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Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,801
Posted By hilltowner

I think you answered your own question here. You...

I think you answered your own question here. You are asking advice from folks that have fine-tuned their touring experiences over the course of many trips. I challenge any one of us who've been doing...
Forum: Touring
04-08-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 647
Posted By hilltowner

I'm assuming you'll be using ACA's route...

I'm assuming you'll be using ACA's route (https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/lewis-clark/) for this trip. I have not done this particular one but did do...
04-04-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 804
Posted By hilltowner

Rollers?

Rollers?
Forum: Touring
03-30-20, 09:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By hilltowner

Would like to hear how your trip works out. In...

Would like to hear how your trip works out. In '08 I made a nearly 1k mi. ride from Sterling, MA up to Baxter State Park and back down along the coast. Followed logging roads for part of it. It was a...
Forum: Touring
03-24-20, 08:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 987
Posted By hilltowner

+1 on that. I've never once minded coasting down...

+1 on that. I've never once minded coasting down a hill. When compared to pushing a bike up one, there's no question which I prefer.
Replies: 35
Views: 4,125
Posted By hilltowner

This is about gravel biking, so not specifically...

This is about gravel biking, so not specifically addressing the question, but the moral of the advice is: wider and softer equals a better and faster ride....
Replies: 35
Views: 4,125
Posted By hilltowner

+1 on the tire idea. I toured with a...

+1 on the tire idea.

I toured with a Softride suspension stem for many years since it was part of my Bridgestone MB-1 which became my touring machine. I kept the straight bars but added a pair of...
Forum: Touring
02-09-20, 11:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 632
Posted By hilltowner

Not sure what the date is on the guide linked to...

Not sure what the date is on the guide linked to here. It reads as though the bikeway over the Causeway to South Hero from Burlington wasn't complete. It is, with the bike ferry across the Colchester...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 632
Posted By hilltowner

+1 on the ACA suggestion. Their route selection...

+1 on the ACA suggestion. Their route selection is generally the best you'll find in terms of low traffic volume, etc. If you do use it, I second their recommendation to visit the Adirondack Museum...
Forum: Touring
01-29-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,835
Posted By hilltowner

Sounds like your requirements would synch with...

Sounds like your requirements would synch with ACA's Northern Tier (https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/northern-tier/) very nicely. Amtrak has two lines:...
Forum: Touring
01-09-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,820
Posted By hilltowner

If you do a roll on/off with the train, you'll be...

If you do a roll on/off with the train, you'll be the one who moves the bike, not some underpaid and overworked baggage handler. Just one other factor to consider. Of course, train travel requires a...
Forum: Touring
01-08-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,820
Posted By hilltowner

I don't expect you'll change your whole itinerary...

I don't expect you'll change your whole itinerary based on my experience but I'm from Massachusetts (Western part) and did the NT west to east. Can't say I didn't fight any headwinds but I can say...
Forum: Touring
12-31-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,151
Posted By hilltowner

Topeak Mini Morph...

Topeak Mini Morph...
Forum: Touring
12-24-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 632
Posted By hilltowner

Carry a pair, or more, of nitrile disposable...

Carry a pair, or more, of nitrile disposable gloves (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Grease-Monkey-Nitrile-Large-Disposable-Gloves-100-Count-23890/202638590). With patience you can break the link by...
Forum: Touring
12-19-19, 11:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 950
Posted By hilltowner

Like others, I've found I have dialed in the need...

Like others, I've found I have dialed in the need for certain pieces of equipment more through commuting, than touring, experience. That said, what I've discovered commuting has transferred well to...
Forum: Touring
12-17-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,839
Posted By hilltowner

My experience with shimmy has more to do with...

My experience with shimmy has more to do with weight forward rather than weight rearward. This is a good treatment of how to distribute the weight....
Forum: Touring
12-10-19, 07:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 949
Posted By hilltowner

I switched from an MSR Whisperlite (which does...

I switched from an MSR Whisperlite (which does anything but "whisper") to a Tin Man Anti-Gravity Gear aluminum can alcohol stove on a section hike on Vt.'s Long Trail. I'd seen other thru-hikers...
Forum: Touring
12-05-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 897
Posted By hilltowner

I was using a more MTB race style Shimano shoe...

