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General Discussion / Re: New to Touring
« on: April 02, 2009, 10:43:07 pm »
I'm looking for ideas on possibly appropriate bikes.

I'd like to humbly suggest that you (and anyone else considering the question) look into a recumbent bike as a possibility. I rode thousands of miles, in the past, on traditional touring bikes and relaxed angle mountain bikes. I now tour on a recumbent and love every minute. For some, a traditional style bike works well for their them, but I tired of the butt/crotch, wrist, neck, back pain that I experienced. I find a recumbent style bicycle to be an ideal machine for long miles on the road.

General Discussion / Re: Best Camera for touring?
« on: March 22, 2009, 11:00:13 pm »
I am considering a new camera for my upcoming tour. I have used a Cannon A560 (7 mega pixels) which is ok but I'd really like sharper pictures with more detail. I'm really not that into photography so spare me all the lingo - I'd just be interested in suggestions of a really good portable point and shoot (digital of course) that would be an improvement over what I have.
What improvements are you looking for? If I was to just suggest one camera, I'd say the Panasonic TZ5. It is relatively small, has a big screen, great Leica lens, big zoom range that starts wide: 28mm to 280mm, solid build.

Otherwise, Steve's digicams has a great page that lists what they feel are the "best" digital cameras by class. Go to either the compact or ultra compact groups:

General Discussion / Re: Carrying Pepper Spray
« on: March 21, 2009, 11:52:42 am »
New-ish to this board and I'm wondering if this topic will get as nasty as I've seen happen on other bicycle forums. OP poster just asked for advice on ways to mount pepper spray. Now we've gone from swinging tire pumps to ammonia additives in water bottles to carrying firearms to head kicking. Here's hoping discussion stays civil.

General Discussion / Re: Carrying Pepper Spray
« on: March 21, 2009, 11:48:18 am »
I have also, in the past, carried rocks when I know there's a bike-chaser on my route.  This has also worked well, especially when I've used the handful of small rocks shotgun approach.
For many dogs, you don't even need to have a real rock. A friend that toured the Hawaiin Islands was taught the trick of bending down and pretending to pick up a rock and cocking your arm back as if you are about to throw. I have used this "fake" on occasion when other things didn't work. Of course, you have to be stationary/on foot to pull this off.

General Discussion / Re: Posting Images to Forum
« on: March 20, 2009, 11:12:19 pm »

General Discussion / Re: Going My Way?
« on: March 19, 2009, 06:08:44 pm »
Wish I was, Nancy. Have a great trip!!!

General Discussion / Re: Carrying Pepper Spray
« on: March 19, 2009, 06:07:33 pm »
The Nashbar Halt holder looks like it would do the trick...if there was any room on my handlebars.
The Halt! holder comes in 2 different sizes, so it is possible to attach it to your frame if your bars are full.

General Discussion / Re: Carrying Pepper Spray
« on: March 19, 2009, 02:43:13 pm »
I've put it in my jersey pocket, but found that the wind broke up the stream so much it was ineffective, unlike the situations when I was a pedestrian.

That's why you either need to wait until they are close enough to "see the white's of their eyes" or stop, get off your bike, and spray.

A loud, authoritative yell starting with an explosive sound, like "Back off!" will usually intimidate an agressive dog.

I've found yelling "Bad Dog, go home" works well with many dogs.

General Discussion / Re: Carrying Pepper Spray
« on: March 19, 2009, 02:06:37 pm »
If the "pepper spray" you use is Halt!, then this plastic holder allows you to clip it on to your handlebars (and it works great!):

General Discussion / Re: House Bill 3008 Oregon
« on: March 18, 2009, 10:06:56 pm »
My question is how many of you have 'mandatory' bike registrations/fees already in place.
Never even heard of such a thing here in New England (phew). I agree I might feel okay about such a thing if the money was actually targeted toward bicycle concerns, but I doubt that is the case.

Gear Talk / Re: Considering New Handlebar Setup
« on: March 11, 2009, 05:39:16 pm »
I have tried several recumbents but have not found any I like so they are ruled out (sorry).
Hi TulsaJohn,
As a happy recumbent rider I am curious which recumbents you tried?

Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Biking to Homeschool
« on: March 07, 2009, 11:24:53 am »
It's been almost 2 years since "no-name" last posted. Your kids would now be around 8 and 10. I'd love to hear an update. I'm home-schooling my 10 year old son and our family is planning a trip from Boston to Vancouver to LA in 2010. Would love to hear updates and advice for on the road home-schooling.

Classifieds / Re: How do you buy an item from a member?
« on: March 05, 2009, 10:05:52 am »
I have not made a purchase on this forum, but I have made numerous purchases privately on another cycling forum. Here's some suggestions:
-You can make a payment to someone via paypal, if you both have a paypal account. You just sign in and find the "make a payment" option. Paypal will take a 3-5% charge depending on your membership levels.
-Just as I only buy from established members on ebay, I tend to only buy from members of a board that have made numerous posts, have a positive reputation, on the board. This could be tough here, as this board is fairly new and folks don't seem to make tons of posts.
-When I don't use paypal to make a payment, I send a USPS money order from the post office. They cost a dollar, but are only available up to a certain amount ($500 I think). Once I had to buy several money orders for an expensive bike. If they are lost, you can report it to USPS and if no one cashes it within a certain time frame, they refund you the money. This happened to me once, so I know it works.
-If they live far away, you can try to find a local bike shop that will act as a broker. I use to look up bike shops in cities around the US. The person drops the bike off at the shop, calls you to say its there, boxes and ships it, you pay them.
-For any big purchase (bike), I always request a phone # and give the seller a call. I find it much easier to get a "feel" for a seller over the phone than just internet messages.
-There are escrow companies (and some bike shops will act as an escrow company) where you send them payment and the seller drops off the item and the escrow company only completes the transaction after both parties have completed their part.

Colorado / C'mon Colorado, the rest of the US is counting on you!!!
« on: February 27, 2009, 12:54:42 pm »
A discussion area for Colorado Adventure Cycling members and non members to meet, organize rides, and discuss cycling issues relevant to the region. Please keep post in this section pertaining to Colorado. If this board is successful we will be looking to add more states and or regions soon."

I'd love to see a New England section. So, come on, Colorado get going and make a good show of it so the rest of us can get a section! It appears to be all up to you!!! ;D

General Discussion / Re: america by bike
« on: February 27, 2009, 08:21:50 am »
uhhm, well their website does have a link to this one on their "links" page. ;D

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