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Forum: Touring
03-27-22, 07:40 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,616
Posted By alan s

I often pick up a can of soup at a convenience...

I often pick up a can of soup at a convenience store if that’s all I can find. Easy to prepare with one pot and burner, and quite satisfying as an evening meal. Way cheaper and more convenient than...
Forum: Touring
03-05-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 946
Posted By alan s

Wow, he’s had an amazing recovery so far. I wish...

Wow, he’s had an amazing recovery so far. I wish the both of you the best.
Forum: Touring
03-05-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 946
Posted By alan s

What happened, if you donít mind sharing?

What happened, if you donít mind sharing?
Forum: Touring
02-14-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 915
Posted By alan s

Personally, Iím more concerned about a good look...

Personally, Iím more concerned about a good look for touring.
...
Forum: Touring
02-10-22, 05:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,668
Posted By alan s

I use a cheap combo cable lock ($10 version). ...

I use a cheap combo cable lock ($10 version). Keeps the bike from rolling off on its own while sleeping or in a store. A good strategy is to lock it near other bikes that aren’t locked, so it would...
Forum: Touring
02-09-22, 12:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,728
Posted By alan s

Actually, I said the opposite. The ride from...

Actually, I said the opposite. The ride from Miami to Key West is usually easier, as the wind will be at your back more of the time.
Forum: Touring
02-08-22, 08:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,728
Posted By alan s

Not clear how you would bike south from the Keys,...

Not clear how you would bike south from the Keys, as they are already as south as you can get. Anyway, the prevailing wind is from the east, so the ride from Key West to the mainland is usually...
Forum: Touring
02-05-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,728
Posted By alan s

I’ve ridden the Keys twice in the past 5 years. ...

I’ve ridden the Keys twice in the past 5 years. The traffic on the bridges is a bit hairy, but otherwise it is nice. Managed to find space at the state parks each time. Call ahead and see if they...
Forum: Touring
02-03-22, 12:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,265
Posted By alan s

Youíd be better off taking up motorcycle touring....

Youíd be better off taking up motorcycle touring. My sister does it and there are a lot of similarities to bike touring. One benefit is you have a much longer range and donít have to worry about...
Forum: Touring
01-23-22, 10:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,028
Posted By alan s

A nice loop in Virginia is the Custis Trail, WO&D...

A nice loop in Virginia is the Custis Trail, WO&D and Mount Vernon Trail. Check out bikewashington.org (http://www.bikewashington.org) for many suggestions.
Forum: Touring
01-13-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,080
Posted By alan s

Last summer I stayed in the guesthouse at Husky...

Last summer I stayed in the guesthouse at Husky Haven in Rockwood for two nights. Had the place to myself for $50 a night. What a deal, and it was far better than sleeping in a tent in the pouring...
Forum: Touring
01-04-22, 03:32 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,080
Posted By alan s

Haven’t been riding much since my cross country...

Haven’t been riding much since my cross country bike trip last summer. Didn’t feel any more at risk from Covid touring than by just living normally and going out on occasion. Also did a long...
Forum: Southeast
12-13-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,849
Posted By alan s

Not sure how Ft. Myers is a dead end. From there...

Not sure how Ft. Myers is a dead end. From there you can ride up to Tampa and catch the Amtrak Palmetto. Seems just about right.
Forum: Touring
12-12-21, 04:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By alan s

https://www.bikeforums.net/southeast/1242933-janua...

https://www.bikeforums.net/southeast/1242933-january-amtrak-credit-card-tour-southeast.html
Forum: Southeast
12-12-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,849
Posted By alan s

Also, you can take a ferry from Key West to Ft....

Also, you can take a ferry from Key West to Ft. Myers, which will save a ton of time. Just don’t plan to stay in Key West unless to want to spend $500 a night for a hotel or camp for $100 a night.
Forum: Southeast
12-12-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,849
Posted By alan s

If you have time, the Keys are nice. The last...

If you have time, the Keys are nice. The last time I flew into Key West and rode to Miami. There is a rail trail from Miami to Homestead, and you can use the Trirail to connect from the airport. ...
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 11:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,063
Posted By alan s

I like Cape Henlopen. Rode there, but did not...

I like Cape Henlopen. Rode there, but did not camp. Sounds like a nice trip.
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 09:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,797
Posted By alan s

Does anyone really care if a frame breaks? It is...

Does anyone really care if a frame breaks? It is one of many things that could break, but not one of the more likely things to break. You fix it or replace it. Same thing if you get a flat or...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 05:11 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,108
Posted By alan s

What if you only needed the room for an hour?

What if you only needed the room for an hour?
Forum: Touring
09-25-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,108
Posted By alan s

On a recent trip, some campgrounds only took cash...

On a recent trip, some campgrounds only took cash and others only took cards. You need both. $100 in cash was enough for a couple weeks, only using it where required. Found a Wells Fargo to...
Forum: Touring
09-13-21, 04:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 770
Posted By alan s

True, but keep in mind that Connellsville could...

True, but keep in mind that Connellsville could be full. In my case, all the shelters there were taken, so it was a choice between camping on the grass or pushing on and having a dry shelter at...
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 09:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 770
Posted By alan s

The tires are 700x35. Good compromise between...

The tires are 700x35. Good compromise between trail and road.
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 770
Posted By alan s

Yes, it was very wet and the pump water was...

Yes, it was very wet and the pump water was muddy. Didnít matter for cleaning the bike, but if someone was planning to drink the water, they would have been out of luck.
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 770
Posted By alan s

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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My bike, from the GAP...
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 770
Posted By alan s

McKeesport to Clairton is not unsafe, just not...

