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Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 532
Posted By Rob_E

If that's an option, it might be the way to go. I...

If that's an option, it might be the way to go. I was just looking at the 2 foot+ box with all the warnings and thinking it was not very touring-friendly to carry a spare.
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Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,141
Posted By Rob_E

Yeah, I did Ohiopyle once. Lesson learned. My...

Yeah, I did Ohiopyle once. Lesson learned. My plan is Roundbottom, but Iím not averse to the Connelsville site if for some reason I donít want to stop sooner. Might be annoying that close to town,...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,377
Posted By Rob_E

That part intrigued me, too. I feel like...

That part intrigued me, too. I feel like "forums" were more like "bulletin boards" back then. I have to say, forums like this are the reason I got back into bike touring, so thank goodness for the...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,141
Posted By Rob_E

I'll explain it when you're older. Funny, I...

I'll explain it when you're older.

Funny, I had that campground on my list as an early bail out option, but now that you've directed me to the website, I see that they want you to place a...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,141
Posted By Rob_E

I'll keep that in mind, but my plan is to not...

I'll keep that in mind, but my plan is to not stay in Dravo unless I really drag my feet. I padded this trip with the possibility for some easy days, but I don't want to use up all my slack on Day 1....
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 791
Posted By Rob_E

No, it was less than a year age. The OP is...

No, it was less than a year age. The OP is probably reading replies and putting new brake cables in their Amazon shopping cart while biking up the Amazon. ;-)
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 532
Posted By Rob_E

That was the impression I had when I got this...

That was the impression I had when I got this bike. I just thought it odd to find it advertised as lasting twice as long as a chain. I replace my chain once or twice a year. The Gates Drive bike gets...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,141
Posted By Rob_E

Yeah, my plane doesn't get in until 5:30, and...

Yeah, my plane doesn't get in until 5:30, and it's 45 minute bus ride to downtown. Even if my bike magically reassembles itself on the plane, it's still almost 6:30 before I get downtown, and I'll...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 532
Posted By Rob_E

It's an 8-speed Downtube.

It's an 8-speed Downtube.
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 532
Posted By Rob_E

If I were biking cross country, that'd be an...

If I were biking cross country, that'd be an acceptable diversion. I'd just wait for special orders or make sure spare items were left with someone who could overnight them two me. I've actually...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,141
Posted By Rob_E

Where is Bicycle Heaven? My itinerary is pretty...

Where is Bicycle Heaven? My itinerary is pretty tight for the Pittsburgh part of this trip, but depending on where it is and how quickly I get into town and get settled, I might be able to check it...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 532
Posted By Rob_E

Anyone tour with a Gates belt drive?

I have a low mileage, credit card tour coming up later this summer, and I thought I might skip some bike fees by bringing the folding bike. The folding bike has a belt drive that has been pretty much...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,377
Posted By Rob_E

It will depend on where you want to tour. I live...

It will depend on where you want to tour. I live in a mid-size city, and because I will often use some kind of mass transit to get to the start of a trip, I will end up in a major city for at least a...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,141
Posted By Rob_E

I grew up in northeast Ohio, and we never thought...

I grew up in northeast Ohio, and we never thought twice about bears. If there was ever a bear sighted, it made the news, and they were quick to point out that it was likely just passing through since...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 07:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 523
Posted By Rob_E

I think my only time riding out west was with...

I think my only time riding out west was with tubes, but I've been mostly tubeless in the east for a few years now. The set-up was a pain, but with an air compressor, it goes much better. Once it's...
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,141
Posted By Rob_E

Bear precautions on the GAP/C&O?

Last time I didnít bother. I camped 3 nights on the GAP, there were never any bear boxes, and no one else was hanging their food, so I figured western PA must not be bear country, so I did nothing....
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 554
Posted By Rob_E

There was a rebellion against the SAG wagon in my...

There was a rebellion against the SAG wagon in my family. By me. My wife, aunt, and uncle anted to do a GAP ride, staying at B&Bs. I’m more of a camper, but no one else is. We booked it through an...
Forum: Touring
06-11-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 678
Posted By Rob_E

I have one bike with trigger shifters and one...

