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Forum: Mid-Atlantic
09-20-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,239
Posted By jpescatore

Update - on the way back from Carlisle PA, I...

Update - on the way back from Carlisle PA, I thought I'd sneak in a Pike 2 Pike ride. The eastern end now seems to end in private property with a "Trail Parking $2" sign and a "Not Responsible for...
09-20-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,720
Posted By jpescatore

I just did the 2021 Three Creek Century...

I just did the 2021 Three Creek Century (https://hbc2.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=750678&module_id=335135) ride, this time did 51 mile loop and hilly 29 mile Opossum Lake route....
09-17-21, 04:23 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,433
Posted By jpescatore

If you do the 60 mile training ride and are not...

If you do the 60 mile training ride and are not miserable, go for the century ride, especially since the course is pretty flat. I've found that 2/3 rule works for me when I'm doing normal riding...
Forum: Touring
09-16-21, 04:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 391
Posted By jpescatore

Great trip, great writeup. A friend who...

Great trip, great writeup.

A friend who lives in Columbus and I planned out doing Cleveland back to Columbus a few years ago but a stationary front sat over the route for a week and flooded much...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 05:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 495
Posted By jpescatore

Some of it depends on how sensitive you are to...

Some of it depends on how sensitive you are to bike "feel" - I have a touring bike, a road bike and now a "gravel" bike (that replaced the touring bike) that have different geometries. But, by...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 05:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 305
Posted By jpescatore

I'm a chubby thigh guy and had a chafing problem...

I'm a chubby thigh guy and had a chafing problem with my old saddle bag - ruined two pairs of expensive biking shorts.

The Topeak Aero Wedge Bob Ross showed had enough storage volume (I think I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-21, 03:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 253
Posted By jpescatore

Ditto the above advice (especially about trying...

Ditto the above advice (especially about trying out loaner saddles) and I'd add: don't automatically equate "hard as rocks" with uncomfortable. Like mattresses, I've found over the years that well...
09-13-21, 05:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,099
Posted By jpescatore

My wife had an Element for 8 years, loved it -...

My wife had an Element for 8 years, loved it - great for carrying bikes, kayaks, etc. She would have replaced it with another Element but Honda stopped making them.
09-13-21, 04:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 750
Posted By jpescatore

Good advice so far, I'd add something that has...

Good advice so far, I'd add something that has worked for me: at the end of your riding each day, check your tires to see if they picked up any glass, wire, metal, etc. I think quite often my flats...
09-10-21, 04:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 328
Posted By jpescatore

I've had a dedicated bike in my trainer in the...

I've had a dedicated bike in my trainer in the basement for 4 years now - I go by the noise, which usually means about once per winter I'm cleaning/lubing the chain.

I do check chain and cog wear...
Forum: Touring
09-01-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 285
Posted By jpescatore

Just returned from a few days in Burlington and...

Just returned from a few days in Burlington and got to ride the Island Rail Trail from downtown Burlington across the causeway/bike ferry and up to Grand Isle and back - awesome. Every other time...
Forum: Touring
09-01-21, 05:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 650
Posted By jpescatore

Back in 2019 my wife and I did a supported trip...

Back in 2019 my wife and I did a supported trip on about 130 miles of the D&L trail from Glen Summit to Washington Crossing, and then back up the NJ side to Lumberton. I created a Cycleblaze journal...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-21, 05:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,195
Posted By jpescatore

I use 32mm tubeful GP5000s that I run at 75 psi -...

I use 32mm tubeful GP5000s that I run at 75 psi - I weigh 225 and ride on typical suburban roads with lots of crud.

I don't push tire mileage anymore - I'd rather avoid roadside flat repairs than...
Forum: Touring
08-24-21, 06:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,546
Posted By jpescatore

4 years ago, there was no trail up to the Sandy...

4 years ago, there was no trail up to the Sandy Trail - just that ramp up to the eastern/southern end of the bridge. Could be just a Google maps interpretation of the ramp, or a hiking trail at best...
08-24-21, 06:07 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,847
Posted By jpescatore

Hiking/walking works best for me when I feel I...

Hiking/walking works best for me when I feel I need a recovery day from biking. If the weather doesn't support that, an easy hour on Zwift on one of the flat courses works, too.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-21, 05:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,203
Posted By jpescatore

Been using Wahoo cadence sensors on my road bike...

Been using Wahoo cadence sensors on my road bike with Wahoo Elemnt/Roam and on Zwift running on AppleTV for several years now. Never had any cadence irregularities other than when the battery ran...
Forum: Touring
08-18-21, 04:56 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,010
Posted By jpescatore

Just did a group ride this past Saturday,...

