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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 15, 2009, 05:55:10 pm »
And I forgot--use a helmet and get a mirror you are comfortable using.  Without a mirror, you're living completely on the thin edge of trust in total, strangers some who are drunk, tired, texting, etc!

General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 15, 2009, 05:52:37 pm »
I've toured for 30 years and only have had cycling shorts for the past 10 or 12.  We used to go with cutoffs, swim trunks, whatever.  Yea, we gpt sore butts. but whatever.  The best way to get in shape os to ride a lot.  Try to make at least one day's training ride as long as you expect an average day's ride will be on tour.  And remember, on the ride you'll be hauling gear, too.  I think most of what you need to know you will figure out on the ride if you haven't thought of it beforehand.

Gear Talk / Re: For lack of a better title... upgrades
« on: August 09, 2009, 10:05:40 pm »
I have found the bar-end type of mirror to be superior.  That's after trying every other kind out there that I could find.

General Discussion / Re: Support
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:59:51 pm »
After 30 years of touring, I just took my first fully supported tour (with Adventure Cycling).  It's great to have everything taked care of.  You can really focus on riding, and not deal with shopping, cooking, etc.  The ACA team was friendly, helpful, professional.  You do, of course, have to pay, but for me it was worth it.  I think one of the best parts was meeting other tourers from all over the country.  (No, they did not solicit my endorsement!)

General Discussion / Re: Motel/hotel discount
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:53:34 pm »
I was in AARP for awhile, but was refused discounts at private campgrounds twice.  I guess they figured if you are capable of touring by bike, you couldn't deserve a geriatric discount.  I dropped out of AARP when I read that they supported Bush's tax cuts for the rich.

General Discussion / Re: Cycling in thunderstorms
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:48:20 pm »
I've been in a few, or close to a few, I should say--on a bike and in the mountains.  Use common sense and take shelter when you see them develop.  I've cancelled mountain trips in thunderstorm-prone areas when forecasts are gnarly.

General Discussion / Re: Why SPD pedals?
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:44:42 pm »
I've never used SPDs.  Years ago, a friend got me into Crank Brother eggbeaters, and I love them.  On a recent ride in a very muddy area, many of the riders pedals clogged up after getting off the bike for a snack break. this never happens with eggbeaters.  I think this is probably another of those many issues that comes down to personal preference.

Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:40:29 pm »

Gear Talk / Re: For lack of a better title... upgrades
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:38:23 pm »
After 30 years of touring, I like fast road bikes, trailers for hauling gear, $30 LED headlamps (2 each), biking shoes with "eggbeater" pedals, and skinny tires inflated to 110 pounds (I ride paved only).  Many tourers prefer a heavier bike with panniers and bigger tires.  I've tried it all, and this is where I've landed for now.  It could change.  I think the way to approach this is to load up and take off and you'll have a great time whatever you use.  Then you'll learn and adjust as you go.  Oh, one other thing.  I believe the most important gear item may be a mirror you are comfortable using.  OIver the years there have been times it may have saved me!  Happy riding!

General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:30:03 pm »
Biking, hiking, climbing--for some reason, it seems to keep getting better despite "advancing" age.  I'm almost 61 now and trips are more relaxed and enjoyable than ever.  there's really  nothing to prove, and I can just go out and have a great time.  Also, it's nice to have sufficient funds to be able to buy the proper gear and to be able to stay in motels when you want.  However, many of the adventures have to be done solo now or with partners half my age.

Routes / Re: Boston to Seattle to LA trip advice wanted
« on: July 30, 2009, 12:47:49 am »

Winter storms in the West can happen in Sept but are not usually prolonged until later in the fall.  The traffic on the NT route in WA is not a problem.  On the Pacific Coast, traffic can be bad around SF, especially on weekends.  We did not find traffic to be much a problem elsewhere, but riders should definitely be experienced at highway riding.  I think mirrors are essential.  Shoulders are good in Oregon, but in California, I thought they were poor in most places.  Most of the cars there seem used to bikers and fairly considerate. 

I think this sounds like a great adventure for a kid!  Have at it!

Routes / Re: Oregon Coast
« on: July 29, 2009, 01:34:12 am »
On my trip in late June and early July, we did not experience horrendous traffic except in the SF Bay area on 4th of July weekend.  I found it to be pleasant with polite drivers the whole rest of the way.  However, we were hauling 2-wheeled trailers and may have received more respect due to the fact that motorists may have thought we had babies in them!

General Discussion / Re: Sort of a medical question
« on: July 21, 2009, 04:59:18 pm »
I often have to move out of the paceline or wait for my turn on back.  Whenever I know I'm going to be taking the lead soon, I make sure to "clear out" before I do.  My wife understands and gives me no grief about it, even occassionally doing it herself.

It's a natural cleaning process and feels healthy to me. 

Gear Talk / Re: Head Lamps at Campsite ~~ Annoying?
« on: July 18, 2009, 09:02:35 pm »
I did go the office in the middle of the night one time, but it was closed, locked up and dark.  It was a local national forest campground. The next morning, the campsite checker came around and it turned out to be a guy I worked with seveal years previously.  The offending party was fined and kicked out, and offered me plenty of dirty looks and they packed up. 

Pacific Northwest / Re: Best roads in your area of the PNW
« on: July 18, 2009, 08:54:48 pm »
Hmmmm.  273 views and not one response?  Oh well, so much for that idea!

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