Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
7/28/10
 
Greetings Riders,
 
In the Newsletter last week I mentioned that on long rides my mind is allowed to get away from the pressing daily issues and just relax and wander. This happens to me a lot and some random stuff comes to mind. So last week I listed 10 random thoughts that came to me on our last ride. If you didn't get a chance to read it last week, Click Here. One of my readers, let's call her Pam, emailed me a thought that I have all the time I wanted to share with you. See if you have had the same thoughts.
 
Here is what she says:
"In response to your (not "you're")  :) random thoughts while riding. I have a recurring one every ride!  When
stopping at a light or just passing by a car and they are looking at us, I always wonder if they feel sorry for me because I'm not in an air-conditioned/heated car, or if they're envious because their husband/wife won't let them get a bike. This thought always makes me wish  I could have them roll down their window for my answer!
Thanks for a fun topic to think about!"
 
Since a lot of you are still doing some Summer trips I wanted to share an article with you that I did 5 years ago that is still relevant and one that I use all the time. One question that I get a lot via email is "How do you pack for a long trip?" Well, it can be pretty tricky if you don't have some discipline. If you follow a few basic criteria, you can get all you NEED in your T-Bag with no problem. But if you pack like you are going to a San Diego resort for a week and need 3 changes of clothes per day, you are in trouble.
 
I have 3 guidelines that I follow:
1.  Become a "Minimalist". You only NEED half of what you think you do.
2. Tightly roll your clothes and put a rubber band around them, then put in bag. Saves a lot of room.
3.  Focus on what you will be doing. There are no cocktail parties on the road. You are outside on the road enjoying nature. Smell like it! Same clothes can be worn more than once, especially jeans.
 
Read my other tips below:
 
Reprinted from Cyclerides.com Weekly Update 9/28/05 -
One of the common questions Mrs. C. and I get about our road trips is, how do both of us live out of a little t-bag for 8-10 days. Well that is a good question. When we were making these trips on the Vrod, we didn't even have saddlebags. The first thing you have to do is totally change the way you think about packing for vacation. You are not taking 2 suitcases and a carry on for a week in Maui. You are taking a motorcycle trip with an 18x14x12 bag strapped to the sissy bar of the bike. You have to lose the "more is better" thinking immediately and become a "minimalist". What is a minimalist? I'm not sure, but you will know you have become one when the zipper goes shut on the bag.
 
A minimalist by definition is: "Being or providing a bare minimum of what is necessary." That really sums it up very good. If there are 2 of you, the first thing you need to do is lay out all of the clothing and items you think you will need, for example, an eight day trip. After you have done this, you will find that what you have laid out would barely fit into the trunk of your car, much less a T-Bag to be strapped to a motorcycle. Remember, we aren't programmed to think minimal, so you will have to change your thought process.
 
What you do next is take what you have laid out and cut it in half. Guys, if you think you need 8 shirts and 8 pair of jeans, a fresh one for every day, get over it. It is not illegal on the road to wear a shirt, pants and socks more than one day, especially if you are riding in cooler country. Just get the powder scent deodorant, that will help to make you smell fresh. Ladies, you only need one pair of shoes on a motorcycle road trip, those are the ones attached to your feet. You are also allowed to wear the same outfit more than one day. Remember..."a bare minimum of what is necessary".
 
Once you have gotten over the fact that you might have to wear the same shirt, pants and socks more than once, you can both reduce your stack to what still looks impossible to get into the bag. Now start tightly rolling your garments securing them with a big rubber band and position them into the bag, preferably in categories, I really don't like sorting through bras and panties to get to my BVD's. Use every square inch of space by rolling or sliding things in small vertical areas. Now that you see that you still have too much stuff for the available room in the bag, you will both have to step back and revisit what you are actually packing for. Are you going to Maui for dinner every night at 5 star resorts? Or is it 8 days on a motorcycle with the wind in your face, communing with the elements of the road, getting close to nature, enjoying the sights and smells of the great outdoors for 8-10 hours a day? After you have brought yourself back to the reason you are packing in the first place, you will now be able to take out a couple more unnecessary items and be ready to close your bag.
 
But wait, you still have not packed your toiletries. This is where once again, you will have to get used to the fact that your hair might not be able to have that bounce or shine that it has at home with your designer shampoo. Most hotels and motels provide soap and shampoo for you to use, which means one less bottle for the bag. Those will work just fine for these 8 days. Remember, when you are out in the middle of Montana, no one is going to know you and no one will care if you shampooed with Paul Mitchell or Holiday Inn. For the rest of those personal items, get travel sizes of whatever you need that will be just enough to last you for those amount of days on the road. This will conserve a lot of space. Then find a small cosmetic bag to put all of these items in.
 
