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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: February 11, 2010, 11:22:29 pm »
Hmmmm.  Tis suspicious. And weird syntax, too.   I think Whittierider's on to something.

Gear Talk / Re: Rectangular vs mummy sleeping bag
« on: February 11, 2010, 11:17:51 pm »
I agree with Staehpj. Touring with minimal weight makes such a difference, and the new lightweight bags also stuff into much smaller bundle. 

General Discussion / Re: Your first long distance tour...
« on: February 11, 2010, 11:15:11 pm »
Yup, I retire in June this year, and plan to do a cross-country tour in the summer of 2011.  It may be tricky, though, because although we've raised our kids and they are independent, I as starting to do quite a bit of taking care of parents!  I do have siblings, so we should be able to figure out a schedule that will work.

Urban Cycling / Re: top bicycle-friendly cities and towns
« on: February 11, 2010, 11:10:58 pm »
Yes, I remember hearing about Davis about 20 years ago.  I've never biked there, though.  I think I will check it out on my next trip to California, though.

Gear Talk / Re: cold feet! Recommendations?
« on: February 11, 2010, 11:08:23 pm »

I've tried all the shoe covers and socks and the rest, and in the end there is only one thing that works:  properly designed gore-tex winter cycling shoes.

OK, I think you may be right.  I've tried all the other options, and thought I had it figured out with the chemical warmers. However, on a ride over about an hour, they seem to stop working, probably due to lack of air getting in there.  I noticed when I stopped for lunch and took them out, they were cold again, but then when exposed to the air, heated back up. 

Now that it's almost spring, I'll just tough it out and put off buying the winter boots until next fall.  But that's my plan for future winters.

General Discussion / Re: maximum weight
« on: February 10, 2010, 08:36:50 pm »
I've seen a # of folks touring with a lightweight racing bike pulling a trailer.

I'm one of those number of guys you see with a CF lightweight bike pulling a trailer.  It's great, and I doubt I'll go back to heavier bikes with heave loads, making them cumbersome to handle.

Pacific Northwest / Re: ACA forum members from PNW
« on: February 02, 2010, 11:13:06 pm »
Got it.  Thanks.

Pacific Northwest / Re: ACA forum members from PNW
« on: February 01, 2010, 09:56:53 pm »
I don't know what a MUT is, but I've ridden the Centenial trail from Snohomish to Arlington a couple of times and then gone back to Snohomish via Burn Rd, Granite Falls, Monroe, even Sultan, Ben Howard RD, etc.  You live in a wonderful biking area, much superior to the Roslyn/Cle Elum area where I live.  Here we have some good loops, but you have to go out early in the day to avoid horrendous winds, and we have poor, bumpy chip seal roads.  I also enjoy going up to the Mt. Vernon/Bellingham area for good roads and rural rides.  In 2004, I rode the Olympic Peninsula loop.  It is a great ride and I thoroughly enjoyed every day.  It was 4 days, 322 miles.  I have yet to ride the North Cascades full route, but have been on  parts if it.

General Discussion / Re: Water Filters
« on: February 01, 2010, 01:11:02 am »
I always carry iodine tablets. They are rarely used on a road tour, but weigh nothing, take up no space, never break down (as filters often do) and can be very handy in a pinch.  I've used them lots of times on mountaineering trips. 

Gear Talk / Re: Tires when riding from San Diego to Phoenix
« on: January 26, 2010, 11:24:08 pm »
I always carry one or two spare tires and several spare tubes.  I have often used the tubes, of course, and, on occassion, the tire(s).

General Discussion / Re: A couple of touring questions
« on: January 26, 2010, 11:20:28 pm »
No, the rednecks don't like us cuz they know we're really gnarlier that they are, and we don't have to put on a tough guy act.  We just are tough enough to grind it out, mile after mile after day after day, up, down, rain and shine.......

General Discussion / Re: A couple of touring questions
« on: January 25, 2010, 07:54:06 pm »
I've had the wet tent problem biking and backpacking. If there is a string of wet days, the first time the sun comes out, I unpack the tent and dry it in the sun.  It dries fast, as do most sleeping bags.  For wet clothes, I sometimes ride in them, but carry a plastic bag with dry ones and use them when I get too grossed out.  Then all the wet stuff goes into a plastic bag until I get a chance to do laundry or dry out.  You get used to this stuff after a week or so.

General Discussion / Re: Your first long distance tour...
« on: January 24, 2010, 02:12:40 pm »
What does "terra incognito" mean? I looked it up and found out that incognito means "in disguise"

Any time I want to know what anything means, I just type it into google and find out!  What a difference from just a few years ago.

This is a great forum.  Not knowing any better, I've ridden it on Hwy 2 twice, once in 1980 and once in 2003.  It was fine, but I'm sure the advice here is much superior.  Next time a'm going to go some new area, I'll check here first.

Pacific Northwest / Re: ACA forum members from PNW
« on: January 21, 2010, 11:37:47 pm »
I've ridden a lot around the Eastern Washington-Northern Idaho-Western Montana areas.  It's great.  In fact, I'll be riding the supported rideidaho this August with a bunch of friends.  Many of my day rides are in Western Washington around the greater Puget Sound area.  I have family there and know the roads well.

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