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General Discussion / Cyclosource
« on: April 28, 2023, 08:19:13 pm »
Just got the new catalog, nice cover photo.  I want to know where in Alaska they have palm trees?

General Discussion / Burlington Bikeway/Cyclosurce
« on: November 06, 2022, 07:52:14 pm »
I just noticed that the cover photo on the Winter catalog is the Burlington Bikeway at the bridge over the Winooski River, where it empties into Lake Champlain.  The credit for the photo doesn't mention that.
I've only ridden it in the summertime.

General Discussion / L Route des Bleuets Trip Report
« on: August 04, 2022, 07:46:40 pm »
Recently, I rode the Route des Bleuets, the Blueberry Trail, around Lac St. Jean in Quebec.  I started in Burlington Vermont and rode up to Montreal, stayed a couple of days and then took the train to Chambord, a small town on the lake, and rode around it clockwise.  Then I took the train back, and rode back to Burlington.  It was 400 miles of riding, 640 kilometers, and I took two weeks.  Customs was not a problem, either way.  To get in you have to register through ArriveCan, an App for your phone.  Strangely, as soon as you cross the border the land gets flat, a condition we have only heard about in Vermont.  Lots of people seem to speak much more French than English, but I got by.  I got Canadian money at a couple of banks in Vermont before I left, but used my Visa card for almost everything.  There were plenty of campgrounds on the way to Montreal and around the lake, all of them had mostly (99+%) RVs.  Saw lots of other bike riders, including lots with loads on their bikes.
The train to Chambord leaves from the Gare Centrale in Montreal and you can check your bike. It got into Chambord at 12:45 am so I just cowboy camped in a field.  If I were doing it again, I would call Bernard Renauld (415-265-1998).  He is renovating an auberge at the railroad station and might have room.  Say hi from me if you go.  The station seems to be closed, but you can reserve a seat by phone for the return.
Most of the campgrounds have stores and restaurants, I only used my stove to make tea in the mornings.  There are also tons of hotels, motels, etc.
It was very dry, I was almost never sweaty, and there was hardly any dew in the tent most mornings.  It was low 50s F in the morning and low 80s in mid afternoon.  A few thunderstorms came through, but not bad YMMV.
The street and road signs are excellent.  The road atlas I had was not so good.  Some of the roads it showed were un labeled, and others had labels of other roads obscuring them.  The Bike Quebec (Velo Quebec) is an atlas of the bike routes, of which there are lots.  For some reason the road atlas does not show the bike routes and the bbike atlas does not show the regular roads, that would be too easy.  Montreal is very bike friendly, so much so lots of people want to keep your bike there.  Secure storage at night is a must.
The feeling was very much going somewhere different, just  50 miles from Burlington Vt.
Happy to answer any questions.
Bon voyage!

Routes / Suggestion For Maps
« on: October 15, 2021, 07:55:57 pm »
Taking the Pittsburgh Spur of the Underground Railroad I found the narratives that accompanied the maps quite helpful, especially when they alerted on what to watch for.  They could do that for bridges as well.  Many bridges have only one pedestrian/bike way and often have no shoulders on the travel lanes.  If you miss the bike way, you are committed to riding in a less than safe environment. DAMHIK.

General Discussion / Canadian Border
« on: May 13, 2021, 12:32:13 pm »
When will it open to admit bikes from the US?
Guesses, informed opinions, conspiracy theories, all are welcome.
Specifically, I would like to ride from Vermont to Montreal in early September.
Thanks, All.

General Discussion / Empire State Trail
« on: April 03, 2021, 04:19:14 pm »
New York now has such a thing.  NYC to Albany, turn left, on to Buffalo, or, stay straight and North to Canada.
My question is do paper maps of it exist?  Especially the section NYC to Canada?

Routes / Buffalo to Erie
« on: February 01, 2020, 07:24:40 am »
Has any one done the Underground Railroad route in this area?  It looks like the south shore of L Erie would be fun, I'm wondering about getting out of Buffalo.  I plan to start from either Buffalo Airport, or Niagara Falls Airport.  The latter looks a little nicer.  The grand plan is to link up with the Pittsburgh spur of the UGRR, then GAP and C&O, and train back to Vermont.
Thanks in advance

General Discussion / Planned Route
« on: April 10, 2019, 08:56:20 pm »
Plan for this Summer, probably second half of July. 
Start in Albany, take the Erie Canal Trail to Buffalo, then Rte 5 along the lake to Erie, PA.  From there, the Pittsburgh spur of the Underground Railroad to Pittsburgh.  Then, the GAP and C&O to DC.  Then Amtrak to NYC, visit a couple of friends, and back to Albany by bike or train depending on mood and time constraints.
Comments and advice welcome, especially about bike friendly places to stay in PGH and NYC.  I think stealth camping in Central Park is out of the question.
Thanks in advance   

General Discussion / NYC to Albany
« on: March 07, 2019, 01:49:07 pm »
Currently, I am planning for the Summer, if it ever gets here.  Does anyone know about bikes as luggage on Amtrak from NY Penn Station and Albany?
Thanks in advance

Gear Talk / Charging
« on: November 10, 2018, 07:47:54 pm »
My dynamo hub will charge a couple of AA batteries which can replenish the GPS.  My phone, however, won't charge below about 11mph. It beeps plaintively below that speed.  Does any one have experience with charging a power pack to then charge the phone?
Thanks in advance

Routes / Buffalo to Pittsburgh
« on: March 04, 2018, 05:11:08 pm »
Any advice on a good route from B to P?
Then I could link the Erie Canal to the GAP and the C&O
Like camping
Thanks in advance

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