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11-15-20, 04:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 586
Posted By BengeBoy

As noted by Roger Miller in 1965 -- "Bobbies on...

As noted by Roger Miller in 1965 -- "Bobbies on bicyles, two by two..."

Roger Miller - "england swings" (https://youtu.be/nUfczn_7T5Y)
10-19-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,411
Posted By BengeBoy

There's an online site called "Northwest in...

There's an online site called "Northwest in Motion" about running, hiking, mountain biking and gravel biking. They had a few a few weeks ago about the growth of gravel biking, and profile 4 cyclists...
09-17-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,411
Posted By BengeBoy

FYI, ran across this bike shop in Olympia that...

FYI, ran across this bike shop in Olympia that organizes gravel rides in the area. They have a list of 12 recommended gravel routes on their website (haven't looked at them all, but they seem to be...
09-01-20, 11:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,411
Posted By BengeBoy

FYI, just ran across this site - Bikepacking -...

FYI, just ran across this site - Bikepacking - that has routes in the US and abroad. Many are multi-day trips. Here are their routes for the Pacific Northwest; they have a filter for...
08-29-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,411
Posted By BengeBoy

Thanks for clarifying - I am debating which bike...

Thanks for clarifying - I am debating which bike to venture out with and I think the one w/lowest gears will win for now. I was out for a little bit the other day with a full suspension mountain bike...
08-28-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,411
Posted By BengeBoy

Wow! This is a fantastic list, thanks. I am...

Wow! This is a fantastic list, thanks. I am putting bigger tires on my commuter bike this weekend to celebrate. This has the makings of a great thread, I will go back to my post at the beginning of...
08-28-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By BengeBoy

My favorites close to you: - Montlake Bike Shop...

My favorites close to you:
- Montlake Bike Shop
- Recycled Cycles (a bit further)
- Counterbalance (a little bit further still)

Elliott Bay is closed. Also, Velo Bike Shop on 6th Ave downtown...
08-26-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,411
Posted By BengeBoy

Anything would be great! I am looking for...

Anything would be great! I am looking for "starter" rides I guess to figure out gravel riding - somewhere in the range of 20 to 40 miles. I understand where the paths are (like Snoqualmie River...
08-25-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,411
Posted By BengeBoy

I think primarily interested in rides within 30...

I think primarily interested in rides within 30 to 90 minutes drive from Seattle. But would also be interested to have access to further-out rides as well.

I continue to search around on various...
08-18-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,399
Posted By BengeBoy

Thanks for posting. That's sort of what like my...

Thanks for posting. That's sort of what like my bike would / will end up looking like after I convert it.

I think as a next step I'm going here to take a test drive - it's a place in Seattle...
08-18-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,411
Posted By BengeBoy

Thanks for the leads. I've used WTA for hiking,...

Thanks for the leads. I've used WTA for hiking, hadn't thought of it for bike riding. CalTopo is news to me, will spend time on that. I am also looking at OnX Offroad (OnX started as a service for...
08-15-20, 03:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,411
Posted By BengeBoy

Source for gravel / dirt routes (not MTB) in Seattle, Puget Sound area?

Hi - I'm just starting to explore the realm of off-road / gravel / dirt riding around the Seattle / Washington state area and wanted to know if anyone knew of a good source of maps/routes.

I...
08-01-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,399
Posted By BengeBoy

Thanks for the advice. Those are the kinds of...

Thanks for the advice. Those are the kinds of things I'm thinking about.

After doing a little more research, talking to some folks, I think I have eliminated the possibility of converting my...
07-26-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,399
Posted By BengeBoy

Here's a forum of people discussing their...

Here's a forum of people discussing their current/future/in-progress builds: some of these are interesting if you are interesting in diving down this rabbit hole......
07-26-20, 11:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,399
Posted By BengeBoy

Any advice on ebike conversions?

Hi - I was away from my bikes for a few years but recently got back on them and am wanting to add an ebike to the herd. I am truly out of room in the garage so I was going to get rid of a couple of...
02-19-15, 08:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 732
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: 2,396
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: 1,643
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: 3,788
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: 3,788
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: 60
Views: 8,090
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: 2,589
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: 4,672
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: 14,734
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: 14,734
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: 15,029
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: 96,077
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: 935
Posted By BengeBoy

Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.
10-31-14, 01:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 931
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.
...
10-25-14, 08:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,486
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: 1,486
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: 1,486
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: 1,486
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: 1,486
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: 13,658
Posted By BengeBoy

I'm back. More later.

I'm back. More later.
Forum: Touring
10-14-14, 12:55 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 9,705
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: 9,705
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: 3,264
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: 2,372
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: 969
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;...
07-22-12, 06:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 677
Posted By BengeBoy

Sad to read this. I never, ever read self-help...

Sad to read this. I never, ever read self-help books but somehow a friend of mine convinced me to buy the audiotape from his original books and I listened to it while on a long drive. Really like it;...
07-22-12, 06:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,349
Posted By BengeBoy

Hi - I did this ride a few years ago and it was...

Hi - I did this ride a few years ago and it was challenging but not the hardest thing ever. Harder than a century; not as hard as RAMROD. The good news is comes at the end of the summer when you...
06-14-12, 08:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,364
Posted By BengeBoy

A couple of points: - I've lived on Mercer...

A couple of points:

- I've lived on Mercer Island 10+ years and it's a great place to live and raise kids.
- It's quiet; there is a small downtown, with a few basic stores and restaurants. But...
05-27-12, 05:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,069
Posted By BengeBoy

Rode yesterday and today, total of 6 or 7 hours...

Rode yesterday and today, total of 6 or 7 hours on bike, lots of wandering around. Didn't cover many miles, but saw a lot of cool stuff. Swung by Tiananmen Square to get these shots:

Entrance to...
05-25-12, 04:17 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,257
Posted By BengeBoy

Boulder, Colorado (not inexpensive, though) ...

Boulder, Colorado (not inexpensive, though)
Lawrence, Kansas (great town, 45 minutes to Kansas City...I don't love the weather, though)
Iowa City, Iowa (tough winters, 3 hour drive to Chicago)...
05-23-12, 06:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,069
Posted By BengeBoy

Pollution is a part of daily life. There's...

Pollution is a part of daily life. There's pollution, and then the dust; some days, especially when the dust blows in from the deserts, just just dusty and gritty; it reminds me of working all day on...
05-20-12, 10:26 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,069
Posted By BengeBoy

Miss Kenton - I've been "collecting" signs ever...

Miss Kenton - I've been "collecting" signs ever since I got here.

Here's a new favorite:

http://i46.tinypic.com/154yurd.jpg
05-20-12, 10:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,069
Posted By BengeBoy

Thanks! This thread from several years ago...

Thanks!

This thread from several years ago tells the whole story -- before/after photos, etc. I bought the bike on Craigslist for $100, stripped it, had the frame powder coated, and rebuilt it...
05-20-12, 09:43 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,069
Posted By BengeBoy

Was in your neighborhood recently between China...

Was in your neighborhood recently between China trips -- daughter will be starting school in Claremont next fall.
05-20-12, 09:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,069
Posted By BengeBoy

Hi Again! Many months since I last logged on...

Hi Again!

Many months since I last logged on or posted, but thought I'd provide a quick update to old acquaintances because today I (finally) took my first bike ride in Beijing. It's been a long...
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