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Forum: Touring
06-03-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,362
Posted By JerrySTL

Yes it is. I've read posts from people who have...

Yes it is. I've read posts from people who have done it recently. Also the Rock Island Trail is ride-able. Here's a good resource for the Katy Trail.
https://bikekatytrail.com/forum.aspx
Forum: Touring
06-02-19, 07:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,362
Posted By JerrySTL

The annual Katy Trail Ride has been cancelled. It...

The annual Katy Trail Ride has been cancelled. It was to be my 9th straight year. They hope to have the ride next year. It might take that long to get the trail back into shape.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 742
Posted By JerrySTL

I have a Breezer Doppler Team and it's a very...

I have a Breezer Doppler Team and it's a very nice ride with 650b X 47 tires. I've taken it on some gravel and muddy roads where I would have walked my road or touring bike or just turned around.
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05-01-19, 03:25 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,667
Posted By JerrySTL

For the Katy Trail I've had great success with...

For the Katy Trail I've had great success with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires. I've never had a puncture with them. I also like the reflective stripe as I sometimes ride in the dark. I weigh 220 lbs...
04-28-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 523
Posted By JerrySTL

It's very, very busy now. Wild Horse Creek Road...

It's very, very busy now. Wild Horse Creek Road was a favorite of mine. So was doing laps of Babler. Lots of housing developments now. From the airport to the Smokehouse was almost completely empty...
04-25-19, 05:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 996
Posted By JerrySTL

The tires are just a little too big for what I...

The tires are just a little too big for what I usually ride on which is the relatively smooth Katy Trail in Missouri. I think something like 650b x 41 would fit my needs.

I use Crank Brothers...
04-24-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 996
Posted By JerrySTL

I just bought one a couple of months ago and love...

I just bought one a couple of months ago and love it. I'm also 6'1" but have 20 more lbs than you. I've also have a few more years on you.

It's the first bike that I've owned with disk brakes and...
Forum: Touring
03-28-19, 07:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,094
Posted By JerrySTL

There are plenty of places to camp if you...

There are plenty of places to camp if you schedule carefully. There are also plenty of B&B opportunities. Here's a good resource for all things Katy Trail.
https://bikekatytrail.com/default.aspx
...
Forum: Touring
03-21-19, 02:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,094
Posted By JerrySTL

25s are probably a bad idea. 28mm could be OK. I...

25s are probably a bad idea. 28mm could be OK. I weight 220 lbs and have used 700x32 tires the 8 times that I've done the entire Katy. I have ridden short sections of it on 25s but it was rather...
02-28-19, 07:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,764
Posted By JerrySTL

Hi RG! The official tour ends at St. Charles....

Hi RG!
The official tour ends at St. Charles. When the ride starts in St. Charles I get there the day before and ride to Machens to say that I did the whole ride. This year we start in Clinton so...
02-27-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,764
Posted By JerrySTL

I've ridden the Katy Trail end-to-end 8 times so...

I've ridden the Katy Trail end-to-end 8 times so far. If you were thinking about doing the ride in June, I'd suggest the Katy Trail Ride (https://mostateparks.com/2019ktride). Signups start March 1st...
Forum: Touring
02-11-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,109
Posted By JerrySTL

I just ordered a Breezer Doppler Team from...

I just ordered a Breezer Doppler Team from Nashbar yesterday. FYI it looks like Nashbar is closing down as the web site only had a few bikes on it and nothing else. Not even water bottle cages or...
Forum: Touring
02-11-19, 07:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,957
Posted By JerrySTL

This will be my 9th year in a row unless I have...

This will be my 9th year in a row unless I have to have knee surgery. (Running is evil). I just ordered a Breezer Doppler Team gravel bike. It's overkill for the Katy, but better than my touring bike...
01-13-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,314
Posted By JerrySTL

Hey RG! I find a lot of the oblivious people...

Hey RG!
I find a lot of the oblivious people on trails are often listening to music. If I see earbuds, I don't even bother saying On Your Left anymore.
Forum: Touring
01-09-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,182
Posted By JerrySTL

So far just my annual supported ride across the...

So far just my annual supported ride across the Katy Trail.
https://mostateparks.com/2018ktride
2019 info should be out soon.
Forum: Touring
12-09-18, 10:28 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,788
Posted By JerrySTL

Well said! Many of the landowners are very...

Well said!

Many of the landowners are very unhappy as how their land was taken from them to create the Katy Trail. If a person is caught trespassing, there's a chance that their 'stealth camping'...
12-09-18, 10:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 788
Posted By JerrySTL

I plan to ride across most of Missouri on the...

I plan to ride across most of Missouri on the Katy Trail. This will be my 8th time. I'll probably use my Windsor Tourist again; however, I've had the urge to buy a gravel bike.
Other than that, I'll...
11-24-18, 07:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 523
Posted By JerrySTL

I live over in Belleville. If you like trails, I...

