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General Discussion / issues with snakes/scorpions-southern tier?
« on: August 05, 2008, 11:23:43 am »
they're just looking for warm shelters overnight, being cold blooded they can't regulate their body temperature.

The usual precautions about shoes and any other enclosure they will crawl into apply.  Either put the shoes inside your tent (if it's bug proof) or check them in the morning.


This message was edited by JayH on 8-5-08 @ 7:29 AM

General Discussion / weight limits on bikes
« on: August 05, 2008, 04:27:16 pm »
I believe the only weight limits I've seen in cycling is mostly on carbon fiber road bikes and/or front forks. I don't recall what the usual weight limit is, but needlesstosay, I would stay away from anything carbon fiber for the clydesdales out there. The thing with CF is that you can get microcracks that are almost invisible leading to catastrophic failure and shearing of the fork/frame.  Not a nice thing to have when just riding along.


General Discussion / Tandem and Touring
« on: July 28, 2008, 04:37:04 pm »
tandem trailers? :-)

I think a lot of gear planning thought to figure out things that can be shared would be in hand, but you can carry a trailer and panniers, at least that is how I've seen it done before..


General Discussion / Addirondack Loop
« on: July 17, 2008, 09:32:45 am »
Ditto on what Fred says about parking. I had a question about parking in Whitehall, NY when a friend and I did a circumnav of Lake Champlain. I asked the local Navy history museum there who asked the police and the police directed me to the local Amtrak station and were very helpful.  

Whitehall, birthplace of the US Navy


General Discussion / Weather - we love to talk about it...
« on: July 07, 2008, 09:45:07 am »
You could get a cheap inxpensive battery operated AM/FM radio with a weatherband on it, or with more money, you could get a more fancy am/fm radio with a weatherband on it that also supports the weather alert system which will notify you of any serious weather alerts issued by the NWS, NOAA, etc. As a kayaker, I have a marine band VHF radio that has AM/FM, an FRS radio, Marine VHF radio of course, a Wx band and Weather alert mode, all in a waterproof (IPX 8) package. It's a bit heavy to use on a bike tour, but you can buy something that is a lot cheaper and a lot lighter package.


General Discussion / Bike Forums qestions
« on: June 10, 2008, 02:38:39 pm »
What kind of problem are you having registering?

I just checked the admins and I can email them or PM them, however, it hides the email so I can't simply give you an email address of an admin. Why can't you register there? (do you have cookies turned on?).  

Maybe I can relay information if we can't help you here, perhaps send me your email address or post it and I'll send one of the admins your email so they can contact you...


General Discussion / Sun protection
« on: May 18, 2008, 09:32:19 pm »
"any good ideas on how not to get your lips sunburned?"

You can get Lip Balm with SPF rating on it, it should protect your lips from getting sunburn.

As a mountaineer, I have a tube of Labiosan which is pretty serious stuff, very good, but pretty pricey and probably overkill for cycletouring.


General Discussion / Sun protection
« on: May 12, 2008, 09:59:47 am »
Sunscreen for the back of the next and arms and upper thigh area is usual for me in the summer months even though I don't burn easy.

Be caseful about anything (sunscreen, bug spray, etc) on the forehead as it could wash into your eyes when sweating.


General Discussion / Wilderness Areas Limiting biking
« on: April 30, 2008, 09:16:14 am »
Over here in NY, they have two forest designations, "wilderness areas", and "wild forests", wild forests is less restrictive in terms of human usage, i.e. may allow Mtbs, horses, and other non-motorized uses whereas wilderness areas are generally foot travel only.  The catskills are going through a MTB "reorganization" as we speak...  

What I've seen personally in a much much more dense area like northern NJ vrs rural Nevada is that the powers that be that close off areas for say mtbing cause more problems in user conflicts than solving them, cause it either a) forces more law abiding mtb'rs into a smaller legal area or b)forces folks to ignore rules and regulations.  By closing more areas to MTB funnels all of them into smaller areas thereby making more conflicts and more problems.  

Speak your concerns about the new area, I'm sure your local mtb clubs and hiking clubs will hopefully have a sitdown and chat about the new area, be friendly, don't be antagonistic and work with each other on a solution.


General Discussion / White gas on the GDMBR?
« on: April 17, 2008, 09:38:05 am »
You can find smaller MSR brand of white gas at some camping outfitters but typically you'll find colemans at Walmarts, etc. etc. and in that regard, the gallon sized Colemans.  

Some hardware stores, usually the smaller ones in smaller towns will fill your fuel bottle for a small fee and that is where i would try to look for refueling. Small mom and pop hardware stores.  


General Discussion / travel survival
« on: April 10, 2008, 02:16:10 pm »
You might want to read 'into the wild' at least on ways how not to do it.  :)


General Discussion / Stealth Camping?
« on: February 15, 2008, 08:46:55 am »
Hi Jan , et al. sorry to hear about your gun barrel experience, that must of been freaky.  

It's hard to really pinpoint or to give an blanket answer like you're all wrong, we're all nice and friendly to don't do it, you'll be shot.  All people from all walks of life, social structures, class structures are different... there's a lot of false stereotypes like all NYC folks are nasty, we get the same false impression of Parisians and perhaps all French people in general over here in the US.   there's always a few things that you can do to minimize the wackos out there like asking.  And when asking, make sure he/she understands that you are a cyclist.. Surely, the bike has an implied meaning of not being a nutcase and probably helps break the ice, so to speak.

Another, is perhaps look up warmshower organizations, like

In fact, as a member, I hosted 2 parties of fellow bike tourests in northern NJ who were both on their way to NYC last year.  I let them sleep in  my living room and take showers, help them with routefinding to NYC and fed them.  I think I got more out of it then they did as it is always fun meeting other biketourers. is not the only one out there but it goes a bit back and seems to have a good member base.

Hostels are generally fairly inexensive and as you may know, camping at USFS sites are good but they typically exist in national forests and stuff, not everywhere...

If you do stealth camp, I've found that hammocks are usually fast to setup and fairly stealthy and can be pitched in typically more places than tents do and most can be pitched on the ground if you have to. bivy sacks are also small and packable and allow for quick access to it...


General Discussion / Maps: opinion on ACA maps
« on: February 05, 2008, 12:03:03 pm »
I've use the ACA maps with a Garmin Etrex Vista (old one) that has a basemap of North America on it. I found the GPS fairly useful as a touring assistant. I've also used the ACA maps with a county level map and the free maps that you can get from various states. All of it useful, knowledge is power, so they say.


General Discussion / One way rental
« on: January 24, 2008, 09:36:07 am »
Hi ken, I assume you mean Bar Harbor, ME

I suggest you talk to ACA member here: Sailariel since he lives in Belfast which is just about a little over an hour's drive from Bar Harbor and would know bike shops.

I am pretty sure there is a bike shop in Ellesworth, ME which is on the mainland just before you get to Mt Desert Island which is where Bar Harbor is..   Anyway, there's probably one in Bar Harbor too as it's quite a popular cycling destination on the carriageways there.    

As far as flying in yourself, Bangor would be your destination I think. It's an international airport that is not terribly far from Bar Harbor. and then a taxi/van shuttle to Acadia could get you to your bike.


General Discussion / One way rental
« on: January 23, 2008, 08:58:07 pm »
I bet you could find a bike shop that will do that for you for a fee. Many bike shops will receive a bike and assemble it for you for a fee so I don't think this would be a problem.  You're best bet would be post where you're going and maybe somebody here can recommend a particular shop...  

I think you're bigger problem would be finding a bike shop that actually rents touring capable bikes...


This message was edited by JayH on 1-23-08 @ 4:58 PM

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