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Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tires
« on: June 28, 2009, 11:28:19 pm »
I tour on foldable 700x23c tires and bring several extra tubes and 2 extra tires. I've never had a problem, but I tour on paved roads only.

General Discussion / Re: Numb Feet
« on: June 15, 2009, 12:05:40 am »
I agree with paddleboy--get clipped in with good-fitting shoes and you will enjoy other benefits, too, like developing power throughout the circle stroke.  On the bottom of the stroke, rotate your ankle around as if you are scraping mud off the bottom of your foot, which will result in a proper pulling up motion.  That said, I sometimes get numb feet anyway, which goes away with shifting position around a little, taking a break, etc.  I think most riders sometimes experience numb hands, too.

Gear Talk / Re: Remounting tight tires
« on: June 14, 2009, 11:57:24 pm »
Since I started using foldable tires, I never have to use tire tools--just bare hands.  Also, if necessary, you can carry them in the back pocket of your jersey or wedged over the wraparound strap of many seat bags!  Surprisingly, I have not had a lot of flatting problems with them.

Pacific Northwest / Re: Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Region
« on: June 14, 2009, 11:50:43 pm »
The part of the ride in Washington is on good, mostly low traffic roads.  Some of the hills are steep.especially in the NE part and the Okanogan Highlands.  The scenery is spectacular and continuous.  You will love it.

Pacific Northwest / Re: Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Region
« on: June 08, 2009, 11:22:30 pm »
Great!  I look forward to communicating with other Northwesteners!  I live in Roslyn, on the east slopes of the Cascade Mountains and ride all around central Washington and a lot in the greater Seattle area. 

Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: June 08, 2009, 12:44:07 am »

And make sure they're made of tough, durable material, waterproff, and that your heels don't hit the rear ones.

Routes / Re: Route from Norther California to Souther California
« on: June 08, 2009, 12:40:47 am »
Take HWY 1.  It's one of the best routes in the world.  There were only a few places that seemed sketchy to me.  We were hauling trailers, too, and realized cars were very cautious around us.  We think this is because they thought we were hauling babies!  Also, parts of 395 can be brutally hot.  I don't know about when you'll be there, but I was in Bishop in July and it was 110 degrees.

General Discussion / Re: First tour
« on: June 08, 2009, 12:34:46 am »
I've always used skinny road tires (for about 30 years).  This has never been a problem.  On a 1400 mile tour, I got 1 flat with 700x23c tires.  If you will be on paved surfaces, they work great.  This includes both pannier and trailer tours.

Routes / Re: Seattle to San Francisco Aug/Sept
« on: June 03, 2009, 12:11:27 am »
Teh recent news is that California may close hundreds of state parks due to budget problems.  This could create problems for Pacific Coast riders.  You will want to keep an eye on how this plays out.  We relied on those great, cheap biker sites all the way down, every night.

Routes / Re: Seattle to San Francisco Aug/Sept
« on: May 31, 2009, 11:46:11 pm »
It's a great route with cheap camping in the biker sites in Oregon and California.  It is almost constant rollers, frustrating at times, but the scenery and the nature of the country make it well worth it.  I was able to average 72 miles per day and I was 56 at the time.  I think I would have enjoyed it more at 50-60 mpd.  It seems we were almost always riding or setting up camp or shopping, cooking, or cleaning up.  We also took only 1 day off, and that was consumed taking care of chores, etc for the most part.

You will have a wonderful time, meet other bikers you can hook up with if you like, and remember it forever.  It's considered one of the world's classic tours.  If possible, I'd recommend going south of SF, at least to the Santa Barbara area.  One of my favorite bike days of alll time was from Big Sur to
San Simeon.


General Discussion / Re: Safety issues for solo biking
« on: May 31, 2009, 11:27:54 pm »
In 30 years abd thousands of miles of touring (and thousands of miles of hitchhiking in the 60s and 70s) I've had somje sketchy experiences, but never needed a gun.  I somehow think that carrying a gun almost brings you bad juju and, unless you really know what you're doing, could cause more problems than it solves.  Be prudent and careful and use your common sense and go have fun.

General Discussion / Re: Camping Cost!?
« on: May 27, 2009, 12:01:05 am »
I was so impressed by the biker sites on the Pacific route through Oregon and California--only $2 to $5 per night and showers for a couple of quarters.  I find it irritating that bikers have to pay the car fee in most areas.  We can't in any way impact the campground as much as a car can full of people and should not have to pay as much.  Furthermore, the system should be encouraging people to travel by bike for environmental, health, and other reasons. 

I have also done lots of commando canping, but I like to have a shower and a few amenities, so established campgrounds are better.

General Discussion / Re: Shorts recommendation?
« on: May 25, 2009, 11:44:50 pm »
I haven't been able to find shorts that worked for me for less than about $80.  But I'm 60 now, and never even used bike shorts until I was about 42.  We just went touring in cutoffs, swim trunks, etc and suffered temporary discomfort.  Not any more!  The ones I'm using now are Pearl Izumi and cost $100.

Routes / Re: Missoula to Portland, OR -- Recommended Routes?
« on: May 25, 2009, 11:38:48 pm »
There are serious headwinds in the Columbia Gorge in the summer.  I would definately avoid going west right down the Columbia River.  You'd be better farther south in Oregon.

Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Help needed
« on: May 16, 2009, 11:14:26 pm »
Great post, WF.  I agree, we need to get kids out there on adventures, teaching them how to take care of themselves and solving the problems that come up.  These are the experiences that are truly formative.

Haven't seen many posts lately from you, WF.  Everything OK?

I hope so.

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