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Forum: Touring
02-24-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,161
Posted By edthesped

I decided to take advantage of the nice weather...

I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and head south from Homestead on the GAP this past weekend and struggled riding to Sutersville and back. Not sure if they put new crushed limestone...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,275
Posted By edthesped

My daughter and friend had their bikes stolen...

My daughter and friend had their bikes stolen from there on her first trip to DC. I blame them as they had a room and left the bikes unlocked on the porch, but they were only 17 at the time so I'll...
Forum: Touring
02-18-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,161
Posted By edthesped

Damn, I must be blind as West Newton is my turn...

Damn, I must be blind as West Newton is my turn point when I ride south and I never noticed this campground. Though the cheapskate in me would stay at Cedar Creek for free and skip the showers...
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,564
Posted By edthesped

I've been to Bill's several times, and my...

I've been to Bill's several times, and my daughter a couple of times with another female on top of that and never had an issue, I would have hoped the owner or whoever was behind the bar would have...
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,161
Posted By edthesped

Definitely a good place to grab a bite to eat.

Definitely a good place to grab a bite to eat.
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,161
Posted By edthesped

You'll see lot's of roadies on the GAP, being a...

You'll see lot's of roadies on the GAP, being a fellow Yinzer I can say that you'll have a pretty good idea where you stand by the time you get to West Newton, if it seems like it's going to be too...
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,564
Posted By edthesped

Though I see you've made your mind up, my...

Though I see you've made your mind up, my argument would be to take the bike you enjoy riding the most as both are fine but the one you like riding the best will be the one that makes the trip the...
01-13-20, 05:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 899
Posted By edthesped

Salsa Vaya or RLT steel.... I've done the...

Salsa Vaya or RLT steel.... I've done the GAP/C&O on a Vaya multiple times and it's more than sufficient.
12-05-19, 08:20 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,221
Posted By edthesped

Thanks all, I'll stay on the fence until spring...

Thanks all, I'll stay on the fence until spring and if I pull the trigger on a Garmin it will be from someone with a liberal return policy as I want to minimize my interwebz footprint.
12-05-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 47,049
Posted By edthesped

Hopefully others will learn from our experience...

Hopefully others will learn from our experience...
12-05-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 47,049
Posted By edthesped

I reached out to them as well as I was thinking...

I reached out to them as well as I was thinking it may be counterfeit but was told it's really old. I'm thinking it must be really really old as my shop bottle is a couple of years old and isn't...
11-27-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,221
Posted By edthesped

Curiosity question... Is it possible to use...

Curiosity question... Is it possible to use either the Garmin's or other GPS' without passing along any ride information with the company during updates? I'd like to track my ride information but...
Forum: Touring
11-27-19, 06:27 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,609
Posted By edthesped

I believe most saddle makers have multiple sizes...

I believe most saddle makers have multiple sizes and shapes.... Over the years I've come to the conclusion that Brooks are nice but they certainly aren't the end all. I'm a bit more comfy on my...
11-25-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 47,049
Posted By edthesped

I purchased a 4 of their 4oz bottles for...

I purchased a 4 of their 4oz bottles for traveling and all of it is at least as thick as elmers glue while my big shop sized bottle from elsewhere is a bit watery. The gloppy stuff from bluesky...
Forum: Touring
11-22-19, 07:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,609
Posted By edthesped

Some questions are timeless!!! But seriously.....

Some questions are timeless!!! But seriously.. :lol::lol::eek:
Forum: Touring
11-22-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,609
Posted By edthesped

I know you asked about leather but I'm going to...

I know you asked about leather but I'm going to follow up with a recommendation to try a non leather saddle. I built a carbon gravel bike last year as a "fun" bike and to keep it light opted to not...
Forum: Touring
11-22-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 653
Posted By edthesped

Owned by Facebook that spy's worse than Google,...

Owned by Facebook that spy's worse than Google, so I'll pass unless I visit on edge browser. Though ideally I'd prefer to have proper printed instructions for anything but to each his own...
Forum: Touring
11-20-19, 06:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 653
Posted By edthesped

Instagram? Wouldn't it be better to put...

