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Bicycling the Katy Trail: Rails to Trails Corridor Across Missouri

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Sue Rush Aug 05, 2014 at 01:01 PM

I am going on the Sept 6th ride and bringing my own bike. If I have bike trouble, will there be help along the way for me??
Roy Stovall Aug 21, 2014 at 04:57 PM

Yes, I was in the October 2013 trip and brought my own bike, the group is accompanied by a Sag Wagon with mechanic who will perform minor repairs or adjustments on your own bike as well as the rental bikes. Fortunately, my bike needed no adjustments. I was told if I had a flat they would fix it and possibly charge a fee for the tube. The Sag Wagon guy owns a bike shop along the trail so he knows how to fix them.

Carolyn Russ Jun 27, 2014 at 07:22 PM

I'm going on the 10/11/14 trip. Who else will be there? Anyone ride this in October 2013 have suggestions or things they'd like to share?
Jim Montgomery Jul 14, 2014 at 03:45 PM

Hi Carolyn. My wife Becky and I are going on this trip. I've done this ride on my own in October a few years ago. The trail goes through beautiful areas along the Missouri River. Weather was variable from very nice to cold and rainy, so I'm taking rain gear. Looking forward to it.
Carolyn Russ Jul 14, 2014 at 06:30 PM

Hi Jim, Thankyou for responding. I've lived in SW Florida for 12 years now, so cold will be new! Do you have a suggestion for type of rain gear and footwear for this ride?
Jim Montgomery Jul 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

REI is a good place to start for rain gear. Most times I've ridden in the rain I just wear a jacket and shorts. I've found the pants get cumbersome.That said, I am going to take some rain pants in case it gets cold and rainy at same time. I'm just wearing standard athletic shoes, but taking 2 pair in case I need to let one dry out. The weather should be nice fall weather that time of year, and I hope we won't have to use rain gear, but it's good to have just in case.
Carolyn Russ Jul 21, 2014 at 06:07 AM

Thank you, Jim, that was very helpful. I like the two pair of standard athletic shoe idea and think I will do the same. No REI anywhere near SW Florida, but I'm sure I'll find something in the way of biking rain gear between now and then.

Mickey Ryan Jun 20, 2014 at 09:43 PM

I'm thinking of signing up for the September ride. Does anyone know what the weather is like in that area in September?

Mary Ann Peach Jun 12, 2014 at 05:42 PM

My husband and I are also signed up for the Sept. 6-13 program and are looking forward to it. We have hybrid bikes of our own, but we plan to rent bikes there since we are flying in. We have small bags to attach to the handlebars if we need them. And we also have small backpacks if that looks appropriate for what we need to carry. It is our experience that Road Scholar takes good care of you and sees that you have what you need.

Tim Smith Jun 11, 2014 at 08:31 PM

My wife & I are participating in this September's trip with rental bikes. Are these bikes equipped with rear racks and /or handle bar bags for clothing layers, snacks, etc?

Robert Dickinson Apr 23, 2014 at 09:54 PM

I went last fall. Did not do any special prep. I had ridden about 30 mi. twice a week during the summer on local roads. Riding the trail was a bit more effort than on flat roads because of fine stone surface and heavier rental bikes. If you have light weight hybrid I would bring it.
Patty Holloway Apr 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Because I will be flying in I decided to rent a bike. Mine is not a hybrid anyway, mine has skinny tires.

Patty Holloway Apr 23, 2014 at 07:57 PM

Anybody going on the Katy Trail in May that has done it before? Would like any and all input about this trip. How much you trained to get ready, road conditions, weather, etc. etc. Thanks in advance.
Catherine Graef Apr 23, 2014 at 08:35 PM

Patty, Catherine and I will also be biking the KATY trail in May. We live in Greenville SC and ride comfort bikes. Although we have not ridden large sections of the trail we have biked three 8-10 mile segments in the eastern end with relatives that live in St Louis. These segments were crushed fine gravel, well packed, and easy to ride. Our rides have been on dry days so sinking into the surface was not a problem. The surface is a little harder to ride than asphalt but not too bad. The State seems to maintain the trail well and there are informative “trail heads”, shelters with historic information, every 6-12 miles. The small towns have a lot of charm. We look forward to meeting you and the adventure ahead. We biked the RS C&O towpath 100 mile version last summer and are tackling this longer challenge in a few days. Steve Graef
Patty Holloway Apr 23, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Thank you for sharing your experiences. Look forward to meeting y'all. I am from east Texas and my sister, who is riding with me lives near Nashville, TN

diane orecchio Apr 08, 2014 at 08:57 AM

My husband and I are going on the June trip. We live in NH. Would like to know other people going on this and where you are from.
Dwight (Ben) Herr Apr 09, 2014 at 10:11 PM

ben herr from foothills of Colorado

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