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06-30-09, 03:58 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 17,461
Posted By freemti

Every Day is a Winding Road The Sheryl Crow...

Every Day is a Winding Road

The Sheryl Crow song?
Forum: Touring
03-25-09, 05:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 807
Posted By freemti

would not seem to be an issue to me, heck if you...

would not seem to be an issue to me, heck if you go the "wrong" way like I did (east to west) its downhill!

[*caveat I picked up the GAP in Rockford, PA headed west, so I can't comment on the C&O...
Forum: Touring
02-26-09, 11:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,069
Posted By freemti

I've been using power grips on one of my bikes...

I've been using power grips on one of my bikes for awhile, but stuck to clipless for my "main" bike and for my first big tour last year. However, upon reflection, I've decided to go with power grips...
Forum: Touring
02-13-09, 09:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,470
Posted By freemti

+1. This is about where my comfort level tops out...

+1. This is about where my comfort level tops out at. Although it does depend on the grades and whether or not it is a few short steep climbs or a gradual long climb. I find the former can be more...
Forum: Touring
02-08-09, 05:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,357
Posted By freemti

I want to emphasize just a bit more the utility...

I want to emphasize just a bit more the utility of GPS touring and how it can change your approach to touring. I'd agree with NeilGunton (and who would not;)) and point out that there are different...
Forum: Touring
02-08-09, 04:48 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,471
Posted By freemti

I don't want to turn this thread into a...

I don't want to turn this thread into a point/counter-point arguement over statistics. But I think you'd find that those stats not particularily applicable to the scenario of solo bike touring. I'll...
Forum: Touring
02-08-09, 02:06 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,471
Posted By freemti

I've only done one long tour (>1000 miles), but...

I've only done one long tour (>1000 miles), but it was by myself. I never at any point felt threatened or even uncomfortable. All of my tour was within Pennsylvania and was very rural for the most...
Forum: Touring
02-08-09, 12:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,357
Posted By freemti

I have an Garmin Vista HCx and quite happy with...

I have an Garmin Vista HCx and quite happy with it. However there are some quirks, or rather self induced design features, that can be frsutrating - not deal breaking by any stretch, but frustrating...
Forum: Touring
01-28-09, 04:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,202
Posted By freemti

I did a decently long tour with the small bag to...

I did a decently long tour with the small bag to go with my ortlieb roll ups on the back.. I agree with most who say it is a bit small, whilst I think the big is too big. Goldilocks's factor here I...
Forum: Touring
01-25-09, 11:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 357
Posted By freemti

ACA Atlantic Coast start date suggestions

I'm planning my 2009 bike tour, and am thinking of doing 1/2 the ACA Atlantic Coast route from Bar Harbor, ME to my abode in the Philly suburbs with a side trip to see relatives in Northern New...
Forum: Touring
11-03-08, 04:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,225
Posted By freemti

I assume you're talking about the "touring...

I assume you're talking about the "touring double" setup I rigged up on my bike. You can read the details of my trip here (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/3508) But the bottom line was that a...
Forum: Touring
09-08-08, 06:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,300
Posted By freemti

Well there's rain and then there's Rain. I set...

Well there's rain and then there's Rain. I set off on my first big tour and the enite first week was basicaly rain fluctuating from a mist to just regular "its raining". Luckily no torrential...
Forum: Touring
09-08-08, 06:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,788
Posted By freemti

I rode the GAP on regular 25's, no real problems,...

I rode the GAP on regular 25's, no real problems, but some areas were a little squirrelly either because of mud or un-tamped crushed limestone that must of been just laid or something. People tell me...
Forum: Touring
08-17-08, 12:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,769
Posted By freemti

You can tour on a double, but probably not very...

You can tour on a double, but probably not very enjoyably on a "standard" or even a compact double. I mean I'm sure it can be done and has been done, but trying to haul 30-60 lbs of gear (or even...
Forum: Touring
08-04-08, 06:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,811
Posted By freemti

Trust me, this attitude is not specific to...

Trust me, this attitude is not specific to touring by bike. As a society we've "feared up" everything to such a degree, that anything outside a prescribed set of pronounced safe activities is...
Forum: Touring
08-01-08, 08:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,997
Posted By freemti

34x34 is my lowest. I was (is) in triple denial...

34x34 is my lowest. I was (is) in triple denial mode and converted my campy bike to a SRAM/campy hybrid with a IRD 11-34 cassette, a SRAM X-9 long cage derailleur and Shifmate to make the conversion....
Forum: Touring
07-27-08, 11:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,389
Posted By freemti

I use a bar end mirror, forget the make, but is...

