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Forum: Touring
09-13-21, 04:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 433
Posted By alan s

True, but keep in mind that Connellsville could...

True, but keep in mind that Connellsville could be full. In my case, all the shelters there were taken, so it was a choice between camping on the grass or pushing on and having a dry shelter at...
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 09:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 433
Posted By alan s

The tires are 700x35. Good compromise between...

The tires are 700x35. Good compromise between trail and road.
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 433
Posted By alan s

Yes, it was very wet and the pump water was...

Yes, it was very wet and the pump water was muddy. Didnít matter for cleaning the bike, but if someone was planning to drink the water, they would have been out of luck.
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 433
Posted By alan s

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/fdeaaf58_aaf6_4d42_b661_82b3cf1a4784_6ab19245d0ff5d967f04a87acaf9b5716e225f6c.jpeg
My bike, from the GAP...
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 433
Posted By alan s

McKeesport to Clairton is not unsafe, just not...

McKeesport to Clairton is not unsafe, just not particularly attractive in comparison and you are on roads. Coming from the GAP, it is quite industrialized and somewhat run down. I probably wouldn’t...
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 433
Posted By alan s

I took the Montour Trail from McKeesport to the...

I took the Montour Trail from McKeesport to the Panhandle Trail this summer. Other than McKeesport to Clairton, it was a very nice route.
Forum: Touring
09-08-21, 05:16 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,706
Posted By alan s

Does it come with air conditioning?

Does it come with air conditioning?
Forum: Touring
09-03-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,186
Posted By alan s

I did a six week tour in May and June. Didnít...

I did a six week tour in May and June. Didnít have any problems with restrictions or campground closures. Just wore a mask indoors. I also got the second Moderna vaccination during the trip in...
Forum: Touring
09-01-21, 03:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By alan s

From Steubenville to Jewett, I followed 43 to...

From Steubenville to Jewett, I followed 43 to Cadiz Road, then 22A to Hopedale, then 178 to 151 to Jewett. There is a small section of bike trail from the intersection of 22A and 65 that parallels...
Forum: Touring
09-01-21, 03:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By alan s

I rode it east to west earlier this summer and...

I rode it east to west earlier this summer and bicycles are not allowed on 22. Here is a sign from Google Maps....
Forum: Touring
07-01-21, 09:45 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,043
Posted By alan s

The GAP is also a mess when wet. It’s part of...

The GAP is also a mess when wet. It’s part of the charm. If you want paved paths, there are plenty of good ones elsewhere.
Forum: Touring
06-12-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,513
Posted By alan s

Hereís my setup for longer tours. Weight...

Hereís my setup for longer tours. Weight distributed evenly. Great stability climbing out of the saddle and downhill at 50 mph.

...
Forum: Touring
05-13-21, 03:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,187
Posted By alan s

A way to inflate your tires. I usually carry a...

A way to inflate your tires. I usually carry a pump and a couple CO2 cartridges and inflator chuck.
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,652
Posted By alan s

You’re better off bringing water with you. The...

You’re better off bringing water with you. The pump handles are in on the C&O, but the water is treated with iodine and tastes bad. Plenty of places along the way to refill bottles. If riding in...
Forum: Touring
05-09-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,652
Posted By alan s

I just rode the C&O and GAP on 700x40 Marathon...

I just rode the C&O and GAP on 700x40 Marathon Supremes. They are pretty much slicks. The C&O was dry, so problem. Many sections that were notoriously muddy have been resurfaced and are in great...
Forum: Touring
05-06-21, 08:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,696
Posted By alan s

I rode the section of the GAP yesterday where the...

I rode the section of the GAP yesterday where the pipe was installed and it is very nice indeed. It rained hard in the area from Rockwood to West Newton, and I think my bike was carrying a couple...
Forum: Touring
05-03-21, 11:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,696
Posted By alan s

Yes, of course.

Yes, of course.
Forum: Touring
05-03-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,696
Posted By alan s

Paw Paw tunnel is open as of a few days ago when...

Paw Paw tunnel is open as of a few days ago when I rode through.
Forum: Touring
05-02-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 971
Posted By alan s

The C&O canal rents out the lockhouses. ...

The C&O canal rents out the lockhouses. https://www.canaltrust.org/programs/canal-quarters/. Could be a fun experience in the right weather. Try to avoid the heat and humidity of the summer.
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By alan s

I was there right after Irma, and it is much...

I was there right after Irma, and it is much better now. Some of the infrastructure at Bahia Honda has been replaced and repaired, but still half of the park is closed. Long Key is still mostly...
Forum: Touring
03-01-21, 11:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By alan s

Florida Keys tour

Managed to get in a tour this winter in the Keys last week. Rode from Key West to Miami and drove back in a rental car. Beautiful weather except for the one shower that hit right as I was packing up...
Forum: Touring
02-16-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,782
Posted By alan s

I feel sorry for your support driver. Can’t...

I feel sorry for your support driver. Can’t imagine how boring and frustrating it would be driving across the country at that speed. Most support drivers go ahead and set up hotel rooms and are on...
Forum: Touring
12-31-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,421
Posted By alan s

I rode from San Francisco to SLO in December a...

I rode from San Francisco to SLO in December a couple years ago. Lucked out between storms. The day before I started, the wind was blowing 60 out of the south. The day I finished it started...
Forum: Touring
12-27-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,123
Posted By alan s

Same everything except a different adapter to...

Same everything except a different adapter to move the caliper to the correct position.
Forum: Touring
12-26-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,123
Posted By alan s

I switched from 160s to 180s on the front on my...

