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Gear Talk / Re: Breaking in Brooks B17 Imperial
« on: February 21, 2022, 01:51:12 pm »
Here's yet another view. I like mine right out of the box without a break-in period. That's for the  B17. Th Pro is a different animal entirely.
My experience too. When a B17 is new I tend to slide around a bit and that's it.

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Englishman Tom Vernon was a social commentator, musician, epicurean and the 'Fat Man on a Bicycle'.  He wrote a couple of books under that moniker and even made a number of BBC television programs of his tours, some of which were shown on American PBS. The quote was something he said on one of his six-part 'Fat Man in France' series as he spontaneously stopped to investigate something interesting along the country lane he was riding.  I believe one of the 'Fat Man in France' episodes is on Youtube.
Me and a couple of friends did some of the stuff that the Fat Man claimed to have done and we very much doubted that he made some of the climbs under his own steam

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General Discussion / Re: Finding accommodation
« on: December 01, 2021, 11:11:42 am »
Warm showers might be useful. It would not hurt to try it. What I heard is it is kind of a problem. I was a member for a while. Hey cyclist on the Atlantic coast route contacted me for a place to lay over a while. I was perfectly willing to let him stay here and rest. The problem was I was getting to takeoff on a tour of my own. I did not want to alter my schedule. I told him that. In the course of our correspondence he told me I was the only person from warm showers who had answered him when contacted. There is another psych a list on YouTube. That is The Bicycle Touring pro. He said March the same thing about warm showers. He said it took a lot of time to contact members. Some do not even respond. He said it was such a time-consuming thing that he just gave up with it.
When I tried it I contacted quite a few and some got back to me.  You have to expect that.  Some only have the account so they can use it to be guests.  Some may be away.  Some may not check their email.  Some may just ignore it unless they want to host.

The main reason I gave up on it was that setting plans and committing to them didn't fit my style and it was not fair to hosts to ask to stay and then not show up when they wanted notice so they could plan ahead.
I have to agree with all the above; it's a bit of a pain, like my old job in fact all this scheduling etc., having to meet people. I much prefer to take my chances with motels even though they might cost a few bucks more. Perhaps that's easy to say as I'm comfortably retired male.

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General Discussion / Re: Finding accommodation
« on: November 29, 2021, 12:47:20 pm »
JC sounds to have come a long way since 2009. ;D

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Google seems to come up with the shortest not necessarily the easiest route: riding out of Osoyoos BC Google sent me up a road that cut across a switchback - it probably saved 1/4 mile but the the shortcut was so steep I ended up walking most of it!

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General Discussion / Re: Finding accommodation
« on: November 28, 2021, 12:47:06 am »
I too hate camping but I've always taken a tiny tent and sleeping bag in case I couldn't make it to a motel or hostel (almost non-existant in the US compared to Europe/UK) I've had to camp perhaps one night in 20. With google maps or the excellent ACA maps you can plan your next destination to be somewhere that has a motel. It's worth giving them a ring to see if they are still in business and if they have a room. I don't use Air B&B because a) I hate having to be somewhere and meet people at a particular time and b) motels have to conform to safety and licensing requirements so chances are they have a minimum standard of comfort; mind you I did freeze my butt off in one motel, Jeffrey City which was the only show in town. If you're like me and like to get a few miles in before breakfast it's worth phoning the breakfast place you're thinking of because they come and go.

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I'm intrigued. What would the bot be trying to accomplish?

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Once again you are responding a not that resurected a 4yr old thread.

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Nothing like keeping up with the times.

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"For me sandals offer nothing but chaffing and sores from the straps and road grit. I would ride in mtn bike shoes with a pair of Crocs or Xero shoes for off bike activities"
Second that. I use Merrels Mens Slippers which are very light and despite their name have a robust sole - not trivial the only time I encountered goat heads was through the sole of imitation Crocs.

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Routes / Re: Westport OR to Champoeg SP
« on: February 23, 2021, 05:16:09 pm »
Hah!
Yep - - that "OR" means Oregon, doesn't it?
But it would be a sweet ride from Westport, Wash.
Quite right. I'm planning on riding from Seattle to Eugene so Westport WA would be a bit of a detour.

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Routes / Westport OR to Champoeg SP
« on: February 22, 2021, 02:03:20 pm »
Is there a way to do this without going through Portland? From the RWGPS map route 47 looks promising, has anybody done that?

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I considered the Lost Coast when I was going down the coast myself but I was credit card touring and there's no accommodation that way. There's some pretty fierce hills going the regular route! At least for my old legs.

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