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Forum: Northeast
06-18-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 522
Posted By autonomy

Just learned about the Vermont Super 8 via Ted...

Just learned about the Vermont Super 8 via Ted King https://www.vermontbikepackers.org/
Forum: Northeast
06-09-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By autonomy

Are you familiar with cycling heat maps? They are...

Are you familiar with cycling heat maps? They are a good source for seeing where people ride, although it doesn't tell you things like which bike, speed, direction, or time of day. This is useful if...
06-08-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 4,536
Posted By autonomy

It's very creepy and big tech has been getting...

It's very creepy and big tech has been getting much better at it. Do a search on Google for anything that can be sold to you (like a product or a service). Then go on Instagram and see what kinds of...
Forum: Northeast
06-03-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 303
Posted By autonomy

Strava used to have free route planning but they...

Strava used to have free route planning but they made it subscriber-only. You can still use RideWithGPS to route-plan based on destinations. What it will do is use road popularity, it just won't show...
Forum: Northeast
06-01-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 303
Posted By autonomy

As you've discovered, there are a lot of great...

As you've discovered, there are a lot of great rural-ish roads in the western suburbs - which is what I'm most familiar with. Are you familiar with the Strava Heat Map?...
Forum: Northeast
06-01-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 345
Posted By autonomy

Never heard of this, BUT, in theory, nothing is...

Never heard of this, BUT, in theory, nothing is supposed to obscure your license plate, even those plastic dealer frames which quite often block either part of the state name at the top or the...
05-28-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,243
Posted By autonomy

There is too little information to go on to...

There is too little information to go on to troubleshoot this over the web. OP, you didn't even say where the mis-shift happens, at the front or rear derailleur? If at the front, why are you trying...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,483
Posted By autonomy

Same here. 40mi D2R2 Green River route on 28mm -...

Same here. 40mi D2R2 Green River route on 28mm - most of it looked like that. Just don't overcook in the turns and watch out for deep sand.



Correct, one should use the right tool for the job....
Forum: Northeast
05-25-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By autonomy

One more thread on Cape biking I ran across, with...

One more thread on Cape biking I ran across, with pictures/videos: https://www.bikeforums.net/northeast/1184419-cape-cod-fall-biking.html
There's probably more in the forum if you do a search.
Forum: Northeast
05-24-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 293
Posted By autonomy

You're correct about the National Seashore,...

You're correct about the National Seashore, https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/biking-at-cape-cod-national-seashore.htm Bicycles are not permitted on hiking trails or on beaches.
Some more...
Forum: Northeast
05-20-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 9,319
Views: 1,103,775
Posted By autonomy

One of my favorite trail/gravel loops these days...

One of my favorite trail/gravel loops these days is the triple-trail: Narrow Gauge, Reformatory Branch, Battle Road. They're all well-packed down and I typically do them on 40mm MSO XPlor but it's...
Forum: Northeast
05-20-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By autonomy

I'm going to link to an overview from TrailForks:...

I'm going to link to an overview from TrailForks: https://www.trailforks.com/trails/map/?nearby=1&activitytype=1&z=11.4&lat=41.70975&lon=-70.04944

You've got the Old Colony RT...
05-20-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 730
Posted By autonomy

Ah, if you can describe it as 'dry, loose,...

Ah, if you can describe it as 'dry, loose, slippery, powdery ashes' then that is a different beast from 'gravel covered with a bit of sand'. What I would do is bring the widest tire my bike could fit...
05-18-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 730
Posted By autonomy

Ehh, how sandy are we talking? If it's sandy...

Ehh, how sandy are we talking? If it's sandy enough to sink in, then 32mm will be a pain even with a tread. You'd want a wide contact patch for that; it's more about bike control than grip at that...
05-18-21, 09:39 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,513
Posted By autonomy

Why are there so many threads about cheap/light...

Why are there so many threads about cheap/light bikes around here this spring? Are people salty that good bikes are still sold out in many places? On the other hand, I am somewhat amused by the irony...
05-13-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 771
Posted By autonomy

Quality thread! All 'em rich folks showing off...

