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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.

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.

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.

  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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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!

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast in the Summer?
« on: May 28, 2013, 10:39:38 pm »
I would worry too if she is not an experienced road rider.  I have ridden the route in mid-summer and had no problems at all.  But I have been touring 30 years and have a mirror and know how to use it. Make sure she does the same and wears very bright clothing. 

Gear Talk / Re: Underwear
« on: May 10, 2013, 01:52:27 am »
Huh? Guess I missed the point in that last one.

Routes / Re: Looking For Route Recommendations
« on: May 05, 2013, 07:09:42 pm »
All over the rural west, just look for areas with secondary (or smaller) roads and small towns.  That's the way I've been finding them in
Washington and eastern Oregon for over 30 years now. You don't heed anything more specific than that.

General Discussion / Re: The importance of always wearing a helmet
« on: April 22, 2013, 07:13:45 pm »
And make sure it fits snugly.  I got a bad concussion when wearing a helmet that was loose and slipped back as I fell so I landed hard on the pavement right ablve the right eye.

Routes / Re: Across North America
« on: April 19, 2013, 12:37:43 am »

Be prepared for cold weather and possibly some snow traveling over the cascades in Mid-september.
Cold at night possibly.  Snow at mid-September unlikely, and if you do get any it would be extremely unlikely to stick around.  It could also be hot that time of year.

General Discussion / Re: Inspire or Scare the Begeebees?
« on: April 18, 2013, 12:04:52 pm »
  The fact is there are good people and bad people everywhere.  In my experience, the good people greatly outnumber the bad, wherever you're at, although on any long trip you will probably be exposed to some of each.   I just think you have to take   

The fact is you are whole alot more likely to be hit by car or struck by lighting than mauled by a bear.

Well said. 

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