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Forum: Southeast
12-31-15, 04:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 770
Posted By RWTD

Looking at the map it appears about 13 miles(26...

Looking at the map it appears about 13 miles(26 roundtrip) to Bonita then 18 miles(36 roundtrip) if you extend it on Vanderbilt Dr down to North Naples.From there you would have to get on US41...
Forum: Touring
12-30-15, 12:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,437
Posted By RWTD

Late to the discussion, but I did the ride down...

Late to the discussion, but I did the ride down to the Keys twice when I first got into touring a number of years ago.Thanks for the photos...
Forum: Southeast
12-30-15, 12:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 770
Posted By RWTD

It's certainly doable as we rode right through...

It's certainly doable as we rode right through Ft. Myers on a tour a number of years ago.But,I agree it is congested,not particularly bike friendly, and has a reputation of not even being...
Forum: Touring
04-15-15, 02:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,548
Posted By RWTD

Yes,that is a solid touring frame and 86 was the...

Yes,that is a solid touring frame and 86 was the absolute heyday of the Japanese touring bike boom .I have an 86 Miyata 610 that I have put tens of thousands of miles on with an Arkel tailrider or...
Forum: Touring
04-14-15, 11:23 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 15,917
Posted By RWTD

Exactly,however he did specifically mention...

Exactly,however he did specifically mention 26x1.5" tires which are usually pretty heavy.I would consider a 26" LHT more for an expedition build than a light touring build both due to weight and...
Forum: Touring
04-14-15, 09:47 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 15,917
Posted By RWTD

Here is my Surly Crosscheck light touring...

Here is my Surly Crosscheck light touring build.Awesome for commuting,groceries,light touring.The original owner put around $2200 into it and I bought it for $1600 on Ebay last June.I have included a...
Forum: Southeast
07-27-14, 02:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,158
Posted By RWTD

When I first got interested in bike touring my...

When I first got interested in bike touring my goal was to ride down to the Keys .The trip reports and pictures from the Escape ride was a large part of the motivation. After a trip around the...
Forum: Southeast
07-16-14, 07:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,178
Posted By RWTD

Actually,I was talking about the road around Lake...

Actually,I was talking about the road around Lake O not the trail/bike path on top of the levee.I used to backpack around Lake O yearly on the trail but prefer cycling on the roads.Looking at the...
Forum: Southeast
07-16-14, 02:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,049
Posted By RWTD

Well, if one didn't want to deal with Rt1 or...

Well, if one didn't want to deal with Rt1 or similar roads at all the best solution would be to take tri-rail from Ft Lauderdale to Hollywood(Griffin and Ravenswood).Be sure to stop by Pro Bass Shops...
Forum: Southeast
07-16-14, 01:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,178
Posted By RWTD

Hi I live in south Palm Beach Co but ride up that...

Hi I live in south Palm Beach Co but ride up that way all the time as part of a 75 mi ride to Jupiter or 100mi ride to Hobe Sound (and back).I regularly stop at the Gardens Mall and/or Whole Foods in...
Forum: Southeast
07-05-14, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,173
Posted By RWTD

There are lot of bike trails(multi-use paths)out...

There are lot of bike trails(multi-use paths)out in Davie(see link)including one that follows Griffin Rd (just to the north)that I think is called the orange trail.Also roadies like riding out in...
Forum: Southeast
07-05-14, 06:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,049
Posted By RWTD

If you want to bypass the airport/construction on...

If you want to bypass the airport/construction on US1 take 17th on west past US 1 then past the hospital to south on sw4thAve.Then west on 84(heavy traffic but wide outside lane)to just past the...
Forum: Touring
06-30-14, 06:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 602
Posted By RWTD

Thanks for the information.As it turns out the...

Thanks for the information.As it turns out the pedals were not included in the sale ,so I will check some of the threads on pedals and shoes.
Forum: Touring
06-26-14, 09:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 602
Posted By RWTD

Compatable shoes for new CrossCheck

I just bought a Surly Crosscheck for light touring.Here is a picture of it.
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/efIAAOxyIPNTdVyn/$_57.JPG
And here is a closeup of the pedals.(sorry for the cut...
07-02-12, 07:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 465
Posted By RWTD

The yellow is also listed as 3,4 same as the...

The yellow is also listed as 3,4 same as the black but I only see it listed in the UK ,the US seems to just have the red or black I was thinking maybe the black replaced the yellow.
07-02-12, 07:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 465
Posted By RWTD

Spoke Wrench for 86 Miyata Six Ten

OK I read all the good reviews on the internet for the spokey and bought the red 3,25 assuming the 14g spokes on my bike were dt or wheelsmith.Now it looks like the older Japanese bikes such as this...
Forum: Touring
07-01-12, 02:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,225
Posted By RWTD

Yea,on my mtn bike or backpacking I like to wear...

