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General Discussion / newer than a newbie
« on: June 11, 2006, 07:10:16 pm »
See if there is a local bicycle club, there will be a wealth of information you can get from club members.  Same goes for local Bicycle shops.  More information on the net then you can read. There are many books on touring and just riding.  The one common factor about riding is it is fun.

I whish you the best of luck in your endeavor and expect to see pictures in you helmet and gown on graduation day.

General Discussion / Finally, a new bike.
« on: May 13, 2006, 12:00:13 am »
I have an allez comp.  Cro molly frame and carbon fork and seat post.  Specialized makes some good bikes.  I have ridden this on several centuries and find it very comfortable. It is a triple and shift very good.  I can't tell you about the Bianchi but I know quite a few people who have them and like them very much. Hope this helps.  Jim

General Discussion / Be careful out there
« on: April 24, 2006, 03:21:34 pm »
Bicyclist hit by car.  I have read this many times and have shaken my head.  I never thought I would be one of these riders, until today at about 5:15am and a car came out from a side street of SW 7th st.   in Renton.  I was able to turn somewhat and not get t-boned however my side caught his left side view mirror and it is now lying on the street. I have some sore ribs and a couple of scrapes.  While I was in the emergency room making sure everything was still intact I read the article about unfriendly roads for cyclist in the King County Journal, what timing.  I also wondered if I had done something wrong.  I had bright clothing on a bright head light and the street is fairly well lit.  No, I was legal.  The motorist stop long enough to see if I was alright I said no, he put his broken mirror on the side of the road, and left.   I finally called the police who said there wasnt much they could do, it seem while I was on the ground I couldnt get a license number.
   Having ridden a bicycle for a while I have always known, in the back of my mind that the possibility of being hit is always there, just not today.

General Discussion / first tour 2006
« on: April 15, 2006, 07:37:51 pm »
This should be known now as first disappointment of 2006.  Apparently mother nature wasn't ready for us to ride.  We were hit with a very heavy rain storm and then another so ride was canceled.  There is always next week.

General Discussion / first tour 2006
« on: April 10, 2006, 02:26:30 pm »
Well Friday will be my first tour for the year.  I'll be going with a group from the Vancouver BC bicycle club.  Doing a four day trip to the Gulf Islands, Pender and Salt Spring islands.  Forcast is for rain but around here and this time of year you don't expect anything else. Have packed and repacked about 4 times, so I think I might be ready only tour will tell.  So I'm going to try to keep the rubber side down and ride in between the rain drops.

General Discussion / Food
« on: April 02, 2006, 11:11:23 pm »
Lazy guy that I am I look for easy food preperation.  I get a package of tortillas some package shredded cheese and make quesdalles.  These can be heated or eaten cold.  I also found bacon that doesn't need to be refrigerated.  As you can see I'm not a health food advocate.

General Discussion / shake down ride
« on: March 20, 2006, 11:09:58 pm »
This weekend I loaded my BoB with my camping gear and set off for 30 mile ride just see how to pack and strap things on my bike.  All went well until a hill I started climbing.  I down shifted to my low chain ring and the chain went right over it. I found out I don't balance very well with my feet clipped in.  I also became knowledgable of ditches and the water that runs in them.  Unclipping myself and righting my bike and trailer and mustering up what little dignity I had, I was on my way to finish my ride.  My bike is on my work stand for some adjustment.  I would like to note that everything that was strapped or bungeed stayed where it was suppose to.  For other new adventure cyclist I suggest you try packing and riding and oh yea, stay out of the ditches.

General Discussion / first aid kits
« on: March 06, 2006, 03:01:17 pm »
Not to much discussion about this.  I made one up trying to think what minor things could go wrong from eye wash to upset stomach.  Any other ideas?

General Discussion / Bike expo Seattle, Wa
« on: February 18, 2006, 12:28:02 am »
For those of you in the Pacific Northwest who are going to attend this I hope to see you there.  I'll be in ticket sales form 12 to 4 Saturday.  Would like to meet you

General Discussion / Happy New Year
« on: December 31, 2005, 08:51:40 pm »
Going to be a good year for riding.

General Discussion / Where are you touring to 2006
« on: December 31, 2005, 01:54:18 am »
I intend to discover my own state of Washington.  A tour around Mt.Rainier and a tour to eastern Washington. Where everyone else going?

General Discussion / Merry Christmas
« on: December 20, 2005, 03:51:46 pm »
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.  May your panniers be filled with sugar plums and maybe a new cyclecomputer.  Jim Bushard from Renton, Washington

General Discussion / Riding partner web sight?
« on: December 07, 2005, 02:24:37 pm »
Look at the Adventure cycling web site under (Companions Wanted)

General Discussion / photo
« on: December 20, 2005, 10:53:13 pm »
Thanks for all the trouble.  May all of you have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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