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I have the Princeton Tec EOS helmet light.  Stays there year round.  Always available.  It runs for several hours on low.  Low is enough to ride by.  Not fast or great.  But its enough.  And I use three rear blinky lights with 2 AA or AAA lights.  Usually only use two of them.   Why the great interest in front lights on a touring bike?  I would think you would plan to ride during the daylight.  For rain and early starts, the EOS is enough to be seen.  Why the desire for 3 or 4 different front lights?  Once you have enough front light to see and be seen, more does you no good.  Are you planning on touring through the night?  Bit hard to see much that way.

My usual lights use AA or AAA batteries.  They seem to last long enough.  And batteries are easy to get.

you:Why the desire for 3 or 4 different front lights? I like to be seen in San Diego County and Southern California doing Stealth Bike Camping and I am Homeless by Choice since 11-2008 on Homeless Survival on SSI and SSDI and I go to Free Meal
Centers in San Diego County that start at 5:30pm done at 6:15pm and I start riding to my Stealth Bike Camping spot at 6:30pm and I get to my Stealth Camping Spot at 7:30pm it is dark out and I like to see the road and to be Seen by Cars, Vans, Trucks

#1 3 AAA Princeton Tac Push Bike Light 100Lumen for Bike Touring back up light!
#2 USB Cygolite Expilion USB 720Lumen and Spare Battery for
Cygolite Expilion my main bike light for Stealth Bike Camping and Bike Touring trips
#3 3 AAA Princeton Tac EOS Bike Light 105Lumen on Helmet back up going to
Cygolite Metro 550 USB bike light for Helmet use
#4 3 AAA Niterider Taillight 10lumen for back up for bike touring going to
Niterider Solas 150 lumen USB
Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes--First time touring
« Last post by indyfabz on September 20, 2016, 09:24:03 am »
I rarely carry any food other than snacks for the day and, in some cases, emergency pasta. Doesn't sound like you are going to be in areas where food supplies are infrequent. I try to shop as close as possible to the end of the day for dinner fixings and, if necessary, breakfast stuff.
Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes--First time touring
« Last post by kjmoon on September 20, 2016, 01:34:34 am »
Thanks so much all for the replies!

I bought myself the WA State Parks map from Adventure Cycling. Their route seems to differ from mine by taking Route 310 instead of going through Illahee. ( Based on Google map street view, it seems that my route contains a bit more uphill and a lot less shoulder so I'll probably revise my route later this week to follow AC's map.

I cycle regularly and go on 50 mile rides every so often without much pain so I'm hoping I'll be well conditioned for this. However, with equipment, things get more challenging.

Furthermore, would one be able to do this ride within a day (for context 2 day STP, 100 miles each day, wasn't very difficult but it was extremely well supported)? I know I'll be missing out on some sights but I plan on heading up fast to meet friends at Anacortes and then ride my way back down camping at various locations.

Also, what foods do people carry?

Actually, the animal you need to be most concerned about is the distracted/drunk/stoned/etc driver. Your chance of encountering a cougar is infinitesimal compared to the dangers of the road.  I have biked and hiked thousands of miles in the west, mostly in WA, where I live in the heart of cougar country (and hike almost daily in the woods here) and have seen one very juvenile cougar (we think) at dusk, scrambling up a tree lightning fast to avoid us! Don't worry about it. 
General Discussion / Re: Bike all lower 48 states
« Last post by RussSeaton on September 19, 2016, 11:05:29 pm »
BTW I am a 50 year old greatgrandfather.

???  You had a child at 17.  That makes you a father.  Your kid had a child at 17.  That makes you a grandfather and you 34 years old.  This grandkid had a child at 16.  That makes you a great grandfather and you 50 years old.  Is that about right?

As for your bike trip I'd suggest just starting in one corner of the country and keep riding and zig zagging until you hit all the states.  It will likely take a few years.
General Discussion / Re: Bike all lower 48 states
« Last post by John Nelson on September 19, 2016, 10:13:05 pm »
Do you mean you want to hit all 48 in one continuous trip? There are lots of web sites that suggest car routes. E.g.,

These routes usually zigzag up and down across the country. Timing depends a lot on your miles per day. The best route depends on how much time you have. You'll likely need to be able to tolerate heat and cold. I'd probably go across the north in the summer and the south in the winter and then fill the middle the next summer.
I hate raccoons.They are particularly bad at Kirk Creek and Half Moon Bay. But you won't see a cougar.
General Discussion / Re: What to do: 15 years of Adventure Cyclist magazines?
« Last post by alexstrickland on September 19, 2016, 09:48:10 pm »
Hey everyone, Alex Strickland, Editor-in-Chief of Adventure Cyclist here. A colleague let me know about the thread and I couldn't resist jumping in. A quick preface: I'm at the Interbike tradeshow in Las Vegas this week so my responses might be a little slow — thanks for you patience. Plus, you can always reach me at OK, on to a few things:

- First, digital archives can be found at It's not complete issues, but rather individual stories, columns, etc., dating back to 1983. They're pretty easily searchable by keyword or a number of other filters. I use it all the time, as it's much easier for me than digging through physical back issues. Plus, you can sort by author, so it's easy to pull up the older Brown/Schubert/etc. pieces.

- Second, the "normal" debate is really a fascinating one and something we try to strike a balance on. I don't want to sail around the world or climb K2, but I love reading about it. We hope that bringing stories of "capital A" Adventure are entertaining and inspiring, if not instructional. With that, though, we do try to capture some more manageable trips. One thing I personally find interesting is that I might receive a bunch of feedback about a specific issue leaning much too far in one direction, but by the time the reader has seen it and written the note, another issue is already off to the printer, which leans quite far in the opposite direction. Where I might see a balance with the benefit of knowing what's coming down the line, readers might sometimes only see the big swing off to one side.
Regardless, it's something we're always looking at and trying to figure out the best combination of submitted pieces, assigned stories, etc.

- Finally, regarding POG's reviews: this was also really interesting to hear (read?). In general, we subscribe to the idea that there's no sense wasting ink in the magazine on bad products, largely because SO many of the bikes out there are so very good. Long before a review makes it onto the page, at least a handful of folks have determined that the bike is worth investigating — in some cases despite taller gearing, a weird fork, etc. — and so odds are any negative commentary are more nits to pick rather that out and out warnings to avoid. Do we miss on occasion? Without a doubt. But hopefully O'Grady's reviews are entertaining as well as informative, I certainly find them to be.

With all that said, I hope you don't read this as defensive. I find the process — and how the editors and readers view it — completely fascinating and despite what you might think, we don't get a ton of feedback on the mag. I love a good conversation, so consider this my small contribution. Look forward to hearing people's thoughts and continuing the back and forth!
Hi! I'll be doing the ride from Vancouver to San Diego in October and am stressing out about encountering cougars along the highway. I hear they can come up on you. Has anyone encountered or heard of cyclist on this route having to deal with them?

While there are probably cougars around somewhere on the coast route, unless you are getting way off the beaten path, the chance of seeing one while doing the Pacific Coast are slim to none.

However, the animal that you will need to be the most concerned with are raccoons. No, they aren't going to attack you, but they will attack your food! They are particularly bad in several campgrounds along the way. If there are food storage lockers in your campground, use them. Don't leave your food out!
Hi! I'll be doing the ride from Vancouver to San Diego in October and am stressing out about encountering cougars along the highway. I hear they can come up on you. Has anyone encountered or heard of cyclist on this route having to deal with them?
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