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Old 04-11-16, 04:33 PM
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Let's help Squeezy go on tour!!

Here is a nice 5 day supported tour on the Katy Trail, right out Squeezy's front door. https://mostateparks.com/2016KTRide#fees The cost is $375. I will pledge $100, contingent of course on Squeezy actually registering for and participating in the tour. Squeezy seems to have a special friend in mod BillyD, perhaps he could match my contribution and collect the funds. That only leaves $175 for the rest of you to chip in. $10 or $20 should be worth it to get Squeezy some actual cycling experience! This is a legitimate offer, who else is in?

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That trip fills up in a couple of days cuz only 350 allowed. Entry opened Mar 1.
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Registration open according to website.
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I'll be on that ride for the 6th year in a row.

It usually does fill up faster than this; however, many people like going from Clinton to St. Charles better which is done on odd numbered years. It's somewhat downhill plus usually has tail winds.

Count me in for $10.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv
Here is a nice 5 day supported tour on the Katy Trail,
A supported tour on the Katy does not test the bike.
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My left rotator cuff is about 80% okay. Good enough for a supported Katy. I would gladly accept your offer, particularly since I finally figured out how to post photos.
Would this drop the foolish bickering??
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Originally Posted by mantelclock
A supported tour on the Katy does not test the bike.
With a bad shoulder it's an okay start.

I'm not ready for a fund me to do the Great Divide trail.

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Man, had I known I'd have gotten sent on a free bike tour, I should have been doubting and arguing all the advice everyone here has given me getting set up for my first tour too...

If anyone here wants to tell me the best way to lace some old wheels, I'll gladly argue your expertise. I wouldn't mind going on the DALMAC in Michigan this year
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox
My left rotator cuff is about 80% okay. Good enough for a supported Katy. I would gladly accept your offer, particularly since I finally figured out how to post photos.
Would this drop the foolish bickering??
If your rotator cuff is only 80% OK, I'd do a few tough test rides before accepting the challenge. If your bike fit places quite a bit of weight on the arms, it can cause a lot of discomfort, especially if you just had surgery.

Good Luck.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk
Man, had I known I'd have gotten sent on a free bike tour, I should have been doubting and arguing all the advice everyone here has given me getting set up for my first tour too...

If anyone here wants to tell me the best way to lace some old wheels, I'll gladly argue your expertise. I wouldn't mind going on the DALMAC in Michigan this year
A few years ago my wife and I were in Mackinaw City the weekend the ride went over the bridge.

An excerpt from an article I was working on.

What we didn’t realize until the next morning was that we missed a golden opportunity. The bridge ride of the Big Mac Scenic Tour and Ride Across the Mackinac Bridge was taking place this morning. Riding bikes across the Mackinac Bridge is only allowed twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Our first hint was when we were watching the stream of yellow jacketed cyclist disembarking from the ferry that would take us to Mackinac Island. Talking to a group of cyclist, we learned that they had ridden over the bridge earlier that morning. If we’d of known, I’m sure Donna could have talked our way into joining the group.
An opportunity missed

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Originally Posted by Doug64
A few years ago my wife and I were in Mackinaw City the weekend the ride went over the bridge. We would have just joined the riders going over the bridge, but we did not learn about it until Saturday morning when we saw all the riders getting off the ferry on their return trip. I'm sure my wife could have talked our way into the group. An opportunity missed
I've done the bridge walk a few times in my life, but never took the bike across. I'm sure it won't be long before I find myself doing it, especially because I do have every intention of being on that ride (subject to seeing how the first tour goes) this summer!
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Forget it. I have to get off this crazy train.

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80% recovery in 2 months or so is pretty good. No surgery. Katy supported should be pretty easy.
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox
80% recovery in 2 months or so is pretty good. No surgery. Katy supported should be pretty easy.
The harsh ride of your aluminium frame might ruin your shoulder permanently.
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The hardest thing about the Katy ride is the heat.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk
I've done the bridge walk a few times in my life, but never took the bike across. I'm sure it won't be long before I find myself doing it, especially because I do have every intention of being on that ride (subject to seeing how the first tour goes) this summer!
There is 3 times you can ride the bridge. the Big Mac ride talked about above is a one day ride on Saturday and then cross the bridge Sunday and take the boat back twice a year.