Just did a group ride this past Saturday, downloaded the RWGPS .gpx file the ride leader posted and magically many roads had turned into dirt/gravel roads. Didn't really impact anything - these were...
08-18-21, 04:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 481
Posted By jpescatore

If the two day 160 mile ride means roughly two 80...

If the two day 160 mile ride means roughly two 80 days and you have been doing some 50+ mile rides, you should be fine. Think of an 80 mile ride as a 25 mile ride after a rest stop at 55 miles!
...
08-17-21, 03:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 363
Posted By jpescatore

The newest Kuat hitch rack has lights that...

The newest Kuat hitch rack has lights that connect to the trailer light cable, assuming you have one. Very expensive though - has many other features - here...
08-16-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,158
Posted By jpescatore

Not only that, but Trek also has an Emonda model...

Not only that, but Trek also has an Emonda model line!
08-16-21, 05:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
Posted By jpescatore

Simpsons Biker Bar Video Clip

Obviously some serious cyclists on the Simpsons show/s writing staff very funny clip here.
Forum: Touring
08-15-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 683
Posted By jpescatore

Whether to start in the north or south would...

Whether to start in the north or south would mostly be driven by what time of year you were going to be on the road - whether you were aiming to avoid the heat in the south or cold in the north. As...
08-15-21, 05:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,158
Posted By jpescatore

Back in 2017, I rode a Domane SL6 Disc and the...

Back in 2017, I rode a Domane SL6 Disc and the Specialized equivalent. The Domane just felt better - the geometries of the two bikes were slightly different but most of the component levels were the...
08-15-21, 05:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 431
Posted By jpescatore

I'm heavier than you (100 kg) but ride an...

I'm heavier than you (100 kg) but ride an endurance road bike for short and long rides, been using tubeful GP5000s for about 3 years now. My priorities are flat avoidance, traction, speed and...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
08-14-21, 05:08 AM
Replies: 8,123
Views: 587,961
Posted By jpescatore

Agree about the shared road into that Brunswick...

Agree about the shared road into that Brunswick campground - but it is actually lightyears better than it was before the crushed stone was put down on the Towpath around it and I think they did some...
Forum: Touring
08-13-21, 06:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,546
Posted By jpescatore

We did the Allegheny River Trail in 2017,...

We did the Allegheny River Trail in 2017, unloaded bikes on day trips from Franklin - very nice. I really liked the Sandy Creek extension - as other mentioned, steep stairs but there was a plank ramp...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
08-13-21, 03:56 AM
Replies: 8,123
Views: 587,961
Posted By jpescatore

You're right - really does get dusty - but boy...

You're right - really does get dusty - but boy did it improve the ride! Much more GAP-like - I'll take having to wipe down the bike and chain at the end of the day as the downside...

College Park...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
08-10-21, 04:23 AM
Replies: 8,123
Views: 587,961
Posted By jpescatore

Not many paved trails of any length in the...

Not many paved trails of any length in the Ashton/Cloverly area! My book mostly focuses on paved trails around the area that are fun to do with kids but not many very close to Ashton.

In Olney you...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
08-08-21, 05:34 AM
Replies: 8,123
Views: 587,961
Posted By jpescatore

Definitely great riding up your way - seems like...

Definitely great riding up your way - seems like I mostly get out there when doing Potomac Pedalers winter rides from the Soccerplex or whatever that park is called.
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
08-07-21, 04:32 AM
Replies: 8,123
Views: 587,961
Posted By jpescatore

Yesterday I did a few loops where I go down NH to...

Yesterday I did a few loops where I go down NH to 198, then downhlll to Firestone. Then up Firestone, through Hampshire Greens to Ednor. Then over to Alexander Manor and through that development to...
08-05-21, 05:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 293
Posted By jpescatore

Add me to the list - I had a total full thickness...

Add me to the list - I had a total full thickness tear back in 2012. Tried PT before an MRI - PT won't help a total tear. At its worst, I couldn't raise my right arm high enough to adjust the radio...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,600
Posted By jpescatore

There's more to riding than aerobic fitness, leg...

There's more to riding than aerobic fitness, leg strength, FTP, etc. So, if you say your goal is to get better at group road rides, the best way to get better is do more group road rides and...
Forum: Touring
08-02-21, 05:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 942
Posted By jpescatore

We are going to be up in Burlington VT towards...

