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General Discussion / National Parks
« on: August 18, 2013, 05:33:18 pm »
In the current issue of Adventure Cyclist, Chuck Haney has an article titled "Road Cycling in the National Parks".  The article starts off with a double-paged photograph of a rider in red riding up a spectacularly scenic road.  It looks like the Tetons, but I can't find a caption indicating the location.  Does anyone know where the photograph was taken?

Routes / Recommended Route San Jose to ACA Pacific Coast Route
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:29:31 pm »
I'm looking for a recommendation for a safe route from San Jose to the coast (somewhere between Santa Cruz and Monterey) where I then plan to pick up ACA's Pacific Coast route to Los Angeles.  Alternatively, can someone suggest resources I could check to discover a safe route. Thanks.

Gear Talk / Bike Sizing
« on: May 04, 2013, 07:13:31 pm »
I've done the research, I've talked to many people and I've done a test ride and I'm all set to purchase a Surly LHT.  I've looked at the measurements, I've measured myself and my current bikes and everything suggests I need a 59cm frame, but the LHT only comes in even sizes.  So, am I better going slightly smaller (58cm) or slightly bigger (60cm)?  I'm sure it won't make an iota of difference and I'll be happy with whatever I choose, but I know there are knowledgeable folks out there who may be be able to guide me in a way I have not considered.  Thanks for any input and happy riding.

Routes / Cycling in the U.K.
« on: November 12, 2012, 07:20:04 pm »
I am considering a bike ride in late 2013 in Scotland and England.  I've looked at Iron Donkey, but their maps seem limited to specific regions and I'm looking for resources that can cover everything from the North of Scotland to Cornwall.  What other resources are out there?

Gear Talk / Touring Bikes - Surly LHT vs Novarra Randonee
« on: November 12, 2012, 07:16:14 pm »
I'm in the market for a new touring bike.  After 12 years and 10,000 miles I need to replace my Cannondale T-2000 due to cracked head tube.  BTW - Kudos to Cannondale for honoring a warranty and giving me a replacement, although not a T-2000 as it is no longer made.

On a ACA ride this summer the ACA support crew recommended the LHT, but the Randonee got some praise too.  I think I understand the pros/cons of each bike, but would like to get some opinions from other experienced riders.  I'm 6' 2" and will need a big frame.

What do people like/dislike about these two options?

Gear Talk / Squeaky brakes
« on: February 13, 2011, 03:06:07 pm »
Anyone have a simple fix for squeaky brakes?

Routes / Northern Tier - Buffalo to Maine
« on: August 10, 2010, 11:55:50 pm »
I just completed a great ride following the ACA Northern Tier route from Buffalo, NY to near Sebago Lake, ME and then off route back to Boston, MA and I want to send out a big thanks to Bert's Bike in North Tonawanda, Joe at the Wide Water Drive-in in Lockport, Jim at Bear Mountain Inn near South Waterford, ME and the REI store in Boston. All of these business and people deserve our continued support.

General Discussion / Buffalo Bike Shops
« on: July 03, 2010, 02:37:20 pm »
I'm shipping my bike to Buffalo in two weeks to ride the last two sections of the Northern Tier to Maine.  The ACA maps list two bike shops in Buffalo - Rick Cycle Shop and Berts Bike & Sport.  Anyone out there have any experience with either of these two stores and, if you do, any recommendation?

Routes / New Hampshire
« on: June 27, 2010, 08:03:38 pm »
Any recommendations for a detour off the ACA Northern Tier route in New Hampshire to see a cousin near Concord, NH?  After ther detour to Concord, I would like to rejoin the ACA route on into Maine where I'll visit a friend south of Portland.

Gear Talk / Chain Rings
« on: June 20, 2010, 07:56:13 pm »
This is a much discussed subject, but most of the comments are too general to be helpful.  I'm talking about gear inches and the experts are always complaining that most touring bikes (I ride an old Cannondale T-2000) are not geared low enough.  Well, that's fine, but please then give me suggestions on components to use that will function seemlessly and be dependable.

My bike has chain rings of 52, 42 and 30 and my rear 9-casette runs 34-11, so I have a low end of 24 gear inches.  The rear derailleur is a Shimano XTR.  I would like to swap out the 30 tooth chain ring (and lower the 52 and 42 too), but the mechanic at my bike store is worried that my derailleur couldn't handle the gaps and I could end up with chain drops and other shifting problems.

I'm a strong enough rider I can handle most hills with the gearing as it is, but as I age (I turn 60 next month) I'd rather have mechanical advantage on my side and work less.

Any recommendations?  I appreciate the input.

General Discussion / Camp Stove - Fuel
« on: June 19, 2010, 08:28:23 pm »
In late July, I'm flying to Buffalo from LA to do the last leg of the Northern Tier.  I have a Snow Peak Gigacamp stove that uses white gas, but I'm assuming I can't fly with the fuel.  I've also been told to make sure the stove is clean, i.e. no fuel scent.  Does anyone have any experience with this and does anyone have a suggestion where to buy white gas in Buffalo?

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