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EVERYTHING ELSE! / An on-line bike touring game
« on: February 15, 2011, 09:16:38 AM »
I've created an on-line bike touring game that I call Armchair Biketouring.

My goal in creating the game was to give people an idea of what bike touring is like without all that annoying bicycling! If you are an experienced bike tourists (as most of the people on this site are), you may find that the game doesn't match your experience.

As such, I should let you know that, due to design choices, the game doesn't allow stealth camping. Also, food can be purchased from a grocery store but no allowance is made for cooking. So, a player can't buy bags of rice and beans for $6 and live on it for a week. But, since you aren't spending real money, it shouldn't hurt too much to "splurge" a bit!

I have included weather, terrain, scenery, calorie usage and consumption, bonking, places to sleep, flat tires, broken spokes, budgets, and road angels. I wrote article about the game, if you'd like more information about it.

I'd be interested in any feedback on it.

To run the game, use the link in the first line.

Ray

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Parts, Components & Accessories / Re: S&S coupling retrofit?
« on: June 17, 2010, 10:04:45 AM »
I ride an S&S coupled Waterford Adventurecycle.  I have done about a dozen tours on it since 2004.  I've taken it apart and put it in a standard sized case and flown with it many times.

I've never ridden a non-coupled touring bike but I can't tell that there is anything unusual about the bike I tour on.

The only difference I can see is that you have to carry a separate spanner/wrench-like tool to deal with the couplers.

The main reason for the couplers is to allow you to travel with the bike easily.  While I do fly with it, it also makes taking the bike in a car very easy.

The highest recommendation I can give it is that if I every have to buy another touring bike, I will certainly spend the extra money to get the couplers installed on it.  I had mine installed when the bike was built.  I have no experience with retro-fitting.

Here are some photos of how I get the bike into the box (it always seems to take about 2 hours.

Ray

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While on the Road / Re: Tired of pasta, any suggestions?
« on: April 02, 2010, 08:06:02 AM »
I like steamed veggies and ramen.  I also use dehydrated refried beans and tortillas.  One excellent meal is a box mix of Red Beans and Rice.  Soup in a box and a can of green beans.  Grains.

This page has 22 links to information about food while bike touring.  Not all of them will be of interest to you but several have lots of food ideas.

Ray

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Clothing for Bicycle Touring / Re: Military Style Dog Tags
« on: March 20, 2010, 08:04:10 AM »
This topic was discussed a while ago at bikeforums.net.  Some things mentioned are name, phone number of emergency contact, date of birth, medicines taken, medical conditions, do you wear contacts, blood type, among others.

I wear one and have my medical insurance number, two people to call, the medicines I take, to donate all my body organs and my name and address.

Several people pointed out that doctors test for blood type and tend not to believe what is printed.

Also, you need to wear this around your neck, not leave it in your wallet or put it on your bike.

Ray

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