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Forum: Touring
11-18-12, 07:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,894
Posted By charly17201

Haven't really been in bear country (a small...

Haven't really been in bear country (a small section of PA and MD) so haven't had any problems with them. Racoons on the other hand have been a nuisance everywhere. Regardless where I camp, I hang...
Forum: Touring
11-17-12, 09:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 599
Posted By charly17201

I road the C&O last year starting May 1st. Got...

I road the C&O last year starting May 1st. Got rained on every day. I would suggest a wider tire, but it isn't impossible. I saw others riding very skinny tires (patch kit, spare tube and pump will...
Forum: Recumbent
03-07-12, 05:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,389
Posted By charly17201

I think a big factor would be "how" you plan to...

I think a big factor would be "how" you plan to tour... CC, supported or self-contained.Also, where you plan to ride. I can tell you first hand crossing the C&O Canal wasn't fun on the trike. And any...
Forum: Recumbent
02-14-12, 08:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,407
Posted By charly17201

I wear very little spandex. I have found with...

I wear very little spandex. I have found with some of my 'normal' shorts that they do tend at times to 'ride up' and bunch some. But it depends on the shorts.
Forum: Touring
02-14-12, 08:04 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,026
Posted By charly17201

Just saw your post. If you are planning on the...

Just saw your post. If you are planning on the C&O you do NOT want any 2-wheeled trailer. Much of the C&O is like an old farm lane. Two small tire tracks with a grass 'hump' between them. A 2-wheeled...
02-08-12, 06:12 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,955
Posted By charly17201

Kind of like when I was a truck driver. I...

Kind of like when I was a truck driver. I mean.... how can you not SEE something 12 1/2 feet tall, 8 1/2 feet wide and 75 feet long? :eek:

Yet, as a former truck driver, I know that there are...
02-01-12, 05:18 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,955
Posted By charly17201

+1

+1
01-30-12, 02:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,907
Posted By charly17201

On my 'bent? I'll stop.... heck, they'd have to...

On my 'bent? I'll stop.... heck, they'd have to carry it or push it to get away. I've always gotten a ton of comments when riding one of my 'bents - seems something about a recumbent makes people...
01-30-12, 02:04 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,955
Posted By charly17201

The most often occurrence of "not being seen" is...

The most often occurrence of "not being seen" is at an intersection waiting to cross.

I generally wear a high-vis top and hat. Red blinky AND a really wonderful xenon white strobe in the rear. I...
Forum: Recumbent
11-05-11, 10:43 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,198
Posted By charly17201

I ride both with clipless pedals. I did, however,...

I ride both with clipless pedals. I did, however, make the release tension as loose as possible on the bents. I found I had less leverage/strength in my ankle in that position to unclip quickly when...
Forum: Recumbent
10-27-11, 06:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,550
Posted By charly17201

Weird since I saw this yesterday on TV, you want...

Weird since I saw this yesterday on TV, you want to search for Jeggings. Or find a shop that sells to the Emo crowd. No endorsement, just the first link I came to........
Forum: Recumbent
10-24-11, 07:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,072
Posted By charly17201

Check out HostelShoppe. They have a pretty good...

Check out HostelShoppe. They have a pretty good selection of racks for bents. http://hostelshoppe.com/cgi-bin/search.pl?category=201500
Forum: Recumbent
10-24-11, 07:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,608
Posted By charly17201

Funny thing, the only 'negative' comments I ever...

Funny thing, the only 'negative' comments I ever got were from people I knew. One was from one of the guys I supervised and he was 'ashamed to admit I was his boss.'..... that said, every other...
Forum: Recumbent
10-09-11, 05:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 926
Posted By charly17201

I forget the company name, but call Hostle Shoppe...

I forget the company name, but call Hostle Shoppe in Wisconson (hostleshoppe.com) - they use a company that knows bikes. But, you'll have to box it yourself. And, it isn't FedEx, UPS or DHL.
Forum: Recumbent
10-01-11, 06:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 909
Posted By charly17201

Sheldon Brown web page has some excellent...

Sheldon Brown web page has some excellent articles that may help you track down the problem. However, I differ on one point with Sheldon and Jeff Wills. When I set the chain length, I run the chain...
Forum: Recumbent
09-30-11, 06:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 909
Posted By charly17201

22 little ring, 44 big ring which should mean you...

22 little ring, 44 big ring which should mean you have a 32 middle ring. Not that big a jump in my opinion, and pretty standard.

chain length too short? got to have enough chain to be able to...
Forum: Recumbent
08-28-11, 06:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,729
Posted By charly17201

I've had USS before, but currently have an OSS....

