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02-19-15, 08:02 PM
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Posted By BengeBoy

Looking forward to it! I have not ridden it since...

Looking forward to it! I have not ridden it since 2010, looking forward to my first one after a five-year break.
01-24-15, 04:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,906
Posted By BengeBoy

I have some lycra shorts from 1980 or 1981. I...

I have some lycra shorts from 1980 or 1981. I still wear them occasionally, but only in the winter when I'm wearing tights or something over the top.
01-19-15, 02:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,524
Posted By BengeBoy

Companies where I've had great service either...

Companies where I've had great service either fixing stuff or solving problems:

Garmin -- I once lost a two- or three-year old cycling computer on a ride (it fell off on a steep mountain descent,...
01-09-15, 01:22 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,292
Posted By BengeBoy

That was my take-away as well. In my opinion...

That was my take-away as well.

In my opinion there are at least a couple of different hurdles to clear:
1. Going from Zero exercise to a regular, moderate exercise (the "30 minutes a day"...
01-08-15, 02:19 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,292
Posted By BengeBoy

Thanks for posting this article, it was really...

Thanks for posting this article, it was really interesting. When I read it, this section stood out to me: " The volunteers were all serious recreational riders but not competitive athletes. The men...
12-08-14, 08:33 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,619
Posted By BengeBoy

Your new bike looks great! I thought I would...

Your new bike looks great!

I thought I would add that there is a custom-bike builder in Spokane who has designed a "national forest road explorer" bike designed to ride on logging roads. I don't...
11-23-14, 01:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,158
Posted By BengeBoy

Gunnar was on my short list of bikes to buy a few...

Gunnar was on my short list of bikes to buy a few years back, I really like them. I was going to go CF for this reason.
Forum: Touring
11-17-14, 09:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,562
Posted By BengeBoy

Wow, what an adventure! I'd urge anyone who is...

Wow, what an adventure! I'd urge anyone who is just perusing this thread to go back and read the blog post.

Congrats for making it up (and down) the mountain safely under those conditions.
11-07-14, 07:49 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 12,284
Posted By BengeBoy

I have 5,000 miles or so on mine.

I have 5,000 miles or so on mine.
11-07-14, 03:28 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 12,284
Posted By BengeBoy

I have a Selle Anatomica with thousands of miles...

I have a Selle Anatomica with thousands of miles on it. I love it. As noted above, it will stretch when new, you have to keep tensioning the seat for the first few months until it settles in.
...
Forum: Touring
11-03-14, 08:38 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,959
Posted By BengeBoy

Bike trivia: The Mazama used to be the name of...

Bike trivia: The Mazama used to be the name of the frame that Co-motion built for riders over 250 pounds. They stopped making it in 2008 or 2009 (?).

Mazama trivia: very nice general store just...
11-02-14, 11:18 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 76,942
Posted By BengeBoy

This is a late 80's Specialized Stumpjumper that...

This is a late 80's Specialized Stumpjumper that I had powder-coated and converted into a heavy-duty bad-weather commuter. I was living in China for a couple of years and this bike was a perfect...
Forum: Touring
10-31-14, 02:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 796
Posted By BengeBoy

Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.
10-31-14, 01:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 867
Posted By BengeBoy

Downsizing now that the kids are gone? Here's your house: room for two and 18 bikes

2,400 square feet in Mt. Baker neighborhood of Seattle -- one bedroom, nice view of Lake Washington. Ground floor is a bike shop w/room to hang 18 (!) bikes.
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10-25-14, 08:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,315
Posted By BengeBoy

I loved the city walls in Xi'an. We were tempted...

I loved the city walls in Xi'an. We were tempted to rent a bike but instead took a long, leisurely walk along the walls w/my wife, peering down on the neighborhoods below. One of my favorite memories...
10-25-14, 12:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,315
Posted By BengeBoy

Sounds like we went to the same place. We had a...

Sounds like we went to the same place. We had a super day riding there -- I think because our guide was a real bike enthusiast, he knew all the back routes and we were cross and criss-crossing some...
10-25-14, 12:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,315
Posted By BengeBoy

Distracted driver: ...

Distracted driver:

http://i62.tinypic.com/zksggn.jpg

Typical back street riding:

http://i61.tinypic.com/21jd8d1.jpg

View from my office on a bad air day:
10-25-14, 12:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,315
Posted By BengeBoy

Yes that was me. Riding in Beijing is a bit of a...

Yes that was me. Riding in Beijing is a bit of a mixed bag. There are still a ton of bikes on the streets, and really safe protected bike lines on many of the major streets. And lots of the back...
10-24-14, 11:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,315
Posted By BengeBoy

Hi again: I'm back from China (w/ride pics)

Hi -- I used to haunt this board a few years ago and then I disappeared for a 2.5-year posting in Beijing, China. I'm back; hi to those of you from the old days still hanging out , and hello to new...
10-18-14, 03:14 PM
Replies: 433
Views: 12,714
Posted By BengeBoy

I'm back. More later.

I'm back. More later.
Forum: Touring
10-14-14, 12:55 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 8,538
Posted By BengeBoy

After my first tour (on a racing bike...) I did...

After my first tour (on a racing bike...) I did develop a super-strong opinion of what I wanted in a touring bike, but I can't remember where I got that opinion (this, for me, was around 1979-81). I...
Forum: Touring
10-14-14, 10:54 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 8,538
Posted By BengeBoy

One difference between touring in the early 80's...

One difference between touring in the early 80's and now is the degree to which you could indulge in gear obsession (or over-obsession). As mentioned by someone else, you could gather what you need...
10-13-12, 07:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,731
Posted By BengeBoy

From top to bottom: 1. Raincap on helmet ...

From top to bottom:

1. Raincap on helmet
2. wool skullcap under helmet if it's cold
3. really, really good rain jacket. I like Showers Pass (expensive, but worth it).
4. Underneath - layer up...
07-31-12, 06:16 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,983
Posted By BengeBoy

For anyone reading this thread, I would like to...

For anyone reading this thread, I would like to highlight what a great resource this particular route library is. It has many, many great routes of different lengths, starting from different places...
07-31-12, 06:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 850
Posted By BengeBoy

+1 This is great advice. I live on Mercer...

+1

This is great advice. I live on Mercer Island and I do the route this way all the time -- start off from Mercer Island, do the ride clockwise around the south end of the lake. Much nicer;...
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