I had an amazing adventure bicycling western Pennsylvania last week…. and on this edition of the pod, I tell stories all about biking the Great Allegheny Passage, the Montour Trail and the Panhandle Trail. Spoiler alert: it was hot.
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The Journal: Bicycling Western Pennsylvania
A 5-day adventure that includes the full Montour trail, a hefty helping of the Panhandle Trail and a through-ride of the Great Allegheny Passage. Nearly 300 miles. It was hot.
- Segment riding the Montour to completion
- Big help from Dave at The Tandem Connection in Hendersonville… huge help with a weird rear flat
- Through riding the GAP fro 150-0
- Wildlife, except the rattlesnake
- Exploring Pittsburgh off the beaten path
- Hammock lounging every night
- Camping every night (but getting showers the last 2!)
- Sugar isn’t always you friend, until it is.
- Hydrate and block the sun
- Lighter is better
- Frame bags are dope
Pedalshift Tour Journals Volume 8: Western Penn… coming soon!
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What are some of the basic skills you should have before heading out on tour? On this episode, I cover the 4 things I recommend you know!
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Basic skills you should have before going on tour
- flat repairs
- YouTube videos
- Your local LBS often has “how to” sessions
- Local bike co-ops
- understanding your spokes
- Spokes are *really* necessary – they create equal tension across the wheel to maintain the perfectly round shape
- If one spoke gets loose, the wheel loses its true
- A tool I always recommend you carry: a spoke tensioner.
- You can always notice a loose spoke… if the opposite one is tight, tighten the loose one.
- If the spokes are all over the place, visit a bike shop in the next town
- brake adjustment
- Learn how to adjust the pad placement
- Learn how to adjust the tension on the calipers
- For disc brake people… understand how to replace a pad, and how to handle a bent disc. Also be aware of heating up discs on long decents (a squirt of water is your friend here)
- saddle adjustment
- Generally: the saddle should flat, unless that’s not comfortable for you
- You want the saddle back so you’re pedaling straight down.
- Pain in the knees? Very likely a saddle issue. Do some micro adjustments and knee pain will very likely go away!
- Saddle perfect! Great! Mark it in sharpie so you don’t need to do it again!
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