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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I did two long rides (300K brevet & 100 mile...

I did two long rides (300K brevet & 100 mile invitational ride) in high heat last summer. What worked for me was to have a cloth tube filled with ice around my neck. I kept refilling it at every...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

abshipp and for the record, my experiences were...

abshipp and for the record, my experiences were on my Trek bike with the 35mm tires!
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

As part of my bike shutte/IAT hiking, I was on...

As part of my bike shutte/IAT hiking, I was on the Badger State and Sugar River trails a couple years ago. If it has recently rained, you likely will sink into the trail and find the progress slow....
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

A few friends of mine invited me to join them on...

A few friends of mine invited me to join them on a 125 mile (200K) bike ride yesterday. I haven't seen any of them last year so I decided to go. Social distancing wasn't a problem since I'm slower...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

What email? I own 4 perms. No email as of this...

What email? I own 4 perms. No email as of this morning.

ETA: I found it on the Google Groups Perms List just now
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I've been riding century routes by using my house...

I've been riding century routes by using my house as a hub with spokes out to other suburbs. Not the same as some of the rides I've done up in Wisconsin or out by Princeton, IL in terms of scenery...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

My first attempt at a century for May came up...

My first attempt at a century for May came up short by 6 miles. I was about 15 miles from home and just ran out of steam. I had no desire to ride another couple of loops in the neighborhood to get to...
05-18-20, 09:00 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I won't say never, but it is going to be a really...

I won't say never, but it is going to be a really long time before I feel comfortable flying. I've hated flying for a long time since I always feel so cramped (5'11") in the seats. I'd much rather...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I've done a couple of 100 mile rides since the...

I've done a couple of 100 mile rides since the lockdown but they all started from my house and were made up of loops back to my house for refueling. I'll probably do another this coming weekend. Our...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Got my century for March in by doing a 200K...

Got my century for March in by doing a 200K brevet in Tennessee last weekend (3/21). It was a brevet of one since everyone else backed out due to COVID-19 concerns. Honestly, I felt safer out in the...
03-21-20, 06:33 PM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Since I originally posted, I've throw in the...

Since I originally posted, I've throw in the towel on any plans that I had after this week's spring break adventure. It seems like a new bombshell was dropped every single day I've been away on the...
03-10-20, 04:55 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I'm most worried about the impact it will have on...

I'm most worried about the impact it will have on the economy. I work for a university and the contingency planning is in full swing. Next week is spring break and I'm betting someone will bring back...
03-09-20, 08:18 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,020
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I work for a university. Spring break is next...

I work for a university. Spring break is next week. I'd say the odds are high that someone will bring back a bonus from their trip. We've already had the mandatory meeting about what our contingency...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

The permanent program is suspended. RUSA was not...

The permanent program is suspended. RUSA was not able to get insurance for permanents. So if you want to do the series, it must be scheduled brevets.
Forum: Touring
02-23-20, 06:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,985
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Not to highjack this thread, but fishboat do you...

Not to highjack this thread, but fishboat do you have suggestions on the best route from Genoa City (at the border of Illinois-Wisconsin) up to Milwaukee to pick up that route you posted upthread?...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I have an All City Mr. Pink (that is what is...

I have an All City Mr. Pink (that is what is shown in my avatar) and it has worked out very well for randonneuring!
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 10:47 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

No headphones, no mirrors. A couple bikes ago I...

No headphones, no mirrors. A couple bikes ago I did have a mirror that mounted on my handlebars but it tended to drive me crazy with all the vibrations from rough roads.
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,612
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I also enjoy listening to my surroundings....

I also enjoy listening to my surroundings. Perhaps wind noise isn't an issue for me since I'm a slow rider? I did notice a lot of wind noise a couple weekends ago when I had 6 miles straight into a...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Thanks to some record breaking temperatures...

