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Gear Talk / Re: Are you happy with your disc brakes?
« on: April 03, 2011, 10:36:51 pm »
I like my disc brakes.  If you are thinking about using them on a long tour I would use the cable type because they are easier to service.

Routes / Re: Route Planning: Off the Lake Erie Connector
« on: April 03, 2011, 10:30:06 pm »
Also check out this web site  In July Michigan Trails and Greenway  offers a week long tour using  rail trails.  A few years ago they offer a tour that went trough part of the area you want to ride.  Ask if they might have a map left over.  They rode from west to east so you would have to use the map in reverse order.  Some of the towns they went though are Rockford (north of Grand Rapids), Edmore, St. Charles, Frankenmuth.  From Rockford you would ride back roads then get on another rail trail.   That trail will get you close to Muskegon. Good luck

General Discussion / Re: Think SPRING!
« on: February 02, 2011, 10:27:27 am »
We have the same conditions in south west Michigan.  The local Ski resort is closed today.  Phil did not see his shadow so spring is 6 weeks away.  Today is cross training day aka shoveling snow!!!

General Discussion / Re: Sizing question
« on: January 25, 2011, 10:31:41 am »
I would find out what the stand over height of the top tube. Compare this to your inseam or your current bike. It is best to have no less than one inch.  To find this measurement locate the middle of the top tube. (the half way point between seat and headset).  Then measure from this point to the floor this is the stand over height.

General Discussion / Re: DIY Tips
« on: January 06, 2011, 05:23:11 pm »
My rims have presta valves.  I drilled out the valve hole to the same size as a schrader valve.  I then inserted a presta valve rim saver so I can  use a presta or schrader tube.  I also keep a presta valve adapter on the presta stem that way I always find the adapter in case I have to use a pump that is not presta adaptable.

General Discussion / Re: folding bike
« on: December 07, 2010, 02:57:10 pm »
Have you thought about shipping the bike UPS or FEDX to the starting point.  Then ship the bike home again UPS or FEDX.  I do not know what the cost would be.  You could also put some of your equipment in the box so you would have less to deal with at the airport.   I have shipped two bikes UPS. I remove the rear derailleur and zip tie to it the frame and had no problems.

Routes / Re: We Are Looking for Michigan Touring Ideas
« on: July 14, 2010, 11:31:09 pm »
Check out the League of Michigan Cyclist web site at  They have a list of one day rides, county maps with which roads are bust of bicycling.  Also check out  Michigan Trail and Greenways   at WWW.

Recycle glass is not a good idea. The Pere Marquette Rail trail in Michigan used recycle glass. After a year they resurfaced it because the glass caused lots. Tires pick up the super small pieces of glass and causes flat and it is very difficult to find the glass.  I would not want to fall on the stuff. Is it possible to use recycle tires??

Gear Talk / Re: Mechanic School
« on: May 11, 2010, 01:19:09 pm »
Check out  They have a list of bike shops that offer basic repair classes. Other options Offer different types of repair classes in Colorado Springs, CO. The classes are expensive, but you will learn a lot about bicycle repair and walk out as a certified bicycle mechanic.

General Discussion / Re: 25 years on....
« on: April 13, 2010, 10:56:18 pm »
When I am coming to a stop light, a stop sign,  or loose gravel, I unclip one of the pedals so I can put a foot down quickly.

General Discussion / Re: where do we sleep on the TransAm
« on: April 13, 2010, 10:47:53 pm »
The maps have a list of  some campground on or near the route. As well as some hotels/motels and B@B's.  Also check the Adventure Cycling yellow pages for other information.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Great Lakes Route
« on: March 18, 2010, 07:58:56 pm »
Check out League of Michigan Bicyclist  web site at  They have two routes mapped out that go from Lake Michigan to Lake Heron. The maps all so lists a few campgrounds and some local history. This route crosses the Great Lakes Route between the Village of White Pigeon and  the city of Sturgis.  These cities are in southern Michigan  on US 12.  DO NOT RIDE US 12.  There is way to much traffic and  Big trucks. Both going 55 mph plus!!! NO shoulder to ride on.  Hope this helps.  Diane R

Great Lakes / Re: Lake Superior
« on: March 03, 2010, 10:16:41 pm »
Check out this web site www.  This is League of Michigan Bicyclist.  They have mapped out some routes in Upper Michigan.  Some go along the shore of Lake Superior and others along northern Lake Michigan.  LMB also have county maps with notes telling which roads a biker might want to ride.  League of Michigan sponsored the Northern Exposure tour.  They might still have some of maps of the tour for sale.  As Paddlebay said they nolonger offer the tour.  good luck

Gear Talk / Re: suspension seat post...
« on: February 18, 2010, 06:55:29 pm »
I experiment with a shock seat post.  I rode without a shock seat seat then with a shock seat post.Then rode with a shock seat post.  I took two weeks to so the  test.  I ride full time with a shock seat post, both on trails and street.  It is worth the investment in your comfort. 

General Discussion / Re: advice for setting my bike up for touring
« on: February 17, 2010, 12:17:53 pm »
Here is an idea on attaching  the rear carrier near the seat post.  In the current issue of Adventure Cycling Cyclosource  is  a seat clamp  that has mounts for the rear carrier stay to bolt into.  Having the rack mount here will make the rack more stable.  The cost is $15.00 plus shipping and handling or go to the LBS and have them order one because seat clamps do come in different sizes.  Good Luck

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