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Messages - David W Pratt

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Gear Talk / Re: Tents Designed for Bike touring
« on: August 13, 2020, 03:43:14 pm »
My NEMO has performed well. It is pretty light, and sets up easily enough to do it in the dark when the rain wakes me up, DAMHIK.  It is nominally a two man tent, but they had better be very friendly, even lustful, towards each other.  It has lots of screen so it is not too hot and sultry in the NE Summer. 
BTW, Froze, I think if you paid me $150.00, I could lose a half a pound, maybe even a whole pound.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring capable road bike
« on: August 06, 2020, 04:15:11 pm »
First, the most important criterion is what she likes.  That being said, I have a Bruce Gordon Rock and Road.  I have enjoyed it for recreational riding on paved and dirt roads and on supported and self contained tours.  It weighs about 30lb. but it carries me and 40lb. of gear without complaint.  It has a ~19" low.  Unfortunately, Mr. Gordon retired, and then died so they are no longer being made, but I have seen used ones.  That is not to say there are not other comparable bikes out there, but consider the used market.  Mine was built in 1992and is still in fine shape. I did 400+ miles on the Erie Canal Towpath last summer with zero mechanical problems.
Good luck

General Discussion / Re: Erie Canal Trail in 2020
« on: August 06, 2020, 03:56:10 pm »
I did it last year, so pre-pandemic, and your experience may be quite different.  There are very few mileage or cross roads signs on the towpath, and the little booklet doesn't have Lat and Long overprint.  The path is on the north side of the canal, so you have a southern exposure; sunny and hot in the summer.  The path gets nicer and nicer as you go west.  Google Maps on your smart phone can be very helpful when there are counterintuitive turns from roads to path and vs.  I did a mix of camping and various lodgings.  B&Bs are nice, but may not get going in the morning as early as you wish.  A lot of the listings of inns, motels, B&Bs, the guide booklet were out of date/business; I would advise calling ahead.  I live in VT, so I drove to Albany, left the truck in Amtrak longterm parking, rode to Buffalo, and got a one way car rental back to Albany.  That was satisfyingly self-contained, but the pandemic may have changed car rental options.
Good luck, have fun!

General Discussion / Re: Lube when long distance touring
« on: June 14, 2020, 05:32:25 pm »
Currently using chainsaw bar lube.  Nice and sticky, and cheap.  I have a gallon for the saw, so a few oz in a little squeeze bottle comes along in the tool kit.
The religion analogy is apt.  One should really read the gospel according to St. Sheldon (Brown) before diving down that rabbit hole.

My dynohub charged the old phone fine, on a long downhill.  In hilly New England, it kept going above and below the magic output.  The phone did not like it.  Haven't really tried with the new iPhone.  It does do a good job of charging rechargeable AAs for the GPS.  My Anker solar panel will charge the new phone fine.  Have not tried it while moving.  Have not tried charging the power pack, but the phone doesn't seem to like it anyway

Routes / Re: Biking New England in July
« on: May 13, 2020, 06:21:34 am »
Good for you.  On CGOAB there are a couple of entries that might help.  One is short rides in southern New Hampshire, and the other is day trips out of Boston.  If you can get a support vehicle to come retrieve you on Sunday night, you could do a series of week end rides, leave the bike, or retrieve it and deposit you again the next Friday night.
Good luck

Your maps sound great.  I would be happy to take them off your hands, and give them a good home.  I live in Vermont, if that helps with figuring the shipping.

General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps & 2-lane Highways - how often?
« on: April 21, 2020, 06:01:59 pm »
Just a guess, but I would expect the ACA routes would have more bicycles and, thus, more drivers used to cyclists

General Discussion / Re: Security - locking your bike
« on: March 08, 2020, 09:59:59 am »
Ironically, the problem seems to be worst in "bike friendly" cities.  The friendliness seems to foster a market for stolen bikes.  Last summer I stopped for dinner in Schenectady while doing the Erie Canal Towpath.  When I came out of the diner, my lock would not unlock.  Fortunately, I was able to break it with a stiff pull; which landed me on my fanny.  Nobody commented on someone apparently stealing a bike

General Discussion / Re: The famous bicycle
« on: February 25, 2020, 03:34:51 pm »
Once, I read: Wherever your relationship is going, the fastest way to get there is a tandem bike

General Discussion / Re: Success rate finding a tent camping spot
« on: February 25, 2020, 03:33:10 pm »
What a great opportunity for posters here to pool our experiences. And for someone (not I) to do the work of maintaining and updating a list of bike friendly campable places. 
Last Summer, on the Erie Canal Tow Path, I came across a little church in Sprakers, NY, that was more than happy to host cyclists.  They even had laundry facilities.  They are about 21/2 miles West of Canajoharie.

General Discussion / Re: It Ain't The Prettiest, But . . .
« on: February 09, 2020, 02:34:56 pm »
Certainly some roads appear safer than others, but I have had motor vehicles jam on their brakes for me on low traffic dirt roads, not because I was in violation, but because they were surprised to see anyone on that low traffic road.  Similarly, I have had to come to a panic stop, while with the right of way because someone was backing out with out looking.
My point is, the question may be phrased wrongly; it presupposes that the objective dangers are always greater than the subjective.

Routes / Re: NYC to Schenectaddy
« on: February 03, 2020, 04:49:29 pm »
Yes, I noticed my copy has a picture of Pataki on it.

Routes / Re: Buffalo to Erie
« on: February 03, 2020, 04:48:04 pm »
Thanks.  I'm definitely leaning towards Niagara Falls Airport.  It looks like a short ride to the remains, or beginning, of the Erie Towpath trail along the water.  Does 5 become cars only?  Everybody seems to take a due South shot to about Hamburg then turn West to the lake.

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

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