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Gear Talk / Re: saddles and sores
« on: June 30, 2016, 09:17:34 pm »
I agree that sometimes body chemistry is the main culprit. I get severe heat rash after about 60 miles despite periodic professional bike fits and the use of various potions. Lantiseptic works the best but bleeds white through the shorts.
The disagreement of my statement regarding the need for a fit seems like splitting hairs to me.
I had the same experience ruining a brand new B17 due to getting caught in a 3 hour rain. Now I never ride without fenders.

Gear Talk / Re: saddles and sores
« on: June 04, 2016, 11:32:06 pm »
Physical problems should always be addressed first with a bike fit.

« on: May 15, 2016, 09:12:53 pm »
Is Rockport the closest grocery store to Colonial Peak Campground from the west?

General Discussion / Re: Down Tube Shifters
« on: March 31, 2016, 04:48:37 pm »
LOTS of downtube shifting here in Madison WI and LOTS of manual transmission cars Russ. Jetta especially sells lots of them without having to special order them.

I'd rather to take nothing preferring to ask real people along the way for the information that a smart phone offers. But, life intervened and family insists on texting, they can't be bothered to rely on a telephone call from me along the  way.
I like real books.

Gear Talk / Re: Who makes decent rain gear....
« on: March 20, 2016, 10:17:28 pm »
Agree with Showers Pass.
Also agree with tights, if they are indeed tight, not floppy. Leggings for example have no room for water to collect against the leg so I don't get cold, again if it is above 50.

Routes / Washington Parks route option
« on: March 20, 2016, 10:12:18 pm »
Has anyone ridden Twisp-Carlton Rd south out of Twisp to Carlton instead of staying on Washington 20?

General Discussion / Re: State Park Camping
« on: February 20, 2016, 05:19:40 pm »
It is true in Wisconsin but we have had to ask for the ranger as sometimes the clerk wasn't aware of the policy.

Gear Talk / Re: Lookin for rain poncho
« on: December 29, 2015, 09:57:35 pm »
Here is one
I have one but I'm tall and it didn't work well with drop bars which were too far forward. Best coverage seems to be for upright commuter bikes. Check out these examples.¬

Most Washington mountain passes that allow bikes, i.e., not I-90, will be closed in March. Olympic Peninsula, San Juan Islands, SE Washington, anywhere west of the divide all great areas to ride, if as  you say, a bit damp.

General Discussion / Re: camping sites in the Western USA
« on: October 06, 2015, 09:30:36 pm »
" Search "campgrounds near [name of town and state]". Zoom out to widen the results if nothing shows up. The results will not be exhaustive since the search will not return town parks that allow camping, but it is a good start."

This does work usually with regular Google searching, not Google maps. Plus if you see a town go to that town's website and see if they have parks that allow camping.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring without fenders - big mistake?
« on: August 14, 2015, 11:09:46 pm »
Fenders help protect leather saddles from the water  coming off the rear wheel underneath the saddle.
Choose wider if there is any doubt what size to put on.

Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:51:24 pm »
Discussions about chain and cassette longevity are interesting if only because the variation is so great. I don't want to doubt those who get 10,000 miles but that hasn't been my experience. What is missing from these discussions is what our personal tolerance is for the manifestations of chain and cassette wear. I swap out a chain when the shifting begins to be anything but perfect. I love the exact crispness of a good quick shift. That is just my preference. Others may be more tolerant of shifting that isn't as precise.   If I was riding downtube or barend shifters, maybe I  could also get 10,000 miles because I would have more direct control over the shifting with those systems than with any indexing system.

ZZZZ is absolutely correct in saying that much depends on the age and flexibility of the rider, though I'm not sure anyone 6'4" would be comfortable for long on a 58. I'm 6'2+" and ride a 64 cm and love it.

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