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General Discussion / Re: Carrying Pepper Spray
« on: March 19, 2009, 02:43:13 pm »
I've put it in my jersey pocket, but found that the wind broke up the stream so much it was ineffective, unlike the situations when I was a pedestrian.

That's why you either need to wait until they are close enough to "see the white's of their eyes" or stop, get off your bike, and spray.


A loud, authoritative yell starting with an explosive sound, like "Back off!" will usually intimidate an agressive dog.

I've found yelling "Bad Dog, go home" works well with many dogs.

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General Discussion / Re: Carrying Pepper Spray
« on: March 19, 2009, 02:06:37 pm »
If the "pepper spray" you use is Halt!, then this plastic holder allows you to clip it on to your handlebars (and it works great!):

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_119970_-1___

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General Discussion / Re: House Bill 3008 Oregon
« on: March 18, 2009, 10:06:56 pm »
My question is how many of you have 'mandatory' bike registrations/fees already in place.
Never even heard of such a thing here in New England (phew). I agree I might feel okay about such a thing if the money was actually targeted toward bicycle concerns, but I doubt that is the case.

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Gear Talk / Re: Considering New Handlebar Setup
« on: March 11, 2009, 05:39:16 pm »
I have tried several recumbents but have not found any I like so they are ruled out (sorry).
Hi TulsaJohn,
As a happy recumbent rider I am curious which recumbents you tried?
mucknort

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Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Biking to Homeschool
« on: March 07, 2009, 11:24:53 am »
It's been almost 2 years since "no-name" last posted. Your kids would now be around 8 and 10. I'd love to hear an update. I'm home-schooling my 10 year old son and our family is planning a trip from Boston to Vancouver to LA in 2010. Would love to hear updates and advice for on the road home-schooling.

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Classifieds / Re: How do you buy an item from a member?
« on: March 05, 2009, 10:05:52 am »
I have not made a purchase on this forum, but I have made numerous purchases privately on another cycling forum. Here's some suggestions:
-You can make a payment to someone via paypal, if you both have a paypal account. You just sign in and find the "make a payment" option. Paypal will take a 3-5% charge depending on your membership levels.
-Just as I only buy from established members on ebay, I tend to only buy from members of a board that have made numerous posts, have a positive reputation, on the board. This could be tough here, as this board is fairly new and folks don't seem to make tons of posts.
-When I don't use paypal to make a payment, I send a USPS money order from the post office. They cost a dollar, but are only available up to a certain amount ($500 I think). Once I had to buy several money orders for an expensive bike. If they are lost, you can report it to USPS and if no one cashes it within a certain time frame, they refund you the money. This happened to me once, so I know it works.
-If they live far away, you can try to find a local bike shop that will act as a broker. I use superpages.com to look up bike shops in cities around the US. The person drops the bike off at the shop, calls you to say its there, boxes and ships it, you pay them.
-For any big purchase (bike), I always request a phone # and give the seller a call. I find it much easier to get a "feel" for a seller over the phone than just internet messages.
-There are escrow companies (and some bike shops will act as an escrow company) where you send them payment and the seller drops off the item and the escrow company only completes the transaction after both parties have completed their part.

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Colorado / C'mon Colorado, the rest of the US is counting on you!!!
« on: February 27, 2009, 12:54:42 pm »
"Colorado
A discussion area for Colorado Adventure Cycling members and non members to meet, organize rides, and discuss cycling issues relevant to the region. Please keep post in this section pertaining to Colorado. If this board is successful we will be looking to add more states and or regions soon."


I'd love to see a New England section. So, come on, Colorado get going and make a good show of it so the rest of us can get a section! It appears to be all up to you!!! ;D

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General Discussion / Re: america by bike
« on: February 27, 2009, 08:21:50 am »
uhhm, well their website does have a link to this one on their "links" page. ;D

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Gear Talk / Re: Sore butts
« on: February 26, 2009, 09:49:30 am »
The one thing I wonder about is visibility on the road, especially in city/high traffic areas.  Is it an issue with you bent riders?  It seems they are way lower and would be harder for drivers to see.

Actually, at this point drivers seem to notice bents MORE since they are more unusual looking to most drivers. I do a lot of city/high traffic riding when I'm not touring and have not had any problems with "visibility". Bents come in different heights, but most are at a height equal to most drivers.

