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General Discussion / Tire width recommendations
« on: January 06, 2008, 12:46:50 am »
The Waterford T-14 Adventure Cycle is a fantastic bike. Congratulations on a great choice. This frame is already relaxed abit, so narrow tires, which would normally make the ride a little harsher, on this bike may not feel harsh. Wider tires though will absorb bumps better which on a long ride is important. You are a heavy rider which along with the weight of the gear negates any gain you may get with narrower tires. Beefier tires with your weight will protect your rims too. Have a great tour!

General Discussion / Thanks ACA and this Forum!
« on: December 05, 2007, 12:00:31 am »
Glad you both had great trips this year. As a starting point for your Oregon planning I invite you to see three routes I'm refining for a two week trip next summer. You can see them at a mapping site for cyclists. Look in Eugene for routes named "Eugene-Crater Lake Loop," Eugene-Crater Lake-Bend-Sisters--Salem Loop," "Oregon 2008 version 1."

General Discussion / Getting in shape
« on: November 28, 2007, 11:11:20 pm »
Most experts believe that training starts with aerobic conditioning. There are many programs and books written about it generally around using HEART RATE MONITORS. Chris Carmichael, Edmund Burke, Fred Matheny, to name just three authors. Libraries have these and/or others. Matheny's books are out of print but are available electonically at (Lots of great information for free via their weekly email and much more for a fee at the "premium" site) You can also do ONLINE COACHING coaching with businesses such as Carmichael's CTS (he was Lance Armstrong's coach). Bicycling Magazine also always has training tips and in their online version.

General Discussion / Pacific coast
« on: November 09, 2007, 10:55:00 pm »
The "Oregon Bicycling Guide" is indeed great and is found at
There are also several books in a series, e.g., Bicycling The Backroads of Northwest Oregon, by The Mountaineers and found at

Advise bringing your own bike unless you have time to shop AND test ride it LOADED for several days before heading south.

Read, read, read, the How To Department here at the Adventure Cycling site for LOTS of information about touring.

Why would you NOT want to start your ride in Seattle, one of the most beautiful cities on earth?

Have a great tour!

General Discussion / Is there a good all-in-one clothes/body wash?
« on: November 03, 2007, 09:11:38 pm »
"I use this as a soap, shampoo, wash my clothes, etc.. I do carry toothpaste though.. "
But it's nice to know we can use it on our teeth in a pinch though! ( I have and once is enough)

General Discussion / Is there a good all-in-one clothes/body wash?
« on: October 30, 2007, 09:11:20 pm »
Ah but which flavor? I usually tour/camp with peppermint but have just discovered almond. Love the stuff for over 30 years.

General Discussion / leg cramps
« on: September 19, 2007, 10:20:23 pm »
Actually Janie, especially for older cyclists like dreitman and myself, stretching cold muscles can cause more problems than not stretching. The current wisdom is to warm up the muscles by riding carefully before stretching, so most of us stretch after the ride.

General Discussion / Whadya mean, dead last AGAIN!?
« on: August 26, 2007, 07:10:56 pm »
Check out Coach Fred Matheny has a great ebook for training, racing and touring.

General Discussion / Hurting Feet
« on: July 06, 2007, 09:38:18 pm »
My feet started hurting last summer while riding and then off the bike. A podiatrist diagnosed it as Morton's neuroma, or pinched nerve. Orthotics and wider shoes, including cycling shoes have helped. Not sure if that is what you have but seeing a podiatrist may be indicated for you. Lake makes shoes in wide sizes among a couple of others.
Good luck.

General Discussion / training over 50 yrs of age
« on: June 11, 2007, 09:58:24 pm »
If I were in your place I would sign up with a coach, something like Carmichael Training Systems (, or any of the other good online or local coaches that are available. They'll help you set up the training based on your current fitness level. I'm 55 and use a book by Fred Matheny available online at There are good books on training with heart rate monitors available at the library. Good luck!

General Discussion / Logistics, Getting People and Bikes to Astoria
« on: May 21, 2007, 10:51:57 pm »
If you give a motel your business they may be willing, at least that was my experience.

General Discussion / Overtraining - Real, or Myth?
« on: May 02, 2007, 11:10:38 pm »
It depends on what you want to achieve. If you want to be good at riding 55 miles slowly everyday ride 55 miles everyday. If you want to get faster you'll have to include some kind of speed work; do some sprints once a week in the middle of your ride.  If you want to climb better you'll have to work harder on those climbs. So yes, 42 miles with intensity is overall better than a slow 52. Once you increase the intensity into the anerobic area then you have to start thinking about adding rest. Back to back days of "I thought I would die" is hard on the body. Most of us never get stronger and faster without really thinking about pushing our limits. Without pushing consciously we tend to stay in the 75-80% or our maximum effort range (typical touring effort) which doesn't lead to overall improvement.  There are also lots of books available in the library on using heart rate for training including some by Chris Carmichael, Lance Armstrong's coach. He preaches the same ideas that Fred Matheny does. Hope this helps.

General Discussion / Overtraining - Real, or Myth?
« on: April 30, 2007, 10:06:29 pm »
Russell is correct. See and especially the ebook by Fred Matheny, Complete Book of Road Bike Training.It's a great book for anyone serious about increasing strength and endurance.  Recent Bicycling Mags also have articles about training with intensity. Fred also endorses rest, especially after those intense workouts.

General Discussion / Bike security while camping?
« on: April 24, 2007, 12:09:23 am »
Hey Tofu,
Tons of us out around Paoli tonight on the bicycle highways.
You can get lightweight cable by length at hardware stores and those little lead jobbies to create the loop. That way you can make it really long to wrap both wheels and the frame and your old BOB. I also undo the quick releases at night, and when at cafes eating pie wrap my helmet straps through the spokes. One more hassle for a thief.

General Discussion / Your Local Bike Shop
« on: March 19, 2007, 10:12:38 pm »
I only buy mail order when I absolutely can't buy it locally. My problem is choosing which of the fine  (with the exception of one) locally owned Madison shops to patronize.

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