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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 17, 2009, 01:13:42 am »
With that schedule, you could hit some gnarly weather in May in the high western passes.  I got snowed on--hard--in Western Montana this June 22 at 7500 feet.  If you have enough time to wait out bad weather spells and cross the passes on good days, you could be OK.  Bring mountain weather clothing, in any case.  That means warm gloves, waterproof stuff, shoe covers, etc.

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I just look at a map and ride.  Sometimes, I'm sure, I don't get the best road or route, but you can ask people along the way for ideas.  Also, for me, the unknown road is part of the adventure, and that's really the point.

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Gear Talk / Re: For lack of a better title... upgrades
« on: August 15, 2009, 06:12:30 pm »
This is a good point.  I usually pack too much, and in one case had to send some home.  If you did forget something, you can always buy it along the way.  I would recommend not bringing things if I had any doubt about its necessity.

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Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: August 15, 2009, 06:09:28 pm »
I've used a lot of different types of panniers, but never Arkels.  Now I use a 2-wheeled Burley Nomad trailer.  Have you considered trailers?  I think they are a good option.

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Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Help needed
« on: August 15, 2009, 06:06:42 pm »
Kill your TV.  We did when the kids were very young and spent our time with them doing outdoor stuff--biking, building forts, skiing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, etc.  We also read with them a lot and modelled it ourselves.  Now they're grown up and refuse to have TV themselves.  There are many lost opportunities when kids are watching TV or playing video games (we refused to allow those in the house, too).  Make them part of your lives and do healthy fun stuff with them, and most kids will jump at the chance to go on a bike trip!

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 15, 2009, 05:55:10 pm »
And I forgot--use a helmet and get a mirror you are comfortable using.  Without a mirror, you're living completely on the thin edge of trust in total, strangers some who are drunk, tired, texting, etc!

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 15, 2009, 05:52:37 pm »
I've toured for 30 years and only have had cycling shorts for the past 10 or 12.  We used to go with cutoffs, swim trunks, whatever.  Yea, we gpt sore butts. but whatever.  The best way to get in shape os to ride a lot.  Try to make at least one day's training ride as long as you expect an average day's ride will be on tour.  And remember, on the ride you'll be hauling gear, too.  I think most of what you need to know you will figure out on the ride if you haven't thought of it beforehand.

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Gear Talk / Re: For lack of a better title... upgrades
« on: August 09, 2009, 10:05:40 pm »
I have found the bar-end type of mirror to be superior.  That's after trying every other kind out there that I could find.

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General Discussion / Re: Support
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:59:51 pm »
After 30 years of touring, I just took my first fully supported tour (with Adventure Cycling).  It's great to have everything taked care of.  You can really focus on riding, and not deal with shopping, cooking, etc.  The ACA team was friendly, helpful, professional.  You do, of course, have to pay, but for me it was worth it.  I think one of the best parts was meeting other tourers from all over the country.  (No, they did not solicit my endorsement!)

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General Discussion / Re: Motel/hotel discount
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:53:34 pm »
I was in AARP for awhile, but was refused discounts at private campgrounds twice.  I guess they figured if you are capable of touring by bike, you couldn't deserve a geriatric discount.  I dropped out of AARP when I read that they supported Bush's tax cuts for the rich.

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General Discussion / Re: Cycling in thunderstorms
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:48:20 pm »
I've been in a few, or close to a few, I should say--on a bike and in the mountains.  Use common sense and take shelter when you see them develop.  I've cancelled mountain trips in thunderstorm-prone areas when forecasts are gnarly.

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General Discussion / Re: Why SPD pedals?
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:44:42 pm »
I've never used SPDs.  Years ago, a friend got me into Crank Brother eggbeaters, and I love them.  On a recent ride in a very muddy area, many of the riders pedals clogged up after getting off the bike for a snack break. this never happens with eggbeaters.  I think this is probably another of those many issues that comes down to personal preference.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:40:29 pm »
Thanks. 

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Gear Talk / Re: For lack of a better title... upgrades
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:38:23 pm »
After 30 years of touring, I like fast road bikes, trailers for hauling gear, $30 LED headlamps (2 each), biking shoes with "eggbeater" pedals, and skinny tires inflated to 110 pounds (I ride paved only).  Many tourers prefer a heavier bike with panniers and bigger tires.  I've tried it all, and this is where I've landed for now.  It could change.  I think the way to approach this is to load up and take off and you'll have a great time whatever you use.  Then you'll learn and adjust as you go.  Oh, one other thing.  I believe the most important gear item may be a mirror you are comfortable using.  OIver the years there have been times it may have saved me!  Happy riding!

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General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:30:03 pm »
Biking, hiking, climbing--for some reason, it seems to keep getting better despite "advancing" age.  I'm almost 61 now and trips are more relaxed and enjoyable than ever.  there's really  nothing to prove, and I can just go out and have a great time.  Also, it's nice to have sufficient funds to be able to buy the proper gear and to be able to stay in motels when you want.  However, many of the adventures have to be done solo now or with partners half my age.

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