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General Discussion / Re: Cycle greeting etiquette mystery?
« on: August 01, 2011, 03:50:26 am »
You guys do a good job though - I barely see any spam on this forum.
You're just not on at spam prime time.  I've reported hundreds of spammers here and the moderators clean things up in time for your pleasant visit.
Well, I just got lucky. Too lucky indeed :P. There are porno posts all over the two new threads at the top. Pretty disturbing staff. Just reported it.

General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: July 31, 2011, 01:23:53 am »

Thanks for that..."Female urination device", eh? The name is eew! :-\ But in some cases I imagine may come very handy.

General Discussion / Re: Cycle greeting etiquette mystery?
« on: July 31, 2011, 01:16:57 am »
Etiquette mystery? In a nutshell (IMO) Most people are just too busy doing their own thing. (my thing is looking good in spandex <grin>if you like a spandex full of beer belly that is).

I get such pleasure from reading your posts. So many good laughs.
Did you know that a great sense of humor is an excellent substitute for glutes of steel wrapped in spandex? ;) At least in my book.

General Discussion / Re: Cycle greeting etiquette mystery?
« on: July 28, 2011, 11:10:50 pm »
Hah! The number of stars is just a measure of the number of posts you make, and I have been here a long time. Unlike the generals of the Army, they do not signify rank <grin>. My stars turned blue when John appointed me a moderator. Being a moderator means you get paid twice as much as others who post!
Oh well, maybe one day I get to a be the moderator. Wait a moment...I get zero to post here, you get double...does it mean you get double zero? ;)
I do try to click on report to moderator whenever I see it - spam is sooooooo annoying. You guys do a good job though - I barely see any spam on this forum.

General Discussion / Re: What to do with your stuff on days off??
« on: July 28, 2011, 09:41:07 pm »
Hi rjones35:
I have been venturing on my own for mini-tours since I was 17. I am 26 now, and I have had something stolen once, and I am pretty sure it was someone I knew and not a passerby.
I am a girl rider, and pretty slender, so I always have to be cautious. Here is some of the things I learned to practice over the years. They are common sense, but still I like to remind myself once in a while.

1. Observe, observe, observe. Some cyclists sort off get into this trance and forget to pay attention. There are a lot of unpleasant incidents you can avoid by just observing your surroundings.
2. Don't make it easy. Cables and locks are only good against a casual theft, not that I am saying they are pointless. But if someone is determined to rob you, they will watch you and will have tools. Or, they will take your whole bike. So observing comes in handy here. Fortunately, we cyclists either tow things which usefulness other people cannot easily judge; or, they are bulky and difficult to transport on-foot. So my strategy is to remove or hide all small easily removable and identifiable things like pumps, tools, chargers, handlebar mounts, etc.
3. If you cannot watch it, just hide it. It is rare when no one is around if you want to go site seeing in a touristy location. I usually secure my bike near an entrance to a market, information booth, or a ranger's station. That way, the would-be-thief assumes that I am inside and can see my bike. On some rare occasions when there was no one and nothing around, I just hid my bike. If it is not visible, nobody is going to go look for it.
4. Never ever flash your wallet or show your money. Get a bicycle wallet that goes around your neck. Keep only limited supply of cash, ID, and a credit/debit card in it.
5. Don't be afraid to make some noise. My rule is, if you think something is off, it is definitely off. Scream, make noise, be rude and obnoxious if you have to - you can always apologize later, but you will likely discourage anyone whose interest in your bike goes beyond just simple or admiration curiosity.

What I am going to say next is kind of sad - and perhaps many will disagree with me - but mostly we get our things stolen by those who have use for them - fellow cyclists. :-\  The good news is that most cyclists are decent helpful people that you would enjoy meeting on your tours. So just observe and be vigilant, and you and your staff will be fine.

Happy Riding!

General Discussion / Re: Cycle greeting etiquette mystery?
« on: July 28, 2011, 09:12:04 pm »

I assume you were not wobbling all over the road like a teenager plugged into her iPod. I think you found one of those wannabe racers who think they are better than anyone who rides slower than they do. No doubt he would keep quiet when Andy Schleck and his team blow by him on a training ride.

Lol. Thanks Fred. Nope, no wobbling, not plugged into my ipod either. There are bullies on the road just as anywhere else, and yes, I think Andy Schleck and his team blowing by would have a certain quieting effect.

