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Bern Helmets

Bern Helmets

Well I’ve been super busy at work and haven’t posted here in a while.  But don’t think for one minute that I’ve been hibernating during this arctic winter.  Nope!  I’ve been out there on my bike several times a week even when the temps have dipped down into the teens and windchill has been below zero. So it just happens that the year I decide to bike all winter long...

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Cycling Below Freezing

Cycling Below Freezing

Alright I have a confession… all my LOL (Little Old Lady) Cycle Chic fashion sense goes out the window when the temps dip below freezing.  When frostbite becomes a serious possibility I am only concerned about one thing: STAYING WARM.  So does this mean that I park my bike until it gets warmer?  NO WAY!  I simply eschew the cute little jackets and skirts in favor of more heavy duty cold weather...

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Exped SynMat 7 Sleeping Pads

Exped SynMat 7 Sleeping Pads

It’s camping weather out there!!  When the leaves turn bright colors and the air gets brisk, Craig and I start itching for a nice fall bicycle tour.  We’ve been bike touring for many years and after much experimentation we’ve finally fine tuned our camping gear to perfection. Camping and sleeping comfortably on our bike tours is a top priority. Long gone are the days when I...

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Nutcase Helmets

Nutcase Helmets

  I run into lots of folks who don’t like to wear helmets.  Let me begin this article by saying that I think helmets are NECESSARY, just as important as a seatbelt in a car.  I’ve got too many friends with cracked helmets rather than cracked noggins.  I’ve seen the helmets.  It’s true.   I had my own thank-god-I-had-my-helmet-on experience a few years ago.  I...

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Detours Bicycle Purse

Detours Bicycle Purse

Since I often bicycle to the store or to meet with my website customers, I need some way to carry my stuff that is convenient and stylish, something that I can detach from my bike and carry with me when I arrive at my destination.  I used to just use my Ortlieb handlebar bag but it wasn’t working very well for me.  It’s too big, too boxy, too ugly, and too bright yellow.  It’s...

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COGAP GEAR LIST: For our fellow gear junkies

COGAP GEAR LIST: For our fellow gear junkies

This list is rather comprehensive for those of you who are looking for detailed info and will be boring if you’re not into gear lists. I’ll be posting my final thoughts next so just skip this page unless you’re really interested. After two Katy Trail tours and several handfuls of weekend tours, Craig and I had really fine-tuned our gear before we started our C&O / GAP tour...

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KT 2008 Equipment List

KT 2008 Equipment List

For the geeks like me who like this kinda’ stuff… here’s my equipment list from our six day Katy Trail tour in 2008: Kona Dew Hybrid Bicycle with Shimano Deore gearing system upgrade Ortleib waterproof rolltop back panniers – Ortleib waterproof panniers are pricey but are the absolute best panniers you can buy and they will last forever. REI 15 degree F. down sleeping bag...

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