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Gear Talk / 700X40 on LHT?
« on: March 04, 2017, 01:19:07 pm »
I'm looking at the Schwalbe MARATHON PLUS TOUR HS 404 size 42-622 (700 x 40C) for my LHT with fenders. Will this tire actually fit the LHT with fenders?

I anticipate a trip that includes on and off road sections. I rode my loaded Trek 520 with 700 X 35 road tires on much of the off-road section previously. The surface was sticky when wet/damp, i.e., you sank into it and it created a lot of drag. During the week or so I was on the route the path was only dry one day... Ugh.


Gear Talk / Lights that will attach to the light mounting holes on racks
« on: December 22, 2014, 01:56:50 pm »
I searched the forums for recent posts about LED battery lights that will attach to racks using the mounting holes on the racks. My sons and I have Surly front and rear racks on our Trek 520s and Surly LHT but I haven't found (yet?) front and rear lights that will mount on the rack. Does anyone know of any that are currently available?

Routes / East Coast Greenway
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:44:49 pm »
In the past couple of weeks I've reported a couple problems to the ECG trail coordinator. The first one involved the US 17 crossing of the St Marys River at the FL/GA border. They have published cue sheet and E-News items about this in recent days.

The second issue is that much of the West Ashley Greenway, which runs into Charleston, SC and parallels US 17 is torn up for water (or sewer??) work. US 17 is a nightmare in that area... 6-7 lanes wide, no shoulder and curbs along with heavy traffic. ECG advises that a detour will be worked out in coming days and cue sheets posted.

The trail is scheduled to reopen in a couple days but considering the torn up section is miles long, and they were digging with a large excavator as recently as yesterday, I doubt it will be rideable by then.

Routes / Atlantic Coast Washington DC area
« on: April 10, 2013, 02:27:43 pm »
Years ago I rode all over FL and then north to upstate NY via a wandering self-defined course... On that trip, from Williamsburg, VA I swung out west through Maryland and PA rather than go through DC and NJ.  This coming summer my 15 year old son and I will be tentatively riding from Jacksonville, FL to upstate NY. The theme of the coming trip is east coast history. We will probably be using the Atlantic Coast route for part of the trip, I'll retrace the route I used in the past for other parts, and some parts will be newly self-defined.

Regarding the DC area on the Atlantic Coast route, how congested is it in the summer and how easy is it to find reasonable accommodations and camping in that area?  I don't want to subject my son to a high stress riding environment... this is supposed to be fun! My 2011 trip through the Rockies on the Transam and Lewis & Clark routes with my other son (then 15) taught me that more certainty is better than less certainty, and less congestion is better than more congestion!

Thanks for any information on your experiences.

Gear Talk / LHT Fenders - specific
« on: August 06, 2012, 08:52:56 pm »
I've scoured the forums and see Planet Bike and SKS Long Board fenders receive good recommendations. I am unsure of which specific model, in black, of each would fit on my LHT with the stock 37X700 tires.  Can someone(s) identify the proper fenders from the 2012 QBP on-line catalog for me?

This link gets you to roughly the correct page in the catalog.

I've got Trek Interchange Nebula fenders on our Trek 520s. They work well as fenders but the rattling at the quick release studs and stay/fender connections is annoying. Thus far a permanent solution to that problem has not been found--rubber electrical splicing tape worked for a while but that breaks down--so I want to try something different on the LHT.


Gear Talk / Stoves in Rockies
« on: May 18, 2011, 07:01:15 pm »
I'm wondering if I'm going to have trouble cooking with a Coleman Peak 1 stove in the Rockies on my trip along the TransAm... Does it light, burn, and boil water at 5-11,000 feet of elevation?  Any other stoves to consider for this trip?

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