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Forum: Touring
10-23-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 180
Posted By Pratt

Used to watch Telly on the telly.

Used to watch Telly on the telly.
Forum: Touring
10-23-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 584
Posted By Pratt

Lots of good advice/opinions above. For me it...

Lots of good advice/opinions above. For me it matters how long the route is, and how many surprises I'm willing to put up with. One drawback of most route maps is their tunnel vision, alluded to by...
10-23-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 401
Posted By Pratt

Beckman panniers?

Beckman panniers?
10-21-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 481
Posted By Pratt

Don't have, and have never ridden, a carbon fiber...

Don't have, and have never ridden, a carbon fiber bike, but I've used a lot of epoxy. The strength of composites is in their fibers. Manufacturers go to considerable lengths to minimize the...
10-18-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 292
Posted By Pratt

If you have, or have access to a bike with a...

If you have, or have access to a bike with a variety of gears, perhaps use that to determine the ratio appropriate to your new home. Then you can ask the simpler question: How can I convert my SS to...
10-15-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 330
Posted By Pratt

Yes

Tapered for the tensioner, squad cut for the guide.
10-15-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 330
Posted By Pratt

Well, I've learned a lot already, and I haven't...

Well, I've learned a lot already, and I haven't even replaced the FW yet. Thanks to all for the various inputs Following Squirtdad and Vegan's advice, I ordered a FW from IRD. It is 32 instead of...
Forum: Northeast
10-15-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 271
Posted By Pratt

You're Welcome

Grand Central Station is the Post Office across the street from Penn Station.
Forum: Northeast
10-14-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 271
Posted By Pratt

I was in Grand Central Terminal a couple of weeks...

I was in Grand Central Terminal a couple of weeks ago and asked if bike passes were still accepted on Metro North, the ticket guy said they were no longer needed, just don't try to get on during rush...
Forum: Northeast
10-14-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 894
Posted By Pratt

Nothing specific to add, but if I were in your...

Nothing specific to add, but if I were in your place, I would also try to contact local cycle clubs, and nearby bike shops for local knowledge.
Good luck.
10-13-21, 04:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 586
Posted By Pratt

At a campground last month, all night I kept...

At a campground last month, all night I kept hearing a car door-like slamming sound. When I got up I realized it was walnuts falling of the metal roof of the shower building.
10-12-21, 11:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 330
Posted By Pratt

Wow! Lots of great information. The rear...

Wow!
Lots of great information.
The rear derailleur says XC Comp.
The bar end shift lever says Accushift Plus 7.
Yeah, I like the bike. It is a Bruce Gordon Rock and Road that I bought in 1992....
10-11-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 330
Posted By Pratt

Need New (Old) Freewheel

The 7-speed (13-30t) Suntour freewheel is showing wear and I wish to replace it in kind. Does anyone have advice on a good source? Or should I just roll the dice on eBay?
I'd even be happy with a...
10-11-21, 12:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 526
Posted By Pratt

I've never built a wheel, but I can understand...

I've never built a wheel, but I can understand there being some "constructional loosening" as tiny high spots on spokes and seating surfaces settle in. Perhaps hammering speeds that up.
10-11-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 715
Posted By Pratt

Funny you should mention that. Just this Summer,...

Funny you should mention that. Just this Summer, My front derailleur cable broke. Just to be sure, I replaced both front and rear. The rear had a couple of broken wires, up near the shifter end. ...
Forum: Touring
10-08-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,999
Posted By Pratt

I was through there a couple of weeks ago, for...

I was through there a couple of weeks ago, for the less athletic, or less proud, or more tired:
Daniel Kaminski, 304-671-5153
and
Gilbert Spencer, 304-359-5219
each will shuttle you around, to...
10-08-21, 04:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 663
Posted By Pratt

I once read a RAAM rider's technique for rough...

I once read a RAAM rider's technique for rough stretches of pavement. He advocated shifting to a higher gear so that you exerted more pressure on the pedals, and unweighted your rear end.
Forum: Touring
10-07-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 992
Posted By Pratt

Heard about him, but did not see him. I did see...

