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Bikecentennial / Re: Bikecentennial build
« on: November 28, 2017, 09:16:43 pm »
Cool project.

I'm not sure how "typical" I was, but I showed up in Missoula in 1975 for a leadership training course with a bone stock orange Gitane Interclub. I had added a rear rack (don't remember the brand, but it was the kind with the cast Al top and riveted on supports that went down to the rear dropout). I added a Cool Gear "The Seat". I had made Frostline handlebar bag and panniers.  While there, Sam Braxton and one of his sons did a maintenance session. He got talking about how important good wheels were. Before I left Missoula, I had him build me a set using Super Champion rims, Phil Wood hubs and DT double butted spokes in 4x.

Before I left for Reedsport in May '76, I had added a Phil Wood bottom bracket and Phil Wood pedals. I changed the cheapy plastic Simplex derailleur for a Sountour long cage, the stock Sugino crank for a Stronglight with a 36 tooth small chain ring and gave up the Frostline handlebar bag for an Eclipse with its own support bracket. The only failure I had (beside flat tires) was the rear sheared the rivets which I replaced with machine screws and the Cool Gear seat broke one of the seat rails in SW Virginia - I repaired it with a beverage can pop-top. The bike performed flawlessly.

Thanks for the memories.  ;)

Group leader TAWK520

Food Talk / Re: Recipes
« on: May 29, 2016, 11:23:18 pm »
One pot -- Alcohol Burner + Pot Cozy
If you cook over a backpack stove, check out the Pot Cozy idea. I made mine to fit my MSR Titan pot. I found Reflectix at Home Depot.

Near East Quinoa Blend - Zesty Lemon (This is a quinoa/brown rice mixture) + 10 oz can of Great Value Chunk Chicken.
Boiled water (1 1/2 cups)
Added Quinoa, seasoning packet & chicken.
Back to a boil for 5 more minutes
25 minutes in cozy.
My stoker loved it.  :D

I found my trip journals in a box. The group left Reedsport on May 20 so the trip designation was TAWK520

My name is Randy Stout. I was the trip leader for TAWK520 - Trans America left Reedsport on May 20, 1976. I have nothing but pictures from the trip, but I think I remember everybody's names:

Mark (?)
Ewout (spelling ?) from the Netherlands
Carrie from the Netherlands
Wim from the Netherlands
Mia from the Netherlands
Micki from the Netherlands
Peter from the Netherlands

Our group is featured at the very beginning of the "Adventure Cycling Celebrates 40"  video. It sure brings back memories.

I wonder if any of you are reading this forum? If so please let us all know what you have done in the intervening 40 (!) years.

I plan to be in Missoula July 15 - 17. It would be fun to meet up.


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