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Forum: Touring
06-27-14, 11:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,126
Posted By QueueCT

You have a lot of options if you want to do this...

You have a lot of options if you want to do this ride. If you take the coastal route it will be much busier and, in my opinion, less fun. I recommend the route taken by the Tim Johnson Ride on...
06-18-14, 11:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,525
Posted By QueueCT

Rode GAP/C&O over 5 days. It rained (mostly...

Rode GAP/C&O over 5 days. It rained (mostly around me rather than on me) which made a gummy mess of the trails. Wash off your drivetrain each evening. You'll want to lubricate every other day. Use...
Forum: Touring
06-13-14, 08:18 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,460
Posted By QueueCT

Info from 3 years ago: Started from McKeesport...

Info from 3 years ago:
Started from McKeesport for GAP/C&O. Stayed at the Yough River Inn the first night (really my kick off since it was only 10 miles from the car rental drop off at Allegheny...
Forum: Northeast
06-12-14, 12:44 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,499
Posted By QueueCT

Some thoughts based on a ride 3 or 4 years ago: ...

Some thoughts based on a ride 3 or 4 years ago:
The PIT section wasn't done yet so I started from McKeesport. The West Mifflin Airport (Allegheny County Airport) has a drop off for Hertz if you...
Forum: Touring
06-10-14, 05:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,062
Posted By QueueCT

Haven't seen anything production over 64cm that's...

Haven't seen anything production over 64cm that's set up for touring. In addition to the Surly, Fuji has a 64cm frame on their touring bike that lists at $889. Budget components but it will do the...
Forum: Touring
06-10-14, 05:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,039
Posted By QueueCT

+1 on P'tit Train du Nord. You can do 25-35 miles...

+1 on P'tit Train du Nord. You can do 25-35 miles per day and sleep under a roof every night. All off road so easy and relaxed.

GAP/C&O is a good option also though it can get a bit sticky if it...
Forum: Touring
06-09-14, 08:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,407
Posted By QueueCT

I'll just chime in that, unless you're willing to...

I'll just chime in that, unless you're willing to taxi from a bike shop, the left luggage is the best option (though ridiculously expensive). You will get a great box for your money, though. Plenty...
06-07-14, 07:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 691
Posted By QueueCT

Synapse Carbon build--bottom bracket question

Picked up a Synapse Carbon frame for my wife during a friends and family clearance at Cannondale. Am aware of the BB30 standard but it looks like a thread adapter was pressed into the frame. Two...
Forum: Touring
01-06-13, 05:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,323
Posted By QueueCT

+1. Don't worry. Right fit, right geometry will...

+1. Don't worry. Right fit, right geometry will make all the difference.
Forum: Touring
01-02-13, 12:44 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 11,264
Posted By QueueCT

Last year was all about aborted tours, whether...

Last year was all about aborted tours, whether due to work commitments or lousy weather conditions. So, this year has the same 2012 tours on the calendar:

June, P'tit Train Du Nord with the family...
01-02-13, 12:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,107
Posted By QueueCT

+1 I think this is the best approach for...

+1
I think this is the best approach for turning a negative experience(s) into a positive one for both you and your kids while providing education. Local papers are always looking for a story and...
Forum: Touring
12-31-12, 03:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,323
Posted By QueueCT

Why get her a new bike? You didn't outline what...

Why get her a new bike? You didn't outline what she's riding today other than an Al road bike. I imagine it's suitable for touring with the right wheel set. Since you're credit card touring, the...
12-29-12, 07:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,241
Posted By QueueCT

Congrats on the new purchase, you're going to...

Congrats on the new purchase, you're going to have a blast. A few thoughts:

BARS: Whatever works for the stoker. Straight bars, turned up road bars, bullhorns, doesn't matter. Your daughter will...
Forum: Touring
09-16-12, 07:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 311
Posted By QueueCT

CT to DC tour starts tomorrow

340 miles over 4 days out my front door to Washington, DC. Two ferries and a bridge shuttle will keep things interesting along with the all day rain and 15-20 mph headwind on my longest leg on...
Forum: Touring
09-11-12, 09:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,016
Posted By QueueCT

Funny, I find just the opposite. With the Arkel...

Funny, I find just the opposite. With the Arkel bar bag the mounts conflict with the cable routing on aero brakes. Not a big deal to address though. Unless you want the retro look, get the aero. It's...
Forum: Touring
09-08-12, 05:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,327
Posted By QueueCT

Indeed, but it's for the masochistic amongst us....

Indeed, but it's for the masochistic amongst us. The train departs DC at 10pm and arrives New Haven at 4:25am, then a 45 minute drive home. Alternatively, I can take BoltBus (which is what I'm...
Forum: Touring
09-08-12, 10:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,327
Posted By QueueCT

Thanks for the heads up, it will be a Saturday...