Instagram? Wouldn't it be better to put instructions somewhere accessible to all? I guess the world is leaving me behind.
11-04-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,435
Posted By edthesped

I would have loved to be able to get a transfer...

I would have loved to be able to get a transfer ticket last year as I was unable to even enter the lottery, I'm assuming it had to do with our firewall at work. I'm an East Coaster with a kid at...
09-06-19, 06:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,080
Posted By edthesped

It has everything I wish my 2018 frame had, but...

It has everything I wish my 2018 frame had, but still not enough for me to feel the need upgrade.
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,445
Posted By edthesped

We definitely saw e-bikes on the GAP and C&O when...

We definitely saw e-bikes on the GAP and C&O when we rode last month. As one who has a spouse that struggles to keep up with me I'd love to get her on an e-bike.
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,149
Posted By edthesped

I ride between the West End and Duquesne Incline...

I ride between the West End and Duquesne Incline several times a week as part of my work commute, yes it's worse than in the South Side proper, but South Side section of Carson is still not the best...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,149
Posted By edthesped

Definitely sidewalk it on Carson Street, it's one...

Definitely sidewalk it on Carson Street, it's one of the few streets in the city I'm actually terrified to ride on.
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,087
Posted By edthesped

angelabikes I'll be the first to admit that I'm...

angelabikes I'll be the first to admit that I'm guilty of gender bias when it comes to my kids. I bite my cheek with regard to my fears when she's around and lose a lot of sleep and hair when she's...
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,087
Posted By edthesped

As a father of a daughter younger than yours the...

As a father of a daughter younger than yours the best I can say is that you have to let them live their lives. Mine has done the Pgh to DC ride several times with another female, lived alone for a...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 08:20 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,443
Posted By edthesped

I've read good things about the Spyre's and...

I've read good things about the Spyre's and almost got those when I started down this path but decided on the Hy/Rd's instead...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,206
Posted By edthesped

Now that looks like fun... The sole benefit of...

Now that looks like fun... The sole benefit of the GAP for me is that is that it's a less than 10 minute ride to the trailhead from my house so is just too convenient. The one trail I'd really like...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,206
Posted By edthesped

As one that rides the GAP end to end a few times...

As one that rides the GAP end to end a few times a season I'll add my opinion. Tires, any will do, you'll see roadies running the trail when you get close to towns, of course wider is better but not...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,443
Posted By edthesped

I guess we're all different, I ran the BB7's for...

I guess we're all different, I ran the BB7's for a few months and they squealed and I had a tough time adjusting them, TBH maybe I never gave them a chance as I was already used to hydraulics when I...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,443
Posted By edthesped

I'll save you the trouble... I forgot about the...

I'll save you the trouble... I forgot about the BB7 requirement. I happen to have those in the parts bin as well, yes I'm a packrat, and there's no pin in the BB7's, just a flat spring that's about...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,443
Posted By edthesped

I can easily drop one in the mail if you'd like...

I can easily drop one in the mail if you'd like...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,443
Posted By edthesped

Okay, a quickie search through the parts bin...

Okay, a quickie search through the parts bin showed the spacers are the same for the Hy/Rd's and the Ultregra, though I would have bet that wasn't the case. At this point I'll assume they're pretty...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,149
Posted By edthesped

I just went through this a couple of weeks ago. ...

I just went through this a couple of weeks ago. My daughter came back from a month in Africa on Monday and on Tuesday called me at work and gave the "Dad if we're going to ride to DC we should leave...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,443
Posted By edthesped

I'm sure the bike shop would have some laying...

I'm sure the bike shop would have some laying around... I replaced my BB7's with the Hy/Rd's so the Hy/Rd's were shipped with the spacers in them. The Ultegra calipers I purchased for another build...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 06:44 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,443
Posted By edthesped

My Hy/Rd's came with spacers installed in them. ...

My Hy/Rd's came with spacers installed in them. It's one of the few things I was smart enough to keep. If you have a 3d printer or access to one you can print your own spacers, Disc brake spacers...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,970
Posted By edthesped

The only section I'd truly like to see paved is...