Quality thread! All 'em rich folks showing off their wealth riding their $500+ bikes... smh
05-13-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 356
Views: 14,358
Posted By autonomy

Maybe NOW we can have a good flame war! :)

Maybe NOW we can have a good flame war! :)
05-07-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 356
Views: 14,358
Posted By autonomy

Lovely post. Just curious, do you have any issues...

Lovely post. Just curious, do you have any issues with people who play 0 sports but wear football and baseball attire like jerseys and caps?

Also, TDF-type cyclists are old and tired, the new...
05-05-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 24,403
Posted By autonomy

50mm GK+ were a pain to mount the first time, but...

50mm GK+ were a pain to mount the first time, but dish soap helped. They weren't as much of a pain to take off as they stretched a bit.
05-03-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,956
Posted By autonomy

Don't know if my anecdotes are worth anything to...

Don't know if my anecdotes are worth anything to you, but I've seen coyotes twice, both earlyish in the morning:
- in a meadow on an winter 'hike' in a park in the local suburb - two coyotes about...
04-14-21, 05:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,739
Posted By autonomy

This was the same experience over here. Daughter...

This was the same experience over here. Daughter wasn't all that interested in the little bike when we got it for her. Slowly, she grew into it and started going fast. Eventually, she asked to take...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 878
Posted By autonomy

This is, unfortunately, the correct answer. And...

This is, unfortunately, the correct answer. And do you plan to be using this on a computer or on a mobile device only?

A while back I had to plan an impromptu route on a mobile device - I tried...
03-24-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,974
Posted By autonomy

Second that. I have a long-sleeve that looks very...

Second that. I have a long-sleeve that looks very 'normal' and has two deep pockets. However, I find that whenever I go for a ride casual enough to warrant the use of that shirt, I end up bringing...
03-19-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,382
Posted By autonomy

And add heavy panniers.

And add heavy panniers.
02-11-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,739
Posted By autonomy

When my daughter was 2.5ish-4, we would haul her...

When my daughter was 2.5ish-4, we would haul her kick scooter with us. Much better than even a travel stroller, she could roll around town without getting too tired, and when she did she would just...
02-11-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 736
Posted By autonomy

I'm not a gearing expert, but not sure there's...

I'm not a gearing expert, but not sure there's such a thing as 'appropriate kids gear range' - sounds like Woom thinks theirs is appropriate, but your kids are just too athletic?
From Frog's website...
02-11-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 54,304
Posted By autonomy

The OP's kids are 21 at this point :roflmao: ...

The OP's kids are 21 at this point :roflmao:

However, if you assume that other people are going to stumble on this topic in this day and age, kids bikes are heavy because manufacturers use cheaper...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 11,276
Posted By autonomy

Another 'Dale checking in. ...

Another 'Dale checking in.
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1024x768/kanc_pass_b784cfd4ef2d8edab90a8af25262ed285ede71a7.jpg

My other bike is a steelie :P
12-08-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,174
Posted By autonomy

This thread is useless without selfies!

This thread is useless without selfies!
12-04-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,830
Posted By autonomy

The problem was that your tires had nothing to...

The problem was that your tires had nothing to push against (hardpack under the gravel) and were sinking into the gravel. Same idea as fatbikes on sand or snow - you gotta float over it. Knobs...
Forum: Northeast
11-23-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,755
Posted By autonomy

Ah, congratulations on hitting some of the...

Ah, congratulations on hitting some of the notorious roads/climbs of D2R2. I thought the climb northward after Bardwells Ferry Bridge (awesome place) was finally going to be the place where my wife...
11-20-20, 04:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,060
Posted By autonomy

Perfect advice, not much more to add except maybe...

Perfect advice, not much more to add except maybe that the worst thing short-term (months) would be your chain rusts and seizes. Eventually, all other metal parts, even rust-resistant bolts will...
11-20-20, 04:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,123
Posted By autonomy

I second this. If your lifestyle allows you to...

I second this. If your lifestyle allows you to own a Giulia, you can store this for a few more years (assuming SWMBO allows). It may not be a flashy one, but when the time comes and you can hand it...
11-17-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 855
Posted By autonomy

That's a great point - both Maine and NH DOTs...

That's a great point - both Maine and NH DOTs have lists of curated cycling routes (or tours, in ME's case). I have done 3 of NH's official routes and they're pretty good.