Heard about him, but did not see him. I did see a young woman with an AK amp, riding ~28mm tires, she passed me.
Forum: Touring
10-05-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 584
Posted By Pratt

Given that it is a tour, you could even stop, and...

Given that it is a tour, you could even stop, and fish the bottle out of a pannier, or the like. Racers need quick, convenient access to their water, tourists are not so pressed for time.
If I had...
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 492
Posted By Pratt

What I have done for route planning is to pick...

What I have done for route planning is to pick the towns names along the way and then Google them with queries about camping, motels, B&Bs, etc.
Also search the archives here and at CGOAB for others...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,406
Posted By Pratt

In addition to "sketchy" it seems that sometimes...

In addition to "sketchy" it seems that sometimes "bike friendly" means high theft risk because there is a ready market for used bikes.
10-03-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,023
Posted By Pratt

This discussion reminds me of a question I have...

This discussion reminds me of a question I have about disc brakes. Do they cause the fork to flex/deflect in hard braking?
Forum: Touring
09-06-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 554
Posted By Pratt

I have no experience with that area, but there...

I have no experience with that area, but there are a few railroad stations and an airport there, they might have parking.
Bonne chance.
09-06-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,959
Posted By Pratt

Around here, VT, in June when the does drop their...

Around here, VT, in June when the does drop their fawns, they kick last year's fawns out. This yearlings are dumber than dumb. They will start across the road, hesitate, go back, get cornered by a...
Forum: Touring
09-06-21, 01:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,329
Posted By Pratt

Last year I postponed a GAP/C&O ride and instead...

Last year I postponed a GAP/C&O ride and instead took the XNHAT to Maine and back over a few days. This year my sister and I did a short tour up through the Champlain islands. Tomorrow, I leave on...
Forum: Touring
09-06-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 511
Posted By Pratt

Leaving in the Morning

Picking up a one way rental to Buffalo. to continue a tour started two years ago. Did the Erie Canal Towpath from Albany to Buffalo. Now I'll continue (LWWP) along the South shore of Lake Erie to...
09-05-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 307
Posted By Pratt

Better to bring it and be unable to ride, than to...

Better to bring it and be unable to ride, than to not bring it and be unable to ride.
09-01-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,446
Posted By Pratt

It sounds like there is a need for a "speed...

It sounds like there is a need for a "speed dating" sub-forum for bikes here. Get to experience different bikes without the commitment of buying them. Riders could post, much like the OP, but with...
Forum: Touring
08-30-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,713
Posted By Pratt

If rain is not an issue, you could use a head net...

If rain is not an issue, you could use a head net and gloves, and cowboy camp.
08-30-21, 04:27 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,959
Posted By Pratt

Braking For Animals

On the Burlington Bikeway the other day I saw a guy suddenly swerve and fall, his buddy also hit the brakes and almost did an endo, but merely (?) mashed his testicles on the top bar. Why? They were...
Forum: Touring
08-29-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,915
Posted By Pratt

My Bruce Gordon has 36 hole aluminum rims by...

My Bruce Gordon has 36 hole aluminum rims by Mavic. I have never really trued them, just tweaked a spoke or two here and there. Prepping the bike yesterday, front and rear were with in a millimeter...
Forum: Touring
08-29-21, 04:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By Pratt

Champlain Islands Tour

Just got back from a short credit card tour of the islands in the North end of Lake Champlain. My sister and I had planned (2 years ago) to ride to Montreal, but, as you may have noticed, things...
08-28-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 786
Posted By Pratt

I've always picked the big ones up by the tail,...

I've always picked the big ones up by the tail, and held them away from my body.
08-28-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 825
Posted By Pratt

I have a pair of Specialized, Dual Gel ( I...

I have a pair of Specialized, Dual Gel ( I think). I like the way they fit, the fingers are large enough caliber to take them off easily. I wish they had more and better Terry wiping patches. ...
08-28-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,008
Posted By Pratt

If a bike fitted you 40 years ago, you probably...