Thanks for the heads up, it will be a Saturday late afternoon so I don't expect any challenges.
Forum: Touring
09-07-12, 08:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,327
Posted By QueueCT

It's a good option, just need to get from NYC up...

It's a good option, just need to get from NYC up to CT on Metro North afterward. Easy enough to get the bike pass and hop the train. Thanks for the reminder ...
Forum: Touring
09-07-12, 06:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,327
Posted By QueueCT

Regarding the NE corridor, for business travel...

Regarding the NE corridor, for business travel between DC, NYC and Boston, I take the train every time. No security hassle, don't waste an hour and a half at the airport, departs and arrives in the...
Forum: Touring
09-01-12, 12:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,896
Posted By QueueCT

One option (and there are others): Get a bike box...

One option (and there are others): Get a bike box from your local bike shop. Remove your pedals and turn your handlebar; drop the bike in the box and tape shut. Take box to airport and disclose that...
09-01-12, 12:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,616
Posted By QueueCT

contango is right about the use of a track rather...

contango is right about the use of a track rather than a route to make sure the cue sheet matches up with what the GPS tells you. One note, though, is that you can insert waypoints on your route (at...
Forum: Touring
08-30-12, 05:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,606
Posted By QueueCT

Lots of different options for this; I'll share...

Lots of different options for this; I'll share what I do on an eTrex 20. Forget routes unless you typically go directly to your destination. While you can set up waypoints and "via points" on...
Forum: Touring
08-29-12, 09:50 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,654
Posted By QueueCT

Several folks have mentioned the rain issue....

Several folks have mentioned the rain issue. Obviously, one wouldn't leave the saddle in the rain without a cover. But what about riding all day in a steady drizzle. We all know it's not unusual....
08-26-12, 05:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 530
Posted By QueueCT

Best method to create routes in BaseCamp and have them work on eTrex

I've been experimenting with my eTrex 20 instead of using maps for unfamiliar areas. My current approach is to create the route in BaseCamp with however many waypoints are necessary to get me on the...
08-25-12, 03:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 689
Posted By QueueCT

Not this year. Ann Arbor was a good distance for...

Not this year. Ann Arbor was a good distance for us to drive but Madison is a bit too far. Plus our girls start kindergarten this year so would be really challenging. Have a great time!
Forum: Touring
08-24-12, 02:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 430
Posted By QueueCT

Tires are a funny, subjective thing. I think I...

Tires are a funny, subjective thing. I think I missed the gum side walls.
Forum: Touring
08-24-12, 01:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 430
Posted By QueueCT

Thanks, Rowan. I tend to use high pressure in my...

Thanks, Rowan. I tend to use high pressure in my tires, these are rated at 105psi and I'll probably run at 100-110. Hope you're having a blast in Europe.



I've realized that I could easily...
Forum: Touring
08-24-12, 12:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 430
Posted By QueueCT

Switching to 28mm Panaracer Tourguards

I've ridden tours on 28mm and 32mm in the past and have recently been using 35mm Vittoria Randonneurs. Been slowly graduating to larger sizes. After riding this summer, though, my tires have felt...
08-22-12, 06:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,975
Posted By QueueCT

I've toured with both Vittoria Randonneur Plus...

I've toured with both Vittoria Randonneur Plus 35mm tires and Soma 32mm tires. Both have minimal tread patterns (water channels). Both were fine on the GAP/C&O combination in wet conditions and roll...
08-21-12, 08:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,669
Posted By QueueCT

We purchased two Co-Mo Periscopes last year and...

We purchased two Co-Mo Periscopes last year and couldn't be happier. At the time my daughters had just turned 4 and were about 42" tall. They just barely fit on the back of the bike with the rear...
Forum: Northeast
08-11-12, 04:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,220
Posted By QueueCT

Chrysanthememe--Congrats on making it to NYC. I'm...

Chrysanthememe--Congrats on making it to NYC. I'm doing the reverse trek from Redding, CT to Washington, DC but will be going through Jersey all the way to Cape May, taking the ferry, then crossing...
Forum: Touring
07-30-12, 05:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,703
Posted By QueueCT

I was lucky. My high school canceled regular...

I was lucky. My high school canceled regular classes for a week every spring, requiring students to take either one intensive class (meteorology, a study of a specific poet, etc) or a one week,...
Forum: Touring
07-18-12, 08:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 631
Posted By QueueCT

Tim Johnson's Ride on Washington (to support...

Tim Johnson's Ride on Washington (to support Bikes Belong) rides from Boston to DC each year. The most recent routes (inland) are posted on the website...
04-01-12, 04:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,386
Posted By QueueCT

We did Midwest Tandem Rally last year with two...

