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General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: August 03, 2011, 02:54:33 pm »
Gearing up for a cycling tour, and in need of a uber comfortable bicycle seat. Something that would make my derriere feel like riding on a cloud...
There is really only one kind of bicyle seat that will give your butt a cloud like feeling, and that is the kind that is found on a recumbent bicycle. My wife rode across the U.S. twice on a Cannondale touring bike before she met me and swore she'd never ride again because of the butt/wrist pain. She agreed to ride coast to coast with me and our son only because I bought her a recumbent. The fact that she would sit on her 'bent to eat lunch sometimes instead of getting off her bike demonstrates how comfortable they are.

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Gear Talk / Re: Mystery recumbent
« on: July 14, 2011, 03:16:04 pm »
Looks kinda like a Re-bike to me. Company no longer exists.


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General Discussion / Re: Gotta eat, but don't want to cook/boil
« on: May 15, 2011, 09:22:29 pm »
I couldn't imagine NOT bringing cooking gear on tour, but as a cooking break I highly recommend hitting Subway Restaurants. A 6" breakfast sandwich is $2.50 and a footlong lunch/dinner sub is $5. The great thing is you can load it up with tons of veggies at no extra charge.

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General Discussion / Re: Shakedown Trip, still concerned
« on: April 27, 2011, 08:12:01 pm »
Drink water, drink water, and drink water.

Sunscreen and cover up with light weight clothing.

Take frequent shade breaks.

Start real early each morning.

These cooling bandanas work great!!!: http://www.amazon.com/HeatMax-EverCool-Cooling-Bandanas-Bandanas/dp/B0009Y01J2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303960197&sr=8-1

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General Discussion / Re: How would you have handled this dog episode?
« on: April 25, 2011, 03:15:52 pm »
My post from a recent topic on dogs here:

My list:
-Step 1:Yell "GO HOME!" , "BAD DOG!", "GET OFF THE COUCH!".
-Step 2: An airhorn blast (The Airzound is awesome for dogs and cars, otherwise I've used a simple small dept. store airhorn).
-Step 2a: An ultrasonic dog repellent.
-Step 3: HALT! from close range right in the eyes.
-Step 4: Bear Spray.
-Step 4a Stun Baton/Mini Stun Gun

Some folks try to outrace dogs, but if you are on a loaded tour this may not work. Stopping and dismounting with the bike between you and the dog often takes all the interest out of the game for some dogs. Being stopped or rolling slowly also allows you to get an accurate shot of HALT! (or water bottle) into a doggy's face, and avoid the wind messing with the spray. One funny thing about carrying the Halt brand of spray is that the US Postal Service uses it and so many bad doggies have been sprayed by mail carriers that often I just have to pull out the can and they recognize it and turn tail.
The best thing is to have a variety of plans in place and choose which is most appropriate for the situation.

Other tactics I've heard of, but would never do include:
-filling a water bottle with ammonia/water mix (you risk getting mix on you/mixing up bottle for good water)
-swinging a pump at 'em (you risk breaking/losing a pump)

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Gear Talk / Re: Sandles?
« on: April 18, 2011, 06:32:39 am »
Personally I am crazy about cycling sandals, especially on a long tour. They make a great pair of second "shoes". They work great as an off the bike shoe around camp, or for wearing in streams/lakes, or for wearing when riding in the rain to keep your shoes dry, or for riding in on hot days and/or you want a break from riding in the same shoes day after day. I've had good luck with Keen and Shimano sandles.

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General Discussion / Re: Need advice from you! (the pros)
« on: April 16, 2011, 09:11:59 pm »
Wondered what the heck John meant by a "backpack", then found these quotes:

April 10, 2011
Training continues. This time with a lightely loaded backpack.

