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Forum: Touring
01-27-18, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,227
Posted By TheCharm

Thanks for confirming this, as it is a concern. I...

Thanks for confirming this, as it is a concern. I drilled down to various areas of the route where there's an intersection or fork in the road with Google StreetView and noticed that there isn't much...
Forum: Touring
01-19-18, 05:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,227
Posted By TheCharm

Thanks so much! That is solid information, and...

Thanks so much! That is solid information, and exactly what I was hoping for. I'll have to consider my options here and decide if it's time to get some permanent camping gear.
Forum: Touring
01-18-18, 06:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,227
Posted By TheCharm

North Carolina Bicycle Route 2

Has anyone spent any amount of time riding this?

I won't have time to ride the entire "Mountains to Sea" route from Murphy, but I was thinking of taking Amtrak with my bike down to High Point...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-17, 05:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,545
Posted By TheCharm

Yes, I take the subsidy -- $20 a month paid out...

Yes, I take the subsidy -- $20 a month paid out twice annually. It is correct that we cannot take the mass transit subsidy if we take the bicycle subsidy. I work for the federal government in...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-17, 05:00 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,617
Posted By TheCharm

I think this is key. I always try hard to...

I think this is key.

I always try hard to evaluate each commute I make with respect to improvements for safety. Did I put myself in any danger as the result of a bad decision? I accidentally...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-17, 04:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,428
Posted By TheCharm

I do have showers but I don't use them often. I...

I do have showers but I don't use them often. I find giving myself 10 minutes to cool down (when it's warm/hot) is sufficient followed by a clean-up with baby wipes/Shower Pill/etc. does the trick.
...
Forum: Touring
01-24-17, 07:18 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,081
Posted By TheCharm

Wow, thank you very much for the first-hand...

Wow, thank you very much for the first-hand information. I did find that La Route Verte site and I agree that it is clumsy to use. I was concerned about space on the train; I know there are few bike...
Forum: Touring
01-07-17, 10:01 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,081
Posted By TheCharm

I'm in the early stages of planning a loop from...

I'm in the early stages of planning a loop from Saint Albans VT -> Montreal -> Quebec City -> Saint Albans VT. Obviously I'd spend nights at towns in between, but those would the major waypoints....
Forum: Commuting
12-02-16, 06:23 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,641
Posted By TheCharm

I find it doesn't take too much convincing,...

I find it doesn't take too much convincing, considering that our Metro/"subway" system (my next best alternative since I'd have to pay to park at work if I drove) here in the DC area is known to...
Forum: Commuting
11-26-16, 08:37 PM
Replies: 15,232
Views: 10,931,290
Posted By TheCharm

My tire is a 40-559 in metric, or I reckon,...

My tire is a 40-559 in metric, or I reckon, around 26x1.5" in standard units, so I think 38s would fit just fine.

So far, my opinions of the rim are high. I know the rim is an upgrade over the...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-16, 08:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,806
Posted By TheCharm

I just recently completed an install of a Schmidt...

I just recently completed an install of a Schmidt SON 28-based hub/lighting system on my Surly Disc Trucker. The general consensus on the SON is that is among the lowest drag dyno hubs out there....
Forum: Commuting
11-21-16, 07:09 PM
Replies: 15,232
Views: 10,931,290
Posted By TheCharm

Not just my commuter, but my everything bike -...

Not just my commuter, but my everything bike - 2015 Surly Disc Trucker with some stuff and things.

Deviations from stock:


Velocity Cliffhanger rims
Sapim spokes
Schwalbe Marathon Plus...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-16, 07:31 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,472
Posted By TheCharm

Was hovering around 42F and clear this morning;...

Was hovering around 42F and clear this morning; was a beautiful ride in.

The ride home was equally as beautiful, if a bit warmer.

Was taken aback a bit by an oncoming cyclist on a multi-use...
Forum: Introductions
11-17-16, 05:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 759
Posted By TheCharm

I was a bit younger when I got back on a bike,...

I was a bit younger when I got back on a bike, but was in a similar weight situation.

Like you, cycling was (and still is) the only form of exercise I actually enjoy -- not just tolerate but enjoy...
Forum: Introductions
11-15-16, 06:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 515
Posted By TheCharm

Last winter was my first riding through it. I...

Last winter was my first riding through it. I made a commitment to myself that I'd ride as long as the temp was 35F and above. Turned out that wasn't so bad, and the only thing that kept me from...
Forum: Introductions
11-14-16, 07:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By TheCharm

Greetings from Wash DC!

Hello all:

Stopping in for the obligatory hello.

I rode a bike from the time I was a pre-teen on my Schwinn cromoly BMX to a steel framed Raleigh the few miles between my group house and my...
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