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Shake, Rattle and Roll!
By Neil Fein - (contact)

"Come Together": Getting to Kimberton

Thursday May 29, 2008, 1 miles (1 km) - Total so far: 1 miles (1 km)

I'm riding on the train with my bike loaded for a 300+ mile trip. I smile at a woman looking my way. "Where are you going?" she says. I assume she's looking at my bike loaded up with 4 panniers and a large camping roll strapped to the rear rack.

"Trenton, then to Philly, for a long ride."

"Is your wife riding with you?"

Martha, unfortunately, is not an avid biker, and the worst part of these tours is being away from home without here. "I wish," I say.

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My bike on NJ Transit, heading for Trenton to transfer to the next train. The train was considerably late getting to the train station by my house, and did over 80mph to make up the time.

(Note: this picture illustrates the horizontal positioning of my camping roll that I used for some time, particularly when I had a very wide Thermarest pad. I later sold the pad and purchased a much smaller one. The camping roll would then droop distressingly close to the rear fender.)

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I'm the SEPTA Trenton to Philly train. As happened on this leg of this multi-train trip, a conductor has kindly let me stop my bike in an otherwise empty car. I can see people from the next car looking at me through the window. Why is this guy in a car the conductor says we can't use? If this happens again, I'll sit out of sight.

The new bike fits into a SEPTA car about as well as the old mountain bike: in other words, not at all.

The brake bands from my click-stand are handy to keep the bike still while I bungee it in between two seats. It seems to be pretty stable, although it sticks out into the aisle by a foot or two.

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My bike on SEPTA, going from Trenton to Philadelphia 30th Street Station.

The conductor spends some time in the car with me. It turns out he's a part-time DJ, and is currently working with something called a Drunk Spelling Bee. I gather it's pretty much what it sounds like, and one of the Philadelphia papers recently named in a "best "kept secret" column. (I think he's in one of these pictures, but I'm not pointing him out.)

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Neil pulls up to 30th Street station and we load my stuff into his car as we talk about the trip, his job, the weather. I take the front wheel and front rack off the bike so it'll fit in hiss back seat. (The Neilmobile has a damaged rear bumper. Even though he's hauling bikes an awful lot, the seemingly obvious move of attaching a trunk rack would be problematic.)

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The Tubus Tara front rack on my bike, hanging on the rack at home. It's an awesome rack - it survived a car accident when the front wheel was tacoed.

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In response to the question "Do you know how to get a stuck allen screw out of an eyelet?", Neil's roommate (and landlord) Josh joins me in the garage where I was trying to reattach the front rack to the Randonee. One of the allen screws that attaches the front rack is stuck tight in the fork eyelet.

The screw is in the eyelt tightly. Fixing the problem involves a three drills (the battery drills don't have enough power), a screw remover, and a lot of frustration. We do get the rack back on the bike, using a nut/bolt setup that has a lot of spacers in it. I hope like hell it'll hold for the 300+ miles or riding.



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