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General Discussion / Trinp Length
« on: September 27, 2004, 09:54:41 am »
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, 06:33:24 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, 06:30:39 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, 12:14:44 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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General Discussion / touring with a family
« on: August 22, 2004, 05:05:30 pm »
other than the article by mark jenkins from way back in the annals of adventure cycling does anyone out there have a good resource with touring with a family or have much experience with touring with small kids, 6 mos to two years. just curious. next year i will be touring with my wife an almost three year old and a six month old. we live in heidelberg, germany so we have some advantages but just wondering.

General Discussion / What really is Adventure?
« on: September 30, 2004, 08:45:28 am »
Adventure is the pursuit of yourself in situations that maximize your potential in the face of adversity. For everyone this watermark is different depending upon their personal circumstances and backgrounds.

Me personally I like long endurance based outdoor events particularly in mountains or deserts that involve lots of problem solving, route finding, and unexpected encounters of any sort!

General Discussion / Adv Cycling Maps and Water
« on: June 07, 2004, 04:48:52 am »
it is called adventure cycling because you cannot plan for all contingencies.

General Discussion / Summer Plans
« on: May 20, 2004, 04:49:47 am »
next week i start my trip from the bodensee (lake constance) through the black forest to colmar france and up the french side of the rhine and then back over the my house in heidelberg germany. should be fun.

General Discussion / When is the USA Summer/Winter?
« on: May 20, 2004, 04:52:05 am »
skymax, as an american army officer i have been out and about a bit across the globe and i always encounter people who say this or that about "those" people, delightfully it has usually been not the case.
have fun in the us, as i'm currently in germany i envy your trip...ah...mexican food.

General Discussion / ANYONE RIDING A JAMIS NOVA?
« on: March 28, 2004, 04:19:43 pm »
I am currently riding a Jamis Nova as my commuter, want to turn it into a tourer but am concerned that my fenders will not fit under racks due to having to mount them on pannier brackets as well.

How does anyone out there have their nova set up?

General Discussion / Climbing and Cycling
« on: March 28, 2004, 04:57:42 am »
yes i have been climbing for 10 years, i am now 28. i am originally from north carolina and have thought seriously about making a nice long rock climbing pilgrimage by bike through the state's major areas; of which there are superb ones.

i came to cycling from climbing becuase my job, i am an army officer, required me to stay near house since my initial unit out of university had a "recall" and "emergency deployment" contingency. needing something to do and living in the coastal plain of north carolina i started cycling, both on and off road since the only climbing was on three large railroad trestles!

since then i've been cycling and climbing avidly and would love to undertake some long cycling and climbing tours, a'la goran kropp.

a few years back there was a couple raising money for the access fund by climbing and cycling around the states...not sure of the specifics but i would like to find out more about that as well.

i think that cycling and climbing could open a large range of adventures.

General Discussion / Climbing and Cycling
« on: March 26, 2004, 09:23:05 am »
Anyone else outthere familiar with Goran Kropp? Cycled from Sweden to Everest, soloed from the north, and then cycled home?

I am looking at doing some trips along these lines but far less dramatic. I am currently living in Germany, is there anyone else out there into both climbing and cycling?

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