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General Discussion / anyone carry'n heat?
« on: May 31, 2005, 04:57:07 pm »
Carrying a gun will escalate a situation beyond a normal person’s ability to respond.  If you have no reservation about killing someone, you shouldn’t carry a gun. If you’re not willing to put the whole carload of people “down”, you run the risk of the “Easy Rider” scenario of them chasing you down. If you pull out a gun, you should cancel the rest of your trip. You wont out run the problem.  The best way to avoid trouble is to avoid trouble.  Camp in public places,  near other people. Ask locals, preferably cops, about safe places to camp.  If you find yourself in wild, camp out of site of the road and make sure no one sees you pull in. But mostly, plan ahead and camp in public places. One final Question: If you have no reservation about killing someone, should you be biking? I you do carry a gun, let me know when your trip is… I’d like to not be on the same road.

General Discussion / Thinkin' about a trike
« on: February 22, 2005, 05:04:14 pm »
I rode a Vision LWB for about 3 years and went to a trike simply due to trying to stay upright going up hills.  Make peace with going slower, it's a fact of life. I go slower up hills .. cause I can. You'll notice it gets old riding on a severly cambered road. I'll ride more to the center of the road so I don't have to ride at an angle. I have a Wiz Wheels and am generally very happy with it. Some trikes will get twitchy about 25 MPH (down hills)and you can get brake steer if you hit them uneven. I would only ride the trike pulling a trailer on long distances. I pull a BOB and have been real happy. my longest tours to day are about 1200 miles.. comfort wins over speed

General Discussion / G'day from a complete tour NOOB
« on: February 16, 2005, 12:50:12 pm »
RAGBRAI is an annual event across Iowa.( I can go as fast up a hill as I want on a trike. Sometimes I "want" to go about 2 miles an hour and that would be difficult to maintain balance on 2 wheels. Yea, I am sure smaller hills by comparison which is why I went to a trike. I imagine Iowa’s hills are mere bumps in the road…..something to look forward to.  

General Discussion / G'day from a complete tour NOOB
« on: February 15, 2005, 04:35:01 pm »
I've ridden, self-contained, out and back on the RAGBRAI ride for 3 years on a long wheel base Bent. About 1200 miles. I packed everything on the bike.  In those 3 years I only had to walk up 1 vertical hill. However, there were a number of times I wasn't sure I would make it up without having to stop. Maintaining the speed required to keep balance can be difficult on a bent. I suspect there are hills bigger than I had in Iowa on the northern route. I decided to go to a BOB when I became worried about overloading the rear tire and breaking spokes. I was also concerned about pulling the extra weight of the trailer. My solution was to go with a tricycle and have not regretted it. I have seen others biking the northern route and would be interested what they might say. Personally, I wouldn't do it on a road bike or a bent...only a trike.

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