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    More accurately in my case "a truck about to...

    More accurately in my case "a truck about to sideswipe you doesn't sound any different", well it can, but more to the point the sound prompts you to check your mirrors, which inbound truck image...
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    I have real problems getting motivated to ride...

    I have real problems getting motivated to ride for its own sake, even though once I am riding, I enjoy it.

    However, if I'm riding SOMEWHERE for a specific purpose I have no problem.

    Case in...
  3. Thank you for the kind words of course. But I...

    Thank you for the kind words of course.

    But I have to say if one finds oneself on a bicycle, even on a 2,000 mile tour, that requires GRIT one is probably going about the whole thing wrong.
    ...
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    Speaking as a career public school teacher who of...

    Speaking as a career public school teacher who of course gets insulted a hundred times a day.... :lol: Some suggestions....

    1) Dude, get over yourself.... :rolleyes:

    2) See #1

    3) Stay...
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    Speaking as a career public school teacher who of...

    Speaking as a career public school teacher who of course gets insulted a hundred times a day.... :lol: Some suggestions....

    1) Dude, get over yourself.... :rolleyes:

    2) See #1

    3) Stay...
  6. Yep, I have found that placing the instep...

    Yep, I have found that placing the instep directly over the pedal axle removes the feet and calves from the power equation, greatly reducing the strain on the knee. To me speed is irrelevant, as...
  7. I remember exactly when I got back into bikes;...

    I remember exactly when I got back into bikes; August of 2013 at age 56.

    The reason was I had decided to ride a bike to NY State the following summer.

    Fortunately I had an '89 Schwinn Voyageur...
  8. Thread: Fenders??

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    I'm rather surprised that the manufacturer of a...

    I'm rather surprised that the manufacturer of a $4,000 more or less conventionally-formed bike DOESN'T appear to offer fenders for it or places to attach the same.[/COLOR]
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    Hey, thanks for posting those pics :thumb: One...

    Hey, thanks for posting those pics :thumb: One of them answers my question on another thread as to whether Gatorskins work OK for touring in wet climates like Ireland, my same size too!
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    OK, tour plans taking shape. I want to aim to be...

    OK, tour plans taking shape. I want to aim to be done in 42 days so as to allow a week's leeway at the end. This isn't planned as a stop-and-smell-the-roses tour, but one where the objective to...
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    For me not just yes but heck yes. Commuting? ...

    For me not just yes but heck yes.

    Commuting? Sometimes I end up riding home at least in my street clothes, without fenders lots of my good shirts and pants would have a line of permanent...
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    Speaking of tires, and Ireland. This is my '89...

    Speaking of tires, and Ireland.

    This is my '89 Schwinn Voyageur that I rode to NY State in the summer of '14, planning to ride the UK and Ireland on it this summer.
    ...
  13. $200 is about my limit, an I'm still behind the...

    $200 is about my limit, an I'm still behind the times enough to want USB ports to download my camera cards.

    In 2014 I bought an ASUS Notebook from BestBuy for that price. No complaints, rode in...
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    To add a bit of back-story, I was a kid in...

    To add a bit of back-story, I was a kid in Blackpool back in the '60's. My dad (AKA "Frank the Yank") used to keep a baseball bat behind the counter of our fish and chip shop in case of trouble...
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    Thanks for those links. Tho it is becoming...

    Thanks for those links.

    Tho it is becoming apparent that there are two ways to plan a trip to Ireland, the google maps bicycle way through the middle and then the coastal scenic routes which are...
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    I'll be bringing two, in case my first pair craps...

    I'll be bringing two, in case my first pair craps out :thumb:
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    All of that, and good conversation. Plus I'm a...

    All of that, and good conversation. Plus I'm a bird watcher by avocation and sometimes vocation ("Sharpshin" refers to the sharp-shinned hawk, sort of our equivalent to the Old-World sparrowhawk.)
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    Good things to know, tks. While I know about...

    Good things to know, tks.

    While I know about the best-laid plans of mice and men etc.... I'm thinking a ~70mile push would be my target between Culloden Moor and Ft. William.
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    500-600 miles in Ireland?

    Planning this summer's tour.

    A week after IOM TT motorcycle races are over and my son flies home I will have 45-50 days at my disposal and my bicycle :)

    Starting in Blackpool (northwest of...
  20. Around here its mostly 60F/40F in our "winter"....

    Around here its mostly 60F/40F in our "winter". rain at this time is icing on the cake; a perfect warm-up for my planned tour in the UK this summer :thumb:

    I will say this morning was 50F but with...
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    Just a follow-up. No school here on Monday...

    Just a follow-up. No school here on Monday (Martin Luther King Day) so I didn't get to test until Tuesday.

    Tuesday morning, after staying constantly lit on the low setting for 12 hours on Friday...
  22. Which could happen.... :lol: Thank you for the...

    Which could happen.... :lol:

    Thank you for the advice.

    Would you have any problem at all riding the UK on Conti Gatorskins? Is there any real downside to riding on such slicks in that climate?...
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    State decals for your bike or bags?

    I'm shipping my '89 Voyageur to England next spring to ride it for a couple of months.

    I thought it would look all studly to put stickers for the eight US states I rode through on my TX-NY tour,...
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    OK, I shut off the light after 12 hours, at which...

    OK, I shut off the light after 12 hours, at which time it was still painfully bright to look directly at, apparently as bright as when I started. Again this is on the dimmer of the two constant-on...
  25. How widely is the American Express card accepted in the UK?

    I'm going over to tour for for ten weeks this summer.

    Over here AMEX is one of my mainstays.

    Do they accept it in the UK?

    Thanks,

    Mike
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