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Gear Talk / Thule towbar rack and fenders help please
« on: September 12, 2014, 07:54:05 pm »
I've just bought a Thule T2 towbar mounted rack and it looks a fine piece of kit. According to the instructions I cannot clamp the front wheel with fenders on. Our front fenders poke out about 4 1/2 inches from the Vee brakes. Do I have to chop off my fenders? or can I get away with clamping right next to the existing fender tip? Is this all CYA from Thule?

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: September 06, 2014, 01:11:47 am »
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These same problems of narrow bridges with no shoulders,
Oddly enough on the Natchez Trace Parkway the only bits of it that have shoulders are the bridges.

How's about that for a non-sequitur?

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Gear Talk / Re: Does it make sense to replace just one tire with treadwear?
« on: September 01, 2014, 03:10:24 pm »
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I happily break that rule regularly.  I don't see it as all that likely to be a problem.  I never found handling in slippery conditions to be a problem with a more worn front tire and the rear tire is always more likely to fail even when the front is more worn due to the fact that it is carrying more weight.
Have you ever had a front tire blowout while going downhill at speed?

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Gear Talk / Re: A folding bike for touring?
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:48:32 am »
On the Sierra Cascade route I met up with Jerry and Peggy on Bike Fridays. I was so impressed by their mounts that I was seriously thinking of getting one. The big attraction was easier plane travel. Then someone pointed out how much touring I could do on my 520 for what I would spend on a Friday.

We did over 500 serious miles together. The only downside to them seemed to be that the tires wore quicker than 700Cs

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Gear Talk / Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:32:15 am »
A couple of years ago I swear I saw a Trek 520 with disk brakes at Gregg's Cycles in Seattle. At the time I didn't pay much attention thinking it was an evolution of the 520 (my bike) but I've since been told by a Trek distributor I must have been dreaming. I wonder if it was an early version of this bike? As I recollect it was the same color as the one in the picture.

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Gear Talk / Re: handlebar bag
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:25:13 am »
I have a Lone Peak barbag that I've used for thousands of miles. I don't like it. Mainly because you have to put a cover on when it's raining. I was once in a tremendous downpour in IL and the cover filled with water. The bag and its contents (including a cellphone) couldn't have got wetter if I'd plonked it in a bowl of water for a couple of hours. Also when you put the cover on you can't read the map in the handy map pocket. You have to loosen the cover and push it back to see the map, quite tricky on the move. The guy who sold me the bag said the thing to do was to cut a hole in the bottom of the cover to prevent water build up!

When I can afford it I'm going to spring for a waterproof Ortlieb bag like my wife has. Mind you they ain't perfect, for some reason Ortlieb provide this lock feature that's as much use as a chocolate teapot.

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:00:50 am »
Quote from: adventurepdx
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
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.

I will add that I find interstates miserable riding and you are more likely to get flats on them due the the tremendous amount of debris on the shoulders.

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General Discussion / Re: Busiest ACA or other trail intersection?
« on: August 25, 2014, 04:08:20 pm »
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I cast my vote for the vicinity of Jeffrey City
Jeffrey City was (is?) so memorably godawful and anything improving that would spoil it. I think a book could be written of Jeffrey City stories. I've no recollection of a church there but I did stay in the dismal motel before it closed, incredibly expensive, $70+, for a freezing room, broke TV and a leaking toilet.

Sorry for not contributing much but I do remember thinking a B & B in Twin Bridges would have been nice.

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General Discussion / Re: Lost Bike Shorts: Great Divide Canada
« on: August 25, 2014, 03:51:37 pm »
If anybody finds the detachable jacket sleeves  that I left somewhere near Missoula MT please bin them as the rest of he jacket fell apart long ago.

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Routes / Re: before I'm 70
« on: August 20, 2014, 06:43:17 pm »

I'm too lazy to check out the OP's route but my little bit of planning routes for myself was not a raging success. I followed Pennsylvania Route S across the state from Philly until I got to the much overrated GAP (probably better when it's dry). Route S was alright sort of, the Amish country was lovely but there was an awful lot of traffic in places. I eventually got onto the Northern Tier route. What a relief. It's all relative, ACA routes are 'popular' but that doesn't mean you'll be falling over hordes of people doing them: this place is huge and you may well go weeks without meeting someone doing the same route. From other responses I take it some of your route uses interstates. I also counsel agin 'em they have rumble strips, a cyclists misery, and lots of debris on the shoulders, including shredded truck tires that put those tiny slivers of steel in your own tires that cause hard to locate flats days or weeks later. And freeways are NOISY.

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According to Sheldon the tire that is least likely to fail should be on the front. Sheldon's words on tire rotation are as follows: "The idea is to equalize the wear on the two tires, but this is a serious mistake, don't do it!"

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You should ride the Yakima river canyon road from Ellenburg to Yakima awesome scenery a little hilly but well worth it
+1
Other posters know a lot more about the JWT than me but I can tell you that Ellensburg to Yakima via the Yakima Gorge is superb. Be aware there is no drinking water in the Gorge.

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General Discussion / Re: Cardboard Box for Bike as Checked Baggage
« on: August 05, 2014, 09:36:03 pm »
It's all fading into the mists of time now but as I remember it the problem I had was in refitting the cable outer on the chainstay; there wasn't enough slack for it to go back on. How that came about beats me because it came off OK. In the end I had to bite the bullet and loosen the cable. The tip someone had for marking the cable's location at the cable clamp was what I eventually did using a black marker and it worked, pretty much. Ah well I might not be fast but I'm slow.

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General Discussion / Re: dogs and security
« on: August 03, 2014, 02:57:10 am »
The eastern third of the Transam did seem to be worst for dogs. On the NT a year ago I used Halt in a res in MT, and on a lone chaser in Alberta. It did the trick both times.  What I have had happen is dog has 'adopted' me. The last one was on the Natchez Trace when I stopped for a 'natural break' as they say in the TdF, he was a very handsome animal, part husky with the odd eyes, obviously underfed but very good natured and he just wouldn't stop following us. In the end we called the NP rangers as we didn't want him causing an accident. The ranger came and said he'd take him round some houses in the vicinity to see if he belonged to anyone. Apparently the locals are prone to just letting dogs wander.

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General Discussion / Re: Cardboard Box for Bike as Checked Baggage
« on: August 02, 2014, 12:01:19 pm »
Quote from: Sanuk
Whatever you do don't take the derailer off as it's a bitch getting it back on.
+1 I spent a whole day in the YMCA in Bergen trying to get mine back on without changing the adjustment. In the end I loosened the shifter cable to give me enough slack to mount the beast, then I had to redo the adjustment. Which is a major pain without a bike stand or a mate to hold up the back wheel.

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