One question though - I love your blue stars. How do I get those? ;)

General Discussion / Re: Leaving tomorrow!
« on: July 28, 2011, 09:06:52 pm »
Been reading your travel journal with much pleasure.
Keep going Mike - you are loads of inspiration! :)

General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: July 28, 2011, 03:14:36 am »
My LHT with my Terry Liberator was stolen. 

If you can get one from REI, you can return it if you don't like it.
Sorry to hear about your saddle being stolen. Liberator is definitely on my short list.
By the way, you still owe me the link for The Bottle with The Funnel ;)

General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: July 28, 2011, 03:12:13 am »
ONe word, three syllables: recumbent.
david boise ID
Recumbent! always wanted to try one. Little scared with all the monster trucks in SoCal - feels like they will roll over anything...How is the climbing in these?

General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: July 28, 2011, 03:08:22 am »
Our long distance cycling holidays used to be limited by the pain in my butt! I now have a Spiderflex which is fantastic! It looks like a pair of doughnuts side by side. Your sit bones go into the two holes, although they act more like depressions. Super comfort. We have just completed a 777 mile tour and no trouble at all.
Hi L
Congratulation on you 777 mile tour - what a lucky number! :)
The spiderflex saddle you used - who is the maker? I would like to research it a little bit.

General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: July 28, 2011, 03:04:29 am »
I find that saddle comfort is more a matter of riding form than saddle choice for me.  I ride with low bars, a relaxed upper body, and not much weight on the saddle or my hands.  Given that, all the saddles that came on my bikes are fine and I'd use any of them on a coast to coast trip. 
You know, I will give lower bars a try. It makes sense - less pressure on the nether regions. I am leaving soon - so swamped by the finals that did not have time to get a new saddle in advance so may have time to break the new one in.
Thanks for the advice.

General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: July 28, 2011, 03:00:35 am »
I recently switched from a Brooks to a Sella Italia Men's Gel with a cut out. So far so good. Comfortable out of the box.
Hi Tourista829
Thank you for the advice and for sharing. Sella sounds like a great saddle. I have heard good thing about it. Yes, there is a woman's version, I checked.
30-day trial period is a sound idea, to be sure. I once got a saddle and had all that padding settled in a a couple of weeks. What a disappointment! :(

General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: July 28, 2011, 02:56:22 am »
A good and properly fitting saddle is really important for women.  Female saddles do not have as long a nose as those for men, and they do need to be a little wider in the butt.  There are two important factors:  Make sure you get one with a cut away (i.e. not rounded on top), either with a hole straight through the saddle, or a deep depression.  Secondly you need to measure the width between your sit bones (forgive me if you already know this).  These are the two bones you can feel in your butt - the easiest way is to sit on a foam filled chair seat or something similar like memory foam, note where the depressions are when you stand up again - then measure the distance between them.
Hi Tunupgilly
Thank you very much - it is great to have a woman's perspective who is also a serious cyclist. Measuring the depression - this is brilliant - simple and elegant way to figure out the measurements! Never occurred to me - thank for the tip.
Selle is currently at the top of my list thanks to all of the recommendation here with Terre Liberator second, and one recommendation on Spiderflex - will research this, not familiar.

General Discussion / Re: Cycle greeting etiquette mystery?
« on: July 27, 2011, 04:32:15 pm »
When I'm going a lot faster than someone else ahead, I call ahead, "Passing!", then "Thank you" as I go by after they got (or stayed) out of the way.  I say "hi" to cyclists I pass in either direction, or wave to those going the opposite direction.  If someone appears to have a flat, I call before I arrive, "Have everything you need?" and the answer is almost always, "Yes, thank you!"  If I find someone riding approximately my speed when it's not one of my maximum-effort days, I like to meet them and talk to them.
I looks like you appreciate the true meaning of "share the road". I respect that.
I have been riding for 21 year - my dad put me on a 2-wheeler when I was 5. Whenever possible, I try to be accommodating to those less strong or less experienced riders than me - we have all been there once. In-city bike paths are used by all level of riders - leisure, family, fitness, competitive. I think there is plenty of place for everyone.

General Discussion / Re: Your top 5 things to take on tour
« on: July 26, 2011, 07:37:02 pm »
and use sunblock and chamois buttr!!!
Yes, thank you! Sunblock is definitely my friend

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