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  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by ny biker View Post
    Btw you will also want to put fenders on your bike if it doesn't already have them. They can make quite a difference.
    This a thousand times over!

    Here in the Pacific NorthWet, I sometimes wear a rain jacket, but I've never worn rain pants. I find that it's much more important for me to stay warm than dry (since I work up a sweat anyway), and to that end, windbreak layers and wool are my go-to for wet weather. The Ibex wool knicker, though not my favorite chamois, has kept me cosy and warm on some pretty wet and cold rides. Though not wool, I really like the Rapha winter cycling tights/bibs too. They are somewhat wind resistant, and have a fleece inside that is super soft, causing me to call them my "Rapha jammies".
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    Yep! I LOVE my Rapha tights--both tights and chamois. Been wearing the tights all winter this year; wore the shorts all last summer. They're damn expensive, but seriously worth it for me. And they now have regular (non-bib) tights. For the 6-7 hour tandem rides we do, in rain and temps in the 40s, they work really well. We live on windbreak layers and wool.
    The only things I want to keep as dry as possible--my feet and hands.
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  3. #18
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    Az, what kind of daily mileage range?
    "My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved;I have been given much and I have given something in return...Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and an adventure." O. Sacks

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    Self-guided cycling tour in Ireland in mid-summer? Sounds just wonderful to me! I can't advise on your rain gear (though it sounds like a good idea to me given their climate), but I wanted to wish you the very best. How exciting! Looking forward to hearing all about it

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    I think most days will be 24-40 miles- not that much. It's a little complicated because we are trying to mesh with traditional music sessions as well ....

    Here's' the tentative itinerary:
    Day 1 looks like about 40 km from Ennis to Kilkee,
    Day 2 only - about 30 km to Miltown Malbay but we can do some extra sightseeing.
    Day 3- not sure- a loop ride exploring somewhere around Miltown Malbay or maybe up to the Cliffs or Moher or???/
    Day 4 only about 27 km to Lisdoonvarna
    Day 5- sightseeing from Lisdoonvarna - maybe we can do a longer loop somewhere
    Day 6 Lisdoonvarna to Galway- about 90 km
    Day 7 - day off in Galway
    Day 8 About 60 km- Galway to Feakle
    Day 9 Riding around East Clare somewhere- hopefully a longer ride that day
    Day 10- Riding from Feakle back to Ennis- only about 30 km

    Better than renting a car .....
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    Oh, that sounds great! And plenty of time to dry off between rides...
    "My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved;I have been given much and I have given something in return...Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and an adventure." O. Sacks

  7. #22
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    I know we'll find sessions in Ennis, Miltown Malbay, Lisdoonvarna, Galway and Feakle. The nice thing is we won't have to carry much- the company transports our luggage and instruments!
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  8. #23
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    Lovely. That trip sounds delightful, combining two of your big sources of pleasure. I'll be very interested to hear about it afterwards.
    "My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved;I have been given much and I have given something in return...Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and an adventure." O. Sacks

 

 

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