I've had USS before, but currently have an OSS. USS is a 'twitchier' steering bike calling for a bit more learning curve. I think that's probably the reaspn there are fewer out there.

To me, a USS...
Forum: Recumbent
08-10-11, 04:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,903
Posted By charly17201

+1

+1
Forum: Recumbent
08-07-11, 07:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,903
Posted By charly17201

I'll go a different direction..... I have...

I'll go a different direction.....

I have found it necessary to add air every 2 to 3 to 7 days which I've always found to be necessary on any bike tire to maintain proper inflation. Heck, even on...
Forum: Recumbent
07-30-11, 12:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 994
Posted By charly17201

I, unfortunately, have had bad results with...

I, unfortunately, have had bad results with Schwalbe Marathons bulging on the sidewalls (and one was out of round) in the past few months. 3 out of 4 (and in 2 different sizes 406/20 and 305/16)....
Forum: Recumbent
07-24-11, 01:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,649
Posted By charly17201

I've owned a SWB USS which I really loved for my...

I've owned a SWB USS which I really loved for my commuting. A tadpole Trike with rear suspension (which I started my current tour on - until an sob ran it over in a parking lot), now I'm on a CLWB...
07-17-11, 04:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,569
Posted By charly17201

I use the LightMan white strobes on my bike and...

I use the LightMan white strobes on my bike and they are real powerful and bright. I use them on the rear of my bike during daylight hours and they definitely grab peoples attention. The lights are...
Forum: Recumbent
07-15-11, 06:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 992
Posted By charly17201

Heck, I'm just interested in the final product...

Heck, I'm just interested in the final product and your pics. Sub-18 lbs in CrMo could be revolutionary if successful for the 'bent riders.

After cost, weight and perceived 'slowness' due to...
Forum: Recumbent
07-15-11, 05:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 666
Posted By charly17201

+1 I've never thought to use the go-cart...

+1

I've never thought to use the go-cart analogy... it's perfect.
Forum: Touring
06-24-11, 03:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,929
Posted By charly17201

Sorry, but there are many of us out here now...

Sorry, but there are many of us out here now touring with a 20/26 tire set. Add a 16 to the mix for me since I also have a b*o*b trailer. Having different tire sizes is NOT a liability. Not taking...
Forum: Touring
06-23-11, 05:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 634
Posted By charly17201

Be sure and call Linn before you arrive. She...

Be sure and call Linn before you arrive. She isn't always the easiest to get a hold of, but a really nice person. She does also have events there so parking can get limited.
Forum: Touring
06-22-11, 03:49 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,203
Posted By charly17201

Interesting. I'd never heard of a migrant worker...

Interesting. I'd never heard of a migrant worker referred to as a Hobo. So, I had to look it up. Okay, so that is the first definition in Meridian Dictionary.

1: a migratory worker
2: a...
Forum: Touring
06-21-11, 09:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,521
Posted By charly17201

I don't carry TP. Too single purpose. I do carry...

I don't carry TP. Too single purpose. I do carry a small packet of baby wipes. You can clean the seat and your rear. Good for chain grease or after having to do a repair on the bike.
Forum: Touring
06-21-11, 08:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 600
Posted By charly17201

The video is from PathLessPedaled and Laura and...

The video is from PathLessPedaled and Laura and Russ are doing a lot out there on biking and touring. Both for the short and longer tours.
Forum: Touring
06-21-11, 08:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 634
Posted By charly17201

Until I saw it was Spinnacker, I thought someone...

Until I saw it was Spinnacker, I thought someone was stealing my turtle pictures (I think he lives on the trail or something as much as he knows about it) - and there were a ton of turtles to be...
Forum: Touring
06-21-11, 08:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,929
Posted By charly17201

Non-standard to a conventional bike rider, but...

Non-standard to a conventional bike rider, but pretty standard 20/406 front and 26/559 rear to the recumbent community. I've checked out the bike shops I've passed so far on my tour and I've seen no...
Forum: Touring
06-21-11, 08:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 461
Posted By charly17201

Just be aware that almost all Interstate Highways...

Just be aware that almost all Interstate Highways (and controlled access roads) are restricted for bikes - even though they have some of the best shoulders....

I'm using ACA maps, and they tend to...
Forum: Recumbent
06-21-11, 08:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,426
Posted By charly17201

I've managed to introduce 5 people so far to the...

I've managed to introduce 5 people so far to the "dark side" on my tour - had one checking Hostel Shoppe for ordering one within 10 minutes of his first try. Can't wait for the next one."

