Posts Tagged With: Bike Tours

Erin Graber, Wilderness Voyageurs new bike tour manager

Bill Hall, our beloved bike tour manager, moved away to the mountains of Idaho this summer. We’ll miss him, but we’ve got a bright new face filling in–Erin Graber.

Erin Graber

While working on her business administration degree at Shepherd University, Erin Graber spent her weekends guiding rafts on the Shenandoah River. After college, she moved to Morgantown, WV to sell outdoor gear at Pathfinder. She got her sweat on at Power Yoga Morgantown every week and made friends with the owners, a pair of boaters from Ohiopyle.  Through them, Graber hooked up with Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle and trained to guide on the Youghiogheny.

“I just love the whitewater industry and the people associated with it,” she says with a characteristic, sweet smile. “And the staff is like family. We take care of business and have as much fun as we can while doing it.”

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But Graber has another passion—cycling.

“My dad’s an avid cyclist,” Graber explains, “So I’ve been biking as long as I can remember.” While she was growing up, Graber mountain biked at Cooper’s Rock State Park.  She started road riding when she moved to Morgantown. “Then I had access to all the cool bikes at Pathfinder,” she grins.

After spending a couple months rafting, she heard that Wilderness Voyageurs was hiring a new bike tour manager. So she applied. After a whirlwind interview session, Graber snagged the job. She moved out of her place in Morgantown and set up a tent in Ohiopyle. (Until she found another apartment, of course.)

Since she started working, Graber’s been able to sample a few of Wilderness Voyageurs’  cycling tours. She’s pedaled the six-day Great Allegheny Passage tour,  the GAP and C&O Canal Highlight Tour,  the Civil War Bike Tour, and the Katy Trail Tour in Missouri.  And there are more in her future.

“I love going on bike tours,” she says. “The bed and breakfast’s we stay in are awesome, and the food’s great. It sure beats living out of a tent.” She laughs.

As the new manager, Graber hopes to use her passion for outdoor travel to add some fresh new flavor to the bike tour scene. She’s working on adding some new tours to Wilderness Voyageurs’ repertoire, including one in Washington State and another in Colorado.

“Right now I’m working on an all-female bike tour that would be a mix of road and mountain biking,” she says. “I’d also love to include some yoga classes and cooking instruction. It would be fun to add in some different activities to the bike tours that would appeal to lady cyclists like me.”

The job’s got a lot of perks, especially her new company vehicle: a tricked-out Kona Rove. Plus she scored a Cannondale shop shirt (unfortunately it wasn’t the design with the humping bunnies on the collar).

Interested in “Living the Dream” and working as a bike tour guide or working in Ohiopyle. contact us at
Wilderness Voyageurs Outfitters Inc
103 Garrett Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
800-272-4141
http://www.wilderness-voyageurs.com

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Fall is for Bike touring- KATY Trail this week

Greetings from Missouri,

We embark upon the KATY Trail this weekend. Starting in Sedalia, Missouri we will point our bikes eastward towards ST Charles, Missouri.

Check out this cool sculpture that serves as your send-off.  It memorializes the transition of the corridor from the wild west and railroad days to the awesome KATY Rail Trail.

from Train to Trail

KATY Trail sculpture in Sedalia

Cool train to bike sculpture

6 days of great riding and exploring and making new friends lies ahead.  Cool little towns, railroad artifacts, and a couple of wineries are all on the agenda.

Missouri winery

Ready to Ride the longest Rail-Trail in the US?   We make it easy check out the KATY Bike Tour itinerary .  Begin planning for your 2013 ride.  Stay tuned we will bring you images all week long as we ride the route of Lewis & Clark.

Wilderness Voyageurs has a bike tour vacation for you..

Pennsylvania Bike Tours

Maryland Bike Tours

Colorado Mountain Biking

Missouri Bike Tour 

Contact our Ohiopyle store at 800-272-4141 to have your bike tour questions answered .

Wilderness Voyageurs

103 Garrett Street

Ohiopyle, PA 15470

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KATY Trail sites

The KATY Trail is a  237 mile rail trail that crosses almost the entire state of Missouri.  Once a thriving railroad corridor, it is now a Missouri State Park and home to the longest rail trail in the United States and.   The Wilderness Voyageurs Bike crew is out doing some recon work.  We will be offering a june and September departure in 2012.

Doing the leg work and research to design a new trip is very difficult and taxing…..

KATY Trail wineries

Bill & Chris at work

We hope you will join us to enjoy the fruits of their work

2012 KATY Trail Bike tour details

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Great Allegheny Passage Bike Tour

Dear Bill, Travis, Gary, Heather and all the other staff members who were part of making my bike trip so special,

 

There are no amount of words that can express how wonderful and memorable my bike trip was with your organization. From my first conversation with the reservation staff to the last van ride to Fredrick, MD, it exceeded my expectations.  I don’t know where to begin.  Travis and Gary took such good care of us in so many ways.  They were not just guides, they were our  friends, confidants, mechanics, cooks, historians, and there for us at ever turn.  The group became like family, we encouraged each other and supported each other yet we could ride at our own pace and choose to do the things we enjoy.  There are too many highlights to mention.  Well maybe the chocolate chip cookies!

