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Gear Talk / Re: fenders....fairly lame question.
« on: September 13, 2009, 05:53:04 pm »
In my experience, most people on longer tours use fenders.  They tell me they keep them quite a bit drier.  However, I've never used them. I don't want the extra hassle, weight  (which is quite minimal), etc.  And if it's wet, I guess I'm just willing to get a little wetter than I would if I carried fenders.  Like most issues in touring, I think it's a matter of preference.

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Routes / Re: Biking across America this fall: doable?
« on: September 07, 2009, 07:04:44 pm »
I'd go for it.  You may get some interesting weather challenges you would not have in the summer, but if you're flexible you can adjust to them.  Have fun!

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General Discussion / Re: Tips on keeping a touring group together
« on: September 03, 2009, 01:45:44 am »
We would agree to go our own speed and meet at the PO in the next town.
I am not sure why you would tour with someone unless you were going to ride with them.  Care to elaborate on the advantages?  Do you just camp the same place with them?  Share cooking?  Something else?
I've toured several times with people of differing abilities.  Sometimes we would ride together, and other times someone would get ahead for awhile.  On a long tour, I was with a partner almost half my age, who also happened to be a racer.  He was often ahead, but sometimes we'd ride together, and always had main meals together and camped together.  We greatly enjoyed each other's company and had a blast. I liked being alone and also riding with him.  He felt the same.  We both felt free to go our own pace.  It was probably my best ride.

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General Discussion / Re: Tips on keeping a touring group together
« on: September 02, 2009, 12:09:59 pm »
Cell phones are a big help.  I've always agreed on how far we expect to get each day.  Also, almost every town has a post office.  We would agree to go our own speed and meet at the PO in the next town.  This works in rural areas and where. towns are small.  As others have said, the makeup of the group is most important.  I felt like leaving a partner once because he would not use common sense and stick with the simple agreements about how we would meet.  And this was only a 3 day trip; if it had been a long one, I would have gone on alone.

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General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: September 01, 2009, 11:31:46 pm »
I think most of us feel that way.  That's why we're on this forum.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: September 01, 2009, 11:30:20 pm »
Yea, I've done it that way too and it works fine.  However, I prefer the handlebar mount ones--one for light and the other on blink mode to be visible.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: September 01, 2009, 11:26:23 pm »
I can't figure out how you guys do this quote thing so it says "quote from...."  Can anyone tell me how this works?
Just be sure to leave the quote stuff between the square brackets alone.

Welcome to the group!

Fred
Thanks for the good directions.

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General Discussion / Re: Potential Resale Value
« on: September 01, 2009, 01:08:09 pm »
Cheers for the replies, so you reckon about 50%. I am staying down in california for about a month when i finish with some friends so would have a base to sell it.

This is an ideal setup for selling it.  If you're there for a month, it's likely your friends or some of their contacts may know someone, etc,etc.  You are more likely to get a decent price if you have connections to people who can vouch for you and you're not just some random guy out here no one knows.  So I would try to work that angle.  In fact, you could alert these contacts now even before you start so they could start talking about it amont their contacts.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: September 01, 2009, 12:41:15 pm »
I have done the elastic over the helmet thing in the past, but now you can get a mount that goes on the helmet and stays there, and you clip the light into that when you need it. 

My front lights are an handlebar mounts now.  And the mounts themselves take about 30 seconds to take on and off, so you dont have to leave them on all the time.

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General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: August 31, 2009, 08:14:46 pm »
Go for it!  "Just a few days"  can be a great adventure in itself and the inspiration for longer trips to come.

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Routes / Re: camping on the pacific coast route
« on: August 31, 2009, 05:29:09 pm »
Just when I was getting warmed up.  I thought this might happen. 

I get it, and will respect the topic.  No problem.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 31, 2009, 01:33:29 pm »
Should I have erased the word "quote" from the start of it, too?  thanks for your patience.
If you use the "reply with quote" link you should not have to do anything at all except type in your response.
Thanks!

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 31, 2009, 01:10:41 pm »
Should I have erased the word "quote" from the start of it, too?  thanks for your patience.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 31, 2009, 01:08:15 pm »
[quote 

Click on the "reply with quote" link to the right of this post and you should see a proper example of how the quote tags should work.

[/quote]

OK here goes.  I'm making sure the / is in front of the one I want to be the closing one only.

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Routes / Re: camping on the pacific coast route
« on: August 31, 2009, 12:40:10 pm »
Hopefully, the California fiscal mess is not a harbinger of things to come for the whole nation.  Did you know the highest tax bracket for the super rich  about 60 years ago was 90%?  That's how the interstate highway system and the great social advances of the time were funded.  And even in about 1980, it was around 70%.  Now it's in the 35% range.  This is an enormous loss to the US treasury.  The Reagan and Bush "starve the treasury" philosophy is, in my opinion, sick.  You cannot run a modern democracy that provides services for all on a "starve the treasury" system.  The Euros know this, and don't mind paying more so all can benefit from the largess of the the nation's productivity.   

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