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  1. I posted this on an earlier thread: I've been...

    I posted this on an earlier thread:

    I've been riding clipless pedals since they first came out, and thought they were a godsend compared to what I had been using for the previous 20 years: cleated...
  2. I guess I missed it, but what do you have against...

    I guess I missed it, but what do you have against the hoop?
  3. Contrary to a lot of folks' opinions, I found...

    Contrary to a lot of folks' opinions, I found Yellowstone to be a great place to bike. While we were not on the Trans Am route our route intersected it in Yellowstone.

    Traffic can be a little...
  4. FWIW Department: I just finished packing my...

    FWIW Department:

    I just finished packing my gear for a tour we leave on tomorrow.

    My front panniers weigh 6 & 5 lbs. That includes food staples (5 lbs) for a 10 day trip, stove , fuel,...
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    Yes, exact same scenario, only I was luckier. 27...

    Yes, exact same scenario, only I was luckier. 27 stitches in forearm and knee, road rash, complete tear of the bicep tendon, partial tear of 3 other tendons including the rotator cuff. I had...
  6. My Judo Sensei told me, "do a move 1000 times and...

    My Judo Sensei told me, "do a move 1000 times and it is yours". However, I wouldn't argue with a mom:)
  7. My bike weighs 30 lbs, and panniers, clothes and...

    My bike weighs 30 lbs, and panniers, clothes and gear add up to 30-35 lbs (dry). If we are on extended trips, where a wider variety of clothes are required such as some casual dress clothes or...
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    http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy112/Doug64_ph...

    http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy112/Doug64_photos/Misc/870b58a7-de8f-42f8-ba5f-204753098a7f.jpg
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    I lived ion Trout Lake, Washington for a awhile,...

    I lived ion Trout Lake, Washington for a awhile, and could sometimes ride from 103 miles to Portland in 5 hours. There were three things that made this possible: It is downhill for the first 25...
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    +1 I've done quite a bit of touring on 25 mm...

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    I've done quite a bit of touring on 25 mm tires, and a lot more on 28 mm tires. If you stay on the pavement, and an occasional gravel construction zone, you should be OK.
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    [/B] The Simano 4503 FD is a great derailleur,...

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    The Simano 4503 FD is a great derailleur, but it does not work well with less than 11 tooth difference between chainrings. The back of the cage rubs on the next smaller chainring, e.g., When...
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    +1 & +2 (my wife) ...

    +1 & +2 (my wife)

    http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy112/Doug64_photos/CoMo%20and%20LHT/Cannondale%20T2/f14f45ff-878f-4f88-87fa-a12b2eb3f3fa.jpg
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    As an EMT on an ALS ambulance crew for 12 years,...

    As an EMT on an ALS ambulance crew for 12 years, my night-time job, and a ski patroller for 32 years, I can tell you the first places I looked for medical and emergency information is a chain around...
  14. My wife and I have ridden that loop clockwise,...

    My wife and I have ridden that loop clockwise, starting in Anacortes. I might be able to check my wife's journal for the trip and get specific road information. However, the route is fairly...
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    What range of gearing are you considering? What...

    What range of gearing are you considering? What type of terrain will most of your ride take place?
  16. Like nun, my wife and I thought "discretion was...

    Like nun, my wife and I thought "discretion was the better part of valor". We were heading home on Iceland Air after a 3 month ride and had the opportunity to spend a week in Iceland. When we had...
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    Thanks, I appreciate the Information. No, I...

    Thanks, I appreciate the Information.

    No, I did mean the Siskiyou Mts. They are the area between the Coast Range and the west side of the Cascades. They are in southern Oregon and northern...
  18. I didn't need or want a retirement bike. I just...

    I didn't need or want a retirement bike. I just had to work a little longer to offset what I payed for the bikes I have:) I have several nice bikes that I have worked hard to find, build to my...
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    We also have a Toshiba Netbook. We'd also go for...

    We also have a Toshiba Netbook. We'd also go for a tablet, if only they had USB ports.
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    Chain Wrap = (large chainring – small chainring)...

    Chain Wrap = (large chainring – small chainring) + (large rear cog – small rear cog)


    I've not had good results using road rear derailleurs with more than 27 tooth rear cassettes, the largest...
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    Louis, I'm not sure I have been following your...

    Louis,

    I'm not sure I have been following your posts correctly. Are you planning on doing the Pacific Coast Route or are you starting a cross country ride in Seattle? If you are doing a cross...
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    My wife carries our netbook in her rear pannier...

    My wife carries our netbook in her rear pannier protected by a neoprene sleeve. It has the standard hard drive, and has survived over 10,000 miles on the back of her bike. Prior to our current...
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    I've never heard anyone say they wished they had...

    I've never heard anyone say they wished they had a higher gear while on loaded tour, but I've often heard lower gears mentioned. I've set up 6 bikes for our family with 44/32/22 cranks and 11-34...
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    I believe that fietsbob's recommendation is a...

    I believe that fietsbob's recommendation is a good one; the train will get you to Seattle in much better shape to start a XC tour.

    Regardless of the winds, April on the coast is very wet, with...
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    We did not have a smart phone when we rode it,...

    We did not have a smart phone when we rode it, and it was not an issue. The biggest changes are some the California State Parks south of SF have closed the hike/biker sites due to problems with...
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