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Classifieds / Re: Longbikes Slipstream for sale price drop again
« on: July 06, 2022, 09:46:19 pm »
Price dropped again.

Classifieds / Re: Longbikes Slipstream for sale
« on: June 27, 2022, 07:54:12 pm »
Droped price

Classifieds / Longbikes Slipstream for sale price drop again
« on: June 24, 2022, 05:10:20 pm »
Longbikes Slipstream long wheelbase under seat steering bike.
It has S&S couplings allowing the frame to be split in two,  I have flown with the bike.
It also has a Schmidt Dynamo hub front wheel and light is attached to the front rack.
The seat is a Rans mesh back seat.
It has front and rear racks, front brake is V-brake, rear is a disc brake.  the front fork does have disc brake mounts.

Selling the bike as I had it at parent house in Atlanta and they are selling the house, house is closing next week.

Location is Atlanta Georgia.  Local pickup only!!!

$150 Or Best Offer. 

best contact is via google voice (561) 320-2259‬
or jt c o s t a nz@yahoo dot com

Any questions please call me

Routes / Re: Parking for two weeks in Orchard Park, NY
« on: May 20, 2022, 08:18:10 am »
The buffalo airport and offsite parking vendors are available.  The niagara falls Airport might have long term parking but with limited access due to limited flights.  The niagara falls Airport is closer to the where the nt renters the US east bound

General Discussion / Re: VT State Park Reservation Policy Change
« on: May 11, 2022, 09:12:33 pm »
It has been a few years since I planned a trip in VT, but last time VT state parks did have a 1 night reservation option for hikers and bikers, it required one to call the park or reservation office (I cannot remember which) to make the reservation as the website only allowed 2 night minimum reservations and it was not restricted to some days of the week.

New York State parks was getting very bad as the 2 night minimum and reservation fees made the cost close to some airbnb and small motels.

I just looked at the map updates and they do talk about the trail but stare thet it switches sides of the road and sometimes it looks like a sidewalk.  As the trail is right next to route 1 there are no real directions to change the route to folliw the trail.

Also included are notes about the campground rules changes.

I have noticed on many of my other trips that alot of campgrounds have removed tent camping options or have made them so expensive that motels become competitive and eastern states have made state park campgrounds very costly for travelers.  New York is a classic example. 2 night minimum stay 15 dollar plus reservation fee 35 to 45 per night. And no walkups for the last 2 years.

On the 2 trips I did solo, I started from the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, as they allowed me to park for several days.  My first bike trip thru the keys was with Bubba's Pampered Cycling, and it was a mostly camping and several of the campgrounds have closed or stopped allowing tents. 
Other than in Key West there were no other options then following US1, and looking for the overseas trail on the side of the road.  Most times I didn't bother crossing the road to the opposite side to ride the trail as often it seemed to be closed at the next bridge crossing. 
For planning I used Google Maps but in car mode as it has issues bicycle routing(cannot find a route around 7 mile bridge and sends one to Fort Myers for the ferry ride to Key West(387 miles instead of 100).
 Finding reasonable accommodations is very tricky through the keys from late December thru April.

Routes / Re: South of Buffalo
« on: March 28, 2022, 08:43:27 pm »
I have biked the area multiple times, only once did I take the rt 62/south park blvd route.  all others I stayed on/near route 5.  Headed North/east on the Norther Tier, there is a side walk on the right side of route 5 under the railroad tracks.  Also Google maps does not reflect the recent (several years old) paths added from dona street North.  The traffic around 62/179 intersection concerned me more than the traffic on rt 5

If you stay on rt 5, Turn Left onto Hover Rd at Big Tree Rd (traffic Light at intersection) and keep left/turn left with hover rd, before the light at rt 5 again. at end of road pickup the paved trail along rt 5.  take this path around the circle and use the pedestrian over pass to the right side and either use the side walk or the road/shoulder (shoulder does disappear at times).  After the train overpass, the 2nd light is Dona St, tim hortons on right, Turn left and pickup the paved path along route 5 (doesn't show on google maps or satellite but does show on street view).  This path will take you to the path along Fuhrmann blvd.  You must either take the Ohio Street (separated bike lane on bridge) or the Queen City Bike Ferry to Canal Side.

If you use the Ohio Street bridge, stay on ohio street until it intersects/ends at S Michigan Ave, go straight between the fence and the water by the tug/fire boat, this will put you at canal side right where the bike ferry lets off.

If you take the bike ferry, stay with fuhrman blvd to just before the Coast Guard Gate and turn right to the ferry.

Now cross over the pedestrian bridge and stay with the wide path that ends at Erie St.  turn right with Erie St to just before an overpass and turn left to path on the left.  Keeping with the path it will rejoin the river soon.  After it turns away from the river again turn left with the path just after rotary row.  It will take you to a new pedestrian overpass and under the Peace Bridge.  You will want to keep right and make a right U turn onto busti ave.  make a left just before going under the bridge again staying with Busti ave then make a right turn with the sidewalk going under the bridge, this takes you to the pedestrian entrance to the peace bridge.

