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General Discussion / Re: Road bike for touring??
« on: November 02, 2013, 02:28:22 am »
I've been using road bikes for 33 years touring and have used both panniers and trailers.  I've always used 700x23 (or equivalent) and have never had a problem.  I have toured only on paved roads, however. I always carry several extra tubes and an extra tire.

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General Discussion / Re: Titles
« on: October 12, 2013, 07:09:29 pm »
I think it's just based on how many posts you have.  I don't know the cutoff numbers for each title though.  Perhaps an ACA person will enlighten us1

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General Discussion / Re: Motivation: why ride?
« on: October 02, 2013, 07:13:27 pm »
Why wait 20 years?  Since I turned 50 I've had 2 knee operations, a pacemaker implant.....etc.  I'm still riding, though, but it would have been easier to do a coast to coast 15 years ago when I was 50!

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Routes / Re: Pacific coast
« on: October 02, 2013, 11:59:19 am »
Are they using mirrors?  I found a mirror to be essential on that route.  I could see the traffic coming from behind and react accordingly. After a while, a rider with a mirror can even kind of sense what riders coming from behind are going to do with just a glance. If they are not using mirrors, I would suggest they get them at the next bike shop on the route.  With experience and with mirrors, the ride should get safer and safer.

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General Discussion / Re: Motivation: why ride?
« on: September 27, 2013, 12:22:24 pm »
What John said.  I tried to think of other reasons but he had pretty much covered them all. 

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General Discussion / Re: New to touring - planning a January FLA trip
« on: September 21, 2013, 12:27:38 pm »
I would suggest you get the bike fitted for you so you don't get unnecessary aches and pains or, worse, injuries.  This make s the rental idea more expensive because a real professional fit can cost $150 or so.  I rode too long on a bike that was poorly fitted for me and had to quit riding for awhile until my back, neck, wrists, etc healed up.  This was after a LBS guy told me how to do bike fitting and supposedly "fitted" me to the bike.  Then when I got really fitted by a real professional, the difference was night and day.  Sometimes they have to change out parts; for me that included a new stem.

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General Discussion / Re: bicycles on the roadways
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:08:00 pm »
Good reminder, Bikerjohn.  I ride in Seattle a lot and will often be waiting for a red light to change when another cyclist will come up, look quickly, and proceed right through.  This gives us all a bad name and in Seattle there is now a constant "hate the bikes" theme going on.  People are tired of bikes not following the rules.

Likewise, every time I ride I see motorists who are not following the rules.  The most common infractions by the cars are failing to signal for turns, failure to yield right-of-way to bikes and speeding.  The failure to signal is especially irritating because on a bike we need to know what the cars are going to do!

I always ride with a mirror.  It allows me to know what is going on all around, not just in front and on the sides.  With this awareness, I can have more control of the situation, which in some cases means taking the lane.  Without a mirror, I would feel completely at the mercy of motorists, many of whom are drunk, texting, tired, etc.  No way am I venturing out on the roads without the protection a mirror provides.

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I've done light touring with a CF Specialized Roubaix and a Burley Nomad trailer.  I have a triple and am glad I do.  It all worked great, even though I use 700x23c tires.

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Rocky Mountain / Re: Review of Ride Idaho 2013
« on: August 14, 2013, 09:38:34 pm »
I rode it once, in 2010 and was not impressed for exactly the problems (and even a few more) you have listed.  You pay more for an ACA ride, but in my one experience, there were no problems of this sort at all.  Everything was really dialed in well.

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  Washington (and Montana), on the other hand, do a decent job of chipseal, using small, often rounded, gravel.  The ride isn't quite as smooth as well paved fresh asphalt, but it's usually quite tolerable.  Much better than asphalt over old concrete, for example.

This is not true in Kittitas County in Central Washington where I  live. Here, they will take roads that are in good shape and ruin then with chip seal that uses sharp pieces of basalt.  When you ride into it, you can watch your speedometer immediately drop 1-2 mph.  Also, they use so little oil that the sharp rocks fly all over the place and when they do stay put the sharp points stick way up. 

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Pay attention and use common sense.  I have learned this the hard way.  When I have overdone it I have paid the price.  After one particularly hard summer, when I was about 57, I felt weak and tired for months.  I also have a genetic heart rhythm condition and now have a pacemaker.  Now I keep it moderate and enjoy biking, hiking and rock climbing.  I can feel when I need a day off and come back stronger after a rest.

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Routes / Re: Riding west to east along the northern tier
« on: June 12, 2013, 01:13:31 pm »
That is so individual.  In my younger days (I'm 64 now) I did about 60-100 miles a day in this same area, carrying full loads and riding old 10 speed bikes.  If I were to do it now, I'd shoot for 40-50 mpd.  Get in shape first and ride lots of hills and practice some with a load.  You'll be fine if you prepare adequately.

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Routes / Re: Riding west to east along the northern tier
« on: June 12, 2013, 11:55:52 am »
And then there are 2 more difficult but very scenic climbs just east of Tonasket--Waconda summit and Sherman Pass, the latter of which is 5587 feet. There is an easier climb just east of Colville to get over to
Tiger.  Don't be discouraged, though.  The Washington section of the NT is some of the most spectacular riding of the US.  Just take it a pass at a time and don't figure on getting huge daily mileage averages through here. 

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General Discussion / Re: Need Help With Shifting on Climbs
« on: June 09, 2013, 10:38:39 am »
When shifting on climbs, be sure to ease up on the pressure on the pedals momentarily.  You don't want to shift when exerting full pressure.  That's bad on the gear teeth and results in clunky shifting.

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General Discussion / Re: Moving back to Santa Barbara, CA. ugh
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:38:41 am »
I don't know what the "ugh" is all about.  I'd love to move to SB.  Prob about the best climate in the world for outdoor activities!

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