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General Discussion / Bon Ton Roulet
« on: May 13, 2010, 07:23:53 pm »
If you live in the Springfield MA area and are riding the Bon Ton Roulet, would you be interested in riding out with me and splitting the cost of gas/tolls?  The cost of gas being what it will be by summer, we can save some money.

Ed  :D

Routes / Re: Boston to Albany, NY advice
« on: May 09, 2010, 08:56:55 pm »
You cant ride RT 2, and 2A isnt great.  Try commuter train to Worcester (off peak only during week). In worcester head south to Winchester Square to Stafford (ave/Rd?) and follow to RT 20 west (watch for Dead Horse Hill) and head for Springfield on 20 West( if you come this way and I'm home you can camp in my yard, contact me off list).  from springfield west on 20 to Albany.  Get the Rubels bike maps for central & western ma.  FYI if you take 9 west, after Ware there is a huge hill to climb on the way to Belchertown


General Discussion / Re: bike security while sleeping
« on: April 15, 2010, 07:15:05 pm »
clamp a small padlock around the rear derail'r.

General Discussion / Re: The Cookie Lady - gone?
« on: April 01, 2010, 07:07:29 pm »
I just found a story at dated 3/31/10:

Cookie Lady's Bike House reopens, but not for overnight stays
by Gene Bisbee at 09:00AM (PDT) on March 31, 2010  |  Permanent Link  |  Cosmos

The TransAmerica Bicycle Route's unforgettable Cookie Lady has been offering traveling cyclists a place to tank up their water bottles, restore their carbs and even spend the night for more than 30 years.

This summer, June Curry is cutting back on some of those activities. Although the Bike House will remain open during the day for touring bicyclists who want a look around, she'll no longer be offering overnight lodging there.

The Adventure Cycling Association blog says a good friend of June's recently told them:

"...the situation (not having cyclists stay at the bike house) may change in the future, but right now, June would prefer not to have overnight visitors."

Still helping

It's no wonder. June has suffered a stroke, broken wrist and other ailments in recent years. In spite of that, she always seems to do what she can for bicyclists who stop to rest at the water spigot in Afton, Virginia, a small town on the eastern flank of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

She earned Adventure Cycling's  first-ever Trail Angel Award for a routine that started on a hot day in 1976.

That's the year that hundreds of bicyclists were making their way cross-country on a route mapped out by BikeCentennial, which later became the Adventure Cycling Association. The town of Afton is located a little more than halfway up the first really hard climb on the route, and a few bicyclists had stopped to ask for cold water on that long uphill slog.

Family helps

June wasn't the only one interested in helping the travelers; her father and uncle also encouraged the bicyclists to stop.

In an online book, "The Cookie Lady of Afton, Virginia: My Bike Family; A collection of June Curry's bicycling anecdotes" June's cousin-in-law, Bev Haven, says the Bike House originally belonged to June's Uncle Benny. When he passed away in 1977, June and her father turned his home into a Bike House for the touring bicyclists, whose visits he always enjoyed.

The last time I visited, back in 2000, that house was papered with postcards to June from cyclists from around the world (that's June with just a few of the postcards behind her). Other artifacts included piles of picture albums with Polaroids of all the bicyclists. Digging back to May 1984, I was able to locate the picture of my friend and me from our 1984 TransAmerica bike tour.

Although it's no longer open for the night, a visit to the Bike House is certainly worthwhile.

In recent years, bicyclists have been paying back the kindness that June has showed them. The Milepost Zero Bicycle Club in Waynesboro has done what it can to keep the Bike House in good shape, and both Crazy Guy on a Bike and the Richmond Area Bicycle Association have raised funds to help June over some rough times.

General Discussion / Re: chafing or discomfort from seat
« on: March 20, 2010, 10:07:14 am »
Check saddle for wear, try not to wear and clothing that binds, a anti chafing product (Paceline "chamois buttr"), the postioning of the saddle and is it the right saddle for you.  You could have the wrong one.

General Discussion / Re: Bike Cover
« on: March 20, 2010, 10:03:13 am »
I got one from Nashbar (on sale at the time).  When not using, makes great pillow.
Covers the whoel bike with F/R panniers

Routes / Re: Will I need reservations Atlantic Coast
« on: March 01, 2010, 04:10:40 pm »
Look into

General Discussion / Re: Bike Rack Reviews
« on: January 12, 2010, 04:50:42 pm »
Sorry , this site is just panniers. Try nordicbicycleproducts/ or  nordic group

General Discussion / Re: Bike Rack Reviews
« on: January 12, 2010, 04:41:17 pm »

Routes / Re: Into Boston
« on: January 08, 2010, 08:06:32 am »
Keep in mind you cant use the MBTA Commuter Trains during peak times.  The Conductors will tell you where to go and depending on the Conductor,  they might not be too happy having you.  I got hard time off peak on  occassion.   Amtrak "Downeaster" only runs from the North Station. and you need to make a reservation for this


General Discussion / Re: From Maine to Wisconsin
« on: December 18, 2009, 04:47:10 pm »
Check out the Rubels bike maps to get through Mass.  Look into for hosters
Plenty of books in the library for routes and planning
Check out ""

Take the commuter train to Worcester (off peak)  the scenery aint so great in this area

Gear Talk / Re: Headlight Recommendations for use w/ handlebar bag
« on: December 11, 2009, 08:08:02 am »
Where did u get this mount.  This is what I'm looking for

Gear Talk / Re: Trekking Bars?
« on: December 11, 2009, 07:58:51 am »
Nashbar carries them from time to time.  If you use a mirror look at they Zefal "SPY" mirror or the Ultralight mirror on the Ortlieb site.  I have both.

Routes / Re: Maine Campgrounds
« on: December 05, 2009, 05:20:15 pm »
Which cam[grounds spec.? along w/RV'rs/tent only places?  I have the ACA map and am looking for the info for places off the main roads.  I noticed several campgrounds that don't show up on the ACA maps

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