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  1. The downtube shifters (along with the original...

    The downtube shifters (along with the original derailleurs) are about the only thing still original on my '89 Voyageur, by preference. Neat thing is friction shifters and the derailleurs attached to...
  2. In case its needed, I'm just gonna throw in the...

    In case its needed, I'm just gonna throw in the caveat of Lyme Disease.

    Its widespread in the US now but in the areas you are considering riding you'll be pretty much in the epicenter.

    Watch...
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    Going from San Antonio TX to NY State, my...

    Going from San Antonio TX to NY State, my 44/32/22 crank and 12 (??) - to 34 cogs were plenty low even with 40lbs of gear and water until I hit two different hills in Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio. ...
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    Going from San Antonio TX to NY State, my...

    Going from San Antonio TX to NY State, my 44/32/22 crank and 12 (??) - to 34 cogs were plenty low even with 40lbs of gear and water until I hit two different hills in Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio. ...
  5. Please take this as constructive input. ...

    Please take this as constructive input.



    Trial and error with clothing en route could get expensive real quick, even at Walmart. Plus once abrasions/blisters get started they can inhibit your...
  6. And do not despair, New York State collectively...

    And do not despair, New York State collectively is one of the prettiest places in all of North America.

    Bike-friendly enough that they have numerous NY bike routes.....
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  7. Not from there, but I was up on the Hudson this...

    Not from there, but I was up on the Hudson this summer and my family is from there.

    The MTA is indeed going to be your best friend.

    First off Harriman State Park/Bear Mountain State Park is a...
  8. Point of information, My old Schwinn started the...

    Point of information, My old Schwinn started the pre-trip transformation with a 50/44/28 road bike crankset up front, seven-speed 13-28 freewheel in back now its 44/32/22 in front and eight speed...
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    This is what I wore on my 30 day 2,000 mile tour...

    This is what I wore on my 30 day 2,000 mile tour last year, a single later of loose-fitting nylon, top and bottom, nothing underneath..
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    Dogs are running machines, and if your dog will...

    Dogs are running machines, and if your dog will reliably walk at heel it will equally well run at heel behind/alongside a bicycle. Here's mine on a 20 mile run through the city....
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    This is an easy one; since gloves ARE...

    This is an easy one; since gloves ARE indispensable just buy two pairs when you buy 'em, stow the extra with the tool kit just in case.

    Works fer me.
  12. Important to note.... that decent pace was...

    Important to note.... that decent pace was maintained WITHOUT worrying about the pace, or even knowing how far I was going to get on any given day. I'd just get up in the morning, get on the bike,...
  13. 60F/40F rain at times, not far off from that all...

    60F/40F rain at times, not far off from that all year.

    No worries, until I was 13 over there that was all I knew :lol:
  14. Thank you for the info. My rules for my past...

    Thank you for the info.

    My rules for my past trip were 1) no trespassing, 2) no trash 3) no feces. I expect this would hold equally true over there. This was as big as my footprint ever got...
  15. I have only done that one long tour, but the way...

    I have only done that one long tour, but the way I went into it was with the view that for that month riding the bike was my job; I got up in the morning and I rode it. When I got tired I stopped,...
  16. Well, with the understanding this was all last...

    Well, with the understanding this was all last summer....

    Lake Erie...

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v148/Sharpshin/Bike/btriperie6_zpsab7f669f.jpg

    Morning of Day 3, Caldwell TX....
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  17. One trip here, San Antonio to NY State last year;...

    One trip here, San Antonio to NY State last year; first tour, 2,000 miles, June 18th - July 21st avg 64 miles a day, age 57.

    No ideas about the route but 50 miles a day regardless should be...
  18. Hey thanks! The first two questions are...

    Hey thanks!


    The first two questions are really the same issue.

    A roof is wasted on me, same thing with a bed, side of the road/tent is perfect. On my TX-NY trip I never needed to trespass,...
  19. England/Scotland/Ireland/France/England/Wales

    Speaking of dreams.....

    It was August of '13 I first got on these boards, asking advice in prep for a bucket list first 2,000 mile TX - NY tour done at age 57.

    I did it, 2,000 miles in 33...
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    Ya, if only for the interest, conversations and...

    Ya, if only for the interest, conversations and example we provide.
  21. Wow! A better outcome than I could have hoped...

    Wow! A better outcome than I could have hoped for. Thanks :thumb: ...and completely beyond the ken of the local LBS's when I asked around.

    I knew this fork was stone-axe simple, I just didn't...
  22. Rebuild kits for Marzocchi Bomber Z-1 fork?

    Seventeen years ago we promised our then 13 year-old son a new bike if he completed the fifty mile leg of the big annual Lance Armstrong charity ride. He did. We went to our LBS and picked out a...
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    For last summer's tour I bought a $250 Asus...

    For last summer's tour I bought a $250 Asus netbook from Best Buy. Amazing how the price has come down on these things and how good they have gotten. This one even has a touch screen tho I have...
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    Matched wheels? People ride with matched wheels...

    Matched wheels? People ride with matched wheels AND tires? When did this happen?

    Seriously, on my rigid '80's Stumjumper I've been running the widest front tire I could get. Yhe wheels/rims are...
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    57 yo teacher here. Frequently work 12 hr plus...

    57 yo teacher here.

    Frequently work 12 hr plus days, most of it on my feet, exhausted at the end. Still manage 75-100 mile commuting weeks, through urban areas yet.

    Trick is to bicycle at a...
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