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Forum: Touring
06-17-19, 04:26 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1
Posted By jpescatore

Supported Tour on the Delaware and Lehigh Trail in PA, a bit of NJ

Last week my wife and I did a supported 4 day group tour from the Black Diamond PA northern end of the Delware and Lehigh trail, down to Washington Crossing PA, then over the Delaware River and up to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 04:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 598
Posted By jpescatore

The only time ride results didn't upload for me...

The only time ride results didn't upload for me was 3 years ago when I first switched from Garmin to Wahoo Elemnt and Wahoo was frequently updating the software. Didn't really lose the ride - but had...
06-17-19, 04:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 247
Posted By jpescatore

I've used HRM sensors and chest straps from Polar...

I've used HRM sensors and chest straps from Polar and Wahoo, have now switched to Wahoo - the straps last way longer.

Wahoo now has a arm band version that was on sale for Father's Day and my...
Forum: Northeast
06-17-19, 04:06 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1
Posted By jpescatore

Biking the Delaware and Lehigh Trail from Black Diamond PA to Washington Crossing PA

Last week my wife and I went on a supported group ride, mostly on the Delaware and Lehigh trail with a bit of the Dealware and Raritan trail on the NJ side of the Delaware River on the last day. I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-19, 04:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,563
Posted By jpescatore

I get bored of the same rides, so I'm probably...

I get bored of the same rides, so I'm probably transporting my bike 80% of the time. There is a 20 mile local loop that I can squeeze in that I do a lot just as a training ride, I don't really count...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-19, 04:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 724
Posted By jpescatore

My white bar tape pretty much only get dirty...

My white bar tape pretty much only get dirty where my gloves tough it, I probably ought to wash my gloves more often...
Forum: Northeast
06-06-19, 04:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,959
Posted By jpescatore

I live in Ashton MD, about 20 miles north of DC,...

I live in Ashton MD, about 20 miles north of DC, and have ridden to York from here. The shortest route is about 75 miles, the flatter route is more like 85 - so from DC you be doing pretty close to a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-19, 03:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 724
Posted By jpescatore

I have a white saddle and white bar tape now for...

I have a white saddle and white bar tape now for 3 years, liked the way it looked on my black Domane but was ready to abandon if it was a pain keeping it clean.

The saddle really hasn't gotten...
Forum: Northeast
06-05-19, 03:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,017
Posted By jpescatore

We had a big front move through this area Sunday...

We had a big front move through this area Sunday night that dropped 3" of rain at my house. I live 40 miles east of that part of the C&O but you can see the spike in height on that gauge. Looks like...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-19, 03:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,635
Posted By jpescatore

Put me down for team Garneau. I've tried Pearl...

Put me down for team Garneau. I've tried Pearl Izumi, Sugoi, Nashbar cheapies. My chubby thighs and integral waist carbohydrate storage system are hard on shorts, plus I just throw them in the...
06-04-19, 03:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,249
Posted By jpescatore

I had a prostate infection years ago, a few...

I had a prostate infection years ago, a few rounds of Cipro got rid of it. It never did impact my cycling, but over the years I've found that seats with cutouts in the center and less seat material...
05-30-19, 04:30 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,053
Posted By jpescatore

I Think I'm Off the Ottolock Bandwagon

Saw a recent video by the "Lockpicking Lawyer" who tried out the new, improved, stronger Hexband from Ottolock - with handheld tin snips he cut through in seconds. Links to the video, along with...
05-28-19, 05:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 423
Posted By jpescatore

I was thinking of getting that trainer but Shane...

I was thinking of getting that trainer but Shane Miller's review turned me off - maybe the problems have been fixed, dunno. You can see his test here.
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 04:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 648
Posted By jpescatore

I just posted an update in the NE Forum here...

I just posted an update in the NE Forum here (https://www.bikeforums.net/20950435-post9.html) with pictures. Short answer: water level is now low enough to do the wet crossing easily, but there were...
05-28-19, 04:51 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,591
Posted By jpescatore

On my hybrid (and my road bike for that matter) I...

On my hybrid (and my road bike for that matter) I go with 32mm tires, mostly use the hybrid on crushed limestone rail trails, packed dirt, light gravel kind of rides, with pavement mixed in. I've...
Forum: Northeast
05-28-19, 04:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,017
Posted By jpescatore

My friend Carl and I hike about 3 miles up stream...

My friend Carl and I hike about 3 miles up stream to Little Catoctin Creek bridge outage area on Sunday.

First off, on the way there we found several blown down trees blocking the towpath - we had...
Forum: Northeast
05-24-19, 05:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By jpescatore

I did Bike Route S from York PA to Manns Choice...

