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Old 10-22-15, 02:20 PM
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Post Your Favorite Rest Stop Water Dispenser

I am pretty sure this topic has not been covered before (and if it has, it's worth repeating)...

A local business (actually a bar/restaurant) is one of our favorite rest stops. The owner is a cyclist and very cyclist friendly, so he had a water tap installed on the side wall of the building for us.

That's actually HIS hand using it.

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What spokes are those? 10 gauge aero?

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What spokes are those? 10 gauge aero?

I believe they recycled an old Mavik Ksyrium wheel for this. So whatever they use for them.
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Ummm. Why didn't he use carbon rims?
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Ummm. Why didn't he use carbon rims?
Because you would not want to have an asplosion while filling your water bottle?
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Seriously though, my favorite has to be the Artesian well in Olympia. I kinda liked it better when it was just an anonymous brass pipe sticking up outta the parking lot. They put up signs and started stenciling the blocks about 10 years ago, then they went all out and really fancied it up about 5 years ago.



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No pic, but there's a hose spigot on the side of a 7-11 close to the end of my Sunday group ride that we sometimes stop at on really hot days. For whatever reason that spigot runs ice-cold even on the hottest days, and has pretty high pressure too so it either blasts the sweat off your face or fills your bottle in a couple seconds. It's great.
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Because you would not want to have an asplosion while filling your water bottle?
True, but aluminum jars your bones
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Anyone have three coins for the fountain??
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Reminds me of Tim Moore's book, "Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy". He washed his kit every night in the hotel bidets. Disgusting...
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In the late seventies a group of us from the upper Midwest were in Austin for about 10 weeks of early season training. We were at a bar, probably being entertained by the grop Riders in the Sky, sort of a Sons of the Pioneers cover band. One of us suggested that a lot of SOP playbook and even the whole cowboy experience had parallels to the bikie experience as witnessed by songs and lines like :Back in the Saddle Again, Empty Saddles on the Old Corral, and “brown as a berry from riding the prairie”.

From “El Paso” – “I feel a deep burning pain in my side. Though I am trying to stay in the saddle, I’m getting weary, unable to ride”.

“Cool Water” was on my list of bikie-western songs. Change a few words and “Ghost Riders in the Sky” tells the story of the peloton chasing the devil’s break up a cloudy col and across endless skies.

And that bidet should get rid of the brown stripes on your chamois.
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In the Santa Monica mountains a guy put a drinking fountain on his property right at the roadside. Pretty remote area so it gets used a lot.
A few years ago a group of us got him a gift certificate to a local restaurant, he was overwhelmed.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
Seriously though, my favorite has to be the Artesian well in Olympia. I kinda liked it better when it was just an anonymous brass pipe sticking up outta the parking lot. They put up signs and started stenciling the blocks about 10 years ago, then they went all out and really fancied it up about 5 years ago.



It's a nice idea, but that is just about the right height for a dog. And I can't even imagine how many have sucked at that pipe for a drink. Not to mention other animals.

No thanks!

That's why I'll never use the local park fountains. I've seen too many dog owners hoisting their canine friends up for a good lick. So disgusting.
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That's why I'll never use the local park fountains. I've seen too many dog owners hoisting their canine friends up for a good lick. So disgusting.
It's good for your immune system.
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Reminds me of Tim Moore's book, "Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy". He washed his kit every night in the hotel bidets. Disgusting...
Although, the water comes from the same source that you brush your teeth with.
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It's a nice idea, but that is just about the right height for a dog. And I can't even imagine how many have sucked at that pipe for a drink. Not to mention other animals.

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That's why I'll never use the local park fountains. I've seen too many dog owners hoisting their canine friends up for a good lick. So disgusting.
I'm not sure drinking after a human is better than drinking after a dog.

A human that hasn't bathed for a week stinks like hell. For that matter, a cyclist who hasn't bathed for a couple hours totally reeks. A dog that hasn't bathed for a week smells good -- even after a couple months it will still smell fine unless it recently rolled in something.
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I bring a water filter on long rides in the mountains.
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I'm not sure drinking after a human is better than drinking after a dog.

A human that hasn't bathed for a week stinks like hell. For that matter, a cyclist who hasn't bathed for a couple hours totally reeks. A dog that hasn't bathed for a week smells good -- even after a couple months it will still smell fine unless it recently rolled in something.
I've read studies which realized dog's mouths are more sanitary than human mouths, on average.
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I bring a water filter on long rides in the mountains.
A lot of streams in the PNW don't require filtering. I refilled without filter at a couple of small streams along the John Wayne trail this summer.
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I don't usually filter my water when I'm hiking/backpacking and close to the source. By the time the water makes it down to the road, though, I have second thoughts...
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Just off the Pintler Scenic Highway (MT 1) between Anaconda and Georgetown Lake there are some spring-fed spigots. Fresh, cold water near the top of a long slog. I may have a photo of it at home.
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A lot of streams in the PNW don't require filtering. I refilled without filter at a couple of small streams along the John Wayne trail this summer.
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I don't usually filter my water when I'm hiking/backpacking and close to the source. By the time the water makes it down to the road, though, I have second thoughts...
Flowing water is generally much safer than still water. If you need to take from a still source (and you have a boat) the best bet is to take it away from the shore and under the surface as much as possible. I still bring a filter and/or iodine tabs when camping, though.
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There's an old brewery off of the Mississippi in St Paul that I sometimes stop at for refills - they have a water station where you can fill up on the water from the (supposedly pretty great) well source that they used to use for making beer. We used to live nearby for a time, when I was a kid, and I remember my mom and stepdad bringing us over there to fill up a half dozen gallon jugs at a time. Good water and a trip back in time.

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