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Gear Talk / Re: Front pannier racks
« on: July 12, 2016, 04:24:13 pm »
Gunnar makes their Grand Tour Disc to work specifically with Tubus Tara so maybe REI did too.

Food Talk / Re: Malnourishment on a long tour
« on: July 05, 2016, 04:56:18 pm »
vegan means no animal products. none. tough to do on a tour.

General Discussion / Re: Do you pack a Spare Tire???
« on: July 05, 2016, 04:53:00 pm »
every 8 oz adds up.  every one makes their own decision of what is important enough to carry, e.g., book, computer, coffee maker, very comfy or minimally comfy pad, camera, size of camera. you get the idea.

General Discussion / Re: Do you pack a Spare Tire???
« on: June 30, 2016, 09:32:08 pm »
It all depends on where you are touring. In the US I would not want the extra weight. Check your tires often, especially when going past a bike shop.

Gear Talk / Re: Continental Touring Plus
« on: June 30, 2016, 09:28:24 pm »
The Gatorskin is my choice for touring (for daily riding I want a more supple sidewall). The ride will be somewhat harsh but good flat protection. Watch out for tires with a lot of grooves, like car tires. I found them to be really squirrelly on turns.

Gear Talk / Re: saddles and sores
« on: June 30, 2016, 09:17:34 pm »
I agree that sometimes body chemistry is the main culprit. I get severe heat rash after about 60 miles despite periodic professional bike fits and the use of various potions. Lantiseptic works the best but bleeds white through the shorts.
The disagreement of my statement regarding the need for a fit seems like splitting hairs to me.
I had the same experience ruining a brand new B17 due to getting caught in a 3 hour rain. Now I never ride without fenders.

Gear Talk / Re: saddles and sores
« on: June 04, 2016, 11:32:06 pm »
Physical problems should always be addressed first with a bike fit.

« on: May 15, 2016, 09:12:53 pm »
Is Rockport the closest grocery store to Colonial Peak Campground from the west?

General Discussion / Re: Down Tube Shifters
« on: March 31, 2016, 04:48:37 pm »
LOTS of downtube shifting here in Madison WI and LOTS of manual transmission cars Russ. Jetta especially sells lots of them without having to special order them.

I'd rather to take nothing preferring to ask real people along the way for the information that a smart phone offers. But, life intervened and family insists on texting, they can't be bothered to rely on a telephone call from me along the  way.
I like real books.

Gear Talk / Re: Who makes decent rain gear....
« on: March 20, 2016, 10:17:28 pm »
Agree with Showers Pass.
Also agree with tights, if they are indeed tight, not floppy. Leggings for example have no room for water to collect against the leg so I don't get cold, again if it is above 50.

Routes / Washington Parks route option
« on: March 20, 2016, 10:12:18 pm »
Has anyone ridden Twisp-Carlton Rd south out of Twisp to Carlton instead of staying on Washington 20?

General Discussion / Re: State Park Camping
« on: February 20, 2016, 05:19:40 pm »
It is true in Wisconsin but we have had to ask for the ranger as sometimes the clerk wasn't aware of the policy.

Gear Talk / Re: Lookin for rain poncho
« on: December 29, 2015, 09:57:35 pm »
Here is one
I have one but I'm tall and it didn't work well with drop bars which were too far forward. Best coverage seems to be for upright commuter bikes. Check out these examples.¬

Most Washington mountain passes that allow bikes, i.e., not I-90, will be closed in March. Olympic Peninsula, San Juan Islands, SE Washington, anywhere west of the divide all great areas to ride, if as  you say, a bit damp.

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