I did Bike Route S from York PA to Manns Choice PA and then down Bike Route G to Cumberland across 3 days. I wasn't camping, stayed with a friend in Mt. Alto (there is camping in Caledonia State Park...
Forum: Touring
05-23-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,638
Posted By jpescatore

I've done the GAP from West to East and piecemeal...

I've done the GAP from West to East and piecemeal from East to West. I kinda like doing the climb out of Cumberland at the start and biking with the gentle downhill in your favor all the way to...
05-23-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 891
Posted By jpescatore

I'm now on Team Kuat, the NV 2.0. The wheel arms...

I'm now on Team Kuat, the NV 2.0. The wheel arms can deal with plastic fenders no problem, Kuat advises padding for others. Worked fine when I had to pick up two folks on ebikes that had front racks...
Forum: Northeast
05-22-19, 06:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,017
Posted By jpescatore

I may get a chance to hike that section this...

I may get a chance to hike that section this weekend, will give an update if I do. In the last 365 days, Maryland has had the most rain ever and in early May we had lots of rain - usually not a good...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-19, 04:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 838
Posted By jpescatore

I moved up to 32mm and they have worked great for...

I moved up to 32mm and they have worked great for road riding and for the crushed decent gravel road and limestone/packet surface rail trails. For my old beater bike that I use on rougher trails...
Forum: Great Lakes
05-16-19, 04:25 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 129
Posted By jpescatore

Bike Trails out of Dayton OH

My wife and I will be in Dayton this weekend with our bikes and I'll be riding the Creekside Trail to Xenia on my own one of the days. A few years ago we rode the trails south of Xenia Station, this...
05-16-19, 04:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By jpescatore

The definition of heavy is definitely a personal...

The definition of heavy is definitely a personal thing - as anyone who has blown out discs in their back will tell you!

Personally, at 52 lbs the Kuat NV 2.0 is at the top of what I want to put...
05-15-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By jpescatore

Kuat NV 2.0 Trailer Hitch Bike Carrier Review

Short review: heavy and expensive but otherwise essentially perfect.

I have a cheap Allen hanging style trailer hitch bike carrier I bought at Walmart 15 years ago after I stopped driving a pickup...
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 04:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,185
Posted By jpescatore

I was following them on their journal, so I knew...

I was following them on their journal, so I knew they were on e-bikes. With Warm Showers hosts they said they told them in advance to make sure there were no storage issues. They don't seem to have...
05-14-19, 03:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 795
Posted By jpescatore

The battery and motor and I think the...

The battery and motor and I think the transmission/BB were Bosch but I didn't notice what the bike brand was - nothing I'd ever heard of.

You could change the bike weight to 75 lbs and the needed...
05-14-19, 03:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 820
Posted By jpescatore

I weigh 230, moved to wider 32mm tires years ago...

I weigh 230, moved to wider 32mm tires years ago and down to 80 PSI front and rear and I'm now using GP5000 tubefuls. The science says wider and lower pressure is just as fast if not faster on...
05-13-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 795
Posted By jpescatore

The math seems to work in favor of the ebike:...

The math seems to work in favor of the ebike: Using Bike Calculator (http://bikecalculator.com/) a 160 lb rider riding a 25 lb bike (about what a touring bike weighs) up a 5% hill putting 150w out...
05-13-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 795
Posted By jpescatore

50++ Cyclists Touring the US - With No End in Sight

Earlier in the week my wife and hosted Janice and Stephen Rickey, touring cyclists who are 7,300 miles into their bike ride that started in Seattle, went to San Diego and then over to Key West and...
Forum: Touring
05-13-19, 05:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,185
Posted By jpescatore

They are mostly staying at Warm Showers hosts, or...

They are mostly staying at Warm Showers hosts, or friends. Next choice is cheap hotels/motels, then camping only when they can't or don't reach an indoor place to stay. They are carrying everything...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-19, 04:40 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,715
Posted By jpescatore

I had the same decision to make in 2017 and went...

I had the same decision to make in 2017 and went with the SL6 (disc version.) The major reason was the 2017 SL6 disc came with the Vision 40 carbon wheels, which were basically a $1K upgrade over the...
Forum: Touring
05-10-19, 04:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,185
Posted By jpescatore

Over their 7300 miles on this trip and multiple...

Over their 7300 miles on this trip and multiple previous cross country tours in past years, they've pretty much biked on the best and the worst roads out there!

I met them on my bike yesterday,...
Forum: Touring
05-10-19, 04:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,185
Posted By jpescatore

He is 72 and last year started to find he could...

He is 72 and last year started to find he could not do the mileage/climbing combinations he had been able to do in the past, due to health issues. They have done multiple cross country tours on...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-19, 04:21 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,703
Posted By jpescatore

I'm about 400 miles into a pair of GP5000 tubeful...

