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Forum: Touring
08-04-08, 06:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 494
Posted By gpljr75

Wow, sounds a little ominous. I'll let you know...

Wow, sounds a little ominous. I'll let you know how it goes. thecrunge, thanks for the specifics
Forum: Touring
08-02-08, 10:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 494
Posted By gpljr75

Ontario Hwy 21 and Bruce Peninsula

My wife and I are heading by car from Chicago to her hometown of Mount Forest, Ontario in a few days. To make it interesting, I'm going to have her drop me off somewhere on HWY 21 after we cross into...
Forum: Touring
02-15-08, 02:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,437
Posted By gpljr75

Dude, go for it. I did a lot of touring on an...

Dude, go for it. I did a lot of touring on an slightly older model of the same bike. It worked fine.
Forum: Touring
02-04-08, 02:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,001
Posted By gpljr75

Before I got my LHT I did a good bit of touring...

Before I got my LHT I did a good bit of touring (as long as 6 days) on my Trek Multitrack 700 ($300). Worked fine. See the attached picture.
Forum: Touring
02-03-08, 03:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,682
Posted By gpljr75

Both good bikes. I chose the LHT because of...

Both good bikes. I chose the LHT because of better gearing for touring on the stock bike, allowance for wider tires with fenders, and more of an option with stem/handlebar height (due to the fact...
Forum: Touring
01-21-08, 03:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,416
Posted By gpljr75

I've been plenty happy with the Lone Peak H100...

I've been plenty happy with the Lone Peak H100 Alta. Plenty of room. Rock solid mount. I cover it in heavy rain. Nothing has ever gotten wet inside during light rain.
...
Forum: Commuting
09-21-05, 12:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,344
Posted By gpljr75

My livelihood is also tied to the health and...

My livelihood is also tied to the health and safety of my laptop. I've been commuting for quite some time, and when it rains, I just double bag my normal laptop briefcase with heavy-duty trash bags...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-05, 10:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,649
Posted By gpljr75

I live in America and follow Webster's 11th on...

I live in America and follow Webster's 11th on matters of pronunciation.

Webster's gives two possible pronunciations for the singular pannier:

Pan-yur or Pan-EAR

The French pronunciation...
Forum: Touring
09-14-05, 09:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,167
Posted By gpljr75

Here's another vote for the REI Half Dome. Great...

Here's another vote for the REI Half Dome. Great tent for one or two.
09-13-05, 08:53 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,369
Posted By gpljr75

Are you being serious? Or are you being a troll?...

Are you being serious? Or are you being a troll? If you're serious, then you've begun dealing in such fine semantic distinctions that there really is no difference worth speaking of. When I adopt the...
09-12-05, 10:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,369
Posted By gpljr75

Um, the advice speaks to a defensive, alert...

Um, the advice speaks to a defensive, alert mindset, not an attempt to be invisible through your actions. (?!)

Sure, do everything reasonable and legal to be visible. But I would submit that if...
09-12-05, 02:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,369
Posted By gpljr75

One of the first things you learn if you ever...

One of the first things you learn if you ever ride a motorcycle is to ALWAYS, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES assume you ARE invisible. I always assume the person has not seen me. I'm always probing for...
09-12-05, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Posted By gpljr75

I agree 100% I try to take a generous and...

I agree 100% I try to take a generous and charitable attitude toward motorists and pedestrians, and I have very few negative experiences. The only ones I've had were random (kids or just somebody...
Forum: Touring
09-07-05, 09:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 519
Posted By gpljr75

Here's a 3-day trip I did recently: Day 1:...

Here's a 3-day trip I did recently:

Day 1: Prairie Path in western suburbs to Fox River Trail north to Lake Geneva, WI, camp at Bigfoot Beach State Park (~70 mi)
Day 2: Lake Geneva, WI to Union,...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-05, 07:41 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 1,021,260
Posted By gpljr75

Great ride today. Good weather. Best of all, I...

Great ride today. Good weather. Best of all, I ran into (figuratively speaking) a neighbor who rides to work once in a while. We share the same route most of the way, so it was nice to ride with him...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-05, 07:13 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,227
Posted By gpljr75

I just put my fully loaded commuter on the UPS...

I just put my fully loaded commuter on the UPS scale in the warehouse of my company--63 lbs!

That's a Trek Multitrack 700, with two panniers loaded with work clothes, dress shoes, my standard...
08-29-05, 09:22 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,207
Posted By gpljr75

Thanks for that great link. Any pictures of your...

