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General Discussion / grabaawr
« on: November 29, 2005, 10:41:07 pm »
You're right that it is a lot of miles, something that many tours lack today.  Beautiful country to ride through though. Come on back to Wisconsin and ride the Northwoods tour (http://www.bikenorthwoods.com/). Great folks running the show, smaller capacity than GRABAAWR (300 v. 1300) making it easier to get to know the other cyclists, shorter and still great country to ride through.


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General Discussion / smaller ring for touring?
« on: May 12, 2005, 03:41:19 am »
I switched my 30 for a 24 last summer before hitting the mountains. It worked great but sometimes the chain would over shoot the 24 on downshifts using STI. I quickly found that with a device that looks like a big thumb attached to the seat tube below the front der no problems with the chain overshooting the ring. I'm sorry that I can't remember the name of the "thumb"; maybe someone else does.


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General Discussion / Bridge shuttles?
« on: March 15, 2005, 05:29:45 pm »
Try steel-cut oats instead of rolled oats for a truly wonderful hot oatmeal cereal.


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General Discussion / Panniers VS. trailers, what do you prefer?
« on: December 25, 2004, 07:32:02 pm »
There will always be someone who has had a bad experience with one or the other. Many problems can be traced to the bike, and not to the mechanism of hauling gear. This past summer I regularly hit 40+ mph in the mountains with a BOB and 700/32 tires without a hint of shimmy. I rode a quality bike that fit me like a T, had a new headset and wheels (two areas that can start shimmy) but I wouldn't think of trying 40 mph on my smaller, older, less touring oriented bike with a trailer or panniers. Riding with me down those hills were folks with BOBs and others with panniers who were also having no problems. The one person having problems swapped out her panniers for another set and the problem disappeared.

This message was edited by driftlessregion on 12-25-04 @ 3:33 PM

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General Discussion / checklist for bike purchase
« on: November 14, 2004, 03:06:03 am »
If you're willing to pay for an IF or Co-Mo, don't forget Waterford's Adventure Cycle (www.waterfordbikes.com).


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General Discussion / Money and Banks
« on: October 31, 2004, 10:11:57 pm »
On my Northern Tier tour this summer I used travelers checks as well as credit cards, but no ATMs. I had great luck with travelers checks EXCEPT at banks and credit unions. NONE would cash them. Every small cafe, grocery store and bar would eagerly cash them, even the $100 denominations.  In Canada I used credit card exclusively so they could determine the exchange rate.


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General Discussion / Knee injury
« on: March 15, 2005, 05:42:07 pm »
"Andy Pruitt's Medical Guide for Cyclists" is an excellent resource. I think it is only available at http://www.roadbikerider.com/bookstore.htm.
After I went to the pro racers shop and paid for the bike fit, i.e., all the possible adjustments of stem, saddle height and fore and aft, and cleats, I haven't had any more problems with my knees. Pruitt does a pretty good job of explaining this too, but there is nothing like having someone knowledgeable watch your particular body on the bike to get the best fit.  I highly recommend it even for us non-racers.


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General Discussion / Cell Phones
« on: July 30, 2004, 01:52:03 am »
I just finished Anacortes to Duluth on the Northern Tier with 13 others. I was the only person to have service 75% of the time while some gave up even trying. My phone was with Verizon.


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General Discussion / Ultimate bikes what are you riding
« on: May 10, 2004, 02:02:50 am »
Waterford RST 22, (Reynolds 853 tubing) with fenders and standard, i.e., longer reach, Ultegra brake calipers. Sweet, sweet, ride.


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General Discussion / Biking Shorts
« on: April 11, 2004, 12:03:34 am »
Glad you understand the benefits of hygiene! I didn't for a few years, trying to wear shorts for two rides before washing etc.  Shorts are a personal matter but I have loved my Pearl Izumi, Hind, and Cannondale shorts. I'm tall and the Jackson/Gibbens have legs that too short for me. Good luck!


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General Discussion / Biking Shorts
« on: April 10, 2004, 12:40:07 am »
I haven't had any saddle sores since I had a professional bike fit for saddle position and took up rigorous hygiene. Good luck!


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General Discussion / shipping BOB
« on: March 16, 2004, 01:02:36 am »
Does anyone have experience with shipping a BOB trailer? I will fly but am shipping the bike UPS and wonder what the best way to get the trailer to meet me at the start of my tour.


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General Discussion / PLEASE HELP
« on: January 29, 2004, 02:58:55 am »
A Google search of "trip insurance" brought up several sites that will either sell and/or compare types of insurance. If you own a car or have homeowner's insurance check with your insurance companies for coverage of the bike itself.


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