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Old 02-23-14, 05:49 PM   #76
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top, I owe you a beer for those Viscount crank bolts. I'm pretty sure they have a Whitworth thread, which seems crazy to me, but you know those English.

Michael, I just showed Carol your last post. Very funny, dude.

Hey, Jim, I'm going to send a link to this thread to Louise and Dan who came along with us in August.
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Wow, this one is really shaping up nicely! I'm currently in North Fort Myers, actually got a ride in today. Weather was in the mid 80's.
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Wow, this one is really shaping up nicely! I'm currently in North Fort Myers, actually got a ride in today. Weather was in the mid 80's.
So Dave, just rub it in won't you! That's okay, when we are able to flee these NE states to a warmer climate, if even for just a few days, we all deserve to do so.
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I'll have to see what's going on around then. I, like aixaix, would like to have somewhere to camp, though if we come up for the ride it'll be a slightly different kind of van. As far as which tandem, it'll likely be the Bilenky, but could be the JT or Davidson depending on the mood. Oh the van: She's been fixed up a bit since some of the folks here last saw it. The new front end, specifically, is thanks to a deer strike that took nearly everything from the water pump forward, save the headlights.


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top, I owe you a beer for those Viscount crank bolts. I'm pretty sure they have a Whitworth thread, which seems crazy to me, but you know those English.
Yeah, I do. Some of my folks came over from Sheffield in 1903.
In any case, beer all around! Always a good reason to drive five hours in the spring.

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Dallas, hope you can join us! Would love to see your van up close. I find it very intriguing. How's the reliability and comfort? I know they are very popular in Europe as RVs as well as work related vans.

From your encouragement about this time last year, I've finally dipped my toe into Sturmey Archer hub service. Should have a few SA hubs and a large selection of serviced freewheels for trades that weekend.
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My wife and I will be in Chatham in August for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday. We will be getting bikes for the week we are there and certainly want to do the Rail Trail and any suggested side trips! It's nice to have this thread for reference. Any suggestions or meet-ups are welcome! That is, if you don't mind putting up with a Californian.

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Dallas, hope you can join us! Would love to see your van up close. I find it very intriguing. How's the reliability and comfort? I know they are very popular in Europe as RVs as well as work related vans.

From your encouragement about this time last year, I've finally dipped my toe into Sturmey Archer hub service. Should have a few SA hubs and a large selection of serviced freewheels for trades that weekend.
I just talked to the CEO to get some buy-in on the possibility of making the trip. About the Sprinter, I don't want to hi-jack this thread but let's suffice it to say that I really like it a lot. I can carry 5 people (2 up front and 3 on the first bench seat) and at least 5 bikes, including tandems along with gear. Try doing that with a mini-van. Additionally, I've averaged 24 MPG since I bought it, with a low of 21.5 MPG and a high of 26.7 MPG. The mileage is as good or better than a lot of mini-vans out there.
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Dallas, keep working the CEO and we'll keep rooting for your participation. We need some MD representation.

That is good MPGs. My Honda van is lucky to get 22MPG driving up and down the local hills. With the snow tires on in the winter, it's more like 19-20. I do find the internal hauling capacity of your Sprinter to be very alluring. Best I can do is three bikes inside.
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My wife and I will be in Chatham in August for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday. We will be getting bikes for the week we are there and certainly want to do the Rail Trail and any suggested side trips! It's nice to have this thread for reference. Any suggestions or meet-ups are welcome! That is, if you don't mind putting up with a Californian.

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Jim,

The Bikeway to Woodshole and the paths along both sides of the Cape Cod Canal are the two other trails that I mention in an earlier posts. There is also a spur trail off of the main route of CCRT that goes from Dennis into Chatham. In August Cape Cod can be its busiest, so road riding and trail riding can be rather congestive. Rootboy, Scott Ryder and top506 can tell you more since they either live there or grew up going there. Pick their brains for good rides.
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My wife and I will be in Chatham in August for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday. We will be getting bikes for the week we are there and certainly want to do the Rail Trail and any suggested side trips! It's nice to have this thread for reference. Any suggestions or meet-ups are welcome! That is, if you don't mind putting up with a Californian.

