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Old 02-20-2012, 11:36 AM   #1501
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Bi-Focal Reader Sunglasses

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 02-20-2012, 09:48 PM   #1502
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Best piece of equipment I've ever bought? I'd say it's a fiveway tie between my leather pants, leather jacket, gloves, boots, and helmet. They saved my ass (literally) when I decided to try out body surfing down the highway at 80mph a couple of weeks ago. All of these pieces were damaged enough that I would have been in trouble without them. I managed to walk away with nothing more than some aches and pains... and a bruised ego.

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Old 02-21-2012, 06:32 PM   #1503
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Totally Unrelated... Sort Of

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.



This too. Loki liner. The best $25 riding product... hat, balaclava or throat gaiter. Thin in the helmet area so no fit issues.

http://www.lokiusa.com/product_detail.php?id=H207
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:44 PM   #1504
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Motoport Pants

I love my Motoport MeshKevlar Overpants: http://motoport.worldsecuresystems.c...sh_Kevlar_Pant

I am a commuter that won't comprimise on ATGATT, so when I found Motoport and their overpants I was elated. Unlike cheap overpants, they are durable, and still very easy to put on and take off even with tall boots on. Plus, they are custom tailored. What more could you want?

The quality of the pants make my PowerTrip jacket look like garbage.
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:43 PM   #1505
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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, 04:22 PM   #1506
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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, 04:27 PM   #1507
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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, 04:29 PM   #1508
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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, 04:34 PM   #1509
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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, 04:38 PM   #1510
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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, 06:03 PM   #1511
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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, 07:37 PM   #1512
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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, 07:33 PM   #1513
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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, 09:17 PM   #1514
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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, 07:57 PM   #1515
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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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