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Gear Talk / Has anyone toured on a Bike Friday?
« on: July 19, 2010, 03:49:04 pm »
Hi I'm considering buying a BF as my next touring bike and have a couple of questions.
How was it in general compared to a regular 700 touring bike?
Did you have the 3x9 gearing and was it reliable etc?
Did you tow a trailer and if so how did that go?
Any other problems?

Thanks Tony

International / Anyone have knowledge of Perth Australia
« on: July 05, 2010, 07:09:18 pm »
Planning to ride Perth to Sydney, trying to get info on bike & camping shops in Perth to buy some of the gear I can't fly with.

Also any info on reasonable accommodation

Have tried Australian forum, plenty of hits but no replies.


Gear Talk / Bike Friday & the trailer case
« on: May 28, 2010, 03:03:26 pm »
Has anyone ever done a long distance tour using a Bike Friday and towing the trailer that converts into a case for carrying the bike in?

Planning to go Perth to Sydney Australia next year and for the first time considering an alternative to a regular touring bike.  But somewhat nervous about making the change.

Why consider it, hate taking bikes on planes and also want to then go over to New Zealand before returning to UK.  Also think it would be much simpler to get to airports etc in a taxi ready for flights.

Plus I can leave my touring bike here in USA ready for next adventure.

Routes / Using Google Maps & the cycling routes - Beware!
« on: May 25, 2010, 06:22:37 pm »
I was so excited when Google Maps started giving routes for bicycles and have very successfully plotted routes with them.  However, Last week one of the roads they sent me on didn't exist and I ended up in a private plantation, trespassers to be prosecuted by the Sheriff!! Having gone several miles on a very hot Florida day I was not overly impressed but fortunately, one of the Mexican workers said he could show me a way through the forest on some narrow sandy lanes.  Just about managed to keep up with his buggy but he got me through.  What a hero - shame we beat you at soccer yesterday.

MORE concerning was that the proposed route through Akron Oh would have taken me though a very dangerous area for gangs etc - luckily a local was able to put me right.

I like this development from Google but just wanted to warn others to double check where it sends you. 

General Discussion / Good morning America how are you?
« on: April 24, 2010, 10:33:16 pm »
Well the volcano couldn't keep us Brits away for long.  Setting off tomorrow up the Atlantic coast from Jacksonville Fl, just wanted to say hi and thanks for all the information you guys have given me and to ACA who are very helpful.


Routes / Ohio River into Pittsburgh Pa
« on: March 19, 2010, 10:32:28 am »
Hi can anyone tell me which is the most suitable road to take, coming from the Beaver in the north, into Pittsburgh.  There are two roads that follow the Ohio River, Ohio River Blvd & Constitutional Blvd, but looking at Google it's hard to tell which, if either , is bike friendly.

Thanks Tony

General Discussion / Amtrak & carry on luggage
« on: March 10, 2010, 09:27:16 am »
Hi does anyone know what the rules are regarding carry on luggage on Amtak.

Planning to bring bike back from Washington, overnight to Orlando.  I know about boxing the bike but can't find out about carry on luggage and how many pieces are allowed.

My idea is to buy a suit case to put all the numerous panniers, tent etc in, is this necessary?

General Discussion / Gatoraid (sp?) v Water
« on: March 09, 2010, 11:47:38 am »
Recently rode with a guy who wouldn't drink anything but Gatoraid (sp?) I always drink water and have never had problems but I just wondered if Gatoraid is
a) any good at all,
b) was he right to just drink Gatoraid and it really did helped him.
c) should it just be used maybe at the end of a ride to replenish lost salts etc.

Tastes like all the other sugary drinks and such unusual colours put me off. 

Routes / Great Allegheny Trail
« on: March 07, 2010, 02:50:44 pm »
Hi Has any one ridden the Great Allegheny Trail and the Youhgiogeny River.  i'll be coming from Akron Oh heading for Lancaster Md and figured on following these two trails.

Just wondered what the surface is like on GAT as riding touring bike 700 x 32c


General Discussion / Sex drugs n rock and roll
« on: March 05, 2010, 07:49:50 am »
Ha gotcha, actually I need to buy medicine while in the USA as our NHS won't give me/sell me enough to cover the entire trip.

Do I have to register with a Doctor or can I go into a pharmacy and buy medicine I need Losec daily which isn't available over the counter here. How can I do it?


Routes / Will I need reservations Atlantic Coast
« on: March 01, 2010, 12:33:45 pm »
Hi leaving Orlando 20 April heading up Atlantic Coast to Richmond Va expect to take max 3 weeks and then picking up TA. Do you think I need to book in advance camping / motels at this time of the year. Are there any major public holidays during this time?

Thanks Tony

General Discussion / Cycle lane or another sad joke
« on: March 01, 2010, 11:33:53 am »
Hi take a look at this cycle lane - I dare anyone to use it.  Is this just another example of the authorities putting cyclists in danger just to meet government target for providing cycle lanes.  The link below is to my Facebook log and safe but if you don't want to look basically the lane is on cobble stones, about 12" wide with a drop of about 6' into a canal directly on one side with no barriers.  It has to be someones idea of a joke!

General Discussion / Folding Bikes
« on: February 23, 2010, 02:51:49 pm »
I know not probably something us tourers/serious riders might own up to knowing anything about.

Well I want to buy a couple to keep on my boat as we often moor up quite a long way from any shops etc. And I thought if they folded then they would not take up valuable space.  Does anyone know of reasonable quality bikes they would recommend.


Sorry don't know why this turned into a poll  ???

« on: February 23, 2010, 06:52:41 am »
Maybe I'm getting too suspicious but look out for some new members and what seems ok topics but they have the same advert links one selling steroids.  Apologies if I do anyone a disservice.

Secondly how do you get to report anything weird to the Moderators?

I guess I get to see these before most of you get up as I'm in UK

Gear Talk / Baggy shorts
« on: February 05, 2010, 11:52:28 am »
Having toured previously in lycra.  Now getting a bit older and taking into account the delicate nature of some of the red necks I will encounter on next tour I've decided to move over to "baggies".

Anyone like to suggest/recommend the best makes/model to start my search.

Thanks Tony 

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