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General Discussion / Most interesting stretch and why?
« on: February 22, 2011, 04:16:52 pm »
Hey all, we're in the doldrums of winter here (with occasional outdoors trips to go skiing) and I was just thinking about my trip that I took across my home state last year.  Somebody had asked me what my favorite stretch was and why.
I had to think a bit, but I said that I enjoyed travelling through a med/larger city.  I started early in the morning in a very rural area and biked for a few hours on town/county roads until I had reached the outskirts of a sizeable city.  Within an hour or so, I'd made my way into the heart of the city and was surrounded by the concrete jungle, dodging traffic.  I spent the late morning and early afternoon surrounded by concrete as I worked my way through and emerged from the other side.  Within another few hours, I was again in a very quiet rural area, the hustle and bustle of cars in the city giving way to the quiet hum of my tires rolling along.
For me, seeing the contrast of a rural/metro/rural was the neatest 'stretch' of my ride.  The city was not important, nor was it a destination.  The contrast was what I enjoyed.

Do any of you have any travel memories from a day's stretch that stand out? 
(I'd like to see this become a long thread.)

General Discussion / Coming soon to a theater near you...?
« on: February 18, 2011, 01:54:42 pm »
I just purchased a ticket to a movie that is having a special one-night showing in my hometown. "Ride the Divide" is a documentary about the world toughest mountain bike race, the course following the continental divide from Banff, Alberta to the US border with Mexico. The course covers 2700 miles and has about 200,000 vertical feet of climbing.
I'm happy enough to be twins.

Here is a link to the website:

Maybe you have a theater near you that is hosting..?
(I think you can buy the DVD, but my local theater is putting a % of ticket money towards a group promoting local trail building efforts.)

General Discussion / Aero bars
« on: February 01, 2011, 10:43:24 am »
Hey all,

I'm looking for aero bars to use on a lite tour bike.  Right now it is between the profile Design "Century" and "Airstryke".  The main difference between them is the arm rests.  On the Century they are fixed, while on the Airstryke they flip up and out of the way.
I've used the fixed ones, but that was long ago.  Does the flip-up feature offer $30 worth of benefit?

Thanks in advance,


General Discussion / Wii training
« on: November 23, 2010, 09:19:33 am »
So yesterday I talked to my office geek and he said I had a million dollar idea.  -This was another way of saying 'nothing like that exists'.

Let me back up:

I asked him if there was a Wii game where the controller (nunchuck) or a pair of controllers can clip to the pedals of MY exercise bike and I could go ride the Tour de France or some other such race.

All I want is something a bit more interactive than my "TriCycle" DVD for indoor training. 
I move; it moves.

I want to make use of what I already have and not spend gobs of money on indoor 'gear' with no other use.  Is there a Wii game that anyone uses or can use with an exercise bike?

Gear Talk / Pannier racks for add a bike
« on: July 28, 2010, 02:00:55 pm »
Greetings!  I'm going to be doing some bike touring with the kids and have purchased an Adams add a bike tandem.  For better weight distribution I'm doing front racks on the tow bike and wondering about a rack with panniers on the add a bike.  The problem that I'm having is that the racks I'm finding are for much bigger bikes. 

Has anyone tried putting a 26"-700c rack on a bike with a 20" wheel?    Recumbants must have something similar, no?

I suppose it would help ensure the panniers stayed up off the ground...

Thanks in advance,

Gear Talk / Bike style
« on: March 12, 2010, 01:48:49 pm »
Hey all, first time reader, first time poster.

I'm curious as to what bike style most folks choose for road/RR trail touring?  My bike is a hybrid (700-40) currently setup for commuting with a rear rack, lights, fenders (fully nerdified) and I plan to use it for (my first time) touring.  Will I be at a huge disadvantage compared to those folks riding a drop-bar, roadie-style bike with 700-30's??
Or, is it just about what is comfortable and familiar..?

What do people who regularily tour use and why??

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