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Forum: Touring
04-08-11, 09:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,311
Posted By DuckFat

How about an epic ride that avoids highways? ...

How about an epic ride that avoids highways?


Blue Ridge Parkway / Skyline Drive
Back roads from Front Royal VA to Purcellville VA
Washington and Old Dominion Trail to Leesburg VA / Cross...
Forum: Touring
03-09-11, 08:55 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,860
Posted By DuckFat

Here is my experience in 2007. ...

Here is my experience in 2007.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/keith
Forum: Touring
10-06-10, 06:30 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 32,617
Posted By DuckFat

I'll say that even suburban bike shops around...

I'll say that even suburban bike shops around here (35 miles from DC) are not going to be able to do any meaningful service on those hubs. They just wouldn't stock any parts. You'll be sitting...
Forum: Touring
01-29-10, 07:20 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,870
Posted By DuckFat

No, I don't but I read the ingredients of the...

No, I don't but I read the ingredients of the things I eat and when the sodium level is ONE THOUSAND percent above the RDA it kinda sticks out.

Do you just scan the forums looking for trivial ways...
Forum: Touring
01-28-10, 07:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,870
Posted By DuckFat

Never thought I'd say this but McDonalds is...

Never thought I'd say this but McDonalds is probably more nutritious than those meals. They are loaded with sodium. I think one I picked up was 1,000 percent of the RDA in sodium and they really do...
Forum: Touring
12-19-09, 10:48 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,343
Posted By DuckFat

The Brooks Champion Flyer which with the springs...

The Brooks Champion Flyer which with the springs is perfect for anyone that rides on rail trails or bumpy roads. Mine only too about 200 miles to break in.
Forum: Touring
12-16-09, 11:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 689
Posted By DuckFat

Touring isn't about top speed. You'll want the...

Touring isn't about top speed. You'll want the low gears more than you'll want the high gears.
Forum: Touring
11-16-09, 12:40 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 5,457
Posted By DuckFat

Well, logically you'd stock the things that make...

Well, logically you'd stock the things that make touring bikes different or that tourers prefer. So the list would include:

-- Rims with 30+ spokes.
-- Heavy duty racks.
-- Waterproof panniers....
Forum: Touring
10-27-09, 12:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 766
Posted By DuckFat

You'll lover the GAP and C&O. There is no better...

You'll lover the GAP and C&O. There is no better introduction to multi-day touring.
Forum: Touring
10-17-09, 05:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By DuckFat

The trail will be a little wet early in the week....

The trail will be a little wet early in the week. Not as bad as the C&O but decent tires with some tread may be needed. Your 32 tire should be okay. Maybe upgrade the rear to 32 as well if you can...
Forum: Touring
10-11-09, 11:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,342
Posted By DuckFat

There is a good Kindle app and several other...

There is a good Kindle app and several other ebook readers available for the iPhone. Since the Kindle uses the AT&T network you will have the same download capability (better in 3G areas actually). ...
Forum: Touring
10-05-09, 08:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,687
Posted By DuckFat

The Topo Maps app is very useful in areas where...

The Topo Maps app is very useful in areas where there isn't any cellular service. I use it on my backpacking trips more than bicycle trips though.

MotionX GPS will let you create and save tracks...
Forum: Touring
08-06-09, 02:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 929
Posted By DuckFat

Why not stitch a sleeve on the inner part of your...

Why not stitch a sleeve on the inner part of your pannier (near the wheel) so that the netbook is suspended a couple inches from the bottom and the sides? Then all you have to do is pack your soft...
Forum: Touring
07-31-09, 11:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,114
Posted By DuckFat

Sometimes you can just sneak in and find some...

Sometimes you can just sneak in and find some friendly folks in a campsite that are willing to share space. Tent campers are usually more friendly than RV campers and older folks are more friendly...
Forum: Touring
07-31-09, 11:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 987
Posted By DuckFat

Haven't done the whole length but I have done...

Haven't done the whole length but I have done about 40 miles of it. It's a pretty great trail. I know you could park at Cass and I don't think you'd have a problem at any trailhead. I am not...
Forum: Touring
07-31-09, 11:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,280
Posted By DuckFat

Look at it this way. You could buy a bike online...

Look at it this way. You could buy a bike online and get a better deal but consider the total cost after shipping and then compare that to the difference in getting it at the bike shop.

Is the...
Forum: Touring
07-28-09, 02:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 948
Posted By DuckFat

I never use the drop bars and I'd much prefer the...

