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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« Last post by dayjack119 on November 18, 2014, 12:22:39 am »
A thousand miles into my tour this summer, the sole split away from my right cycling shoe.  I was in the boonies and put on my crocs that I used for showers, etc.  After a week or so I forgot I was wearing them and passed right by a bike shop.  Since they were comfortable I just kept them on.  I wore them another 3,700 miles, all the way home.  I heard lots of flack about it and I didn't look pretty, but it just goes to show you.  Big dollar shoes are not necessarily a necessity on a bike tour.
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General Discussion / Re: Numbness, Tingling and Loss of strength in hand
« Last post by dayjack119 on November 18, 2014, 12:02:15 am »
In 2013 I did a 7,000 mile tour with mustache handlebars and changed hand positions consistently.  Afterwards, it took 6 months for the numbness in my fingertips to go away.  In 2014 I followed that with a 4,700 mile tour after some adjustments.  I had put a three inch extension in to raise the handlebars and then lowered the seat.  No numbness or tingling after the ride.  In 2015 I plan on adding aero bars which will really take pressure off my hand nerves.
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Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« Last post by johnsondasw on November 17, 2014, 07:05:55 pm »
One of these criminals actually approached me on foot at a store in a western state, and told me what it was about.

Well, what did he say it was about?
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by staehpj1 on November 17, 2014, 01:59:02 pm »
Since we are asking Westinghouse questions...  Did you by chance ride the Trans America W-E in 2007?  You remind me of  guy we met then.
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Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« Last post by Westinghouse on November 17, 2014, 01:11:50 pm »
One of these criminals actually approached me on foot at a store in a western state, and told me what it was about.
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by 22hornet on November 17, 2014, 01:01:29 pm »
Westinghouse are you doing a blog on crazy guy?
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by staehpj1 on November 17, 2014, 01:00:30 pm »
Check your AC maps for specifics, but I recall them being pretty far apart at times.  A guy I rode with had several mechanical problems that required him to hitch a ride.  I don't think he needed to go more than 50 miles or so, but in other locations there were places with not much for a long ways.  The good news is that in those remote locales it is easy to hitch a ride.
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General Discussion / Re: Schwalbe Mondial vs Marathon Plus Tour
« Last post by Westinghouse on November 17, 2014, 12:59:47 pm »
I am using Marathons front and rear.Only one small puncture in 1200-1400 miles of highway cycling, which, if you have ever cycled long distances on cheap tires, is quite impressive.
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by Westinghouse on November 17, 2014, 12:55:59 pm »
I have passed several. I am in north Florida now and rain has brought me  to a halt. It continues until 10:00 pm. I am staying here. They say temps will drop tol 21F. Too cold for me.This town is dripping wet. I will find a cozy place to sleep tonight. I made 28 miles by noon, part of it in the downpour.
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by catfishsue on November 17, 2014, 12:49:03 pm »
Any of you that have ridden the ST or are doing so...what is the situation with bike shops?  Are there many on this route if needed?
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