We did Midwest Tandem Rally last year with two four year olds (on two tandems) and they had a blast. Kids end up being the center of attention at some point during the ride and they love that. One...
Forum: Touring
04-01-12, 04:42 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 13,846
Posted By QueueCT

Two short tours planned this year. First is with...

Two short tours planned this year. First is with the family on tandems in late June down Le P'tit Train du Nord. Will be a good intro to bike touring for my 5 year old twins over 4 days. Lots of...
Forum: Touring
03-21-12, 07:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 903
Posted By QueueCT

What do you love? Wine? History? Beach?...

What do you love? Wine? History? Beach? Mountains? That's the real question because you can bike tour anywhere. Answer that one and you'll know where to go.

My wife and I did our honeymoon from...
Forum: Touring
02-19-12, 06:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 15,574
Posted By QueueCT

+1 on the Unibit. Great for enlarging existing...

+1 on the Unibit. Great for enlarging existing holes in relatively thin material.
Forum: Touring
02-16-12, 05:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,643
Posted By QueueCT

Don't let the Detroit River deter you, there's a...

Don't let the Detroit River deter you, there's a ferry at Marine City on the north side of Lake St. Clair.
Forum: Touring
02-14-12, 02:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 898
Posted By QueueCT

Another alternative is to rent a car in...

Another alternative is to rent a car in Cumberland and return to West Mifflin. There is a Hertz rental counter at the airport that accepts one way vehicles. I'd suggest dropping your family off at...
Forum: Touring
01-29-12, 06:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 351
Posted By QueueCT

Thanks, helpful to read. Didn't think of...

Thanks, helpful to read. Didn't think of contacting the tourism bureau to make the researvations, will need to take that approach. The trick is finding comfortable rooms that sleep 4. I'm not keen on...
Forum: Touring
01-29-12, 11:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 351
Posted By QueueCT

Le P'tit Train du Nord with family

We're planning our first bike tour with our girls (5 year old twins) on our Periscopes. Drive to Montreal, 3 days in town, then up to St. Jerome to catch the shuttle to Mont Laurier. Current plan is...
Forum: Northeast
01-28-12, 11:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,010
Posted By QueueCT

Why not ride all the way to Alexandria for lunch...

Why not ride all the way to Alexandria for lunch then back on Mt. Vernon Trail? You can take the 14th St. Bridge as above or cross the Memorial Bridge (by the Lincoln Memorial) and walk your bike...
Forum: Touring
01-23-12, 12:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,819
Posted By QueueCT

Sounds like the question is how to get to the...

Sounds like the question is how to get to the coast from DC so the start can be at the Atlantic Ocean. It's easy to get FROM the coast to DC, a straight shot across the Delmarva, shuttle across the...
Forum: Touring
01-13-12, 08:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 889
Posted By QueueCT

@Cyclebum. Sounds like it's working for you as an...

@Cyclebum. Sounds like it's working for you as an "emergency" navigation device to get through larger cities. How flexible is the routing on the device so that you stay on reasonable surface streets...
Forum: Touring
01-08-12, 05:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,551
Posted By QueueCT

gozzoli--You're taking almost the same track as I...

gozzoli--You're taking almost the same track as I am through Central New Jersey. The difference is that from the ferry I am headed to Freehold then to Lakehurst whereas you're taking the coastal...
Forum: Touring
01-06-12, 03:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By QueueCT

@gorshkov where was the best place to catch a...

@gorshkov where was the best place to catch a ride (from east to west if you went that way)
Forum: Northeast
01-06-12, 02:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 564
Posted By QueueCT

Thanks everyone. You've given me two good options...

Thanks everyone. You've given me two good options . . . direct on reasonable roads (for the area at least) and less direct but more scenic with the trail option. I may not even make the decision...
Forum: Northeast
01-06-12, 12:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 564
Posted By QueueCT

Wow, I take it back. I looked at Google Street...

Wow, I take it back. I looked at Google Street Views and Sheriff Rd seems to be a much better option inside the Beltway. This is why I definitely need help :)
Forum: Northeast
01-06-12, 12:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 564
Posted By QueueCT

Annapolis to DC routing

I'm touring across the Delmarva to DC. How bad of an idea is it to ride Riva Rd to Central Ave all the way to the District line? It looks like there are good shoulders on Central Ave east of 301, how...
01-05-12, 12:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,040
Posted By QueueCT

Thanks for all of your suggestions here,...

Thanks for all of your suggestions here, particularly the note about difficulties taking RideWithGPS exports into the eTrex. It sounds like I can accomplish what I would like to with, say, an eTrex...
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