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Gear List: Credit-card Bikepacking the Ohio to Erie Trail

Gear laid out before heading for a credit-card bikepacking trip on the Ohio to Erie Trail

I’m getting ready to do a bicycle trip on the Ohio to Erie Trail. I’ll be riding from Cincinnati to Cleveland over five days. I’ll be staying in a motel one night, staying with relatives or friends two nights, and using contacts from Warm Showers another two nights. I won’t need any camping gear, so I’m packing pretty light.

The weather is supposed to be pretty pleasant, so for clothing, I’m able to save a lot of space by choosing cycling clothing that can double as casual clothing, and vice-versa.

I could have gone rack-less in true bikepacking style, but since most of my stuff fits in a trunk bag, I decided to use that. I have a Topeak MTX Explorer Tubular 29er Rear Disc rack. The Topeak bags work well with the rack to easily slide on and off, so I figured that would make it easy to take most of my stuff with me off the bike, should I feel that’s necessary. I’m using a small frame bag for a couple of extra items.

Wearing or carrying on my body:

  • Helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Bib shorts
  • Baggy knickers
  • Long-sleeve lightweight wool jersey
  • Socks
  • Buff headband
  • Road ID
  • Waterproof wallet
  • Lip balm
  • Prescription sunglasses

Inside Revelate Designs Tangle Small Frame Bag:

  • Chain lock
  • Mini-pump
  • Digital camera
  • Smartphone with waterproof case and charger
  • GU Brew electrolyte tablets
  • Clif bars

Inside Topeak MTX EXP trunk bag with panniers:

  • Bib shorts
  • Socks (2)
  • Wool t-shirt
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight fleece sweatshirt
  • Toiletry kit (travel-sizes of toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, deodorant)
  • 35mm film cannister as a pill bottle (pain relievers, anti-histamines, multi-vitamins)
  • Sunscreen
  • Body sponge and travel-size liquid body wash soap
  • Pack towel
  • Rain jacket
  • Lightweight windbreaker jacket/vest
  • Crocs shoes
  • Spare eyeglasses
  • Headlamp
  • Spare inner tube
  • Bike tool kit (inside Forest City Portage tool pouch):
    • Hex wrench set
    • Flat/phillips screwdriver
    • Chain tool with spoke wrenches
    • Leatherman multi-tool
    • Glueless patch kit
    • Tire boots
    • Spare derailer cable
    • Spare rack bolts, cleat bolts, chain links, master link
    • Tri-Flow lube sample size (2)
    • Small roll of duct tape
    • Rag
    • GoJo wipe for cleanup

I’ll be riding my Salsa Fargo bike. In addition to the Topeak rack, I have the Planet Bike Cascadia 29er fenders on it should the weather turn wet. I put two bottle cages on the fork mounts, plus a third bottle using the Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag.

Salsa Fargo packed for a trip on the Ohio to Erie Trail

I have a Schmidt SON28 front dynamo hub and a Busch & Muller Luxos U headlight, which has a USB port on the remote handlebar switch, so I’ll be able to use that to keep my phone charged throughout the riding days. I use a Planet Bike SuperFlash Turbo USB taillight.

Next: Ohio to Erie Trail Tour: Prologue

Photos from Cleveland Camp Coffee #3

Two of our past regulars could not make it today, but we had three new faces. Maybe this thing is taking off after all? Stay tuned for next month!

Cleveland Camp Coffee #3

20150513-clecampcoffee-2Inspired by #LARiverCampCoffee (http://bit.ly/1NUfQlY), the movement for mini-adventures in Cleveland for when we don’t have time for real adventures continues!

#CLECampCoffee is a casual gathering for lovers of bicycles, camping, and coffee.

Arrive by bike, and use your camp-cooking gear to make coffee for yourself and to share, and enjoy conversation with your fellow campers.

The rules aren’t strictly enforced, so you can come by foot or car if you like, and you can stop for coffee at a (preferably local) shop on the way. Tea and hot chocolate drinkers are welcome, too!

When: Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 8:00am
Where: The Beach on the Cuyahoga River

To get to “The Beach on the Cuyahoga River,” start at the Harvard Avenue trailhead of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, go south about 1.3 miles, then turn right onto the Six Mile Flats Loop Trail. Go across the bridge, the bushwhack over to the sandy shore of the river.

Check for updates on the Event page on Facebook.

Bicycling in Pittsburgh – Memorial Day 2015

Took a road trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Memorial Day to ride some of the local streets, bike paths, and mountain bike trails, including the South Side, Schenley Park, Squirrel Hill, Frick Park, Highland Park, and Lawrenceville. Stopped for lunch at Pamela’s Diner in Squirrel Hill, beers at The Church Brew Works, and dinner at the Double Wide Grill. The also included the North Shore and downtown, but the battery in my Garmin Virb camera quit in Lawrenceville.

Photos from Cleveland Camp Coffee #2

Cleveland Camp Coffee #2

20150415-clecampcoffee-2Inspired by #LARiverCampCoffee (http://bit.ly/1NUfQlY), the movement for mini-adventures in Cleveland for when we don’t have time for real adventures continues!

#CLECampCoffee is a casual gathering for lovers of bicycles, camping, and coffee.

Arrive by bike, and use your camp-cooking gear to make coffee for yourself and to share, and enjoy conversation with your fellow campers.

The rules aren’t strictly enforced, so you can come by foot or car if you like, and you can stop for coffee at a (preferably local) shop on the way. Tea drinkers are welcome, too!

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 8:00am
Where: The Towpath Trail boardwalk along the Beaver Marsh in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Meet around 7:30am at Century Cycles in Peninsula if you want to join a short ride down. A couple of us may continue south on the Towpath Trail for a longer day ride.

Check for updates on the Event page on Facebook.

Trip Report: Cleveland Camp Coffee #1

Other than a little miscommunication about out group’s start time to ride into town, the first Cleveland Camp Coffee was a success, with three participants. If anyone showed up at 7:00am, we’re sorry we missed you; we got there a little after 8:00am. Stay tuned for details about the next gathering!

Come to Cleveland Camp Coffee #1

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Inspired by #LARiverCampCoffee (http://bit.ly/1NUfQlY), let’s start a movement for mini-adventures in Cleveland for when we don’t have time for real adventures!

#CLECampCoffee is a casual gathering for lovers of bicycles, camping, and coffee.

Arrive by bike, and use your camp-cooking gear to make coffee for yourself and to share, and enjoy conversation with your fellow campers.

The rules aren’t strictly enforced, so you can come by foot or car if you like, and you can stop for coffee at a (preferably local) shop on the way. Tea drinkers are welcome, too!

When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 7:00-8:00am
Where: The Scranton Spoon

The Scranton Spoon is the nickname given to the observation deck/dock that extends over the Cuyahoga River from the new section of the Towpath Trail in the Scranton Flats. If you’re coming from the south, follow the Towpath through Steelyard Commons, then go up W. 14th Street almost to the end, turn left onto Fairfield Avenue, then turn right onto Scranton.

Check for updates on the Event page on Facebook.

Inaugural Road Apple Roubaix Ride

The first annual Road Apple Roubaix bike ride was intended to be a gravel bike ride through rural Amish Country in Geauga County. With all of the recent snow, including a few more inches that fell overnight (and during) the ride, it turned into a perfect day to ride my fat bike. The temperatures were mild (mid- to upper-20s) compared to the previous couple of days, so it was a comfortable ride.

Towpath Trail Fat Biking

Conditions were perfect today for riding a fat bike on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Mild temperatures in the 30s and 40s made for crunchy, grippy snow, and foot traffic made most sections packed and fast.

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