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General Discussion / TransAm with no training?
« on: April 20, 2005, 06:48:02 am »
As always i refer to the ancients for their advice.

Suffering leads to wisdom - Socrates

Go for it. It will be demanding, trying, etc but all the same even if you were a cyclist. I would just plan to take it easy the first month; after that your body will have entered the "adaption" phase of the workout and be relatively adjusted to the endeavor.

Go for it.

General Discussion / Adirondack Cycling
« on: March 11, 2005, 03:41:01 am »
i am really interested in doing some touring and climbing. i figure a BOB would be perfect for hauling gear using panniers for your camping equipment.
i remember about eight years ago in Climbing Magazine where a couple was crossing the country on a tandem rock climbing in all the states they went through to raise money for the Access Fund. Of course there is also Goran Kropp who cycled from sweden to nepal, solo'd everest and then cycled home.
I would like to do a cycling camping trip but i just don't have the time right now. I have to do one or the other.

General Discussion / Adirondack Cycling
« on: March 09, 2005, 03:39:57 pm »
Thanks for the information, i would really like to ride that area someday soon. How did you the camping? I know in new paltz it was a bit crowded.

General Discussion / Adirondack Cycling
« on: March 09, 2005, 07:33:39 am »
Anyone here toured extensively in the adirondack, finger lakes, and lake champlain area? I thinking of touring there this summer with my theme of reading the leather stocking tales.

just curious on what the conditions might be like. only time i've been that way was to go rock climbing at the 'gunks back in 2001.

General Discussion / Continental Breakfast
« on: March 12, 2005, 03:26:34 pm »
like huck-fin and tom sawyer say,"nothing tastes as sweet as a snitched melon."

General Discussion / Continental Breakfast
« on: March 08, 2005, 01:34:10 pm »
Has anyone else out there slipped a pair of regular shorts and a t-shirt over their cycling gear to "check-out" a continental breakfast while on tour?

General Discussion / Mtn Bike Touring in Germany
« on: February 25, 2005, 08:04:48 am »
Anyone out there know a good off-road mtn bike tour that goes hut to hut or self-sustained? Thanks. Brad

General Discussion / mountain bike touring in the alps
« on: October 13, 2004, 11:47:18 am »
anyone out-there have any information on mountain bike touring in the alps?

General Discussion / Money and Banks
« on: October 12, 2004, 06:32:12 am »
i think the answer depends on what sort of banking services does your NZ bank provide do you have access to cash through an atm card and do you carry a credit card? most american businesses now accept atm cards right in the store that you can use like a credit card (debit card). if you have these items then you can easily draw money from any atm on your NZ bank or charge most of your large expenses and just pay it off when you return home. i do agree that travelers checks are a bad idea.

i am an american living in germany and this is what i do most of the time as i have not opened a germany bank account and i know for a fact that the US is much more credit and debit card friendly than germany!

hope this helps.

General Discussion / Night Riding and Touring
« on: October 12, 2004, 06:07:27 pm »
the term calculated risk is probably more apropos in this situation. the bike lanes i'm speaking of are soley for bikes and are far far removed from any highway.

General Discussion / Night Riding and Touring
« on: October 12, 2004, 12:08:04 pm »
living in germany and commuting or touring without lights would be suicide. 1- it is dark for 19 hours a day in any season other than high summer! 2- motor scooters can ride on the bike paths!

that being said i do like to turn my light off when i'm in the forest between my house and work and ride in the dark. i'm currently running a cygolite, don't remember which but it is great.

General Discussion / Night Riding and Touring
« on: October 11, 2004, 09:39:04 pm »
Anyone out there ride when touring at night? Not just when caught at the end of a long day but a deliberate run down the road at night like a double century on a full moon night with the lights off? just curious who else out-there likes to ride at night.

General Discussion / anyone in europe next week 7-11 oct?
« on: October 01, 2004, 07:44:47 pm »
i am touring next weekend 7-11 october self-supported tent camping hopefully. i am open to any route/destination. i live in heidelberg germany and looking to ride in northern france, germany, switzerland, or the low countries. please email me at if interested.

General Discussion / Aero bars for touring
« on: September 30, 2004, 11:41:03 am »
How many folks here using aero-bars for touring? I took mine off my TT bike and rode to work with my usual 15 pound load of clothes and books and it was not too sketchy. I am thinking of adding a set of cinelli mini-bars permanently to my tourer. Anyone else outthere using aero-bars? What types? Any issues, particularly on fully loaded descents with a full load?

« on: September 29, 2004, 06:43:11 pm »
will you give me a note excusing me from work?

wonder if my boss would take that?


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