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Routes / Re: Nova Scotia Route Advice
« on: February 06, 2012, 11:18:25 am »
You could contact Gary Conrad at Atlantic Canada Cycling.  He is the guru of bicycle tours in Atlantic Canada. 
In fact he has written  "The Nova Scotia Bicycle Book"
Enjoy your adventure

Canada / Re: Prince Edward Island Information needed.
« on: December 20, 2011, 11:18:22 am »
Did you try logging onto the Confederation Trail website?  I rode it a couple of years ago and stayed in B&B's right along the Trail.  The Gov't of PEI publishes all the B&B information that you might need.  That plus the internet with reference to B&B's. There are two bicycle stores in Charlottetown and one was providing shuttle rides to the Trailhead.  There is also the volunteer PEI trail group..  I still have my copy of Confederation Trail Cycling Guide which I used extensively.  It lists all the accommodations along the trail.  Try a PEI Parks publication  at or call 902 628 2394 


Enjoy your ride.
I rode the trail 2 years ago.  Absolutely fantastic ride
Where else are you going?
I'd like to return to Quebec and ride more.  I rode from Montreal to Quebec City and further on my Gold Rush.  Very memorable ride.
Nice bike. Excellent for touring.
I wish I had never sold my Gold Rush.  Bad bad mistake

Could we please have more details, please like size and location

General Discussion / Re: Bike Path Guide Books for Canada?
« on: June 27, 2010, 10:30:43 am »

I found another one in my library
Cycling in Canada by John M. Smith.  It has bike trips from 1 day to extended tours of Canada

General Discussion / Re: Bike Path Guide Books for Canada?
« on: June 27, 2010, 10:24:43 am »

The books I use are:
Trail Guide Des Sentiers by the New Brunswick Trail Council
Cycling in Quebec by Velo Quebec Association
Nova Scotia Bicycle Book by Gary Conrad.
Gary Conrad is an excellent source of information on all Atlantic cycling in general
Velo Quebec also very helpful
I can probably dig up more information if you are interested.
I love touring in Quebec, very bicycle friendly with their Route verte
I especially liked the Le P'tit Train du Nord.  I'd that one do it again 

General Discussion / Re: Bike shop in Bellingham?
« on: June 16, 2010, 11:03:48 am »
I've shipped my bicycle to both Jack's Bicycle Center 360 733 1955 and to Kulshan Cycles 360 733 6440.  Both excellent shops.  Advise them in advance of your intentions and your bicycle will be ready for you when you arrive.
Enjoy your ride. 

Routes / Re: Kettle Valley Railway
« on: March 05, 2010, 11:01:39 am »
There is a new website, that tells a little bit about the trail especially the surface.  Try ""
I rode it from McCulloch Station down to Chute Lake and the website posting is right on
Enjoy the ride

Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: August 25, 2009, 10:44:38 am »
I agree with Valygrl.  The GT54's are too heavy.  They have travelled with me coast to coast and on many shorter tours.  They show no sign of wear despite 6 years of use. 
I probably would look for a lighter set if I ever do an extended trip again

General Discussion / Re: Front racks, suspension forks
« on: July 06, 2009, 04:19:54 pm »
I rode for 6 days on a railway trail on a Norco mtn bike with front suspension and no eyelets with an Old Man Mtn front rack.  I did not even lock out the front suspension.  Everything was fine.  I would not hesitate to go coast to coast with that set up

Classifieds / GPS - Garmin eTrex Summit
« on: March 22, 2008, 01:38:14 pm »
And the price is?

Gear Talk / southern tier check list?
« on: January 05, 2009, 11:09:32 am »
Go to bike forums at and select touring thread.  They have all the information you need.  
Enjoy your ride

Gear Talk / Recumbent Riders Only
« on: November 02, 2006, 10:47:54 am »
I purchased a used Easy Racer Gold Rush this spring and used it for touring this summer. What a sweet bike for touring. I previously had a Bacchetta Giro 20. It was nice however I suffered from knee pains which I attributed to the high bottom bracket. I know it was not the seat to pedal distance. In fact I think that is most important setting when you purchase your recumbent. Have it professionally set by a recumbent LBS. And remember it can take up to 1000 miles for your leg muscles to adjust to recumbent. Don't get frustrated and give up before you do the time
With the lower BB on thr GRR I have no knee pain and as a senior it has reopened my desire to ride and tour
Before you purchase ensure that you ride various different models.

Gear Talk / Recumbent advice?
« on: October 04, 2005, 01:12:45 pm »
No mention of the Bacchetta Giro here for touring.  My problems with neck and back pain while cycling have completely disappeared since I went recumbent in 2004. Bacchetta sells an underframe rack that my small touring Arkels fit and if I want to I can add my larger touring Arkels to the rear rack.
As someone suggested take your water bottles and helmet with you and spend a day riding various bents.
Be prepared for anywhere from 1000 to 2000 miles for your body and especially your legs to adjust from a DF to a recumbent. Climbing hills can be a challenge. I live in the Pacfic Northwest and the first thing I did was change the granny gear to a 24 tooth. You cannot push the big gears like you can on a DF or you risk knee problems. Spinning is the name of the game.
Take some time to see if you like the high BB of a Bacchetta or the lower one of the Tour Easy  

Gear Talk / Folding Recumbents?
« on: April 19, 2004, 06:03:46 pm »
I recommend the website www.bentrideronline. There entire site is devoted to recumbents. The message board has a thread site devoted to touring on recumbents. If you are thinking recumbents this is an excellent site, comes recommended by a local recumbent bike shop in Vancouver B.C.

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