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General Discussion / Maiden I come :)
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:22:48 pm »
Well, after months of reading, settling on a bike, gearing up and putting in some miles, I get to join the ranks of the rest of you. This Monday, I'll be setting off on my first tour. I'm fairly giddy with excitement. After years of hiking, road biking and kayaking, I've taken off down a new road. Let the adventure begin.  ;D

General Discussion / I wonder why...........
« on: July 07, 2013, 07:33:19 pm »
I wonder why you solo touring cyclists are pulled to pedal miles and miles, keeping company with no one but the wind and the sun. I was pondering this over the July 4th holiday as I saw packs and packs of road cyclists out, all headed in one direction on their fast, lightweight bikes. I pedaled steadily the opposite direction, panniers loaded with jugs of water to simulate the weight of a fully loaded bike.  They flew by me and gave a quick nod before re-focusing on the tire in front of them. I noted the wildflowers seemed particularly abundant this year.  :)
What makes it work for you, I wonder..........

Gear Talk / Well, here we first touring bike is........?
« on: October 21, 2012, 09:28:46 pm »
Yes, I'm coming over to the lighter side. I want to enjoy the world as I pedal thru it these days. I come from a road/mountain biking background. Touring bikes are a different breed..and I am on the horns of deliema. One local bike shop strongly recommends the Salsa Vaya while the other advocates the LHT. Both of the guys to whom I've been quizzing have done respectable tours. Both built their bikes frame up. This will be my FIRST touring bike. I'm very excited BUT being just a tad OCD, am concerned about making the best, logical decision I can. I welcome any and all suggestions.
Some background info: 50 yo female, 5'4", good shape, minor low back issues, budget is enough to allow for a decent bike but not more than I need as a beginner.
I would hope to use this bike on some unpaved back roads and such.
Thanks ya'll. This is a "must do" on my bucket list. I'd like to be rolling come Spring.
Best Regards,

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