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From Cincinnasty to the Mistake on the Lake by Jeff Lee

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Jeff Lee commented on Columbus, OH to Massillon, OH

Hey Mike,

Yeah, I haven't had too many problems with only the front brake, except once coming down a steep hill several years ago when I grabbed it hard and almost went over the handlebars. That's back when I first started riding a single speed, though. I'm more cautious now.

5 days ago
Jeff Lee commented on a photo in Columbus, OH to Massillon, OH

I rode that bridge, although pretty slowly, because it was dry the day we were there. The next day, though, I very slowly inched across the many wet wooden bridges in the rain. I learned the hard way a few years ago on the Katy Trail how slippery wooden bridges can be when they're wet.

5 days ago
Rick Tressler commented on Newport, KY to Columbus, OH

I’m the guy (Rick) John Pescatore wrote about. Been in Columbus nearly 30 years. Yep, got nailed with the rain you rode through here in town. I did 10 miles that day. After a couple nasty nearby lightning strikes, I decided it was a good idea to head back to the proverbial barn. First time in a while I’d ridden in driving rain.

6 days ago
Rick Tressler commented on a photo in Columbus, OH to Massillon, OH

Nice cookie!

6 days ago
Rick Tressler commented on a photo in Columbus, OH to Massillon, OH

How’d you like the instructional sign telling cyclists to dismount and walk your bike across this thing? Never done it. Might have considered it if it were wet though.

6 days ago
Rick Tressler commented on a photo in Columbus, OH to Massillon, OH

Nice shot! I’ve been an Ohio resident since 1991.

6 days ago
Jeff Lee replied to a comment by Marc Pawsat on Massillon, OH to Cleveland, OH

Thanks for coming along. It was too bad about the rain, but the second day was an example of a really nice day of touring (although a shorter distance, like 80 miles, would have been ideal): Great weather, interesting small towns, friendly people.

Jeff

6 days ago
Marc Pawsat commented on Massillon, OH to Cleveland, OH

Thanks Jeff for an unforgettable journey, the first of many for sure! I love your journals. To be able to relive those memories with a simple read will be priceless. 😁

6 days ago
Mike Ayling commented on Columbus, OH to Massillon, OH

Brakes - I use my front brake only most of the time but it is nice to have the rear as well on some descents.
With regular maintenance a brake seldom fails in use so riding with a single brake is not that much of irresponsible behaviour.
When I was growing up in the late nineteen fifties we road Raleigh "Sports" bikes which had steel rims which took a lot of pressure on the levers to stop the bike and the Raleigh proprietary brake cables had a nipple on each end of the same shape as is still used with drop bar brake levers. These nipples could part from the cables quite suddenly!
Everything on the Raleigh bikes was proprietary, brakes, cables, levers, crank sets, pedals, rims, hubs even tyres and saddles.
Raleigh had an interest in Sturmey Archer then and the three speed hubs were frequently fitted to the Raleigh bikes.

1 week ago
Jeff Lee commented on Newport, KY to Columbus, OH

Hey John,

We already did the tour, on July 30, 31, and August 1st. We had a great day with perfect weather on the 31st, and then rain again on the 1st.

It was much nicer getting out of Columbus than getting into the city. I'll finish the journal today.

1 week ago
Jeff Lee replied to a comment by Marc Pawsat on a photo in Newport, KY to Columbus, OH

I believe they were just a little overly cautious ;)

FYI, I took a COVID-19 test on Monday afternoon before going home. It was negative. The test was no big deal - not as bad as I expected.

1 week ago
John Pescatore commented on Newport, KY to Columbus, OH

A friend of mine, who lives just north of Columbus, got caught in that downpour while out on the Olentangy bike trail yesterday, which you might be on today.

A few years ago, he and I did 50 miles from Mt. Vernon south back to his house. You should have a nice start to your ride on that stretch, once you get out of Columbus.

1 week ago
Marc Pawsat commented on a photo in Newport, KY to Columbus, OH

Lol.

1 week ago
Jeff Lee commented on a photo in Newport, KY to Columbus, OH

Thanks! Somehow in all my years of touring, I've never heard of that trick.

1 week ago
Bill Shaneyfelt commented on a photo in Newport, KY to Columbus, OH

If you carry a cotton ball in your patch kit, you can use it to rub back and forth inside the tire so the fibers catch on whatever caused the puncture, making it easy to find the problem, even tire wires. No blood and easy to find.

Probably 15 years or so back I learned that on a bike touring website. Handy!

1 week ago