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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...
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: 512
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: 2,447
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: 2,714
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, 04:51 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...
08-18-21, 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,...
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, 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,...
07-17-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,009
Posted By Pratt

Could be an honest misteak.

Could be an honest misteak.
07-16-21, 03:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 877
Posted By Pratt

One can also use a flame, judiciously.

One can also use a flame, judiciously.
Forum: Northeast
07-09-21, 05:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,100
Posted By Pratt

As a counterpoint to Steve B. "Yes." The Cross...

As a counterpoint to Steve B. "Yes."
The Cross Vermont Trail runs from Burlington to Waits River. That is about 90 miles across the width of Vermont. It follows, largely, rail trails, ad going...
Forum: Touring
07-05-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 911
Posted By Pratt

Pitching the tent without the rain fly (or sur...

Pitching the tent without the rain fly (or sur toit, as my tent calls it) is probably a good way to make it rain at 2am.
07-01-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 338
Posted By Pratt

Livedarklions is right. When you see what they...

Livedarklions is right. When you see what they call "Squares" you'll wonder if the early colonists ever took Geometry.
06-19-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 773
Posted By Pratt

My system for grading repairs/chores: Any...

My system for grading repairs/chores:
Any injuries?
Anything broken?
a) On original chore?
b) On unrelated item?
How many trips back to workshop, store, etc.?
Forum: Touring
06-02-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,277
Posted By Pratt

It would depend, for me, on the weather. I spent...

It would depend, for me, on the weather. I spent six weeks in California one Summer, no rain, no bugs. Here in the Northeast, we get an average of 1" of rain per week, biting insects of various...
06-02-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,016
Posted By Pratt

Disc or rim brakes?

Disc or rim brakes?
05-29-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,086
Posted By Pratt

Even a non-sharp discontinuity can erode through...

Even a non-sharp discontinuity can erode through a tube. I had a similar problem once with a thick boot. As for running your finger around inside the rim, maybe a cotton ball, to reduce the...
05-23-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,124
Posted By Pratt

You mean, of course, 20 of his own children, to...

You mean, of course, 20 of his own children, to minimize genetic variation in the results.
Forum: Touring
05-15-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,266
Posted By Pratt

Lots of excellent advice and evaluations above. ...

Lots of excellent advice and evaluations above. Any, and all of the bikes you mentioned will be really good at one of the most important functions of a first touring bike. That is to educate and...
05-10-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,735
Posted By Pratt

To find out for your bike, with your tires, and...

To find out for your bike, with your tires, and you on it, get a friend and coast together at the same speed. Then, not pedaling, not changing your position, see who edges ahead. Then, you can let...
04-17-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,838
Posted By Pratt

My experience is that one wild, rainy night,...

My experience is that one wild, rainy night, spent snug and dry in a quality tent will convince one that it was worth every penny one spent on it.
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 05:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,186
Posted By Pratt

As you take trips you may want to start to make...

As you take trips you may want to start to make unpacking lists. When you get home, list everything you brought home, and whether you used it or not. Then you can start to decide whether or not to...
04-11-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,371
Posted By Pratt

One bike? I'd keep my Bruce Gordon Rock and Road...

One bike? I'd keep my Bruce Gordon Rock and Road Tour. Here in Vermont, road means >50% unpaved.
But, even though you may love pizza, you might tire of it three meals a day, every day. Other...
04-09-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,482
Posted By Pratt

synopsis

To save you the effort, the net-net of the numerous threads and posts on this topic is:
slosh it down liberally with muriatic acid leave to soak overnight, then wipe down with fine sandpaper in the...
04-09-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 681
Posted By Pratt

Maybe another bike owner from SF could offer...

Maybe another bike owner from SF could offer suggestions as to how he copes with the problem.
Boeshield, IIRC, was developed specifically to prevent corrosion of bare metal.
04-08-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 7,822
Posted By Pratt

Not that will in any way settle this debate, in...

Not that will in any way settle this debate, in fact, probably the reverse, but you can find out if more or less pressure is faster in your tires by "brushing" with a friend.
Start out coasting eat...
03-29-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 8,778
Posted By Pratt

Reading the posts, here, and elsewhere, in BF,...