Routes / Re: Greater Niagara Circle Route
« on: February 02, 2022, 09:38:33 pm »
I used to ride all the time in Canada around Niagara falls, just moved in August from Lewiston, NY to Florida.  I usually rode the off road paths/sidewalks trails except between the Former Toronto Power Generating Station and just North of the Rainbow Bridge when heading North.  South bound was usually fine until around Clifton hill.  The area that is left is mostly slow moving car traffic and easily traversed by bike in the car lanes,  there can be a lot of cars waiting to turn on to Clifton Hill making it tricky South bound.   

The western side of the Niagara Circle route is not well marked but does consist of mostly off road paved trails with mostly low traffic roads when on road.  From the Peace bridge it is a very nice ride along the Niagara river and Lake Erie then thru a very residential low traffic road to the Friendship rail trail, with a few road crossings.  One area to watch out for is when following the trail it take you along the old Weland canal and it ends at a rowing club.  turns right to connect to the road and goes over a railroad.  I recommend turning left after the bridge over the rail road and keeping the canal on the right here as staying straight there are a couple of road bridges, the last being division street and bridge 13.  after this there are no accessible bridges to cross back to the west side where the trail is.
At the North end you will be on Lakeshore road which has minimal shoulder at times with light to medium traffic until you reach NOTL.  If you are lucky in your timing, you might catch a lake freighter going thru one of the many locks on this route

General Discussion / Re: C&O Trail
« on: October 04, 2021, 04:59:47 pm »
many years ago I did the C&O and GAP tour with Adventure Cycling on a Greenspeed GTE Trike.   The max width on the trike is around 35"  at one point we crossed paths in the tunnel with a troupe of kids.  It was a tight squeeze, I rubbed the one hub on the railing and they a had to hug the wall but we were able to pass them.

Gear Talk / Re: ActionBent Recumbent
« on: September 26, 2021, 10:46:35 pm »
I would recommend searching and or posting on  There are quite a few older posts that discuss the brand

General Discussion / Re: Finding accommodation
« on: September 14, 2021, 07:50:02 pm »
I recomend using google maps. With a search for accomodations. And also air bnb.  Note google maps has some wrong locations or the location is based on a billing address, best if there is no website listed with smaller hotels/bnb ect. To either look at the street view or confirm with the hotel directly.

I had a booking made with booking canceled when i arrived at the hotel due to under pricing and overbooking the hotel.  Resrevation was made 4 hrs before arrival and no message was sent to me,

General Discussion / Re: C&O Trail
« on: September 13, 2021, 09:18:47 pm »
I did ride with it with a trike years ago, so it can be done.  A Greenspeed GTE 20" tires all around.  It was a van supported tour with Adventure Cycling, so I was not carrying any gear.  The trail had many sections of "double track" the tracks were spaced apart by pickup trucks, so it was a question of either running the front wheels on the high, grass and twig covered ground and the rear wheel in the rut or have the rear wheel and derailleur in the grass and twigs.  Also after the rain on 2 days, the ruts were filled with water, deep enough that the seat was submerged several times.  I did show up in camp much cleaner than several of the other riders.  Imagine the Abominable mud woman!  Due to the 3 tracks on a trike the grass and softer sections were much slower.  Also the trip started in DC so at the locks (only a 3-5 foot climb) I spun the rear wheel on most and had to get off and push up the hill.  Twice I had to lift the trike over a downed tree, (thankfully I wasn't riding fully loaded!!!!).  Many of the climbs at the locks were actually in the lock it self.  The trike is one of the widest trikes and I only had a tough time at the end of the trail with the car barriers and had to run over the larger base of the round barriers.

Routes / Re: Pittsburgh spur
« on: August 25, 2021, 12:45:25 pm »
Several years ago I rode from Buffalo to DC. catching the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O at Pittsburgh.  I don't have the exact route right now, but I remember about 3 days from Erie to Pittsburgh, about 180 miles.

I avoided most of the steep hilly section by staying along lake Erie to Ashtabula, OH and then taking the Western Reserve Greenway rail trail south thru Canfield then South East to the Ohio River into Pittsburgh.  I do not recommend rt 65 on the north side of the river as the traffic is high, disappearing shoulders ect are not friendly to cyclists.

General Discussion / Re: Nova Scotia Tour with Adventure Cycling
« on: August 11, 2021, 08:50:51 pm »
2 Years ago I did a tour in the area, left from the Via Rail station in Sackville NB, used the shuttle provided on the Confederation bridge and spend several days going thru Prince Edward Island.  Then crossing the Ferry to Pictou, then to Halifax.  Unfortunately my rear derailleur stripped out of the hanger just before the ferry and I had to rent a Uhaul to Halifax.  I did this tour solo inn to inn and planned it.  My route was quite hilly, not much traffic but the roads rarely had shoulders.  I also did another trip many years ago that was to the southern end of Nova Scotia. I mention this as both tours were around the same time of year and the temperatures were very different.  Both were around July/August,  The southern tour the temperatures at times were in the 40's at times while the temperatures on the more recent tour was much hotter with it near 90+ at times.

On the last tour I took the Via Rail train from Toronto to Montreal and then connected to the Via Rail Maritime train. 


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