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Pacific Northwest / Re: Vancouver to San Francisco
« on: March 06, 2017, 01:33:53 pm »
Are you strictly sticking to the common Pacific Coast routes? If so, it is very highly unlikely that you will see snow in May. There are no high passes in BC, WA, or OR. The Coast Ranges don't really see snow in May. Maybe the highest parts could see a brief snowshower and a dusting, but you'll be well below that. If you were going to go around the Olympic Peninsula and go up to Hurricane Ridge, you'd most likely see snow, but that's a side trip with lots of climbing.

Granted, it's been a cold and snowy winter here, so there still may be lingering snow on mountaintops by May, but as I said, you aren't going to be riding over mountaintops.

However, you will definitely see some rain, and possibly hail, so be prepared for that.

If you were going to go in the Cascades, there's definitely a chance you'd see snow there.

General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 09:11:43 pm »
Sure I get that, but I'm not up for loading a bike like we do and taking off with any part of my frame crushed! I reckon I'm just funny like that!

Understood. I wouldn't want to, either. But it has happened.

Kickstands are one of those personal questions when it comes to touring. Some want them, some don't. It's a debate that pops up every once in a while here. But the OP wants a kickstand.

General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 09:09:31 pm »
But also I've heard about kickstand plates that weren't up to the task of supporting a fully loaded touring bike

That area is just hard for a kickstand. A single legger isn't going to support much weight. A double legger will offer more stability, but that's only if everything's balanced and the surface is level. Rear triangle kickstands are more stable in that regard.

General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:49:15 pm »
Not a tech head so any tube that is part of the frame is the frame, but yeah, chain stays

I'm not disagreeing that the stays aren't part of the frame. I'm just not inclined to believe the idea that if the stays are crushed, the frame is automatically broken. I've owned bikes with crushed chainstays for years and they didn't fail. Of course, YMMV. And one shouldn't overtighten the kickstand.

General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:43:17 pm »
And I've heard of too many frames being broken by kickstands.

I haven't heard about frames being broken by kickstands, but it is common that a bottom-bracket mounted (i.e. traditional mount) kickstand can crush stays because people overtighten them. Of course, if the bike has a kickstand plate it isn't as much of an issue.

But as far as I know, there shouldn't be a "frame break" issue with a rear kickstand that mounts to the rear triangle.

General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:41:30 pm »
That is what I have now, and one of the companies that told me they were not built for heavy weight.  I have been babying it.

When you say "one of the companies", did you talk with Greenfield themselves?

Googling "heavy duty rear kickstand", I came across this one made by ESGE/Pletscher. It's being sold by a specific bike touring website, so I am guessing it'll be good for loaded touring.

General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:26:14 pm »
Which rear kickstand have you been using?

The one I've used is the rear triangle version made by Greenfield. Never used it on a tour, but have used it for day-to-day commuting, and I have had loads on it.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes
« on: February 24, 2017, 08:53:16 pm »
Hello Heidi! I don't want to be "that guy", but this comes up like once or twice a year here. Putting "Anacortes" into the search box got me these hits: Note: This one also contains links to other older threads about Seattle-Anacortes.

I guess the big question is: Do you want to ride, or not? There are options both ways.

Hope this helps.

General Discussion / Re: Application for keeping a journal
« on: February 20, 2017, 05:00:37 pm »
I'm more of a digital guy, but I like the postcards idea if you want to save battery... Helps keep the entry short circuit you not to ramble, limits the time spent doing it, you don't have to carry it with you— just mail it home, plus getting postcards along the way gives you excuses to stop when you otherwise might not have.

True. I try to send a postcard to myself one to two times a week when I'm on tour. It's a nice way to encapsulate your thoughts of the moment, and also a nice little memento of the trip.

General Discussion / Re: Application for keeping a journal
« on: February 20, 2017, 04:59:07 pm »
Nope. Post cards and a 3"x2" spiral notebook.

Well, the author is looking for something their friends can access along the way. Postcards are nice (and I still do them!) but it's maybe not the best way to let a bunch of people know what you are up to.

