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General Discussion / Re: Day Jobs?
« on: October 27, 2013, 10:18:25 pm »
I ran into a guy touring in Death Valley National Park (during the shutdown-a great time to ride there!) whose kids are grown and here is the kicker-he is a tax accountant. Come June he has made enough money for the rest of the year and off he goes.

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Gear Talk / Re: Chain Maintenance vs Replacement
« on: July 07, 2013, 10:53:15 pm »
While WD-40 has some rust preventing qualities it is really a solvent, not a lube.

I'm of the "all lubes are good if used properly" school.  Chain L is really good but time consuming to apply. I have used Pro Link for several years. I pour it into a chain cleaner with brushes that you clamp on the chain. Brushes off grit and soaks each link in the liquid lube at the same time. Much easier way to get it into each pin than drop by drop.

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
« on: July 07, 2013, 10:46:27 pm »
No back pockets, but seersucker is hard to beat in hot weather. Lands End surprisingly doesn't have 'em right now but REI has a number wicking and/or SPF long sleeve shirts

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Whoa, you misunderstood me.  I totally agree that at first glance to the few facts we have I can find no fault with the cyclists. Especially with 7 hit at once.
Sorry for the poorly written post.

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WE WERE NOT THERE to know what happened.  But, I have to wonder when SEVEN cyclists are injured in ONE event, whether there was anything they could have done in the realm of precautions.

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General Discussion / Re: Brooks Sadles
« on: June 28, 2013, 10:13:51 pm »
Brooks saddles do not mean you won't have issues with chafing or saddle sores. I (61 yr old male) ride only Brooks and when it is very hot and a very long ride, or hours in the rain, I have what can be best compared to diaper rash, until I started using Lantiseptic (http://www.lantiseptic.com/). Other creams did not prevent the rash under those harsh conditions.
BTW, my B-17 was comfortable right out of the box, but the Pro has slightly different dimensions and never felt right.

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General Discussion / Re: Need Help With Shifting on Climbs
« on: June 19, 2013, 10:27:17 pm »
Jennifer,
Packer fan, Wheel & Sprocket. Hmmm. I'm thinking you're in eastern Wisconsin and don't have much in the way of hills . You'll need to come west to the Driftless Region (e.g., Dane, La  Crosse counties) to find some real hills before you tackle Washington. Few places are more beautiful to ride either. Good luck!

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Gear Talk / Re: Racks
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:34:14 pm »
It is gorgeous, but the sucker weighs 3#!  One of the best is the Tobus Cargo which weighs only 18 oz. Nitto's beautiful, and strong rear rack is about 22 oz. I applaud you if you don't worry about an extra pound or so but once you load it up the beauty is hidden, so save the weight.

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General Discussion / Re: Training: Schedule Critique Needed
« on: March 30, 2013, 08:08:29 pm »
You're 22 years old. Enough said.

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Gear Talk / Re: Selle Anatomica Titanico X
« on: March 25, 2013, 10:36:16 pm »
I bought a SA because they're made here in Wisconsin but sold it because FOR ME it didn't match any of my three Brooks (a Pro bought in 1974 which I still ride sometimes, and 2 B-17s).

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General Discussion / Re: Touring Question
« on: March 12, 2013, 11:14:32 pm »
I know the itch. Maybe you only get to go for a couple of weeks, but hey, that is better than nothing.
I took 6 weeks 6 years ago but 3 were without pay. I won't be able to do that again until I retire which is exactly 5 years and 18 days from now. Until then it is one week (two weekends makes it 10 days) and two weeks every other year.
Don't scratch the itch; soothe it on the road!

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MY editorial thinking on the subject spoken in many a rant but published only here.

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"Buy newspapers each day and send postcards" was an editorial on what I think of taking electronics on a tour.

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General Discussion / Re: Bicycle tourism route mapping advice and examples?
« on: December 20, 2012, 10:18:47 pm »
Talk to the League of American Bicyclists http://www.bikeleague.org/.

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Buy newspapers each day and send postcards.

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