours!

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Gear Talk / Re: Front Rack
« on: November 07, 2010, 01:35:27 pm »
Well, I bought cheap bags before only to find out they don't hold up very well. I would love to find a good plan for a DIY with Corrplast but as of yet, I haven't found one I like.

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Gear Talk / Front Rack
« on: November 06, 2010, 06:14:30 pm »
I'm looking for a front rack for my commuter bike. (It's what I ride when I'm not touring) Becase it's a commuter bike, I don't want to spend a lot of money on it. (It has a side pull type of brake)  Does anyone have any ideas?

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General Discussion / Re: Amtrack confusion - policy vs reality?
« on: September 10, 2010, 07:34:36 pm »
An easier way is to skip the train and put your bike in a rented truck, (U-Haul is in almost every town in the USA.) strap the bike to the walls and drive to where ever you are going. It is faster and cheaper then other ways of getting there.

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General Discussion / The Off Season
« on: August 25, 2010, 07:20:03 pm »
Has anyone considered touring in the off season where it gets cold? How much extra gear and weight should you pack for a Fall/Winter tour?

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General Discussion / Hard times
« on: August 20, 2010, 07:32:10 pm »
With the recession on and seeming never to end, I gotta ask, how is it affecting your touring? Has the economic downturn forced you to cut back in any way, trips that you have planned?

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Gear Talk / Fuel Choice for MSR Whisperlite International Stove
« on: August 05, 2010, 07:45:52 pm »
According to MSR, the Whisperlite can run on almost anything. Someone told me, "sure but don't use reg. gas as it will make a smoky mess on the pots". True or false? What about the lack of anything resembling a simmer control on the stove? I heard if you put a heavy can lid between the flame and the pot, it will control the simmer somewhat. Are these issues that this list could hopefully tackle or should it only be for TV series Mythbusters?

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General Discussion / Food
« on: August 04, 2010, 07:30:03 pm »
I haven't heard what is the best dinner you ever made over a one burner stove? There has to be something better then Spaghetti and meatballs!

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General Discussion / Re: B17 makes me numb, why?
« on: August 04, 2010, 07:16:18 pm »
Some good advice here on the Brook's but here is one more. Try a better type of saddle conditioner. A new product on the market that works well for my wife & I is called, "Bear Guard". www.bootgrease.com It's made from bear grease and beeswax. It helps break in and waterproff the Brook's quicker and easier then before.

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Gear Talk / Trailer tires
« on: August 03, 2010, 07:19:05 pm »
I've noticed in catalogs that there is wide range of tread types for trailers. There are knobby tires of all sizes and shapes and at the other side, deep lug types. Do tread types on a bicycle trailer tires make any difference in performance or wear of the tire?

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