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Messages - David W Pratt

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Cyclists suffer so much formal and informal exclusion already one would think a cycling group would take pains to pitch the largest possible tent

General Discussion / Re: Power bank issues with multiple devices
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:35:36 pm »
I'm looking into a power bank.  I sent Anker an email and they responded in a couple of hours.  They recommend a 10,000mAh power bank to be able to recharge my 3,000mAh phone battery twice.  My GPS is an etrex and runs on AA batteries.  I got a little charger that will run off the solar panel, or my phone charger if there is 110 handy.  It will also recharge the batteries using the dynamo hub on one of the bikes.  I also carry a pair of regular AA batteries as back up.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier to Newport, RI
« on: May 08, 2019, 03:34:33 pm »
Vermont is generally hilly East and West.  Probably the flattest way would be to follow USBRS 7, or (proposed 9 on NY) to Burlington, and then take the cross Vermont trail ( a rail trail) about 90 miles to Vermont route 5 south in the Connecticut Valley.  In Mass it will intersect with (I think) 20 which will parallel I-90 to north of RI.  Then, I don't know.
Good luck

General Discussion / Re: Bike shop dilemma
« on: May 08, 2019, 03:26:27 pm »
Your best interests are probably served by having two shops.  One hopes that shop number two did his research and there are enough customers for both to flourish.  You could help by recruiting more cyclists, to patronize both stores.
Good luck

General Discussion / Re: Riding w/ kids
« on: May 07, 2019, 02:01:25 pm »
My major concern would be traffic safety.  People don't seem to develop any understanding of automobile behavior until they start driving.  That said, what I have done is to seek out good routes, low traffic, wide shoulders, moderate hills, etc.  Further, to let the rockets go, set close reunification points; they can fly to there and wait for the rest of the group.  Also for short, tricky passages, impose a close order, and a little talk before tackling it.  Making the stronger riders carry more gear can slow them down, although the sag wagon may defeat that tactic.  Maybe soft tires on the faster rider and nice, hard ones on the slower? 
For off  the bike, frisbees and other energy absorbing toys, and cards, etc. for a rainy day.
Sounds like fun

Gear Talk / Re: Pinion or derailleur gears?
« on: May 04, 2019, 06:39:17 pm »
My Pinion does not like to shift if I am mashing the gears, but a fraction of a second let up will let me shift several at a time.  Back when I was but a stripling youth, my Sturmey-Archer behaved the same way. In practice, a slightly stronger push with one leg, and a tiny let up reduces the torque enough to allow shifting.
This complication/burden is offset by the ease of shifting.  For example, no double shifts.  I feel like I shift more often on the Pinion equipped bike vs my derailleur bike. 
I have the P-18, but the version with fewer gears might serve me as well.  I am not a strong rider and the upper gears, and my big ring, are mostly curiosities.
My bike has the chain drive, so I cannot comment on the belt drive.
The steps  are truly small feeling, which you might like.
My suggestion is to try one out.  My (relatively) local dealer was Peter White and he was happy to let me have a test ride.
Good luck

Routes / Re: Great Lakes/New England Route
« on: April 27, 2019, 03:45:09 pm »
Sounds great.  My plan is Erie Canal to Buffalo, then Rte 5 to Erie, PA, then UGRR Spur to PGH.  I called a bike shop in Buffalo and they said 5 is very nice, they sponsor a century on it every year.
If you check the NYS Dept of Transportation, you can find a phone number and, with persistence, and calling back, eventually talk to a human being who may be able to send you a map of one or more NY bike routes.  Check their website first, each map is on a separate map, and the maps date from the Pataki administration; a dwindling supply.
Good luck

Routes / Re: bicycling NYC to Montreal
« on: April 27, 2019, 03:35:52 pm »
From Burlington, you could take the cross Vermont rail trail east, which is pretty flat.  At the end, in Wells River, You can cross the Connecticut and pick up the cross New Hampshire adventure trail. That is also a rail trail.  The Vermont trail is about 90 miles, and the NH trail is about 80 miles.  The NH trail ends in Bethel Maine.
Ride with GPS can show you routes to the coast from there.
Good luck

Routes / Re: Erie Canal Camping
« on: April 27, 2019, 03:28:25 pm »
For further research, you might check out the Crazyguyonabike web site.  A search, or ten, there will yield a huge amount of info on the Erie Canal Trail.  FYI, from July 7-14, there is a supported, and, I suspect, huge, tour going from Buffalo to Albany.
Good luck

General Discussion / Planned Route
« on: April 10, 2019, 08:56:20 pm »
Plan for this Summer, probably second half of July. 
Start in Albany, take the Erie Canal Trail to Buffalo, then Rte 5 along the lake to Erie, PA.  From there, the Pittsburgh spur of the Underground Railroad to Pittsburgh.  Then, the GAP and C&O to DC.  Then Amtrak to NYC, visit a couple of friends, and back to Albany by bike or train depending on mood and time constraints.
Comments and advice welcome, especially about bike friendly places to stay in PGH and NYC.  I think stealth camping in Central Park is out of the question.
Thanks in advance   

General Discussion / Re: NYC to Albany
« on: March 16, 2019, 06:08:26 pm »
Thanks.  Amtrak's Robo-Info-Gal is less than helpful.
May break in NYC for a day or two, then possibly take Metro North just to get out of town

General Discussion / NYC to Albany
« on: March 07, 2019, 01:49:07 pm »
Currently, I am planning for the Summer, if it ever gets here.  Does anyone know about bikes as luggage on Amtrak from NY Penn Station and Albany?
Thanks in advance

General Discussion / Re: Forged vs stamped dropouts
« on: January 25, 2019, 08:07:31 pm »
You might look at some used bikes as well.  It sounds like a Bruce Gordon would tick all of your boxes.  He is retired now, but a used one could be a bargain.  Similarly, Thorn, a British company, Co-motion, and others.
Good luck

General Discussion / Re: Mechanical Doping or Misplaced Sympathy?
« on: January 02, 2019, 09:02:01 pm »
I see the problem/opportunity a little differently.  I think assisted bikes are inevitable.  Good management of them, on the part of conventional cyclists could lead to more, and louder voices requesting (demanding) cycle trails, lanes, accommodation on public transit, etc.  Imagine a car free TransAmerica Trail, bike parking facilities as normal at RR Stations, shoulders as a standard for highway construction, etc. 

Gear Talk / Charging
« on: November 10, 2018, 07:47:54 pm »
My dynamo hub will charge a couple of AA batteries which can replenish the GPS.  My phone, however, won't charge below about 11mph. It beeps plaintively below that speed.  Does any one have experience with charging a power pack to then charge the phone?
Thanks in advance

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