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General Discussion / That go-to meal
« Last post by misterflask on November 21, 2014, 12:32:18 pm »
Moderator - could you wait a while before moving thread to 'recipes'  The point is to get recipes from people who don't have recipes.

What I'm looking for is the meal you fall back on at the end of a long day when you want something satisfying but don't have the energy to do anything elaborate.  Ingredients would ideally be easy to find.  If I can assemble ten of these meals, I'll be set for life.

My go-to meal is:
Can of chili (ideally purchased in last ten miles of riding)
Boil in bag rice
Bag of Cheez-it crackers.
Obviously, I don't need to post directions.

For a temporary riding partner I rode with once it was:
Cous-cous cooked with bouillon
Foil-pak or can of Tuna
Again, obviously no directions required.  I did note later in the ride that there are large swaths of the US where cous-cous can not be found.

So, anyone, anyone...
Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« Last post by John Nettles on November 21, 2014, 10:59:01 am »

Gotta admit, I have toured the TA, PC, NT, AC, ST, GPN, LEC, and several other 30+ days tours in my 35 years and 50+k miles of loaded touring and have never seen a repeated "coordinated" effort.  I am not saying these repeated occurrences did not occur to you (only you and the "criminals" were present) but perhaps you should re-evaluate the effort it would take to do this.  And I do agree that it happens occasionally by happenstance to ME.

Heck, if I were driving and to time it so I pass another car when a cyclist (who is not participating in this effort AND is crossing an expansion joint at the precise time) is in the between us AND to make it happen hundreds of times strains credibility.  Please note I am NOT saying this does not happen but in all my tours, I have it happen once or less per week of touring and never the same trucks over and over.  Disclaimer:  I do not track when I cross expansion joints but will unfortunately probably begin doing so.

What gets me is how the EVIL dogs out there ALWAYS attack in pairs (one on each side) and ALWAYS on the uphills, in the rain, against the wind, while crossing expansion joints.

Let's go ride and find some dogs and truckers!  Back to the original thread now.
Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« Last post by Catherine on November 21, 2014, 10:31:25 am »
Pete, well said.
Gear Talk / Re: Seeking Feedback on new gear system
« Last post by vectrgear on November 21, 2014, 09:05:00 am »
Yes, that is reasonable to be cautious.  The site is not malicious, I assure you.  I am not sure what else I can do to reassure you.

FWIW here is a pic of the device to show it's real:

I would appreciate you taking a further look and offering feedback.

Thanks for you honesty.
Gear Talk / Re: Seeking Feedback on new gear system
« Last post by DaveB on November 21, 2014, 08:52:09 am »
I don't know if you have had any responses at your web site but I'm very reluctant to click on a link from someone I don't know and who has no history or former presence here.
General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« Last post by DaveB on November 21, 2014, 08:49:37 am »
The most untrustworthy statement you ever receive is, as you reach the top of a really tough climb; "it's all downhill from here".
General Discussion / Re: Touring Bicycle
« Last post by roadrunner on November 21, 2014, 12:00:48 am »
If you're still in the market for a touring bike, I just got a whale of a deal ($718) on a 2014 Novara Randonee two weeks ago at the Tucson REI.  The 2015 model is almost twice that cost.  Have only put a couple of hundred miles on it, but it's a solid winner.  The Novara Safari was even a better deal at $533; I was temped, but already have one. 

Any REI store check other stores for such closeout bikes, if it doesn't have them.
General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« Last post by misterflask on November 20, 2014, 11:14:34 pm »
On a TA tour an erstwhile cycling companion and I would joke about the passion people had for giving you bad advice, whether it was about weather, roads, provisioning or whatever.  We eventually decided that if you didn't hear it from someone with a bike with panniers, you could pretty well discard the information.

Riding in eastern Ohio, if I asked how far away someplace was, the answer was always framed in driving time.  I never did work out a useful conversion.
Gear Talk / Seeking Feedback on new gear system
« Last post by vectrgear on November 20, 2014, 08:38:02 pm »
I am conducting market research on a new product I have developed, and would welcome honest feedback from serious cyclists. The VECTr is a light-weight, efficiently simple, interchangeable expanding gear system for bicycles. To learn more, please visit and take the survey ("Tell Us What You Think").

Thank you for participating!
Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« Last post by Westinghouse on November 20, 2014, 06:07:01 pm »
Pete, The implications of your post are ridiculous. I did not see you anywhere around when all that was happening. You have deliberately disinformed the import of the facts. Because you could not possibly know what you are talking about, it makes me curious as to why you would have an interest in trying to obfuscate facts.
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