I switched from 160s to 180s on the front on my Troll, and like it. Seems to have slightly better stopping power, and better modulation.
Forum: Touring
12-19-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,123
Posted By alan s

I’m glad I have a Troll and World Troller. I can...

I’m glad I have a Troll and World Troller. I can run any size wheels. 26” with wide tires and fenders to 29”. Most versatile bikes I have.
Forum: Touring
12-03-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,247
Posted By alan s

While I greatly prefer cooking off the road, if...

While I greatly prefer cooking off the road, if you insist, make sure the traffic is light and keep a sharp lookout for oncoming vehicles.
Forum: Touring
11-16-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,440
Posted By alan s

Supported bike touring is for wussies who can’t...

Supported bike touring is for wussies who can’t carry their own stuff. Real men, women and children carry their own stuff.
Forum: Touring
10-27-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,205
Posted By alan s

That depends. Many are grassy and great for...

That depends. Many are grassy and great for camping in the rain. Many sections of the towpath have been and are continuing to be improved, making the mudfest a thing of the past.
Forum: Touring
10-20-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,206
Posted By alan s

Rivendell still sells these bikes.

Rivendell still sells these bikes.
Forum: Commuting
10-01-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,628
Posted By alan s

Lifting weights is free and will get you in shape...

Lifting weights is free and will get you in shape to carry any bike up and down stairs.
Forum: Touring
09-27-20, 11:08 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,320
Posted By alan s

I carry bandaids of various sizes, gauze, tape,...

I carry bandaids of various sizes, gauze, tape, Advil and alcohol wipes. Water from a water bottle will clean up most cuts and scrapes. Most other medical issues can be addressed in a hospital or...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,864
Posted By alan s

This is what retired aging bike racers have to...

This is what retired aging bike racers have to look forward to riding in their final years. Kind of depressing.
Forum: Touring
09-23-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,896
Posted By alan s

I’ve been using Topeak racks for years and never...

I’ve been using Topeak racks for years and never had an issue. Just the standard Explorer rack with Ortlieb panniers. Use a Topeak bag for commuting, but not touring. It is not waterproof.
Forum: Commuting
09-23-20, 08:35 AM
Forum: Commuting
09-22-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,758
Posted By alan s

My vote barely counts. I barely count in the...

My vote barely counts. I barely count in the grand scope of things. Whether or not I ride a bike to work has so little impact on the environment that for all intents and purposes, it is completely...
Forum: Touring
09-02-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,012
Posted By alan s

I usually ride 75 miles a day on average on...

I usually ride 75 miles a day on average on unpaved surfaces. A bit more is no problem if relatively flat or paved. A bit less if lots of climbing. Leaves plenty of time for stops along the way.
Forum: Touring
08-30-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,901
Posted By alan s

It’s simple. Bike tourers smoke pipes. ...

It’s simple. Bike tourers smoke pipes. Bikepackers smoke blunts.
Forum: Touring
08-23-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,861
Posted By alan s

Is Lance Armstrong still associated with Trek...

Is Lance Armstrong still associated with Trek bikes? I haven’t given them much thought since the cheater was caught.
Forum: Touring
08-17-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,887
Posted By alan s

I rode the C&O on the July 4th weekend and took...

I rode the C&O on the July 4th weekend and took the train to Cumberland. They had roll on bike service then. If the bike icon doesn’t show up, it may mean they are full.
Forum: Touring
08-15-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,887
Posted By alan s

Unless the schedule recently changed, the DC to...

Unless the schedule recently changed, the DC to PGH train leaves around 4 pm. I prefer west to east, but it really doesn't make much difference which way you ride. Just make sure you add a bike to...
Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,110
Posted By alan s

Monterey aquarium if itís open. Unfortunately...

Monterey aquarium if itís open. Unfortunately the aquarium and most museums will likely be closed. Fortunately most of the must see spots are part of nature.
Forum: Touring
08-05-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,295
Posted By alan s

Same. Definitely not used to staying in a...

Same. Definitely not used to staying in a hostel. Reminded me of my younger days backpacking around Europe on a shoestring budget.
Forum: Commuting
08-05-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 34,029
Posted By alan s

I would choose “other” or “none of the above” if...

I would choose “other” or “none of the above” if given the option. As it is, I cannot participate in your poll.
Forum: Commuting
07-28-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,209
Posted By alan s

Get a touring bike designed to carry heavy loads....

Get a touring bike designed to carry heavy loads. If someday you decide to take up bike touring, you’ll already have a suitable bike.
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,168
Posted By alan s

It was probably a harmless snake, but I sure...

It was probably a harmless snake, but I sure would not want to be bitten by any snake. I’ve had little garter snakes on the towpath trying to strike at me.
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,168
Posted By alan s

Ok, sure. ...

Ok, sure.
...
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,168
Posted By alan s

Good idea to avoid snakes in the water. Could...

Good idea to avoid snakes in the water. Could have been a water moccasin, which is venomous, although not native to the area.
Forum: Touring
07-21-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 11,666
Posted By alan s

To the extent possible, buy Park tools. They...

To the extent possible, buy Park tools. They cost a bit more, but are very high quality. Get a bike repair stand, as well. I also got that from Park. If you can’t afford a stand and have a wall...
Forum: Touring
07-15-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,168
Posted By alan s

Itís a secret. Like finding a geocache. My trip...

Itís a secret. Like finding a geocache. My trip was great. A little hot, but the humidity was OK. The towpath was in excellent condition.
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