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Gear Talk / Re: Sore butts
« on: February 26, 2009, 09:49:30 am »
The one thing I wonder about is visibility on the road, especially in city/high traffic areas.  Is it an issue with you bent riders?  It seems they are way lower and would be harder for drivers to see.

Actually, at this point drivers seem to notice bents MORE since they are more unusual looking to most drivers. I do a lot of city/high traffic riding when I'm not touring and have not had any problems with "visibility". Bents come in different heights, but most are at a height equal to most drivers.

I've never tried a trike, and inquired on a recumbent forum regarding how low trikes are to the ground and if drivers see them. The answer was overwhelmingly that trike riders received much greater room and respect from drivers than when they were on any other type of cycle.

Gear Talk / Re: Sore butts
« on: February 25, 2009, 10:21:51 pm »

Although I love my new Comotion, I believe that a recumbent may be in the future for me. We have a very good dealer in Plant City, Fl., Power On Cycling. 
I have made numerous purchases from the good folks at Power On Cycling over the internet. You are fortunate to be near them (I live in New England) and I highly recommend them!!!

Gear Talk / Re: Tri-Cross
« on: February 25, 2009, 07:24:30 pm »
I believe there are articles on the Adventure Cycling website discussing touring bikes and what to get for a cross country bike ride.  And some webstie called crazy guy on a bike or something like that has many articles about people who rode all over the world.

Gear Talk / Re: Sore butts
« on: February 25, 2009, 03:47:13 pm »
In my 50 years of riding, I've found that there are several ways to mitigate the problem: good fit, expensive shorts ($100 or so), change position often (especially some stand up time), good saddle, chamois butter and take a break once in a while to enjoy other forms of exercise.

One half inch, one way on another, up or down, forward or back, and a few degrees of tilt can make a huge difference.  Get the fit right first, but don't be afraid to tinker with it.  Things change over time.  You can gain/lose weight or become more flexible.  You can spend all kinds of time and money trying to find the perfect saddle.  Just as a Brooks has a break in time, so does your butt.

...or try a recumbent.

Bike fit, riding position, and time in the saddle are the answers.  Going to a recumbent should not be required.  If you want one fine, but don't let the bent riders convince you it is the only way.

I just don't get the resistance to a recumbent. No, it's not the "only way", but after years of trying the tinkering, adjusting, and "time in the saddle" that the above members suggested I tried a recumbent and all the pains disappeared. And it wasn't just the "groin/butt" pain that went away. So did the wrist pain and the neck pain. On a recumbent you are sitting in the same position as in a chair or in a car. Your body is aimed at things ahead of you, not at the ground. Yes, there are many types of recumbents (long wheel base, short wheel base, high racer, low racer, delta trikes, tadpole trikes, etc.) Maybe someone like staehpj1 tried a style of recumbent once that didn't suit his/her style. To me they are the ultimate touring bike, to others maybe not.

I can sort of understand the resistance to recumbents from the under 30, got to look cool, racer crowd that reads Bicycling magazine, but I don't get the resistance from long distance riders on this site. Many people abandon bicycle riding due to the pain. My opinion is that many would continue riding if they tried a recumbent style.

Adventure Cycling's current campaign motto is: HELP US INSPIRE OTHERS TO TRAVEL BY BICYCLE. Encouraging folks to find the "perfect fit" to make a diamond frame/upright style bike more comfortable may work for some. Others may be inspired to ride with something like a recumbent style bike.

General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: February 25, 2009, 02:27:41 pm »
Too complicated and too much stuff. Don't need all the bells and whistles. I liked the simpler forum better.
New member (not new to touring) and find this site to now be equal to what most internet discussion forums offer. Would be silly and archaic not to have upgraded. If old timers give this a chance, you'll find it works very well.

Raybo complained about "old links" disappearing. I've seen other websites do upgrades and been able to "archive" old info:( , scroll down to EZ Board Archives)

Gear Talk / Re: Dealing with Dogs-device
« on: February 20, 2009, 04:08:05 pm »
I used one of these devices when I was making extra bucks in college delivering phone books door to door. I found the device worked very well, but not 100% of the time. It has no affect on dogs w/impaired hearing, and a few really nasty dogs I met didn't care about the pain it causes to their ears. I still carried "Halt" as a back up.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Westchester County, NY to Boston - Routes?
« on: February 20, 2009, 01:22:46 pm »
Here's the route that this years Tour des Trees fundraising tour will be taking. Looks like an interesting route, and covers the areas that the original poster made a while back.
(scroll down to page 2)

Routes / Re: Dedicated Across America Bicycle Path
« on: February 20, 2009, 01:11:10 pm »
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is working on getting more paths set up. They list many of them on their website:

Urban Cycling / Re: Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
« on: February 20, 2009, 09:48:24 am »
I highly recommend "Franko's" Bicycle Maps of Southern California. They clearly map out cool routes on both city streets and the numerous dedicated paved bicycle paths. My parents live in Orange County, so I've only done rides there. 3 of my favorite bike paths are the "Santa Ana River Trail", the "Fullerton Loop", and the "Alisso Creek/Irvine Trail". The maps are well made and reasonably priced ($6).

General Discussion / Re: Bike and Surf California
« on: February 20, 2009, 09:37:01 am »
Very cool ride and fundraiser! Nicely set up web page, too.
Best wishes (I'll give a few bux)!

Gear Talk / Re: Touring Stove
« on: February 20, 2009, 09:28:21 am »
The Coleman Exponent fits most of your stated requirements, cheap ($60), multifuel (white gas, unleaded, kerosene), and burns hot. Simple, one piece design is nice too. The flame adusts really low for keeping stuff warm. I've never had a problem with mine.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring on a Recumbent Trike
« on: February 20, 2009, 08:44:50 am »
Here's a link to the Trike section of crazy guy on a bike:

Hey, but don't disappear from here to those sites. We need more bent and trike posters on this board.

Gear Talk / Re: B.O.B. trailers
« on: February 19, 2009, 11:31:08 pm »
I prefer a 2 wheel trailer over 1 wheel cuz trailer carries most weight, not your rear axle. People have been mentioning Burley Nomad (which is a fine trailer) but I prefer Quik-Pak:
and I like this company for trailers:

General Discussion / Re: ‘Camping’: Is it really necessary?
« on: February 18, 2009, 01:26:07 pm »
As for myself, I am not about to dish out $35.00 to $60.00 a night just for some shuteye.
If it were that cheap, I might consider motels, but these days it seems $50 to $100 is closer to the going rate.

General Discussion / Re: What Touring bike would you suggest?
« on: February 13, 2009, 12:23:18 pm »
A Recumbent!!! I having been touring for over 20 years and did many thousands of miles on my trusty Trek 720. I loved touring, but hated the butt/groin, wrist, neck pain associated with it. About 5 years ago, I bought my first recumbent and just love it. To me it is the ideal style bike for touring. There are many styles (and folks tour on most of them), but the 2 main types are short or long wheelbase. I prefer a long wheel base for touring and would recommend either a Rans Stratus (or Stratus XP), Easy Racer Tour Easy, or Bacchetta Bella. There are several shops in VA that sell recumbents, or you could find a good price on a used one from someone in that area.

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