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Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 05, 2016, 12:56:40 pm »
To remedy the reading glass issue, I now wear progressives so I have zero problem with seeing the road, the bike computer, or the bar end mirror that I use. You might wish to consider progressives.

Same here, progressive sunglasses and regular ones.  I have found Cosco sells very durable prescription glasses for a fraction on the cost of some other places. Because I use them all time for biking, hiking and climbing, durability matters. However, the little screws do seem to come loose and I have to tighten them with those little screwdriver kits for glasses.

General Discussion / Re: Reflections on First Rain Ride
« on: March 04, 2016, 10:06:11 pm »
I don't like riding in the rain, but have had many days on tour when it rained a lot.  I like it better than sitting around all day in a tent.  I have spent some time waiting it out under road overpasses and other sheltered spots. Always have some dry clothes in a waterproof bag!

Colorado / Re: Worst experience across the US was in CO
« on: March 04, 2016, 10:02:10 pm »
Thanks, PM.  I have found good rides in the area that do not include that highway. I esp enjoy riding north of you on the Whatcom County rural roads.  Sometimes, of course those rides include parts of Skagit Co.

Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 04, 2016, 09:58:15 pm »
I've been using the bar end type for years.  They seem to have the best position and never vibrate like the helmet and handlebar types.  I have tried just about every other kind over the decades.

General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 04, 2016, 09:55:53 pm »
There was a rolled up piece of floor carpet like the carpet in a house. It had legs sticking out from one end. I got the hell out of there and never looked back.

Yikes!  Do you notify the authorities?

Food Talk / Re: Eating well on tour.
« on: March 03, 2016, 08:52:31 pm »
I spent 20 days on the Pacific Coast route in 2005 and gained 10 pounds!  Of course my thighs each increased by and inch in circumference.  I was always hungry after the first 5 days or so and just ate all I wanted to for fuel.

General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 03, 2016, 08:46:37 pm »
I started this thread a couple of days ago because I had found the Leatherman multi tool.  So today I went out for another short late winter ride and found a nice pair of sunglasses, no scratches, on the side of the road. I use prescription sunglasses, so I will give them away to a buddy that can use them.  This find was about a half mile from the previous one.   We get a lot of snow around here, and when it melts out in the spring a lot of stuff shows up.  Of course, most of it is dog poo and other garbage, but there are occasional gems in there.

General Discussion / Found on the road
« on: February 29, 2016, 10:37:26 pm »
Over the years of riding (60!), I have found many items on the road.  These include a wallet with $222 in it (returned), a full size crowbar, two 12 inch crescent wrenches, two short rubber mallets, multiple smaller wrenches, sockets, and screwdrivers, over 250 bungee cords (I have a collection), a loaded .45 pistol (safety off!), several cell phones (only one able to return) and today, 4 miles from home, a leatherman multi-tool, a little rusty but fully functional. I'm sure there have been many other items which I'm not recalling right now.  I'm curious as to what you other riders out there have picked up on your cycling travels?

I tried to attach a photo of the Leatherman to this post, but the attachment could not be done.  Any ideas on that, you techies?

Routes / Re: Summer riding in Idaho: from Ketchum to Coeur d'Alene
« on: February 27, 2016, 08:52:55 pm »
I remember (2009) a great paved trail for much of the way paralleling 93 between Missoula and Darby. That's a great section, even in the rain.

General Discussion / Re: Locks for a solo Trans-Am camping tour?
« on: February 18, 2016, 08:19:29 pm »
I always lock mine with a medium cable and one of those little skinny ones.  Another deterrent it to remove the front wheel and lock it with everything else so it looks like a complicated mess.  I do that in places that feel sketchy.  It keeps your bike from looking like the "low hanging fruit". 

Routes / Re: What the weather like in March Baker City, OR to Coburg, OR
« on: February 16, 2016, 04:51:54 pm »
I have done a lot of eastern WA biking in all times of year.  We have similar conditions to those you will encounter. Expect everything from very cold and windy with rain/snow to occasional bluebird days with highs in the 60's.  Nights are cold so have a good tent and sleeping bag.  It's a nice time to be out there with little tourist traffic and crisp air.  Enjoy!

General Discussion / Re: State Park Camping
« on: February 15, 2016, 07:06:39 pm »
Oregon and California had great hiker biker sites at only $2 to $5 per night and always hot showers for a few quarters back in 2005.  I'm not sure of the status now, because some campgrounds may have closed due to budget problems.

I have generally found the AC routes to be so easy to follow that I leave my dedicated GPS home.  I do sometimes use my smart phone for directions to a particular stop, service, or attraction.

I have used an etrex for an on/off road tour and it worked out well.  Personally though I found it a lot more trouble to program in the route, deal with batteries, and so on than it is worth on most routes especially if you will be on the road only.

I have never used GPS.  I like Pete's advise.  Use maps, intuition, ask the locals  (although they rarely know anything about their own area!), get lost on occasion; it's all part of the adventure.  I really think many of us are way too hung up on gadgets and electronics.  I'm such a dinosaur that I still don't use my own earphones at the gym or out on a walk, etc!

General Discussion / Re: Careful where you buy stuff
« on: February 01, 2016, 12:00:11 am »
When we got to Oakland CA for a ride down the coast I decided we needed a chain long enough to lock both our bikes up. I went into a bike shop on the waterfront and found a Kryptonite chain for $62. So I bought one and well it served. After I got back I went to my LBS, Burien Bikes,

Burien Bikes, huh?  Is it the one called Bicycles West just east of Ambaum and north of 152nd?  I grew up going to that bike shop in the 1950s and 1960s and have bought bikes and much gear there.

Gear Talk / Re: Lookin for rain poncho
« on: January 01, 2016, 12:09:15 pm »
I have ridden many hours in the rain.  I wear a cheap bike jacket shell that deflects most of the rain for the first hour or so. After a while, I'm getting wet form sweat, too, and I've never found a way around it.  The key to me is making sure that I have dry clothes to put on as soon as the riding is over. Clothes must be kept in waterproof containers/bags. 

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