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General Discussion / Re: Florida Keys: Safe to ride?
« on: November 17, 2009, 12:08:53 am »
It can happen anywhere, as we all know.  In 1982 in south central Washington, we had a semi lean on the horn from about 200 feet back, steer to our shoulder and stay there.  We were forced to ditch it in the gravel and miraculoulsy not hurt.  The horn stayed on for about another 100 feet past us.

That was the most blatant offense I've suffered, but there have been plenty of minor ones.  I always try to remember some distinguishing thing about the rig in the hopes I will see it in the next town, but that hasn't happened yet.

Watch your mirror, for the cowards almost always attack from the rear. 

General Discussion / Re: boredom on cross-country?
« on: November 12, 2009, 11:05:43 pm »
Wow!  It sounds like fun.  I might have to retire so I can take a long winter tour.  I'm a school HS math teacher with 30 years and I get summers off, which is great.  But to older I get, the more I want to get to a warm place in the winter!

How many miles per day average do you expect to get on the ST?

General Discussion / Re: Florida Keys: Safe to ride?
« on: November 12, 2009, 10:57:19 pm »

Once we got out of South Florida and headed west to California, we had no other such problems except for one very serious incident near Boutte, Louisiana, and then we did contact the police.

Details on that "very serious incident"?????

Pacific Northwest / ACA forum members from PNW
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:53:27 pm »
OK, so I'll try again to breathe some life into this moribund part of the forum, given that there's been no action in the past 3 months.  I'm wondering if there are any other PNW bike tourers on this site.  We live in a fantastic part of the country for touring--mountains, prairies, the Pacific Coast, inland waters, rivers, and two of the top 5 bicycling cities in the US--Seattle and Portland. 

Different strokes, but a spare tire is probably overkill. 

No it ain't.  I've used mine on tours and would never ever go on a loaded tour without one.
Interesting...I used my spare tire last summer on the first day of a 6 day supported tour, and the tire I was replacing was almost new.  I hit a large, sharp bolt and it ruined the tire by ripping the sidewall.  Once, years ago, I had to replace a tire on tour, too.  I bring a spare with me even on 3 day tours, because a seriously wrecked tire will seriously wreck your trip, unless there's a bike shop around.

In 1980, 3 friends and I decided to go on a bike tour, went out and bought some panniers, and left the next day for a 6 day 450 mile loop ride.  We were backpackers, so we had that basic equipment, but we used highway maps and commando camped every night, never paying for camping.   We climbed three big passes, two in one day, and had pouring rain, hail, and very hot weather.  We had no how-to books and regular 10 speed bikes--Nishike, Motobecane, Pugeot--bikes that cost about $100 at the time and lasted us for about 20 years!  We had a great time and loved every moment of it, except for the moments we hated.  I'm the only one still at it.  One died about 10 years ago and the other two got out of shape and haven't toured on years.

In 1973, I took my first "tour", though.  It was a "kinda" tour; a friend and I rode 50 miles to another friend's house, spent the night, and rode home the next day.  I'm not sure that really counts.

In the early 1940s, my mom and some college girlfriends toured for several days through parts of Western Washington.  They had some adventures,  including a broken frame they got some guy in a shop to weld back together.

So, I'd gather my stuff and take off.  That's the best way to learn.

Midwest / Re: Midwest Icebreaker
« on: November 09, 2009, 11:02:51 pm »
Hello group.

 I reduced some of the aging factors that I was facing originally. 

Interesting statement!  As a 61 year old, I'm always interested in how to accomplish this.  Have you got any hints?

On another note, I'm impressed at the number of responses to the "icebreaker" title.  I tried to get something going on the Northwest Regional  section, but the paucity of responses was discouraging.

Routes / Re: Tulsa, OK to Seattle, WA summer of 2010
« on: November 07, 2009, 12:19:37 am »
As discussed many times on this site, you don't want to go north up the Pacific coast in the summer.  If you do, you'll likely face devastating headwinds a lot of of the time.  If you have a choice, arrange it to go south on that part of your route.  You'll love it! 

General Discussion / Re: Bonking on tour
« on: November 03, 2009, 10:10:53 pm »
"has anyone done anything on what the best junk food is from the filling station?"

I rarely find myself in the position of having to rely on junk food, but when I do, a Payday bar is good--lots of salt, for one thing.  I've also used Snickers with success.  If you've still got a long way to go, however, you better have something else available. 

Cytomax seems to help me, too.

General Discussion / Re: Bonking on tour
« on: November 02, 2009, 10:31:17 pm »
I seem to be sensitive to heat, especially, as every time I've bonked--uh, using the running out of energy" definition--it has been in hot weather.  This seems to be more of a problem as I've aged.  I've also learned more about how to avoid it, though, through proper liquids and the right fooods at the right times.

Gear Talk / Re: Tie down straps
« on: November 02, 2009, 10:21:00 pm »
I use bungee cords for everything.  I have every size, type, and color you could find.  I have over 150 of them, and have given away at least another 100.  They were all free, found on roads on bike rides! 

General Discussion / Re: Potential Resale Value
« on: November 01, 2009, 07:07:37 pm »

It amazing how often a "good idea" is ruined by the few percent that abuse it.   
Ain't that the truth!  There are lots of things in life like that.  We wouldn't even have to have locking doors or security systems on houses and cars if there were not that small percentage of creeps that rip people off.  In fact, think about how much we all pay for insurance to protect us from such problems. 

General Discussion / Bonking on tour
« on: November 01, 2009, 07:01:56 pm »
Anyone had the experience of bonking big-time on tour?  Boy, I've had a few.  One time, on a 91 mile solo day in 80+degree heat, some headwind and 4000 feet of gain, plus heavy panniers and insufficient water and no services for most of the way, I hit the wall with 25 miles to go.  I called ahead and reserved a motel and did a lot of walking on hills.  I was a little worried for awhile but, of course, made it.  I've learned a lot about how to sustain myself since then.  I bring extra water, electrolyte powder, good, sufficient food, and work to pace myself.  Using a trailer instead of panniers seems to help for me, as I think I get a lot less drag that way.  I know there are some different opinions on this, and it's an individual thing with different riders having different preferences.

What are some of your experiences and what do you all do to avoid bonking? 

Gear Talk / Re: Touring (Ageing?) Compromises
« on: November 01, 2009, 06:50:39 pm »
At 61 I'm sticking with my fast bike (CF)  for day rides and tours.  I use a trailer on self supported tours and the same skinny tires, etc.  For long selfsupported tours, however, I'm thinking of bringing my old Bianchi Eros out of retirement.  I'll get a sturdier, less sensitive ride with more durable wheels anbd less chance of a serious breakdown.  I just love the CF ride and the super light, responsive ride, so I haven't changed yet.

Gear Talk / Re: Tire Question
« on: November 01, 2009, 06:41:50 pm »
After using all kinds of tires over 50 years, a couple of friends talked me into trying Continental 4000's.  I was getting only about 1000 miles or so out of tires, and they told me they get up to 3000 miles.  They cost avout $60 each, but I figured if I can get three times the mileage, they'd be worth the price.  I'm up to close to 1000 miles on them and see no wear yet.  Also, I love the ride.  I'm using 700x23c on paved roads only.  I'm wondering if anyone else has experience with these and, if so, how they held up.   Also, how many miles are all of you getting on whatever road tires you're using?

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