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Forum: Touring
07-26-06, 01:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,060
Posted By srrs

gave up the tour

so i left at the beginning of may on what was supposed to be a 10 week long solo tour. i made it two weeks before taking a train the rest of the way. nasty headwinds for 10 out of 14 days. rain...
Forum: Touring
07-25-06, 01:49 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,067
Posted By srrs

i've been told that you can just squirt a dog...

i've been told that you can just squirt a dog with your water bottle, but i sure don't feel very safe holding my water bottle while i was chased. my mace also always ends up in the bottom of my...
Forum: Touring
05-02-06, 05:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 695
Posted By srrs

i've got the nitto noodles in a 44. i thought...

i've got the nitto noodles in a 44. i thought for a bit that they were too wide. then i tried to switch to 42s and they felt terrible. wide is neat.
05-01-06, 09:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,064
Posted By srrs

the question is not about what the scale's...

the question is not about what the scale's telling you but what the fit of your clothes and how you feel is telling you. do you have more energy? do you feel stronger? i'd guess that your body has...
Forum: Touring
04-27-06, 03:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,301
Posted By srrs

rather incredibly, i JUST got a lesson in exactly...

rather incredibly, i JUST got a lesson in exactly what you all are talking about! i had just left the computer and was thinking, "hmm, sounds like i'll have to be pretty careful about food storage,"...
Forum: Touring
04-27-06, 06:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,301
Posted By srrs

hm. so do i also need to hang my handlebar bag,...

hm. so do i also need to hang my handlebar bag, if it's got any traces of food in it? like it had energy bar wrappers in it or something? or would that probably be ok?
Forum: Touring
04-26-06, 07:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,480
Posted By srrs

super-comfortable saddle = more time on the bike...

super-comfortable saddle = more time on the bike = less weight on you = less weight on the bike.

my brooks b-17 isn't broken in yet. and i probably should have gotten the women's version - i...
04-26-06, 11:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 366
Posted By srrs

losing recently-gained weight

So I was wondering if there is any difference between losing recently-gained weight and weight you've had for a long time? I was in the best shape of my life in early March, low bodyfat and really...
Forum: Touring
04-26-06, 11:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,301
Posted By srrs

dbuzi123 - like jamawani says, i am taking the...

dbuzi123 - like jamawani says, i am taking the northern tier. i am, however, diverging from the northern tier where it hits adventure cycling's lewis & clark trail in willston, north dakota. so...
Forum: Touring
04-26-06, 08:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,301
Posted By srrs

Where is Bear Country?

In last minute preparation for my tour (which starts in 1 week!) I have been reading up on hanging one's food in bear country. Actually, I've read a fair amount about what to do in "bear country." ...
Forum: Touring
04-22-06, 06:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,255
Posted By srrs

see, though, this isn't about "suffering." it's...

see, though, this isn't about "suffering." it's about realizing what's important, and realizing how much crap is unnecessary in this life. i don't "suffer" because i don't pay for haircuts, because...
Forum: Touring
04-21-06, 07:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,255
Posted By srrs

i stopped drinking alcohol, eating out, and...

i stopped drinking alcohol, eating out, and eating meat (mostly). That freed up a lot of money - especially the meat part. It's really amazing how much more expensive protein is if it's in animal...
Forum: Touring
04-21-06, 09:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 551
Posted By srrs

i had a couple of friends who were each given $2...

i had a couple of friends who were each given $2 in lunch money in middleschool. They could spend it on nutritious gross food at school, or see what they could get for $2 at the local convenience...
Forum: Touring
04-20-06, 01:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By srrs

how did you hold the hoods "from the inside?" ...

how did you hold the hoods "from the inside?" you mean with your thumbs on the bottom? did the bar width change how you hold your bars?
Forum: Touring
04-20-06, 10:35 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,652
Posted By srrs

You know, he might think he's bantering with you,...

You know, he might think he's bantering with you, giving you the opportunity to say, "you young punk, what do you know about bikes?" so you can both have a chuckle at each other. For some people,...
Forum: Touring
04-20-06, 08:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By srrs

how wide are your bars/shoulders?

So conventional wisdom says that you ride with your handlebars at the width of your shoulders, right? But I've heard that for touring, wider bars are better - to the degree that lots of people like...
Forum: Touring
04-16-06, 04:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 327
Posted By srrs

padding

No, not the kind chamois kind that's attached to spandex!

