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Messages - johnsondasw

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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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Urban Cycling / Re: Enhanced "Sharrows"
« on: March 23, 2016, 10:18:23 pm »
I get out of the way all the time.  I'll swerve into an empty parking place, carefully even enter the door zone, pull over and stop sometimes if I see I'm holding up a lot of cars.  Of course, unlike many cyclists, I use a mirror that I constantly monitor and therefore know when I'm holding things up. I really can't imagine biking in urban areas without a mirror.  It changes everything and tells you when you must take the lane, when you better not, when you're about to get right-hooked, etc, etc.  It allows you to actually control your destiny and safety to a much higher degree. 

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Urban Cycling / Re: Enhanced "Sharrows"
« on: March 23, 2016, 11:28:17 am »
I'm in. but I bet it would irritate the heck out of drivers in Seattle. Of course, due to lack of vision and planning over about the last 50 years, Seattle drivers are always irritated because there are so many terrible traffic jams, at any time of day.  As a sometimes driver, it would irritate me too if you get oblivious cyclists that are real slow and make no effort to get out of the way.   Share the road works both ways. 

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General Discussion / Re: Asking too Much?
« on: March 20, 2016, 01:50:36 pm »
I have wrestled with this problem for years.  I have toured with my carbon fiber Specialized Roubaix using a Burley Nomad trailer, but never for an extended tour.  It worked out fine. Now I'd like to try going light with the same bike and using a seat clamped rear bag that expands some and a front handlebar "roll" strapped on that includes the pad and sleeping bag.  Has anyone tried doing this on a CF bike? Just how much weight can a CF bike handle? I weigh in around 200, and want to get the gear down to around 20 #. I know the ultralite guys get their kit down to about 12 #, but the one I toured with once using that method had to eat all meals cold or in restaurants and I don't want to do that.

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General Discussion / Re: So I bought a bike now which panniers?
« on: March 20, 2016, 01:42:08 pm »
Agree fully with the Ortliebs.  I tried so many others and basically wasted my $.  I would never again go with any that were not waterproof.  Messing around with plastic bags and covers is a hassle.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike shops near Seatac airport
« on: March 20, 2016, 01:38:01 pm »
Nice pic!  I've been there many times on climbing and hiking trips, but have not yet biked over that pass.

I'm wondering how you load pics onto the message?  I've tried a few times, but the site reject the photo every time.

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Routes / Re: Fort Knox,KY restricted?
« on: March 20, 2016, 01:32:59 pm »
Gee, I wish it had been restricted from me in July of 1970, when I started my 4.5 hellish months of basic and AIT there! Actually, rumors at that time were that it was a lot better than several other Army bases at the time (Fort Leonardwood. Fort Polk.....). 

Actually, they did teach a good course on electronics at the time. Basic, however, was another matter.  Don't get me going; sometimes I feel like I'm still recovering.

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General Discussion / Re: Rain gear in the summer: Why carry it at all?
« on: March 07, 2016, 09:10:13 pm »


I got rained, sleeted and snowed on descending an 8,000' mountain pass in MT two years ago. Some 26 miles of wet, cold downhill. A few days later I descended a 7,300' pass in a pouring, very cold rain. Again, that was in June. In each case there was no shelter from the storm.



I had the exact same experience on June 22, 2009 in Montana with an ACA tour.  Many were caught out in a blizzard of wet snow in Lost Trail Pass, including a certain ACA leader and his daughter who had very inadequate gear for this surprising place at this time.  It had been sunny and nice on the way up the pass.  One woman became hypothermic and had to be driven down to a motel in the closest town for warmth. I would never go on a multi-day tour w/o rain gear, including shoe covers and good gloves. As others have said, the rain coat serves as a good windbreaker, even when there's no rain.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike shops near Seatac airport
« on: March 07, 2016, 09:02:07 pm »
On that subject johnsondasw, do you have an opinion on which of Angle Lake Cycle or Burien Cycle might be better a better choice?

I don't have current info on these 2 bike shops.  However, Angle Lake Cycle is much closer, in easy walking distance from Seatac.  I'd give them a call.   


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General Discussion / Re: Bike shops near Seatac airport
« on: March 06, 2016, 09:20:42 pm »
I grew up about 3 miles from Seatac.  Angle Lake Cycle  (206-878-7457) is very close to the airport at 208th and International Blvd.  Also, Burien Cycle is in, well, Burien, a few miles away. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 05, 2016, 12:56:40 pm »
To remedy the reading glass issue, I now wear progressives so I have zero problem with seeing the road, the bike computer, or the bar end mirror that I use. You might wish to consider progressives.

Same here, progressive sunglasses and regular ones.  I have found Cosco sells very durable prescription glasses for a fraction on the cost of some other places. Because I use them all time for biking, hiking and climbing, durability matters. However, the little screws do seem to come loose and I have to tighten them with those little screwdriver kits for glasses.

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General Discussion / Re: Reflections on First Rain Ride
« on: March 04, 2016, 10:06:11 pm »
I don't like riding in the rain, but have had many days on tour when it rained a lot.  I like it better than sitting around all day in a tent.  I have spent some time waiting it out under road overpasses and other sheltered spots. Always have some dry clothes in a waterproof bag!

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Colorado / Re: Worst experience across the US was in CO
« on: March 04, 2016, 10:02:10 pm »
Thanks, PM.  I have found good rides in the area that do not include that highway. I esp enjoy riding north of you on the Whatcom County rural roads.  Sometimes, of course those rides include parts of Skagit Co.

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Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 04, 2016, 09:58:15 pm »
I've been using the bar end type for years.  They seem to have the best position and never vibrate like the helmet and handlebar types.  I have tried just about every other kind over the decades.

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General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 04, 2016, 09:55:53 pm »
There was a rolled up piece of floor carpet like the carpet in a house. It had legs sticking out from one end. I got the hell out of there and never looked back.

Yikes!  Do you notify the authorities?

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