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General Discussion / Happy Thanks-giving wishes ....
« on: November 25, 2020, 07:50:08 am »
Happy giving THANKS weekend wishes ....
which includes thanks to Adventure Cycling Association for this great Forum.

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General Discussion / What are the top 3 things we like about touring?
« on: November 07, 2020, 09:58:27 am »
I threatened to post this Question Topic inspired by an observation by Westinghouse under the "Min/Max Speed...." string that has been recently active.
He commented (I am paraphrasing here & hoping I got it right ! : )
on the 'importance of the many dimensions of weather awareness when on tour compared to the impact of weather when not on tour.' 
I appreciated his comment cause it reminded me of how much I love the alertness that weather demands of me when I am on tour....
So much so that it is one of my biggie reasons for lovin' tourin'.
Then it lead me to wondering what actually are those main 'things' I really, really like about touring? 
Over the years I may have gotten so close to touring that it has maybe become just one big wonderful undefined / amorphous attraction.....
thus, I would benefit from the specific insights of others.

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Has anyone 'modified' a 'Gravel Bike' to a Bikepacking / Touring rig?
If yes, what pro and cons were learned in your process of doing so.
Thank you.

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General Discussion / Max speed unavoidable critter crashes?
« on: October 19, 2020, 08:33:08 am »
1st : ) Full Disclosure:
I am a full-on to the point of boring safety-junkie.
With that understood....
Recently there have been numerous most interesting posts on 'Max and Min Speed' on a separated thread.....
have read 'em all and have added my own 'min and max,' as well;
however, the posts have just naturally gotten my safety-junkie thinking activated ...
some critters (am thinking coyotes, etc., etc.) don't necessarily hear a bicycle coming.
I have seen them drifting out into the road not knowing I am coming their way.
Here is what I am wondering about ....
What amount of concern do y'all assign to the possibility of destroying yourself
at whatever you consider to be high speed by unavoidably crashing into such?


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In light of another post that is on this Forum about the virus related growth in cycling +
the potential for cycling parts supply disruption as some manufacturing is being moved back to USA shores ...
should we be concerned about certain parts not being as much in immediate supply as has been the case?

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General Discussion / Cyclin' is smokin' ?
« on: April 19, 2020, 08:46:32 am »
According to this Reuters News article, dated April 17th .... bicycling is growing in the midst of the current situation....

Excerpt: "RUNNING OUT OF STOCK
The government has declared bicycles an essential transportation item
"

Link, fyi:   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-bikes/wary-of-public-transport-coronavirus-hit-americans-turn-to-bikes-idUSKBN21Z1BX

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I have found that with so many peeps staying home that (sadly) there are many, many vast vacant parking lots all around my vicinity.
These make, for me, a great abundance of large open fairly level places to safely put a free & open spin on the spokes,
along with enough time in saddle to keep in shape till 'the bug' passes enough to make Touring practical again.

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Fyi NBC Mar. 7, 2020 News Headline that may be worthy of general interest for bicyclists:
"Google tracked his bike ride past a burglarized home.
That made him a suspect."

Excerpt:
“If you’re innocent, that doesn’t mean you can’t be in the wrong place at the wrong time,
like going on a bike ride
in which your GPS puts you in a position where police suspect you of a crime you didn’t commit,” McCoy said.


Link:
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/google-tracked-his-bike-ride-past-burglarized-home-made-him-n1151761

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General Discussion / Lyme Disease Tick Spray Inquiry....
« on: August 15, 2019, 10:17:48 am »
The 2 below sobering articles on the rapid geographic spread of Lyme Disease prompt me to ask the Forum...

Does anyone know what / if any ( ! ? ) tick spray works best as a defense?  - Thank you.

1. ALERT - This article in The Atlantic Magazine is lengthy
(however, the CDC reported cases by year USA map 20% of way thru article speaks volumes)
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/09/life-with-lyme/594736/

2. https://news.yahoo.com/lyme-disease-war-weapon-inside-184904486.html

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https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-06-hours-week-key-dose-nature.html
Quick read thesis excerpt:
" Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and well being, according to a new large-scale study. "
And ... need I say  :) ... an easy & highly enjoyable way to do so is via a bicycle?

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With full gratitude and full appreciation for our freedom of expression insured by our Constitution
for all USA citizens and organizations,
given the above article title,  "WT(bleep) BikeExplorers"
and the feature article prominence afforded by the "Adventure Cyclist" publication,
does Adventure Cyclist Association want one to think of it as a 'family-friendly' organization?
If yes, then
my request to ACA would be to please consider offering a little guidance to parents
on how to, in a 'family-friendly' manner, educate our young cyclists on the meaning of "WT(bleep)?"
If no, then no problem ... my personal perception of the organization up to this time has simply been erroneous.
Again, I emphasize, acknowledge and gladly respect the right that we all thankfully have in the USA ... freedom of expression.

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General Discussion / How much FUN would a Tourists' 'RENDEZVOUS' be ?
« on: March 30, 2019, 08:44:05 am »
How much FUN would a Tourists' 'RENDEZVOUS' be ?!?!
Has there ever been one? 
What a great time it would be for Tourists and Bicycle Vendors* ?

For example, AT Hikers do an annual 'Rendezvous' called "Trail Days." - http://www.traildays.us/ about which
http://appalachiantrail.org/home/conservation/a-t-community-program/at-community-partners/damascus-va reports ...
"This multi-day festival in May attracts about *20,000 hikers and other visitors to Damascus each year, and offers hiker workshops, hiker services, food, hiking gear vendors and entertainment."

Let's do this.  Thoughts ?

P.S. More examples .... Motorcyclists do annual Rendezvouses too ! .... Get a load of these gatherings, as well  :) ....
1. https://sturgismotorcyclerally.com/index.php?page=home
2. http://www.harleyrendezvous.com/pictures.php

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South Atlantic / Cohutta-Cat N. GA Trail - Anyone tried it yet ? Thx.
« on: September 26, 2018, 08:03:01 pm »
Has anyone tried the Cohutta-Cat Trail (link below) in north Georgia?  Thx.
http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/cohutta-cat/

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Thank you in advance for any of your time and thoughts on this matter.
The full route of which I am trying (with your advice on Anniston to Gulf Coast :- ) to formulate is actually Lake Lanier GA vicinity to the Gulf .... any where at all on the Gulf Coast !
My intent is to trek from the west side of Atlanta to Anniston via the Silver Comet Trail + Chief Ladiga Trail.
And, then .....  :-\ ..... I just do not have any knowledge of the safest route for beyond Anniston.
Your thoughts?

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South Atlantic / Bicycle Ride Across GA ?
« on: February 12, 2016, 01:25:08 pm »
Anyone doing the Bicycle Ride Across GA (Atlanta to Savannah June 4-11) ?
FYI link: http://www.brag.org/#!brag/c1tti

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