I live over in Belleville. If you like trails, I suggest riding over in Madison County, Illinois. There's around 75 miles of paved trails. My favorite trailhead is behind the Culvers Restaurant on...
11-05-18, 08:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 993
Posted By JerrySTL

It's a little more difficult than asphalt but for...

It's a little more difficult than asphalt but for the most part it's pretty well compacted. 70 miles took about the same effort as a road century ride. The Rock Island Spur is pretty loose. I use...
10-08-18, 03:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,036
Posted By JerrySTL

Which Katy Trail are we talking about. The Katy...

Which Katy Trail are we talking about. The Katy Trail in Missouri can be somewhat bumpy in places. Make sure to not over-inflate your tires. You probably can go with something like 70 psi if your...
Forum: Touring
09-16-18, 07:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 820
Posted By JerrySTL

Alive.

Alive.
Forum: Introductions
09-11-18, 06:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 436
Posted By JerrySTL

Trailnet.org (AKA Bicycle Fun Club) puts on a lot...

Trailnet.org (AKA Bicycle Fun Club) puts on a lot of rides in the St. Louis area. BFC split off of the Touring Cyclist many years ago. TC is down to only one bike shop and only does a few tours each...
Forum: Introductions
09-04-18, 05:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 436
Posted By JerrySTL

Maybe we rode together in your St. Louis area...

Maybe we rode together in your St. Louis area days. I live over in Belleville IL and use to do a lot of AYH and Touring Cyclist rides.

Love the Katy Trail. I've done it end-to-end the last 8 years...
08-22-18, 05:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,093
Posted By JerrySTL

I weigh around 215 lbs and my bike adds about 35...

I weigh around 215 lbs and my bike adds about 35 lbs more. Call it 250 lbs. I have ridden the entire Katy Trail 8 times on 700x32 tires.

However this past June it seemed like the trail was rougher...
Forum: Touring
08-15-18, 05:41 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,399
Posted By JerrySTL

My daughter flew with her bike in cargo a few...

My daughter flew with her bike in cargo a few years ago. Her bike got many more frequent flyer miles plus arrived 3 days later. Fortunately for her, it was at the end of a trip.
Forum: Touring
07-11-18, 06:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,008
Posted By JerrySTL

I second this. I've ridden the Katy Trail...

I second this. I've ridden the Katy Trail end-to-end the last 8 years. Here's an excellent resource about the Katy Trail:
Katy Trail Missouri Trail Maps, Businesses, Events, Mileage, and more...
Forum: Touring
06-25-18, 07:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 984
Posted By JerrySTL

Two years ago I rode part of the Katy during...

Two years ago I rode part of the Katy during heavy rains. To make matters worse, the trail had been dry for the previous 3 weeks and was dusty. My bike, body, and clothing were a horrible mess. After...
Forum: Touring
06-07-18, 04:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 565
Posted By JerrySTL

The Katy Trail in Dallas or the one that crosses...

The Katy Trail in Dallas or the one that crosses Missouri?
05-17-18, 07:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,241
Posted By JerrySTL

You don't need a knobby tires on a mountain bike...

You don't need a knobby tires on a mountain bike for the Katy Trail. Mostly smooth tires would be fine. I ride on it with 700x32 tires on my touring bike and I weigh about 215 lbs plus about 30 lbs...
Forum: Touring
04-30-18, 03:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,485
Posted By JerrySTL

Try this web site especially the Forum section. ...

Try this web site especially the Forum section.
Katy Trail Missouri Trail Maps, Businesses, Events, Mileage, and more (http://www.bikekatytrail.com/default.aspx)
Forum: Touring
04-29-18, 07:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,485
Posted By JerrySTL

The first time that I rode on the Rock Island out...

The first time that I rode on the Rock Island out of Windsor, I was stopped by cattle on the trail! :) There were about a half dozen. Actually I'm sure that I could have walked through them, but I...
Forum: Touring
04-05-18, 07:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,307
Posted By JerrySTL

That's the direction we'll be riding this year. ...

That's the direction we'll be riding this year.

West to east is easier as it's slightly more downhill (especially the drop into Booneville) plus a better chance for a tail wind.

East to west...
Forum: Touring
04-05-18, 07:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 461
Posted By JerrySTL

I've ridden about 10 miles of it from Windsor and...

I've ridden about 10 miles of it from Windsor and back when I was riding the Katy last year.

Here's a real good web site devoted to both the Katy and Rock Island. The comments section is a good...
Forum: Touring
04-04-18, 04:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,307
Posted By JerrySTL

I'm doing the Missouri Katy Trail ride in June....

