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General Discussion / Re: Bike recommendations for heavy people
« on: February 21, 2010, 10:37:17 pm »
There was an article in the Rivendell Reader (No. 40 - 2008) where Bob Brown ( built, essentially, a single-seat touring frame and fork for a gentleman who weighed, at the time, over 450 lbs. 

Some of the pix from the story are on the Truly Custom Work page at Custom Fork Crown.

Gear Talk / Re: Big Agnes vs Theramrest
« on: February 14, 2010, 12:28:47 pm »
I have an old ThermARest standard self-inflating mattress and a newer Big Agnes mummy-shaped inflatable mattress.  The cush of the BA is awesome, but if you plan on using it for very cold weather outings, forget it.  It's COLD in the snow!  (or use a cheap blue foam backpacker as the insulating layer)  The old TAR is still very good in cold weather, and continues to provide moderate cushion.

If you never plan on using it in the snow or on frozen ground, the BA will probably give you a better night's sleep, especially if you sleep on your side. Get the rectangular if you toss and turn.  I have to wake up to re-position on the mummy-shaped one since my feet and hips seem to fall off.  

Fully deflated, the BA is small enough to pack into your bags.

I've never had a leak on either of these mattress types.

Keep in mind that there are thicker (and more expensive) TARs than I have, so if you can afford one and need the warmth, I'd go for a TAR thickie  I'm more than happy to pack the pad on my rack with my sleeping bag.  If you don't need the warmth, the BA will do nicely.

In short, BA gets points for cush and packability while TAR gets points for warmth.

Pleasant dreams!

Be A Volunteer and Build Alliances / Re: Intro Thread
« on: December 24, 2009, 11:22:10 am »

I'm David Brownell, here in Utah, and I'm interested in the USBRS partly because I love bike touring and the USBRS might help open the minds of people that there is another way to get around.  I'm a year-round bike commuter and have done some tours in Utah and surrounding states.

Out here in the mountain west we have some interesting challenges: we have condensed urban/suburban areas at one end of the cycling spectrum and miles of "extreme rural" at the other.  Here in Utah we have two main north/south routes:  I-15 and US-89.  (Yes, we can ride on freeway shoulders when its the only route between towns.)  Similarly, the east/west routes are I-80 and US-6/50.  Fortunately, along the urban "Wasatch Front" (Ogden to Provo), there are many decent surface streets we can ride without tons of traffic to get from town to town.

I'd love to hear the best ways a citizen can advocate the USBRS (and biking in general) here is Utah.  To start, I've contacted our state Bike/Pedestrian coordinator and state Tourism Director telling them of my support for the system.  I've also contacted our state bicycle advocacy group.

Any other suggestions and ideas would be welcome!

David B

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