Thanks for that great link. Any pictures of your build?
08-29-05, 08:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 897
Posted By gpljr75

How do you overcome worrying about theft?

I'm considering not replacing my Nissan in the event of a major breakdown. We would still have our Honda (my wife's car), but I would shift into a mostly car-free existence.

One question I have,...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-05, 08:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 568
Posted By gpljr75

Good job. I just finished my first two full weeks...

Good job. I just finished my first two full weeks in a row, and I'm pretty proud of that.

Some people mentioned rain in this thread. You know, the Midwest (where I live) has suffered a terrible...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-05, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 606
Posted By gpljr75

You know, the more I think about it, this could...

You know, the more I think about it, this could really catch on. It would be cool if these currency denominations were things we all shot for. Imagine a dollar! I would be darn proud to have commuted...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-05, 07:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 606
Posted By gpljr75

A fellow commuter at my company and I refer to...

A fellow commuter at my company and I refer to weeks where we commute all five days as a "nickel." Despite having commuted somewhat regularly for over two years, this was the first time I managed to...
08-26-05, 07:12 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,131
Posted By gpljr75

You don't find them objectionable? Well, I guess...

You don't find them objectionable? Well, I guess in misinterpreted some of your comments to others and to one of my recent posts. I find that unfortunate.

There is a tendency common to many of...
08-26-05, 05:44 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,131
Posted By gpljr75

Well, I'm still going to hold out hope that one...

Well, I'm still going to hold out hope that one of these days I'm going to open up one of these forums and see a new thread by Treespeed titled "Why I think messenging is a good thing but oppose the...
08-26-05, 09:12 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,131
Posted By gpljr75

In light of the conciliatory tone being struck on...

In light of the conciliatory tone being struck on the part of some here, let me say to you, Treespeed, that I got particularly hot under the collar toward you the other day, and even though I...
08-25-05, 09:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 677
Posted By gpljr75

I think anytime a person begins to live a little...

I think anytime a person begins to live a little closer to the earth, barring some flaw of character, he or she begins to view it with a little more concern for its well-being. Cycling--especially in...
Forum: Touring
08-24-05, 08:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 777
Posted By gpljr75

Thanks to those reporting positive experiences...

Thanks to those reporting positive experiences with Wellgo pedals. I continue to experiment with cleat position and I can definitely feel the difference (whether positive or negative) with each...
Forum: Touring
08-24-05, 08:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 777
Posted By gpljr75

Oh man, I just did a search for Wellgo pedals,...

Oh man, I just did a search for Wellgo pedals, and the popular opinion is they just stink. How could I be so stupid not to research it first? Haste for one thing, and, well, trusting that the person...
Forum: Touring
08-24-05, 08:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 777
Posted By gpljr75

They are Wellgo clipless. I've tinkered and...

They are Wellgo clipless. I've tinkered and tinkered, and it seems you just can't get more than a millimeter of float.

Regarding the knee and foot fatigue, I've been adjusting the angle and...
Forum: Touring
08-24-05, 07:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 777
Posted By gpljr75

I really don't want to go into it, as I'm trying...

I really don't want to go into it, as I'm trying to detox from the whole thing.

Here's as much as I'll say:

-Poor information and help as I transition to clipless pedals and shoes
-Wrong...
Forum: Touring
08-24-05, 07:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 777
Posted By gpljr75

I've seen a few posts here and there disparaging...

I've seen a few posts here and there disparaging the local bike shop because of high prices, etc. Before when I read those, I used to think to myself, "What in the world? I like going to my local...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-05, 06:54 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 1,021,260
Posted By gpljr75

Today's commute was very nice. Loving this...

Today's commute was very nice. Loving this weather. My trip to work included a stop for a healthy breakfast (see pix). Trail pic is my rig on Illinois' Great Western Trail.
08-22-05, 04:20 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,131
Posted By gpljr75

Impeccable reasoning, Treespeed. Riding like that...

Impeccable reasoning, Treespeed. Riding like that is "certainly a lot safer" than obeying traffic rules, and say, not running red lights when cars and pedestrians are midway through them, or going...
08-22-05, 01:11 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,131
Posted By gpljr75

JTaylor, The fact that I know you...

JTaylor,

The fact that I know you personally, and know you to have significantly better judgment in other areas of life, makes reading your post here all the more grievous to me.

The people...
08-22-05, 11:05 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,131
Posted By gpljr75

No, I do not necessarily oppose "colorful"...

