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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.

Routes / Re: Favorite tours?
« on: January 20, 2010, 11:07:43 pm »
The Pacific Coast, around the Olympic Peninsula in Washington,  the Northern Idaho and Western Montana areas.  I'm sure I would have many others if I got a chance to ride them.  I like the west and rural areas, mountains, deserts, farmland, praries, ocean coasts.

Cycling Events / Re: Ride Idaho August 2009
« on: January 14, 2010, 11:14:27 pm »
I and a group of friends just signed up for the 2010 version.  I sounds like a great ride, at an affordable price.  This year they're accepting 300.

General Discussion / Re: Training
« on: January 14, 2010, 11:10:55 pm »
I agree with previous writer.  I ride several times per week when the weather permits (around here that's about March-November), probably average 50-120 miles/week.  When a tour comes up, I just pack and go.  No special training is needed.     

General Discussion / Re: Greetings
« on: January 05, 2010, 11:38:12 pm »
I've toured several times south of Spokane through the Palouse country.  There are lots of rural roads and very acceptable weather in March/April.  I just get a road map out and make it up.  Even better is the "Washington Road and Recreation Atlas" by Benchmark Maps.  It will get you drooling over possibilities throughout the state.

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