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    Hi from an old newbie

    Hi everyone,

    My name is John. I'm 54 yrs. old and I've been seriously into bicycle touring for nearly 30 years (I dropped well over 100 lbs. of body weight in the first two years and have kept it off, by God!!!). I live in what I proudly consider to be the finest town in the world, Boulder Colorado, and bike essentially every day, usually 10-20 miles.

    My longest-distance tour was as founder and leader of the "Save The Grizzlies Bike-A Thon". A promotional trip to raise public awareness of the plight of the grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park.

    The trip was from Yellowstone Park's South Entrance to the Capital steps in Washington DC, June1 thru july 1, 1984 (The pics of us on the steps with Tim Worth putting on one of our promotional T-shirts made a full page-and a-half, pages A4/5 of the Washington Post).

    I made the trip on a 1984 Trek 720 touring bike with Eclipse front and rear panniers & racks, all of which are now retired but still in cherry/mint condition ( I take VERY good care of my equipment).

    Since then all of my tours have been solo and non-promotional.

    Currently I ride a 1997 Trek 970 MTB set up for road riding with a Trek-built rigid fork w/low rider lugs, Shimano XT drivetrain, XT/XTR brake components, Chris King hubs, Rhino Lite XL rims, Wheelsmith butted spokes and Continental Town and Country tires - 2.1 rear, 1.9 front, with Specialized Airlock tubes (not one flat in over 7 years/25,000 miles!!).

    When I'm on tour I use Jandd panniers with the large Jandd rear rack and a Blackburn low rider up front (the one with the connecting rod that goes from one side, around the tire, to the other). So far, this is by far the best touring system I've tried.

    Regards and best wishes to all the forum members, and please, ride with pride and stay safe!!!

    Cordially,

    John Pafford

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    Welcome to the forums John, nice bike you have there.
    Hospitality Club - For all your touring accommodation needs

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    Hi, John

    Do you know Charles "Chuck " Anderson who also tours a lot and lives in Boulder?

    You aren't "old" yet - a ways to go before you can claim that.

    I live in Parker, just S of Denver. My wife and I both ride, but don't tour. We are almost 64 and 66, respectively.

    I ride a Lemond BA and a Specialized Hardrock. She rides a Cannondale R300 and a Specialized Hardrock.

    Well, gotta go. We are eating our oatmeal in preparation for a morning ride.

    Welcome.

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    Hey Aggressor and DnvrFox,

    Thanks for the welcomes and kind words. I'm just blending up a "Death Smoothie" getting ready for a ride to Nederland and maybe over to Ward and back.

    Regards,

    John


    PS. Walked out the door and turned around and went back in! Weather's terrible in the mountains. I got used to the long stretch of perfect weather we've had recently. Oh well!

    Rode out to Eldorado Canyon & back. Nice ride
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    Nice work John, whats in your 'death smoothie'?
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    OK (and I'm drinking it as we speak) -- 3 bananas, 1/2 lb nonfat vanilla yogurt, 3 heaping tbsp ea. of - wheat germ, wheat bran, oat bran and flax seed meal, and then fill to within about an inch of the top - 40 oz. total - with orange juice. Blend on low speed till smooth = 1 Death Smoothie. While you're at it, wash down a "Super Start" pack of vitamins (13 pills) from the Fresh Start Vitamin Co, wait about 30 min, and you're ready to rock BIG TIME!!!!

    BTW, a Death Smoothie is one of the ugliest things (sort of a yellowish-greyish-greenish glop) that you'll ever put into your body! But what the hell, It works great!! This and 3-4 Luna bars along the way will last me thru 12-14 hrs of hard mountain road riding.

    Best wishes,

    John

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    Welcome to Bikeforums, John.

    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

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    Thank you MsVicki, It's a pleasure to meet you!! I'm a born Texan too (Texarkana).



    John
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