I have one bike with trigger shifters and one with a twist shifter. I don't care for the twist shifter and will switch it out when I can. But, as fietbob said/implied, your options depend on your...
Forum: Touring
06-11-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 790
Posted By Rob_E

Yes, durability is key. That's why I wouldn't...

Yes, durability is key. That's why I wouldn't postpone any purchasing decisions decisions until this is actually on the market and has been for a while. Personally, it's still a little dodgy as far...
Forum: Touring
06-11-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 790
Posted By Rob_E

Can actually work with standard dropouts. Thatís...

Can actually work with standard dropouts. Thatís part of the appeal: one hub can be swapped between different wheelsets or different bikes with different widths. Now if youíve never been tempted by a...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 790
Posted By Rob_E

I think “on paper” is the only place this exists....

I think “on paper” is the only place this exists. If it ends up being what they’re promising, it could be very good, but it’s not for sale yet as far as I can tell, and it’s certainly untested. If I...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,066
Posted By Rob_E

I like that. I've been wanting to go on the...

I like that. I've been wanting to go on the inclines since my first visit to Pittsburgh and I've never gotten around it. That's another thing I thought I might try if I got in and settled early...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,066
Posted By Rob_E

I think that's what I did last time. Actually...

I think that's what I did last time. Actually both times I think what I did was take the Boulevard up to the point the night before, just so we could say we biked all the way from the point to...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,066
Posted By Rob_E

Good to know. I should be kicking off a trip...

Good to know. I should be kicking off a trip Saturday morning. I was going to cross at the Hot Metal Bridge yet again because it's further south and will shave off a little of the backtracking from...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 584
Posted By Rob_E

I wanted an "action camera" but didn't want to...

I wanted an "action camera" but didn't want to pay GoPro prices. A couple of years ago I got a Firefly 7S. Since getting that camera, I got a new phone with a wide angle lens. In general, I'll use...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 08:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,356
Posted By Rob_E

I think it's already been said that there are...

I think it's already been said that there are several factors which can/should affect your decision. I've camped in rain and thunderstorms a number of times. It make me nervous, but accidents are...
Forum: Touring
06-07-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 878
Posted By Rob_E

Sometimes I feel like it's less about the time...

Sometimes I feel like it's less about the time you spend in the saddle, and more about the recuperating time you need out of the saddle. I know I can ride 10 or 20 miles at a stretch, chill out for...
Forum: Touring
06-07-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 540
Posted By Rob_E

Sorry to hear that. My first attempt got...

Sorry to hear that. My first attempt got cancelled due to an emergency, too, but all the planning still applied when I got to try again the following year. Hope things go well, and I'm sure the trip...
Forum: Touring
06-04-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 954
Posted By Rob_E

The Ohio and Erie Canal trail is part of the Ohio...

The Ohio and Erie Canal trail is part of the Ohio to Erie Trail.

The Ohio to Erie Trail is really a network of trails that (mostly) connects the Ohio River in Cincinnati to Lake Erie in Cleveland....
Forum: Touring
06-04-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 954
Posted By Rob_E

Depending on how far/fast you ride, you might...

Depending on how far/fast you ride, you might only need a night or two, given that it sounds like you're basically unloaded with a support vehicle. If you're getting a room, you could spend a night...
Forum: Touring
06-04-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 954
Posted By Rob_E

Do it. Are you camping? Trail from Columbus to...

Do it. Are you camping? Trail from Columbus to Cinci is paved and easy traveling. The only issue I had was that the camping options were not plentiful nor were they all convenient, but I think there...
Forum: Touring
06-04-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,452
Posted By Rob_E

I went through twice in 2017 and there were tent...

I went through twice in 2017 and there were tent campers in the same area both times. I did not explore the campground beyond getting a drink at the camp store, so it's possible that there are also...
Forum: Touring
06-03-19, 06:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,452
Posted By Rob_E

If thatís a photo of the KOA site, then we are...

If thatís a photo of the KOA site, then we are talking about different places or I was looking in the wrong spot.
Forum: Touring
06-03-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,482
Posted By Rob_E

$15 for a box seems fair enough if it saves you...

$15 for a box seems fair enough if it saves you running around. $35 would make it worthwhile if you were in a bind. Last year I waited too long to figure out our bike-shipping situation. I thought...
Forum: Touring
06-03-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,452
Posted By Rob_E

I actually liked Ohiopyle except for the climb....

