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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?


General Discussion / good link for bike touring in NC.
« on: September 25, 2004, 03:20:05 pm »

shows the states bike routes. nc 2 from west to east is a great ride.

General Discussion / Trinp Length
« on: September 27, 2004, 12:54:41 pm »
i am the same. my schedule is very unpredictable so it is hard for me to make plans long term out. almost all of my touring is done with about a month of planning and for about a week at the longest due to family, etc. i am an army officer living in germany so at least i can make it up by riding in some nice places! i am looking forward to one day having a profession where i am able to paddle, bike, climb, and ski to my heart's content. probably why i'm hanging on here in the army until i can get my 50% salary for life pension!

General Discussion / Trinp Length
« on: September 24, 2004, 09:33:24 am »
How long do most of you tour for during your working year? At most without taking a specific vacation I get a lot of four day trips in becuase the army graciously gives us a four day weekend once a month. Of course that almost makes up for all the time gone but...another forum.

Just curious to know how many folks are able to get out and ride epic trips during the year.

General Discussion / Alaska!
« on: September 24, 2004, 09:30:39 am »
mike, let me know if you find anything out as well. i'm keen to ride this as well. brad

General Discussion / Door-Zone Bike Lanes
« on: September 22, 2004, 03:14:44 pm »
Bike Lanes are great because they keep a modicum of space for cyclists to use without having to worry, usually, about cars driving in them. Certainly exceptions exist, turn-ins/outs, side streets, and of course paralell parking on the other side of the bike lane. These are all objective hazards that we as cyclists must mitigate by being as coherent and aware of our surroundings as possible. I live in Germany and cycling as a commuter is a way of life for most folks who view a bike, legally and  materially, just as a car. The right of way laws here are based upon road position and not on vehicle type. The onus for all vehicle operators is to be aware of everything around you. In the US it is very similiar except I have never lived where there are bike lanes in the states. I have a good friend of mine here who t-barred a parked car with it's door open and the driver was found at fault and had to buy a new bike. But the judge admonished him  with a fine for failing to be alert.

Pay attention no-matter who or what you are driving (incidentally in ther germany language the word fahren (to drive) is used if talking about a car, a boat, a bike, etc) and be as courteous to cars as you want them to be to you. Too often I get from the message boards a self-hypocritical attitude of holier-than-thou from cyclists. This is something that only hurts cyclists in the eyes of the wider tax-paying population who ultimately fund any and all bike lanes in the US.

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