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Gear Talk / Ortlieb Panniers On Sale @ REI - 25% Off
« on: May 21, 2014, 12:36:47 pm »

Due to a recent fire in the Ventura County/LA County area of Southern California, Point Mugu Campground is temporarily closed.
Point Mugu is one of the many parks along the coast that offer hiker/biker camping and is popular with traveling cyclists.  The closure is temporary.

More info here:

Routes / Looking For Route Recommendations
« on: May 05, 2013, 01:23:48 pm »
I looking for recommendations for safer and/or lower traffic routes for touring. 

I live in southern California and I'm no stranger to dealing with cars on the road - I ride our busy roads with cars virtually every day.  But I'm interested any route suggestions that would take me away from this and offer nice wide shoulders and/or very little traffic to contend with.  (Eventually I'd like to make my way to the Netherlands to give their network of bike paths a shot.) 

I've spent most of my life competing for space on the road with cars.  I'm interested in alternatives where I can relax and just ride my bike without being strafed by cars every few moments.  I have experienced a few places like this myself but I'm curious of what others have found.

Have you found an area, region or country that was relatively free of car-conflicts for bicycle travel?  Gravel and dirt roads are not out of the question either.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions. 

General Discussion / Panniers VS. trailers, what do you prefer?
« on: December 08, 2004, 05:16:41 pm »
I am an avid cyclist however I have done very little touring.  I have done a couple of shorter tours using just rear panniers.  I would like to plan a longer tour but need to carry more gear.  What are the pros and cons of panniers VS. trailers (BOB style)?  
Thanks in advance for your opinions.

Rick, Ca.

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