Apparently bike tours are filling slowly all over the northwest. Even Cycle Oregon, which can sell out in hours, is still open,
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thanks bogiesan, i had no idea they were getting rare!
Comfort? Upright?I don't think that two people coming here on a tight schedule for a long trip without any previous recumbent experience should use this opportunity to find out if a recumbent is for them.
Look at recumbents. Heads up, high def cycling. Designed with the behind in mind.
Fortunately for me, it takes a certain kind individual who has the courage and will take the opportunity to test ride a loaded recumbent.
As a competitive athlete for the past 40 years plus the riding, the optimal fuel mix for athletes as been (40 % (carbs), 30% (pro) and 30% (fat). The study was done on world class aerobic swimmers.
Since my latest tour plans include the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, my thoughts have swung towards a bigger tent, in case I'm in there for a while due to rain. I'm considering the Sierra Designs Vapor Light series, last year's models are on closeout at REI Outlet. They meet my desire to be freestanding, yet the weight isn't too bad. Since I'm 6'2", the 2 XL seems attractive for tall people. Any experience with these series of tents?
Bivvy.Also claustrophobic as all get out. The joy of light weight goes away fast the first time you have two days of non-stop rain.
Not free-standing, it just lies there.
No room for your stuff, just you.
Maybe add a sil-nylon tarp to the kit for extended canopy and to cover the gear you're not going to get into your bivvy.
Our rationale is that we can be in a comfortable upright cruise position (have ergometric hand grips already), We can lock out the front suspension when not required, We may look at changing the casssette to 11-34 or 36, and possibly the front to a 22 (not sure if necessary), we are both going to be towing bob trailers, and we don't want to have to spend a lot of money replacing our stolen babies.
Please look over specks and pull to pieces (constructively or destructively-if necessary) Any other words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
Ken and Jules