Yea,on my mtn bike or backpacking I like to wear both and sort of use the fanny pack to support the backpack a little at times . And on a tour if the backpack isn't on your back its definitely...
Forum: Touring
07-01-12, 01:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,225
Posted By RWTD

I would view it as a more long term low level...

I would view it as a more long term low level stress if you ride with a backpack with a rounded back position.Many racers over time actually experience low back problems from the force generated...
Forum: Touring
06-23-12, 08:47 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,321
Posted By RWTD

I'm more concerned about my lower back which...

I'm more concerned about my lower back which tends to get tight at times(and which is more vulnerable to strain when your back is rounded).But since you're talking about light weight and in place of...
Forum: Touring
06-23-12, 08:03 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,321
Posted By RWTD

For me it depends on the biomechanical position...

For me it depends on the biomechanical position my back is in and whether that tends to be a strong or weak position to support weight.On a road bike I am aften in a 45% or less riding position with...
Forum: Southeast
05-25-08, 08:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 20,337
Posted By RWTD

Well,you don't say when you are planning this...

Well,you don't say when you are planning this trip for ,but the next three months is the height of the hot,humid,buggy wet(and did I say start of the hurricane) season.From mid day on it can get very...
Forum: Southeast
05-25-08, 05:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 20,337
Posted By RWTD

I have ridden through Miami to the Keys on both...

I have ridden through Miami to the Keys on both an eastern and western route ,but from downtown Miami I would definitely recommend staying east of Rt 1.I took Brickell (or lower traffic parallel...
Forum: Southeast
09-19-07, 07:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 778
Posted By RWTD

Yes, A1A is the main beach road along the east...

Yes, A1A is the main beach road along the east coast of Florida and also the name of an early Jimmy Buffet album.It is not really an alternate of US1 but a seperate road to the east of the...
Forum: Southeast
09-18-07, 04:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 778
Posted By RWTD

I suggest you just go over to A1A anywhere...

I suggest you just go over to A1A anywhere between Palm Beach and Ft Lauderdale and start riding.I could tell you east/west routes in that area I have used to get there ,but nothing that is very bike...
Forum: Touring
09-09-07, 10:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 870
Posted By RWTD

Nice trip report and pictures. It inspires me to...

Nice trip report and pictures. It inspires me to get out and do more touring around Florida.

But one question.How was Rt 60 east of Lake Wales as far as shoulders?A few years ago I was touring...
Forum: Touring
08-27-07, 06:50 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,220
Posted By RWTD

Agreed ,that is pushing the limited beyond where...

Agreed ,that is pushing the limited beyond where I would feel comfortable and in fact I think he even conceded he was uncomfortable at times and would do some things slightly different next time.But...
Forum: Touring
08-27-07, 05:15 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,220
Posted By RWTD

The problem with designing ultralight panniers is...

The problem with designing ultralight panniers is that you will still need a heavy rack which is not ideal with a road bike.Check out the ultralightbiking yahoogoup (though sometimes dormant it has...
Forum: Southeast
08-22-07, 08:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,031
Posted By RWTD

Yea,I just read the article and skimmed the...

Yea,I just read the article and skimmed the thread and agree with your points.Yes, the councilman is right,imo, about the need to prioritize and be selective in bike lane/path projects as again,imo,...
Forum: Southeast
08-22-07, 11:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,031
Posted By RWTD

Here's a link to a blog post that explains and...

Here's a link to a blog post that explains and illustrates the A1A bike lane/right of way issue in PBC in more detail that I even realized.So while it appears the affluent oceanfront homeowners are...
Forum: Southeast
08-21-07, 08:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,205
Posted By RWTD

I have heard some of the most challenging mtn....

I have heard some of the most challenging mtn. biking in Fl. is at Santos just south of Ocala near Belleview.
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/crossflorida/trails/santos_bike_trails.htm...
Forum: Southeast
07-30-07, 11:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 711
Posted By RWTD

I don't really have a blog but for awhile I was...

I don't really have a blog but for awhile I was posting my trip reports on the southern forum of backpacker.com mostly in two threads linked below (one for Lake O trips and one for exploring the rest...
Forum: Southeast
07-30-07, 01:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 711
Posted By RWTD

No need to pm me and I don't know if I'm a king...

No need to pm me and I don't know if I'm a king lol but I did do a three week touring/backpacking trip to north and central Florida this spring and remote camped every night(once in a primitive...
Forum: Southeast
07-18-07, 08:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,031
Posted By RWTD

No,I have not actually had any problems but I try...

No,I have not actually had any problems but I try to avoid the worst areas and if I ride through bad areas(unexpectedly or by design) I stay on the main roads(applies to Broward and PBC as well).But...
Forum: Southeast
07-18-07, 09:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,031
Posted By RWTD

Yes, from eastern WPB, A1A would be the routing I...