If a bike fitted you 40 years ago, you probably have lost enough height to make it not fit. Fit aside, gearing I would have used 40 years ago would not suit me now.
08-18-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 520
Posted By Pratt

Indy has good advice. I've only ever done one,...

Indy has good advice. I've only ever done one, but he first day was 97 miles from Boston, ending with three steep hills and valleys to arrive in Storrs, CT. The second day was a pretty flat 60,...
Forum: Touring
08-16-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,655
Posted By Pratt

Good Point. I guess I was misled by the map...

Good Point. I guess I was misled by the map extending beyond the search area. My old fashioned searches were related to the XNHAT and what camping could be found. Burns Lake was closed last year. ...
Forum: Touring
08-15-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,655
Posted By Pratt

The map should also show Burns Lake Campground,...

The map should also show Burns Lake Campground, Israel's River Camp, a large campground in Goreham, on Rte 2 near the Maine line, and the Appalachian trail. Just campgrounds I happen to have been at
08-15-21, 05:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 897
Posted By Pratt

I second, or third, or nth, the advice to go see...

I second, or third, or nth, the advice to go see a doctor. Specifically, I would suggest an orthopedist who takes care of your nearest professional sports team, big time university athletic program,...
Forum: Touring
08-15-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,817
Posted By Pratt

Another vote for a lower range. Bumpy dirt...

Another vote for a lower range.
Bumpy dirt roads make 20 MPH feel more like 40. The uneven, unpredictable nature of unpaved surfaces makes the higher speeds more exciting, to say the least.
Forum: Touring
08-15-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 806
Posted By Pratt

Sounds great. Adventure Cycling has a set of...

Sounds great. Adventure Cycling has a set of maps for the East Coast called Atlantic Coast. It runs from Key West to Bar Harbor.
New York City presents lots of options, going right through,...
08-15-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 303
Posted By Pratt

Implicit in all the excellent advice is that the...

Implicit in all the excellent advice is that the bike gods are giving you a sign to buy another bike.
08-05-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,778
Posted By Pratt

Bad cycling ideas include, but are not limited...

Bad cycling ideas include, but are not limited to, listening to ear buds and steering with one hand while holding a go cup of coffee in the other, riding on the crowded sidewalk instead of on the...
Forum: Touring
08-05-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,123
Posted By Pratt

Ortlieb's are superb. The latch system is clever,...

Ortlieb's are superb. The latch system is clever, and works well. Note that the little 'finger' on the back that engages with the rack has a wedge shaped washer underneath. By judiciously adjusting...
07-31-21, 05:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,778
Posted By Pratt

Wait about a month and then take a cruise through...

Wait about a month and then take a cruise through your local college or university. You can see more exotic bad cycling ideas in an hour than you can shake a stick at. More likely, you will be...
07-30-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,155
Posted By Pratt

I've gotten them all my life, in legs, arms,...

I've gotten them all my life, in legs, arms, fingers, etc. Sometimes while riding, sometimes after, sometimes when I haven't been near a bike for a month. Sometimes associated with use, sometimes...
Forum: Touring
07-30-21, 01:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 778
Posted By Pratt

Yes, 50mm run at about 45psi (3bar) with tubes. ...

Yes, 50mm run at about 45psi (3bar) with tubes. The literature says you can run them tubeless, but they can't say that legally, or words to that effect.
Forum: Touring
07-28-21, 05:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 778
Posted By Pratt

Bruce Gordon 700c tires, pump them up once a year.

Bruce Gordon 700c tires, pump them up once a year.
Forum: Touring
07-26-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,622
Posted By Pratt

About 4 years ago, on the Cross Vermont trail, I...

About 4 years ago, on the Cross Vermont trail, I stopped at the Onion River Campground. On the back of the bathroom door was a 'boil water' notice for the town! I survived.
Filters and iodine or...
Forum: Touring
07-24-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,232
Posted By Pratt

My plan is to hit the GAP Southbound, in the week...

My plan is to hit the GAP Southbound, in the week after Labor Day.
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