David | 1 Mar 01:38 2008
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Car freeness in seattle

Going to seattle in the very near future, how easy is
it to get around with and without a bicycle please.
Any info off list appreciated, thank you
David
Douglas Coulter | 1 Mar 02:07 2008
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what is a bike route?

One persons bike route might be another's nightmare. Some people would choose less hills over less
traffic. Just my opinion but a bike route is anyplace that does not prohibit bikes such as major freeways
through urban areas.

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Neale Green | 1 Mar 03:00 2008

Re: EEE PC


> A few months ago there was a flurry of discussion of the EEE PC as a
> possible computer 
> 
> to carry on tour.

A caution for thozs considering the EEE, it appears to have a very 
fragile screen, a woman at work bought one "for her son" (she's the 
gekiest woman I know, she wanted the toy for herself, Zack was just the 
justification ;^) and he broke the screen within a week by slamming it 
shut, not an uncommon thing to do. When she went looking in eBay to find 
a broken one to get the screen to fix, she found plenty on there, ALL 
with broken screens, someone else I know was trolling ebay for one to fix 
up, and found the same thing, so it's apparently something you have to 
watch/be very careful of with the EEEs.

FWIW

NB: The Everex Cloudbook an dthe 4-5 other varients of the same machine 
do look a better deal to me, though it'd be nice if they moved ahead with 
upgrading to a 9" screen, which they're talking about ( it'll fit into 
the existing machine, just less suirround on the screen).

Neale Green
Sydney,
Australia

David | 1 Mar 03:51 2008
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Re: Bike Accident update

As many of you know I was hit by a car when crossing
the street bicycling last March. The Lawyers came to
agreement. After all said and done it's a 4 figure
settlement after "thiers". Or I could sue a 18 yr old,
have him file bankrupt and get nothing. State required
liability min is 12.5. Option I sounded better.I'm
gratefully 98.5 percent recovered :-)

This weekend will be a nice for one foot snow bike
rides  :-)
David

alex wetmore | 1 Mar 04:12 2008

Re: EEE PC

On Sat, 1 Mar 2008, Neale Green wrote:
> NB:  The Everex Cloudbook an dthe 4-5 other varients of the same
> machine do look a better deal to me, though it'd be nice if they
> moved ahead with upgrading to a 9" screen, which they're talking
> about ( it'll fit into the existing machine, just less suirround on
> the screen).

The HP that I linked to earlier has a 9" screen with 1366x768
resolution instead of the 840x480 resolution of the EEE PC and Everex
Cloudbook.  It is about 50% more expensive ($600ish instead of
$400ish), but a better screen makes that worthwhile in my book.  It'll
be interesting to see what the build quality is like on these
machines.

alex (typing this on an already small but twice as expensive Dell D430)
Markku Klubb | 1 Mar 04:38 2008
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Re: Touring Digest, Vol 61, Issue 99

I ride tall (65 cm), short wheelbase (101 cm), short wheel stay (40,5 cm) 
"all rounder" style bikes for touring.  No Blackburn racks I ever found 
would fit my bikes, but find I can bend the single attachment rack 
connection, and on the double attachment bikes I cut additional holes in the 
brackets on the flat part and they fit just find.  I would be very 
uncomfortable (aesthetically) looking at a rack that was not level relative 
to the two axles.  And yes, I have carried huge loads on Blackburn racks 
modified as above for thousands of miles without a breakage (yet).

Markku 

Michel Gagnon | 1 Mar 05:28 2008
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Re: Amended Quebec self supported trip

Patrick Laniel a écrit :
> David,
>
> I guess you have done your homework and already know that the Quebec -
> Tadoussac segment(in a region called Charlevoix) will be very extremely
> hilly. ...
>
> On the south shore, as Jim mentioned, it's a totally different story: it
> is flat and you'll be following a Route Verte - an official bike road -
> going through a string of quiet and pretty villages with historical
> heritage. To get to Tadoussac from the south shore, you could ride to
> Trois-Pistoles, take the ferry to Les Escoumins and from there ride to
> Tadoussac (although this stretch of road is not pleasurable at all with
> significant traffic and no shoulder). I personally like both sides.

The comments are right, but the ferry between Trois-Pistoles and Les 
Escoumins has been closed for 2 years and isn't supposed to reopen 
before 2009. You might check their website at a later date:
http://www.info-basques.com/traverse/

A few comments on what will be an interesting trip:

 From La Malbaie to Baie-Comeau, I have been told the road is not as 
intimidating as it used to be. Mostly because lots of sections have been 
updated, with slightly wider lanes, less steep hills (a bit) and paved 
shoulders. I can't tell you what percentage of the mileage has been 
updated. Besides, in September the weather might be rather cool on the 
North Shore, especially at night.

Now, let me suggest another alternative.
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Mango Clemond | 1 Mar 06:31 2008
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Re: what is a bike route?

    One persons bike route might be another's nightmare. Some people would
choose less hills over less traffic. Just my opinion but a bike route
is anyplace that does not prohibit bikes such as major freeways through
urban areas.

   

       I ride the bicycle where I need to go. If there is a route with wider roads or less traffic lights and stops I use
that route. There are some proposed bicycle routes that are well thought out for a certain purpose such as
long distance travel for a particular group. 
       Most bicycle routes are designed by people who are not qualified to do so in my eyes. 
  The idea of a perfect place to bicycle based upon the recommendation of some couch potato politicians plans
is not my idea of intelligence. In some areas of the country a bicycle route is used as another means of
discrimination. 
      It is safer and more intelligent to ride down the road of are choosing and obey the traffic laws and be
courteous to others who feel the need to be a bigot. If you need a bike path to feel safe on instead of using
your own judgment you are being led to the slaughter by people who do not have your best interests in mind. 

       
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MikeAyling969 | 1 Mar 09:27 2008
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Re: Touring Digest, Vol 61, Issue 91

In a message dated 28/02/2008 5:44:16 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time, John Clay 
wrote:

>  long ago threw away every type of plastic tire lever
> I owned. I find them fragile, thick and unsatisfactory
> on even moderately challenging tires. I hate them with
> a passion (insert smile here).
> 
> I carry/use three metal Eldi tire levers.
> www.ceeway.com
> Old school. Simple. Won't break. They have never
> failed to get the job done.
> 

What he said (wrote) 

Mike   

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David Whitmon | 1 Mar 13:10 2008
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Re: what is a bike route?


On Mar 1, 2008, at 12:31 AM, Mango Clemond wrote:

>     One persons bike route might be another's nightmare. Some  
> people would
> choose less hills over less traffic. Just my opinion but a bike route
> is anyplace that does not prohibit bikes such as major freeways  
> through
> urban areas.
>
>
>
>        I ride the bicycle where I need to go. If there is a route  
> with wider roads or less traffic lights and stops I use that route.  
> There are some proposed bicycle routes that are well thought out  
> for a certain purpose such as long distance travel for a particular  
> group.
>        Most bicycle routes are designed by people who are not  
> qualified to do so in my eyes.
>   The idea of a perfect place to bicycle based upon the  
> recommendation of some couch potato politicians plans is not my  
> idea of intelligence. In some areas of the country a bicycle route  
> is used as another means of discrimination.
>       It is safer and more intelligent to ride down the road of are  
> choosing and obey the traffic laws and be courteous to others who  
> feel the need to be a bigot. If you need a bike path to feel safe  
> on instead of using your own judgment you are being led to the  
> slaughter by people who do not have your best interests in mind.

I absolutely agree, 100%!  A bicycle facility designed and built by  
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Gmane