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Messages - DwarvenChef

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Gear Talk / Re: Cycling Sandals
« on: October 04, 2010, 05:08:23 am »
I have wide feet as well and I'm having a heck of a time finding any thing that fits...

General Discussion / Re: Pannier Secuity
« on: September 29, 2010, 04:17:50 pm »
When I lived in the San Jose area I had a Specialized bike stollen off my 3rd floor balcony. Then next one wa stolen within 24 hours of purchase off the main street of Santana Row where my wife worked.

Any quality locking system will deter a mojority of these guys, but if they want it... it's gone... Nowdays I go with the theory of junky stuff doesn't grab attention, so I try to get the shiny new look off the item as soon as posable, lessen the ability to resell it fast.

Routes / Re: Hawaii trip in the works
« on: September 24, 2010, 03:11:16 am »
I should have also directed you to this web site it helped in our planning.

Crazy Guy On A Bike.  Search North America then  Hawaii.   There are numerous write ups on Big Island trips. 

Hope the links work.  Our trip was in 2009 not 2008 time flys....


Yup lots of good reading there :)

General Discussion / Re: what cycling computer to get?
« on: September 24, 2010, 03:10:07 am »
I'm also challenged when it comes to these new fangled devices, heck I'm still trying to get used to my new (6 years old) bike...

Keep this thread going so I can learn more :)

So far I have forgotten to ask my LBS about them as I always forget things I haven't a clue on lol...

Alaska/Hawaii / Re: 2011 Hawaii
« on: September 23, 2010, 03:32:12 am »
Thanks for that quote :) Helps me out on figuring things out.

I'm 6'1" and have a tall bike as well. Our Specialized bikes where stolen (one after just having it 24 hours..), so we got Trek bikes now, no one has tried stealing them yet... and I'm happy to have them. But I'm not sure if taking them with us will be a posability, we shall see as the time to get tickets nears.

Routes / Re: Hawaii trip in the works
« on: September 23, 2010, 03:22:22 am »
Thanks for the write up :) Gives me some good data to check up on :)

General Discussion / Re: Hard times
« on: September 22, 2010, 03:40:05 pm »
I'm a cook, the ammount od kitchens closing every month has sky rocketed compared to regular ecconomic times. And we get paid less, work harder, and have less options than just a couple years ago...

I'm looking everywhere and anywhere for deals on gear. I splurged and got my Jendd Expidition rack from their "Seconds" offerings. They assured me it was structurally sound but with scuffs and such. When I got it and checked all the welds, I was impressed by thier "Seconds" selection cause this rach looks great :) So far Creigs list has been a bust in my area, but I keep looking :)

General Discussion / Re: Hard times
« on: September 21, 2010, 06:05:15 pm »
I have not had a chance at anything longer than a couple days ride, because my sales are up and its hard to keep up with the demand.  I am a potter/artist, so go figure.

I've noticed Artisans seem to be hanging in there better than the mass market cheapie stuff lately. Glad to see it personally.

Alaska/Hawaii / Re: 2011 Hawaii
« on: September 21, 2010, 03:32:21 am »
We are most likely going to the Big Island and renting bikes, cost wise it seems the best route for us.

Gear Talk / Re: Newbie looking for Good Gear advice
« on: September 13, 2010, 03:04:42 am »
... Where are the best online stores for gear that works and low prices?

Not sure, I generally try and support my LBS, but that is me.

I'm with ya there, I just found a good one and I'm trying to work with them on my needs. So far we have had a good exchange :)

General Discussion / Re: Hard times
« on: September 02, 2010, 03:50:45 am »
It's going to blow our budget just flying out to Hawaii, once there we have next to no $$ so every penny will be watched...
You do know, I hope, that food and other things are extremely expensive in Hawaii compared to on the mainland.  I worked there for five months in 1981, and it was 20  more years (2001) before the price of a lot of things on the mainland caught up to what they were in Hawaii in 1981.

Yes we are watching food costs, we tend to only buy basic ingredients and make our own food to avoid more mark up. It may also be cheaper for us to rent bikes there than shipping our own in the long run, for only a weeks stay. We have a year to iron it all out :)

General Discussion / Re: Hard times
« on: September 01, 2010, 05:08:49 am »
Our trip is getting planned and equiped with extream tighness :( gear is being looked for in thrift shops as well as some of my old backpacking gear from 30 years ago. It's going to blow our budget just flying out to Hawaii, once there we have next to no $$ so every penny will be watched... But we will get there and we will have a great ride :)

Routes / Re: Hawaii trip in the works
« on: September 01, 2010, 05:03:35 am »
Looks like the big island will be our first choice. Can anyone suggest good maps of the non toursty side? We are both from a tourist town here in CA and don't need that same kind of insanity on our get away trip :)

General Discussion / Re: Food
« on: August 18, 2010, 02:12:17 am »
"Roughing it Easy"

Now that sounds like a fun book :) Just don't let my wife know I'm looking for more cookbooks... after I hit around 500 cookbooks she started to get twitchy on the subject...

General Discussion / Re: Food
« on: August 15, 2010, 03:13:21 am »
Being a cook I can tell I'm going to have a problem keeping my "Kitchen Kit" down to a reasonable size. I keep trying to load up a dutch oven... and I can't seem to talk myself out of it... I've cooked on the little pots and pans that where popular in the 70's and 80's but haven't tried the newer titanium kits. I can't see where they will do any better then the older gear... Nothing cooks as good as a dutch oven when you need a dutch oven... ARRGGHH!!!!

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