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  1. We have lots of bears in the Catskills! Here is...

    We have lots of bears in the Catskills! Here is my bike with a Counter Assault Bear Keg:

    http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r6/kukulaj/Nomad/little%20pond%202013/IMG_1770_zps3e2e401d.jpg
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    Here is an Exhibition Expedition! Exhibition...

    Here is an Exhibition Expedition!

    Exhibition Expedition: Escape from LA | Adventure Cycling Association
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    There is also travel by bicycle which is not...

    There is also travel by bicycle which is not quite the same thing as a tour. I would call it a tour if the purpose is spread along the whole route, whether that purpose is just riding or whatever...
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    another example - birding! Biking for Birds:...

    another example - birding! Biking for Birds: Adventure overview
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    a few examples: ?Johnny Appleseed Of Bikes?...

    a few examples:

    ?Johnny Appleseed Of Bikes? Spreads Joy Of Cycling | Gear Junkie

    BICICLOWN.COM :: WEB OFICIAL DE BICICLOWN Y PROYECTO MOSAW

    Musician Ben Sollee and His Band are Touring by...
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    One way to categorize bike touring is by the...

    One way to categorize bike touring is by the "how" of it. Another way is the "why".

    Maybe just riding the bike is the main objective. Could be e.g. to ride a long distance in a short time. Maybe...
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    Since I love hacking formulas... maybe something...

    Since I love hacking formulas... maybe something like:

    total weight of load in pounds < 0.5 * square root ( 150 * rider weight in pounds)
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    I haven't yet, though I would like to! I very...

    I haven't yet, though I would like to! I very rarely start or end a ride anywhere except home, i.e. I don't usually put my bike in/on the car. But it'd be fun to go out riding with folks and to learn...
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    Yeah it'd be easy to take the train up from the...

    Yeah it'd be easy to take the train up from the city and start/stop the circuit at say Beacon or Poughkeepsie. I want to put together a guidebook to make it easy for folks to find their way and to...
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    Very cool! I don't know that area much at all! If...

    Very cool! I don't know that area much at all! If you could share any route tips, it'd be much appreciated! For example, that hill climbing up out of Wurtsboro looks rather scary! Is there any...
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    ah, so strava has a route planner! Let's see that...

    ah, so strava has a route planner! Let's see that that does!

    Day 4: Oquaga Creek to Bear Spring: https://www.strava.com/routes/3700301

    47.5 miles, 3545 feet climbing

    Day 5: Bear Spring to...
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    Thanks for that pointer to the Strava route...

    Thanks for that pointer to the Strava route planner! Very handy!
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    Anton from Somerville has some great ride reports...

    Anton from Somerville has some great ride reports from the Western Catskills:

    Andes Memorial Day ride, Or: how I lost my climbing legs and haven?t been able to find them | Riding the Catskills
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    some related crazy guy journals and pages: ...

    some related crazy guy journals and pages:

    catskills generally:

    https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=tS&doc_id=225
    https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=tS&page_id=329593&v=3H
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  15. Thread: Tires

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    and some more discussion:...

    and some more discussion: http://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/952525-another-rim-failure.html
  16. Thread: Tires

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    Here's another interesting discussion: FLO...

    Here's another interesting discussion: FLO Cycling - Why Do You Use Less Tire Pressure for a Bigger Tire or Wider Wheel?

    He talks about how rim width affects casing tension, but I don't see where...
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    There are two width measurements for rims, inner...

    There are two width measurements for rims, inner and outer. The inner is usually 5 or 6 mm narrower than the outer. 25 mm is sort of medium for an outer width, but it's on the wide side for an inner...
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    That is mighty high pressure for that width!...

    That is mighty high pressure for that width! There is risk of wrecking the rims - depending on the width of the rim! My rims have inner well width of 19mm. That's too narrow for such high pressure on...
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    These days I am riding on Schwalbe Marathon Plus...

    These days I am riding on Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour tires, 47-559 size. I ride on some gravelly trails and on road shoulders sprinkled with glass fragments. So far I am quite happy with the tires....
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    Here's another Dharma center for day 7: Big...

    Here's another Dharma center for day 7:

    Big Indian Retreat Sanctuary ? Bodhivastu
  21. too fast for me! A couple local rider blogs worth...

    too fast for me! A couple local rider blogs worth looking at:

    Riding the Catskills | Gravel road cycling rides and routes in Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, Delaware, Orange, and Rockland Counties, New...
  22. also fatter, lower pressure tires will reduce the...

    also fatter, lower pressure tires will reduce the pounding on your luggage. Your bike of course will limit how far you can go that way. But it's a easy fix, as far as you can take it.
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    Catskills - Hudson Grand Circuit

    I am trying to work out a grand circuit, a pilgrimage visiting Buddhist centers around the Catskills and the Mid-Hudson Valley. I have sketched out a loop that looks half-way plausible: it's 489...
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    No, not really. It undoubtedly gets a bit wet...

    No, not really. It undoubtedly gets a bit wet from sweat, and I do ride a bit in the rain from time to time. My rain jacket has a nice flap to go over the back of the saddle, so the rain doesn't...
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    more cable splitters: Jtek Cable Splitter |...

    more cable splitters:

    Jtek Cable Splitter | Jtek Engineering
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