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Urban Cycling / Wichita Falls Texas
« on: May 09, 2007, 10:15:43 am »
Yes, it IS a plains state and flat. But the roads around that city of 100,000 are perfect. I grew up for awhile there in WF. It's kind of like a wasteland paradise. Rugged semi-arid beauty, miles of open road with little traffic...miles and miles of riding. When I was younger, I would do monster rides, I'd re-enter town after four or five on the road and it was like I was a character out of the road warrior, you know out of the wasteland heat pouring off your body.

The Hotter than Hell Hundred is held there in august of each year. I mention this city because cycling is king there as far as sports people DO Soccer being a close second. You have every amenotie one can imagine for me: Aisan markets(YES PLURAL!!!), fresh veggie markets, coffe shops and endless choices in food (AND COLD BEER). I reccommend this little gem for the avid tourist to stop there. The roads in Texas are the best in the world barring Germany or maybe Belgium as far as people knowing about cyclists and the maintainence level. If you need a great training area and are looking for  big skies and plenty of sunshine, I recommend it. I sound like a travel advert.... Believe it or not BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I left WF because i was sick of the area....I don't regret it after being around the world a couple of times and living on the Big E coast for five years now, but to tell you how good the riding was there, I am going to consider breaking of the trans a little to dip down to WF. I commuted all over that city every day and most of my life there...Winters are kind of bad what with snow and ice.... BUT short. And most likely mild enough for hard-core riders like me and most of you here that you can generally ride year round without much interruption.

Drawbacks:

 
Intense heat during the summer months ( I actually go so used to it however i rode in the hottest part of the day for  hours and it did not pahse me.)

Generally flat

INCREDIBLLY WINDY

Pluses:

Wonderful community and bike freindly (mainly because WF draws in millions each year from cyclists that come for HHH and other traditonal races held there (My FAV was the Holiday HEATSTROKE)

ARSE-kicking cultural community. For a city of 100,000 in the wastelands of Texas it has a geat cultural diversity  (live theatre, jazz club...etc..).

ON THE CHEAP- My apartment was 450.00$ that was high for a really nice one bedroom ...

EASY jobs... you will turn down jobs there because it is growing and is of course in Texas a great economic power (despite the dilemas of late)

Two fine bike shops--ironically only TWO bike shops exist in the city, BUT they are some of the best ever...every tool part or type of bike can be found there, staffed to this day by people who love cycling and are not there to simply sell you a 3,000$ bike.

HUGE..and I mean HUGE (did I mention large?) Cycling community.

From hammerheads to freewheelers...you have your choices...so many sub-groups and local cliques that any level of rider is going to find plenty of people to ride with. If you go there  Hit up MSU..go to  the second floor of MOFFET library and find the 1996 MSU cycling team picture on the wall there somewhere (second floor near rare books)..the guy with the shaved head is ME!!!! Yaaaaaaay!!!

Anyway, many retired folks who are cyclists end up here..for reasons I have pointed out. SO That's my contribution for the day.


"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb

This message was edited by boonebikeguy on 5-9-07 @ 6:27 AM

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Classifieds / RAM
« on: May 08, 2007, 12:51:33 pm »
Open invitation for a ride across america in august.

It won't be a weak ride.

five days on of no less than 80 a day.

I plan on leaving from nags head NC and hitting the TA route and ending in oregons coast. I want a companion and I admit it is a ride that is not 'fun' for most people.

Contact me personally if you want more info or POST here.

Paul.

"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb

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Routes / August ride across america
« on: May 02, 2007, 02:31:38 pm »
Hello,
I just became a paid memeber and just joined the forums. I am looking for any advice in formulating a route from Nags head NC to Eugene Oregon. The ride is to draw attention and awareness to a goal that I want to achieve which is create an international NGO to build a montesorri school in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan. I know about the cyclist yellow pages (now) But really I need advice in sturcturing the route to go where I need to go and stop every day in a city to meet with churches and other organizations to ask for sponsership and volunteers.To be honest I used to simply race ride and train never rode across america. I am simply being honest, I can't really sit in one spot and pourt over maps constantly, so if anyone has some advice to make it simpler please advise me. I can ride and race very well...it is the talent god gave me, I want to use my talent to being other peoples to my cause that have talents in areas like administration, clerical, etc... All of this is tertiary to my main goal of simply riding the route and understanding how to formulate it better.

Thank you.

"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb

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General Discussion / BUs, pane or train?
« on: May 10, 2007, 02:48:58 am »
I am trying to hammer out the last detail..my return from a coast to coast trip.... ANY suggestions would be muy muy good.

"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb

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General Discussion / Tech site for cheap equipment
« on: May 08, 2007, 02:32:34 pm »
I thought I would share this site with you folks:

http://www.tigerdirect.com

Anything electronic at really low prices.
I am bying my GPS, MP3 Player and a digi camera from them for my august ride.
I reccomend this site for bike nuts.

"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb

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General Discussion / Ok advice and insights.
« on: May 04, 2007, 12:34:09 am »
So as many of you know I am riding in august across america. probablly alone. SO now I have to set up my road bike to fit some sort of panner system, and carry my belongings.
Here is what I will take:

Change of clothes, maybe two pair.

Pair of Crocs

Two sets of cycling jersies and shorts.

Cellphone.

Ultralite tent.

Ultrlite sleepeing bag.

Mess kit.

Maps (of course)

Two water bottles.

rain/wind gear.

extra socks!

candy bars and cliff bars.

my bank card.

Yesd I want to know what others carried and how they got their travel kit set. I also need advice on mapping. What to expect as far as anything others experienced that isn't normally something you'd consider. Things that hlped you on your ride that perhaps I have not considered etc..
I'm pretty excited actually. The reason for this is that there is another reason for my ride. I want to creat an NGO. One aimed at starting a montesorri style school/community center in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan. So each day of my ride I will have to stop in some city to be able to speak to a business or other organization to join me in starting the NGO...I'll map this out myself, and contact everyone prior to leaving. The second reason is I simply want to do this for myself. If it is succssseful, I'll ride coast to coast to coast next year, and then Ride across Russia after that. Again any advice or critique is welcome.

Paul.

"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb

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General Discussion / Ok so anyone want to?
« on: May 03, 2007, 02:24:44 pm »
Join me on an august trans? Yeah I know it's 'hot'...but I am one for pain? I will leave from Nags Head and ride a route I will divise using maps here and at CYP....I will end the trip in Eugene Oregon. I want a partner...to ride with if anyone wants to do this. My plan is for around 80-90 miles a day with five days on two off.Anyway, I seek riders..let me know.

"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb

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