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General Discussion / Re: Touring Nutrition
« on: October 27, 2010, 04:36:11 pm »
I got that book and still reading it. Lots of general nutrition value there, also allot smaller than my Nutrition textbook from school :) There is some good info directed at cycling (go figure) though and that is why I bought it. Now to get my daughter on the same track to eating a bit healthier ugh...

There is a distinct difference between satisfying your body's needs for nutrients and your mind's desires for, erm, something to eat. Everything changes when your body gets into a mode where you are placing huge demands on it.

There are two excellent books from ACA's store but I can only find one listed:

Any of the dozens of backpacking recipe books will provide you with solid and satisfying suggestions. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Shaking on the downhills
« on: October 21, 2010, 03:25:03 am »
I'm interested in this topic as I'll be going along the Cascades route from Truckee to Auberry, are these some of those hills you mentioned?? I worry about my daughters bike and her ability to control it. We are going to be practicing on local hills but I don't know where they are at the moment...

General Discussion / Re: Bike Fit Where LBS Doesn't Have My Size In Stock
« on: October 20, 2010, 04:26:37 pm »
I would try that with one of the big chain stores, small local shops may not have the clout to turn it back in or move it should it not be right for you. Big stores can ship it off to another shop if needed.

Alaska/Hawaii / Re: Why No AK or Hawai on Route Network?
« on: October 08, 2010, 03:49:45 pm »
I'd love to see info on both locations. After living in AK for 8-9 years I'm pretty sure I a good idea what the will look like :p I'm sure the distance between services would be a bugger.

THere are some pretty good write ups from those that have started up in Northern AK and going south. I'm still reading the Vogel's trip blog in AK...

California / Cascades route map #4 2011
« on: October 04, 2010, 05:26:31 am »
 Next summer my wife and I will be taking our first long tour (not counting the over nighters  :P ) by getting a ride up to Truckee and riding the fourth Map route from the cascades route :) I'm sure I need to get some serious hill time in on my bike HAHA but I have driven all over this area but never took the time to do it on a bike :) While we are sad to not be able to make the Hawaii trip for our 20th anniversory, this is something we are not to sad about as a compromise :) Heck the map section swings right near our home so all we need to get is a ride out to Truckee :p Lucky for me I know LOTS of people that travel the area :)  So our costs are going to be greatly reduced and that makes my wife very happy :)

Has anyone done this route durring the summer season? You know when all the schools are out?? I know Yosemite is going to be a pain (it always is) but how about the rest of it?? I don't have the map in hand yet (it's on it's way :) ) so I haven't seen what roads it takes, I'm sure I've been on them at least once in my life lol... Going to camp as much as posable but will probably stay at a few inns allong the way.

At the moment I'm thinking 2 weeks for this ride. I'll see what comments I get and what the true route is when I get the map and really get a sence of what I'm getting myself into :p

Alaska/Hawaii / Re: 2011 Hawaii
« on: October 04, 2010, 05:13:10 am »
Ack... Unless we win the lotto (crud, forgot we would have to buy tickets...) we are not going to be able to go to Hawaii next year... But we can still get a ride in :) Seems the Cascades route #4 map goes right near our city, so we are looking into getting a ride to Truckee and doing that instead :) So that is our new focus and now I'm awaiting the maps :)

Gear Talk / Re: Cycling Sandals
« on: October 04, 2010, 05:08:23 am »
I have wide feet as well and I'm having a heck of a time finding any thing that fits...

General Discussion / Re: Pannier Secuity
« on: September 29, 2010, 04:17:50 pm »
When I lived in the San Jose area I had a Specialized bike stollen off my 3rd floor balcony. Then next one wa stolen within 24 hours of purchase off the main street of Santana Row where my wife worked.

Any quality locking system will deter a mojority of these guys, but if they want it... it's gone... Nowdays I go with the theory of junky stuff doesn't grab attention, so I try to get the shiny new look off the item as soon as posable, lessen the ability to resell it fast.

Routes / Re: Hawaii trip in the works
« on: September 24, 2010, 03:11:16 am »
I should have also directed you to this web site it helped in our planning.

Crazy Guy On A Bike.  Search North America then  Hawaii.   There are numerous write ups on Big Island trips. 

Hope the links work.  Our trip was in 2009 not 2008 time flys....


Yup lots of good reading there :)

General Discussion / Re: what cycling computer to get?
« on: September 24, 2010, 03:10:07 am »
I'm also challenged when it comes to these new fangled devices, heck I'm still trying to get used to my new (6 years old) bike...

Keep this thread going so I can learn more :)

So far I have forgotten to ask my LBS about them as I always forget things I haven't a clue on lol...

Alaska/Hawaii / Re: 2011 Hawaii
« on: September 23, 2010, 03:32:12 am »
Thanks for that quote :) Helps me out on figuring things out.

I'm 6'1" and have a tall bike as well. Our Specialized bikes where stolen (one after just having it 24 hours..), so we got Trek bikes now, no one has tried stealing them yet... and I'm happy to have them. But I'm not sure if taking them with us will be a posability, we shall see as the time to get tickets nears.

Routes / Re: Hawaii trip in the works
« on: September 23, 2010, 03:22:22 am »
Thanks for the write up :) Gives me some good data to check up on :)

General Discussion / Re: Hard times
« on: September 22, 2010, 03:40:05 pm »
I'm a cook, the ammount od kitchens closing every month has sky rocketed compared to regular ecconomic times. And we get paid less, work harder, and have less options than just a couple years ago...

I'm looking everywhere and anywhere for deals on gear. I splurged and got my Jendd Expidition rack from their "Seconds" offerings. They assured me it was structurally sound but with scuffs and such. When I got it and checked all the welds, I was impressed by thier "Seconds" selection cause this rach looks great :) So far Creigs list has been a bust in my area, but I keep looking :)

General Discussion / Re: Hard times
« on: September 21, 2010, 06:05:15 pm »
I have not had a chance at anything longer than a couple days ride, because my sales are up and its hard to keep up with the demand.  I am a potter/artist, so go figure.

I've noticed Artisans seem to be hanging in there better than the mass market cheapie stuff lately. Glad to see it personally.

Alaska/Hawaii / Re: 2011 Hawaii
« on: September 21, 2010, 03:32:21 am »
We are most likely going to the Big Island and renting bikes, cost wise it seems the best route for us.

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