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Gear Talk / DEET dissolves helmets
« on: August 25, 2011, 08:48:29 pm »
Climbing up to Sequoya a cloud of flies gathered round my head so I sprayed Jungle Juice all over my head and neck including of course my helmet. The stuff worked. It kept the flies off. When I got to the campsite I noticed black sticky stuff on the collar of my jacket like dirty bike chain oil as if I'd tossed my jacket over my bike and the collar had rubbed on the chain. Then I saw the sticky stuff was on my hand and coming from my helmet. The DEET was dissolving my helmet into black sticky goo. One of my co-riders had done the same as me with a different repellant containing DEET and was having the same problem. So don't spray DEET on your helmet.

I washed the stuff off with water and the styrofoam looked like it had acne; REI was good enough to exchange the helmet which was a relief it was only about six months old

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General Discussion / Possible cause of crashes?
« on: April 13, 2011, 02:20:09 pm »
I came across this http://news.softpedia.com/news/Why-Do-People-Faint-after-Strenuous-Physical-Activity-37715.shtml while trying to find an explanation for the mysterious death of a friend (climbing not cycling) and it occurred to me that it may be the cause of some unexplained bike crashes. Is it possible that people can faint going downhill after hard climb?

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Routes / Seattle to Long Beach info please.
« on: April 04, 2011, 04:03:42 pm »
I tried posting this in the Pacific Northwest section but got no replies

I'm thinking of taking the train to Centralia then riding Hwy 6 to Long Beach, return from Long Beach via Hwy 4 to Kelso then train back. Should be about 200 miles total. Has anyone experienced these roads or got any comments about accommodation etc.? There's supposed to be a bike trail that goes that way http://www.traillink.com/trail/willapa-hills-trail-.aspx I get the impression you need a mountain bike and a machete to ride most of it. Be nice if I'm wrong. The quick way back would be Hwy 30 on the Oregon side but that would mean crossing the infernal bridge at Longview. On the other hand is the Puget Island ferry a feasible way to avoid the Lvw bridge? Or is this another victim of budget cuts?

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Pacific Northwest / Seattle to Long Beach info please.
« on: March 31, 2011, 03:58:05 pm »
I'm thinking of taking the train to Centralia then riding Hwy 6 to Long Beach, return from Long Beach via Hwy 4 to Kelso then train back. Should be about 200 miles total. Has anyone experienced these roads or got any comments about accommodation etc.? There's supposed to be a bike trail that goes that way http://www.traillink.com/trail/willapa-hills-trail-.aspx I get the impression you need a mountain bike and a machete to ride most of it. Be nice if I'm wrong. The quick way back would be Hwy 30 on the Oregon side but that would mean crossing the infernal bridge at Longview. On the other hand is the Puget Island ferry a feasible way to avoid the Lvw bridge? Or is this another victim of budget cuts?

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Classifieds / Looking for Cycling British Columbia guide book.
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:48:31 pm »
Does anyone have a copy of Cycling British Columbia by Paul Wood to sell?

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General Discussion / West Nile anyone?
« on: December 20, 2010, 12:34:43 pm »
Has anyone contracted West Nile virus or known anyone who has? Has anyone changed tour plans to avoid WNV? I've asked around in Seattle and can't find anyone who has but my friend in the UK seems to think you're likely to drop dead of it if he comes over here.

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General Discussion / Are insects a problem in Alberta?
« on: December 16, 2010, 08:14:58 pm »
In 2012 I'm hoping to ride the ACA route from Jasper to Whitefish. I'm trying to get a friend in England to join me and he's terribly worried about mosquitoes and possibly other bugs. Are they a problem on this route? If so how do we deal with them?

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Routes / Is Vancouver Island this bad?
« on: December 12, 2010, 10:28:49 pm »
I was hoping to ride from Sidney up to Port Hardy then ferry across to Prince Rupert, perhaps train to Jasper, then down to Montana etc. But this write up makes it sound like rumble strip hell. Is it as bad as this guy makes out?

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=RrzKj&doc_id=7714&v=lY

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General Discussion / Lost from Bike Bits - 1940s tour
« on: March 08, 2010, 08:25:04 pm »
A past edition pf Bile Bits had as link of the week the diary of two young women who rode from the northeast to New Orleans in 1943. It was a marvelous look into the past, with two exceptional ladies. Unfortunately I didn't bookmark it. If anyone can give me the link I'd really appreciate it.

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