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Forum: Touring
04-27-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 594
Posted By eddie_the_K

Maryland - rolling hills. There are a few steep...

Maryland - rolling hills. There are a few steep climbs within driving distance but not that long. I will have to do intervals. Not the same but it will have to do. It worked for Diablo. Again...
Forum: Touring
04-26-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 594
Posted By eddie_the_K

RWGPS says the killer portion is 18 miles, from...

RWGPS says the killer portion is 18 miles, from base to summit. That's a 4.2% average grade. No problem. :rolleyes:

I am keeping the option of an extra night in SB to rest up and a second night...
Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 594
Posted By eddie_the_K

This is great - you have done it a time or two. ...

This is great - you have done it a time or two. Sounds like you live in the area (or have at one time).


I am planning on starting in SLO and ride Harris Grade into Lompoc (yay! Lompoc!), then...
Forum: Touring
04-21-21, 01:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 594
Posted By eddie_the_K

Climbing San Marcos Pass

Any advice on riding a segment of CA 154, San Marcos Pass Rd? Only the 1.5 mile section between Old San Marcos and West Camino Cielo.


Planning a tour of the Central Coast this October...
Forum: Touring
09-28-20, 04:18 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

Ride report (truncated)

Last night I got back from an overnight trip I had to take. I spent all summer training and went without beer and ice cream to lose 20 lbs, only to cancel my epic trip. I had to do something in spite...
Forum: Touring
08-31-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

Friends who may see this: it's a dangerous world...

Friends who may see this: it's a dangerous world out there, and I don't mean cars. As much as I want to take this epically great tour I can't justify it. I have cancelled all my stays and am staying...
Forum: Touring
06-03-20, 04:55 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

My first tour casualty of C-19: the Yough Plaza...

My first tour casualty of C-19: the Yough Plaza Motel in Ohiopyle PA has closed for the remainder of the year and cancelled my reservation.

It may be the entire town is shutting down. I was...
Forum: Touring
05-29-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

Actually it fits both just fine. Had to add a...

Actually it fits both just fine. Had to add a crosstown route in Middletown OH. Other than that, this is a winner. I already have some diners and c-stores noted.

I have booked rooms in...
Forum: Touring
05-27-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

WOW! Very nice alternative route. At first I...

WOW! Very nice alternative route. At first I wasn't too sure, I was planning on stopping in Dayton for a long day, looking at the AF Museum. But I think the rule is when you have a rest day,...
Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

Hmm... I remember posting a reply to phughes but...

Hmm... I remember posting a reply to phughes but now I don't see it here... clearly I forgot to do something....

Thanks for the invitation. The closest I will get to Pittsburgh is Hendersonville,...
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 07:31 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

That's a level of enlightenment I will never...

That's a level of enlightenment I will never reach by retaining control and booking rooms in advance. That's a true adventure. All comments about civilized behavior aside, I admire it in those of...
Forum: Touring
05-15-20, 05:40 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

I like them too. I ended up with a cubic foot...

I like them too. I ended up with a cubic foot box of them on my kitchen counter during the Paper Products Crisis. Rough and tough. Try blowing your nose on one.
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

That sounds do-able. After leaving the trails,...

That sounds do-able. After leaving the trails, I'll get out my ziplock bag with a Drivetrain Care Kit:
rags (wipe down after each step)
small bottle filled with citrus degreaser; chain scrubber...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

I took the advice of the experienced tourists and...

I took the advice of the experienced tourists and padded my schedule a bit. I added one day to the trip, and walked the start date back one day, to September 5. 14 days total, ride 6, rest 1, ride...
Forum: Touring
05-11-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

I'm sure it will get grimy even on a dry GAP. I...

I'm sure it will get grimy even on a dry GAP. I usually start with the Boeshield as a flushing agent, wipe it off well, and finish with some oil. I've tried Teflon lubes but I don't go through it...
Forum: Touring
05-11-20, 05:20 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

I dunno, overthinking is my talent. Seems like a...

I dunno, overthinking is my talent. Seems like a good idea for touring.

​​​​​​​I was asking about how hard it is to wash GAP dirt off the bike in general. I used Pedro's Bike Lust for the...
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

That sounds like it was a fun trip... I...

