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    458755 My 2007 REI Safari is a great touring...

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    My 2007 REI Safari is a great touring bike in the classic design. 26", disc brake, aluminum frame. I have upgraded a few components over the years. This a dependable and sturdy touring bike...
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    I have done several self routed gravel/dirt...

    I have done several self routed gravel/dirt centuries in Nevada and Oregon. I try to keep my body weight low. Pro Peloton riders, for example, are 2.0 to 2.2 lbs per inch of height. For my back...
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    https://www.compasscycle.com/product-category/comp...

    https://www.compasscycle.com/product-category/components/tires/26-inch/

    I have used these to good effect on my hard tail MTB on both loose and compacted gravel. Pricey but a great ride.
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    For me it is a lot of no's to keep my weight low....

    For me it is a lot of no's to keep my weight low. No booze, no bread, no ice cream etc. Yes to fruit, plain yogurt, burgers with the bun etc. Pro riders try to stay at 2.0 to 2.2 lbs per inch of...
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    Yep I do toe raises at the gym both seated and...

    Yep I do toe raises at the gym both seated and standing since they work different muscles and have increased my endurance, strength and size of my calves.
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    417583 If you can find a used Safari you will...

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    If you can find a used Safari you will not go wrong.
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    Sticky: I use the 1Up trainer in the winter ...

    I use the 1Up trainer in the winter http://www.1upusa.com/product-trainer.html

    In order to maintain upper body strength I do a variety of lifts but my go to is the pull up/chin up. This...
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    Yep riding and lifting go together. Leg sleds...

    Yep riding and lifting go together. Leg sleds have really helped me improve my MTB skills and endurance.
  9. Age 67. Work part time at an interesting and...

    Age 67. Work part time at an interesting and complex job. I ride often both MTB and road.
    My strength and endurance remain good. I can still do 10 strict tactical pull ups.
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    I have found that leg sleds and squats at the gym...

    I have found that leg sleds and squats at the gym this winter have helped increase my endurance and speed.
  11. Good choice. I feel working out at the club makes...

    Good choice. I feel working out at the club makes me a stronger cyclist and in general fitter.
    Two of my favorite exercises are pull ups to work my upper back and leg sleds to build strength in my...
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    This outfit has scads of tires to choose from at...

    This outfit has scads of tires to choose from at decent prices
    BikeTiresDirect.com - Discount bicycle tires, components and accessories
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    I have the good fortune to live in Oregon. I...

    I have the good fortune to live in Oregon. I often ride sections of the Pacific Coast Bike Route. Oregon has many state parks along the way that have hiker/biker areas. I always ride N to S.
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    Yep agreed disc brakes are great. I have them...

    Yep agreed disc brakes are great. I have them (BB7)on my 2007 REI Safari. With front panniers and a BoB trailer attached stopping is not a problem going downhill.
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    Well for me when I am not riding it is what I...

    Well for me when I am not riding it is what I don't eat and drink: no beer, no cheese and no desserts.
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    With all that climbing losing a bit more weight...

    With all that climbing losing a bit more weight might help your endurance and speed. The pros ride at 2 lbs per inch of height during the racing season. Also some leg work in the gym - squats and...
  17. Thread: Never give up

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    Yep "never ever give up up" is so utterly true. I...

    Yep "never ever give up up" is so utterly true. I love cycling. It keeps me fit for life.
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    My strategies for prepping for hill climbs with a...

    My strategies for prepping for hill climbs with a loaded bike besides intervals and long rides is to keep my weight as low as I can and hit the gym for squats, leg sleds, hamstring curls and calf...
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    Some excellent advise here. Yep I learned about...

    Some excellent advise here. Yep I learned about butt muscle prep the hard way!
    Two things, besides riding of course, have made my hill climbing abilities better; keeping my weight low and squats.
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    I have been using this trainer: ...

    I have been using this trainer:

    http://www.1upusa.com/product-trainer.html

    I bought it used off of Craigslist.
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    I got rid of my TV in 1983. This has helped me be...

    I got rid of my TV in 1983. This has helped me be more active.
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    I would like to ride the Kokopelli Trail in the ...

    I would like to ride the Kokopelli Trail in the spring of 2104.
    This is a MTB tour that runs from CO into UT.
    It is a little over 140 miles long. It is a perfect trail to try out ultra light...
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    I like to do both for overall strength and...

    I like to do both for overall strength and fitness. I tend to do shorter workouts in the summer at the gym. I focus on strength building exercises like squats, calf exercises, pull ups, chin ups, and...
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    Lift weights, use bike trainer in basement,...

    Lift weights, use bike trainer in basement, indoor archery, swim twice a week and go winter steelhead fishing!
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    I really like both road and MTB for different...

    I really like both road and MTB for different reasons. MTB to me is much less formal than road cycling.
    I love the solitude and the varied bike skills involved on a long MTB ride. For example, slow...
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