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Routes / Re: GDMBR COMPANIONS
« Last post by Harry1987 on August 31, 2014, 06:41:49 pm »
Steve,

Keen for this, great shout. I will be doing the whole route (I hope).

Coming over from the UK. Excited
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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Atlantic Coast 5, Map 51
« Last post by dobsonjv on August 31, 2014, 06:37:46 pm »
Map 51.  Bridge out over Island Creek between point A and B on 1002.  Use Sidbury Rd. as alternate to avoid major backtrack.
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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by johnsondasw on August 30, 2014, 09:26:46 pm »
I live in central WA state and have ridden at least hundreds, perhaps thousands of miles on I-90 near my home.

But the I-90 bridge over the Columbia at Vantage is an example of what many people are talking about - a death trap. No shoulders, heavy traffic, high speeds and high winds at times. 

Yup!  Did that once, in 1991.  It is a problem.  I have seen folks walking alon with bikes, squeezed against the guardrail.
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Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« Last post by TwoWheeledExplorer on August 30, 2014, 08:02:34 pm »
Personally, on my touring bike I have toe clips and on my MTB I have PowerGrip straps. I was born with a splayed foot (Something they couldn't correct 60 years ago, but do now.) so I can't use SPD. I for bikepacking I wear lightweight hiking boots, and find myself wearing them more and more on road/gravel, too. I have a pair of police-style bike patrol shoes (I'm a park ranger.) that have semi-rigid soles and work well with the PowerGrips. I also have a pair of older Bontraeger MTB Race shoes I wear for rec riding because I can throw them on and pull the Velcro shut and be on my way.

Long and short, the hiking boots are working well for me, and it gives me one set of shoes for on and off bike.

Ride safe,
Hans
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Gear Talk / Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« Last post by TwoWheeledExplorer on August 30, 2014, 07:43:23 pm »
Nice looking bike. Similar in some ways to the Salsa Fargo, at least in appearance.

My guess, without talking to anyone at Trek...yet...is that the potential Fargo (or Co-Motion Divide) buyer is the market they are going for. I have always liked Trek MTBs; their geometry fits me well. This bike is at the top of my list for my bucket list super trip on the Lewis and Clark Bicycle Trail.

Ride safe,
Hans
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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by jamawani on August 30, 2014, 07:36:29 pm »
I live in central WA state and have ridden at least hundreds, perhaps thousands of miles on I-90 near my home.

But the I-90 bridge over the Columbia at Vantage is an example of what many people are talking about - a death trap. No shoulders, heavy traffic, high speeds and high winds at times.  Still waiting for the old railroad bridge at Beverly to be opened for cyclists - but will probably die first. Wouldn't it be nice to have a ferry from the old highway landings? Old Vantage Highway on the east side is stunning. I've hitch-hiked across major rivers about a half-dozen times. Have thought about doing so there.

It's tough to find a good place to cross the Columbia in central Washington - obviously Wenatchee is a good choice - and thus, I will often plan my route using the limiting points - river crossings & mountain passes.  Another possible crossing of the Columbia is at the Hanford Site east of Yakima - narrow but not that much traffic.
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General Discussion / Re: Quick fixes for cyclist's palsy?
« Last post by DaveB on August 30, 2014, 05:47:11 pm »
I don't know your handlebar set-up but simply getting drop bars and riding on the hoods solved all of my hand numbness issues. I like oversized 31.8 diameter bars with flat tops. I use gel pads and Cinelli cork/gel tape to the give the bars a cushy feel. Works great.
The advantage to drop bars isn't the ability to ride on the hoods, it's the ability to have several hand placements so the nerves aren't subject to pressure all in one place.  You can ride with your hands on the hoods, on the tops or on the drops and give your hands a variety of pressure points.

The real "cure" for handlebar palsy is not to get it in the first place.  Move your hands to various positions as you ride.
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General Discussion / Re: Quick fixes for cyclist's palsy?
« Last post by johnsondasw on August 30, 2014, 03:26:39 pm »
Getting a pro fit saved me from this problem and several others (back, neck, knees...).  After the fit session, I took off on a ride and all of the above issues had disappeared.  I have since ridden thousands of miles pain free.  What a difference!
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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by johnsondasw on August 30, 2014, 03:22:57 pm »
I live in central WA state and have ridden at least hundreds, perhaps thousands of miles on I-90 near my home.  There are times I have chosen to ride on the freeway because of the wide shoulders and the lack or really good alternatives.  I don't think it is more dangerous than some of the rural roads around here, but it is less peasant.  I especially don't like the little metal wires that are a product of deteriorating truck tires and give me flats. They can be very hard to find.  I also have come to dislike the noise of the interstate and now chose to use it less than I did 10 years ago.  Back in the late 70s, I was ticketed (warning ticket) for riding on the freeway but the law has changed since then.  I have found lots of bungee cords (hundreds!) on the side of freeway along with some great tools and one time over $200 in a wallet that did have ID in it so I was happy to return it to the owner.  Anyway, the freeway can be a useful alternative at times in some places. Each to his own.
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Gear Talk / Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« Last post by TwoWheeledExplorer on August 30, 2014, 01:48:28 pm »
Trek is offering a 520 Disc version starting later this model year. I still have not been able to find out a release date for the 920 and 720. The 520 Disc is on the Trek website already.
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