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Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-17, 07:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 404
Posted By SteveA

Riding near Raystown Lake in South Central PA, USA?

Can anyone suggest any 20-40 mile on-road rides near Raystown Lake in South central Pennsylvania (no crushed-limestone trails please [unless used for a short connection within a longer ride]....
Forum: Touring
04-14-17, 06:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 631
Posted By SteveA

Non-touring specific question...

We are looking for a vacation location where we can rent a cabin for a week - from where we can:

* Do cycling day trips on quiet country roads
* Do some lake canoeing (without large, fast & loud...
Forum: Touring
11-12-11, 06:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,777
Posted By SteveA

1+ Dry sack on top of Bob bag. We use a...

1+

Dry sack on top of Bob bag. We use a stretchable cargo-net to hold it there (came in the trunk of our 89 Mercury Sable sedan (for stopping less than a full trunk-load from shifting around)).
Forum: Touring
09-23-11, 06:30 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,976
Posted By SteveA

For a summer vacation we toured around the...

For a summer vacation we toured around the Kentucky Bluegrass / Shalebelt region.

Some pics on Facebook (you don't need to be a Facebook member to view the photos here).
...
Forum: Touring
09-05-11, 04:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,216
Posted By SteveA

Tire size ...

We use 32s on a Tandem (loaded for camping). So we've got 300+ lbs of people, plus cooking, sleeping, and clothing needs. We are mainly on-road - although we've seen quite a bit of gravel roads (may...
Forum: Touring
08-23-11, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 576
Posted By SteveA

Steripen

We have used the steripen - both backpacking and on a cycling tour in Spain. No problems at all. It is very small. We took it cycling in Spain - as quite a few guidebooks suggested drinking bottled...
Forum: Touring
06-06-11, 10:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,483
Posted By SteveA

Elderly gentlemen ...

<<You'll see many elderly gentleman in full racing kit and CF bikes on their recreational rides. >>

Sounds like most of the U.S.
Forum: Touring
05-08-11, 06:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By SteveA

Thanks for the time-of-year tick pointers, Robow....

Thanks for the time-of-year tick pointers, Robow. We are locked in to our date - as my wife teaches and that is our only open window time-wise. Yeah, we probably won't do a lot of hiking while on the...
Forum: Touring
05-07-11, 07:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By SteveA

We got a book at the library, "Backroad Bicycling...

We got a book at the library, "Backroad Bicycling in Kentucky's Bluegrass", by George Garber, The Countryman Press, 2004.

I think that using two routes in this book:

23. Louisville to...
Forum: Touring
05-06-11, 06:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By SteveA

I guess I take our insect situation here in...

I guess I take our insect situation here in Southwestern Ohio for granted. When we went North to the U.P. of Michigan we got eaten up by black flies. When we went South and camped at LBTLs a few...
Forum: Touring
05-06-11, 10:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By SteveA

Land Between the Lakes ..

We car-camped (with the dog) at the Nothern end of LBTL a couple of years ago. It may not be ordinary - but the ticks were just terrible there that year (getting on us and the dog). We drove to...
Forum: Touring
05-05-11, 06:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By SteveA

Thanks ...

Thanks - Those are great resources. All of the tours are generally point-to-point tours. I think maybe we could make a loop tour out of bits of them by riding different portions of different ones....
Forum: Touring
05-05-11, 11:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By SteveA

250-350 Mile 7-9 day Kentucky Bluegrass Region route suggestions?

My wife and I would like to do a 250-350 mile (25-40 miles a day) mile self-supported loop tour in late June. We are thinking that we'd like to do this in the Kentucky Blugrass region. We usually...
Forum: Touring
04-28-11, 10:03 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,272
Posted By SteveA

Why do you cycle tour if you find it boring?

I'm not trying to be flip here .. I cycle tour because I find it exciting at times, peaceful at times - but mainly interesting and enjoyable almost all of the time.

Why are you doing it - if you...
04-15-11, 05:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 787
Posted By SteveA

Thanks. That sounds promising. We'll check the...

Thanks. That sounds promising. We'll check the rental price for that class of vehicle. I would expect that it will get better MPG than a mini-van.
04-15-11, 05:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 787
Posted By SteveA

When we went to Spain a couple of years ago the...

When we went to Spain a couple of years ago the taxi was a small crossover SUV-like/minivan 2wd hybrid and the tandem fit in the back just fine with both wheels off (and with both front and rear...
04-09-11, 06:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 787
Posted By SteveA

Thanks for the suggestion. My wife would prefer...

