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Rocky Mountain / Ride Idaho 2012 announced
« on: January 22, 2012, 10:24:55 am »
Open for registration! It's a one-way trip this year but the organization is providing tansit and parking options, for a fee, of course. Local catering, shower truck, excellent mechnaical support and sag. Come ride with us.

We start in the heartland of Idaho in the little tow of New Meadows and travel north to Moscow. Side trips to Elk City and Troy. Some interesting backroads that will keep us off Highway 95 for long stretches.

We sold out quickly last year.


Gear Talk / Cascade Designs customer service
« on: September 12, 2011, 10:41:18 pm »
Many of you know Cascade Designs for their Thermarest brand self-inflating mattresses and sleeping pads.

But they are also MSR gear and stoves, Tracks trekking poles, SealLine waterproof bags and stuff, and the Platypus water delivery systems.

I have owned four Thermarest mattresses and given at least that many as gifts. Three of the four suffered terrible ruination due to fire or abuse by sharp objects but one of them, carefully used and protected for 20 or more years, simply stopped holding air. I contacted customer service, received a return authorization and shipped it off hoping they could re-weld the seams or patch the invisible leak.

Took about two weeks, my mattress arrived today. I would have gladly paid for the repair but the only cost to me was one-way shipping to Seattle.

The result of this simple encounter is exactly what Cascade Designs intended. All of my future equipment purchases will start by carefully examining products from MSR, Thermarest, Tracks, Platypus and SealLine. I hope you will give these brands a chance to earn your money, too.

david boise ID

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / cateye Inou
« on: September 04, 2011, 08:50:43 am »
As of September, 2011, this interesting little doodad is still too new to have any helpful reviews or real world usage available on the Net. List price is US$250. It's a GPS tracker with a still camera. It is not a fully capable GPS system. Your photos can be uploaded to a dedicated Cateye site and to various social media sites.

Rocky Mountain / Ride Idaho 2011, Jan. 15 announcement
« on: January 08, 2011, 09:50:10 am »
 The route for the seventh annual Ride Idaho bicycle tour will be up on their website on Saturday, January 15, 2011.

The 2009 route in central Idaho only got 150 riders but last year's event in northern Idaho sold out all 300 seats in less than six weeks. So we're hoping the management has figured out how to plan another interesting route with broad appeal.

Don't let me be the only recumbent on the ride.

david boise ID
I ride a recumbent, I play go, of course I use Macintosh.

Rocky Mountain / Recumbent/Trike rally in Boise ID, 11-06-2010
« on: October 16, 2010, 11:36:10 am »
Join us for social gathering and a chance to gawk at or ride each other's bikes and trikes.
We're either meeting at the fountain in Ann Morrison Park or at a coffee shop downtown, haven't figured that part out yet but we seem to be thinking the availability of hot beverages trumps the fountain (which will be turned off anyway) on a brisk fall morning.

1000am, Saturday, November 06, 2010

mo' info: bogiesan at mac dot com

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Homemade honey stinger gels in action
« on: May 26, 2010, 08:58:31 am »
Read the extended version of this topic here:

The basic recipe is simple, 7 parts honey, 1 part molasses, dash of salt, a bit of flavoring. Cheap, excellent blast of calories that get processed quickly, but this stuff isn't really FOOD.

I'm experimenting now with using soy instead of salt; provides depth and character to the mouthful of super-sweetness. Curiously, the best flavorings come from the sugar-free syrups one buys for Italian sodas and lattes.

I'll be trying agave in the next batch.

david boise ID

Rocky Mountain / Boise ID events
« on: May 13, 2010, 09:06:55 am »
If you live in the area, you know how to find information about these events.

Boise Bike Week.
Cycle For Independence Metric
Bob LeBow Century
Blue Cruise Century
Ride Idaho supported tour
Ride Of Silence
Boise Bike Project Jimmy Chu Memorial Ride
Boise Bike Week Recumbent Rally

david boise ID

Cycling Events / Ride Idaho 2010, almost full (crossposted)
« on: February 06, 2010, 09:19:02 am »

August, 300 riders, fully supported, 7 days, about $650.

We're returning to northern Idaho veering to the east and into Montana for a few days.

Hurry. Registration opened January 1st and we're just about sold out.

david boise ID

Rocky Mountain / Ride Idaho 2010, almost full (crossposted)
« on: February 06, 2010, 09:17:06 am »

August, 300 riders, fully supported, 7 days, about $650.

We're returning to northern Idaho with a turn to the east into Montana for a few days.

Registration opened January 1st and we're just about sold out.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Minimalist overnighter
« on: September 12, 2009, 10:37:55 pm »

A couple of years ago, AC ran an article about nipping off on spontaneous overnighters. The idea was to have a small bag all packed and ready to go. Feel like hitting the road or the trail? You carry just what you need to on your road or mtn bike to ride out, spend the night, and ride home.

Kent does this regularly, it seems, bailing off into the woods uphill from Issaquah WA.

david boise ID

Rocky Mountain / Ride Idaho, August, 2009
« on: June 17, 2009, 08:52:03 am »
If you got shut out of Cycle Oregon and Cycle Montanta and Ride Wyoming or are still looking for a smaller supprted tour, give us a chance to sign you up.

We've still got room for you.

Rivers, mountains, lakes. A fabulous layoever day in the beautiful resort destination of McCall, Idaho, on the shores of glacial moraine Payette Lake.

david boise ID

Classifieds / 2009 Ride Idaho jersey features recumbent!
« on: April 18, 2009, 01:01:48 pm »
Conventional jersey—not 'bent-specific—and conventionally priced at $65 plus shipping. But, because there's a recumbent rider on the committee, there's a 'bent in the design on the back panel. You don't have to be on our ride to buy our jersey.

If you missed out on Cycle Oregon or the other Northwest supported tours that instantly sold out, you should be on our ride! Limited to 240 riders, good food, entertainment, rivers, mountains, and a layover day in the lovely resort town McCall, Idaho, located on the shores of glacially formed Payette Lake.

david boise ID

Cycling Events / Ride Idaho August 2009
« on: February 22, 2009, 11:35:52 am »

240 riders, fully supported. Sort of a 350-400 mile loop from the Boise metro area with one layover day on spectacular Payette Lake in the resort town of McCall, Idaho.

As of Feb 20, 2009, after only 8 weeks, we have sold about 120 of our 240 slots.

david boise ID

Bike Clubs / Century training group, Boise ID
« on: April 19, 2008, 11:36:35 pm »
Buddy of mine started a group several years ago with a unique mission.
Free, no-drop, all-comers rides, twice a week. The goal is encourage
and train everyone from the total newbie to experienced roadie to
achieve a simple goal: to fearlessly finish a century by the end of the
The program is set up to end about two weeks before the charity
century events season starts up. It also coincides with the start of Ride

david boise ID

go, ristretto, FCP/AE
"Read the manual."

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / GPS info for Macintosh Users
« on: August 01, 2007, 01:00:34 am »
Current issue of Macworld magazine, September, 2007, (yes, there's
yet another photo of the iPhone on the cover) has a short but helpful
article on Mac-centric GPS resources.

Among the suggestions is to just bite it and run Winderz apps under
Parallels but other helpful information is presented, too.

david boise ID

go, ristretto, FCP/AE
"Read the manual."

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