Now comes the fun part of packing for an 8 day trip in a 4 day bag. Actually getting the bag to close  and zipping it up. I had once heard that Siegfried and Roy tried this trick in their act, but could never get it to work. Once you have made the 2 reductions in clothing, you will vow to not take one more thing out and will be determined to get that sucker zipped up at any cost. This is usually a 2 person job. One person needs to be the one to sit on the bag and compress all of the things in the bag that you think you need to take with you, and the other one is in charge of pulling the zipper to secure the bag. This can also be quite humorous. So if it is a lot of effort the first time around, remember that you have to do it 7 more times. But you will probably find that by day 3 you will be able to open up the zipper a mere 6 inches, put your arm in the bag, find whatever you want and pull it out without disturbing anything else in the bag.
 
If you find that you still did not get everything that you wanted in the bag, which is usually the case, you can get a small carry type bag and spider bungee it to the top of your T-Bag. These are also useful to strap a leather jacket to the front of your bike. You can get spider bungees at most of the motorcycle dealerships. You are now ready to strap your bag to the bike and enjoy your trip.
 
I have obviously poked fun at how to pack for a motorcycle trip, but there is also a lot of truth to what I have said. If you are going to take more than a couple day trip on a motorcycle, you are going to have to change the ways that you would normally pack and wear clothes. Remember, think minimalist, "Being or providing a bare minimum of what is necessary." If you can grasp that train of thought, you will get by just fine. Especially if I am going to a cooler climate, I can easily get 2 days out of a shirt and socks, and usually 3 days out of a pair of jeans. This will cut the load on packing by a lot. Jeans take up a lot of room. Once you get on the road, you will be so excited to be doing what you are doing, you won't care how many days you have worn that shirt. Hope this helps you in packing for your next trip.
 
A few things that I have found to come in handy on a trip are: flashlight, extra batteries, Advil, a three way outlet if you need to plug in more than one charging device and there is only one available outlet, small tube of sunscreen, small siphon hose in case you missed that last gas station, small can of fix-a-flat and an extra spider bungee in case you buy something on the road that you need to strap on somewhere. I will be back next week with a full list of things to take on your trip.
 
If you are like us, you do accumulate garments along the way. About half way through, find a UPS store and ship some stuff home.
 
Hope this helps,
Enjoy your ride, it is the ONLY way to see the world the way it should be seen.
Barry
 

 
Bike Nights This Week
 
Billet Bar Bike Night has moved to Wednesdays as well as Thursdays!
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar.  The Billet Bar has now moved bike night to Wednesday nights as well as Thursdays.
Not only that, Billet Bar is now serving food cooked right there on the grill!
That's right, Myron now has a grill and is serving up 1/4 pound cheeseburgers and chips right there hot off the grill for $6.50 every day of the week. On bike night enjoy happy hour pricing on drinks all night long.
Click Here for 2 for 1 coupon for your first drink. Print it out and bring it in to redeem.
 
The Billet was Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the Paradise Patio. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. You can sit at the back bar and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Play pool, listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876.
 

 
This Week
 
Saturday, July 31st
Buddy Stubbs Hog & Dogs and YOU! Buddy Stubbs is celebrating 44 years of being in the Harley business this month and he is inviting you to come celebrate with him. The party is from 11am - 3pm and will include Free Food, Drinks, Live Music, Museum Tours with Buddy, Pool Tournament, Misted Patio, Bikini Bike Wash from 11-2. Not only that, you can do some shopping while you are there at up to 50% off on selected T-Shirts, Helmets and Boots. Buddy Stubbs is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400.
 
Next Week
 
Not much going on right now. You will have to make your own fun on the bike. See the Cyclerides.com Day Rides for some ideas.
 
 
Extras
 
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 2500 FANS!
Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!
 
This is not a video, but a web page that shows their version of the "Manliest bikes ever made". It includes a video of a jet powered bike at the end. Click Here to View.
 
The beer commercials are at it again. See how they weave a Brass Pole into this one.  Click Here to View.
 
This would be an example of how not to do Palm Tree Removal. Wow! Not too smart.  Click Here to View.
 
Video of the Week: This video is amazing. It is a compilation of vehicle accidents in China, mostly involving bicycles and scooters. These people are really resilient. You will be amazed.  Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
 
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com
 

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