McKeesport to Clairton is not unsafe, just not particularly attractive in comparison and you are on roads. Coming from the GAP, it is quite industrialized and somewhat run down. I probably wouldn’t...
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 770
Posted By alan s

I took the Montour Trail from McKeesport to the...

I took the Montour Trail from McKeesport to the Panhandle Trail this summer. Other than McKeesport to Clairton, it was a very nice route.
Forum: Touring
09-08-21, 05:16 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,601
Posted By alan s

Does it come with air conditioning?

Does it come with air conditioning?
Forum: Touring
09-03-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,807
Posted By alan s

I did a six week tour in May and June. Didnít...

I did a six week tour in May and June. Didnít have any problems with restrictions or campground closures. Just wore a mask indoors. I also got the second Moderna vaccination during the trip in...
Forum: Touring
09-01-21, 03:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 461
Posted By alan s

From Steubenville to Jewett, I followed 43 to...

From Steubenville to Jewett, I followed 43 to Cadiz Road, then 22A to Hopedale, then 178 to 151 to Jewett. There is a small section of bike trail from the intersection of 22A and 65 that parallels...
Forum: Touring
09-01-21, 03:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 461
Posted By alan s

I rode it east to west earlier this summer and...

I rode it east to west earlier this summer and bicycles are not allowed on 22. Here is a sign from Google Maps....
Forum: Touring
07-01-21, 09:45 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,150
Posted By alan s

The GAP is also a mess when wet. It’s part of...

The GAP is also a mess when wet. It’s part of the charm. If you want paved paths, there are plenty of good ones elsewhere.
Forum: Touring
06-12-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,501
Posted By alan s

Hereís my setup for longer tours. Weight...

Hereís my setup for longer tours. Weight distributed evenly. Great stability climbing out of the saddle and downhill at 50 mph.

...
Forum: Touring
05-13-21, 03:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,826
Posted By alan s

A way to inflate your tires. I usually carry a...

A way to inflate your tires. I usually carry a pump and a couple CO2 cartridges and inflator chuck.
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,552
Posted By alan s

You’re better off bringing water with you. The...

You’re better off bringing water with you. The pump handles are in on the C&O, but the water is treated with iodine and tastes bad. Plenty of places along the way to refill bottles. If riding in...
Forum: Touring
05-09-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,552
Posted By alan s

I just rode the C&O and GAP on 700x40 Marathon...

I just rode the C&O and GAP on 700x40 Marathon Supremes. They are pretty much slicks. The C&O was dry, so problem. Many sections that were notoriously muddy have been resurfaced and are in great...
Forum: Touring
05-06-21, 08:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,943
Posted By alan s

I rode the section of the GAP yesterday where the...

I rode the section of the GAP yesterday where the pipe was installed and it is very nice indeed. It rained hard in the area from Rockwood to West Newton, and I think my bike was carrying a couple...
Forum: Touring
05-03-21, 11:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,943
Posted By alan s

Yes, of course.

Yes, of course.
Forum: Touring
05-03-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,943
Posted By alan s

Paw Paw tunnel is open as of a few days ago when...

Paw Paw tunnel is open as of a few days ago when I rode through.
Forum: Touring
05-02-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,077
Posted By alan s

The C&O canal rents out the lockhouses. ...

The C&O canal rents out the lockhouses. https://www.canaltrust.org/programs/canal-quarters/. Could be a fun experience in the right weather. Try to avoid the heat and humidity of the summer.
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 663
Posted By alan s

I was there right after Irma, and it is much...

I was there right after Irma, and it is much better now. Some of the infrastructure at Bahia Honda has been replaced and repaired, but still half of the park is closed. Long Key is still mostly...
Forum: Touring
03-01-21, 11:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 663
Posted By alan s

Florida Keys tour

Managed to get in a tour this winter in the Keys last week. Rode from Key West to Miami and drove back in a rental car. Beautiful weather except for the one shower that hit right as I was packing up...
Forum: Touring
02-16-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,997
Posted By alan s

I feel sorry for your support driver. Can’t...

I feel sorry for your support driver. Can’t imagine how boring and frustrating it would be driving across the country at that speed. Most support drivers go ahead and set up hotel rooms and are on...
Forum: Touring
12-31-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,589
Posted By alan s

I rode from San Francisco to SLO in December a...

I rode from San Francisco to SLO in December a couple years ago. Lucked out between storms. The day before I started, the wind was blowing 60 out of the south. The day I finished it started...
Forum: Touring
12-27-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,344
Posted By alan s

Same everything except a different adapter to...

Same everything except a different adapter to move the caliper to the correct position.
Forum: Touring
12-26-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,344
Posted By alan s

I switched from 160s to 180s on the front on my...

I switched from 160s to 180s on the front on my Troll, and like it. Seems to have slightly better stopping power, and better modulation.
Forum: Touring
12-19-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,344
Posted By alan s

I’m glad I have a Troll and World Troller. I can...

I’m glad I have a Troll and World Troller. I can run any size wheels. 26” with wide tires and fenders to 29”. Most versatile bikes I have.
Forum: Touring
12-03-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,591
Posted By alan s

While I greatly prefer cooking off the road, if...

While I greatly prefer cooking off the road, if you insist, make sure the traffic is light and keep a sharp lookout for oncoming vehicles.
Forum: Touring
11-16-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 8,596
Posted By alan s

Supported bike touring is for wussies who can’t...

Supported bike touring is for wussies who can’t carry their own stuff. Real men, women and children carry their own stuff.
Forum: Touring
10-27-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,607
Posted By alan s

That depends. Many are grassy and great for...

That depends. Many are grassy and great for camping in the rain. Many sections of the towpath have been and are continuing to be improved, making the mudfest a thing of the past.
Forum: Touring
10-20-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,347
Posted By alan s

Rivendell still sells these bikes.

Rivendell still sells these bikes.
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