I've never tried a trike, and inquired on a recumbent forum regarding how low trikes are to the ground and if drivers see them. The answer was overwhelmingly that trike riders received much greater room and respect from drivers than when they were on any other type of cycle.

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Gear Talk / Re: Sore butts
« on: February 25, 2009, 10:21:51 pm »
Mucknort,

Although I love my new Comotion, I believe that a recumbent may be in the future for me. We have a very good dealer in Plant City, Fl., Power On Cycling. 
Tourista829,
I have made numerous purchases from the good folks at Power On Cycling over the internet. You are fortunate to be near them (I live in New England) and I highly recommend them!!!

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Gear Talk / Re: Tri-Cross
« on: February 25, 2009, 07:24:30 pm »
I believe there are articles on the Adventure Cycling website discussing touring bikes and what to get for a cross country bike ride.  And some webstie called crazy guy on a bike or something like that has many articles about people who rode all over the world.
http://www.adventurecycling.org/features/recumbent_bike.cfm
http://www.adventurecycling.org/features/bikefortheroad.cfm
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/?o=3Tzut

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Gear Talk / Re: Sore butts
« on: February 25, 2009, 03:47:13 pm »
In my 50 years of riding, I've found that there are several ways to mitigate the problem: good fit, expensive shorts ($100 or so), change position often (especially some stand up time), good saddle, chamois butter and take a break once in a while to enjoy other forms of exercise.

One half inch, one way on another, up or down, forward or back, and a few degrees of tilt can make a huge difference.  Get the fit right first, but don't be afraid to tinker with it.  Things change over time.  You can gain/lose weight or become more flexible.  You can spend all kinds of time and money trying to find the perfect saddle.  Just as a Brooks has a break in time, so does your butt.

...or try a recumbent.

Bike fit, riding position, and time in the saddle are the answers.  Going to a recumbent should not be required.  If you want one fine, but don't let the bent riders convince you it is the only way.

I just don't get the resistance to a recumbent. No, it's not the "only way", but after years of trying the tinkering, adjusting, and "time in the saddle" that the above members suggested I tried a recumbent and all the pains disappeared. And it wasn't just the "groin/butt" pain that went away. So did the wrist pain and the neck pain. On a recumbent you are sitting in the same position as in a chair or in a car. Your body is aimed at things ahead of you, not at the ground. Yes, there are many types of recumbents (long wheel base, short wheel base, high racer, low racer, delta trikes, tadpole trikes, etc.) Maybe someone like staehpj1 tried a style of recumbent once that didn't suit his/her style. To me they are the ultimate touring bike, to others maybe not.

I can sort of understand the resistance to recumbents from the under 30, got to look cool, racer crowd that reads Bicycling magazine, but I don't get the resistance from long distance riders on this site. Many people abandon bicycle riding due to the pain. My opinion is that many would continue riding if they tried a recumbent style.

Adventure Cycling's current campaign motto is: HELP US INSPIRE OTHERS TO TRAVEL BY BICYCLE. Encouraging folks to find the "perfect fit" to make a diamond frame/upright style bike more comfortable may work for some. Others may be inspired to ride with something like a recumbent style bike.

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General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: February 25, 2009, 02:27:41 pm »
Too complicated and too much stuff. Don't need all the bells and whistles. I liked the simpler forum better.
New member (not new to touring) and find this site to now be equal to what most internet discussion forums offer. Would be silly and archaic not to have upgraded. If old timers give this a chance, you'll find it works very well.

Raybo complained about "old links" disappearing. I've seen other websites do upgrades and been able to "archive" old info:(http://www.bentrideronline.com/messageboard/index.php , scroll down to EZ Board Archives)

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Gear Talk / Re: Dealing with Dogs-device
« on: February 20, 2009, 04:08:05 pm »
I used one of these devices when I was making extra bucks in college delivering phone books door to door. I found the device worked very well, but not 100% of the time. It has no affect on dogs w/impaired hearing, and a few really nasty dogs I met didn't care about the pain it causes to their ears. I still carried "Halt" as a back up.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Westchester County, NY to Boston - Routes?
« on: February 20, 2009, 01:22:46 pm »
Here's the route that this years Tour des Trees fundraising tour will be taking. Looks like an interesting route, and covers the areas that the original poster made a while back.
(scroll down to page 2)
http://www.tourdestrees.org/PDFs/2009RouteMap-final.pdf

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