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    I'm familiar with Vivax,(formerly known as Gruber...

    I'm familiar with Vivax,(formerly known as Gruber Assist), and the fact that it may have
    been use to cheat in races. 200 watts ain't much, & unless you're skinny it's not going
    to be much of an...
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    Familiarize yourself with the bike. Don't just...

    Familiarize yourself with the bike. Don't just ride it: learn how everything
    works & how to fix it. Use all your your gears to get a feel for it. There's
    gonna be unpleasant surprises, but the more...
  3. I remember having toe clips on my Varsity back in...

    I remember having toe clips on my Varsity back in the early '60s, & I recall them as useful on steep hills.
    With age my riding style has changed a lot since then. These days I can get my full weight...
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    I don't think it's so much about cadence as...

    I don't think it's so much about cadence as effort versus resistance. I can pedal an 15 tooth at a
    slightly higher cadence than say an 11 tooth, and still achieve the same speed with less effort....
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    Nothing wrong with a good steel bike once ya get...

    Nothing wrong with a good steel bike once ya get her rolling. If your lucky it's been
    built to last a life time. (with the occasional upgrade & a few little repairs)
  6. You probably wouldn't recognize Jackson Hole...

    You probably wouldn't recognize Jackson Hole these days, but the Million Dollar Cowboy bar
    is still there, and the antler arches in the park. It's not gotten as bad as Aspen over the
    years, but...
  7. Just guessing, there might be someone fishing...

    Just guessing, there might be someone fishing catch & release, but not sose you'd notice.
    them reds r tasty. This was 30+ yrs ago. I picked up an Inuit hitcher when I hit Valdez
    who took me to have...
  8. Ty, I wasn't too worried about that bear. I was...

    Ty, I wasn't too worried about that bear. I was fishing on a sand spit on the Russian River With about a
    jillion other fishermen near by. There was a kid fishing between me & the the bear. Sorry,...
  9. That kinda goes without saying, Miele. You might...

    That kinda goes without saying, Miele. You might see a black bear, but odds you'll never see a griz unless you
    spend a lot of time in the back country. I know I never went out of my way to look for...
  10. The idea of a bell is simply to let the bears...

    The idea of a bell is simply to let the bears know you're coming; attacks happen if the animal is surprised. Ordinarily
    black bears are timid & griz will at least give man a wide berth. Thing thing...
  11. Yellowstone anytime before mid-june, bring a snow...

    Yellowstone anytime before mid-june, bring a snow shovel. Maybe I've just been thru there
    too many times, but unless you want to do a back country thing, Yellowstone in season is
    a zoo where the...
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    Taking hwy 4 west from Kelso has it's + & - side....

    Taking hwy 4 west from Kelso has it's + & - side. It's relatively flat until it turns inland past Cathlamet. Not to much
    traffic, but some real narrow shoulders in spots. At Cathlamet,I went south...
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    Sticky: Wow crank, that sounds like a journey of epic...

    Wow crank, that sounds like a journey of epic dimensions, if you have video you should post it with Blanche on World Cycle Videos, Vimeo. Even if it's just stills send a montage put to music. I'd...
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    Actually, I did post a couple there somewhere, no...

    Actually, I did post a couple there somewhere, no big deal; it's pretty ugly. It has an old rat trap rack modified
    with aluminum tubing to prevent heel strike from my 14 feet. That's the beauty of...
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    I got my '83 Le Mans 12 free, the frame that is....

    I got my '83 Le Mans 12 free, the frame that is. Found it totally stripped of all but fork in a roadside ditch.
    It had been repainted a crappy black. I stripped that back to the original gold,...
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    Getting almost hit is part of the cycling...

    Getting almost hit is part of the cycling experience....unfortunately. That's a shame because infrastructure for bikes
    is cheaper than freeways. It would also be nice if public transit were better...
  17. Ty, I understand your concern, having invested...

    Ty, I understand your concern, having invested heavily in your ride. I certainly would not buy a used bike that I didn't
    think would hold up, but Some of these old road bikes are still around for a...
  18. Here's a thought that just occurred to me. What...

    Here's a thought that just occurred to me. What if instead of paying as much as $200 just to ship your bike, Why not
    reverse tour. Let's say I live in Seattle & want to ride to S.F. Instead, Find a...
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    Sticky: [QUOTE=Miles2go;1460770]I shared the velcro strap...

    [QUOTE=Miles2go;1460770]I shared the velcro strap around the brake lever trick with about 60 supported tourers on a tour of Maine several weeks ago. Been doing this for something like 12 years and...
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    Sticky: :DCall it whatever ya like, when your past 65,...

    :DCall it whatever ya like, when your past 65, it's touring.
  21. Guess I shouldn't condemn 20 outright, I've never...

    Guess I shouldn't condemn 20 outright, I've never been east of I-5 with a bike on it. At 67, I'm getting
    a bit old for mtn. passes, but I wouldn't mind a parallel trail. Walking the bike up a busy...
  22. Its true you can duck around most of that...

    Its true you can duck around most of that section. Unfortunately I didn't bother with
    a thorough study of the cartography until after the fact. Still being old & traveling
    light. I often use...
  23. Duly noted & seconded. If you can, take the bus...

    Duly noted & seconded. If you can, take the bus from Oak Harbor to Anacortes. That whole stretch of 20
    is a cyclist's nightmare, especially at peak tourist season.
  24. That bike outa stand out like a sore thumb. If he...

    That bike outa stand out like a sore thumb. If he took off in Nov. he could be in San Diego now...or TJ
    for that matter. I don't think he'd have gone east this time of year. With money he may well...
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    Ah, you should be out there in your slicker...

    Ah, you should be out there in your slicker trying to catch dem 'Portland trout' I don't much
    advise any clamming though.
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