The other time is DALMAC. DALMAC is a 4 or 5 day supported tour starting in Lansing and it crosses the bridge on Sunday morning of Labor day weekend. We have done DALMAC riding across the bridge spent the night and done the Labor day bridge walk on Monday
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Golly guys, I'm surprised there's not more interest in this. Squeeze, if you aren't healed up for this one, post when you find another that suits you. I'm in for my part, probably BillyD as well.
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Originally Posted by JerrySTL
I'll be on that ride for the 6th year in a row.

It usually does fill up faster than this; however, many people like going from Clinton to St. Charles better which is done on odd numbered years. It's somewhat downhill plus usually has tail winds.

Count me in for $10.
Isn't there a project to extend the Katy Trail (maybe it is called Rock Bridge Trail for this section) all the way from Clinton to KC? Any idea when that is estimated to be complete?
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Originally Posted by mibike
There is 3 times you can ride the bridge. the Big Mac ride talked about above is a one day ride on Saturday and then cross the bridge Sunday and take the boat back twice a year.

The other time is DALMAC. DALMAC is a 4 or 5 day supported tour starting in Lansing and it crosses the bridge on Sunday morning of Labor day weekend. We have done DALMAC riding across the bridge spent the night and done the Labor day bridge walk on Monday
Oops, forgot about the Big Mac ride. Didn't realize they brought you back on the ferries, that is kinda cool!

We're hopefully doing the DALMAC for the first time this year, it has been on my list of things to do for a decade now (and part of the reason I started riding again), I've got a few family members that do it every year. Mostly just waiting to see how our Netherlands trip goes before committing, don't need a second tour booked if I get off the first one and find out I disliked it for whatever reason.

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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders
The harsh ride of your aluminium frame might ruin your shoulder permanently.
No harsh ride!! Go ride a 920 and get back to us!!
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders
The harsh ride of your aluminium frame might ruin your shoulder permanently.
In less than two years I toured nearly 10,000 miles with heavy loads on an aluminum frame, and that was back in '99 and '00. Not harsh at all.
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Originally Posted by Craptacular8
Isn't there a project to extend the Katy Trail (maybe it is called Rock Bridge Trail for this section) all the way from Clinton to KC? Any idea when that is estimated to be complete?
Yes you are part right. I think. I think it's planned for KC to St. Louis south of the river. I think it's called the rock island trail. Google it and I will also.
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders
The harsh ride of your aluminium frame might ruin your shoulder permanently.
Facts please!! Instead of know nothing assumptions.
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox
Facts please!! Instead of know nothing assumptions.
Well it is a well know fact that while steel is a stiffer material than aluminum, aluminum easily becomes stiffer and thus harsher in a bike frame due increased tube diameters and wall thicknesses (as stiffness is subject to material thickness and shape).
This is not to say that an aluminum frame cannot be made comfortable. With proper design it can be achieved. But it does lack the vibration dampening steel and carbon fiber do have.

My experience with Trek aluminum was that the frame I did have was surprisingly comfortable, almost suspiciously so, but it was also extremely flexy when loaded and caused the frame to get the death wobbles at any speed above 6mph.

The 920 does take larger tires (which you have for some reason swapped for thinner ones) which in turn increases comfort in a bike even if tire pressures are raised.
And there are of course a lot of other factors such as what dampening properties the bars have (double tape, gel inserts, carbon bar etc etc), how the fork is shaped (not a fan of the 920 straight alloy fork shape, but it can work), does the seatpost have some dampening (thudbuster for example).

All in all, nowdays it's very rarely about the frame material.
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Just a preemptive word of encouragement - BillyD's request in the Show us your Trek 920 thread stands. Taking the same crap from one thread to another doesn't do anything to help the situation and will not be tolerated. Not everything has to be an argument. Inflammatory comments aren't helping anything, either. Let it rest...now.
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