I use a bar end mirror, forget the make, but is is fairly small on a movable mount that allows you to adjust the field of view. I find it useful for a number of maneuvers, but I do not rely on it...
Forum: Touring
07-25-08, 11:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,897
Posted By freemti

Yep, that's the issue. I've just not had good...

Yep, that's the issue. I've just not had good luck with campgrounds and I'm a notoriously fickle getter-to-sleeper. I admire the CGOAB folks who can camp and drop off to sleep in 5 minutes.

I...
Forum: Touring
07-25-08, 01:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,897
Posted By freemti

I thinking about what to do next late spring too....

I thinking about what to do next late spring too. A cross country trip, while something I want to do, is not on the cards yet. Work situation too dicey to take 2 months off as a sabatical/leave of...
Forum: Touring
07-25-08, 12:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,897
Posted By freemti

So you're not planing on a 5 day trip with each...

So you're not planing on a 5 day trip with each of the above as a single day's millage. Sonds like youre just using the towns/cities as place markers for discussion purposes. You had me worried there...
Forum: Touring
07-25-08, 08:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,897
Posted By freemti

I thinks that's way, way too many miles per day....

I thinks that's way, way too many miles per day. It might be do-able if you've trained up real good (and I mean real good), we're talking basically flat terrain, and that you don't decide to take the...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-08, 11:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 850
Posted By freemti

I agree, in balance it leaned towards seeing bike...

I agree, in balance it leaned towards seeing bike communting as a positive not a negative albeit with issues. I was upset by its use of unsupported statictics and what seemed to be anecdotal hearsay....
Forum: Touring
07-06-08, 01:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,760
Posted By freemti

I think you'll find some folks don't view getting...

I think you'll find some folks don't view getting off and pushing with the same amount of disdain. During my recent 1,000+ mile trip over some of Pennsylvania's notoriously steep hills I got off and...
Forum: Touring
07-06-08, 12:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,634
Posted By freemti

I agree with the sentiment on ditch diving, I...

I agree with the sentiment on ditch diving, I really think the idea is a little overblown and it is not to check to see if I should be making an ill advised exit into the ditch that I use my mirrors...
07-02-08, 02:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,266
Posted By freemti

Yep, I've seen glaciers recede quicker than local...

Yep, I've seen glaciers recede quicker than local government when it comes to trails. Chester county itself is pretty bad in particular and some of the townships affected are equally so. Chester...
Forum: Touring
07-01-08, 07:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,613
Posted By freemti

No, you have to apply heat with a hair dryer for...

No, you have to apply heat with a hair dryer for example and scrape them off with a old credit card. Other folks may have other methods, but this worked fine for my son's cross check.
Forum: Touring
06-27-08, 01:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,382
Posted By freemti

Aha! I'm planning on doing exactly this real...

Aha! I'm planning on doing exactly this real soon. I was thinking of taking SEPTA/NJ Transit to Port Jervis and biking down the length of the Delaware to some yet undecided point before heading home...
Forum: Touring
06-27-08, 12:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 474
Posted By freemti

The Pine Creek Trail through the Pennsylvania...

The Pine Creek Trail through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon is complete all the way to Jersey Shore. I rode it southbound (aka downhill) a few weeks ago during my epic bike trip around PA (...
Forum: Touring
06-24-08, 10:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,634
Posted By freemti

I concur that 90% of the traffic out there will...

I concur that 90% of the traffic out there will do plenty to avoid getting even marginally close to you as long as you're visible. This applies just as well at night, in fact with good lighting and...
Forum: Touring
06-23-08, 03:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 378
Posted By freemti

Either prescription or over the counter sleepaids...

Either prescription or over the counter sleepaids can help a lot especially on "must sleep" nights. Also ear plugs to eliminate any annoying background noise. Obviously avoiding caffeinated drinks...
06-12-08, 08:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 722
Posted By freemti

Try a trip on the abandoned PA turnpike and start...

Try a trip on the abandoned PA turnpike and start entertaining thoughts of zombies, and then bike on into the two unlit tunnels. It helps if you are alone and haven't seen a soul for miles...

Let...
Forum: Touring
06-10-08, 03:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,391
Posted By freemti

It all depends on the weather doesn't it. I too...

It all depends on the weather doesn't it. I too went light on my recent trip. It rained the entire first week and while it was not winter cold, without my tights I would have been very uncomfortable....
Forum: Touring
06-10-08, 12:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,391
Posted By freemti

leg tights. Jury seems out on the solio charger.

leg tights. Jury seems out on the solio charger.
Forum: Touring
05-14-08, 10:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,241
Posted By freemti

I'll be doing this route in the reverse...

