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General Discussion / Re: Let's talk injuries!
« on: February 23, 2018, 06:15:21 am »
Three years ago, I was unloading a very heavy shop compressor off of the back of my pickup, when I stumbled and pitched head-long off the ramp. I naturally put out my hands to break my fall, and shattered the ulna of my right wrist. It was horribly mutilated. The end of the bone where it makes the socket for the mating pats of the joint was smashed as if it were a flower opening up. I was in surgery for six hours. Luckily, I had one of the best orthopedic surgeons you can find, and he took my wrist as a personal challenge, and meticulously went at it. Titanium plate and twelve screws. All in all, I was six months in various casts, and another six months of physical therapy - which was the absolute worst part - so painful! Anyway, I have about 98% of my hand movement back.

What this did for me as far as touring goes, is that I now require upright handlebars to keep the pressure off my wrist. I don't mind. A nice Brooks saddle and Jones Loop bars, and I'm off to the races!

Routes / Re: Southern Tier with hammock or tent
« on: February 23, 2018, 05:59:08 am »

Are there hammocks that can also be set up as tents?

I do stretching and limber up a little before bed. A fit yet relaxed body sleeps better naturally.

General Discussion / Re: Lions and tigers and bears oh my!!!
« on: December 24, 2016, 07:37:52 pm »
A bear bag can be as simple as suspending your panniers from a tree 3+ meters from the ground with a piece of paracord. Do it 20-30m at least from your tent.

General Discussion / Re: Lions and tigers and bears oh my!!!
« on: December 08, 2016, 09:25:10 pm »
Good Stuff Here!

General Discussion / Re: Bike Touring on Rainy day's
« on: October 19, 2016, 07:49:21 am »
Would one of the aero helmets with the windscreen attached make for better riding in the rain? Could you apply Rainex and have the rain just slide off?

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