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General Discussion / Re: Traveling This Year? too
« on: March 12, 2011, 08:06:06 pm »
I am planning on riding the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) from near the Canadian border to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Thirty to 35 days of bliss.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring weight
« on: March 03, 2011, 10:09:01 pm »
I don't worry too much about gear weight if my body weight is low. For example, if I lose 2 pounds I could pack a slightly larger tent or some other comfort item.

Gear Talk / Re: Best compact camera for a Tour? Help me decide.
« on: March 02, 2011, 09:27:40 pm »
Here's a link that may help you decide

Routes / Re: pacific coast
« on: February 14, 2011, 08:40:40 am »
Since I live in Oregon I have biked this route often. There are many state parks along the way with yurts. In addition, all the parks have hiker biker only areas if you choose to camp.

Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Speeds Question
« on: January 26, 2011, 11:54:02 pm »
I keep my speed up by keeping my weight down. My 2007 REI Safari with out panniers is 33 lbs. I try to keep my BMI to 22/23.

Gear Talk / Re: Bike w/panniers Or BOB IBEX Trailer
« on: January 14, 2011, 11:03:06 pm »
I have used my BOB trailer often and find it easier to tour with than panniers. I really like off road tours (gravel and dirt roads) and the trailer lends itself to carrying more food and water on tours where supply stops are infrequent. I do put two small panniers on the front. This seems to help stabilize the steering especially on a long uphill climb.

General Discussion / Re: photography and cycling
« on: December 25, 2010, 11:37:56 am »
Thanks for all the photo posts. For the most part I do short tours in Oregon and Nevada (3 - 10 days). Lots of opportunity for panoramas. I have the good fortune to live near the Pacific Coast. I find the newer cameras that are GPS enabled to be a great post trip feature to catalog and sort photos. The Sony HX5V is a good example. If you use Facebook this camera has embedded software to facilitate photo transfer to your home page. OBTW if you use a MAC Iphoto has a neat feature to make a photo book using your GPS information.

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