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Sunday Ride Report(17 posts)

Sunday Ride Reportwspokes
Nov 4, 2003 4:44 AM
On Sunday, I headed out on and did a rails to trails ride on the Toby Creek R to T from Brockway, Pa to Ridgway, Pa and back. It was warm in the lower 60s with mist most of the day, rainy for the trip down and just misty on the way back. The rail bed is black cinder that you sort of sink into once it saturates with water, it makes for a continuous pedaling effort and with the trail being flat there is no coasting.
they recently put up some fencing on both sides of the trail on the way down in portions. During the ride I had one deer run along down the trail for about 1/2 mile and I saw 2 wild Turkeys later on. The trail runs alongside Toby Creek on the way past numerous old bridges that spanned the creek and numerous ghost towns. Some ghost towns like Vineyard Run, The city of Grove, and a few others. These towns housed sawmills, stone quarries, and coal villages. I didn't get as many pics as I wanted because I had to keep the camera secure in a zip lock waterproof bag and in my rear bag so I just snapped off a few photos of the start, my bike, self portrait, and a few of the trailhead on either end.
Total distance is about 40 miles. Enjoy!
The start of the trailhead.wspokes
Nov 4, 2003 4:45 AM
Excellent Pic! (nm)GeoCyclist
Nov 9, 2003 3:48 PM
Another view.wspokes
Nov 4, 2003 4:46 AM
The Bikewspokes
Nov 4, 2003 4:50 AM
The bike is a 2000 Surly cross check, outfitted with Tioga drop bars, 8 spd bar end shimano shifters, cloth h-bar tape, dia-compe 287 levers. Dia-compe brake cantis, coda cantis in the front, Softride aluminum flexstem, rear snap on pannier bag, Road micro triple crankset, Time pedals, LX front and XT rear derailleur. Coda front hub on Sun CR? rims and LX rear hub on Sun. Conti country something tires. Nice ride! Great all day riding bike.
How does the stem feel...biknben
Nov 4, 2003 5:31 AM
I'm just curious about the stem choice. How much travel does it provide? How much of it do you use? Do you ride on the trails often?
I love the stem...wspokes
Nov 4, 2003 6:22 AM
I have used the flexstems from LONG ago...I used them on my mountain bikes also. I love them. The old cro-mo ones were prone to breakage which could be catastrophic...I had 2 breaks which none led to any injuries or accidents but it did get me thinking. The new aluminum one is tough as nails and awesome. The new cro-mo one is great as well. I have one on my Bianchi cross bike also. I beat them up pretty heavily. They get USED. The Bianchi gets used in mountain bike races as well. For Cross racing, I loved the stems...the bunny hopping is Excellent. They probably provide 1.5 inches to 2 inches of travel. They take that edge off for trail riding if you aren't into the full blown fork maintenance pains out there. I know some people who won't use them because they say the handlebar moves. They actually don't work like the old crappy girvins. When the girvin moved...the handlebar turned also. This stem is set up with different pivot points and doesn't turn the bars on your wrists. So, bottom line. I love it.
Conti's and brake leversDave Hickey
Nov 4, 2003 8:25 AM
I'm building up a new SS that's going to have a canti front brake. Do you run into compatability problems with canti brakes and road levers?
Conti's and brake leverswspokes
Nov 4, 2003 8:29 AM
The dia-compe 287 brake levers were designed to work with cantis...they have more pull. They were specifically designed for this. Also, I have a somewhat peculiar set up on the front by using an OLD Cannondale Force 40 pivot. It is a triangular spring pivot that mounts with a bolt through the fender hole on the fork. It allow me to run a more direct cable from the lever to the force 40 and it also seems to allow me some extra space to set up the cantis out a little for Big tires if needed and clearance, but at the same time it doesn't deter from the brake lever pull. Hope this all helps.
Nov 4, 2003 8:56 AM
Any standard road lever will work with canti-brakes. There are a few options for "brake only" levers that are cheaper than the Dia-compes.

In double-checking myself as I wrote this, I found a blurb at Sheldon's site. Scroll down to find levers.

I'm using the Dia-compe 287-Vs for my linear pull brakes and I think they stink. The return spring aren't strong enough and they aren't very comfortable. They are the only linear pull road lever so I'm stuck with them.
dia-compes on my linearwspokes
Nov 4, 2003 9:54 AM
I used the 287 levers that are on the bike pictured on my Cannondale cross with LX V brakes without any problems at all. I didn't think the compe levers were terribly expensive...$25 a pair if that..quite a contrast as compared with the prices on that page. Things have changed over the years though!
Conti's and brake leversKeeponTrekkin
Nov 10, 2003 6:51 PM
I put STI levers on my MBK with cantilever brakes. They work fine with good pads, but not equal to the DA brakes on my Trek. The canti's say "CLB". Probably French manufacture late 80's.

Adjustment mechanism is slow when you need to remove a wheel, but that's a small price to pay.

Snap on pannier?fracisco
Nov 4, 2003 12:04 PM
I don't see a rear rack on your bike. How does that pannier bag attach?
It is a Quix with snap on...wspokes
Nov 4, 2003 12:29 PM
They snap onto a seatpost bracket. I have weighted it down relatively heavy with good results but I would recommend it only for lightweight loads. One picture it is snapped in place, there is another before the ride of the bag unsnapped. I like the bag. I had an extra shirt, camera and money, tool kit, pump and tube and extra rain jacket for my riding partner who is a minimalist and carries know the type. The ones that bum tubes from the likes of me!
Self portraitwspokes
Nov 4, 2003 4:52 AM
Taken in the early morning at the start of the ride. temps still in the 40s and just starting to warm. by the end of the ride. A nice black sinder grit coated all areas of the bike and body. Well worth the grit though! Salsa Sols!!
Regarding your self-portrait-Crankist
Nov 4, 2003 9:57 AM
- nice bike.

Thanks for the RR, great trailhead start pic.
Trail Mapwspokes
Nov 10, 2003 12:13 PM
Here's a trail map with all the sites listed including all the tiny ghost towns, etc. I thought it might interest some people to see the tons of history that lies on the old rail bed. swinging bridges...old towns...all along the scenic creeks and river. Enjoy