Yes, from eastern WPB, A1A would be the routing I would recommend .As with Palm Beach Co and Broward Co, in Dade I try to take an extreme eastern or western routing avoiding the middle areas(for...
Forum: Southeast
07-18-07, 08:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,031
Posted By RWTD

I don't pay alot a attention to timing but if I...

I don't pay alot a attention to timing but if I leave predawn I am usually in Jupiter somewhat before mid day and if I don't dally around too much I am at Hobe Sound somewhat after mid day ie just...
Forum: Southeast
07-17-07, 02:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,205
Posted By RWTD

As part of a three week biking/backpacking tour...

As part of a three week biking/backpacking tour around North/Central Florida last March ,I spent part of a day riding the hilly routes just west of Orlando(generally in the Clermont to Mt. Dora...
Forum: Southeast
07-16-07, 10:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,031
Posted By RWTD

Probably the best place to ride would be around ...

Probably the best place to ride would be around Palm Beach or along A1A between Palm Bch and Ft Lauderdale(which from the north end of PB to the 17th St bridge in FTL and back is probably close to a...
Forum: Touring
05-18-07, 01:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 487
Posted By RWTD

Arbuckle Creek is a real nice route though...

Arbuckle Creek is a real nice route though entirely two lane.The first part right off of 17 goes through orange groves and as I said I did notice some truck traffic(localized from a rock operation or...
Forum: Touring
05-04-07, 11:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 487
Posted By RWTD

When I toured through Zolfo Springs a few years...

When I toured through Zolfo Springs a few years ago 66 east from Zolfo didn't have a shoulder.Actually,I was heading west on 66 towards Zolfo and when the shoulder ended about 2/3rds of the way from...
Forum: Southeast
05-03-07, 02:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,031
Posted By RWTD

I bike through the the WPB/Jupiter/Hobe Sound...

I bike through the the WPB/Jupiter/Hobe Sound area all the time.The A1A corridor is definitely commutable .This is the most popular cycling route where all the non-car free cyclists drive in to ride...
Replies: 11
Views: 3,566
Posted By RWTD

3)According to the Fl. OGT website 35 miles(plus...

3)According to the Fl. OGT website 35 miles(plus anything additional finished this year)of trail and bridges are currently being maintained.In parts of the upper/middle keys the trail consists of a...
Forum: Southeast
10-26-06, 04:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,024
Posted By RWTD

You pretty much nailed it with your...

You pretty much nailed it with your description.Wide shoulders most of the way(with a parallel bike lane in areas)but steady traffic.Key West is actually fairly bike friendly due to a network of low...
Replies: 11
Views: 3,566
Posted By RWTD

1)yes 2)generally the main route is a high...

1)yes
2)generally the main route is a high speed 4lane road (US 1)with a wide shoulder(with a few exceptions) and with a sidewalk bike path paralleling in places.lots of rv's during the day with...
Forum: Touring
10-03-06, 09:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,268
Posted By RWTD

Bikes are a very popular option for getting...

Bikes are a very popular option for getting around in the streets of Key West.Outside of there you could ride around various state parks or wildlife refuges or along Rt 1 the main route through the...
Forum: Touring
10-03-06, 09:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,268
Posted By RWTD

Actually,41 is Tamiami Trail not Alligator Alley...

Actually,41 is Tamiami Trail not Alligator Alley which is I75 where bikes are not even allowed.I have ridden across 41 myself w/o problems but we hit the bad area(through Big Cypress) at low traffic...
Forum: Touring
10-02-06, 05:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,268
Posted By RWTD

I have not but have read several journals about...

I have not but have read several journals about others experience.I think I listed most of those sources on a earlier thread of yours (or another Florida thread around the same time) .So you should...
Forum: Touring
10-02-06, 05:09 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,565
Posted By RWTD

Haven't heard of any shooting but I was following...

Haven't heard of any shooting but I was following the journal of a young female cycling the southern tier earlier this year.She started out in Florida camping in campgrounds and the occassional yard...
10-02-06, 03:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 687
Posted By RWTD

FWIW, I was actually pulled over by a cop Sunday...

FWIW, I was actually pulled over by a cop Sunday night in Palm Beach Co.(Fl.) for having my front light attached to my helmet (which I prefer and have done for years without incident)rather than...
Forum: Touring
06-21-06, 07:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 917
Posted By RWTD

I would avoid Rt60.When I toured down Rt27 from...

I would avoid Rt60.When I toured down Rt27 from Gville to SoFl I considered cutting east on 60 but was advsed it became a narrow two lanes with high/fast truck traffic east of Lake Wales.I have read...
Forum: Touring
03-24-06, 02:32 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 15,480
Posted By RWTD

Nice pictures and looks like you got in some...

Nice pictures and looks like you got in some pretty good miles as well.No. Fl. really is a great place to tour.I toured up to and around the Gainesville area then back a few years ago and would...
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