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Cycling Events / Re: Ride Idaho August 2009
« on: January 14, 2010, 11:14:27 pm »
I and a group of friends just signed up for the 2010 version.  I sounds like a great ride, at an affordable price.  This year they're accepting 300.

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General Discussion / Re: Training
« on: January 14, 2010, 11:10:55 pm »
I agree with previous writer.  I ride several times per week when the weather permits (around here that's about March-November), probably average 50-120 miles/week.  When a tour comes up, I just pack and go.  No special training is needed.     

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General Discussion / Re: Greetings
« on: January 05, 2010, 11:38:12 pm »
I've toured several times south of Spokane through the Palouse country.  There are lots of rural roads and very acceptable weather in March/April.  I just get a road map out and make it up.  Even better is the "Washington Road and Recreation Atlas" by Benchmark Maps.  It will get you drooling over possibilities throughout the state.

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General Discussion / Re: Biker vs World
« on: January 05, 2010, 11:30:59 pm »
For me personally, skip the friendly toot of the horn. If you must, don't do it until you have already passed me.



Now I must admit I really want to lay it on the horn at times when I get behind a pack of racers heading down a major two lane road 3-4 abreast and will not pull single file and traffic is backed up 4+ cars deep.  To me, that is unsafe, rude, and perpetuates motorists bad attitudes toward all cyclists.
I agree.  What jerks.  Some riders have to get a clue if we want the driving public to treat us all with respect.

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General Discussion / Re: Convincing others of safety of cycling
« on: January 05, 2010, 11:27:58 pm »
Why not start with small steps.  Try a rail trail overnighter with a friend.  Build up her confidence as well as your own.

My mother is gone, but I still check in with my wife while on tour.  She might not understand where I am, but she likes to know I am alright.  Calling in is the first thing I do after making camp.
Same here.  My wife wants a call daily, and has told me she doesn't want me to take any extensive tours alone.  Hmmmm. We may face that issue in the next couple of years. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Touring (Ageing?) Compromises
« on: January 05, 2010, 11:25:18 pm »
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I'll get a sturdier, less sensitive ride with more durable wheels anbd less chance of a serious breakdown

You could just put the more-durable wheels in the CF bike, right?  Or if they're not the same size, get another pair made?


  You are right.  I tried my old bike out and realized within 5 minutes I'm not going back to steel or any other bike but CF.  I do have a set of other wheels that are sturdier and I will use them on tours.

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Pacific Northwest / Re: ACA forum members from PNW
« on: January 05, 2010, 11:18:48 pm »
Wow! thanks for the contact.  I usually start hitting the roads regularly in February.  I look forward to finding another partner.  There are not very many regular riders around here.  Keep in touch.

Doug

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General Discussion / Re: Convincing others of safety of cycling
« on: January 03, 2010, 08:30:43 pm »
I'm 61, my parents are 87, and they seem to have finally gotten used to it.  They are more comfortable when I go on a guided tour than when I go alone,

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General Discussion / Re: Biker vs World
« on: January 03, 2010, 08:27:09 pm »
John Nelson is right--don't honk the horn, especially if you are passing me.  It is a distraction and can cause trouble if there are other things going on in the biker's world at that moment, and there often are.  Honking while passing can also make the biker swerve and get the tire stuck in the dirt, sand, etc on the roadside, causing an accident.

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Spokane to Kennewick
« on: January 02, 2010, 12:05:13 am »
I've ridden some around the area. The back roads are wonderful.  I'd try something like Spokane-Rockford-Tekoa-Colfax-Dusty-Dodge-Waitsburg-Burbank.  These types of roads have wonderful rural flavor and friendly natives.  We use this part of Washington for yours sometimes, as the southern protions have the warmest weather in the state in early spring.

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General Discussion / Re: Your first long distance tour...
« on: December 28, 2009, 11:11:21 pm »
Excitement on the first question about the tour to come and excitement on the second question about tours to come.  I'm still excited, 30 years later about touring, and still doing it every year.

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Greetings
« on: December 26, 2009, 04:39:17 pm »
Southeast Washington is one of our choices for early season bike trips due to its "banana belt" climate, for Washington  state, anyway.  I live on the east slopes of the Cascades where it's often still winter in March/April.  In the NW, we have to choose rides for part of the year based on both climactic averages and specific weather conditions.   

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General Discussion / Re: Rockies in June [was Re: Midwest Icebreaker]
« on: December 23, 2009, 08:19:49 pm »
The Rockies in the second half of June is as favorable as it gets. That's the optimal time to be there. There should be plenty of sunshine, with a fairly low chance of rain. Depending on where you are ("the Rockies" covers a lot of ground), it can be as hot as the 90s F in the day and below freezing at night. But in general, the weather is great. Cycling in the day can usually be done in shorts and a short-sleeve jersey. But of course you need to watch the weather forecast and plan for cold descents from the passes (i.e., carry some warmer stuff up the passes with you).

I've been snowed on hard in the passes of the western Rockies in late June.  You can do it, but be prepared to wait it out if there are cold storms in the passes.  In the lower elevations, it can be great riding, with warmth and plenty of sunshine.

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Greetings
« on: December 23, 2009, 08:16:46 pm »
I have ridden south of Spokane in mid-March and had a great time.  We went from Dusty to Pullman then took the steep, windy road  from Pullman down to the Snake River.  From there, we followed the river to Lewiston, west over Alpowa Summit to Pomeroy, then back up to Dusty.  It was a combination of warm and cold experiences, lots of hills, and lots of fun.  It was about a 2.5 day trip.

Welcome to the PNW forum.

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The high pases in Washington in early June are variable.  You get beautiful, warm sunny days and rainy days, occassional wet snow even.  It is rideable then, but be prepared for these unpredictable conditions.  It sound like a fun adventure to me, if the east coast in early April is OK.  I'm not familiar with the weather conditions there. 

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