Thanks to some record breaking temperatures yesterday, I was able to get February's century done. I rode from my house out past Hinckley, IL. The wind was from the west and kept getting stronger all...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

January's century was done down in Kentucky. I...

January's century was done down in Kentucky. I rode a shortened version of the 200K that I did last February that goes from Shelbyville to Georgetown. I turned around in Midway.

I had not ridden...
Forum: Touring
01-30-20, 08:47 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Hah! I do have a Trek 700 Multitrack so I'm good...

Hah! I do have a Trek 700 Multitrack so I'm good to go for this latest trend :lol: But does it matter that is has a rear rack??? I'm so confused :foo:
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

joewein you always do such a nice job on your...

joewein you always do such a nice job on your ride recaps! I need to be more consistent with posting in 2020 even if I only write a couple of sentences and maybe include 1 picture.
Forum: Touring
01-06-20, 11:18 AM
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Views: 2,795
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

That is some absolutely gorgeous country! I've...

That is some absolutely gorgeous country! I've seen much of it but from a car. My grandparents farm was south of Spokane, WA but we would take different routes each summer to go see them so I've had...
Forum: Touring
01-04-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,606
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Thanks for this website! My dear friend has been...

Thanks for this website! My dear friend has been keeping a close eye on the repairs from last year's flooding. I will still be down to visit in March since I have a conference in Springfield, IL the...
Forum: Touring
01-04-20, 11:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,606
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Thanks for this information but I have a conflict...

Thanks for this information but I have a conflict with work conference in June so the only window of opportunity I have is my spring break in March.
Forum: Touring
01-01-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,002
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Yes, the eTrex allows you to save the current...

Yes, the eTrex allows you to save the current track and will sync with Garmin Connect via cable. You can also upload it to Garmin Basecamp. I export as .GPX and can import to RWGPS, Strava.

I like...
12-31-19, 06:42 AM
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Views: 1,338
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

When you come to Illinois, consider the Z-Tour...

When you come to Illinois, consider the Z-Tour century in Princeton, IL (https://ztour.org/). It is in mid-July. I've done this ride 5 years in a row. Quiet roads through farm country and some...
Forum: Touring
12-31-19, 06:05 AM
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Views: 2,606
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Tentative plans to ride the Katy trail west to...

Tentative plans to ride the Katy trail west to east in March with a dear friend. I think he plans to do it over 5 days, staying in B&Bs each night. I'm just along for the ride since the daily mileage...
Forum: Touring
12-30-19, 05:04 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

300km 183 miles which took me from 5am to 11 pm...

300km 183 miles which took me from 5am to 11 pm or 18 hours.

I’m using the Eneloop batteries.
Forum: Touring
12-29-19, 03:20 PM
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Views: 1,111
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I've been using a Garmin eTrek 20x for several...

I've been using a Garmin eTrek 20x for several years now to do all you are looking for. Uses 2 AA batteries which have lasted through an entire 300K. I use the RAM Mounts system to keep it secure on...
Forum: Touring
12-26-19, 06:22 AM
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Views: 1,928
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Here is what I used for a trip similar to what...

Here is what I used for a trip similar to what you described. I did bring an extra pair of cycling shorts. And I fully anticipate this setup will work just fine for 3-6 day tours as well. My 180 mile...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I completely forgot that one of my favorite bike...

I completely forgot that one of my favorite bike snacks is the homemade peanut brittle my friend sends me at Christmas! It is not affected by cold weather. Sweet, crunchy, and a smidge of protein and...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Depends on the temperature. I like Clif bars but...

Depends on the temperature. I like Clif bars but they get too hard to chew below 50 degrees. The Clif blocks have a bit more temperature range but can be very chewy below freezing. I also like to...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

When I was chasing both an P-12 and R-12, I found...

