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“Towpath Tuesday” Pedals Off for 2017

After being rained out on its planned inaugural 2017 ride, the Bike Barn’s Meetup Group met on 4/11 for the “Towpath Tuesday’s” classic ride. The group met on Van Schaik Island Park and then headed north on the multiuse path toward Waterford. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We skirted the Barge Canal and then cut over to the Old Champlain Canal Trail and towpath. This beautiful, quiet path along original canal features ends at the old Lock#4 just across the canal from the Waterford Historical Society. (One can walk to the Society from this spot.)

Here the group paused for socializing and looking out over the expanse of the Mohawk River /Barge Canal toward Cohoes with views of the new Cohoes-Waterford Rt 32 bridge.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom here, it was back through Waterford, over the gates at Barge Canal lock #2 and then north along the Champlain Canal Trail. This area is filled with remnants and sites of the canal including the Weighlock and Lock #5. We turned around at the landfill at Momentive. (For those seeking an added reward, the trail continues on to Upper Newton Road in Mechanicsville. See https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2016/08/04/the-black-bridge-isnt/ and https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2016/08/04/the-black-bridge-isnt/ .

As darkness approached, we rode back along the canal, through Waterford, behind the Visitors Center and over the Bridge to Peoples Island and back to the Park. A highlight of this route is the new “pedestrian priority” traffic signals on the ever-busy Delaware Ave./Ontario St. (Rt 470 – Troy’s 112th St. ) intersection, Rather than making pedestrians wait for unending “all cars-all the time” light cycles, the walk light comes on as soon as the light changes from its current setting. Wouldn’t these be great on Central (Death) Ave.!

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A sad note at both the beginning and end of the trip was the removal of a copse of trees and the view of the Hudson replaced by an ugly apartment/condo complex – yuck!

 

 

Bike Barn Data – For your future reference:

  • 109 Remsen St.
  • Cohoes, NY 12047
  • bikebarncycles@gmail.com
  • (518)238-2453

Hours

  • Tuesday, Wednesday 10-6
  • Thursday, Friday 10-7
  • Saturday 10-5
  • Sunday, Monday CLOSED

Meetup group members receive a 5% store discount off regularly priced merchandise at Bike Barn Cycling & Fitness. Just mention that you are a Meetup.com member of this group. Riders can also have their bikes checked over at no charge up to 30 minutes prior to any ride. As always, helmets are required.

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“Hello – Eric at the Downtube!”

How many hundreds of customers were welcomed by this friendly greeting when they called the Downtube Bicycle Works? And now he’s gone from the Downtube – like losing a member of the family.

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After over 30 years in the bicycle industry, both here and in New Hampshire, Eric has decided to pursue a career and an industry change. The Downtube Bicycle Works looks forward to his continued collaboration as his new career allows.

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Eric had the enviable ability to make the person with whom he engaged feel as if he were the only one in the shop. Your problem became Eric’s. In many years of observing him as the “go-to guy” at the Downtube, Eric was always ready with a smile, an encouraging word, a helpful hand, and a bit of advice. He never attempted the hard sell but always laid out the possible solutions in a fair and responsive manner. The most bedraggled youngster with a junker mountain bike or the owner of a gazillion dollar Trek Domane were treated in the same graceful manner.

From the Downtube Bicycle Works website: “Eric Whalen, Manager and Partner … been advising Downtube customers since 1990. Previously, Eric worked in several New Hampshire bicycle stores and also had a Snap-On tool franchise. We are very, very lucky he joined our team. He’s extraordinarily patient and understanding, and a problem solver for all things bicycle. He’s so good Trek insisted on borrowing him for support at the 1995 Tour of Taiwan. Eric became a Downtube part owner in 1997.”

Since the devastating fire in 2015, Eric, as well as all the other DT staff, was fully engaged in getting the shop back on its feet. While there was good insurance, help from Trek, 100 percent commitment by the owners, professional contractor rebuilding, and the loyalty of the DT customers, one can imagine the amount of work that had to be done by staff and the unending disruption to the shop. Two years later, the shop – now accompanied by the 3Fish Café – is back in business, and Eric was a mDT 3-21-15 Bajor player in this success. His colleagues, Adam and Oliver, now joined by Evelyn, Steve and others will continue to contribute to the success of the business. They can now build on the fully remodeled store, the new café, and more staff and programs.

Thanks for a good ride, Eric!

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