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  1. I use a camelback and keep all important cards,...

    I use a camelback and keep all important cards, papers and cellphone in the rear pocket. I often put ice in the water bag and that gives me a cold place for things like chocolate and other heat...
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    Try this: hiker/biker campsites in California...

    Try this: hiker/biker campsites in California State and County Parks : bicycletouring
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    It is a web-based game. I have resisted using...

    It is a web-based game.

    I have resisted using cookies. I don't like them and feel they are really abused.

    Further, there would be no way to compare scores if one person sets the rain penalty...
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    Any one use wool biking shorts?

    I'm a complete convert to wool cycling jerseys.

    Does anyone use wool cycling shorts? By that, I mean shorts with a wool chamois like this?

    If you have, do you have to wash it every day or can...
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    I'm surprised no one has brought up coffee. I...

    I'm surprised no one has brought up coffee. I don't normally drink coffee but do when I am bike touring for two reasons. First, I believe the caffeine makes my energy last longer and, second, it...
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    I originally wrote the game without points at...

    I originally wrote the game without points at all. The entire purpose was to let people do a bit of virtual bike touring and also a way to show off all my photos and provide links back to my...
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    The game is free. I never think in...

    The game is free.



    I never think in kilometers. Yet, I am able to enjoy my bike tours in Europe and Canada. Go figure.
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    It is one thing to convert distances from miles...

    It is one thing to convert distances from miles to kilometers. I do it every time I ride in a country that measures distance in kilometers. But, I think in miles. I have no idea how many feet are...
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    You're right, of course. But, the effort to...

    You're right, of course. But, the effort to allow this choice is substantial as all the calculations would have to be redone to account for the changed length. Further, it isn't like people don't...
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    One reason for the new version is to completely...

    One reason for the new version is to completely rewrite the code (that's why it has taken so long!) to align better to the way the game currently flows. One idea I want to add to the game is that...
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    You make some good points. However, the...

    You make some good points.

    However, the purpose of the game isn't to model bicycle touring in detail. I'm not trying to estimate how much enjoyment someone will have from riding a particular...
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    Thanks for taking the time to respond so...

    Thanks for taking the time to respond so thoughtfully.

    For me, changing out a flat tire around where I live isn't a big deal as my bike doesn't have gear on it. But, in order to fix a flat on a...
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    I want to thank everyone for their feedback. I...

    I want to thank everyone for their feedback. I figured it was a personal choice and it is good to get other opinions of my "scoring" system.

    The game randomly assigns both terrain (steep down,...
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    How to rank "enjoyment" in bicycle touring?

    I am finishing up the development of the next version of my bike touring game (current version here) and have decided to add an "Enjoyment" score every day.

    Using my own experience, I have...
  15. What, exactly, are you doing to prepare for this...

    What, exactly, are you doing to prepare for this ride? Have you tried to ride 75 miles a day for a couple days following your diet? If not, then no amount of internet postings will help you.

    The...
  16. No one has mentioned the number one bicycle...

    No one has mentioned the number one bicycle safety device: a rear view mirror.

    Get one and use it to see lorries coming up behind you and stop and/or pull over to let them pass.
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    I wrote a guide to this route...

    I wrote a guide to this route that included the hiker/biker camping sites along the route.

    I would not call the hiker/biker sites remote. There will be fewer people in the Sept/Oct timeframe than...
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    Kirk Creek has a hiker/biker site and I've been...

    Kirk Creek has a hiker/biker site and I've been told that they won't turn away cyclists at Lime Kiln.

    Note that at Kirk Creek, the hiker/biker site often hosts people who clearly parked their cars...
  19. Need some advice about riding in the Finger Lakes region

    I am planning a ride from Rochester, NY (instead of Cleveland) to Lambertville, NJ. My current idea is to use the Erie Canal path from Rochester and then turn south to ride through the Finger Lakes...
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    Like Doug, I take a minimal cable lock with me on...

    Like Doug, I take a minimal cable lock with me on tour whose sole purpose is to stop "snatch and ride" theft.

    I wrote an article explaining this.

    U-locks are heavy and you need to take a cable...
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    There are many hills on the California Coast but...

    There are many hills on the California Coast but but very few sustained climbs.

    I found that every day (I did about 50 miles a day) there was a long climb and lots of other ups and downs. If...
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    For what it is worth, I have the same name on...

    For what it is worth, I have the same name on both. Care to share yours?
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    Thanks for the useful information. In...

    Thanks for the useful information.

    In considering other options, someone suggested starting in Rochester, NY, riding the Erie Canal path toward the Finger Lakes and then heading south from there. ...
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    Riding east from Cleveland

    I am starting to plan a ride across Pennsylvania to Lambertville, NJ (just across the Delaware River from southeast PA). What little research I've done suggests that riding in the northern part of...
  25. In 2010, on a ride up the Atlantic Coast from...

    In 2010, on a ride up the Atlantic Coast from Charleston to Lambertville, NJ, I used the ferries to cross the Chesapeake Bay from Reedville to Tangier Island to Crisfield. It cost $40. My journal...
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