No, I do not necessarily oppose "colorful" protest. I don't even oppose a principled creation of discomfort in order to point out a problem. I do oppose stupidity (in myself and in others), in as...
08-22-05, 09:17 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,131
Posted By gpljr75

Please stop and think about what you are saying! ...

Please stop and think about what you are saying!

"Biking like that is sometimes a very poignant political statement against automobile culture."

Really? Poignant means strongly persuasive and...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-05, 04:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 965
Posted By gpljr75

The number of positive responses in this thread...

The number of positive responses in this thread to that idiotic behavior is truly disturbing. When mixed with messages about cycling's promise for the future of our planet, it is infuriating. Oh...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-05, 03:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,614
Posted By gpljr75

If it is an on-going problem on your route, I'd...

If it is an on-going problem on your route, I'd inform the police that at about that time there is a cyclist breaking the law and endangering road safety. Let law enforcement handle it.
Forum: Touring
08-18-05, 12:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,026
Posted By gpljr75

Never leave home without one. I pick up used...

Never leave home without one. I pick up used paperbacks from a couple resale shops near my office quite often. I usually bring one or two of those along. Stephen King, Dostoyevsky, Mario Puzzo,...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-05, 07:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 639
Posted By gpljr75

Congrats! I remember how good I felt on those...

Congrats! I remember how good I felt on those first few commutes a couple years ago. Come to think of it, I felt pretty darn good on this morning's commute, too.
Forum: Commuting
08-17-05, 07:36 AM
Replies: 15,476
Views: 11,581,818
Posted By gpljr75

I was inspired to do the antler thing (and the...

I was inspired to do the antler thing (and the stem bag/sound system) by this post: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=126786

Control from center position is fine, except for hair-pin...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-05, 09:41 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,246
Posted By gpljr75

Konageezer, Were you deliberately alluding...

Konageezer,

Were you deliberately alluding to Luther there? Luther is purported to have said (I'm paraphrasing from memory), "It is better to be in a beer house thinking about God than to in...
Forum: Touring
08-16-05, 08:27 AM
Replies: 4,550
Views: 2,301,336
Posted By gpljr75

My touring bike is also my commuter. Here it is...

My touring bike is also my commuter. Here it is from yesterday's commute.
Forum: Commuting
08-16-05, 08:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,460
Posted By gpljr75

I've been commuting somewhat regularly for 2...

I've been commuting somewhat regularly for 2 years now. Yesterday was my first experience of random acts of rudeness. I was commuting home when a car passed fairly close and the driver extended his...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-05, 07:53 AM
Replies: 15,476
Views: 11,581,818
Posted By gpljr75

Here's my commuter (it also happens to be my...

Here's my commuter (it also happens to be my touring bike). The IT manager at my company raised his eyebrows once when he saw me riding with my laptop on top (as in the picture here). It is very...
Forum: Touring
08-15-05, 08:58 AM
Replies: 570
Views: 401,431
Posted By gpljr75

Perhaps glistening would have been a better term....

Perhaps glistening would have been a better term.

P.S. Open the pod door HAL! --Great movie, one of my all-time fav's.
Forum: Touring
08-15-05, 07:14 AM
Replies: 570
Views: 401,431
Posted By gpljr75

Okay, I've been reluctant to post this because no...

Okay, I've been reluctant to post this because no matter how I say it, it sounds strange and embarassing, but what the heck, it works for me, and if you try it, you'll be convinced, too.

About 2-3...
Forum: Touring
08-12-05, 10:10 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 9,161
Posted By gpljr75

Note that the camera bags are zipped to the stem,...

Note that the camera bags are zipped to the stem, leaving room to include your handlebar bag for your valuables. One could easily velcro the bags to the stem, but again, why not just keep your...
Forum: Touring
08-12-05, 08:47 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 9,161
Posted By gpljr75

Yes, I believe they are identical. I did get them...

Yes, I believe they are identical. I did get them at Walmart.
Forum: Touring
08-12-05, 07:54 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 9,161
Posted By gpljr75

Here's a picture of the setup so far. I'm still...

Here's a picture of the setup so far. I'm still experimenting with bar ends, which is why I have no grip padding right now. I'll post another pic when I get things finalized.

So far I've been...
Forum: Touring
08-10-05, 01:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 966
Posted By gpljr75

How is H58 in the Grand Marais, MI area

Still working on a UP tour route. Has anybody tried to bike any or all of H58, the hwy that runs from Grand Marais, MI to Munising, MI? I hear its "gravel and dirt," but that can mean a variety of...
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