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Forum: Touring
07-31-13, 04:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,050
Posted By michaelb05

The traffic and the road through brandon gap...

The traffic and the road through brandon gap should be fine. I don't remember any traffic really at all (but people do drive it). Looking at our tour on Rides with GPS, and from memory, it seems...
Forum: Touring
07-30-13, 05:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,050
Posted By michaelb05

I would do Brandon Gap (on the mountain road)...

I would do Brandon Gap (on the mountain road) over riding Rt 4 to Woodstock. We did Brandon Gap on our tour of southern vermont, we were fully loaded with camping gear. It is a very steep in...
Forum: Touring
06-11-13, 05:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 412
Posted By michaelb05

Are you doing a loop? If that includes Maine,...

Are you doing a loop? If that includes Maine, Nova Scotia, Quebec (the Route Verte) and then Vermont, then I think that would be more varied and interesting then the great lakes. Lake Superior is...
Forum: Touring
05-20-13, 08:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 574
Posted By michaelb05

That's practically code for doing the Lake...

That's practically code for doing the Lake Champlain loop, so great choice. I haven't biked the NY side, but do ride the islands in Vt, and they are beautiful for riding and get tons of tours going...
Forum: Touring
05-20-13, 08:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 574
Posted By michaelb05

I just came back from a quick ride to the...

I just came back from a quick ride to the mountains in Vermont after work, and Vt is gorgeous, but I would send you to Quebec as the first choice, to do some loop on the Route Verte.
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Forum: Touring
04-21-13, 06:24 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,876
Posted By michaelb05

Are any of the 3, 4 or 5 star rated locks lighter...

Are any of the 3, 4 or 5 star rated locks lighter than the TiGr? this is a touring forum, and the OP was asking about a "light" lock, so weight is a very important consideration. I use a thin cable...
Forum: Touring
04-20-13, 01:55 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,876
Posted By michaelb05

the google translation for the ART ratings says...

the google translation for the ART ratings says two is appropiate for bikes, three for scooters and four for motorcycles. for what that is worth. the tigr lock is light weight.
04-13-13, 10:38 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 24,381
Posted By michaelb05

Thanks for the review. After about a year of...

Thanks for the review. After about a year of lusting for the Compass tires, I decided against them. I wanted more flat protection, which may be irrational, since I haven't had a flat out riding in...
Forum: Touring
04-02-13, 05:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,011
Posted By michaelb05

I have the vista HCX and it works great for bike...

I have the vista HCX and it works great for bike touring. I think the legend should be fine. the battery life on the vista is incredible, 25 hours of runtime, which is the best that I know of for a...
Forum: Touring
03-03-13, 10:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,433
Posted By michaelb05

I like that idea more. Bristol is nice but not...

I like that idea more. Bristol is nice but not worth rerouting to get there. Do you have a GPS? I didn't put your route through Rides with GPS, but it seems like you are planning a long tour in...
Forum: Touring
02-24-13, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,433
Posted By michaelb05

Vermont is great for biking and Oct 1 is a really...

Vermont is great for biking and Oct 1 is a really nice time of year, except it can rain a lot, particularly if there is a hurricane passing by. It is also peak season, so you will have to book rooms...
Forum: Touring
07-30-12, 11:30 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,650
Posted By michaelb05

quebec

I haven't drive it in a long time, but getting in and out of Keene will involve some big hills. But it is beautiful in that area. For Quebec, from Lacolle, were you making a specific decision not to...
Forum: Touring
05-09-12, 06:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,099
Posted By michaelb05

Do you remember where you saw those reviews? I...

Do you remember where you saw those reviews? I can't find reviews of the 26" compass tires, in part because search for "compass" and "tires" is hopeless. Lots if discussion about the skinnier grand...
Forum: Touring
04-29-12, 08:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 371
Posted By michaelb05

I have been to La Verendrye twice to go canoe...

I have been to La Verendrye twice to go canoe camping. It is very, very nice for canoeing: tons of lakes, huge area, few people. It gets a lot of fishing and they also log in there, but overall, it...
Forum: Touring
06-15-11, 02:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 667
Posted By michaelb05

quebec

If you are willing to handle the logistics of the bus ride, the Petit du Nord to Montreal would be nice and maybe the first choice as a bike path.

I haven't riden from Sherbrooke to QC, but my...
Forum: Touring
10-26-10, 06:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,447
Posted By michaelb05

There are lots of border crossings between Rouses...

There are lots of border crossings between Rouses Point and Richford. I am not sure I have done them all. None will be a problem and if you cross at a little station like Alburg, there maybe no...
Forum: Touring
10-25-10, 11:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,447
Posted By michaelb05

I'll comment on the one section I know well: the...

