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Food Talk / Unique cuisine, eateries
« on: April 26, 2019, 08:08:59 am »
In another thread, someone had mentioned "poutine".  I had not heard of this before last year and was able to try it in Lockport NY, on the Erie Canal.  Further down the trail, I was able to try "white hot dogs". 

In June, I'll be resuming in Green Bay WI, taking North Lake northwest to Taylors Fall, then picking up Northern Trail to Anacortes (I hope!).  I'd like recommendations on cuisine unique to a given town or region.  I'm not looking for "XYZ has the BEST steaks", nor a dish made by only one restaurant, but regional cuisine I've not likely seen in NY-NJ.   Or not-to-be missed eateries. 

I've not seen a consolidated list on this forum.  Please let me know if it already exists.

John R - Foodie and sometimes bicyclist!

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General Discussion / Bed and Breakfasts for Bicyclists
« on: April 16, 2019, 03:30:33 pm »
Last year I had stumbled upon a website that promoted bicycle-friendly B&B's and I had used several of the accommodations.  Alas, I've lost the website.  Is any familiar with this website?  Is it still in use?

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Routes / Bridge at Taylors Fall Minnesota
« on: February 27, 2019, 10:03:34 pm »
I'm taking a short detour off the Northern Tier and will be passing through Taylor's Fall Minnesota this summer.  From Google Maps, it looks like Route 8 won't be bad to bicycle across.  But it looks like there may be a bicycle/pedestrian crossing at the St. Croix River too.  Any input?

Wrong Way

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According to the online help, the "Find What You Need" icon (magnifying glass over a map) is to search 15 miles of the route.  However, for example, when centered on Shawano Wisconsin (on the North Lakes Route), a search for Lodgings list facilities in Escanaba Michigan, 100 miles away.   I get the same list no matter where I am on the map.  How is this search function supposed to function?

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Gear Talk / Bluetooth speaker for bicycle touring
« on: February 15, 2019, 09:33:29 pm »
I'm looking for a small, weather-proof Bluetooth speaker to use while touring.  I've had two Outdoor Tech Buckshot speakers which work "okay" but haven't held up well. The last one worked only for 1 1/2 years.  On this forum, I haven't seen any recent discussions.  A few years ago, someone had recommended the OMAKER-M4 speaker.  I'm looking for a very basic speaker.  Connect to my smart phone via Blue Tooth, charge with USB.  That's about it.  On Amazon, I see lots of speakers but most with features I don't need.  I'm not looking for another light or power source.  I don't need it to have voice-activation. But I need one with reasonable charge duration.  Riding around home, I may listen to Pandora.  When touring, I only use it for RideWithGPS navigation.  The Buckshot speaker fits my needs pretty well.  I may end up replacing it, knowing the $40 is only for another 1 1/2 year life.

Thoughts?
Wrong-way Rushman

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Gear Talk / When to replace shoes?
« on: January 04, 2019, 07:13:26 pm »
I have a pair of Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek SPD mountain bike shoes I use for touring.  I like them because they (kinda) look like regular shoes and have a recessed cleat to allow for easy walking.  When should they be replaced?  Should it be based on age? Miles? Or a combination of both?  I've had no foot problems so far, but the shoes are 3 years old.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Green Bay to Crandon WI
« on: October 11, 2018, 07:11:03 pm »
It's a way off, but I'm planning a trip for next year (June 1, 2019)…..

I would like input on getting from Green Bay Wisconsin to North Lakes heading northwest.  Putting in start and end of Green Bay Airport to Crandon WI into Google Maps routes me through Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, mostly on Highway 32 to Highway 8.   The North Lakes maps has one going to Shawano WI and bypassing the C-N National Forest to the west.   Does anyone have advice?

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On map 14, Imperial Road (Route 73) between Copenhagen and Port Bruce is closed due to bridge being out. Detour around the section is clearly marked. Heading westbound, at Copenhagen, turn north onto Route 73. Continue north for about three and a half miles to John Wise Line, Route 45. Turn west onto John Wise Line and proceed about 5 Miles to Quaker Road. Turn South on to Quaker Road and proceed three and a half miles back to the ACA route at Dexter Line Route 24. Because of this detour, Port Bruce is not easily accessible.

