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General Discussion / Riding Southern tier with load
« on: August 15, 2006, 10:14:01 pm »
You can only carry so much so I think they mean the total you will carry, period. Your stuff, shared group stuff etc. That's a wide range: 30-45#. I've seen people at on the same tour at both ends of the range and they each were happy. The lightweight was happy because he was light, the guy with [more than] 45# was happy because he had his laptop, huge camera, and more variety in his wardrobe. It's all very personal- unless you can't haul it up over the mountains.


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General Discussion / Shoulder Pain solutions?
« on: September 29, 2006, 08:47:27 pm »
Excellent! I paid $100 4 years ago on a fit and it was the best money I've spent bicycling. Glad you're comfortable!


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General Discussion / Good Touring Saddle?
« on: July 15, 2006, 11:51:30 pm »
The B-17 takes almost no time to break in, the Pro will take longer but last forever if you take care of it (mine is 20 years old). Don't have any experience with the spring loaded versions. My guess is that it could hurt power output but that my be of no concern for you. There are many other discussions in the forum archives about saddles to peruse. Good luck.


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General Discussion / How to survive weather on the Northern Tier
« on: April 07, 2006, 11:18:38 pm »
Depending on when you leave Anacortes you could be cold and wet in the mountains, if my trip was any indication. Yes to Gore Tex type coats and layers underneath so you can find the combination that works. I found tight lycra leg warmers kept my legs warm because there wasn't room for water in the fabric. I don't know where the idea came that thunderstorms mainly come at night in the midwest. I've lived in Iowa, MN or Wisconsin for 40 years and have gotten plenty wet riding during the day. Sometimes the storms come out of nowhere and you just try to find somewhere to hide. I've met some great people when running for their large oak trees and were invited in-well, as far as the porch due to being dripping wet! Most of the time it is warm to hot, but staying dry is always better no matter what the temperature. Summer t-storms in the midwest can also be incredibly beautiful as the clouds form. By the way, the reason we get most of our precip in the summer is that it comes down hard and then we're free of it for a while, unlike in some areas where it rains a little frequently. Enjoy your tour, it's a great route.


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General Discussion / first aid kits
« on: March 14, 2006, 10:56:16 pm »
I recommend taking the Red Cross First Aid class so you know how to use what's in the kit and how to make a splint etc. I added diphenhydramine (generic Benadryl) for bites and an epipen for bee stings.


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General Discussion / Keeping Clean
« on: January 23, 2006, 12:13:10 am »
Where there is water there is the opportunity to wash out your cycling shorts no matter what the weather. Throw them on the back of the bike, on the BOB bag, whatever the next day if they need a few more hours to dry. It is important to wash out the bacteria daily. You can wear dirty T-shirts after the ride but I would never wear shorts more than one day without washing them. Too much enouragement for saddle sores.


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General Discussion / Tire Inflation Pressures
« on: January 23, 2006, 12:29:42 am »
I'm sorry but I don't know. There is lots of discussion on other websites such as roadbikerider.com and I think Sheldon Brown weighs in as well. Basically, we have been fed bad information for years about tire pressure. I used to run my tires ABOVE the maximum to get that added rolling benefit. But it was an illusion. The difference just wasn't there. Harder tires are more prone to cut because they can't give and are too hard to grip on tight turns, not too mention the comfort factor.


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General Discussion / Tire Inflation Pressures
« on: January 14, 2006, 07:32:58 pm »
The tire pressure stamped on a tire is the MAXIMUM pressure for that tire. Higher pressures do not give significant reduction in rolling resistance, especially for a tourist, to justify the reduction in safety that a stiffer tire provides. Lower pressure allows a tire to grab the road better and contrary to popular belief does not increase the possibility of flats. Al Ardizone of roadbikerider.com also claims that tires last longer at the lower pressure. I've forgotten what I ride touring with the 35's but when I ride 25's I put in 90# front and 95# rear despite being able to put in 120#. Some riders are using 85#. The handling is also far superior at the lower pressure.


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General Discussion / Amtrak Boxes for Tall Bikes?
« on: January 14, 2006, 07:38:09 pm »
I understand the frustration. My 64 cm barely fits into my box I got from Colorado Cyclist. You might want to contact a shop at the end of your ride and see about having them save a big box for you to get home.


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General Discussion / Safety/money/ATMs/Cash/Traveler's Checks/etc.
« on: November 08, 2005, 12:02:49 am »
The strange thing about travelers checks is that banks won't cash them. I have never had a problem cashing them in cafes or grocery stores but always a problem in a credit unions and banks.


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General Discussion / Doctor Sez NO!
« on: December 18, 2005, 09:42:49 pm »
How are we to know which saddle, if any, protects us? I have never had numbness with my Brooks saddles, including two past seasons of over 3500 miles each. Last week I used my Selle Italia Trans Am (identical to the Terry Fly and the manufacturer of the Terry) and had numbness, (not to mention a sore butt since it isn't as soft as the Brooks) even with the nifty cutout.


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General Discussion / Doctor Sez NO!
« on: December 14, 2005, 09:50:41 pm »
Does anyone know if damage occurs without any symtom such as numbness? If we don't have numbness can we assume we are out of danger?


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General Discussion / Doctor Sez NO!
« on: November 10, 2005, 11:07:19 am »
Here's a very promising alternative: http://www.bycycleinc.com.


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General Discussion / Doctor Sez NO!
« on: November 09, 2005, 12:00:07 am »
Also check out a new saddle that supposedly "increases blood and oxygen supply to the genitals by an average of 4x over a traditional tear-drop shaped bicycle seat design while riding in an aero, drop bar position." See it at http://www.performancebike.com/E3saddle.cfm


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General Discussion / Doctor Sez NO!
« on: November 08, 2005, 12:17:58 am »
Check out http://www.roadbikerider.com/noseless.htm?sessid=haTmpKUvUPJXw a review of the noseless saddles by Ed Pavelka,  one of the most respected cyclists in the country. The problem with the NY Times article is that it doesn't say who was in the test group and what kind of saddles were used. I've never met anyone who have had problems when using a Brooks saddle. Maybe that is because the leather gives. All other saddles except the Saddle Co Flow (http://www.saddleco.com) have a hard plastic base under that nice leather cover, which is why they are notoriously uncomfortable.


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