Reading the posts, here, and elsewhere, in BF, the answer is "yes." As people get more involved in cycling they often become obsessive about weight and buy successive frames and components to make...
03-28-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,487
Posted By Pratt

For those now thinking it might be fun to give...

For those now thinking it might be fun to give their bikes names, might I suggest something like 'One Hundred Miles?' Then you could say, I rode One Hundred Miles today.
03-27-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,487
Posted By Pratt

The Red Rocket and The Green Flash. Neither...

The Red Rocket and The Green Flash.
Neither lives up to its name with me riding, so they are sort of ironic.
03-19-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,674
Posted By Pratt

Just to add a little to the optimism of those...

Just to add a little to the optimism of those others who have thrived post-break. Cats have only vestigial little collar bones about the size of fingernail parings, and they are completely detached...
03-19-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,655
Posted By Pratt

From a parenting point of view, perhaps you could...

From a parenting point of view, perhaps you could discuss all the pros and cons, without the goal of reaching a predetermined 'solution.' Listen to her point of view, let her lay out the problems...
Forum: Touring
03-15-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,746
Posted By Pratt

The Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail (XNHAT)...

The Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail (XNHAT) ends, or begins, in Bethel, ME. It follows old railway beds across the state to Woodsville, NH. It has a website with pictures, maps, cue sheets,...
03-14-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,798
Posted By Pratt

Excellent question. Since it is Pi Day, perhaps...

Excellent question. Since it is Pi Day, perhaps you need to tighten up your radius.
03-13-21, 01:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,168
Posted By Pratt

I mounted a mirror on a block of wood, and...

I mounted a mirror on a block of wood, and epoxied that onto the end of a piece of flexible steel tubing, like an old gooseneck lamp might have, about 15" long. It actually doesn't look as clunky as...
Forum: Touring
03-05-21, 07:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,964
Posted By Pratt

Just to muddy the waters, have you considered a...

Just to muddy the waters, have you considered a Pinion geared bottom bracket? It gives a 600%+ range and 18 separate, unduplicated gears. Then you can also get involved in a lot of arm waving about...
03-04-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,137
Posted By Pratt

Should I use Brooks Proofhide on my toes with...

Should I use Brooks Proofhide on my toes with these?
02-20-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,149
Posted By Pratt

"Do you think it is safe to______?" is a fairly...

"Do you think it is safe to______?" is a fairly common question here. I principle, if you are even asking the question, you already know that the answer is "NO."
A more refined answer might be,...
02-20-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,133
Posted By Pratt

Maybe they are already testing drugs on their...

Maybe they are already testing drugs on their employees.
02-19-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,384
Posted By Pratt

Bikes are sort of a lawless Wild West of...

Bikes are sort of a lawless Wild West of measurements. We happily weigh components in metric units of mass, not force, and then list the weight of the complete bike in Imperial units of weight,...
Forum: Touring
02-18-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,767
Posted By Pratt

CGOAB has a lot of journals by people who had a...

CGOAB has a lot of journals by people who had a non human companion for their rides.
02-15-21, 02:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,426
Posted By Pratt

Seems to me that asking the question indicates...

Seems to me that asking the question indicates that you have already answered it, and you don't trust the frame.
02-14-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,221
Posted By Pratt

Perhaps some photos showing how our various...

Perhaps some photos showing how our various members have solved this problem in their own spaces. Vane's picture was indeed worth a 1000 words.
02-13-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,500
Posted By Pratt

Once, on a dirt road portion of the Cross Vermont...

Once, on a dirt road portion of the Cross Vermont Trail, I was passing a driveway as a truck was starting to leave. As I passed directly across the entrance to the drive, I could hear him lock up...
01-26-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 720
Posted By Pratt

A second set of wheels is an excellent idea. ...

A second set of wheels is an excellent idea. Then the stage is set for concern about damaging the axles and brake alignment through changing the wheel sets too often, thus justifying N+1 on the...
Forum: Touring
01-21-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,315
Posted By Pratt

A Physical Therapist once told me 'It's not no...

A Physical Therapist once told me 'It's not no pain no gain, it's pain, no brain'
12-30-20, 11:54 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,037
Posted By Pratt

Plus one on Geelage's advice. Lung trauma and...

Plus one on Geelage's advice. Lung trauma and adhesions can come back to make your old age a misery.
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