Thanks for the suggestion. My wife would prefer to sit side-by-side for our drive to the starting point - so we are looking for something that will allow that. If we were just driving up the road a...
04-08-11, 07:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 787
Posted By SteveA

Mid-size rental vehicle to carry a tandem (inside).

We are looking to rent a vehicle one-way - for a tandem tour this summer. Because of the one-way nature of the rental we don't want to use a rack on the vehicle. Like goldi-locks we are looking for...
Forum: Touring
04-08-11, 07:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 502
Posted By SteveA

Loved it ...

The folks in the B&B told us to stay out of the lanes and to ride the hugely wide shoulder on the highway. We found just the opposite to work much better for us.

The people were great, the weather...
Forum: Touring
03-05-11, 07:18 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 260
Posted By SteveA

Routes? Richmond, IN to Marietta, OH Or Southern Lake Michigan to Dayton, OH

Greetings,

We rode South to North across our home state of Ohio last Summer. We are thinking of riding West to East across it this summer. We have some Columbus-Outdoor-Pursuit maps of cross-ohio...
Forum: Touring
02-06-11, 11:35 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,457
Posted By SteveA

Pedals on tour ...

I use Look Keo's. I used to use SPDs (and would then would switch back to road pedals when not touring). I find that my legs - mostly ankles and knees - are more stable when using road pedals. I...
Forum: Touring
01-01-11, 12:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 580
Posted By SteveA

Favorite tour 2010 ...

We only made one tour last year. We rode across our own US state of Ohio - from South to North (Ohio River to Lake Erie).

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=94540&id=1379480957&l=2d6429de83
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Forum: Touring
12-31-10, 08:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,026
Posted By SteveA

Nice reply ...

I used to participate in BF discussions frequently but ran into a few instances where a few people who seemed to have too much time on their hands went off on people (who weren't part of the apparent...
Forum: Touring
12-05-10, 11:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,978
Posted By SteveA

In concept - but not in our experience ...

We went to Spain summer before last on a tandem with four pretty loaded panniers. We descended mini-mountains (that took us many hours to climb). I think the longest constant descent was maybe 30-45...
Forum: Touring
11-25-10, 07:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 681
Posted By SteveA

RE: survey

Ditto. Perhaps placing a link to the survey on a site where users pay someone to go on a pre-planned/supported tour would yield better results.
Forum: Touring
08-28-10, 06:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,721
Posted By SteveA

Axiom Journey 2 Lowriders

Not directly related to your OP - but concerning the quality level of the Axioms ...

We have a set of the Axiom Journey 2 Lowriders on the front. We've done a 1-week tour in Spain and a 9 day tour...
Forum: Touring
08-24-10, 06:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 590
Posted By SteveA

Good question ...

Good question ...
Forum: Touring
07-28-10, 05:55 PM
Replies: 4,355
Views: 2,028,276
Posted By SteveA

On our Ohio River (Cincinnati, OH) to Lake Erie (Vermillion, OH) trip.

On our Ohio River (Cincinnati, OH) to Lake Erie (Vermillion, OH) trip.
Forum: Touring
07-17-10, 12:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,121
Posted By SteveA

Tent ...

Just taking our first week-long (camping) tour - without using a trailer - I would take the length of the tent poles into consideration. We got by bungee-ing them cross-wise on the rear rack (24-1/2"...
Forum: Touring
07-17-10, 11:58 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,633
Posted By SteveA

Early tour mistakes ...

From my wife:

Have a good pair of good-fitting gloves, as what works well for a 2-3 sport ride doesn't always work well for all-day riding in unpredicatable weather. The all-day/every-day nature...
Forum: Touring
06-07-10, 07:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,421
Posted By SteveA

Thanks ..

Thanks. One of the two of us can sew - so we will look into your suggestion.
Forum: Touring
06-06-10, 05:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,421
Posted By SteveA

Thanks for the suggestions ...

Thanks for the suggestions ...

We're going to see how much polyester and/or cotton sheets weigh. The silk cost of $250+ is bit steep for us. Our worry with cotton is that it is heavy and stays...
Forum: Touring
06-05-10, 05:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,421
Posted By SteveA

Silk flat sheet for sleeping?

Greetings,

When touring in the Spring my wife and I each sleep on 66" long ThermaRest pads. We use a lightweight rectangular fleece bag-liner and a rectangular down 45 sleeping bag. These are...
Forum: Touring
06-05-10, 09:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 761
Posted By SteveA

Tree huggers?

Sorry to get off on a tangent - but what are tree-huggers?
Forum: Touring
05-29-10, 08:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,752
Posted By SteveA

Frame pumps ..