I'm about 400 miles into a pair of GP5000 tubeful 32mm tires on my Trek Domane. They are definitely not Schwalbe Marathons - they have picked up shards that I've removed and there are other nicks....
Forum: Touring
05-09-19, 04:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,185
Posted By jpescatore

Hosted Touring Cyclists

My wife and I hosted Janet and Stephen Rickey, about 7300 miles into their "no end in sight" ride that started in Seattle, went down to San Diego, then over to Key West FL and now up the East Coast....
05-09-19, 04:26 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,755
Posted By jpescatore

Put me down for Team Fig Newtons. Pretty close to...

Put me down for Team Fig Newtons. Pretty close to the same nutritional value as expensive bars, available in most convenience stores (here in the US, at least) for under $1US.

I've noticed that...
Forum: Touring
05-07-19, 06:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 669
Posted By jpescatore

We are hosting two touring cyclists who came up...

We are hosting two touring cyclists who came up to Maryland from Florida but chose the East Coast Greenway route over the ACA route. They are only camping as a last resort, but found that the ECG...
05-03-19, 04:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,496
Posted By jpescatore

A moderate speeds, say a 12 minute mile running...

A moderate speeds, say a 12 minute mile running and biking around 12 miles per hour, you will burn pretty close to the same calories per hour - roughly 500 calories for the 5 miles you ran and the 12...
05-03-19, 04:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,026
Posted By jpescatore

Over two years ago I had a Retul fitting and the...

Over two years ago I had a Retul fitting and the only upsell was insoles and they had a discount on custom molded Footbalance. That was the first time I tried anything other than what came with the...
05-03-19, 04:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 997
Posted By jpescatore

I bike about 4-5,000 miles per year in the...

I bike about 4-5,000 miles per year in the Maryland/DC area but I also drive about 20,000 miles per year. Over 40 years of doing that, from the view on the bike I really haven't seen much change at...
05-03-19, 03:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,484
Posted By jpescatore

I've been cycling locally in Maryland, DC, PA and...

I've been cycling locally in Maryland, DC, PA and VA for 40 years so I don't tend to do a lot of "just exploring" anymore. Every now and then I will do a "just see where the handlebars take me" ride...
05-02-19, 04:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,900
Posted By jpescatore

I agree with OBoile - if you want to enjoy a 60...

I agree with OBoile - if you want to enjoy a 60 mile ride, do some longer rides as training. Get your legs and rear end used to longer time in the saddle first, then if you want to do those long...
05-02-19, 04:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 595
Posted By jpescatore

WD40 is a degreaser, not a lube - unless you...

WD40 is a degreaser, not a lube - unless you actually have the WD-40 bike lube. So. if those are your only choices use the dry lube after cleaning your chain.
05-02-19, 04:23 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,386
Posted By jpescatore

I buy a bike planning on it to last forever and...

I buy a bike planning on it to last forever and they do. I seem to buy a bike about every 15 years, and they are all still in use - either by me, or by others whom I've given the old ones to!
Forum: Northeast
05-01-19, 05:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By jpescatore

I've done both the C&O and GAP trails. For the...

I've done both the C&O and GAP trails. For the C&O, it doesn't matter which way you go - there is something like a 400 foot drop over 184 miles, so it is essentially flat! What matters is trail...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 772
Posted By jpescatore

I bought a pair of Lake CX something road shoes...

I bought a pair of Lake CX something road shoes on closeout sale a few years ago, to use to replace my Northwest shoes that I use on my road bike. The Northwest shoes are still chugging along, so for...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-19, 04:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,180
Posted By jpescatore

Ditto - just run a cheap 1x2 or 2x4 horizontally...

Ditto - just run a cheap 1x2 or 2x4 horizontally across the garage wall where you want to hang the bikes, screwed in at the studs, and put the hangers wherever you like along the board.
04-24-19, 04:54 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,931
Posted By jpescatore

I don't bring music on rides but almost...

I don't bring music on rides but almost invariably on long rides I get some song stuck in my head. On rainy or hilly rides, the song that pops up always seems to be "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse, with the...
04-24-19, 04:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,642
Posted By jpescatore

I was not a believer in professional bike fits....

I was not a believer in professional bike fits. I'm 62, so for 39 years of adult bicycling I bought bikes, got the cheapie/quickie (stand next to the seat, sit on the seat) saddle height adjustment...
04-24-19, 04:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,353
Posted By jpescatore

If you really like power-related data, there is a...

If you really like power-related data, there is a site MyWindsock.com (https://mywindsock.com/) that takes your Strava data and matches your route against wind data, and gives you all kinds of data -...
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