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06-13-24, 03:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 808
Posted By Pratt

Is this the chief problem confronting cyclists?

Is this the chief problem confronting cyclists?
Forum: Touring
06-10-24, 01:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,778
Posted By Pratt

When I did the GAP/C&O I got passed by a young...

When I did the GAP/C&O I got passed by a young woman riding probably 32s, she also had an AK amp of one leg.
06-06-24, 06:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,237
Posted By Pratt

They don't ride e-bikes over cars, they ride...

They don't ride e-bikes over cars, they ride monster trucks over cars.
06-04-24, 01:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,204
Posted By Pratt

One of the dangers to cyclists riding on...

One of the dangers to cyclists riding on sidewalks occurs when riding against the flow of traffic. Drivers pulling across the sidewalk, planning to turn to their left to join the traffic on the...
Forum: Touring
06-02-24, 02:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 329
Posted By Pratt

My copy of Cycling in Quebec lists at least 6...

My copy of Cycling in Quebec lists at least 6 cycle friendly places to stay in Alma, suggest you get a copy. When I went through there, most places were full up but one proprietor called a friend...
Forum: Touring
05-31-24, 02:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,778
Posted By Pratt

The people and businesses along the way also...

The people and businesses along the way also seemed to be very bike, and bike rider, friendly.
05-30-24, 02:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 684
Posted By Pratt

Another advantage of a slow descent is more time...

Another advantage of a slow descent is more time to recuperate before the next climb.
I'm with TennBent and Trakhak.
Forum: Touring
05-27-24, 02:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 737
Posted By Pratt

As an investment, bikes make junk bonds look like...

As an investment, bikes make junk bonds look like T-Bills, so used bikes can offer a lot of bike for the money. People age out of them, fall out of love with them, fall in love with a new bike. ...
Forum: Touring
05-27-24, 02:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 883
Posted By Pratt

I have used a NEMO Hornet 2-person tent for about...

I have used a NEMO Hornet 2-person tent for about 5 years and it has been very satisfactory. Nominally for two people, they had better be petite, flexible and mutually affectionate. For one person...
05-23-24, 04:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 546
Posted By Pratt

I stopped in there to ask how to get to the...

I stopped in there to ask how to get to the nearby bicycle trail, nobody could help me. A guy in a glass shop a couple of buildings down gave me directions, it was a couple of blocks!
05-23-24, 04:17 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,089
Posted By Pratt

Far be it of for me to spoil everybody's...

Far be it of for me to spoil everybody's enjoyment of a juicy internet argument, but people have actually studied the heat transfer/retention of bicycle helmets. Although I have not reviewed all the...
05-22-24, 06:34 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,854
Posted By Pratt

The Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail benefits...

The Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail benefits from ATV riders smoothing it out.
05-18-24, 06:58 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,309
Posted By Pratt

On the GAP/C&O I met a couple on a tandem...

On the GAP/C&O I met a couple on a tandem recumbent; they were on their honeymoon!
Forum: Touring
05-18-24, 04:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 973
Posted By Pratt

Second what Mr. Clark and Downtube said. One of...

Second what Mr. Clark and Downtube said. One of the most corrosive things for bike touring is a schedule. Touring, for me, is about being there, not getting there. Try not to think of it as...
05-17-24, 04:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 228
Posted By Pratt

Thanks to all. At my age, I have a hard enough...

Thanks to all.
At my age, I have a hard enough time getting the bike to go, but I'm still pretty good at getting it to stop, I'd hate to lose that ability as well.
05-04-24, 01:50 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,563
Posted By Pratt

Must have been a Brooks.

Must have been a Brooks.
05-02-24, 06:24 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 6,714
Posted By Pratt

I'm sorry, you aren't cleared to have my identity.

I'm sorry, you aren't cleared to have my identity.
Forum: Touring
04-12-24, 05:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,013
Posted By Pratt

During a tour, I take rest days when I want, and...

During a tour, I take rest days when I want, and when the weather is yucky. As alluded to above, schedules can become tyrants.
During the non-touring part of the year, I take months of rest days...
04-07-24, 05:15 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,001
Posted By Pratt

Perhaps a more frightening question is how much...

Perhaps a more frightening question is how much does your bike really cost? Especially for those of us who have "upgraded" our rides.
04-07-24, 01:50 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,965
Posted By Pratt

Maybe that is a useful definition of "old" When...

Maybe that is a useful definition of "old" When your age is greater than your cadence.
03-31-24, 10:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 854
Posted By Pratt

I remember reading that Eddie Merkx carried a...

I remember reading that Eddie Merkx carried a spare seat post bolt because he adjusted his seat height so often that they fatigued. It didn't say how he got the stub out.
03-26-24, 03:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 710
Posted By Pratt

In my experience, slippery mud is clay. Sand is...

In my experience, slippery mud is clay. Sand is small quartz grains. Crushed stone may be soft limestone, or hard granite. Clay and limestone are soft enough for the chain and gears to handle. ...
03-26-24, 11:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 861
Posted By Pratt

Would you eat your favorite food exclusively? ...

Would you eat your favorite food exclusively?
Bikes are amazingly tolerant and don't get jealous if you have more than one.
03-20-24, 11:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By Pratt

May be your nickname should be Lucky.

May be your nickname should be Lucky.
03-19-24, 02:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,685
Posted By Pratt

There you go, making sense again.

There you go, making sense again.
03-15-24, 01:36 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 5,475
Posted By Pratt

Optimists and pessimists. I have trouble...

