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Touroica 2023, April 3-7 - God willing and the creek don't rise

Old 04-17-23, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by gugie
Well, technically it wasn't a repair, more like preventative maintenance.

It's a well known fact that the time it takes to replace a tube grows exponentially with the number of observers.
I don't know if we conclusively proved that theory, but we obtained enough first-hand research results to qualify getting a paper on the subject published in any reputable peer-reviewed cycling journal.
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Old 05-08-23, 11:09 AM
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Although I missed out on the tour, it warms my heart to read about the journey. Since I've had the pleasure of riding with many of those on the tour, I can almost hear the commentary and banter--especially around those flat repair by committee events. Thanks for sharing the words and images.


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There's a few reasons I post these touring threads. One is to do just that - proselytizing bike touring, and showing that even old farts can still do it. I also like to go back and relive these tours and the thread associated with it. Lastly, I typically get a rider or two to joint from BF that I've either never met or never spent much time with. There's always a good stretch of road somewhere on a tour that side by side riding is easily done, many great conversations get shared. It's not an easy thing to do. Having to ride 70 miles in a day on a loaded touring bike and climbing some steep roads, then waking up and doing it again and again creates deep bonds with the people you're touring with. Tour a week with somebody and you'll have a friend for life.
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Originally Posted by Soup_Please
Although I missed out on the tour, it warms my heart to read about the journey. Since I've had the pleasure of riding with many of those on the tour, I can almost hear the commentary and banter--especially around those flat repair by committee events. Thanks for sharing the words and images.
Need to add you on a future tour!

BTW, took the Singer out yesterday on a flat metric century, got lots of oohs and aahs.
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Old 05-08-23, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by gugie
Need to add you on a future tour!

BTW, took the Singer out yesterday on a flat metric century, got lots of oohs and aahs.
Glad you are enjoying the Singer--it is above category--Matt told me that transfer had been made! I'll have to console myself on my MAP, which after a crazy and brief impulse to sell it last year, continues to be my go to for a lot of riding. I climbed Mt. Graham on it last week and at over '9000 I was glad I had my giant front bag to store layers and sausages.
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What a group of bikes and wool! I see that no carbon forks were harmed in the making of Touroica. Y'all were so well-matched it was as if Wes Anderson did your costuming.

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Second day, and a stop in Santa Cruz for a committee tire replacement job. Honestly, a single person repair would probably have been faster.


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Reminds of a prank I did in Centerville, Alabama. There was 5 or six old guys sitting around downtown, and I was helping my buddy volunteer to weed-whack outside some civic center. I got near to the group, and unplugged the spark plug. I started yanking like mad, and made a big show of it. The old guys took the bait, and had every suggestion under the sun. " Check the gas!" "check the killswitch!" "You're Flooding it!" Good times.

The ride looks incredible.
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