To the OP, do you plan on using this journal just for a tour? Or for other things? If the former, go with Crazy Guy. But if the latter, I'd look at a platform like WordPress, which is what I currently use. Blogger is there too, and is a Google product, so should integrate seamlessly if you use things like Google Plus.

General Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a tour beginning in Chicago
« on: February 20, 2017, 02:24:13 pm »
Are you thinking the segment method just isn't worth it? 
I'd like to use the ACA maps for my first bike tour.  Maybe I could find a loop that keeps me close to home but uses ACA routes.

Section hiking is a bigger deal with long-distance hiking because there's basically three long distance trails, and completing any of them in one season can be difficult due to the length of time it takes, and the weather.

"Section biking" has never really become a thing, probably because as cyclotourists we are not limited to a handful of very defined route options. Also, "I biked the Northern Tier" doesn't have the same ring or importance as "I've completed the AT" or even "I biked from coast to coast." Granted, biking the complete NT does mean you've biked coast-to-coast, but more people care about the coast-to-coast part, not what particular line on a map you followed.

I'd encourage you to use your nine days at a time to do a couple local tours first. You might not even know if you like to tour or not. And trying to break down a long-distance tour in seven (or less) day chunks with the headaches of figuring out how to get to and from each segment may suck all the joy out of the actual tour.

As for local and ACA routing, besides Route 66 and North Lakes Loop, the Northern Tier comes pretty close to Chicago. You may be able to take a train out to a nearby point, then ride westbound. The NT through Iowa and southeast MN hugs the Misssissippi Valley, which is quite scenic. And you could make it to a place like La Crosse or St Paul where you could hop on Amtrak back to Union Station in Chicago.

General Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a tour beginning in Chicago
« on: February 18, 2017, 12:40:53 pm »
Is your heart really set on completing one route in chunks? If so, ending wherever can be pretty remote, and the logistics of getting back home could be tough, even if you're thinking of renting a car. And there's the expanse of the Plains. You'll have a few chunks that will be strictly the Plains. It might be a bit daunting to know that you have to return to complete another section of this area before you hit the mountains. Of course, you may love the Plains and then it wouldn't be a big deal.

Have you thought of the Pacific Coast? It isn't starting from Chicago, but it is scenic for most of it, and it's not logistically impossible to complete it in chunks, as there are transportation options.

Routes / Re: Camping near border crossing on PCR
« on: February 10, 2017, 01:03:57 pm »
Thanks to both of you for the input.  I found out later this afternoon that there is an issue with the train tracks, so I may not get north of Seattle on the Amtrak.  If they won't load my bike on the bus I may have to bail in Seattle, ride to Bellingham and connect to my route there.

The tracks north of Portland are notorious in winter. There are two spots where the Cascades line hugs the Sound with steep slopes on the other side, one between Olympia and Tacoma, the other between Seattle and Everett. It's a fairly regular occurrence for the tracks to get covered in a landslide, and with how wet it was this week...There is a reroute they are working around the Tacoma area, but the Seattle-Everett section will still be prone to slides.

Have you checked BoltBus? It goes all the way to Vancouver, and they take bikes.

General Discussion / Re: Bike security - Southern Tour camping trip
« on: February 09, 2017, 01:48:19 pm »
For me it's partly about peace of mind..  If we don't lock the bike I lie awake in the tent imagining someone walking off with it.  We will check out lighter alternatives to our big D lock and thick cable, but it sounds like we are a little more risk averse than some.

I think this is the heart of the matter. While theft on tours (at least States-side) doesn't happen often, you still have to be okay with the idea of a lesser locking system if you go that route. If it makes you more comfortable bringing a U-Lock (which is what we call D-Locks this side of the pond) with you, then do it and don't sweat the extra weight.

Me? I bring a U-Lock, the same thing I use in the city. I don't worry about theft on tour as much as I do in the city, and I try to feel out the situation first. But it is there if I need it, esp. if I go into a bigger city or college town.

And theft does happen. A tourist I met had their bike stolen from their campsite overnight while they were asleep. That's not a great way to end a tour.

Routes / Re: Camping near border crossing on PCR
« on: February 09, 2017, 01:24:41 pm »
Birch Bay State Park would be your best option. It's just a little under 10 miles south of Peace Arch:

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