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Gear Talk / Tents
« on: August 19, 2006, 08:52:49 pm »
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts on tents! Reading entries on the other forums I gathered that weight of a tent and pad are not as critical as bulk. Someone said why save a pound or two and have to be holed up in a bivey for two days when you can have a two man tent and be able to sit up!

I think I've narrowed it down to the REI half dome or, if I get a bonus, one of the Big Agnes tents.

Thanks again!

Gear Talk / Tents
« on: August 01, 2006, 06:37:15 am »
 :) Thanks everyone for your input; it is very much appreciated. I've been looking at the REI half dome and the MSR Hubba Hubba.

The MSR Velo would be great (garage for bike and trailer) if it was lighter.

Thanks again!

(Slow and Easy Enjoying Life)

Gear Talk / Tents
« on: July 28, 2006, 06:34:08 am »
I'm sure this topic has been discussed many times in the past however; I haven't seen any of it.

What tent are you using on your extended trips (10+ days)? I'm looking for a lightweight, double wall, free-standing, 1+ person tent to pack on a BOB Trailer.

There are many choices out there; just interested in what your experiences have been.

Thanks everyone for your input!Text

Gear Talk / Bianchi? Trek? Bruce Gordon?
« on: November 13, 2005, 08:52:37 am »
I too went throught the process of deciding what I should purchase for my 2007 Lewis & Clark trip. While trying to make my decision I was riding a Cannondale R1000 that was one size too small.

You've received lots of good advise so I'll add only these items; I bought the Bianchi Volpe. Why, economics, fit/comfort, and features.

I saved over $200 on the purchase from my LBS; plus an additional 10% on all accessories from now until who knows when...

Fit - if you've ever ridden a bike that doesn't fit and then ride one that does; you'll understand -

Comfort - I like the ride of a steel frame. I like going from 700x25's to 35's with no problems. I like the gearing; the components will probably be upgraded by 2007 but for now after 1800 miles (July to Novemeber)no failures. The only thing I changed was the saddle - the standard WTB was too narrow for me. I have added a rear rack and fenders which haven't changed the ride or handling of the bike.

The volpe has everything I wanted eyelets, braze-ons, gearing, etc. It was the "package". And as ridiculous as it may seem there is just something about the classic Celeste green and red lettering that is way cool!

It's probably because of the fit of the bike but I can ride faster and longer on this bike than the Cannondale.

Remember - "the journey is the destination" so be comfortable.

Bottom lne: test ride as many as you can; you'll know the right bike once you're on it.

"SEEL" - (Slow and Easy Enjoying Life)

Routes / Asheville NC to Columbus Ohio
« on: March 31, 2008, 11:53:03 am »
Go to N. Carolina Bike Routesfor several bike routes in N. Carolina.

I was planning a trip from Dayton, OH to Sunset Beach 2 years ago and never made it; for varoius reasons. Anyway, I have a route that was given to me by a group of riders from the Dayton Cycling club that will take you from Damascus, VA to Dayton, OH. They took this route to hook up with the ACA Trans-AM Route headed East.

If you have MS Steets and Trips I can send it to you.

I can be contacted at ckrebs2ATwohDOTrrDOTcom

Routes / Cincinnati to Nashville
« on: December 10, 2007, 05:49:56 pm »
Other than the Underground Railroad Route has anyone out there ridden from Cinti to Nashville? If so please let me know.

Routes / Routes & Elevation changes
« on: August 24, 2006, 09:01:01 pm »

I just discovered a new tool to use when planning a route. It doesn't cost anything and it provides some good basic information .

If you want to see what a road may look like do a google search for "Google Earth". You can download a program that enables you to look at a road, etc from above but also tilt the view to get a pespective of the elevation changes.

Pretty cool stuff!

Routes / Mt. Rogers Nat'l Rec. Area, VA
« on: August 15, 2006, 09:56:01 pm »
I've recieved several suggestions on a route from Fairborn, OH to Sunset Beach, NC.

The most interesting takes me SOutheast through Ohio crossing at Portsmouth then Souteast through Kentucky towards Damascus, VA. From there it takes me East through the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area on route 58/603/76.

Has anyone ridden this road(58/603/76)? If so what might I expect regarding elevation and type of road (shoulder, etc).

Thanks in advance!

Routes / Cinti 2 Nashville
« on: April 14, 2006, 08:44:41 pm »
Looking for advise on a route from Cincinnati, OH to Nashville, TN. There is a route posted at that was used in 2001 but I'm wondering if there might be someone with another idea.
Thanks in advance!

Routes / Ohio Touring Routes
« on: January 08, 2006, 07:48:13 am »
I'd recommend contacting COP (Columbus Outdoor Pursuits). They're on line at They offer maps of routes going all over Ohio and most of them connect with each other.

Enjoy your ride! :-)

Routes / Dayton, OH to Nashville, KY
« on: September 03, 2005, 05:03:20 pm »
Planning this trip for next year. Anyone have route info they might be willing to share?

Routes / Lewis & Clark in 2007
« on: July 27, 2005, 12:59:53 am »
My 60th birthday present to myself (some say it's to my wife) is to do the L&C in one trip. I've read the AC book "Bicycling the L&C Trail" three times already and wonder what kind of daily mileage I can realistically expect to accomplish. This trip is about the journey not the destination.

I am currently riding 125 miles/week (over three days)unloaded.

Any recommendations related to the L&C are greatly appreciated.

Not that I'm anxiuos to go - I've already started compiling my list of items! Categorically: Bike, Parts, Clothing, Shelter (Camping no motels), Food, and Misc.

Friends have asked, "How are you getting back home?" Didn't think of that till today. Amtrak seems like it might be a good way to slowly come back to reality (Dayton, OH).

"Seel" (Slow and Easy, Enjoying Life)

This message was edited by Seel on 7-26-05 @ 9:01 PM

General Discussion / common mistakes for first epic road trip
« on: April 28, 2007, 10:23:04 am »
I'm headed in the opposite direction this summer -Dayton, Oh to Sunset Beach, NC. I'd be very interested in the route you're planning!

I using one that gets me from Dayton to and through the Mt. Roger's rec. area - it's been used by others here to hook-up with the AC Trans AM route. However, from Mouth of Wilson, VA south I've used various maps, etc. to get to Sunset Beach.

Any information you may be willing to share would be greatly appreciated. I can forward you the route I have if you're interested.


General Discussion / Where this year?
« on: January 02, 2007, 06:12:37 am »
My plan is to ride from my home in Fairborn, OH to Sunset Beach, NC to meet my family for a 2 week vacation. I'll be doing this the first part of July.

The route I've planned is about 725 miles.I'm planning on riding 9 days that will take me through Southern Ohio, Eastern KY, Western VA, and then diagonally through NC to Sunset Beach - the last beach in North Carolina. No motels on this one - all camping.

Who knows - it make take less than 9 days or it might take longer; I'm in no hurry. :)

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