I'll be doing this route in the reverse direction, in about a week and a bit. I'll be sticking to the Bike PA "A" route which is basically route 19 for most of it. Pittsburgh north goes along the...
Forum: Touring
05-12-08, 02:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 667
Posted By freemti

I'm planning to ride the "wrong" way from...

I'm planning to ride the "wrong" way from Confluence to McKeesport and I will be on 25's. I'm riding the Bike PA S route from east to west starting this week, I figure I'll be in the Confluence area...
05-12-08, 09:58 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,326
Posted By freemti

Have you tried Trophy Bikes in Philly? They are a...

Have you tried Trophy Bikes in Philly? They are a big Surly dealer, their website says they have some LHT's in stock...
05-10-08, 08:36 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,326
Posted By freemti

Well, I'd at least put a 12-32 or 11-28 cassette...

Well, I'd at least put a 12-32 or 11-28 cassette on, right now it has it's original 11-26. Even with the gentle grade, a loaded bike with a granny of 34-26 is not too much fun. I'll let Neil F. chime...
05-10-08, 06:27 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,326
Posted By freemti

Neil F. you're welcome to use Sparky if you want,...

Neil F. you're welcome to use Sparky if you want, it is just sitting there looking forelorn nowadays while I ride Verdant full time. I did ride Sparky when it was raining since it had had fenders, I...
Forum: Touring
05-09-08, 08:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,225
Posted By freemti

[update] Well I had surgery performed on my...

[update]

Well I had surgery performed on my bike (Verdant) last night. After much consultation with the plastic surgeon and his advisory staff, I decided to avoid the more radical "triple-ectomy"...
Forum: Touring
05-09-08, 03:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,406
Posted By freemti

at least the metal ones rust away and compared to...

at least the metal ones rust away and compared to the vast mountain of plastic based products we produce, throw away and then landfill (or send to the middle of the Pacific), I'm doubting that metal...
Forum: Touring
05-07-08, 11:55 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,408
Posted By freemti

yerba mate works well for me, good enough for...

yerba mate works well for me, good enough for Darwin, good enough for me! I'll probably use stevia as a sweetner on my trip though, sugar or honey being a pain to deal with and may attrack mean ol'...
Forum: Touring
05-05-08, 07:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,035
Posted By freemti

+1 This is what I was thinking about. The...

+1

This is what I was thinking about. The campground I was at had the taps that you have to hold on to use - made washing my face a one handed affair. I sink stopper would be useful for that and...
Forum: Touring
05-04-08, 07:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,035
Posted By freemti

Must remember sink stopper, must remember sink...

Must remember sink stopper, must remember sink stopper....
05-03-08, 08:13 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 277
Posted By freemti

bad spring on zipp team csc wheels

Anyone heard of problems with the spring in the DT hubs on these wheels? My rear wheel pawls stopped working at random the other day. I'd pedal but the wheel, she would not turn, kind of like...
Forum: Touring
05-01-08, 09:46 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,894
Posted By freemti

+1 on the bugs, I'm with you on that. If it...

+1 on the bugs, I'm with you on that. If it wasn't for that I would seriously consider just using a fly only approach. I be hating the bugs....
Forum: Touring
05-01-08, 09:40 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,894
Posted By freemti

Yep, both the REI quarterdome & halfdome use...

Yep, both the REI quarterdome & halfdome use clips, so the putting it up in the rain trick should work.
Forum: Touring
05-01-08, 08:40 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,894
Posted By freemti

my understanding is that it'll allow you to put...

my understanding is that it'll allow you to put up the tent in fast fly mode, so it must have grommets (in the right places) for the tent poles to fit into. If all you're looking for is to use it as...
Forum: Touring
05-01-08, 08:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,894
Posted By freemti

Yes, I'l be stopping by REI to pick up a few...

Yes, I'l be stopping by REI to pick up a few items during the sale too. I'm trying to decide if I want to buy a GPS. I'm also going to buy the matching footprint, it will allow me to put up the tent...
Forum: Touring
04-29-08, 06:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,225
Posted By freemti

I'll be following the PA Y route across the top...

I'll be following the PA Y route across the top of PA, that mostly follows route 6 which I've heard from multiple sources is a pretty decent road for bikes. but I was hoping to take on some...
Forum: Touring
04-29-08, 02:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 526
Posted By freemti

I'd recommend not getting a load on before trying...

I'd recommend not getting a load on before trying to ride the bike - try it sober and see what happens;)

seriously though I know what you mean, have you tried stepping over the bike like doing a...
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