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Old 02-22-2012, 02:43 PM   #1501
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After two rounds of spine fractures within 8 months (unforgiving guardrail at Grattan Raceway was the worst of them), I was not a happy camper. This really has been great. Then rehabbed a torn achilles on it in '08. Over 12,300,000 meters and rowing daily. The best. Concept 2 Model D.

There is one of these sitting in my teenager's room (and yes he occasionally uses it :-). Best part? I didn't pay for it. It's a long-term loan from his GF, who rows with the school team, and so doesn't need her home unit for the duration. And yeah, they're worlds better in quality than the cheap alternatives (which we briefly tried).
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:22 PM   #1502
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I've lusted after one of these for awhile, I just hate to pay full retail. So I keep looking...

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There is one of these sitting in my teenager's room (and yes he occasionally uses it :-). Best part? I didn't pay for it. It's a long-term loan from his GF, who rows with the school team, and so doesn't need her home unit for the duration. And yeah, they're worlds better in quality than the cheap alternatives (which we briefly tried).
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:27 PM   #1503
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There is one of these sitting in my teenager's room (and yes he occasionally uses it :-). Best part? I didn't pay for it. It's a long-term loan from his GF, who rows with the school team, and so doesn't need her home unit for the duration. And yeah, they're worlds better in quality than the cheap alternatives (which we briefly tried).
I just got into rowing and I bought a Waterrower that I found on CL. Love it so far - really makes a change from riding on the trainer and a great workout.
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:29 PM   #1504
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Just found a Waterrower on CL but they want a lot of Dough for it. Nice looking machine looks like a quality made piece.
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:34 PM   #1505
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Just found a Waterrower on CL but they want a lot of Dough for it. Nice looking machine looks like a quality made piece.
I got mine for $500 so they are not cheap for sure but they really are a quality piece of equipment, almost like a piece of furniture. It really is a nice feeling rowing with a water rower - hardly any sound and you go as fast/hard as you like with no adjustment needed, you just row faster/harder.
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:38 PM   #1506
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hmmmm, well the one on CL right now is going for $400. I wonder if they'll take a hun? hehe
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:03 PM   #1507
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Concept 2

They have been great with support, software and incentive programs. The regattas are very tempting, but, and I don't want to brag... according to the Concept 2 site... I am the current world's record holder in the timed 5k for heavy weight women age 80 to 89 years old... Unless that old lady in Finland just hung up a better time... in which case then I still dominate BOTH of the weight categories for women age 90 years and up. Booyah!
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:37 PM   #1508
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They have been great with support, software and incentive programs. The regattas are very tempting, but, and I don't want to brag... according to the Concept 2 site... I am the current world's record holder in the timed 5k for heavy weight women 80 to 89 years old... Unless that lady in Finland just hung up a better time... in which case then I still dominate BOTH weight categories for women 90 and up.
Fackin' Ay, Bro! A rather impressive feat. Keep it up!



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Old 02-27-2012, 06:33 PM   #1509
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Well sunny beaches. I was sold "Gore-Tex" but got boots that don't have this label.
Mine arrived today from Germany, shipped via DHL duty free..Goretex ones..
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:17 PM   #1510
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Are these things running true to size- I'd hate like hell to order up a pair of these things from a million miles away and have them too big or too small.

The pair of New Balance shoes I'm wearing are 9's, order a 9?

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Old 02-29-2012, 06:57 PM   #1511
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Beemer Buddies

Handgrips on my BMW F800GS are a bit small for my hands. Just put on a pair of Beemer Buddies. They work great, feel good, easy on. Makes all the difference. Airhawk seat really great also.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:52 PM   #1512
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The New Nolan N43E. Two weeks in. Snow, Rain, Sun... This is going to be my go to Helmet. Pinlock (provided) must be used to prevent fogging in cool temps.
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:10 AM   #1513
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Readers

Try these for your riding; http://www.dualeyewear.com/sunglasses.html. While I don't need readers these days per say, my fellow motor riders at the Amgen Tour of California last year got a taste of their line-up and had a lot of really positive feedback. It helped that we were fitted by the founder of the company as well as fellow rider David (Walls), and the price point is great, as is the quality; definitely on my list when I will need them.

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So sad to say, but I need 2.50 magnifier readers these day. Reading a GPS had become almost impossible. The cheap bifocal reader sunglasses solved the problem on a trip from Texas to Ushuaia. Here is a pair that looks similar to what I used: http://www.readingglassesshopper.com/sporty-driving-reading-sunglasses.html

With the success I had with the cheap ones, I decided to spring for a $150 pair of Maui Jim's with readers. The Maui Jims don't work for looking at an LCD screen because the polarization cancels out the image. Lesson learned, and I am back to the cheap unpolarized sunglass readers.

Kudos to the Gaerne Balanced Oil Boot. Totally waterproof. Comfortable and great for all-day and for walking. Reasonably good protection, although not for mx.
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:26 AM   #1514
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Try these for your riding; http://www.dualeyewear.com/sunglasses.html. While I don't need readers these days per say, my fellow motor riders at the Amgen Tour of California last year got a taste of their line-up and had a lot of really positive feedback. It helped that we were fitted by the founder of the company as well as fellow rider David (Walls), and the price point is great, as is the quality; definitely on my list when I will need them.

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I've used similar glasses for the last six months at work and around the house. Excellent for those of us getting a bit older!


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Old 03-04-2012, 04:44 PM   #1515
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That's a tough one. There's some really useful gear in my closet.

Hippo Hands: Have an original pair mfg'd in the '70's that still perform as well now as they did 35 years ago. They're an excellent way to extend your riding season. Extremely well made and excellent functional value. If you get a chance at an original pair from the '70's or early '80's grab them. They're awesome.





Warm-Fit Heated Grips: Built by a fellow in New Zealand and no longer available. Simply the best heated grips I've ever come across. A resistor supported by two silicone blocks fit inside your handlebars and heat-soaks the entire grip area. You can't hold the grips with your bare hands once everything's up to temperature. Under the Hippo Hands my hands are toasty and warm in summer gloves at highway speeds in -9C temperatures. In fact, I have to cycle the grips turning them on and off every ten or fifteen minutes or so, or they'll get too hot for comfort. And they use the same wattage as those eneamic wrap-around type grip heaters.



Aerostich Tank Panniers: These things are made in the typical Aerostich bomb-proof fashion and provide a very useful addition to your bike's carrying capacity. Whether used as tank panniers or saddle bags they work great. Adjustable and easy to secure. Well worth the purchase price for gear you'll use for decades.





Aerostich Combat Touring Boots: (No, I don't work for Aerostich. But their gear is of a consistently high functional value and build quality). These are the finest motorcyling boots I've ever owned. Period. Comfortable, attractive, clever and tough. Four years on deck and ridden through everything from hours of torrential rain to thigh deep muddy bogs, and everything in between. They still clean up and polish as nicely as a decent pair of dress boots. Comfortable from the get-go they work for weeks on the bike or hiking for hours when off the bike. Made by Italy's Sidi to Aerostich's specifications and finer than anything Sidi brings to market themselves. Check out what else is available out there and you'll realise they're a bargain.





Aerostich 2pc Roadcrafter: This is probably my all time favourite piece of gear. I call it "The fairing you wear". This is the suit that started the revolution in cordura riding gear. A classic of design function, if not fashionable elan. Never been more comfortable on a motorcycle than in the 'Stich. Can't do the pants in hot weather, but for cooler temps they're a revelation of security and comfort.

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