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Routes / Re: Official Eastern Express route in ACA!!!!
« Last post by RossKB on January 14, 2023, 02:36:04 pm »
One of the differences I note between the ACA "Eastern Express" and Frank Moritz's original Eastern Express is that the ACA Eastern Express goes right through Indianapolis, while Frank Moritz's takes a much southerly route through Indiana. While cities like Columbus and Dayton have infrastructure that allows bikers pretty easy access to the center of the city,  I could imagine it could be very frustrating running into traffic lights every few blocks if you don't have any inherent reason to stop in Indianapolis.  Does anyone have any experience riding this route through Indianapolis? It looks like there is decent bicycle infrastructure to the southwest of Indianapolis, but am not sure about the eastern side.  Thanks a lot!  Ross
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Mid-Atlantic / Mid April 2023 Pittsburgh to Ithaca tour research
« Last post by Gordon02 on January 13, 2023, 07:59:38 pm »
Hello cycling community, I live in Oregon and my son is a student in Ithaca, NY.  My intention is to watch his bicycle race on April 22, 23 in the northeast, and I am thinking that I could do some riding of my own to make the most of the transcontinental flight.  Four days of bicycling across the 330-ish miles from Pittsburgh to Ithaca seems reasonable, carrying camping gear.  My request is for good sources of information on how to plan such a tour: looking for smooth pavement with minimal vehicular threat/fear and seeking campground wisdom in general (will they be open in mid-April?).  I might do the same ride southbound after the race viewing.  Or perhaps I'll ride to Boston?   Your thoughts would be appreciated.  Respectfully, Peter Hewitt
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General Discussion / Re: Lube when long distance touring
« Last post by froze on January 13, 2023, 11:54:56 am »
I wipe the chain down after every ride as I said, it doesn't take long, maybe 60 seconds at the most by the time you grab a rag, spin the chain backward, and put the rag back.  I average about 8,000 miles on a chain and about 3 times that on my gears, so I think I'm doing this stuff correctly.  Some lubes I've used in the past I didn't get that 8,000-mile range, but with RnR Gold, and ProLink Progold I did; not sure yet about Dumonde Tech, but when I checked the chain wear after 3,000 miles it was only about 10% on my regular road bike with a Shimano 105 chain, so I have a feeling I should see 8,000 or hopefully more. On my touring bike using a standard KMC X10 chain, which put a lot more load on a chain due to carrying additional weight, that chain with Dumonde Tech is showing 15% at 2,000 miles, so I consider that really good.  I check my chain wear at the beginning of every season. 
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General Discussion / Re: Return to beginning of ride info
« Last post by John Nettles on January 13, 2023, 10:47:33 am »
It might be easier to ride to Bangor, ME and rent a car one way.  There a a couple of rental places closer but they may not offer one way rentals.
You should be able to use an aggregator like Kayak to see where you can do it.  Then try to book directly with the actual car rental agency if it says that "Hertz" or whomever does. If so, you should be able to book with any online website and be able to do a one-way rental.
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General Discussion / Re: Return to beginning of ride info
« Last post by John Nettles on January 13, 2023, 10:45:52 am »
Eric, that is news to me.  I called my local Greyhound station in Tulsa and they said that yes, they do accept "broken down and boxed bicycles".  I then tried to call the station in Portland and there is not phone number as they changed that station to an "express" station meaning it is just a spot beside the road and no physical station building or personnel.  You must buy your ticket online or in advance at a full-service station.  I then tried calling the national Greyhound phone line but of course, it kept disconnecting before answering and their "contact us" link keeps circling back to the FAQ under Help but no actual way to contact anyone.

I personally do not like Greyhound though some of the other lines like Jefferson (central plains) is OK.
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General Discussion / Re: Return to beginning of ride info
« Last post by aggie on January 13, 2023, 10:44:20 am »
It might be easier to ride to Bangor, ME and rent a car one way.  There a a couple of rental places closer but they may not offer one way rentals.
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General Discussion / Re: Lube when long distance touring
« Last post by canalligators on January 13, 2023, 09:59:31 am »
Wiping down the chain removes dirt. Dirt increases abrasion and shortens the life of a chain.  (Stone dust is especially bad.). Wiping also minimizes oil on the surface, so less dirt sticks to it.  And wiping won’t remove lube from inside the chain, where you do want it.

That said, daily wiping is not my habit, though maybe it should be.  At least after riding on a trail surfaced with rolled stone dust.  When I used to ride daily on rolled stone dust, my chain didn’t last as long, maybe 25% less mileage until elongation to limits.
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General Discussion / Re: Return to beginning of ride info
« Last post by eorogers on January 13, 2023, 09:37:08 am »
John

Last I heard Greyhound was not accepting bicycles anymore.  Do you know something I don't?

Eric
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Routes / Re: Southern Tier through Tucson
« Last post by Westinghouse on January 13, 2023, 06:51:45 am »
I cycled that route, but I cannot remember it. Weeks ago I cycled from Tucson to El Paso. It was on the interstate. Great following wind, but too many tire wires.
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Routes / Re: Brit riding across the US
« Last post by Westinghouse on January 13, 2023, 06:43:54 am »
That is the most outstanding planned route.
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