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Gear Talk / Re: A must item
« on: July 14, 2020, 11:42:02 am »
Nail clippers!

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General Discussion / Finding a place to sleep
« on: December 24, 2019, 10:29:32 pm »
I like knowing places along my route where I can camp ahead of time. Like staeph I can decide how far I want to go by how I feel or other conditions like the weather. I once boxed myself into going too far one day and regretted it for days. But if I come across a great spot that I didn’t know about I will take advantage of it. 

Routes / TABR route
« on: March 03, 2019, 08:08:36 am »
I drove through the Sand Hills area a few years ago. I kept saying to myself that It would be a great area to bike. The low volume of traffic and the hilly scenery was very nice.

General Discussion / Re: border crossing
« on: March 01, 2018, 10:19:02 pm »
I can see that everyone on forums treats everyone with respect and in a professional manner. And some people never see themselves as the ones disrespecting uniformed personnel first.

Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« on: October 02, 2017, 01:35:33 pm »
I've been commuting into work as well as riding at work this semester. I'm in a newly refurbished bldg.  Now we have a shower in the locker room. That really made my mind up to commute to work. Feeling refreshed after biking in really helped to motivate me to commute. Only 3.1 miles each way.

Gear Talk / Advice for long underwear while riding?
« on: June 28, 2017, 02:23:41 pm »
I get really cold riding all winter at work. I found Layer8 synthetic long underwear Marshall's for $18 each. Found them to be more durable than famous armor brand. It wicks the sweat away without freezing me. In below 30 degrees I wear my Layer8,merino wool long underwear then Blauer bike pants which are a little loose fitting. That has got me down to 18 degrees in the 'mild' eastern Pennsy weather at 6 to 10 mph with frequent stops. Gotta watch for the ice patches.

General Discussion / Application for keeping a journal
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:43:19 am »
I like "photo dumps" when I look at people's trips. A picture is worth a thousand words. I like CGOAB. If you write about a place you stopped at include the photo. ie that nights campsite or food stops as well as touristy locations.  The photo can bring back more memories of the trip than just your words.

Urban Cycling / commuting by bike
« on: October 10, 2016, 09:48:42 pm »
I'm semi-retired now. My new part-time job at a local college has me driving around campus every day. One day we ran out of cars. The boss said "do you bike? because that's all we have left".
Now I bike around campus for my job. My boss even bought 2 new bikes because I showed I was serious about riding every day. I do not commute enough days in to work because I like to sleep late.

If you drive at work see if your boss will let you bike instead.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddle and bike shorts
« on: May 31, 2016, 09:58:44 am »
I've read on other forums that the nose of the saddle should be tilted up a little. That's how mine has been for 5+ years. Yes it takes a while but the slipperiness does wear off.

General Discussion / Re: Passports?
« on: March 21, 2016, 03:58:10 pm »
Get the Passport card too when you get your Passport. We only need the card to get into & out of the US.

Routes / Re: Great Parks North - Canadian Camping
« on: December 23, 2015, 10:57:22 am »
Great info from everyone. Makes me put it on my bucket list.

General Discussion / Re: Should I pack an Air Pillow
« on: June 19, 2015, 09:25:16 pm »
I've had a Cabelas blowup pillow for many years. Fairly cheap but has thick plastic. It rolls up small. Because the plastic is thick I have never put a patch on it. I also use it as a sit pad but I put an airline pillow cover on it when I use it for sleep. Another dual purpose item in my kit.

I have camped by firehouses & police stations. I am a vol. fireman and retired cop. It works to one's advantage when I approach either group. Join a fire dept. Or if you have a freind who is a cop get a couple of their business cards with cellphone #s. So if a cop rousts you hand the card to them to call and vouch for you.
At the firehouse I chat with them about their equipment. I've been allowed to use their showers as well as camp. A couple of places allowed me in to their "rehydration center"!

I've sent patches to some of them who went out of their way for me. I've emailed dept.s advising them of officers/firefighters  who were especially helpful. A part time officer was taken on as full time from all the great emails his bosses received.

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