April 11, 2011
Today, I rode with a slightly heavier backpack,


I've never toured with a backpack and don't expect you will, either. If you want to add "weight" to your training rides, then put panniers or a trailer on your bike and fill em with rocks. A backpack just makes you top heavy and may affect your back unneccessarily. Nice photos on the blog, by the way.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike locks
« on: April 13, 2011, 02:08:45 pm »
A lock is good for one thing only. And that one thing is to keep an honest man honest.

+100

A thin, long cable and lock will do that.
If you are really paranoid about theft, then go ahead and lug something like the Kryptonite New York lock with you: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=kryptonite+new+york&x=13&y=20

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.... but we can act to minimize the likelihood that potential hazards will become real dangers that befall us.

One way to do that is to take a L.A.B. Bicycle Safety Course. My wife, 11 year old son, and I took their course before riding across the U.S. last year. Our main reason for doing it was to help prepare our son, but my wife and I both learned a good deal even though we'd both been riding/touring for many years/miles. I highly recommend it!!!
http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/

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Gear Talk / Re: Bike Shorts
« on: April 13, 2011, 01:44:35 pm »
Shop for expensive shorts on deep discount. Your price point should be $60-100 on the clearance racks.
David Boise id

Here's a place to follow David's advice:
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/search/SearchResults.aspx?allwords=cycling%20shorts&searchdescriptions=True

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Gear Talk / Re: Ipad, Tablets vs. Netbooks
« on: April 12, 2011, 05:08:53 am »
I ended up buying an Asus Eee PC netbook for our trip last year:

-top rated by Consumer Reports
-cheap enough to not be the end of the world if lost/stolen/damaged while on tour ($250-350)
-long battery life (11-14 hours)
-small/light for a netbook
-decent "real" keyboard (compared to phones/ipad)
-SD card slot for storing photos on a regular basis (and to edit on the road)
-built in camera works well for skyping friends/nervous relatives

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General Discussion / Re: Complete Newbie Considering Touring
« on: April 07, 2011, 06:43:55 am »
While my research is continuing, the biggest obstacles I currently face is sorting out all the options available to me and honing in on a bike, tent, and other gear I'll need to purchase.  If you guys are interested in helping me figure some of the details out, here's a specific question I have on this topic.  Since I'm a relatively short guy at 5'5" (165 cm), most of the bikes I've looked at in shops aren't a good size for me to use for long-term touring.  Any tips?

Some of us here have discovered that recumbent style bikes are extremely comfortable for touring. I can ride all day long and have no butt, wrist, hand, or neck discomfort. My wife rode a traditional style touring bike twice across the US in her twenties and swore she wouldn't do it again because of riding pains. She agreed to ride coast to coast on a recumbent in her 50's and couldn't believe how comfortable it was in comparison. She is 5'5" and rode on a Rans Stratus. Easy Racers makes touring recumbents that fit to under 5'.
You might want to give one a try.

http://www.bicycleman.com/recumbents/recumbent_faqs.htm
http://www.bicycleman.com/recumbents/recumbent_glossary.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recumbent_bicycle


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Gear Talk / Re: Raingear
« on: March 28, 2011, 05:37:11 am »
State of the art rain gear was higher on my shopping list during my free spending 20's, but not at this point.;D  On our last X/C tour I spent the big bucks on bikes, tent, and sleeping pads and bought gore-tex rain gear for cheap from TJ Maxx.

Here's some real world reviews of rain gear.

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General Discussion / Re: safety on a tour bike ride
« on: March 27, 2011, 09:22:36 am »
Items to be seen: Flag, Triangle, Hi-Vis shirt/jacket, flashing front/rear light.
Items for protection from dogs: small air horn, Halt dog spray.
Items to help make riding safer: mirror(s), enroll in League of American Bicyclists Bike Safety Class.
Items for communication: cell phone, walkie-talkie (if group members don't ride together), ipad/netbook for email and skype to folks back home, Spot device reports your location through GPS and notifies friends/family/911 in emergency.
Items for self sufficiency: Take basic bicycle maintenance class,read bicycle repair books/internet articles, take 1st Aid class.

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