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General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« on: November 21, 2014, 05:40:20 pm »
I've definitely gotten my share of bad info in the distance/hills/service/etc. department. And I accept the info graciously, then take what has been said with a grain of salt. So it's easy to fall into the trap of all advice given on the road (that isn't from other tourists or cyclists) is bad. But sometimes it can come back and bite you in the posterior.

For example, when I toured the Pacific Coast in 2006, I ended up staying at the Point Reyes Hostel. This is a bit off the main route. When I called the hostel to confirm that I was coming that night, they warned me of the "big hill" between Point Reyes Station (the town, on route) and the hostel about six miles away. "Pshaw", I thought. I had been biking down the coast for two weeks, over many a hill. I made it up and over the Crescent City Hills and Leggett summit, the dreaded two "big hills" on the route (between Astoria and SF), ones they warn you about in "the book". I figured if I made it over all that, the "hill" the hostel staff mention should be a cakewalk, er, roll, right? Probably nothing at all.

Big mistake! That was quite the hill, almost 850 feet in elevation (starting from near sea level), and some of the steepest pitches that I encountered on that tour. I made it up, yes, but there was a section on the return I needed to walk. It was posted at 17% grade!

So I guess what I'm saying is: Don't get too cocky when offered advice from the locals. While a lot of it may be bad, sometimes they are right.

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Getting bikes from Vancover to Portland
« on: October 11, 2014, 11:23:35 pm »
Why do you want to go to Portland? Portland is not on the coast. If you intend to do the coast of Oregon, you really want to get to Astoria.

Because Portland is the most accessible place to get to from other places, especially from overseas. There is a small airport in Astoria, but I can imagine the logistics/cost of getting twelve people and their bikes there from the UK would be prohibitive. (And they would probably have to take a connecting flight from Portland or Seattle anyway.)

There is a bus that runs from Portland to Astoria, the NW Point. It runs from Portland Union Station and Greyhound Station out to the coast. I'd guess getting twelve bikes on one bus trip would still be an issue.

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Getting bikes from Vancover to Portland
« on: October 11, 2014, 10:28:11 pm »
Cool. And it's spelled Vancouver.  ;)

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Getting bikes from Vancover to Portland
« on: October 04, 2014, 12:19:33 pm »
The easiest way would be to take the train! Amtrak Cascades has a daily train from Vancouver BC to Portland OR. Tickets will be around $50-80 per person, depending on dates and how far in advance you book. There are spots on the train for ten unboxed bikes. Each spot is $5 and requires an advance reservation. You can also put boxed bikes on the train for $10 each (if you need to buy a box from them, it's an extra $15.)
http://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/662/483/Amtrak-Cascades-Schedule-070714,0.pdf

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General Discussion / Re: Handlebar Grips
« on: September 23, 2014, 02:24:14 pm »
I know the trend of this discussion thread is moving towards whether the OP has a properly fitted bike, but the main problem the OP is having (at least how I'm interpreting it) is mounting Ergon grips with a twist shifter.

And the solution is pretty simple: get an Ergon grip designed for use with a grip shifter. Something like this, for example:
http://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=10485
It's shorter than the standard grip to allow for a twist shifter.

As for fit, sounds like the OP has a hybrid with straight handlebars. So an easy fix (besides new grips) would be to get a more swept-back bar.

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General Discussion / Re: Nishki bikes
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:03:21 pm »
Here's the 1987 Nishiki catalog:
http://www.stevevance.net/nishiki/images/c/cf/Nishiki_1987_bicycle_catalog.pdf

The Cresta GT is a true touring bike with cantilever brakes and front/rear rack mounts, though like most touring bikes of that era, it features 27-inch (630 mm) wheels. The Olympic looks to be a mid-range road bike with caliper brakes. If you're thinking of getting a bike for touring, I'd go with the Cresta.

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Pacific Northwest / Re: OC&E Trail - South Central Oregon
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:52:04 pm »
I have not traversed the whole trail, or even one small sliver of it. But I believe the whole trail is part of the Oregon Outback route, and from what I heard is that the further it gets from Klamath Falls, the rougher it gets. Check out one of the many numerous ride reports from the Outback, there should be more details there.

