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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 28, 2009, 12:05:23 am »
You can miss the Cascades of Washington and oregon by going down the Columbia River gorge, but can hit tremendous headwinds there in spring and summer. 

That's rather like saying your ride from Canada to Mexico can be flat and mostly dry if you miss the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington and all that rain and surf and fog and traffic by turning south at Yakima.

Ride the Columbia Gorge till you get to Yakima Bend. Cross the bridge to visit the Maryhill Museum but then take off up into the mountains! You will forever regret not seeing these spectacular ranges.

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General Discussion / Re: food
« on: August 27, 2009, 11:59:23 pm »
for me stopping along the side of the road with a group to enjoy a big ass cheese burger...that drips down your chin
is not going to happen in my case....

So don't eat the bun.
You may be celiac but the last person I met on a bike tour with a gluten intolerance had it because it was suddenly the hip thing to be.

People with dietary restrictions cope at every meal, everyday. I don't suffer allergies but I still try to prepare and consume high quality nutritious foods instead of the typical American diet. I'm sure there are innumerable off-the-shelf products you can safely eat and, like someone who keeps Kosher, you can create lovely meals with a bit of study and creativity.
I just spent a few minutes at celiac.com. Remarkable, this Internet thing.

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Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: August 23, 2009, 11:25:25 am »
Today's date is August 24, 2009, and REI OUTLET has some downscale panniers from Sunlite on deep discount. Cheap way to get started and to see if panniers are right for you.

http://www.rei.com/outlet/product/796868

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Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: August 22, 2009, 09:10:52 am »
http://www.mikebentley.com/bike/panniers.htm

Several dead links but Mike's old pannier listings will give you many more options to explore.

Asking for opinions about a top of the line product like Arkel is not going to help you make a decision, only to rationalize your purchase.
What do you need in a pannier besides the implied status of the Arkel brand?
Durability, waterproofness, capacity, convenience, mounting system, completeness of system components and other bags, cost, mass, external lashing options, off-bike functionality, and other factors are what usually contribute to pannier purchase decisions. 

The Arkel could probably last 20 years of intensive use for which you pay in cash and weight; do you need that kind of longevity?

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General Discussion / Re: Cycling in thunderstorms
« on: July 30, 2009, 12:08:51 am »
In which tent was that?
Jim

Most good tents will keep you dry in a raging thunderstorm as long as you have the fly guyed out properly and securely.


A great test is to pitch your tent in the backyard and hit it with a spray nozzle. Have someone you trust spry it with you in it. The idea isn't to try to get you soaked, it's to find out where the weaknesses in your setup are, if any of the seams leak, and to get experience with the guying requirements. 

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General Discussion / Re: New to Adventure cycling. Need good bike .
« on: July 23, 2009, 10:54:54 pm »
> I plan to do a lot of riding in Holland and Germany,thats where I will be living.<

Holland is nuts for recumbents especially short wheel base and low racers. The flat terrain and aero profile of these bikes are made for each otehr.

http://www.hpvelotechnik.com/index_e.html

http://www.challenge-recumbents.com/

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General Discussion / Re: Ketchum Idaho to Missoula Mt
« on: July 22, 2009, 12:16:14 am »
Does anyone have any information on touring from Ketchum Idaho to Missoula Mt?  Anything would be helpful! Katmandu

Are you an Idaho local or are you coming in to the Sun Valley area for the start of your tour?
Why don't you join 180 others on Ride Idaho? We leave from Nampa (near Boise) in a few weeks on a loop to Payette, McCall, Garden Valley, and Idaho City.
 www.rideidaho.org

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General Discussion / Re: Sort of a medical question
« on: July 22, 2009, 12:12:22 am »
Overactive sinus secretion can be symptomatic of lots of interesting medical issues. You want to talk to an ear-nose-throat specialist who has a passion for sports medicine. Difficult to find but call other sports medicine specialists and see if there's a referral they will offer.

I strongly recommend sinus irrigation. It's an ancient practice, flushes out the cavities and prevents irritants from causing hystemic reactions and rogue bugs from setting up colonies. Many different techniques and products on the market, pick one and give it a try for a few months. I use the NeilMed kits  www.neilmed.com/usa

Rockets are rarely an option on a recumbent due to body position.

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General Discussion / Re: Touring Nutrition
« on: July 17, 2009, 01:08:05 am »
There is a distinct difference between satisfying your body's needs for nutrients and your mind's desires for, erm, something to eat. Everything changes when your body gets into a mode where you are placing huge demands on it.

There are two excellent books from ACA's store but I can only find one listed:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/store/index.cfm/product/315_29/the-cyclists-food-guide.cfm

Any of the dozens of backpacking recipe books will provide you with solid and satisfying suggestions. 

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General Discussion / Re: Numb Feet
« on: July 04, 2009, 08:31:29 am »
> I really don't see how adapting a racing equipment mentality fixes problems of touring cyclists. <

I started  using clipless on my mountain bike and found a huge contribution to my climbing power and control over the bike. On my recumbent, the pull lets me climb with less fatigue and to put on short bursts on speed. Clipless pedals have much more going for them besides adding an upstroke but that's fodder for another thread. Physiologically, I don't see that a pull stroke changes circulation issues either. I hope the OP comes back and tells how a visit to the bike shop changed his situation. Additional anecdotal reflectgion on numb or tingley toes will contribute to the discussion.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike Related Skin Rashes -- Please Help!
« on: June 21, 2009, 01:04:18 pm »
The exact location of the rash might help some of the more experienced among us to pinpoint a solution. You don't mention your hygiene or laundry systems and those simple things can make all the difference. Sweat and other stuff in your shorts can turn into nasty irritants after short fermentation periods and the whole range of flora is different for women riders.

You may need to not only change your shorts more often, like twice a day, but may need to wash them more carefully, too, getting them not only cleaner but totally free of detergents an additives.

wishing you luck

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General Discussion / Re: Touring
« on: June 21, 2009, 12:56:02 pm »
I have not toured but want to

Practice.
I'd sign up up for a couple of supported tours this summer.
You have about six months to put a thousand miles under your butt and to spend twenty or thirty nights under the stars in various weather conditions.
 

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Rocky Mountain / Ride Idaho, August, 2009
« on: June 17, 2009, 08:52:03 am »
If you got shut out of Cycle Oregon and Cycle Montanta and Ride Wyoming or are still looking for a smaller supprted tour, give us a chance to sign you up.

rideidaho.org

We've still got room for you.

Rivers, mountains, lakes. A fabulous layoever day in the beautiful resort destination of McCall, Idaho, on the shores of glacial moraine Payette Lake.

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General Discussion / Re: Numb Feet
« on: June 15, 2009, 11:47:29 pm »
There are two types of numbness: nerve impingement and circulation issues. You need to figure out which you're suffering before you go looking for solutions.

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Gear Talk / Re: Pedal Suggestions for Soft Soled Shoes?
« on: June 15, 2009, 11:45:57 pm »
Power Grips.
powergrips.mrpbike.com
bicycling.about.com/od/equipmentreviews/fr/power_grips.htm

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