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General Discussion / Cycle greeting etiquette mystery?
« on: July 26, 2011, 01:41:31 am »
Do you acknowledge other cyclists? Passing a fellow cyclist on a path, I used to do OK. Tip my helmet, smile, wave a hand to an especially gorgeous fellow…that is until yesterday when a spandex-clad roadie blew past me screaming “keep-both-your-hands-on-bar(handle?stool?)”.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a man in spandex ;)…but his reaction got me wondering…is there a special cycle greeting etiquette that I am missing on? Any thoughts? Suggestions?

As always, thanks for sharing, and Happy Riding to All! 8)


General Discussion / Best seat for your butt
« on: July 25, 2011, 11:14:22 pm »
Hey Everyone:

Gearing up for a cycling tour, and in need of a uber comfortable bicycle seat. Something that would make my derriere feel like riding on a cloud...
Any recommendations? (Nappy cream and glute lube have been considered and discarded ;))

Thanks and Happy Riding!

General Discussion / Your top 5 things to take on tour
« on: July 08, 2011, 09:52:09 pm »
Hey everyone:

I am going on a leisure tour along the West Coast (USA), and wondering what are the most important things/gear to take on a cycling tour. It seems every time I pack, I miss something important, and then..."what didn't I think of this?!!!" moment repeat over and over.
So I am wondering what is your top 5 things (or 10) that are your must-haves on bicycling tours? Please share. Maybe I will learn something about prioritizing  8)

Thanks and Happy Pedaling!

Thank you all about for being so generous about sharing your experience. And thank you for all the brilliant suggestions – I truly appreciate them. Going through all the posts again, I picked out the suggestions I thought were the most useful and also the ones that were simply charmingly odd. What do you think? Anything else to add?

Comprehensive packing list
Keeping checklists based on previous trips
Collapsible water carrier for the campsites (still looking for a good one)
SpinPower bicycle phone charger
Trangia Spirit Stove
Leatherman-type tool – found a great one Topeak Alien II 26-function
Cyclist’s wallet
Primus cooker (not sure about how to transport the gas)

Charmingly Odd (but still useful)
Gorilla Tape
Telescopic Shower brush - link anyone?
The Bottle
The Bottle with Funnel – finally, a link from Shane
(All hail) the chamois towel!
Remote-controlled handle bar mirror – is there such a thing? ???
Spare soles (for feet, not shoes?)
Patience and attitude
Not losing your partner (or your temper) >:(

General Discussion / The evil plant!
« on: July 07, 2011, 09:58:43 pm »
Cycling in SoCal, I punctured my tires in two place on some kind of barbs or thorns that apparently broke of some kind of local plantlife. Ended up walking my bike 5 miles to the nearest LBS. Now pulling my hair out thinking I should have gotten some kind of sealant, but not sure whether it would hold. Can anyone recommend a sealant, and while we are at it, a good light tool kit I can attach to my bike.
Thanks and Happy Riding!

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