I never use the drop bars and I'd much prefer the handlebar style of the Safari. The Safari also comes with lower gears and racks and is more suited to the rail trails that I prefer (I live a couple...
Forum: Touring
07-24-09, 12:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 948
Posted By DuckFat

I like my Aurora and ride it daily but if I were...

I like my Aurora and ride it daily but if I were doing it over I'd get a Novara Safari.
Forum: Touring
07-08-09, 04:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 584
Posted By DuckFat

On my Aurora (not Elite) I changed the small...

On my Aurora (not Elite) I changed the small chainwheel to 26T and put an 11-34 cog set on the rear. It took some tweaking to get it to work and it's at the limit of what Tiagra can do but it works...
Forum: Touring
07-02-09, 07:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,731
Posted By DuckFat

Things have dried up a lot around the area. I...

Things have dried up a lot around the area. I think the canal will be better with the mostly dry forecast.

From Purcellville go to Hillsboro and then briefly on Rt 9. then take Harper's Ferry...
Forum: Touring
06-26-09, 10:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 792
Posted By DuckFat

Run the most dangerous roads on Sunday. All...

Run the most dangerous roads on Sunday. All other days can be dangerous. Stick to side roads and country roads as much as possible. It's doable if you have good bike control and are not the...
Forum: Touring
05-24-09, 06:05 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,096
Posted By DuckFat

For cold weather (<45*) or terrain that may be...

For cold weather (<45*) or terrain that may be devoid of trees I take a tent. For warm weather and normal conditions the hammock is more comfortable and lighter weight. The hammock is also much...
Forum: Touring
04-20-09, 03:59 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,120
Posted By DuckFat

I have an Aurora and it would be okay for epic...

I have an Aurora and it would be okay for epic rides if you can do relatively high gears. I had to change chainrings and cogs to get something satisfactory for the mountains. I changed the seatpost...
Forum: Touring
04-16-09, 02:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,200
Posted By DuckFat

About any non-slick tire will work. I'd tend...

About any non-slick tire will work. I'd tend towards the wider tires as you will have areas with sketchy traction. The Schwalbe Marathons are excellent more for the puncture resistance than for the...
Forum: Touring
04-16-09, 02:04 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,919
Posted By DuckFat

Congrats on a rather unique adventure (at least...

Congrats on a rather unique adventure (at least the last few days)! You sure have nads.
Forum: Touring
04-15-09, 07:57 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,412
Posted By DuckFat

Shouldn't be too bad. It dries out pretty fast...

Shouldn't be too bad. It dries out pretty fast and there shouldn't be any more rain this week. Have a good trip.
Forum: Touring
04-15-09, 06:50 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,412
Posted By DuckFat

When is your ride?

When is your ride?
Forum: Touring
04-13-09, 01:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,412
Posted By DuckFat

The safest route is crossing at White's Ferry and...

The safest route is crossing at White's Ferry and then going to Harper's Ferry. It will be slower and the canal can be muddy this time of year. Just avoid rush hours in the Leesburg-White's Ferry...
Forum: Touring
04-12-09, 06:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,412
Posted By DuckFat

I have ridden from Purcellville to Harpers Ferry...

I have ridden from Purcellville to Harpers Ferry and if you go up 690 (Hillsboro Road) from P'Ville to Hillsboro it's a pleasant ride but avoid rush hours. There is no shoulder at all but the...
Forum: Touring
04-07-09, 03:12 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,919
Posted By DuckFat

If you can find a metalworker that can weld a...

If you can find a metalworker that can weld a sleeve over the creased areas it would go a long way toward giving you adequate safety. If you have cracks get those attended to immediately. Even...
Forum: Touring
03-28-09, 03:54 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,363
Posted By DuckFat

Be flexible about which week you do your first...

Be flexible about which week you do your first tour. Weather.com is pretty accurate and you should know by Friday what the next week will be like. If it looks sunny for the upcoming week you'll...
Forum: Touring
03-26-09, 03:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 317
Posted By DuckFat

Get to Pittsburgh and take the GAP/C&O trail to...

Get to Pittsburgh and take the GAP/C&O trail to DC. It's really a wonderful ride.
Forum: Touring
03-20-09, 07:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 590
Posted By DuckFat

The cheaper Shimano mountain bike shoes work fine...

The cheaper Shimano mountain bike shoes work fine and take a lot of abuse. Some of them forego garish colors and frill and look like normal shoes.
Forum: Touring
03-17-09, 04:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,767
Posted By DuckFat

LHT's have been around the world including the...