Optimists and pessimists.
I have trouble understanding French speaking cyclists in Canada.
03-15-24, 01:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 887
Posted By Pratt

If you have to ask...

If you have to ask...
03-10-24, 12:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,008
Posted By Pratt

Lots of good advice, for the sake of the thread,...

Lots of good advice, for the sake of the thread, whatever you do, don't climb on and see how it feels. We might have to go back to discussing chain lubrication.
03-10-24, 12:02 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,305
Posted By Pratt

You should be applauded, in this era of climate...

You should be applauded, in this era of climate change, for reducing your carbon footprint.
Forum: Touring
03-09-24, 01:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 906
Posted By Pratt

Where are you and the children located? Often...

Where are you and the children located? Often getting to the start of the bike riding is more challenging than the riding.
03-09-24, 01:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 616
Posted By Pratt

Well, I don't know what pressure will be best for...

Well, I don't know what pressure will be best for you, or anybody else, From reading other threads about tire pressure, however, I can state that someone, or more, will be able to present concrete...
03-09-24, 01:06 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,628
Posted By Pratt

I'm with Squirtdad on this. In fact I posted...

I'm with Squirtdad on this. In fact I posted what turned into a whole thread on this about how dumb I had been for decades, yes probably your whole life! in not getting one.
On the practical side,...
03-07-24, 02:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By Pratt

Perhaps it was a typo and was really describing...

Perhaps it was a typo and was really describing its function when the rider wearing it fell off and the rest of the riders continued.
High performance helmet leaves peloton; in the dust.
Forum: Touring
03-05-24, 05:09 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,343
Posted By Pratt

Dear Mams- A lot of excellent posts, with great...

Dear Mams-
A lot of excellent posts, with great information. I would just add, consider your bike, your first touring bike. Each tour, and I hope you have many, will teach you something, and...
03-02-24, 12:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 717
Posted By Pratt

Sort of a case of "If you have to ask." If it...

Sort of a case of "If you have to ask."
If it worries you enough to ask, you'll be fretting about it on every ride. That would be a fun killer for me.
Maybe turn it around, Would you let someone...
Forum: Touring
02-26-24, 03:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 901
Posted By Pratt

Or, it might be fun to take the ferry to...

Or, it might be fun to take the ferry to Burlington and ride up through the islands ( check that the little bike shuttle ferry on the causeway is running). At Alburgh, follow the main road across...
02-25-24, 02:24 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,680
Posted By Pratt

That just might be the whole problem, it is not a...

That just might be the whole problem, it is not a coffee cup, it is a wine cup.
02-18-24, 03:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,179
Posted By Pratt

Have the buyer arrange, and reimburse him. Then...

Have the buyer arrange, and reimburse him. Then if the carrier backs a forklift over the carefully packed bike, it is not your problem.
Forum: Touring
02-14-24, 01:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,358
Posted By Pratt

Son in law works for a company that makes the...

Son in law works for a company that makes the molding machines that make plastic bottles, he says that the 1 and 2 liter bottles both use the same amount of plastic. So carrying 2 liters in one big...
02-14-24, 01:12 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,564
Posted By Pratt

I have sunblock, does that count?

I have sunblock, does that count?
02-09-24, 04:08 PM
Replies: 424
Views: 15,324
Posted By Pratt

The decimal point.

The decimal point.
Forum: Touring
02-05-24, 01:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,310
Posted By Pratt

When I did the GAP/C&O a lot of other riders...

When I did the GAP/C&O a lot of other riders asked me when I was going to get to DC. They were pretty much all shocked when I didn't have a scheduled end date. One of the things that eats into my...
01-14-24, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By Pratt

"Folds"? Not deflates? explodes? implodes? goes...

"Folds"? Not deflates? explodes? implodes? goes flat? goes pop?
01-05-24, 02:19 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,340
Posted By Pratt

Looking for adventure in college, saw an ad for...

Looking for adventure in college, saw an ad for leading AYH trips as a summer "job." Still doing it for the adventure since we moved inland, away from salt water.
(BTW, met my wife-to-be on the...
01-03-24, 05:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,066
Posted By Pratt

Agreed, the front brakes do most of the stopping...

Agreed, the front brakes do most of the stopping and the rear brakes just sort of suggest that it might be a good idea to slow down.
Forum: Touring
01-02-24, 12:35 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,194
Posted By Pratt

Amen. They are cut trim to reduce wind...

Amen.
They are cut trim to reduce wind resistance, you may want to go up a size for touring vs racing.
And it does shake dry.
01-02-24, 12:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,066
Posted By Pratt

Good points above. If a tire goes flat, or a...

Good points above. If a tire goes flat, or a chain brakes, it might spoil your ride, if your brakes go, it might spoil your life. Fortunately, bikes have two, independent brake systems, so if one...
12-29-23, 04:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 9,195
Posted By Pratt

One can only hope that the authorities will crack...

One can only hope that the authorities will crack down on the purveyors of these fakes, I don't think I could stand a thread on how to break in a FAKE Brooks saddle.
Forum: Touring
12-28-23, 02:58 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,106
Posted By Pratt

One "advantage" of the unguided tour is the...

One "advantage" of the unguided tour is the planning activity, which here in New England can take place in the winter months when riding is less than appealing, and can, thus, take the place of...
12-27-23, 02:45 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,856
Posted By Pratt

I have a small collection (2) of normal sized,...

I have a small collection (2) of normal sized, not huge, bikes.
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