VT does have lots of...
10-22-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,100
Posted By autonomy

Here it's Every person operating a motor...

Here it's
Every person operating a motor vehicle shall bring the vehicle and the motor propelling it immediately to a stop when approaching a cow, horse or other draft animal being led, ridden or...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,703
Posted By autonomy

My glueless patches dried out after a couple of...

My glueless patches dried out after a couple of years. Just not strong enough to hold.

Tubeless, eh? Between my two bikes and several thousands miles of riding, my last puncture was over 3 years...
10-16-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,922
Posted By autonomy

It's about the lifestlye. Look at people with...

It's about the lifestlye. Look at people with Jeeps and other such 'offroaders' who never take them off pavement, or maybe only a couple times a year?

I was riding my road bike with 28mm tires...
Forum: Northeast
10-12-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 9,319
Views: 1,103,775
Posted By autonomy

For anyone planning on heading out to the...

For anyone planning on heading out to the Minuteman National Park, beware that there are many, many large trees down mostly between Bloody Angle and Brooks Village. On the west side of the boardwalk,...
Forum: Northeast
10-07-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By autonomy

Yeah, good point about NH. So, I ended up...

Yeah, good point about NH.

So, I ended up parking at the Loon 'day use area' for an out and back to the pass: https://goo.gl/maps/tRFNwQPAdiN3MVeMA. There is just a sign saying 'no overnight...
Forum: Northeast
10-05-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By autonomy

Lincoln, NH parking - riding the Kanc

Want to tap into the collective wisdom of experience here. Anyone ride the Kancamagus from the Lincoln side? What's the best public place to park for 4-5 hours? I found some public rides on RWGPS...
09-30-20, 01:13 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,922
Posted By autonomy

Absolutely, even more comfortable ever since I...

Absolutely, even more comfortable ever since I got lower-pressure 50mm tires for this kind of stuff (as opposed to high-PSI 40mm):
...
08-24-20, 10:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,037
Posted By autonomy

This is what came to note here. Used to be $50...

This is what came to note here. Used to be $50 worth of stuff would get you free shipping, now it's $106 (about 81 GBP). Regular shipping is $16. My wife and her German friend send each other...
08-14-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,409
Posted By autonomy

I really have no opinion on fasted training. If...

I really have no opinion on fasted training. If it works for you, great! Your and others' interpretations weren't in line with what I meant, so I'll openly admit that my original statement was...
08-14-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,409
Posted By autonomy

Ya'll jumping to conclusions. I've never woken up...

Ya'll jumping to conclusions. I've never woken up feeling like I was "bonking" and I never stated I do. But if I don't eat and do a hard workout, expending half or more of my daily recommended...
08-14-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,409
Posted By autonomy

I'm not that surprised to hear that someone on...

I'm not that surprised to hear that someone on the internet knows more about my body's metabolism than I do :) My original post stated, in simple terms, that I would not want to have the displeasure...
08-14-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,409
Posted By autonomy

Are you that bothered that some people burn more...

Are you that bothered that some people burn more than 400 calories in a day? :foo:
08-14-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,330
Posted By autonomy

- So, I've done 165 miles on the big 50mm GK...

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So, I've done 165 miles on the big 50mm GK SK+s and the verdict is... I love them.
They feel slower, but at 40-50PSI I have had no trouble beating Strava records I've set on this same bike with...
08-14-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,478
Posted By autonomy

FWIW, I changed 40mm Xplor MSOs at 80PSI to 50mm...

FWIW, I changed 40mm Xplor MSOs at 80PSI to 50mm GK SK+ at 50PSI (on the road) on my steel adventure bike and I noticed 'sluggishness' as well, but Strava says I've had no trouble beating records...
08-14-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,409
Posted By autonomy

2 x pieces of multigrain toast with almond butter...

2 x pieces of multigrain toast with almond butter & jam, some cheese, double espresso. This will last me about 2 hrs (30ish miles). If I think I'll be out past that, I'll bring a Clif bar which will...
07-22-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 960
Posted By autonomy

There's always going to be someone who's more fit...

There's always going to be someone who's more fit or who rides more. Pro riders count, right?

https://www.strava.com/activities/3544958783
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