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General Discussion / Continental Breakfast
« on: March 12, 2005, 06:25:01 am »
. . . but I'm not above it . . . !

General Discussion / Solo Touring?
« on: August 09, 2005, 12:10:18 am »
I toured solo last month. I teamed up with another rider I met along the way for three days, and you know what I discovered? that I just hated having to hurry to accomodate someone elses schedule! If you're like me, solo is the only way to go. I was never lonely, there were always enough people to get aquainted with if I so chose (but mostly liked just being left alone) and never felt like my style was cramped.

General Discussion / Knee injury
« on: May 09, 2005, 05:55:21 am »
Runech, I see you posted this half a year ago so my advice may be coming too late to do any good. There is a lot of advice available from riders and many have had knee pain and can tell you what worked for them, but I suggest you only use the advice of a professional that has examined you. Don’t be your own doctor, and don’t expect any dietary supplements, particular exercise or corrective devices to do you any good (don’t go out and get a knee brace!!!!) unless they are indicated by a pro that knows what’s wrong with you.

The good news is that the great majority of cycling knee injuries can be treated and fixed, and the diagnostic powers and rehabilitative methods in use currently are quite advanced and effective (It’s a great time to have a knee injury). While it’s possible that you may have “damaged” something by doing 1000 Km with a bad fit, it’s not likely. Surgery? Almost never indicated in cycling related knee pain. Biking just isn’t associated with traumatic injuries in the way that running and other impact sports are.

Seek a professional who SPECIALIZES IN SPORTS INJURIES, AND SPECIFICALLY CYCLING if you can find one. Don’t waste your time or money on one who doesn’t specialize. This would be a physical therapist, medical doctor, certified trainer, or similar professional with expertise on cycling. Again, the more specific to biking he/she is the more value you will get. If this person isn’t also a bike fitting specialist, find one and get an exacting fit based on his detailed analysis of your body and bike.

Should get you all fixed up and riding in no time.

General Discussion / Trans-Am trip costs
« on: February 15, 2005, 02:44:23 pm »
>>A coupla quick questions from an overseas newbie.
What is "ramen"?

Ramen is an asian-style instant noodle meal which 20-somethings learn to exploit by combining with eggs, meat, vegetables.  One could write a cookbook about the hearty bike-bum meals possible while dollars are saved for beer.

>>How did you wash if you stealth camped?

On my many US cycling and hitchhiking trips I bathed in creeks and lakes. This only works if you can appreciate the vitality found in cold water.  If you soap up on shore and rinse off with your cooking pot before going back in for a final dunking you will not pollute. In winter, you heat a little water to shampoo and rinse your hair.  This is a fantastic exhilaration. Public showers are found at swimming pools, truck stops, and for a small fee at commercial campgrounds.

>>What about Bears if you stealth camp?

In bear country, which includes the extensive woodlands  of the national forests and parks, you must take measures to prevent feeding them. This is not trivial. Black bears aren’t normally dangerous but they will destroy your panniers. Hanging y0ur food from a high tree bough is the minimum step one should take, and if done correctly this may also stop raccoons and squirrels. Grizzly bears inhabit a very limited sphere around Yellowstone and Glacier Natl Parks, so don’t worry about them anywhere else. PS: zip your tent up in rainy fall weather in the eastern woods or else expect to sleep with skunks.

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