I was using a more MTB race style Shimano shoe for many years but recently switched to the XM700. Found that it was a good decision. Sole is not as stiff, but stiff enough, much easier walking...
Forum: Touring
11-21-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,765
Posted By hilltowner

Have you tried this?...

Have you tried this? https://www.interlocracing.com/shop/product/ird-seatpost-wayback-2418?search=seatpost

20% off --- Please Use Coupon Code: "newsite20" at checkout
Good Thurs. 11/21, 5pm thru...
Forum: Touring
11-20-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 911
Posted By hilltowner

I was on the Northern Tier from Havre to Walker...

I was on the Northern Tier from Havre to Walker but actually stayed on Rt. 2 from Wolf Pt., MT to Bemidji, Followed the P.B.T. from there to Walker. It was a pleasant morning ride. Met a couple from...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,057
Posted By hilltowner

There is a lot to wade through here:...

There is a lot to wade through here: https://www.bikeforums.net/winter-cycling/707606-goggles-glasses-winter-riding-2.html, but it seems work/safety glasses are more popular than ski googles.
11-07-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,505
Posted By hilltowner

They do service hubs, just not SP. I suspect that...

They do service hubs, just not SP. I suspect that is at SP's request. From their website:

"Cycle Monkey has more than 15 years of experience servicing bicycle hubs and a diverse collection of...
11-05-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,505
Posted By hilltowner

The "SP Partner" that is listed for CA only sells...

The "SP Partner" that is listed for CA only sells the hubs. You are still required to send them to Taiwan for servicing as per a recent email. (I was looking for help repairing a damaged SV-8.) Here...
Forum: Touring
11-02-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,542
Posted By hilltowner

I wrote this about one descent I made. Probably...

I wrote this about one descent I made. Probably the most recent one on a tour. There have been others that topped the speed of this one. This was a descent from Washington Pass on Rt. 20 above...
10-27-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 689
Posted By hilltowner

It's back to powering the light after wrestling...

It's back to powering the light after wrestling the ring back to its original location. It's cracked though and unlikely to seal out water from entering the hub. I think a bearing replacement...
10-20-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 689
Posted By hilltowner

SP was very quick to respond and the upshot is...

SP was very quick to respond and the upshot is they recommend (actually there is no second option) sending the hub to them for "bearing replacement." A follow up email clarified the actual process...
10-17-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 689
Posted By hilltowner

What's realistic to expect regarding dynamo hub damage repair

I messed up my Shutter Precision SP-8 dynamo hub when a stray elastic tie-down got caught in the spokes and wrapped itself around the hub popping & cracking the ring that holds the contacts for the...
Forum: Touring
09-29-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 839
Posted By hilltowner

In my case, in 2008, as an homage to Thoreau, I...

In my case, in 2008, as an homage to Thoreau, I started from Walden Pond and rode to the US border with Canada on US 3, the same border station you picture. From there I rode to Coburn Gore and...
Forum: Touring
09-28-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 839
Posted By hilltowner

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/ride08_35_89f3e5bc752f9fe5a920a413d17e8e683870d815.jpg

Also visited by bicycle. It's a fairly off-the-beaten-track place to ride a...
Forum: Touring
09-10-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,184
Posted By hilltowner

Tires in picture are Schwalbe Marathon...

Tires in picture are Schwalbe Marathon Greenguards. Most recently switched to, and happier with, Rene Herse McClure Pass regular weight tires.
...
Forum: Touring
09-06-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,725
Posted By hilltowner

+1 on the Tektros. I have them front and rear...

+1 on the Tektros. I have them front and rear with old, non-aero, Weinmann levers. They have plenty of stopping power, stay in adjustment, easy to set toe-in. Very satisfied with them. Rivendell was...
Forum: Touring
09-02-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,187
Posted By hilltowner

Same here. I was heading east on the last segment...

Same here. I was heading east on the last segment of the cross-continental trip I'd been working on in sections. This was from Anacortes, WA to Havre, MT. At the Beaver Lodge Resort & Campground...
Forum: Touring
09-02-19, 04:28 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,187
Posted By hilltowner

Was reminded of this: Pedal on Vimeo...