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Routes / Crossing at Niagara Falls
« on: June 03, 2018, 04:45:53 pm »
I'm currently in Lockport New York and will be crossing into Ontario tomorrow.  I had planned to cross at Rainbow Bridge, but it looks like the Lewiston Queenston Bridge maybe a better, more bike-friendly option.  Any thoughts? The weather forecast is for light rain for the next few days. I don't know if that is a factor into which bridge is better to use.

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Gear Talk / Should bicycle helmets be retired after a certain age?
« on: December 29, 2017, 11:22:37 pm »
I've been reading some of the posts on bicycle helmets and wondered if I should be replacing mine.   I've never had a fall where the helmet's hit the ground.  The Styrofoam or whatever's inside seems to be in good condition.  I'm guessing it's 10 years old.  The felt-like stuff that comes in contact with the scalp is a little smelly and grungy but is otherwise okay.  But I like the fit just fine.  Should I just retire it?  Does the padding give out just because of exposure to sunlight and oxygen.  I'm cheap, no, make that frugal, but don't want to be stupid!

2nd question.  I once saw a rider whose helmet had a clear, integrated "shield".  More than a visor, but not a full face covering.  I like the idea because it would protect my eyes without needing to wear glasses.  And it looked like a touring helmet.  The only other ones I've seen on line look like something a downhill racer would wear.  I'm a bicycle tourist, not a racer and don't want to look too outlandish!

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Winter has arrived in NJ.  Two days with significant snow.  I'd like to keep riding if the roads are clear enough.  But how to keep all the salt, dirt and grit off the bicycle?  In the summer, I just hose it down and re-lube the chain and derailleur.  But the hose is put away for the winter and the garage is pretty chilly!

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General Discussion / What is proper etiquette?
« on: August 31, 2017, 11:25:41 am »
In NJ, anyone under 17 riding a bicycle is required to wear a helmet.  All to often, mom and dad are out riding with the kids; the kids have their helmets on, but the parents don't.  This morning I saw this and yelled at the dad "Where's your helmet?"  He ignored me.   Does someone have a kinder way of encouraging parents to wear a bicycle helmet.  Maybe I should have said "Hey buddy, you forgot your helmet."  It such an easy thing for the adults to do and it models behavior you wish the kids to continue.


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General Discussion / How to work on your bike?
« on: May 13, 2017, 05:59:32 pm »
I'm hopefully starting on my adventure (self-supported, NJ to Anacortes) in 2 1/2 weeks.  To try out all my camping gear, etc. after the long winter, I did a moderate ride to a state park, camped overnight, and returned home the next day.  I'd had some problems with my front derailleur and was trying to adjust it in the campground.  Balancing the top tube on the corner of a picnic bench kind of worked.  Any suggestions of how to elevate your bike to work on it when on a self-supported ride?  I was thinking about how I could hang it from a tree branch using the nylon cord from my "bear bag". 

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Gear Talk / Recommendations for thermometers?
« on: March 21, 2017, 08:27:54 pm »
I like to carry a thermometer when backpacking.  I've been using a AcuRite Suction Cup Thermometer - I just take the suction cup off it.  The first one worked well, the replacement was not so good - erratic temperature readings.  What I like about it is: 

1) small and lightweight
2) inexpensive - about $10 on Amazon
3) Gives daily minimum and maximum temps
4) Relatively large, easy-to-read, digital display.

But first and foremost, it's nice if a thermometer gives reasonably accurate temperatures! Within a couple a degrees would be fine.

I'd like a thermometer for an upcoming ride and am interested in recommendations.

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General Discussion / Cell phone service on Lake Erie connector
« on: March 14, 2017, 01:02:45 pm »
The discussion about cell phone service on the Northern Tier prompted this query, but I didn't want to divert that thread.  GGWBikeMT mentioned a $2/day charge by Verizon when using their service in Canada.  I'll be riding from Niagara Falls to Sombra Ontario in June.  I expect the cell phone service to be reasonable there.  Should I expect the $2/day charge?  Do you get notified by Verizon the first time you try to use the service in Canada?  Will there be any problem using a Samsung android phone?   Last year I had problems using it in the Caribbean.

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