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Routes / Re: Columbia Gorge Bridges - Portland to Walla Walla
« on: September 09, 2014, 02:05:10 pm »
The Hood River Bridge is strictly off-limits to bicycles. All the other crossings are open to cyclists, as far as I know. The freeway bridges should have a bike path on them, like I-82/Umatilla Bridge.

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General Discussion / Re: Can scooters ride the routes?
« on: September 07, 2014, 01:33:52 pm »
I can't think of anywhere I I have been on an AC routes where you couldn't go with a non-motorized scooter.

The only places I can think of would be the few places an ACA route uses an Interstate or freeway, like the Lewis and Clark route in the Columbia River Gorge or the Northern Tier re-route through North Dakota (is it ND?). As far as I know, scooters can't ride them because they're not fast enough to be on the through lanes of the freeway, yet can't ride the shoulder because it's a motorized vehicle.

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: September 02, 2014, 01:13:54 pm »
Let no one run away with the idea that the alternative is easy. I did manage to get from Kelso to Camas without going on I5 by attempting to follow old 99. It involved a very hard climb and a lot of time. Some gent who lives in Kelso sent me a PM saying I couldn't have chosen a worse route, I should have gone down I5.

Oh, believe me, I know. I went up that hill the first time I biked between Olympia and Portland in '08. I threw up. Since then, I've used I-5 between Woodland and Kalama. I normally take try to stay off the freeway if I can, but this is one place I make an exception.

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 28, 2014, 11:42:36 pm »
Have a look at this page in Crazyguyonabike. http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/2616
Washington most certainly does not allow cyclists on  the interstates except where an alternative  route does not exist

The whole "except where an alternative route does not exist" isn't really true anymore, especially in Washington State. This idea may have lifted prohibitions on bicycles on Interstates way back when. But when you look at the actual prohibitions on cycling on Interstates and other highways in Washington, you see that you can ride on I-5 or I-90 for great distances. With a few exceptions, the prohibitions are in urban areas where there are many on/off ramps and sometimes stretches of highway with no shoulder.

Take a look:
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/closed.htm
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=101129574208460913813.00046426e0691fbccc526&ll=47.256864,-120.574951&spn=4.600584,9.887695&z=7&dg=feature


For example, you can ride the shoulder of I-5 for the approx. 100 miles between Olympia and Salmon Creek (outside of Vancouver, Wash.) without having to get off the Interstate. And I know for sure there are "alternative routes" that parallel I-5 here (Old 99, for one), yet you can still legally ride the shoulder of I-5 if you want.

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 27, 2014, 03:29:24 pm »
Yeah, riding on an Interstate's shoulder is no guarantee of safety. Someone just got killed on I-84 in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon while riding the shoulder:
http://bikeportland.org/2014/08/27/fatal-collision-highlights-gap-historic-columbia-river-highway-state-trail-110428

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Routes / Re: Prince Edward Island
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:04:53 am »
A friend of mine toured PEI several years ago and wrote a report on his blog:
http://prairievoyageur.wordpress.com/category/bicycle-trips/prince-edward-island/

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Routes / Re: ACA Green Mtns Route in early Oct?
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:02:17 am »
Yeah, if I was going to credit card tour this route, I'd be more concerned about accommodations than the weather. Now would be the time to make hotel bookings.

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General Discussion / Re: Help me decide on this last minute tour.
« on: August 23, 2014, 01:47:56 pm »
I also agree that Glacier is beautiful. But another thing to keep in mind is a lot of service close right after Labor Day, so you want to do your homework before leaving on what's open, what's not. (For example, the free buses that go up and down Going to the Sun stop on Labor Day, not that you would necessarily need it for a bike tour...)

And they plan on doing some major construction this year on Going to the Sun Road starting in mid-September, which may close the road. The alternate route, US 2, isn't bad, but nowhere near as spectacular.

I can't speak about your other choices, though.

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