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Gear Talk / Touring tandem: experience with different makes
« on: January 02, 2017, 04:46:48 pm »
Unless you need a custom fit or the newest technology, you can likely find a nicely setup used Santana or Co-Motion S&S tandem for between $2500-$4000. For maximum versatility and ease of packing for a couples touring tandem, my preference is 26" wheels, but others will disagree.

I have three S&S tandems: a Co-Motion Mocha (26"), Santana Fusion (26"), and Santana Cabrio triplet (700c). The 26" wheeled bikes are definitely easier to fit in S&S cases.

PM me if you have more questions. We've been touring and traveling/flying wth our tandems/triplet for 17 years or so.

Urban Cycling / Re: top bicycle-friendly cities and towns
« on: December 18, 2016, 08:08:51 pm »
Philadelphia is actually a very bike friendly city, with plenty of bike lanes and a good network of rail trails in the area too.

Routes / Re: East Coast Greenway or Atlantic Route
« on: December 09, 2016, 08:26:53 am »
I believe true e-bikes, ones where you have to pedal rather than just power along without input, are considered bikes just about everywhere and are allowed on trails, at least on any trail the ECG would use.

Rocky Mountain / Vehicle parking in Jackson, WY
« on: December 03, 2016, 03:53:05 pm »
Or call the National Park Service at Grand Teton NP and see if they offer long-term parking in their lots for an extended adventure. Most parks do if you ask in advance.

General Discussion / Re: Riding with golf clubs
« on: November 28, 2016, 11:11:09 am »
The Burley Travoy trailer seems like it's almost custom-made for golf bags. You could even unhook it and use it on the golf course!

Gear Talk / Long distance tour bike for small lady
« on: November 27, 2016, 05:57:42 pm »
I have a very nice, used Co-Motion Pangea with S&S couplers for sale in your size. It's posted in the classifieds section here on the forums:

Bump: price lowered to $1750 firm. Otherwise I'll wait until spring and put it on ebay.

A great price for a rare and high-quality bike!

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Traffic - Bar Harbor going South in May '17
« on: November 17, 2016, 04:14:29 pm »
You can also leave the bike boxed and checked, and use a bikeshare bike.  Or transit.  Our large cities have pretty good transit, elsewhere it's very skimpy.

Yes, Philadelphia has trains 2x/hour from the airport to Center City. I assume Boston has something similar.

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Traffic - Bar Harbor going South in May '17
« on: November 17, 2016, 09:55:28 am »
BTW...If you want to take a day off in Philly to see the historical sites there is a HI hostel that's a pretty easy bike to downtown:

+1 on this! Philly is worth a visit :-) Most airlines allow you to break-up your flights by up to 24 hours, so you could fly into PHL, stay over, and then fly north the next day at some point. Only issue is where to store your bike box. Since you have an ongoing flight the airline *should* hold your box for your next flight. Some years ago we did a bike tour in Europe with some friends from California. They flew in from California the first day, stayed overnight with us in Phila, and then we all flew to Germany the next day. The airline held their two bike boxes for them overnight and put them on the Europe-bound plane the next day.

General Discussion / Re: Trangia Stove / Meths
« on: November 11, 2016, 04:59:59 pm »
I've found standard butane canisters are now available in the sporting goods section of most WalMarts. This is great for the bike tourist!

Also, I'd be careful of walking into a store and asking for "meths"! The methamphetamine (aka "meth") drug problem is unfortunately quite pervasive in many communities at the moment.

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Traffic - Bar Harbor going South in May '17
« on: November 11, 2016, 04:55:46 pm »
Pain = Quite A Lot of ££££

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Ah, yes, well there's that...

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Traffic - Bar Harbor going South in May '17
« on: November 11, 2016, 04:34:53 pm »
I'm looking at flights and Bangor is a real pain to get to from London.
If I fly to Boston and keep my bike boxed up, it looks as though these guys will take my boxed bike and transport me straight up to Bangor.

Anyone ever traveled with Concord Coach?

How is it a pain? Flying American Airlines/British Airways, it's two flight legs: LHR-PHL-BGR, connecting in Philadelphia. Same day, even (e.g., one option is to leave LHR at 10:05 am, arrive BGR 5:08 pm same day). The only thing you'd need to confirm is that the regional jet to BGR can take a bike.

Otherwise, I'm sure Concord Coach would be fine, although I've never used them myself. I've seen them all over the highways in New England. If you can catch a bus directly from Boston to your final destination, that might be worth dealing with the bus connection (assuming the times are convenient).

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Traffic - Bar Harbor going South in May '17
« on: November 11, 2016, 10:45:16 am »
Addendum: after some thought, if you want to do the "full down east" tour, start from Perry, not Calais (shaves off a few miles and time on the shuttle bus). Not much in Calais, except a border crossing into Canada. Looks like the shuttle bus stops in Perry before it gets to Calais.

Also, my referenced Google map was just a quickie, rough route. There are quite a few smaller loop roads that go off Rt 1 and get you closer to the coast in places. If you have the time, I'd definitely add them in, because that will let you see the "true" Maine coast, not just Rt 1 stuff. Like Rd 186 that loops down into the Schoodic Penninsula, Winter Harbor, and another part of Acadia National Park that many people miss (there's a campground there, too).

I had planned to ride the southern part of this route last July (Brunswick, Maine, to Rockport, Mass) on a long weekend, but decided to ride the GAP instead, as I didn't want to deal with the in-season traffic along Rt 1 in southern Maine. But now that I'm typing all of this, I'm getting the urge to bike the entire thing myself! :-)

General Discussion / Re: How often do you do pedal maintenance???
« on: November 10, 2016, 04:17:23 pm »
SunTour XC Pro old-school pedals (running four sets of them) = never, so far. These have grease ports, but I've never used that function. I guess the build quality is why these pedals go for $100+ on Ebay in decent condition.

SR Low Fat Pro Comp MTP-129 old-school pedals (four sets of these as well) = very occasionally I'll take them apart and regrease the bearings when they start feeling stiff. An easy and fast service with only a 10mm socket and 15mm pedal wrench needed.

Routes / Atlantic Coast Traffic - Bar Harbor going South in May '17
« on: November 10, 2016, 12:36:50 pm »
Not the ACA route, but riding Rt 1, 1A, etc. (see the Google map I linked). The ACA route in Maine (from what I've seen of it) avoids the coast to skip potentially trafficked roads and instead puts you inland where the scenery isn't as interesting (IMO). If looking at just the ACA route, I'd probably agree that the Maine portion is no more or less interesting than Richmond to Boston or whatever. The scenery along the coast more than makes up for any possible traffic IMO. And I still think there won't be bad traffic anyway in mid and late May. A different story in late June through August, to be sure, especially along the coast south of Portland.

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