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TDIFest 2013 Discussion about TDIFest 2013 on the Labour Day weekend (August 30th to September 1st, 2013) in Sunday River, near Bethel, Maine. Latest information in the TDIFest wiki.

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Old August 20th, 2013, 16:39   #1
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I'm bringing my road bike. Is there anyone else? The loop route I found is a total of 30 miles with the highest grade of 4%.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 17:02   #2
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I'll be bringing my $5 fleamarket 'commuter' as I don't know the availability of security.
What's the route you have in mind?

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I'm seeing a pattern here. The flea-market bike needed a lot of TLC and tweaking to be rideable, too.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 17:36   #3
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I'm probably bringing my folding bike, although a 30 mile ride is quite long for it, and I'm slow (especially with the gearing, which is 40.8 GI in 1st, 55.5 GI in 2nd, and that's all she wrote (2-speed coaster kickback hub - awesome for pootling, sucks for long rides)). I'd be interested in a shorter ride, though - 5-10 mi would be great.

If I could bring the trike, I'd gladly do a 30 miler, but that thing is too much of a pain to deal with on trips (especially because I'm going to need to stop along the way, which makes it that much worse), as I found out in Ypsi last year.
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Old August 21st, 2013, 06:58   #4
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Careful out there.

On Rt 2 this past June, there was a fatality during the Treck Across Maine going from Sunday River to Farmington on Day 1.

Theres a lot of logging going on out there, not so much on the weekends but during the week you're sharing the road with trucks with bark flying off isn't the most fun.
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Old August 21st, 2013, 07:30   #5
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Careful out there.

On Rt 2 this past June, there was a fatality during the Treck Across Maine going from Sunday River to Farmington on Day 1.

Theres a lot of logging going on out there, not so much on the weekends but during the week you're sharing the road with trucks with bark flying off isn't the most fun.
Thanks that good to know. If it gets to crazy, I will call my sag (aka my wife)
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Thanks that good to know. If it gets to crazy, I will call my sag (aka my wife)
Does she know that?
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Old August 21st, 2013, 08:19   #7
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The Trek cyclist was killed because he swerved into the path of the truck while taking a drink of water, not because the truck was too close to the cyclist. In fact, the truck was well outside the state mandatory 3' rule and the driver was not cited. The Trek Across Maine starts at Sunday River, and the shoulder down route 2 to Rumford is pretty wide and the grade good for cycling. While there are some logging trucks on the roads, they're nothing I'd worry about on that road.

I have a 58cm Cannondale Black Lightning (1988) someone is welcome to use if they want. I'll only be attending on Saturday due to work, but I'm sure we can work something out to transport the bike. I also have two fixed gear bikes (56 & 58cm) if there is anyone sadistic enough to ride them. Sorry, no one borrows the Merlin since it's so rare.
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On Rt 2 this past June, there was a fatality during the Treck Across Maine going from Sunday River to Farmington on Day 1.
Happened a mile behind someone we know that was doing the ride.

As posted, it's believed that he was taking a drink, only had one hand on the bike, and the turbulence from a passing truck caused him to lose balance.

I don't like riding the roads here in central MA. Crappy, narrow roads around me. Fortunately, the neighborhood we are in has a total of 7 miles of wide roads that don't get a lot of traffic. It does cut down on overall ride speed, though, as I constantly have to turn onto streets.
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I like the bike trail system around where I am, just wish it was more extensive.

I actually ride slower on the trails, because I don't feel like I have to ride fast.
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When I moved to No VA (for work), I made sure to be near the W&OD, which gives 44 miles of biking.. Granted MUP's have their own problems, but generally cars aren't one of them....

In fact, I'm not even bringing my bike this year to the Fest. Roads look a bit hilly and questionable for my tastes. And with all the hikes on site - no need..
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I was considering bringing my 3 speed but I'm with tooef where I can't go all that fast and I wouldn't want to be away from fest for too long but 5-10 miles sounds good to me.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 19:30   #12
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Sorry, no one borrows the Merlin since it's so rare.
Merlin (titanium), Kestrel (one piece composite), Alan (bonded composite) Kirk (cast magnesium), Vitus (bonded aluminum), Cannondale (welded aluminum), I've ridden them (a benefit of working in a high end bike shop). I still keep coming back to steel.

I'll have blocks of possible ride time free from fest duties and events on Friday afternoon, Saturday before breakfast, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, and maybe Monday morning depending on when I have to depart for home.

Friday night / Saturday early morning is expected to be down near freezing. Saturday night / Sunday morning in the low to mid 40's (5c), and there's no group breakfast that day.
What I'm thinking is to use Friday noon/afternoon to ride into Bethel to scope things out and see what's open for breakfast on Sunday. Then Sunday ride to breakfast, pick up some stuff for lunch, and ride back in time for the show starting at 10.
That's my thinking anyway.
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There is a 14 mile loop near Songo Pond that doesn't look too bad.
If anyone is interested in off road bike trails there is a nice area nearby. It cost to get in but the trails are well maintained and hybrid and touring bikes can be used, not just mountain bikes and they offer rentals at http://greatglentrails.com/summer/rates-rentals/
OR there is a 18 mile rail trail that goes from Gorham to Cherry Pond called Presidential Range Rail Trail which is free. We could just do part of the rail trail if thats too long. We can figure out when once we are there.
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Merlin (titanium), Kestrel (one piece composite), Alan (bonded composite) Kirk (cast magnesium), Vitus (bonded aluminum), Cannondale (welded aluminum), I've ridden them (a benefit of working in a high end bike shop). I still keep coming back to steel.

I'll have blocks of possible ride time free from fest duties and events on Friday afternoon, Saturday before breakfast, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, and maybe Monday morning depending on when I have to depart for home.

Friday night / Saturday early morning is expected to be down near freezing. Saturday night / Sunday morning in the low to mid 40's (5c), and there's no group breakfast that day.
What I'm thinking is to use Friday noon/afternoon to ride into Bethel to scope things out and see what's open for breakfast on Sunday. Then Sunday ride to breakfast, pick up some stuff for lunch, and ride back in time for the show starting at 10.
That's my thinking anyway.
I will know more on Wednesday. When I find out what they need me for.
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Old August 28th, 2013, 05:23   #15
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I'm going to leave the bike at home. My repetitive stress injury / carpal tunnel has really flared up this week. I've tried drop bars, flat bars, bar end extenders, I even bought and installed cruiser bars trying to find something that would let me hold on.

Now, If someone has a tandem and needs a one-armed stoker........
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