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General Discussion / Re: Avoiding highways
« on: September 03, 2017, 05:25:22 pm »
It sounds like you had a "worst case" situation.  While quiet backroads are almost always safer and more pleasant, not all highway riding is terrible.  I suggest that you pick an area or destination for a tour, then figure out a good route.  Find roads with low traffic volume, or moderate volume and wide shoulders.  Use an online map street view, or in some states/provinces, the transportation agency publishes cycling maps with volume, shoulder and rumble strip info.  They also publish construction information.

Just be careful with online maps.  Sometimes the roads are not improved enough for cycling, especially in the US western states.

General Discussion / Re: Recumbent trike practicality on routes
« on: August 30, 2017, 05:43:43 am »
I've helped with lifting a trike tandem over bollards that were too narrow.  Some places they're narrow in an attempt to keep motorcycles out.

jcostanz, that's a good list of criteria.  Maybe AC can consider those factors when planning a route.

This section of trail is now re-opened.  The trail is complete and the barricades are removed, although there are a couple of detour signs that have not been removed.  I think it reopened yesterday, or perhaps late last week.

Gear Talk / Re: Should have learnt the easy way.. some advice guys
« on: August 21, 2017, 09:18:57 pm »
Agree, don't rely solely on the mirror for critical maneuvers.  I check with the mirror, then before executing the lane change or whatever, I quickly look.

On the tandem, we both have mirrors and confirm with each other before maneuvers.  Captain: "Going left, looks clear."  Stoker: "Clear".

General Discussion / Re: Your alternative
« on: August 21, 2017, 09:10:22 pm »
Seems the OP is a shill. For some reason, there is no link to the "this." Maybe a minimum number of posts are needed like on BF.

I'm voting for either forgetful or just plain discourteous.

General Discussion / Re: What is your first bike?
« on: August 21, 2017, 09:08:15 pm »
Do you mean, what is my primary bike?  The one I use the most?  Or, do you mean, what was the first bike I owned?

My primary bike is my Rans V-Rex.  It's a great commuting bike, a great touring bike, a great utility bike, a great rando bike.  Recumbent... probably not the answer you were looking for.  Most people ignore recumbents.

General Discussion / Re: Your alternative
« on: August 14, 2017, 11:50:03 pm »
I go WAY the other way.  Paper maps, a compass, a camera and a dumb phone that I normally leave off to save battery.  Hand write notes and transcribe into online journal after the trip.  Oh I dunno, maybe a smart phone if it's a long trip.

Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« on: August 09, 2017, 08:44:14 pm »
Riding to the coffee shop, or to the local brewpub to refill your growler, are both worthwhile.

A terminology clarification: "Weather" is the current conditions and forecast.  "Climate" is the historic record, averages, etc.

General Discussion / Re: Waiting for a bike ride
« on: August 02, 2017, 07:03:44 am »
...  a long trip like yours is still a dream.

You can (and should) start with an overnight trip.  Find a place that's a comfortable riding distance away, ride out, spend the night, and ride home the next day.  You can stay in a motel or bed and breakfast, or bring gear and camp.  Don't bother with cooking, eat in restaurants or buy food at a grocery store.  Do that a time or two, then try a weekend trip.  Maybe add cooking if you're interested.

Starting out short and easy is a fun way to learn and build confidence.

Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« on: July 24, 2017, 12:02:06 am »
Let me you ask this...when you're driving your car, day or night, who do you notice coming toward you first..the cyclists with or without the bright headlight?

Usually I notice the cyclist wearing the brightest colors -- orange, yellow, light green, or light red.

Amen. Rarely see the light first.  So unless it's an exceptionally bright light, don't bother.  Even then, it won't help much.

General Discussion / Re: Waiting for a bike ride
« on: July 13, 2017, 08:35:25 pm »
As I understand it, US residents with felony DUI convictions are barred from entering all/parts of Canada - even if they're not driving.  I don't know if the same applies to entering the US, or on re-entering Canada.  You should be able to check this on the US INS and Canada Customs websites, with a confirming phone call or two.

Barring any complications such as this, as long as you have a valid passport and can otherwise legally do so, there are no cycling-specific issues with entering the US.

If you are entering via a bridge, check the website for the intended bridge for the correct routing via bike.  At Niagara Falls, note that bikes may cross the Queenston, Rainbow and Peace bridges.  Bikes are disallowed on the Whirlpool Bridge.

One tour that might work is to circle Lake Ontario.  It took us eight days.  Or ride the Erie Canal and fly or bus back from Albany.  (Amtrak does not accomodate non-folding bikes on either Toronto or Montreal trains from Albany.)

Gear Talk / Re: Best Brake pads
« on: July 13, 2017, 08:14:27 pm »
Another vote for installing the drum brake.  There are steep, long grades on that route.  Without the drum, I've heated rims to the point that spittle would boil off my finger, and that hill was only a mile long.  After that, I bought a drum brake.  The small weight penalty mitigates the risk of a catastrophic failure.

Gear Talk / Re: Tent ground cloth?
« on: July 13, 2017, 08:06:04 pm »
My question is probably biased; i have only used inexpensive (Coleman) tents, which are heavy but sturdy.

Gear Talk / Re: Tent ground cloth?
« on: July 09, 2017, 12:05:20 am »
Remember to cut it just smaller than the floor, so it doesn't catch rain.

Related question: Is using a ground cloth better than just relying on a heavy waterproof floor?  That seems to work fine for me.

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