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Routes / Re: Lake Michigan Circuit
« on: June 19, 2011, 12:27:59 pm »

General Discussion / Re: Hit by uninsured motorist
« on: June 03, 2011, 01:16:44 am »
I'll add that my situation involved a motorist who had the minimum legal coverage. I was in the hospital about a month with crushed vertebrae and a collapsed lung. Long term residual effects were a distinct possibility. A co-worker recommended a lawyer who took my case on contingency and all said and done got me a high six figure settlement from all the insurance companies, the drivers, my auto and home owner insurances.
I am pretty sure that without the lawyer the outcome would have been much different. But this is what the lawyer does. It is the same reason I go to a doctor and not do my own surgery.

General Discussion / Re: Hit by uninsured motorist
« on: June 02, 2011, 05:09:19 pm »
Personally I would not let the insurance companies fight it out. That is my opinion having been through the situation and having a lawyer fight the way through the process of settling with the driver's and my insurance companies.

I have ridden a bit in the Netherlands, both solo and with a group. The routes are generally well marked although I spent a lot of time figuring out where I was and getting back on route. Note that the system of route marking includes the infamous concrete mushrooms which are meant to be hidden just to keep you on your toes.,r:8,s:0

It does rain there quite a bit and I used a Campmor Bicycle poncho which did a great job for me as I was mainly in the interior where the winds were mild or moderate. I also wore Shimano sandals. Going today I would take my Rain Legs too.

I also had a compass to orient myself as the sun was often hidden in the clouds. Today I would take my Garmin Vista Hcx with the European maps mainly for finding my self using the LF route maps.

Limburg is not exactly flat down towards Maastricht.

Have a great trip

Gear Talk / Re: clean hydration pack
« on: May 18, 2011, 03:09:42 pm »
Geesh I thought anyone who uses a Camelbak would have heard of using denture cleaner tablets to clean the bladders. A simple google search brings up pages of references using denture tablets to clean hydration bladders.
Including this give seven ways to do the job.

Using denture tablets and Camelbak tablets(expensive) seems to me the easiest way when you are on the road or in the back country which I thought was the OP request.

A quick look at the Cateye size chart says 217. So 2.54 X 85.5 = 217.17 I would say you are really close with your roll out measurement.
I have the Schwalbe Marathon Supremes 40mm and used the Cateye size chart and seems close to what I get with my Edge 500.

Gear Talk / Re: clean hydration pack
« on: May 16, 2011, 12:00:47 am »
I use denture cleaning tablets overnight.

General Discussion / Re: Camelbak / Water Bladder
« on: May 07, 2011, 06:21:59 pm »
And whats the biggest advantage of a camelback?
Dehydration is critical and serious health issue for me and can sneak up real fast with the low humidity levels and hot days.
I use a Camelbak is it lets me drink smaller amounts of water more often which my body seems to handle better then waiting until I am thirsty and stopping to drink. Not that I don't stop every hour or so to take a SaltStick pill, without which drinking the water is much less effective. Drinking from a water bottle is not as convenient or as effective as the Camelbak is in keeping me hydrated.

General Discussion / Re: Shakedown Trip, still concerned
« on: April 28, 2011, 01:16:33 am »
Don't be afraid of salt.
That is good advice. You need the salt to help your body absorb the water you drink. Otherwise it will just slosh around. I use SaltStick capsules which I get at running shops.

I think you are splitting hairs here. 
+1 as near as I can ascertain there are a number of different bright colors used by road crews and emergency responders and generally all include reflective strips. I'm guessing the latter helps for those that are color blind and for different light conditions. I understand the chartreuse is in the middle of the visual spectrum and that is why it is widely used. It is also the color of my Performance jerseys. I think it would be hard for a driver to say he did not see me.

General Discussion / Re: Camelbak / Water Bladder
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:51:19 am »
We have several Camelbaks but like the Rocket model (72oz) best for riding. It is better ventilated and rides better than the regular hiking models when on a bike. I find using the Camelbaks I stay better hydrated which is a big issue for me.

General Discussion / Re: National Parks PASS - Other PASS for camping?
« on: April 21, 2011, 01:57:17 pm »
For those of a certain mature/senior age (62) can for $10.00 get a life time National Park pass.

Gear Talk / Re: Ground Cloth Recommends
« on: April 20, 2011, 10:54:57 pm »
I tried Tyvek but had issues with it in regards to noise and packing size. I bought the footprint for my tent and use it as a standalone fly as well as for those times I want to protect the tent floor. It is small and light weight too.

Gear Talk / Re: Sandles?
« on: April 19, 2011, 01:02:11 pm »
I used sandals on a early European tour and was glad I did. One it was wet and second it was cold and wet. With Sealskinz socks they were a great combination.
Normally wear the mid level Sidi MTB for touring because of the great fit (mega/extra wide). That is what I started RABRAI with last year but switched to Shimano sandals when it rained.

International / Re: Type of bike for international travel
« on: March 29, 2011, 02:17:47 pm »
Bikes: standard bikes; REI Randonee, Bruce Gordon. No issues with either.
High speed ferry to and from Cherbourg & Portsmouth

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