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General Discussion / Re: Furthest Distance
« on: May 13, 2009, 08:52:15 pm »
Very nice pictures.  You can find beauty just about anywhere if you're open to it.  One thing I like about biking is it seems to put you more in the scene, and that, to me, often makes the scene around me more attractive!

There are industrial parts of Seattle that most folks avoid.  I like riding around there and checking out the machines, cranes, sights, sounds and smells.  And the meaning.  It's part of America at work.

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Routes / Re: About the Pacific Coast Route
« on: May 11, 2009, 10:22:34 pm »
Are you riding on a road bike or off-road setup?  That sure changes your options.

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General Discussion / Trek Madone Touring
« on: May 11, 2009, 10:20:11 pm »
Has anyone tried touring on a Trek Madone CF road bike?  Of course, I'd be using a trailer or going supported or on a credit card tour.  Just wondering how many others have toured on carbon, and if they ran into any particular problems.  I've done a little on a Specialized Roubaix.

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General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: May 11, 2009, 10:12:59 pm »
This thread would be a good place to discuss modifications we make as we get older.  I have to be sure the bike fit is accurate, unlike in the past when I didn't know there was any such thing as bike fit.  You just hopped on and rode!  I also ride a carbon bike and buy good shorts and try to be aware when my body feels like it needs a rest or an easy day.  I actually ride more miles/year than  I used to because my kids are grown and I have more time.  I'm slower now and don't race up the hills, but try to get in a steady, moderate pace and just keep at it.  And I sure like drafting, but then, I always did!     

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Gear Talk / Re: Cycling Sandals
« on: May 10, 2009, 08:26:20 pm »
Anyone know if you can use the Keens with egg-beater pedals?

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General Discussion / Re: no cows or pigs pls
« on: May 10, 2009, 08:17:26 pm »
Or Western Washington in winter and no rain.

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Routes / Re: About the Pacific Coast Route
« on: May 10, 2009, 08:12:57 pm »
We had no trouble going south in 2005.  The route seemed very safe to be.  Of course, keep an eye on your mirror for the occassional bad/inattentive driver like anywhere.  Other dangers?  Uh, we had raccoons try to get in our food on the Oregon coast!  We survived that one.  I always felt safe in the state park hiker/biker sites.

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Routes / Re: Southern Oregon Route
« on: May 10, 2009, 08:08:04 pm »
Check on that part of the route with the California DOT.  You can probably find out online. 

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General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: May 10, 2009, 08:06:24 pm »
Well, I qualify--I'm 60 and still riding, despite 3 knee operations, and a pacemaker.  I love day rides and touring.  I've had to adjust my expectations some, as per miles per day and speed going uphill. I'm also realizing the importance of rest more now, too.

Welcome aboard!

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General Discussion / Re: Pacific Coast Route vs. TransAm
« on: May 08, 2009, 10:51:33 pm »
I did the Pacific coast route from Olympia, WA to Santa Monica in 2005 and very highly recommend it.  I did not find it very dangerous except for the part from about 100 miles north of SF to maybe 30 miles south of SF.  Don't miss the part south of Big Sur.  It was great and not very dangerous at all, even in mid summer. I loved the big scenic, sunny hills there way out above the ocean. I also liked Southern Oregon, the Redwoods, and the Northern California coast with it's wild and free feel.  The whole thing took 3 weeks, averaging 72 miles a day.  If I do it again, I'll enjoy it even more and average about 55!

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General Discussion / Re: Furthest Distance
« on: May 08, 2009, 10:39:36 pm »
My longest day was 208 miles dong the Seattle to Portland annual group ride.  It took about 15 hours, including breaks.  On tour, I did 116 with my loaded trailer in one day.  My longest tour was 1384 miles in about 20 days.

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General Discussion / Re: Safety issues for solo biking
« on: April 30, 2009, 11:40:28 pm »
My wife made me get a cell phone after a bad accident I got into due to lack of attention.  I got too far to the right and off the pavement into sand, and crashed, hitting my head above the right eye just below the helmet.  The resulting concussion left me not knowing where I was or why my riding friends and companions were not there.  (It was a solo ride.)  After about 5-10 minutes, I started to remember and figure out where I was and what was going on.

 I like having a phone with me now. 

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General Discussion / Re: Tour Planning - Ten months out
« on: April 30, 2009, 11:34:15 pm »
Best of luck, and have a great ride.

One quick consideration--think about using a mirror, if you're not already.  I wouldn't ride the roads, city or country, without one.  I've been riding bikes for 50 years, and for about 35 of them with a mirror.  There have been several times I've had to take evasive action, i.e., riding off the road onto the shoulder or into the ditch, because of approaching cars from the rear looking like they're going to hit me.

I know most riders don't use them.  I've got a friend who claims he can tell by the sound if a car is coming too close.  Bou, I sure can't hear well enough to tell if a car is coming a foot or two closer to the right where I'm riding!

Again, all the best!

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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast or Calgary to Denver through the Rockies?
« on: April 27, 2009, 12:16:50 am »
I agree with Geeg. It would be great to fit in parts of both rides.  On the Pacific Coast, I thought the best parts were from Southern Oregon to just north of San Francisco and from Monterey to San Simeon.  These are not to be missed, especially given that camping on the route is always from $2 to $5 a night, with showers for an additional few quarters!

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Routes / Re: Tour of the Hiawatha, northern Idaho
« on: April 20, 2009, 12:05:11 am »
Be sure to check out the Coeur d' Alenes trail.  it's spectacular easy riding with lots of wildlife.  And it's well maintained. It can work for all experience and skill levels.  If you're a real gnarly gung-hom rider, you can just do it round trip in one day--about 150 miles.  If you're a 20 mile a day type, there are lots of places to stop and you can do do your 20 a day.  It's certainly worth checking out.

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