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Jim, I'm on the Cape quite a bit in August, perhaps if you're my size I can supply a vintage ride for you. I'm a 59-60cm or so .. but I have a 56-58's as well. Plus I can point out all the local "secret spots" for you.

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for what it's worth the trail looked rideable yesterday in Eastham & Wellfleet. just some leaves and small mounds of snow
Rum, those photos give me hope! Thanks for sharing.

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Hmm, depending on my daughter's spring crew schedule, I might actually be able to do this ride. Maybe I'll take this one:

Neal, it would be great to see you .. especially on the Raleigh. btw, Farnham's Clam Shack opens next month, perhaps you can venture north for a lunch. And speaking of clams, for all of you that haven't been on this ride before, this is what it's all about, right Top?



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Thanks PastorBob and Scott. I very much appreciate the help and offer. I generally ride 58 cm and my own bikes range from 55 - 61 cm. I'll be in touch later in the year!

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Thanks PastorBob and Scott. I very much appreciate the help and offer. I generally ride 58 cm and my own bikes range from 55 - 61 cm. I'll be in touch later in the year!
With two weeks notice I could join as well.
The Old Colony Rail Trail runs between Chatham and Harwich and connects with the CCRT. Alas, Chatham Cycle has closed it's doors, as their lease wasn't renewed.

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There's a trip I'd like to do this summer .. ride from my home in Eastham north to Wellfleet on the CCRT. At Marconi, jump on the National Seashore's Bike "Ferry" to Provincetown for a day of riding, food and fun. The van and trailer (holds 12 bikes) leave every 45 minutes during the summer months. This was set up in response to a couple of bad cycling accidents along Rt. 6 where there's isn't any secondary roads available. If you know P'town in the summer, a bicycle is the only way to travel.

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There's a trip I'd like to do this summer .. ride from my home in Eastham north to Wellfleet on the CCRT. At Marconi, jump on the National Seashore's Bike "Ferry" to Provincetown for a day of riding, food and fun. The van and trailer (holds 12 bikes) leave every 45 minutes during the summer months. This was set up in response to a couple of bad cycling accidents along Rt. 6 where there's isn't any secondary roads available. If you know P'town in the summer, a bicycle is the only way to travel.

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I'd be game for a mid week foray to P-Town, after I marry off the daughter which will tie me down from early July to early August.
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I'd be game for a mid week foray to P-Town, after I marry off the daughter which will tie me down from early July to early August.
Hey who knows, maybe you can marry me off while you're down in August .. I might find someone by then ..

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Made a reservation for 4/25 & 4/26 at Nickerson SP. Can somebody tell me where the starting line is, and what time to be there?
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It's in South Dennis, just off Rt. 6 at Exit 9 on Rt. 134 (about a mile). I think we push for a 10:00 start, which gives some of the closer people to get up in the morning and make the drive. Here's a PDF map of the trail. As you can see, Nickerson SP is about halfway up the trail and not fart from Exit 12 on Rt. 6.
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How a guy like me could end up with so many Gordon College girls in his life I have no idea. Of course they'd think you're worthy!

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Thanks, Bob. You can marry me any time.

Should we arrive at the starting gate having breakfasted, or is it traditional to dine together at some greasy spoon: coffee sulfurous as the waitress's glare, scrambled eggs gravelly, flapjacks abrasive and Cheerios, Korean War surplus purchased at government auction, floating like malevolent life-preservers in a sour white sea?
Or do I hope for too much?
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It has been traditional just to arrive at the trailhead ready to ride. There are some places between the trailhead and Rt6 IIRC but nothing to provide much atmosphere, more like grab-sandwich-and-drive. We always arrive late anyway, it seems, or nearly late.

Someone mentioned maybe riding on Sunday too. I haven't mentioned this to Sharon but if we aren't committed to something else we could come down on Sunday also.

It turns out we have to play a church service Sunday morning. So we can't make Sunday.
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