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  1. Personally I don't think it's appropriate that it...

    Personally I don't think it's appropriate that it should cost $12 to ride your bike on a public road (and then still get honked at and buzzed). I just didn't want to give the impression that NPS was...
  2. This is called RAMROD, for ride around Mount...

    This is called RAMROD, for ride around Mount Rainier in one day. It's an organized club ride. A lot of people do personal BOMRODs, best of Mount Rainier in one day. You show up early in the...
  3. I don't want to give people the wrong impression....

    I don't want to give people the wrong impression. The fee for cyclists is going up from $5 to $12, but it's not just us. Driving a car into the park costs $15 today and will cost $25 next year if...
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    There's more to life than cycling. Upper body...

    There's more to life than cycling. Upper body strength is good if you ever paddle a kayak, impress members of the opposite sex, or move to another home. Whether it helps in a race or not isn't that...
  5. FYI: US national parks are proposing fee increase, including for cyclists.

    Currently it costs $5 to ride a bike on gated sections of roads in Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks. NPS is proposing to raise the fee to $12. If the proposal goes through, it will take...
  6. The one that's going to be appropriate when I put...

    The one that's going to be appropriate when I put the camera away and get back on the bike.
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    Layers, appropriate for the conditions and the...

    Layers, appropriate for the conditions and the rider.

    It takes some experimentation to figure out what's appropriate.
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    You can also fold it in half (or quarters) and...

    You can also fold it in half (or quarters) and cover your ears and forehead. I have a thin wool one, it's warm when I fold it, but stuffs into a pocket.

    Wool just about everything, wind breaker,...
  9. If you look at the bike section of Craigslist,...

    If you look at the bike section of Craigslist, you'll see a lot of people selling "slightly used" parts way under market value. Some of these people seem to have a never-ending supply of high end...
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    If you're comfortable riding in 5 degree weather...

    If you're comfortable riding in 5 degree weather in a speedo, that means you generate a lot of heat and tolerate the cold well, it doesn't mean a speedo is warm.

    Since everybody is so different...
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    How early can you do that ride? The scenery is...

    How early can you do that ride? The scenery is fantastic, I bet it would be incredible in late spring with snow on the peaks.

    Speaking of Prince Creek, I got dropped off there this spring and...
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    It started coming down in sheets last night once...

    It started coming down in sheets last night once I got about a mile away from home. I thought about turning back, but it was a good night to be out on the bike. I kept going by street lamps and...
  13. You can always tell not-city-people (mostly folks...

    You can always tell not-city-people (mostly folks who live in the suburbs) because they use "downtown" to mean "within city limits." Happens here, too. To city folks, downtown means the financial...
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    Thanks for the trail recommendation, Woodway. ...

    Thanks for the trail recommendation, Woodway.

    I need to get a mountain bike... Are they allowed on many trails in the Sawtooths, outside the wilderness? You can take them all through the...
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    Larch rides

    I spent the weekend backpacking at Cutthroat Lake with my girlfriend. The larches at Washington Pass are peaking, the hairpin turn is gorgeous and full of golden yellow. I wished I had more time,...
  16. Do a couple of long test rides and see what you...

    Do a couple of long test rides and see what you think.
  17. I don't break the long johns out very often,...

    I don't break the long johns out very often, they'll make me over heat unless it's really cold or soaking out. I wear hiking/rock climbing pants on the bike, whether I've got long johns on under...
  18. Moonshine. Or just water. If you're worried...

    Moonshine.

    Or just water. If you're worried about electrolytes (IT'S WHAT PLANTS WANT!) eat a snack that has salt in it.
  19. Take all the advice you get with a grain of salt,...

    Take all the advice you get with a grain of salt, every body is different and what works for one person won't for another. Dialing in the right set of winter clothes takes experimentation more than...
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    I went swimming in Ross Lake yesterday. :)

    I went swimming in Ross Lake yesterday. :)
  21. In theory, yeah. In practice, I found the...

    In theory, yeah. In practice, I found the opposite to be true over the course of a long ride. Garmin products are buggy, the sensor would just cut out and my speed would be zero for blocks at a...
  22. Your weight is always a hindrance when you fight...

    Your weight is always a hindrance when you fight gravity, that's true no matter what you weigh. The important thing is how much power you can generate and the ratio between that and your weight. ...
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    That isn't as bad as it sounds. Remember you're...

    That isn't as bad as it sounds. Remember you're going to be generating a lot of heat as you ride. But also remember everybody has their own thermostat, so don't just copy some layering system...
  24. Battery life?

    I've got an android phone so I can't help you there. But anything that uses GPS drains the battery pretty quick. I don't know if you drive your bike to ride in other places or if your car/phone...
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    There are plenty of cheap (mostly older model)...

    There are plenty of cheap (mostly older model) hiking GPS units that will do what you want. They'll be clunkier than a dedicated bike computer, but they'll record your tracks and you can upload them...
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