I'm doing the Missouri Katy Trail ride in June. It will be my 8th year.

https://mostateparks.com/2018ktride
Forum: Touring
02-22-18, 06:51 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,651
Posted By JerrySTL

I'll be doing this Katy Trail ride in June for...

I'll be doing this Katy Trail ride in June for the 7th time. If you want a supported tour, it's hard to beat.

https://mostateparks.com/2018ktride
02-15-18, 06:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,096
Posted By JerrySTL

I also recommend the Katy Trail. It starts on...

I also recommend the Katy Trail. It starts on the south west side of Missouri in Clinton. That puts it very close to Tulsa. Just eastbound on I-44 then north on I-49, then east on Hwy 18. Just under...
Forum: Touring
01-29-18, 10:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,393
Posted By JerrySTL

My son's seat post bolt snapped on the Katy Trail...

My son's seat post bolt snapped on the Katy Trail and the seat slammed all the way down. I was able to take a bolt from the rear brakes and get it to work. Same trip had our friend's bike break a...
01-23-18, 07:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 540
Posted By JerrySTL

It does have hot showers. They bring in a shower...

It does have hot showers. They bring in a shower truck!

50/50 on the flush toilets.

No AC to speak of.

For $70 they provide a chartered bus service from Clinton back to St. Charles.
01-22-18, 07:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 540
Posted By JerrySTL

There is a motel option. It costs $20 more per...

There is a motel option. It costs $20 more per day per person for to/from transportation plus the cost of the room.

I use the Padre's Tent Service which is cheaper than the hotel room but nearly...
01-21-18, 11:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 540
Posted By JerrySTL

They just announce the Missouri DNR's Katy Trail...

They just announce the Missouri DNR's Katy Trail Ride for 2018. I need to get over to your neck of the woods and get some miles in before June.

https://mostateparks.com/2018ktride
Forum: Touring
01-04-18, 07:59 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 12,628
Posted By JerrySTL

I plan to ride the Katy Trail in Missouri yet...

I plan to ride the Katy Trail in Missouri yet again in June. This will be my 8th time doing it. It's a supported tour with about 350 riders. Here's the web site for last year's ride....
12-30-17, 06:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,360
Posted By JerrySTL

I've had gout attacks starting in 2004. I control...

I've had gout attacks starting in 2004. I control mine through diet. I especially avoid shell fish. If I feel a slight twinge, I stop drinking alcohol for a few days.

I also make sure to stay...
Forum: Touring
11-27-17, 08:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,043
Posted By JerrySTL

I'm not Bob but I have ridden the Katy Trail...

I'm not Bob but I have ridden the Katy Trail end-to-end 7 times and plan on doing it again in June 2018. I ride it with this group:

https://mostateparks.com/2017ktride

In 2018 we will be...
Forum: Touring
11-24-17, 09:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,285
Posted By JerrySTL

Pretty difficult to ride on parallel roads near...

Pretty difficult to ride on parallel roads near the Katy. There are a few, Hwy 94 comes to mind, but mostly the Katy is out in the boonies and not near parallel roads. The part near the Missouri...
Forum: Touring
11-24-17, 09:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,285
Posted By JerrySTL

Here's most of what you need to know about the...

Here's most of what you need to know about the Katy Trail.
Katy Trail Missouri Trail Maps, Businesses, Events, Mileage, and more (http://www.bikekatytrail.com/default.aspx)

Parking at Clinton...
11-04-17, 10:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,845
Posted By JerrySTL

Aerobars work for me. I started using them in...

Aerobars work for me. I started using them in 1990 due to hand numbness. Of course you don't want to be using them while riding in a group.

On my touring bike, where aerobars aren't that...
10-26-17, 06:06 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,658
Posted By JerrySTL

I order a Shimano Ultegra 6800 group set from...

I order a Shimano Ultegra 6800 group set from them a few months ago for $600 including shipping and taxes. It arrived to the St. Louis area much quicker than I anticipated and everything was as...
Forum: Introductions
10-05-17, 05:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 725
Posted By JerrySTL

The Fuji Absolute is about perfect for the Katy...

The Fuji Absolute is about perfect for the Katy Trail. I live over in the Metro East but like to ride on the Katy Trail whenever I can.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-17, 08:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,491
Posted By JerrySTL

I concur. I've done the entire Katy the last 7...

I concur. I've done the entire Katy the last 7 years on 700x32s and I weigh around 215 lbs. There are places where things can get a little squishy after some heavy rains but not all that bad. I...
Forum: Touring
08-27-17, 05:25 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,165
Posted By JerrySTL

I've done the Katy Trail end-to-end each of the...

I've done the Katy Trail end-to-end each of the last 7 years. It's starting to get a little boring, but mostly it's a relaxing ride.
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