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Gear Talk / Re: Sleeping Pad Recommendation
« on: July 22, 2016, 01:35:15 am »
I've been trying to figure this one out for almost 50 years, and I think I've got it now.  I use the new Thermarest egg carton looking ones. They do not inflate--finally, no more nights on the hard ground due to leaks!  They weigh mere ounces.  They may be somewhat bulky, but so what?  Just strap them on anywhere.  You are not going to find noninflatable, not bulky, comfortable, reliable, all in one.  I now use this new kind for backpacking and bikepacking.  Also, they are way cheap compared to inflatables, and they are insulating from cold ground.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike Touring on Rainy day's
« on: July 19, 2016, 02:04:25 pm »
I ride in the rain--soft rain and hard rain. Riding in the rain is much better than sitting in a tent in the rain. If it's cold, I'll wear rain gear.

Totally agree.  I will hang out in the tent for a few hours to see if the rain lets up, but will not sit in a tent all day.  Riding in the rain beats that any day.

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Classifieds / Re: Treadmill decision
« on: July 05, 2016, 12:59:44 pm »
10 years ago we bought a Sole for $2000.  It has been very reliable and "saved" us on many a terrible weather day ( we live in the mountains of WA state).  Be sure to spend enough, or you're buying a headache. You don't want to get a cheapo that requires constant maintenance and repairs. We did a lot of research and are glad we did.

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General Discussion / Re: Do you pack a Spare Tire???
« on: July 05, 2016, 12:53:43 pm »
Good point about the weight, Russ.  I carry a spare.  Total tire failure is such a catastrophic problem (or mere pain in the ..) in some places at inconvenient times, that it's worth it to me.  It's so easy to put that new tire on and you're back at it.

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Routes / Re: Cycling from Pomeroy to Colfax
« on: July 05, 2016, 12:49:45 pm »
I have done parts of this route in 1991 on a road bike.  We went from Pomeroy to Gould City and then west to Central Ferry.  We found these back roads to be fantastic cycling.  We learned about this route by asking locals for ideas that were off the main highways. I now use Benchmark Maps "Washington Road and Recreation Atlas".  The solid lines are paved, but it's good to ask locally about their accuracy.  I have found only very few errors.  I highly recommend these back roads for this part of WA.  You can ride for a long time between cars.  go for it and you'll have great adventure. BTW, carry water, esp in summer!

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General Discussion / Re: Do you pack a Spare Tire???
« on: June 27, 2016, 10:48:12 pm »
I carry 3 tubes, a cheapo patch kit, and a spare tire.  Several times, my partner has needed some of this stuff.  In fact, partners have needed it more than I have. 

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All of the above are good ideas.  However, touring is not really safe.  You are very vulnerable to the errant distracted driver.
Get a mirror and learn how to use it.  Learn how to take the lane when necessary.  Watch cars coming from behind.  You'll learn to detect possible lane wanderers, etc, soon.  In 60 years of riding and over 35 of touring, I've left the road many times because of bad drivers coming from behind.  I've also left the road because of drivers passing coming at me in my lane.  I know a lot riders don't use a mirror.  That's their choice, but they are completely at the mercy of drivers from the rear taking them out with no warning.

Anyway, learn to ride safely and get lots of practice.  You can tilt the odds in your favor.  Although I've been in several bike accidents, and a few with cars (right hooking me both times), I have learned, and it's been years since I've had a problem.

I don't think you can honestly tell her that riding is safe.  I've also spent decades rock climbing and mountain climbing and my wife knows all of this is not safe, but also knows that I am experienced and examine the potential dangers and work to minimize risk.

BTW, without these "risky" sports and the adventure and joy they bring, I would not be a happy husband.

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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route North to South
« on: June 06, 2016, 12:18:39 am »
Did it June 21-July 10, 2005.  We had rain the first day in WA and then never again.  Unfortunately, the north winds came late that year and we did not get as much of them as we would have liked.  All in all though, great trip, great weather.

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Gear Talk / Re: saddles and sores
« on: May 30, 2016, 01:06:10 pm »
I have found that as I get older (67 now) I get overuse aches and pains from doing too much of the same sport over and over.  My main three sports are road biking, hiking and rock climbing.  Every time I get too intense about any of these, I get both physical and burnout problems.  I have learned to rotate all three, and include time off.  (I do, however, have to keep relearning this lesson.)  I don't know if this is your problem, but we do have to moderate when the body says we're overdoing it.  That said, most of my bike problems were solved with a Terry Liberator saddle (only about $50), midlevel Pearl Izumi shorts ($100), and a fit by a reputable bike fit guy ($150).  The fit especially, made a tremendous difference.

I know that for some, the idea of slowing down or taking a real break from riding ( more than a day or two) is anathema for some.  I have overdone it to the point of having no choice but to take a longer break.  Experiment with yourself and you'll figure it out.

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Weather related Norther Tier
« on: April 24, 2016, 01:26:44 pm »
Jamawani is right.  The North Cascades of WA can get gnarly in late Sept and Oct.  By mid to late Oct you could have a storm dump considerable snow up there.  You could also have bluebird days with temps in the 60s  and even 70s.  I've been hiking up there for 45 years and and been snowed on in late June and know of similar storms in late Sept.  Such events are normally not sustained.  They can add to the "adventure", if you're so inclined. Late Oct, however....that could be more adventure than I'd be interested in.

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General Discussion / Re: wild camping in WA, OR and CA
« on: April 13, 2016, 07:48:57 pm »
Right.  And showers were only a few quarters 10 years ago all through Oregon and Calif.  For me, that's reason enough to use the campground if one is available, and along the Oregon and Calif coasts, they are very available.

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General Discussion / Re: wild camping in WA, OR and CA
« on: April 12, 2016, 12:43:40 am »
I have wild camped all over the NW.  Just find a place out of sight.  In fact, I have wild camped in sight too, once on a little league field in plain sight and once on a golf course.  We made out escape in the morning when we heard the golfers getting closer. Usually, we just looked for a level spot out of sight of the road. 


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iPhone and a basic bike computer.  The phone takes pretty good pics.  I may try an e-reader again. They are so small and convenient.  I used to have one but found I could not remember what I had read on it, unlike real books where I had no problem remembering. Seems weird, but others have had this problem too. 

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Routes / Re: cycling from Seattle to Weiser, Idaho (route help!)
« on: March 28, 2016, 08:39:00 pm »
Don't try Snoqualmie Pass on the freeway. It's undergoing years of construction, as in forever. The John Wayne Trail is good there, though. 821 the "River Road" from Ellensburg to Yakima is not to be missed!  It is one of the best biking experiences you can have and should follow Old HWY 10 from Cle Elum to Ellensburg.  They are both through awesome desert canyons.  After Yakima, there are nice secondary highways, albeit some have fast cars so watch your mirror. From Cle Elum east, this country can be hot in June.   

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General Discussion / Re: Bike shops near Seatac airport
« on: March 23, 2016, 10:22:33 pm »
"This Boy's Life", which I have read twice, was made into a good movie, too.

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