I actually liked Ohiopyle except for the climb. The shower house/restrooms were as good as I hope for when camping, with sink areas for dishwashing. Sites with a picnic table and fire circle. The...
Forum: Touring
05-29-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,564
Posted By Rob_E

Sorry, I misunderstood your earlier post. I...

Sorry, I misunderstood your earlier post. I thought you were saying that the boxed bike didn't count towards your two, free, checked bags.
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 07:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,564
Posted By Rob_E

That would be my interpretation, too. It just...

That would be my interpretation, too. It just doesnít sound like it matches mrvelomanís experience. Probably doesnít matter because Iíve yet to want to check 2 bags and a bike, but itíd be nice to...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,564
Posted By Rob_E

Good to know about SW not including the bike as...

Good to know about SW not including the bike as one of your two bags, although I can't see checking a boxed bike and two checked bags and still expecting to get everything on the bike. I try to limit...
Forum: Touring
05-26-19, 11:53 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,629
Posted By Rob_E

No idea what they care about. In other state...

No idea what they care about. In other state parks Iíve stayed at (not PA) Iíve always felt that if you didnít give them a reason to ask, they wouldnít. At that park I only ever saw a park employee...
Forum: Touring
05-26-19, 11:19 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,629
Posted By Rob_E

Not a bike trail. Just a trail. I think thereís a...

Not a bike trail. Just a trail. I think thereís a sign saying to walk your bike, but sign or no, I predict you will walk your bike. It is short on the map, but steep and unpleasant and it does not...
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,073
Posted By Rob_E

Dry beans and rice are relatively light and...

Dry beans and rice are relatively light and travel well. I don't tend to have the patience to cook them, but rice, beans, and vegetables can be found most places and can keep you going provided you...
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,629
Posted By Rob_E

I rode it with three other people two years ago...

I rode it with three other people two years ago from Pittsburgh to Cumberland. Two of us felt like the uphill was almost imperceptible most of the time. One of us noticed, but didn't seem to mind for...
Forum: Touring
05-23-19, 03:36 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,629
Posted By Rob_E

Maybe I don't understand the logistics. Don't you...

Maybe I don't understand the logistics. Don't you spend Saturday night in Pittsburgh either way? If you go south east, you end in Cumberland and catch the train back to Pittsburgh. If you go north...
Forum: Touring
05-23-19, 03:27 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,073
Posted By Rob_E

Wikipedia to the rescue: The term...

Wikipedia to the rescue:



The term "vegan" doesn't lose all meaning just because not all people define it the same way. Just ask a bike touring question, wait for some answers to come in, and...
Forum: Touring
05-23-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,629
Posted By Rob_E

I've ridden from Pittsburgh to Cumberland twice....

I've ridden from Pittsburgh to Cumberland twice. I've never done the reverse. Pittsburgh to Cumberland is a very gentle (to my mind) uphill for 120 miles or so, getting slightly steeper towards the...
Forum: Touring
05-23-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,073
Posted By Rob_E

Yes, this is incorrect. Or, rather, this is not...

Yes, this is incorrect. Or, rather, this is not necessarily correct. Vegan is a dietary restriction in which you don't eat animals or animal by-products (like eggs and dairy products). Many vegans...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 32,065
Posted By Rob_E

Good call. But, hey, now Cambium's a thing, so...

Good call. But, hey, now Cambium's a thing, so maybe the OP would want to know. :D
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 32,065
Posted By Rob_E

Enjoying my Brooks Cambium. I am also vegetarian...

Enjoying my Brooks Cambium. I am also vegetarian and try to avoid leather, which is one reason I went with the Cambium over the leather options. I can't say that it's as good as the leather options...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 816
Posted By Rob_E

It's not clear to me if you are looking to fit...

It's not clear to me if you are looking to fit tires to a specific bike? If so, that might be relevant info. Suggesting 26" tires on a 700c bike won't be helpful. Suggesting 2.5" tires on a bike that...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 706
Posted By Rob_E

I'm not recommending completely loading up your...

I'm not recommending completely loading up your Dahon, but I got into a jam the other weekend when I started to prep my touring bike for a camping weekend, only to find that the frame was damaged,...
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