When I was chasing both an P-12 and R-12, I found myself getting way too obsessed with weather forecasts. While I have attained both awards, weather broke streak at P-15. General burnout ended me at...
Forum: Touring
11-15-19, 05:50 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Ortlieb Bike Bags & Panniers on sale

For those of you wanting some Ortlieb gear, REI has all their Ortlieb bike bags and panniers on sale for 25% off. You don't need to be a member. Sale runs from 11/15-11/25.

As for me, I just...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,339
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

^^^This I was on a ride a couple weeks ago...

^^^This

I was on a ride a couple weeks ago where a man was riding with fingerless gloves and he was fine. I, on the other hand who have Raynaud syndrome, was feeling miserable in spite of my...
11-09-19, 03:29 PM
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Views: 1,945
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Lake MXZ 303 - Pricey but have kept me very...

Lake MXZ 303 - Pricey but have kept me very comfortable since December 2017 when I invested in them. I was able to use a 20% off coupon from an online store to help reduce the price somewhat.
...
11-09-19, 03:23 PM
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Views: 1,945
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

No, I don't cover my face. I will sometimes start...

No, I don't cover my face. I will sometimes start with a neck gaiter, but that usually gets taken off pretty quick because that seems to be the first place I overheat. Last weekend I started out at...
11-09-19, 03:04 PM
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Views: 1,945
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I've started rides where the temps were ~17-18...

I've started rides where the temps were ~17-18 degrees. I've had rides where the temps never got above freezing. Sunshine makes everything feel warmer. I did a 200K brevet last December where the...
Forum: Touring
11-07-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,841
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

My touring thus far has been two days with an...

My touring thus far has been two days with an overnight ~90 from home. But I regularly do 200K brevets and even a 300K brevet. To build up to 300K in a single day (these events have time constraints,...
Forum: Foo
10-31-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,814
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Treadmill minutes are so much LONGER than outdoor...

Treadmill minutes are so much LONGER than outdoor minutes. My husband is baffled by my ability to hike or bike for hours on end. But the hours and miles go by quickly for me. And I only have the...
Forum: Foo
10-31-19, 11:31 AM
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Views: 3,814
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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These were my choices for activity level on a medical questionnaire that I had...
10-30-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 9,433
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

+1 on the silk liners! Just ordered another...

+1 on the silk liners!

Just ordered another pair as I've worn a hole through several of the fingertips on the pair I used all of last winter. I get a bit more use out of them by darning the holes...
Forum: Touring
10-30-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,106
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

When I'm hiking or biking on the multi-use...

When I'm hiking or biking on the multi-use trails, I ALWAYS thank the cyclists who take the time to either say "on your left" or ring a bell (same goes for invitational bike rides where it is likely...
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,106
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I resemble a Christmas tree on wheels when I...

I resemble a Christmas tree on wheels when I ride. Blinker on the front (NOT a strobe), 3 flashers on the back. Orange safety vest. My rain jacket is high visibility yellow. I've had numerous...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

My plans for 2020 include at least another 300K,...

My plans for 2020 include at least another 300K, a Dart (never have done a team event before), riding the Katy Trail with a dear friend who wants to do at least 80 miles to celebrate turning 79. We...
Forum: Touring
10-27-19, 05:11 PM
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Views: 2,170,593
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

First overnight credit card tour

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1280x960/img_4726_b5025381be740fa45e6a85db0269e964b6ed4360.jpg...
Forum: Touring
10-22-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,538
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Haven't done any tours yet but have done plenty...

Haven't done any tours yet but have done plenty of brevets - 200K and 300K variety. I eat pretty much anything that isn't nailed down. I suspect touring will be much the same. I do try to track my...
Forum: Touring
10-22-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,538
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

You had me at bacon! Yummy!!! I need to find...

You had me at bacon! Yummy!!! I need to find better routes.
Forum: Touring
10-17-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,779
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Completely agree with Tourist in MSN that...

Completely agree with Tourist in MSN that backpacks, waistpacks, etc. are such a personal decision. I only wear a backpack when bike shuttling for hiking. I can tolerate a backpack for 10-15 miles....
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