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    Your new bike looks great! I thought I would...

    Your new bike looks great!

    I thought I would add that there is a custom-bike builder in Spokane who has designed a "national forest road explorer" bike designed to ride on logging roads. I don't...
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    Gunnar was on my short list of bikes to buy a few...

    Gunnar was on my short list of bikes to buy a few years back, I really like them. I was going to go CF for this reason.
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    Wow, what an adventure! I'd urge anyone who is...

    Wow, what an adventure! I'd urge anyone who is just perusing this thread to go back and read the blog post.

    Congrats for making it up (and down) the mountain safely under those conditions.
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    I have 5,000 miles or so on mine.

    I have 5,000 miles or so on mine.
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    I have a Selle Anatomica with thousands of miles...

    I have a Selle Anatomica with thousands of miles on it. I love it. As noted above, it will stretch when new, you have to keep tensioning the seat for the first few months until it settles in.
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  6. Bike trivia: The Mazama used to be the name of...

    Bike trivia: The Mazama used to be the name of the frame that Co-motion built for riders over 250 pounds. They stopped making it in 2008 or 2009 (?).

    Mazama trivia: very nice general store just...
  7. This is a late 80's Specialized Stumpjumper that...

    This is a late 80's Specialized Stumpjumper that I had powder-coated and converted into a heavy-duty bad-weather commuter. I was living in China for a couple of years and this bike was a perfect...
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    Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

    Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.
  9. Downsizing now that the kids are gone? Here's your house: room for two and 18 bikes

    2,400 square feet in Mt. Baker neighborhood of Seattle -- one bedroom, nice view of Lake Washington. Ground floor is a bike shop w/room to hang 18 (!) bikes.
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  10. I loved the city walls in Xi'an. We were tempted...

    I loved the city walls in Xi'an. We were tempted to rent a bike but instead took a long, leisurely walk along the walls w/my wife, peering down on the neighborhoods below. One of my favorite memories...
  11. Sounds like we went to the same place. We had a...

    Sounds like we went to the same place. We had a super day riding there -- I think because our guide was a real bike enthusiast, he knew all the back routes and we were cross and criss-crossing some...
  12. Distracted driver: ...

    Distracted driver:

    http://i62.tinypic.com/zksggn.jpg

    Typical back street riding:

    http://i61.tinypic.com/21jd8d1.jpg

    View from my office on a bad air day:
  13. Yes that was me. Riding in Beijing is a bit of a...

    Yes that was me. Riding in Beijing is a bit of a mixed bag. There are still a ton of bikes on the streets, and really safe protected bike lines on many of the major streets. And lots of the back...
  14. Hi again: I'm back from China (w/ride pics)

    Hi -- I used to haunt this board a few years ago and then I disappeared for a 2.5-year posting in Beijing, China. I'm back; hi to those of you from the old days still hanging out , and hello to new...
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    I'm back. More later.

    I'm back. More later.
  16. After my first tour (on a racing bike...) I did...

    After my first tour (on a racing bike...) I did develop a super-strong opinion of what I wanted in a touring bike, but I can't remember where I got that opinion (this, for me, was around 1979-81). I...
  17. One difference between touring in the early 80's...

    One difference between touring in the early 80's and now is the degree to which you could indulge in gear obsession (or over-obsession). As mentioned by someone else, you could gather what you need...
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    From top to bottom: 1. Raincap on helmet 2....

    From top to bottom:

    1. Raincap on helmet
    2. wool skullcap under helmet if it's cold
    3. really, really good rain jacket. I like Showers Pass (expensive, but worth it).
    4. Underneath - layer up...
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    For anyone reading this thread, I would like to...

    For anyone reading this thread, I would like to highlight what a great resource this particular route library is. It has many, many great routes of different lengths, starting from different places...
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    +1 This is great advice. I live on Mercer...

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    This is great advice. I live on Mercer Island and I do the route this way all the time -- start off from Mercer Island, do the ride clockwise around the south end of the lake. Much nicer;...
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    Sad to read this. I never, ever read self-help...

    Sad to read this. I never, ever read self-help books but somehow a friend of mine convinced me to buy the audiotape from his original books and I listened to it while on a long drive. Really like it;...
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    Hi - I did this ride a few years ago and it was...

    Hi - I did this ride a few years ago and it was challenging but not the hardest thing ever. Harder than a century; not as hard as RAMROD. The good news is comes at the end of the summer when you...
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    A couple of points: - I've lived on Mercer...

    A couple of points:

    - I've lived on Mercer Island 10+ years and it's a great place to live and raise kids.
    - It's quiet; there is a small downtown, with a few basic stores and restaurants. But...
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    Rode yesterday and today, total of 6 or 7 hours...

    Rode yesterday and today, total of 6 or 7 hours on bike, lots of wandering around. Didn't cover many miles, but saw a lot of cool stuff. Swung by Tiananmen Square to get these shots:

    Entrance to...
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    Boulder, Colorado (not inexpensive, though)...

    Boulder, Colorado (not inexpensive, though)
    Lawrence, Kansas (great town, 45 minutes to Kansas City...I don't love the weather, though)
    Iowa City, Iowa (tough winters, 3 hour drive to Chicago)...
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