As my tour approaches, I'm finding that I'm putting on a few pounds. Why is this? Well, I figure that if I'm going to be on a bike for...
Forum: Touring
04-16-06, 02:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 770
Posted By srrs

count the number of teeth on each ring so we have...

count the number of teeth on each ring so we have an idea what gearing you have. if you already have a 22-34-44 on the front and a 14-34 or something on the back, i don't think you can go much lower.
Forum: Touring
04-16-06, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,839
Posted By srrs

when i tried the nitto randonneurs i found that...

when i tried the nitto randonneurs i found that the angling of the brake hoods (because of the flare) made them really uncomfortable to ride.
Forum: Touring
04-16-06, 06:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,059
Posted By srrs

haven't gone yet but am leaving in 2 weeks (!!)...

haven't gone yet but am leaving in 2 weeks (!!) on a 2.5 month tour from Pennsylvania to Oregon.
Forum: Touring
04-11-06, 09:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,156
Posted By srrs

if you're quoting her verbatim, I find it...

if you're quoting her verbatim, I find it interesting that his wife said, "oh no, he couldn't sell his Trek " instead of "oh no, he couldn't sell his bike." This rather implies that they both know...
Forum: Touring
04-09-06, 07:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 632
Posted By srrs

i just got a new brooks, and it hurts still a...

i just got a new brooks, and it hurts still a little but it's getting better fast. the first time i rode on it it was so uncomfortable that i was convinced i was one of the few for whom brooks...
Forum: Touring
04-08-06, 07:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 644
Posted By srrs

+1 on the pearl izumi - they're spectacularly...

+1 on the pearl izumi - they're spectacularly comfortable and very well-made.

i also have a pair of rei shorts that are not nearly so nice or comfortable, but are perfectly servicable, do the...
Forum: Touring
04-01-06, 02:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,017
Posted By srrs

awesome. can you say more about how that...

awesome.

can you say more about how that affects you when you're not in the city, though? is it hard to find vegan food? do you run into a lot of people who are like, "what-gan?" do you find...
Forum: Touring
04-01-06, 01:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,017
Posted By srrs

meat on tour

I'm curious about how much meat you eat on longer tours and why. Do you crave lots of meat for protein, or do you cut down on meat in favor of oatmeal, pasta, veggies, trail mix, and other food that...
Forum: Touring
03-31-06, 08:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 358
Posted By srrs

i wish. unfortunately, i'm a student and leaving...

i wish. unfortunately, i'm a student and leaving for my tour right after finals.. and up until finals i have very little time to spare. a couple hours here and there is pretty much the extent that...
Forum: Touring
03-30-06, 09:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 358
Posted By srrs

practice touring daytrips

just a quick advice to anyone undertaking their first loaded trips to train for touring.

in packing up your stuff, finding heavy things to stuff into the bags, etc, it is BAD if you overlook two...
Forum: Touring
03-24-06, 06:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 679
Posted By srrs

man, a formal-dress x-usa tour would be so...

man, a formal-dress x-usa tour would be so awesome. riding in the cocktail dress and stopping in fancy restaurants. whoa.
Forum: Touring
03-22-06, 11:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 891
Posted By srrs

blackburn front and rear racks are the way to go...

blackburn front and rear racks are the way to go if you're getting aluminum, they're the best buy and sturdy. seems most people here like tubus racks otherwise.

for panniers, if you have time...
Forum: Touring
03-22-06, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 368
Posted By srrs

i tortured myself for so long about my rack. go...

i tortured myself for so long about my rack. go with the tubus? maybe get one from jandd or old man mountain? i found that this was a good overview: http://arkel-od.com/tips/rack.asp?fl=1&site= . ...
Forum: Touring
03-22-06, 08:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 661
Posted By srrs

if i didn't have the internet to read people's...

if i didn't have the internet to read people's lovely experiences and ask about things i'm scared about, there's probably an 80% chance that i would have chickened out about my upcoming tour.
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03-20-06, 08:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,450
Posted By srrs

i haven't looked at the study, but wouldn't it be...

i haven't looked at the study, but wouldn't it be more cost effective to just eat grass-fed beef on a regular basis? it's findable at places like whole foods.
Forum: Touring
03-18-06, 07:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 986
Posted By srrs

that must've been someone else - i've got a road...

that must've been someone else - i've got a road bike, currently it's a 52-42-30. hope it still works!
Forum: Touring
03-18-06, 05:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 986
Posted By srrs

this was actually my plan.. i feel kind of bad,...