I like:

* Zefal-HP X 3 (Little-changed since the 1970's, but still a great design).

* Blackburn Frame Pump

I believe that either/both of these come in multiple sizes.

Other than a CO2...
Forum: Touring
05-29-10, 08:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 382
Posted By SteveA

Smaller tubes in larger tires ...

I know it contradicts the above experiences - and may just be the manufacturing method or product design of the particular tubes that we had trouble with, but ..

We had tubes for 23-28mm tires in...
Forum: Touring
05-19-10, 06:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 228
Posted By SteveA

Car Rental near Huron or Vermillion Ohio?

Greetings,

We are planning a tour from the Ohio River to Lake Erie. We want to end somewhere near Huron or Vermillion Ohio. We need to rent a car to drive home afterwards. Does anyone here know of...
Forum: Touring
05-16-10, 06:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By SteveA

Greetings xyzzy834, For our tour logistics...

Greetings xyzzy834,

For our tour logistics we are looking to rent a vehicle - to drive home from near Huron. I looked in google but didn't get a great bead on car-rental agencies in that area. Can...
Forum: Touring
05-16-10, 10:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By SteveA

Panniers or Trailer (or both) ...

We tour on a tandem - so we need to carry enough for two people - with the same number of racks as a single. If we are not camping (but using B&Bs, hotels, etc.) we use front and rear panniers only....
Forum: Touring
04-28-10, 07:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 473
Posted By SteveA

UGRR route crossing of Ohio river?

Greetings,

We are planning to ride from Cincinnati to Lake Erie - mostly following the ACA UGRR route. We bought the map for the section from Milford, OH to Erie, PA.

We would like to start at...
Forum: Touring
04-20-10, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 556
Posted By SteveA

Cinci to Sandusky

I would only ride on RT4 for a mile or two at the most. I tour for the enjoyment of it and having driven RT4 from Sandusky to Springfield I wouldn't even drive it again. It is so straight and flat...
Forum: Touring
04-16-10, 05:32 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,913
Posted By SteveA

Weight reduction ..

Unless you really need (3) jerseys for 8-10 days (I never did) - consider 2 short sleeve jerseys and a pair of arm warmers. The weight should be less than (2) Short-sleeve and (1) Long Sleeve (and...
Forum: Touring
04-12-10, 04:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 796
Posted By SteveA

RE: UP touring ...

We did a five-day tour. Started at St. Ignace and went North and then East to Drummond Island - where we stayed for a couple of days. The scenery was great at the shoreline - although some of the...
Forum: Touring
03-27-10, 05:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,982
Posted By SteveA

32's are fine ..

We've used 32's on a pretty-fully-loaded tandem with the both of us weighing 325lb (together). We've ridden in Spain and Ireland on quite mixture of road surfaces (down to a sand/dirt-type mix) and...
Forum: Touring
03-27-10, 05:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,325
Posted By SteveA

Plastic Bag 1+

We've only flown with the Tandem twice.

First time was to Ireland (we live in OH, USA). We used (2) single-bike boxes (from a LBS) cut and taped together to form (1). We really needed to create as...
Forum: Touring
03-19-10, 07:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By SteveA

Thanks ..

Thanks!

I believe that these are good suggestions. I had purchased the next (more southerly section) of the ACA Underground Railroad route (through Land-Between-The-Lakes) a few years ago. We...
Forum: Touring
03-18-10, 07:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By SteveA

Ohio River to Lake Erie routes?

We are thinking of taking a tour from the Ohio River to Lake Erie (South to North) this summer. This would be within the state of Ohio. We'd like to stick, roughly, to the middle 1/3 of the state...
Forum: Touring
03-12-10, 08:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,354
Posted By SteveA

Tandeming with Bob ...

We bought a Bob - because it did seem like just too much to fit all of the normal clothing, tools, and spare parts associated with credit-card touring - plus all of the required camping items (tent,...
Forum: Touring
03-07-10, 05:20 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 483
Posted By SteveA

Ohio Cross State Bicycle Route experiences ...

Greetings all,

We're looking to tour one of the "Ohio Cross State Bicycle Routes" (maps provided by "Columbus Outdoor Pursuits") this Summer.

We are currently looking at either:

* Cardinal...
Forum: Touring
02-15-09, 06:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 515
Posted By SteveA

You bring up a good point about the temperatures....

You bring up a good point about the temperatures. Our last non-USA tour was in Ireland - which my wife found too cold for her liking. Hopefully, we aren't headed for the other extreme now.
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