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  1. Sounds like a great project. The XtraCycle...

    Sounds like a great project. The XtraCycle components are so versatile that it's hard to go wrong. Here's an example of a similar project I did a few years ago with a standard mountain bike frame....
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    Nice Looking Utility Bike in Quito

    Saw a nice looking utility bike in Quito. Looks quite sturdy and good for large loads.

    http://i695.photobucket.com/albums/vv320/Doconabike/Equadorean%20Cargo%20Bike/IMGP2805.jpg
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    Hi Booger1, Do you mind posting some of your...

    Hi Booger1,
    Do you mind posting some of your favorite So-Cal bike camping sites that you have accessed by bike?
    Thanks...
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    I have been using the Carradice Super C Rear...

    I have been using the Carradice Super C Rear Panniers for a few years. My previous set of nylon panniers from another maker had issues with the connection of the panniers to the rack, but the...
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    I keep a bag of oats, dried fruit, and nuts. I...

    I keep a bag of oats, dried fruit, and nuts. I just pour a little into a bowl, add water, eat and go. (you don't really need to cook oats, they are quite good raw). You can also buy powdered soymilk...
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    Adrian, Great trip report. Your route looks...

    Adrian,
    Great trip report. Your route looks really interesting.
    Thanks.

    p.s. As a local, would you recommend the same route in the summer (in terms of temperature, etc.) ?
  7. Thread: Alaska?

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    One possibility is to fly into Anchorage, take...

    One possibility is to fly into Anchorage, take the train to Denali (a lovely train ride), and spend your touring time in Denali National Park. I have spent wonderful time hiking in Denali and chatted...
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    The Center for Science in the Public Interest has...

    The Center for Science in the Public Interest has a great journal called "Nutrition Action." You might benefit from reading this in your local library; it's really well written and gives excellent...
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    For commute in all weather, I keep a little...

    For commute in all weather, I keep a little collection of gear.

    - yellow bike jacket (currently an REI version, but any rain-proof breathable yellow long-tailed bike jacket is fine)
    - an old...
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    This is an interesting discussion, but it's...

    This is an interesting discussion, but it's important to realize that violence often begets more violence. Though it can be difficult, maintaining control over the situation (by keeping your cool) is...
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    Do take caution, though, about online...

    Do take caution, though, about online recommendations for new medications or supplements that have not been adequately tested in humans. Our scientific history is littered with drugs and supplements...
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    I also use the Eagle Creek folders. Every Sunday...

    I also use the Eagle Creek folders. Every Sunday night I load up two folders with shirts and pants and then use the clothes from them during the week. The Eagle Creek folders keep everything...
  13. I've owned both an XtraCycle and a regular...

    I've owned both an XtraCycle and a regular commuter-bike-with-Bob-Trailer. I was a bit surprised the the XtraCycle had much greater capacity for groceries than the Bob. Also, the XtraCycle could...
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    I guess I've been lucky over the years. I've been...

    I guess I've been lucky over the years. I've been shopping by bike for almost a decade now in several large cities and no-one has ever stolen anything from my panniers. People generally leave my...
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    The Secret Service Bike does look quite nice. I...

    The Secret Service Bike does look quite nice. I have ridden several upright Dutch-style bike and much enjoyed the feel. Visiting friends in the Netherlands, I have seen so many folks carrying...
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    Looks great. The design of the U-bolts...

    Looks great. The design of the U-bolts surrounding the skewer is brilliant and reinforces the wood. The only thing I might add is a simple piece of webbing looped through the triangle for the frame...
  17. I've used both Marathon Plus and Marathon...

    I've used both Marathon Plus and Marathon Supremes for commuting. Both have been great with essentially no punctures. I do recommended, though, a set of different studded tires for ice and snow. The...
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    I love old bikes and I'm a bike commuter. The...

    I love old bikes and I'm a bike commuter. The Brooks saddles look really great on an old bike, but my B-17 just didn't feel right. Had lots of issues with numbness in the nether bits. A much cheaper...
  19. I was once riding on a sidewalk (yes, I was an...

    I was once riding on a sidewalk (yes, I was an idiot) and snagged my pannier on a large pole sticking up from the ground. This tore a piece off of the pannier and made me turn over on my bike. This...
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    Besides the very reasonable things the other...

    Besides the very reasonable things the other folks have said, I find the bar-end shifters are much easier to set up and maintain than the STI shifters. The standard Shimano bar-ends have friction...
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    There are two things to know about proper chain...

    There are two things to know about proper chain size - width and length.

    The first is the width of the chain. A general rule is "skinny chain for lots of gears, wider chain for fewer gears (or...
  22. I have a Surly LHT. Great bike, but the much of...

    I have a Surly LHT. Great bike, but the much of the decals have come off in past few years. Some came off in first few months with tape applied during a Mexican group ride. The organizers taped...
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    I commuted for several years with an old milk...

    I commuted for several years with an old milk crate on the back of my bike. The milk crate held my backpack very well and was great for carrying grocery bags too. Then I moved and got a newer bike on...
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    I have owned both the Surly LHT and the Trek 520...

    I have owned both the Surly LHT and the Trek 520 over the years. Both are great bikes. I ended up liking the Surly LHT slightly better since I could fit slightly bigger tires on it. Still, I had no...
  25. I'll add my "glad to hear you're well" sentiments...

    I'll add my "glad to hear you're well" sentiments to the crowd. Wrecks can be scary. It's good that you have such a resilient body and spirit.

    Here's something that might cheer you up. It's on the...
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