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General Discussion / Re: LED headlight power ??
« on: December 13, 2019, 04:59:05 pm »
My wife had a Shimano generator hub installed on her Surly. Powers the lights and charges the phone.

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General Discussion / Re: Friend hit by cab. Seeking medical/legal advice
« on: October 12, 2019, 09:43:13 am »
Steve Vaccaro is a cyclist and attorney who specializes in this type of personal injury claim.

Routes / Re: Montana & Idaho Trip Report
« on: July 15, 2019, 10:49:10 am »
Thanks for this! I've copied the paragraph regarding the Northern Tier and added it to my planning notes.

Routes / Re: New route including Black Hills?
« on: July 14, 2019, 11:50:59 am »
Have you tried searching the website, Emily?

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General Discussion / Re: Hyperlinks in messages-- confused
« on: June 23, 2019, 09:06:08 pm »
I ran into a couple things I don't understand while posting

I tried highlighting some words I wanted to turn into a hyperlink, and clicking the hyperlink button.  In other software I've used, this pulls up a dialogue box where I can paste the URL I want to link to.  Here it just showed bracketed u and /u tags-- not clear where to place url.

I was able to simply paste a url into a message.  But when I posted the message, everything after that link was gone.

Is this a bug, or am I just missing something?
Looks like it's using HTML tags. Try putting the URL between the <u> and </u> tags.

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General Discussion / Re: Banning!!!
« on: June 17, 2019, 05:41:13 am »
Not sure why you were banned, but a good start would be to read and follow the Rules and Etiquette post.

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Redundancy is rarely a misstep. I'd email them to be sure.

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General Discussion / Re: Combination sunscreen and bug repellent
« on: June 07, 2019, 10:30:26 pm »
I've never used Sunsect, but in the past I used a product called Bullfrog that was very effective. Just went a more organic/natural route in giving it up.

For what it's worth I ride my disc trucker on the gravel roads in Rowan, Stokes, Davidson and Cabarrus Counties, all around where I stay in NC.

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I pray that the issue you're having is a misunderstanding of WTF. Judging from the posts, it would appear that you are interpreting is as the "old school" meaning, in which case I would concur. However, in the actual context of the article, it is appropriate use.

If, however, you are reading it in its intended use, then I would have to respectfully disagree. My grandchildren are fully aware of this meaning, having been raised to be accepting of and celebrating the differences that allow us to all be unique individuals. My hat's off to this group using the bicycle as a means of social change and education.

General Discussion / Re: Impact of Bikers (and hikers) on a small town
« on: February 01, 2019, 07:32:32 pm »
I have not been on the Greater Allegheny Passage website in long time but they used to have a lot of stuff on how each hamlet on the route could maximize the economic benefit of being on the GAP.  I think they called it "Becoming a Trail Town".  It looked to me like someone  had done a lot of economic analysis on bicycle traffic.

It's still there:

The manual linked to at the bottom of the page is some 50 pages long.
That manual's a pretty good read. A lot of those ideas could be used in any small town.

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier: West to East or East to West?
« on: April 18, 2018, 08:54:52 am »
I rode a portion of the Northern Tier, North Lakes and Lake Erie Connector westbound last year. Though I got caught in what seemed like a never-ending stream of storms coming at me from the lakes as I crossed New York, I would imagine the winds were a pretty equal mix of head and side winds. What I found more challenging was having people tell me nearly every day I was going "the wrong direction". I have vowed never to do that to a fellow cyclist!

This is what we have written in our R&M FAQs and I think it holds pretty true to my experience:

If I go from west to east, will the jet stream blow me the whole way across the country?

Actually no. The jet stream does indeed blow from west to east, but it is generally at an altitude of 30,000 feet. The wind patterns on the ground are affected by a number of factors and can cause the wind to blow from any and every direction. The majority of cross-country riders we talk to seem to have an equal number of headwind and tailwind days, with crosswinds being more prevalent. Note that crosswinds will often feel like headwinds and a tailwind can feel calm. However, there is one of our routes where the wind seems to be consistent. During the summer months on our Pacific Coast Bicycle Route, the winds are predominantly out of the north, so riding from north to south is advisable.

Have a great trip no matter which direction you choose!

I plan on riding from West to East in a couple of years. Not because of wind direction (it's going to get you regardless,) but because I want to finish close to family.

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