The only section I'd truly like to see paved is the GAP from the Big Savage Tunnel to Cumberland. As for the WMRT, there are now two steel connecting bridges between the C&O and the WMRT just after...
Forum: Touring
08-08-19, 12:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,970
Posted By edthesped

You're a purist... My daughter and I discussed...

You're a purist... My daughter and I discussed staying on the C&O at length, purist jabs went back and forth, then rationalized that our goal was to ride from Pgh to DC not ride the GAP and C&O so on...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,970
Posted By edthesped

Does anyone know what the resurfacing plans are? ...

Does anyone know what the resurfacing plans are? It would sure be nice if they do the whole thing. As an aside, if someone else is going north to south and choose to ride the WMRT be sure to follow...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,443
Posted By edthesped

I run HY/RD's on two and hydraulics on one and...

I run HY/RD's on two and hydraulics on one and canti's on another. Early on I was indifferent regarding disc and canti's but am now fully converted fan of discs. One bike has at least 5k miles on...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,970
Posted By edthesped

Did you go north to south? If so, were you able...

Did you go north to south? If so, were you able to keep from hauling your bikes up and over the foot bridge? Supposedly there's a better route that allows one to avoid the stairs over the bridge,...
Forum: Touring
08-02-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,970
Posted By edthesped

We did the C&O last weekend, there's a detour...

We did the C&O last weekend, there's a detour around Williamsport that could be a little better marked going North to South. The detour brings you into a section of the C&O that requires you to hump...
Forum: Touring
08-02-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,181
Posted By edthesped

If you're going North to South the Williamsport...

If you're going North to South the Williamsport detour route is poorly marked. We humped our bikes up a set of stairs and over a bridge last weekend but was told by someone else that wasn't the best...
Forum: Touring
06-20-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,785
Posted By edthesped

there's a thread on ******/r/bicycling412...

there's a thread on ******/r/bicycling412 discussing trail safety on the section between South Side Works and Homestead in the early AM, it appears as if I'm not the only one that hasn't had an...
Forum: Touring
06-18-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,785
Posted By edthesped

I frequently commute on the trail between the...

I frequently commute on the trail between the Homestead section of the trail and downtown, usually between 5:45 and 6:30 AM, and can say it's very safe. Every once in a while I'll see a homeless...
Forum: Touring
06-17-19, 05:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,060
Posted By edthesped

Daughters and friends bikes were stolen while...

Daughters and friends bikes were stolen while camping in Frostburg MD a few years ago when they were riding the GAP/C&O. She was 18 at the time and I don't think she's left her bike unlocked since.
Forum: Touring
06-17-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,707
Posted By edthesped

I'd say it depends... If you run a dynamo hub...

I'd say it depends... If you run a dynamo hub then the phone is fine. My tourer has a dynamo hub and my townie does not, I can easily keep my phone at 100% charge all day long with the dynamo but a...
Forum: Touring
06-17-19, 05:05 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,785
Posted By edthesped

I'm not sure there's a whole lot they can do to...

I'm not sure there's a whole lot they can do to widen the path without spending and a$$load of money. The ramp is definitely one of those "it looked good on paper" kind of projects. They would...
Forum: Touring
05-30-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,666
Posted By edthesped

ProBike and Run sells e-bikes if you want to give...

ProBike and Run sells e-bikes if you want to give them a call for e-bike boxes.
03-05-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,325
Posted By edthesped

Not quite on topic but interesting non the less....

Not quite on topic but interesting non the less. In looking at UWHK Ltd. I see they are working on an Allite Super Magnesium bike frame...

https://www.trucks.com/2018/10/10/allite-super-magnesium/...
03-05-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,325
Posted By edthesped

But... SC does sell an Ultegra model and it's...

But... SC does sell an Ultegra model and it's $4600. So if you're comparing models wouldn't it be fair to compare equivalent groupsets? Santa Cruze Stigmata Ultegra: Price$4599 USD (MSRP). Yes I...
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