LHT's have been around the world including the Himilayas.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/longwayhome

Personally, I would take a bike with a front suspension that can be locked out for road...
Forum: Touring
03-08-09, 04:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,007
Posted By DuckFat

The tent footprints are pretty much a waste of...

The tent footprints are pretty much a waste of money. I just got a lightweight tarp from the local Tractor Supply store ($7). I lay that down and then put up the tent then I fold the edges of tarp...
Forum: Touring
03-02-09, 11:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By DuckFat

Yep, get a BOB trailer.

Yep, get a BOB trailer.
Forum: Touring
02-23-09, 01:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 742
Posted By DuckFat

If you aren't a heavy rider then you should be...

If you aren't a heavy rider then you should be fine with about any bike except for an ultra-light racer. I'd beef up the rear wheel with a heavier duty wheel and make sure most of the weight was...
Forum: Touring
02-09-09, 08:40 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,358
Posted By DuckFat

I use Shimano M324's. They are mountain bike...

I use Shimano M324's. They are mountain bike oriented and can take a lot of abuse. They are dual sided like the 530's above. Seriously, you'll like the versatility of being able to use any...
Forum: Touring
02-09-09, 08:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,268
Posted By DuckFat

Yep... with low enough gears just about any bike...

Yep... with low enough gears just about any bike can pull a BOB. Ride the bike you are most comfortable with. All things being equal a touring bike will probably be best given the generally more...
Forum: Touring
02-09-09, 08:28 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,446
Posted By DuckFat

I think it's far safer than it used to be. You...

I think it's far safer than it used to be. You can use a cell phone in most areas with roads and if you have people that can watch your progress then consider a SPOT device (just be sure to...
Forum: Touring
01-17-09, 10:47 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,156
Posted By DuckFat

Keep in mind that braking is a function of the...

Keep in mind that braking is a function of the tire's ability to grip the road. Using wider (mountain bike type) tires will give you more contact with the road and hence take less power from the...
Forum: Touring
01-17-09, 10:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 333
Posted By DuckFat

Navigate to Colliers, WV and then you can take...

Navigate to Colliers, WV and then you can take the Panhandle Trail to Pittsburgh, then the GAP to Cumberland, MD, then the C&O Canal to DC. You can do it with 32mm or wider tires and a standard...
Forum: Touring
01-07-09, 11:33 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,382
Posted By DuckFat

These are from the GAP trail between Pittsburgh...

These are from the GAP trail between Pittsburgh and Cumberland MD.
Forum: Touring
12-31-08, 09:44 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,317
Posted By DuckFat

If the weather was nice I'd just forgo the tent...

If the weather was nice I'd just forgo the tent and sleep close to the fence. The public right of way extends about 12 feet from the edge of the road in many states so you can't be convicted of...
Forum: Touring
11-24-08, 07:10 PM
Replies: 332
Views: 17,750
Posted By DuckFat

I think a SAG car is a good idea. It doesn't...

I think a SAG car is a good idea. It doesn't really cut down on the achievement and it will let you go faster and have more time to document the trip. It also immensely increases the safety of the...
Forum: Touring
11-07-08, 07:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,754
Posted By DuckFat

1,000+ miles on Marathon XR's and no flats.

1,000+ miles on Marathon XR's and no flats.
Forum: Touring
11-07-08, 11:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,754
Posted By DuckFat

It seems that the law of averages...

It seems that the law of averages (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_averages) is still not part of educational curricula in some schools or were some of us asleep that day?
Forum: Touring
11-05-08, 09:47 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,468
Posted By DuckFat

Blasphemy! I call shena****ns. Brooks are...

Blasphemy! I call shena****ns. Brooks are carried on clouds by angels from heaven and none have ever broken or given anyone trouble of any kind. Be gone heretic!
Forum: Touring
11-04-08, 05:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,395
Posted By DuckFat

I've found no real benefit to a lot of...

I've found no real benefit to a lot of stretching. I just get on the bike and start out slowly and ride in a low gear for a little while until my heart rate gets up and then I step up the pace.
Forum: Touring
10-30-08, 03:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 12,539
Posted By DuckFat

I like the "mountain biking" shorts. Many of...

I like the "mountain biking" shorts. Many of them are padded nicely but still look like normal cargo shorts. That way you don't look like a freak going into restaurants and such. I'm sorry but...
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