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    I allow myself one hamburger a year, and I want...

    I allow myself one hamburger a year, and I want it to be a really good one:)
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    While on a bike tour that took us through Lassen...

    While on a bike tour that took us through Lassen National Park a few weeks ago, my wife and I experienced 35 F temperatures and 35 mph winds. We were camping in the park, and our lightweight...
  3. There is pavement and then there is "pavement". ...

    There is pavement and then there is "pavement". I am in the 32 mm crowd, thinking that 32 mm tires are a good compromise, all around tire.

    This pavement was a challenge even on 32 mm tires....
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    Louis, I really missed the boat. We stayed in...

    Louis,

    I really missed the boat. We stayed in Oakdale a few days ago on our way south. We would have tried to meet you for coffee.

    These photos were taken not too far from Oakdale....
  5. Thread: Wild camping

    by Doug64
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    Last summer there were 10 cougar sightings within...

    Last summer there were 10 cougar sightings within the city limits of our small town.
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    No, we don't carry a lock ring tool or a...

    No, we don't carry a lock ring tool or a chainwhip. However, I do carry a Kevlar Fix Spoke for temporary drive side repairs. I have only broken 3 spokes in over 40 years of touring, and they were...
  7. Thread: Mapping sites

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    mapmyride.com does an acceptable job for route...

    mapmyride.com does an acceptable job for route planning. However, like most electronic mapping tools, it has limitations.
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    There is an arbitrary size break at UPS where the...

    There is an arbitrary size break at UPS where the cost jumps significantly. They use the lenght+width+depth to calculate size.

    My wife's uncoupled bike fit in a box similar to the size of the...
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    My wife's 700c bike has S&S couplers, and I have...

    My wife's 700c bike has S&S couplers, and I have not found them to be all that useful. When the bike has a rack and fenders installed, there is not anyway to get it in a box that meets airline...
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    I had a similar incident when I was commuting. ...

    I had a similar incident when I was commuting. The nail was not as long, but it did nail my tire to the rim.
  11. We use AAA maps on many of our tours. As...

    We use AAA maps on many of our tours. As members they are free, and available at various scales. Their maps are available for most parts of the world.

    Michelin maps are really useful in...
  12. My wife and I had that conversation a few days...

    My wife and I had that conversation a few days ago at breakfast as we were checking out route options for the day on our phones- our phones take some of the adventure out of bike touring. We are...
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    The day after I posted this we had the first flat...

    The day after I posted this we had the first flat tire of the trip on the rear wheel of my bike at about the 1000 mile point in our present tour. Today I had another flat on my front wheel due to a...
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    Louis, Fixing a flat tire is a routine task and...

    Louis,
    Fixing a flat tire is a routine task and a basic skill.

    We carry 3 spare tubes for 2 bikes when on tours. We put a new tube in while on the road, and do the patching when we finish...
  15. Everything you mentioned, including camera, go in...

    Everything you mentioned, including camera, go in Ortlieb bar bag. It is waterproof and easy to put on or take off the bike.

    Camera goes in orange padded case. Tan neck wallet with passport is...
  16. Check the axiom site. You may be able buy a new...

    Check the axiom site. You may be able buy a new mounting bracket that will fit your bars.
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    The Sierra Club published a pretty comprehensive...

    The Sierra Club published a pretty comprehensive book on bike touring. I don't have access to it right now, but a search should bring it up.
    http://...
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    Club rides and touring are very different things,...

    Club rides and touring are very different things, with different objectives. I've toured quite a bit, but still enjoy the club rides. I like the people and the social interaction.

    Several of...
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    My loads seem to be the same whether it is 3...

    My loads seem to be the same whether it is 3 weeks or 3 months. I just finished packing for a month-long tour that will include riding in the mountains as well as the hot California Central Valley. ...
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    At 71 years old, my 3 passions: my wife, bike...

    At 71 years old, my 3 passions: my wife, bike touring, and telamark skiing.

    Going to the Sun Road Glacier National Park-2013....
  21. Thread: Washing Clothes

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    Also, beware of using shampoo on anodized...

    Also, beware of using shampoo on anodized aluminum bike parts like chainrings. The shampoo has some reaction with the metal and can make a good looking crankset look like crud.
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    I have an app, Predictwind, on my phone that...

    I have an app, Predictwind, on my phone that gives detailed wind wind direction. It seems to work well.
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    [QUOTE=andrewclaus;17137663]I've done a lot of...

    [QUOTE=andrewclaus;17137663]I've done a lot of wringing, and I've never thought of this. Thanks for the great idea. Now I can leave my salad spinner at home![QUOTE]

    You can also remove a little...
  24. My wife uses Sidi winter road shoes, and is happy...

    My wife uses Sidi winter road shoes, and is happy with them.
  25. Thread: Mud Flap?

    by Doug64
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    +1 Planet Bike mud flap on SKS fender. They...

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    Planet Bike mud flap on SKS fender. They cost $6.00 for a pair including shipping. A couple of pop rivets hold them on very securely....
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