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Classifieds / Cannondale Old World Panniers $50
« on: July 23, 2016, 02:51:16 pm »
Great for around town and errands.
Holds shape when empty.
Very good condition
Local pickup only
Englishtown, NJ for pics and more info

Classifieds / Arkel T42 Panniers $50
« on: July 23, 2016, 02:48:31 pm »
Very good condition used on a few tours.
Cam lock mount.
Local pickup only.
Englishtown, NJ for pics and more info.

Gear Talk / Re: trikes
« on: December 09, 2014, 12:28:28 pm »
I feel much more confident riding 3 wheels than 2.  No matter what you ride you have to be cognitive of your surroundings. Trikes are a great platform for touring and just enjoying the ride and for whatever reason, get more respect from drivers. ICE makes a great product. My 06 ICE T(old Adventure}has more than 26k miles and has seen many trouble free tour miles. Recumbents are just another niche in cycling and is not for everyone. Most people who give recumbents a chance don't go back. Trikes have become a big thing in the recumbent world and I am one of it's greatest fans.

Routes / Florida Loop Tour
« on: March 13, 2014, 08:51:44 pm »
I just completed my first 12 day 825 mile self-contained tour.
Diary and pics posted on my blog.
Enjoy the warmth if you wish.

General Discussion / Re: Fort Myers to Key west
« on: February 13, 2014, 04:03:44 pm »
I'm leaving in 2 weeks to do ACA  Florida/Connector Loop. First solo trip of this magnitude. I'm excited and glad to get a break from Winter. Hoping for dry warm weather. Enjoy the ride, Jack.

Routes / Re: Florida Loop Parking
« on: February 04, 2014, 04:15:49 pm »
Thanks Levi, I might take you up on that offer. PM sent to you.

General Discussion / Re: Dry Bag Sizing?
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:48:25 pm »
My plan now is to use freezer bags for inside the panniers and the dry bags as previously stated. Probably over thinking.

General Discussion / Dry Bag Sizing?
« on: January 26, 2014, 02:06:57 pm »
I am planning my first 3 week tour and was hoping for some thoughts on dry bag size. I have Sea to Summit 13L for my sleeping bag, 8L for pillow and sheet, Garbage bag for sleeping pad. 13L maybe for tent or not. What about clothes? Any size recommendations? I am using non waterproof panniers.

Routes / Re: Florida Loop Parking
« on: December 20, 2013, 09:08:39 am »
thanks John

Routes / Florida loop
« on: December 20, 2013, 09:07:31 am »
I am planning on this ride in March, starting in St Augustine. I will not be going to the keys but using the connector route from Ft Lauderdale to Ft Meyers. I was wondering with head-winds etc if it's better to travel clockwise or counterclockwise.
St Augustine-Ft Lauderdale-Ft Meyers-St Augustine
St Augustine-Ft Meyers-Ft Lauderdale-St Augustine.

Routes / Florida Loop Parking
« on: December 19, 2013, 05:54:54 am »
I am considering doing this loop in March and was wondering where to park my car in St Augustine.
Any suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated.

General Discussion / Re: recumbent steering tiller versus linkage
« on: March 13, 2013, 11:13:38 pm »
Lightfoot cycles is not a large mfg and finding someone with the linkage steering will be difficult. You will have better luck posting on You could ask Rod of Lightfoot. Slow climbing on any 2 wheel recumbent is challenging.  That is one reason so many recumbent trikes are sold. I own a Rans Stratus(like the Ranger) with major tiller steering. I have climbed the Blue Ridge mts 4 times. I once climbed a hill drafting off someone walking.

The GAP and C&O are on my bucket list. Another great short tour is The Pine Creek Trail in PA. It stars in Jersey Shore Pa, about 4 hrs from central NJ. It is 62 very scenic miles on hard packed gravel trail. 2 miles after the end you can get a motel in Wellsboro, a gaslight quaint town and ride the 62 mile back the next day. The best time to go is mid week as the trail is least crowded. Make sure to book your motel in advance. The nice thing, it is not far so you can make last minute arrangements based on the weather. I have a small writ up and pics on my blog go to 9/3/10.

Gear Talk / Re: Pedal Suggestions for Soft Soled Shoes?
« on: May 28, 2009, 12:36:12 pm »
I gave up on cycling shoes years ago.  I find the best pedal for me is the Odessey Triple Trap.  They are very wide and grip well to any shoe.  Cost about $25.  I also prefer Sketcher sneakers as they have a firm sole, come in wide widths and are reasonably light.  I have turned recumbent rider since 99 and I have never had my foot slip off the pedals.  Best combo for me.  You can check out my BLOG. Jersey pedaler  under April 08 Clipless pedals or not

Gear Talk / Recumbent advice?
« on: February 15, 2006, 10:24:06 am »
Great 1st choice.  I have a 00 Stratus with over 18k miles.  I have tried the XP and believe it is the best do all recumbent on the market. Fast, good climber and with it's passive suspension one of the most comfortable rides.  Remember it will take a few months to develop those bent legs.  Good Luck and Keep Riding.

This message was edited by bent4me on 2-15-06 @ 6:34 AM

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