Empire State Trail - Erie Canal Ride
I am investigating riding the EST from Buffalo to NYC (or to Montauk) sometime in 2022. I ordered a trail guide from Parks and Trails New York https://www.ptny.org/publications/cycling- guidebooks/cycling-the-erie-canal but I was wondering if anyone had experience with this ride. 31% of the ride is not on roads so I have a gravel bike (38 mm tires) that I intended to use for the ride. I am considering May or September for the ride with other family members and friends. Any suggestions for equipment or places to stay would be appreciated. Thinking of starting with Buffalo to NYC and then riding the Albany to Canada segment later in the year. Would spring or fall be better? Thanks for your help, look forward to an actual meeting in March at the Library with Pizza,
Hi Ken,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Gee, I was thinking something similarly for 2022 so here's what I've got so far:
I bought the Erie Canal book for the latest on that part, my estimated gps route (with the places to stay marked out) which can be found at this link:
I also have the old FANY ride route, slightly modified by me (and not as nice but more off the trails) route here:
A good listing of places that are bicycle friendly along the west-east route can be found here:
PUT ALL ELECTRICAL ITEMS IN WATERPROOF CONTAINERS.
Helmet (bring helmet front shades for
Sweat caps for under the helmet heat
Glasses (Sun and regular) with cycling
Cycling Jersey (2)
Cycling Gloves (appropriate for the
Base layer shirt
Heart monitor (make sure batteries are
Pepper spray for animal attacks.
Water proof backpack, ERGON (or
Cash, Credit Card, Driver's License
Cycling Pants (2)
Cycling Socks (2)
IN BACKPACK OR PANNIER:
All extra clothes for cycling
All clothing for off bicycle use.
Underpants, Undershirts, Two section
Rain Clothes: pants, jacket, helmet
Pants cuff protector (preferably
Mini travel CPAP machine (waterless)
Multi Battery Charger for lights,
Power Bars and Gels (for quick energy
Shirt for dinner.
Moccasins (waterproof bottoms) or
Headlamp for reading and navigating in
Socks for evening wear.
Hat (for rain protection after hours)
Large Plastic Bags (2) for sweat filled
First Aid Kit
Butt butter (ointment)
Toiletries (miniaturized versions of
Home door keys and/or car keys if
Spare disc brake pads.
Cloth to clean bicycle.
Small Head Light (fits on your head,
Bicycle fitted to carry two water
Swiss Army Knife and bicycle specific
GPS, cycling computer programmed with
Front and rear daytime running lights
Tools, tubes (2), CO2 (3), CO2 “pump”,
Saddle Bag filled with repair items.