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Forum: Touring
06-18-11, 08:14 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,203
Posted By charly17201

Last 'bum' I gave money to was at least honest....

Last 'bum' I gave money to was at least honest. Had a sign "Need $$ for beer."
Forum: Touring
06-18-11, 08:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,530
Posted By charly17201

Its corny, but the old quote "A journey of a...

Its corny, but the old quote "A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step." But it is also true. There is also a country song you probably won't have heard of there in France, "Live like...
Forum: Touring
06-18-11, 07:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,521
Posted By charly17201

Light bulb moments: I can go at my own pace...

Light bulb moments:

I can go at my own pace no matter what that pace is. It is my tour, not yours. (I've taken almost 50 days to cover 900 miles so far.)

Realizing Rule #1 for distance.... If...
Forum: Touring
06-11-11, 06:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 623
Posted By charly17201

Just finished coming through (Williamsport Md C&O...

Just finished coming through (Williamsport Md C&O to the Northern Tier. Not being familiar with the area I'd recommend starting at McKeeysport or get someone like Spinnacker to guide you through. I...
Forum: Touring
06-11-11, 06:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,026
Posted By charly17201

I love my Yak! I'm currently on a cross country...

I love my Yak! I'm currently on a cross country tour and the Yak is great. The only issues I've had are:

When the trailer arrived, the way it was packed I had to take the fork that goes to the...
Forum: Recumbent
06-05-11, 04:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 827
Posted By charly17201

@ heavdog: If you've ever seen or used the foam...

@ heavdog: If you've ever seen or used the foam roll pads for sleeping bag/camping use.... that's what I used to 'adjust' my seat. holds up pretty well and thin enough to layer.
Forum: Recumbent
06-02-11, 07:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 827
Posted By charly17201

I had some minor issues when I changed bikes...

I had some minor issues when I changed bikes (2-wheel SWB USS to a tadpole trike).

When I really looked at the two seats side by side, I found some minor differences in the seat geometry. I simply...
Forum: Recumbent
05-16-11, 05:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,109
Posted By charly17201

Never say never. Although not mtn bike type...

Never say never. Although not mtn bike type trails, I rode my trike from Williamsport to Cumberland, MD on the C&O Canal. My Schwalbe Duranos would not have stood up to the abuse and swapped them...
Forum: Touring
05-14-11, 04:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,844
Posted By charly17201

It was, it did rain my first day out. Until I got...

It was, it did rain my first day out. Until I got camp set up and in to the sleeping bag I was wet and chilly.




I was in Hancock area the other weekend and I"ll say is surprised me how much...
Forum: Touring
05-13-11, 06:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,844
Posted By charly17201

Well, I'm holed up in Frostburg on the GAP right...

Well, I'm holed up in Frostburg on the GAP right now. I strained my ankle on the last day of the C&O and didn't rest properly then. I should be able to roll out Sat morning. A group of 20 college...
Forum: Touring
05-12-11, 07:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,844
Posted By charly17201

So true. My main reason for posting my 'negative'...

So true. My main reason for posting my 'negative' review is so others (esp trike riders) are more aware of what the trail is like.
Forum: Touring
05-11-11, 04:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,844
Posted By charly17201

Well, I've finish the C&O part at least so now I...

Well, I've finish the C&O part at least so now I get to enjoy the GAP, which is MUCH, much nicer on my trike.
Forum: Touring
05-11-11, 01:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,844
Posted By charly17201

My Negative Review of the C&O Canal Towpath - Not a fun ride on a Recumbent Trike

From my start on the towpath at Williamsport to my arrival at Cumberland, Md the C&O is a beautiful trail. Quiet, clean, plenty of solitude, good camping - but for me a miserable trip even though I...
Forum: Recumbent
05-04-11, 02:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 907
Posted By charly17201

I don't know if any of these will work, but here...

I don't know if any of these will work, but here is the link to Hostel Shoppe http://www.hostelshoppe.com/cgi-bin/search.pl?category=201500 ...
Forum: Touring
05-03-11, 11:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,779
Posted By charly17201

Love the sign - thanks for the laugh.:roflmao2:

Love the sign - thanks for the laugh.:roflmao2:
Forum: Recumbent
05-02-11, 03:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,397
Posted By charly17201

I've had a couple of issues high-speed cornering,...

I've had a couple of issues high-speed cornering, but nothing dramatic. Just learning when making a sharp turn (at probably a higher speed than I would attempt a 2-wheeler at) it is necessary to lean...
Forum: Commuting
04-26-11, 04:26 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,012
Posted By charly17201

Which would be impossible since it is still a...

Which would be impossible since it is still a highly REGULATED industry.
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