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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.

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)

Routes / Re: Dedicated Across America Bicycle Path
« on: February 20, 2009, 01:11:10 pm »
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is working on getting more paths set up. They list many of them on their website:

Urban Cycling / Re: Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
« on: February 20, 2009, 09:48:24 am »
I highly recommend "Franko's" Bicycle Maps of Southern California. They clearly map out cool routes on both city streets and the numerous dedicated paved bicycle paths. My parents live in Orange County, so I've only done rides there. 3 of my favorite bike paths are the "Santa Ana River Trail", the "Fullerton Loop", and the "Alisso Creek/Irvine Trail". The maps are well made and reasonably priced ($6).

General Discussion / Re: Bike and Surf California
« on: February 20, 2009, 09:37:01 am »
Very cool ride and fundraiser! Nicely set up web page, too.
Best wishes (I'll give a few bux)!

Gear Talk / Re: Touring Stove
« on: February 20, 2009, 09:28:21 am »
The Coleman Exponent fits most of your stated requirements, cheap ($60), multifuel (white gas, unleaded, kerosene), and burns hot. Simple, one piece design is nice too. The flame adusts really low for keeping stuff warm. I've never had a problem with mine.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring on a Recumbent Trike
« on: February 20, 2009, 08:44:50 am »
Here's a link to the Trike section of crazy guy on a bike:

Hey, but don't disappear from here to those sites. We need more bent and trike posters on this board.

Gear Talk / Re: B.O.B. trailers
« on: February 19, 2009, 11:31:08 pm »
I prefer a 2 wheel trailer over 1 wheel cuz trailer carries most weight, not your rear axle. People have been mentioning Burley Nomad (which is a fine trailer) but I prefer Quik-Pak:
and I like this company for trailers:

General Discussion / Re: ‘Camping’: Is it really necessary?
« on: February 18, 2009, 01:26:07 pm »
As for myself, I am not about to dish out $35.00 to $60.00 a night just for some shuteye.
If it were that cheap, I might consider motels, but these days it seems $50 to $100 is closer to the going rate.

General Discussion / Re: What Touring bike would you suggest?
« on: February 13, 2009, 12:23:18 pm »
A Recumbent!!! I having been touring for over 20 years and did many thousands of miles on my trusty Trek 720. I loved touring, but hated the butt/groin, wrist, neck pain associated with it. About 5 years ago, I bought my first recumbent and just love it. To me it is the ideal style bike for touring. There are many styles (and folks tour on most of them), but the 2 main types are short or long wheelbase. I prefer a long wheel base for touring and would recommend either a Rans Stratus (or Stratus XP), Easy Racer Tour Easy, or Bacchetta Bella. There are several shops in VA that sell recumbents, or you could find a good price on a used one from someone in that area.

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