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Gear Talk / Re: B.O.B. trailers
« on: September 18, 2009, 09:26:08 pm »

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I'll roger that.  We towed a BOB to Grand Canyon with a Tandem Two'sDay.  Poor choice.  We then bought a two-wheel trailer.  It worked much better, no wig-wagging back into the bike.
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Yup!  The Nomad's the one for me.  It is also easier to access your stuff and stands up by itself.  I've never used the one-wheeled types, but have toured with people using them, and it seemed to me (and even them) that the two-wheeled Nomad was the better choice for tracking and convenience.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Anacortes-Seattle, the long way ...
« on: September 17, 2009, 12:52:36 am »
The San Juan Islands are a great idea, as mentioned by FredHiltz.  This week, it may be wet Fri-Sat, and should get better late Sat and Sunday.  The San Juan area is drier than most of the  Western Washington due to the rain shadow provided by the Olympic Mts. 

I have ridden around the Oylmpic Peninsula, mostly on the main highwayt 101.  It was a great ride of 322 miles.  It will probably be quite wet Fri-Sat, especially on the western parts.

You can also ride from Anacortes down Whidbey Island, another rain shadow area.  On Whidbey, you can take a ferry across to Port Townsend. and then work your way back to Seattle by, for instance Bainbridge Island and Windslow ferry.  Check the maps, ask locals, etc.  This is all great biking country, when not too wet.

Have fun!

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Routes / Re: SE to NW or NW to SE - ?wind direction
« on: September 15, 2009, 09:03:26 pm »
Very generally, air moves west to east across the country.  I emphasize, generally.  Here in the NW, it is more true than some other parts of the US.  Personally, I would go NW to SE.

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Routes / Re: Devil's Slide Hwy 1
« on: September 14, 2009, 11:37:06 pm »
Gawd!  We hit it during afternoon rush hour, and it was gnarly.  On the whole PCH ride, that was probably the worst part.  I always wear very bright, visible jerseys, ride defensively, and use a mirror.  I was ready to ride into the ditch at any time on that one, but didn't have to. 

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Routes / Re: camping on the pacific coast route
« on: September 14, 2009, 11:30:57 pm »
No politics here, just worry!

Mr. Bent
And justified worry, I think.  I would not want to be stealth camping in parts of that route.  In fact, There were places in Southern
Cal that I felt were a little sketchy in the campground.  My partner and I took turns watching the bikes and stuff so we could take showers, etc.

I sure hope Califonia figures it out so riders can continue to enjoy one of the world's best long rides and have cheap, safe camping!

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Gear Talk / Re: Minimalist overnighter
« on: September 13, 2009, 06:06:29 pm »
I ride a lot around Kent's home area, Issaquah, WA.  He has a good area to ride in!  I live about 60 miles east of him just over the Cascade Mountains in Roslyn, WA.  We also have wonderful camping opportunities in our "backyard", even literally 15 minutes away.

Kent does mention in one of his replies that, among other critters in his area, are scorpions.  This is interesting, as I've never heard of scorpions in western Washington.  In the 34 years I've lived on the eastern, drier side of the Cascades, I've heard of someone seeing one once, down along the sagebrush country on the Yakima river near Ellensburg.  Kent, have you seen scorpions around Issaquah or its environs?

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Gear Talk / Re: fenders....fairly lame question.
« on: September 13, 2009, 05:53:04 pm »
In my experience, most people on longer tours use fenders.  They tell me they keep them quite a bit drier.  However, I've never used them. I don't want the extra hassle, weight  (which is quite minimal), etc.  And if it's wet, I guess I'm just willing to get a little wetter than I would if I carried fenders.  Like most issues in touring, I think it's a matter of preference.

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Routes / Re: Biking across America this fall: doable?
« on: September 07, 2009, 07:04:44 pm »
I'd go for it.  You may get some interesting weather challenges you would not have in the summer, but if you're flexible you can adjust to them.  Have fun!

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General Discussion / Re: Tips on keeping a touring group together
« on: September 03, 2009, 01:45:44 am »
We would agree to go our own speed and meet at the PO in the next town.
I am not sure why you would tour with someone unless you were going to ride with them.  Care to elaborate on the advantages?  Do you just camp the same place with them?  Share cooking?  Something else?
I've toured several times with people of differing abilities.  Sometimes we would ride together, and other times someone would get ahead for awhile.  On a long tour, I was with a partner almost half my age, who also happened to be a racer.  He was often ahead, but sometimes we'd ride together, and always had main meals together and camped together.  We greatly enjoyed each other's company and had a blast. I liked being alone and also riding with him.  He felt the same.  We both felt free to go our own pace.  It was probably my best ride.

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General Discussion / Re: Tips on keeping a touring group together
« on: September 02, 2009, 12:09:59 pm »
Cell phones are a big help.  I've always agreed on how far we expect to get each day.  Also, almost every town has a post office.  We would agree to go our own speed and meet at the PO in the next town.  This works in rural areas and where. towns are small.  As others have said, the makeup of the group is most important.  I felt like leaving a partner once because he would not use common sense and stick with the simple agreements about how we would meet.  And this was only a 3 day trip; if it had been a long one, I would have gone on alone.

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General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: September 01, 2009, 11:31:46 pm »
I think most of us feel that way.  That's why we're on this forum.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: September 01, 2009, 11:30:20 pm »
Yea, I've done it that way too and it works fine.  However, I prefer the handlebar mount ones--one for light and the other on blink mode to be visible.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: September 01, 2009, 11:26:23 pm »
I can't figure out how you guys do this quote thing so it says "quote from...."  Can anyone tell me how this works?
Just be sure to leave the quote stuff between the square brackets alone.

Welcome to the group!

Fred
Thanks for the good directions.

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General Discussion / Re: Potential Resale Value
« on: September 01, 2009, 01:08:09 pm »
Cheers for the replies, so you reckon about 50%. I am staying down in california for about a month when i finish with some friends so would have a base to sell it.

This is an ideal setup for selling it.  If you're there for a month, it's likely your friends or some of their contacts may know someone, etc,etc.  You are more likely to get a decent price if you have connections to people who can vouch for you and you're not just some random guy out here no one knows.  So I would try to work that angle.  In fact, you could alert these contacts now even before you start so they could start talking about it amont their contacts.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: September 01, 2009, 12:41:15 pm »
I have done the elastic over the helmet thing in the past, but now you can get a mount that goes on the helmet and stays there, and you clip the light into that when you need it. 

My front lights are an handlebar mounts now.  And the mounts themselves take about 30 seconds to take on and off, so you dont have to leave them on all the time.

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