I'll comment on the one section I know well: the Vt border. The NY side and Rt 9 would be nice enough, but I think the Vt side is much nicer for biking. The roads are straighter, much less hilly...
Forum: Touring
09-14-10, 08:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 576
Posted By michaelb05

I have the vista HCX as well, and previously had...

I have the vista HCX as well, and previously had the geko 301, both with altimeters. I consider the altimeter very helpful for hiking in the mountains, since I can navigate most situations just by...
Forum: Touring
08-30-10, 11:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,398
Posted By michaelb05

Like Neil, I have the Vista HCX. As he notes, it...

Like Neil, I have the Vista HCX. As he notes, it has the best battery life, really remarkable that it can run for days and days. I have the problem with the rubber coming off too. The vista has...
Forum: Touring
08-02-10, 08:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,240
Posted By michaelb05

Sounds like a great ride and a lot to think...

Sounds like a great ride and a lot to think about. I like Saranac lake and the canoe area a lot, so I think riding into the daks could be worth it. Route 3 to Plattsburg is scenic enough to drive...
Forum: Touring
09-03-09, 07:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,557
Posted By michaelb05

I wouldn't personally worry about parking a car...

I wouldn't personally worry about parking a car in Charlotte at all. There is street crime in Burlington, including breaking into cars, but for the most part that means it is generally a good idea...
Forum: Touring
09-02-09, 09:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,557
Posted By michaelb05

Don't park at the airport. We must be able to do...

Don't park at the airport. We must be able to do better than that. My first thought would be to contact burlington parks and tell them you are bike touring for a week, and if you could park at one...
Forum: Touring
08-14-09, 09:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 764
Posted By michaelb05

4.5 lbs for a solo tent is really heavy by...

4.5 lbs for a solo tent is really heavy by today's standards. The problem with most small tents though is that the vestibule is also really small, too small to let you climb in it separately from...
Forum: Touring
05-15-09, 09:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By michaelb05

If you are biking from Montreal to Rochester as...

If you are biking from Montreal to Rochester as the second leg, I am wondering why you are not choosing to bike all the way through Vermont on the 1st leg? I haven't biked over there, but have...
Forum: Touring
05-05-09, 03:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,087
Posted By michaelb05

Are you gettting the SAC price at that point, or...

Are you gettting the SAC price at that point, or the 40% off the price at backcountry.com, which is always available following SAC items, if stock remains? The site says something like, "did you...
Forum: Touring
05-05-09, 02:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,087
Posted By michaelb05

Well according to the deal tracker, it has been...

Well according to the deal tracker, it has been showing up almost every day for several days, so if you are interested, keep watching for it and/or track SAC until it pops up again. There is no...
Forum: Touring
04-07-09, 10:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 744
Posted By michaelb05

If you really are using this every day on a two...

If you really are using this every day on a two year bike tour, I would worry most about UV damage to the flysheet, and that falling apart as a result. I haven't paid much attention to this question...
Forum: Touring
03-01-09, 09:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,111
Posted By michaelb05

I posted on the other thread about my wood stove,...

I posted on the other thread about my wood stove, the bushbuddy. You could consider carrying esbit as a backup, or as your primary stove, if you are looking for the lightest weight and/or have...
Forum: Touring
03-01-09, 08:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,665
Posted By michaelb05

bushbuddy

I don't have an opinion on stealth camping (having never done it), but the bushbuddy is the only wood stove I know that can be used on a wood picnic table: it is set up to not get hot underneath or...
Forum: Touring
07-24-08, 07:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 690
Posted By michaelb05

The best place to see the whales from land is...

The best place to see the whales from land is from the observation deck on the cliffs before you cross the sanguanay on the ferry to tadoussac. You will be on bikes so I am sure you will stop, but...
07-09-08, 02:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 394
Posted By michaelb05

I don't think of Quebec City as north of Montreal...

I don't think of Quebec City as north of Montreal at all, at least to me it seems east (looking at a map, it is north too, but you are driving east on 20). I have only been to Quebec City once, and...
07-09-08, 10:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 394
Posted By michaelb05

Are you referring to staying in Quebec City for a...

Are you referring to staying in Quebec City for a few days? Or Montreal?
07-02-08, 11:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,656
Posted By michaelb05

I had both a burley trailer (old style) and a...

I had both a burley trailer (old style) and a child seat. I much preferred the trailer; the kids preferred to be in the bike seat: higher up, closer to us, better view. I think the trailer is much...
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