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Bikecentennial / Re: The Good Old Days
« on: September 30, 2011, 12:12:01 am »
Some folks have posted memories of '76 in the Touring section of

General Discussion / Re: Camp Coffee That Doesn't Suck
« on: September 27, 2011, 05:51:09 pm »
Starbucks via is pretty decent for touring, but it gets expensive after a while. I've carried plastic french press devices but they usually break. My current travel and home favorite is the Aerobie Coffee Press. Your water doesn't have to be as hot, it is fast, is far easier to clean than a french press, and the coffee is delicious.

Cycling Events / Live in SoCal? Ever considered a Recumbent for touring?
« on: September 21, 2011, 05:33:08 pm »
I toured for years on a Trek 720. I grew tired of the butt/neck/wrist/hand pain experienced on it (yes, I added a Brooks saddle and padded handlebar tape). I tried a recumbent and found it to be the ultimate pain-free touring machine. Last summer/fall my wife, son, and I rode from Boston to Seattle on recumbents and loved every mile.

If you have ever considered trying a recumbent and live in the southern California area (or are willing to travel there), there is a Recumbent Convention taking place in October. The third day of the show is open to the general public for folks to look and demo ride 'bents.

Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine is producing the first annual Recumbent Cycle-Con Convention & Trade Show, an exciting, all-new event designed specifically for the recumbent bicycle industry and recumbent bicycle enthusiasts. The Recumbent Cycle-Con Convention & Trade Show will be held October 21 - 23, 2011, in Southern California at the Pomona Fairplex, near Los Angeles.

Sunday’s Public Hours will provide the opportunity for excited recumbent enthusiasts and the interested public to see and test-ride bikes right on the grounds of the Pomona Fairplex.

General Discussion / Re: Great Music For My Tour? Suggestions?
« on: September 06, 2011, 07:48:40 pm »
Um, yeah, the sounds of the wind/birds/rivers/streams/crickets/and my fellow riders are about the best sounds on Earth for me when I tour.

General Discussion / Re: What about your Bike??????
« on: August 31, 2011, 08:01:57 am »
Most hardware stores sell cable by the foot. I bought 12 feet of thin (lightweight) stuff and had them loop the ends and crimp with a metal piece. Total cost: $6. On tour, I use this in combination with a 6' cable/combination lock to string through wheels and parts, or to a distant heavy object, or through one of the loops in my tent (so as to wake me at night if someone tried walking off with the bike).

General Discussion / Re: removal of post
« on: August 28, 2011, 11:47:15 pm »

Wouldn't be much of a forum left if everyone did that. :o

General Discussion / Re: Gotta eat, but don't want to cook/boil
« on: August 23, 2011, 12:34:09 pm »
I did eat at Subways a few times on my Santa Fe trail tour and I suspect they will be available fairly often on my upcoming pacific coast tour.  Definitely not something you can rely on in remote rural areas though.

Subway has been adding tons of new locations, often in gas station/convenience stores (they recently surpassed McDonald's for number of locations). We found them great for bike touring since the price is cheap and you get to load up on all the veggies you want.

General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: August 15, 2011, 10:24:52 am »
Of course, you could spend a bundle and purchase a recumbent.

Another myth to bust.
The price of a decent new/used upright touring bicycle: $500-2000.
The price of a decent new/used recumbent touring bicycle: $500-2000.

General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: August 03, 2011, 05:54:33 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.

Gear Talk / Re: Mystery recumbent
« on: July 14, 2011, 06:16:04 pm »
Looks kinda like a Re-bike to me. Company no longer exists.

General Discussion / Re: Gotta eat, but don't want to cook/boil
« on: May 16, 2011, 12:22:29 am »
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.

General Discussion / Re: Shakedown Trip, still concerned
« on: April 27, 2011, 11:12:01 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!!!:

General Discussion / Re: How would you have handled this dog episode?
« on: April 25, 2011, 06:15:52 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)

Gear Talk / Re: Sandles?
« on: April 18, 2011, 09:32:39 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.

General Discussion / Re: Need advice from you! (the pros)
« on: April 17, 2011, 12:11:59 am »
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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