That sounds like it was a fun trip...

I guess that's true, as I recall it's some kind of crushed stone and sand hard pack. But it seems likely that sandy dirt could be sprayed off with a garden...
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

And AeroGut, if you ride it before September be...

And AeroGut, if you ride it before September be sure and post a ride report because I am curious myself :)

-Ed
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

I really wanted to continue on the rail trail and...

I really wanted to continue on the rail trail and go from Columbus to Cincinnati, but the route west from there just falls apart. I had to head for Dayton and work my way southwest through...
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

I used a potter's wheel in my distant past and...

I used a potter's wheel in my distant past and yes, clay can get very slick. My last house had very clay-ey soil, and it was usually damp. It will cling to everything and stain anything.

If...
Forum: Touring
05-09-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

Interesting - I have fenders but have never...

Interesting - I have fenders but have never slogged through serious mud. Sounds like fun! Maybe I'll try it next weekend when it's supposed to rain *again* but should be kind of warm.

However,...
Forum: Touring
05-08-20, 04:56 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

I would like to be able to avoid hard deadlines,...

I would like to be able to avoid hard deadlines, but I don't think I can. I'm still working and have a limited window, and this trip takes 14 days, and I have stretched the daily mileage as far as I...
Forum: Touring
05-07-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

Yikes. I see what you mean. Not embarrassed to...

Yikes. I see what you mean. Not embarrassed to say no thank you. I read somewhere that the C&O budget is out of proportion to its size because of the repairs needed due to the frequent flooding. ...
Forum: Touring
05-02-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

phughes, did you ride my route??? When you...

phughes, did you ride my route???

When you say hilly route out of PGH, do you mean the Montour / Panhandle trails, or a road route which is further north? Or do you mean the mountains of...
Forum: Touring
05-02-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

You're right djb, I'll find out this summer. ...

You're right djb, I'll find out this summer.

I guess I am chattering about my epic grand adventure.

Thanks to all for the helpful input.

-Ed
Forum: Touring
05-02-20, 06:46 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

I dunno, it's not the long climbs that worry me. ...

I dunno, it's not the long climbs that worry me. The one out of Cumberland is a railroad grade so it's fairly shallow. It looks intimidating on the route I posted. But zoom in on the segment south...
Forum: Touring
04-30-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

OK, I just went and double-checked myself. ...

OK, I just went and double-checked myself. Currently mounted are the Little Big Bens, 700x38: www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tires/road_tires/little_big_ben

On the shelf are the Marathon XRs,...
Forum: Touring
04-30-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

240 lb, 6'5", heavy bike (Rivendell Bombadil - a...

240 lb, 6'5", heavy bike (Rivendell Bombadil - a beast). I can't climb to save my life, but I have a 24/36 granny. 36 hole rims, worried that I need 40s. Luggage should be light but I don't have a...
Forum: Touring
04-30-20, 04:08 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

True, i need a rough road to evaluate fully. It...

True, i need a rough road to evaluate fully. It would be a real shame to get a saddle sore or wear out my butt or find out my bags won't stay put on the first two days of the trip. That could be...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 05:21 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

I was wondering how to get through Columbus. I...

I was wondering how to get through Columbus. I resorted to Rt. 40 through the section south of the river. It's a green dotted line on the map. East and west of there it's rail trail, but that...
Forum: Touring
04-27-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

Hey! I thought I would get emails notifying me...

Hey! I thought I would get emails notifying me about replies. Sorry I have not been looking at the thread. Thanks for all of the great info.

Some more about me:
59 y.o. male in pretty good...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,252
Posted By eddie_the_K

Advice: please evaluate the route of my first tour

Good day all, I sincerely hope you and yours are well.

I am planning a tour in September. Will it happen? Who knows, but I'll continue to plan. It's my first road tour and I'm interested in...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-18-05, 02:44 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,355
Posted By eddie_the_K

OK, time for a newbie question... my first post...

OK, time for a newbie question... my first post on bikeforums.net

My Fuji came with all-Sora, which I like - no problems or complaints (of course I don't know any better; this was a move up from...
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