 

 

Mile 0 of the C & O Canal Towpath

Journey Completed

Needless to say, I had a wonderful time, doing what I love ( biking) and meeting interesting people and seeing our beautiful country in an unique way.  I think my expression on the attached picture says it all!

 

Thank you … Thank you… Thank you….

 

Can not wait until my next bike trip!

 

Diane Riley

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Bill’s review on Cannondale’s Quick 2

Cannondale's Quick 2

Cannondale's Quick 2, a great option for the Americana Bike Tour or Civil War Cycle

Today, I was fortunate enough to test a Cannondale Quick 2, which we just added to our bike tour rental fleet. The Quick series was designed for the rider looking to: recreate, commute in an urban setting, stay fit, pedal instead of drive to their favorite weekend destination, and just plain have fun.  In the past, when I thought of commuter style bikes, I always pictured a bike that would compromise style and comfort. Yes, I can be vain from time to time. However, I have never come across a bicycle that could do all these aspects of cycling well. In fact, sometimes bicycle companies try to make a bike do too many things, which results in a bike that doesn’t perform well at anything. The Quick certainly isn’t lacking in the style department.

How does the Quick 2 ride you ask? Lets start with the frame. This bike features a Hydroformed 6061 Alloy main frame with Carbon seat stays for a more compliant ride. By adding carbon only to the seat stays, it allows Cannondale to give cyclists an incredible ride without breaking the bank. However, Cannondale does have the Quick Carbon 1 and 2 for those looking for the utilmate in compliance and light weight. I was a firm believer in the Quick’s forgiving nature after riding over many downed branches along the trail. Be sure to watch out for branches that move. They aren’t always black snakes like the fella I made friends with today.

The fork is Cannondale’s full carbon Ultra X with just enough rake to make the frame and fork combination incredibly snappy and responsive, hence the name, Quick. I found this out after weaving in and out of various trail users on my way to Blue Hole, and could totally picture this bike tearing it up through city traffic. This setup was incredibly comfortable with the flat bar and ergonomically sensitive grips, which are designed to take the pressure off one’s hands that often contribute to numbness after a few hours of riding. I found the Quick’s geometry to be comfortable in the full on racer boy position while trying to make time, and to test the lateral stiffness, as well as a more upright position to lower the heart rate and enjoy the scenery. Both positions have their place on our bike tours.

How about the parts group? The Quick 2 features a solid 105 level build. After working in the bicycle industry for over 12 years, I have been fortunate enough to ride everything from Alivio and Deore level components to ultra bling Campy Carbon 11 speed and Sram XX. This is particulary beneficial to me when it comes to choosing parts for my personal bikes. I have always preffered a working man’s build on my everyday bikes. Typically, you are going to sacrifice durability and longevity for the ultimate in lightweight and overall performance. Granted, I like high-end components on my race bike because I don’t ride that bike everyday, but the build spec on the Quick 2 is going to give you a solid combination of performance and value. This is the first adventure/commuter style bike I ever tested that came spec’d with the new industry standard BB30 shell. The BB30 was devloped by Cannondale in response to the standard 24mm BB Shell that had gotten the job done for years, but Cannondale engineers wanted to make it better. The larger diameter 30mm shell of the BB30 increases stiffness and saves weight. It was proven in the Tour De France in 2000. Cannondale Racers gave rave reviews, and it’s now being adopted by many other companies as more people are seeing it’s benefits, definitely a very nice feature on the Quick 2. The spec also includes Formula CXR 350 wheels, Kenda Kwick Roller Sport 700/32 tires, an FSA Omega Mega EXO Triple crankset 50/39/30, Shimano SL R440 9 speed shifters, Shimano 105 derailleurs, Tektro Mini V brakes. It also featured a sleek yet comfortable Selle San Marco saddle. I have spent time on this saddle without wearing full on cycling shorts, and I have to say, it was incredibly comfortable. These components are tried and true, which is why we chose this model to be part of our bike tour rental fleet, since you will be enjoying them for longer than the average ride around town.

Overall, I genuinely enjoyed riding this bike. The large frame fit my 5’10, 32 inch inseamed carcass well. Usually, I have to do some tweaking to the headset spacer stack height, saddle position and sometimes include an offset seatpost in order to fit me comfortably on account of a bum hip.  The only thing I dialed in was my saddle height and it was good to go. It was very responsive, comfortable, laterally stiff yet forgiving all while turning heads on the trail. To be honest with you, I would consider adding the Cannondale Quick 2 to my personal fleet as an everyday commuter, and all around transportation bike. It will be a great option on either the Civil War Tour or Americana Bike Tour. Feel free to stop by the store if you have any questions about the bike tours, the Quick 2 or any of the other phenomenal bikes in Cannondale’s line up. My name is Bill and I love to talk bikes.

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