Was reminded of this: Pedal on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/237284378?ref=fb-share&1&fbclid=IwAR3hwZDJNhjO41MoDmNKeu_zJC8Sw6wtCubP6jKszggUiU9jN8vPBO4wSSg). Twenty-five seems about the same age. Don't...
08-24-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 534
Posted By hilltowner

Yes, that's the crankset. IRD nine-speed rear. I...

Yes, that's the crankset. IRD nine-speed rear. I didn't set up the bottom bracket for this bike so I'm not sure of the spindle length and as you say the recommended length is quite long. I told the...
08-24-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 534
Posted By hilltowner

Filing pins on chainring

I've got a V.O. Grand Cru triple chain wheel . When I run the chain on the middle ring and second smallest cog the pins on the big ring try to upshift the chain. Not successfully but enough to make...
Forum: Touring
08-11-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,762
Posted By hilltowner

I like the Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ Premium Cyo...

I like the Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ Premium Cyo T Senso Plus that Peter White sells. The photo he shows of the illumination pattern is accurate as far as my experience.The "T" includes a feature...
Forum: Northeast
08-04-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,929
Posted By hilltowner

I need some feedback please. Our gravel ride...

I need some feedback please. Our gravel ride produced no interested participants. What could we do differently if we were to try this again?
Forum: Touring
07-22-19, 09:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,272
Posted By hilltowner

This, or similar, might have been the host:...

This, or similar, might have been the host: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g43608-d656828-Reviews-Embracing_Pines_B_B-Walker_Minnesota.html
Forum: Touring
07-22-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,272
Posted By hilltowner

On a ride from Havre, MT to Duluth, MN I went on...

On a ride from Havre, MT to Duluth, MN I went on the Paul Bunyan Trail. I met a couple on the path, from SoCal, who'd come to that spot for just the reasons you say. It fits boomhauer's suggested...
Forum: Northeast
07-12-19, 05:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,929
Posted By hilltowner

The OP wasn't a plug, per se, for the D2R2. Sorry...

The OP wasn't a plug, per se, for the D2R2. Sorry if that wasn't clear. We are offering a PRE-d2r2 ride, two weeks before the main event for folks that want to try the same kind of riding in a...
07-04-19, 08:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 769
Posted By hilltowner

D2R2 Conditioning Ride Aug. 3, 2019 No charge for entry

Anyone in the area who wants a D2R2-like ride a couple of weeks before the big event is welcome to participate in our gravel gran fondo. Caution: no support. Here is the website:...
Forum: Northeast
07-04-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,929
Posted By hilltowner

D2R2 Conditioning Ride Aug. 3, 2019 No charge for entry

Anyone in the area who wants a D2R2-like ride a couple of weeks before the big event is welcome to participate in our gravel gran fondo. Caution: no support. Here is the website:...
Replies: 23
Views: 5,293
Posted By hilltowner

Tubed. Though tubeless might have been better...

Tubed. Though tubeless might have been better when I ran into the goat head thorns.:mad:
Forum: Touring
05-23-19, 09:03 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,620
Posted By hilltowner

I personally have found that they don't slow me...

I personally have found that they don't slow me down at all. I used a pair of McClure Pass tires (26" x 1.5" or 38mm) for my last tour through the Cascades and Rockies. Had been using Schwalbe...
Forum: Great Lakes
05-16-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,366
Posted By hilltowner

Problem solved for this year. @jjames1452...

Problem solved for this year. @jjames1452 (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/jjames1452-233838.html) has made arrangements to drop off the bike in Cincy with his former employer, who is willing to...
Forum: Touring
05-12-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,580
Posted By hilltowner

@bikeforum142 My experience with Amtrak and the...

@bikeforum142 My experience with Amtrak and the Empire Builder is that yes, you will need to get the box with the bike off the train in Chicago but unless you use RORO from Portland, which should be...
Forum: Touring
04-29-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By hilltowner

According to Google: Nhamp to Lee via 66/20/23 - ...

According to Google: Nhamp to Lee via 66/20/23 - 2,815' climbing & 2,178' of descending. Nhamp to Pittsfield via 9 - 2,470' of up & 1,722' of down. The profile is also markedly less jagged.
Forum: Touring
04-29-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By hilltowner

No matter which way you go from Northampton west...

No matter which way you go from Northampton west you'll hit some hills. If you go via Rt. 66 to 20 and 23 you'll hit steeper (but shorter) ones. The best route west from Nhamp that gives you the most...
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