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Routes / Re: Underground RR elevation
« on: June 21, 2023, 09:56:23 am »
No kidding! That is a TON of climbing... ugh. My buddies want to do it all in 5 days so that would be some long, loaded days.

Pacific Northwest / Re: How to find camping spots
« on: June 21, 2023, 09:53:08 am »
Hmm, are you using an iPhone or Android? I can't find Allstays on my Android Samsung.

Routes / Re: Underground RR elevation
« on: June 16, 2023, 11:26:25 am »
Thank you John. You say 3000'+ per day but what mileage is a "day"? 100? 50? I have been asked to join a group of guys on a weeklong tour and I am intimidated by their cycling prowess!

Routes / Underground RR elevation
« on: June 14, 2023, 01:26:57 pm »
Can someone give me a feel for how hilly the route is from Fulton, MS to Owensboro, KY?

General Discussion / Re: Farewell for a while
« on: May 18, 2023, 11:27:09 am »
Have a great trip! Be safe. We'll miss you!

General Discussion / Re: Sunglasses
« on: April 14, 2023, 11:08:34 am »
I'm riding part of the TRANSAM, E-->W, so I'll be riding into the sun in the morning.

What say ye?

I think the sun will be at your back in the morning but I could be wrong...

Gear Talk / Re: New touring bike recommendations
« on: April 02, 2023, 09:40:43 am »
More gears better! I don't know how old you are but my old knees want a really low climbing gear and not too much difference between each gear when spinning on flats. I just got a Lynskey touring bike and the low gear was a 30x34... ugh, not nearly low enough. By using a Wolftooth Roadlink, I am running a 30x42 low which is WAY better. The spacing between gears is still too high for me but I would have to put on a 3x setup to get that...

In October of last year a lady in her 60's was horribly mauled by some dogs in Ohio. She lost a leg I believe and the other leg was "reconstructed". If you are on FB, you can see the story on Ohio Gravel Grinders.

General Discussion / Re: Cell phone data
« on: March 24, 2023, 09:51:42 am »
You might also try app. You download the areas you want to look at and then put your phone in airplane mode and the maps are very detailed once downloaded.

Gear Talk / Re: Shimano CUES
« on: March 14, 2023, 09:51:46 am »
13 gear inches is REALLY low! As you said, good luck staying upright. At 19 inches I can keep up a decent cadence at about 4.5 mph (if I'm remembering the numbers correctly).

Gear Talk / Re: Shimano CUES
« on: March 13, 2023, 11:34:38 am »
Hondo, you can run a 2x11 system using GRX600 right now. Shimano says you shouldn't have a lower gear than 30x34 but, with a Wolftooth Roadlink, I'm running a 30x42 with no problems (I have to remember not to go BIG-big because there is very little margin between the derailleur and cassette).

General Discussion / Re: Alternatives to bike shorts?
« on: March 13, 2023, 11:31:46 am »
As to question 1, most chamois is "molded" to have channels and grooves where you don't want pressure and padding where you do (over your sit bones). I have yet to see a "saddle pad" that has similar characteristics. The pads seem to just be a blob of padding. This blob allows your sit bones to sag down into that nice cushion but also allows cushion to fill up the places where you don't want pressure. Ouch.

I find I can ride multiple days by using Bag Balm on my crotch when suiting up. The BB has anti-bacterial properties that seem to keep the rash at bay.

General Discussion / Re: Clean bike shorts with ethanol?
« on: March 10, 2023, 03:21:20 pm »
"Some things cannot be sterilized. Poop, for instance. Sometimes only a good scrubbing with soap will do. Just something to be aware of."

I'll take Things My Mama Told Me for $1000 Alex!!!

Which way are you travelling?

Thanks! I'll give it a look. I have the ST maps so I'm just gathering more data points!

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