this was actually my plan.. i feel kind of bad, cause it seems like the smaller, more local lbs should be the best place to go - but rei has never been anything but great to me!
Forum: Touring
03-18-06, 05:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 986
Posted By srrs

thanks all y'all SO MUCH for understanding my...

thanks all y'all SO MUCH for understanding my frustration.. even if it's only on the internets, it's really nice to have a place where people don't look at me and say, "why is this even an issue? ...
03-18-06, 10:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 877
Posted By srrs

i went to reed college, where chunk 666 gets up...

i went to reed college, where chunk 666 gets up to a lot of their hijinx. those kids are crazy!
Forum: Touring
03-17-06, 04:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,147
Posted By srrs

well, i guess i'll get the chance to figure out...

well, i guess i'll get the chance to figure out which i like - i've got a pair of breathable panniers for the front and a pair of ortliebs for the back... my plan is to keep dry stuff that needs to...
Forum: Touring
03-17-06, 04:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 986
Posted By srrs

hm. well, i just went to the lbs, and they were...

hm. well, i just went to the lbs, and they were not so much help - i asked if moustache bars or drops would be better, they kind of said, "eh.. either way, but we have drops we can sell you that...
Forum: Touring
03-17-06, 11:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,147
Posted By srrs

i have not tested this myself yet, but when I was...

i have not tested this myself yet, but when I was talking to wayne at the touring store about choosing between lone peak and ortlieb panniers, he had some interesting things to say about...
Forum: Touring
03-16-06, 04:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 986
Posted By srrs

oh man, i tried riding without padded gloves and...

oh man, i tried riding without padded gloves and it was a mistake for me. i always wrap my bars in nice thick cork, and for rides under 20-30 miles or so i'm fine without gloves, but further than...
Forum: Touring
03-16-06, 12:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 986
Posted By srrs

oh, if only i knew what i wanted! it's more that...

oh, if only i knew what i wanted! it's more that i need to get my new bars, then try them with a few different stems and try to get this fit issue figured out..
Forum: Touring
03-15-06, 11:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 986
Posted By srrs

i don't think it's fitness level, just because i...

i don't think it's fitness level, just because i was doing this length of rides fine before. aches and pains, sure, but serious lower back cramping and shooting pains from my back down through my...
Forum: Touring
03-15-06, 10:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 986
Posted By srrs

when to stop messing with the bike?

The bike I'm taking on my tour starting May 1 was doing ok - relatively comfy for up to 60 miles.. But my hands were getting pretty numb and tingly by the end of those rides, so i swapped the...
03-14-06, 09:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,443
Posted By srrs

i've found that the stronger i get in my upper...

i've found that the stronger i get in my upper body, the easier it is to climb very steep hills.
03-13-06, 05:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 693
Posted By srrs

i agree with you also. i did bikram for awhile,...

i agree with you also. i did bikram for awhile, and then the studio switched to "hot yoga," which i liked much better. i still go to bikram classes when there is nothing else available, but after...
Forum: Touring
03-12-06, 08:44 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,508
Posted By srrs

got the bike and much of the gear, not quite all...

got the bike and much of the gear, not quite all of it yet, for my 2.5 months, Pittsburgh to Portland OR via adventure cycling's Northern Tier. my first time touring, ever! every ride i go out on...
Forum: Touring
03-11-06, 12:32 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,651
Posted By srrs

man, i just switched from moustache bars back to...

man, i just switched from moustache bars back to drop bars. i think i figured out why i was having hand pain and numbness on the moustaches! on the drop bars, i have to switch positions from the...
Forum: Touring
03-11-06, 07:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By srrs

in my opinion, you should borrow a car, find a...

in my opinion, you should borrow a car, find a bus, a train etc. to a bike shop that stocks touring bikes. i would NEVER spend spend $500-$2000 on something that might not fit me right. it's likely...
Forum: Touring
03-11-06, 07:09 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,113
Posted By srrs

where exactly is this Bear country people keep...

where exactly is this Bear country people keep referring to? Montana-Idaho-Colorado-Washington-Oregon-NorCal? I'm sure it's bigger than that, but where?
Forum: Touring
03-10-06, 11:04 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,113
Posted By srrs

yay! i'd guess that that means even in a regular...

yay! i'd guess that that means even in a regular sized one of them that my smaller girly frame will have enough space to toss and turn in!
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