We are going to be up in Burlington VT towards the end of August and have 2 rides planned that come close to your specs:

Burlington to North Hero (Hero's Welcome lunch place) - we did this on the...
Forum: Touring
08-01-21, 04:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,014
Posted By jpescatore

if you go to Cycleblaze ...

if you go to Cycleblaze (https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/north-america/)you can read the journals of people who haver recently or are currently on the TransAm route and finding route closures...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-29-21, 04:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 244
Posted By jpescatore

I haven't done DC to Annapolis for years but a...

I haven't done DC to Annapolis for years but a recent alternative is the route the East Coast Greenway takes - look here (https://www.greenway.org/states/maryland). It is not the direct route as it...
07-28-21, 12:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 528
Posted By jpescatore

The ratios on the 11x32 work well for me but I'd...

The ratios on the 11x32 work well for me but I'd like that lower granny gear - most of my riding is in hills and I weigh 220lbs.

My other bike is a Jamis Escapade I use for light touring - it has...
07-28-21, 05:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 528
Posted By jpescatore

I ride a 2017 Domane SL6 disc. What I lust for on...

I ride a 2017 Domane SL6 disc. What I lust for on the 2021 Domane SL6 is the storage compartment in the down tube and the 11 x 34 rear cassette compared to the 11x32 on mine.

I think the SLR comes...
07-27-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 927
Posted By jpescatore

Yes, many years ago when I was a kid and my...

Yes, many years ago when I was a kid and my father knew one of the officers. Pretty much all the good bikes were sold before the official sale, so I got a a pretty good bike for $25.

Today, maybe...
07-27-21, 05:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 917
Posted By jpescatore

If you search for "cycling shoes" online you will...

If you search for "cycling shoes" online you will get mostly shoes that require special pedals on your bike. You can still use them, you will just not put on the cleats and you will pay more for them...
07-27-21, 05:24 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,078
Posted By jpescatore

Around here (Maryland) deer are rampant and...

Around here (Maryland) deer are rampant and evolution does not yet seemed to have convinced deer to look both ways before they cross the road. A few years ago a deer tried to leap over our car (which...
07-20-21, 06:13 AM
Replies: 390
Views: 7,631
Posted By jpescatore

Another YMMV situation, but here is what worked...

Another YMMV situation, but here is what worked for me: I could lose some weight just by adding exercise, but it was impossible to maintain.

More simplified math with lots of generalization:...
07-20-21, 05:42 AM
Replies: 390
Views: 7,631
Posted By jpescatore

First, the disclaimer: Everyone's Mileage Varies ...

First, the disclaimer: Everyone's Mileage Varies

Here's a rule of thumb I've found works for me - I used it when I lost 50 lbs to get down to my current rate of 220 lbs - at 15 mph I believe I...
07-09-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 605
Posted By jpescatore

I've had no problem with road tires on flat,...

I've had no problem with road tires on flat, straight, shallow stretches of sand on road bike tires with minimal tread on them, a la the Continental GP 5000s I use now (32mm). But, on rides with...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-09-21, 04:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 471
Posted By jpescatore

"INSERT STATE NAME HERE Welcomes You!" road sign...

"INSERT STATE NAME HERE Welcomes You!" road sign sayings, and the same sayings on license plates, are often oxymorons.
...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-08-21, 05:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 471
Posted By jpescatore

Rt. 5 and 301 have been widened a lot over the...

Rt. 5 and 301 have been widened a lot over the years, traffic heavy but moves much better these days.

The road crossings for the IHRT are very well designed but the crossing traffic is definitely...
Forum: Touring
07-08-21, 04:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,563
Posted By jpescatore

Got spam email from REI about stuff back in...

Got spam email from REI about stuff back in stock, and Revelate products were highlighted.
07-06-21, 06:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 619
Posted By jpescatore

I second the GAP. But my top suggestion is...

I second the GAP.

But my top suggestion is on the edge your 8 hour range: the Erie Canal Trai (https://www.ptny.org/cycle-the-erie-canal/trail-map)l. Last month my wife and I used a Christmas...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-05-21, 04:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 471
Posted By jpescatore

Indian Head MD Rail Trail Deja Vu All Over Again

On Saturday, my wife I drove down to White Plains MD and rode one of our favorite Maryland rail trails - the Indian Head Rail Trail...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-21, 04:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 846
Posted By jpescatore

I think there was an article last year that 75%...

I think there was an article last year that 75% of the Tour de France riders had moved from 23mm to 25mm, so if you planning on riding that hard and fast there is probably a noticieable difference.
...
Forum: Touring
06-23-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,563
Posted By jpescatore

REI carries Revelate and may have some in stock

REI carries Revelate and may have some in stock
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