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UPDATE: All that is left are the Ibex bike shorts. Now $50 postpaid in the US.

UPDATE: All that is left are the shoes and the shorts, everything else bought/claimed.

Shoes are now $35 postpaid.

Shorts are now $55 postpaid.

Buy both for $80.

UPDATE: Everything sold.

Carradice Pendle saddlebag. 30cm wide x 18cm high x 15cm deep, made of cotton duck. Full info on this model here:
I've had this bag for six years, and it looks to be made in the 2000s. Shows obvious signs of wear and fading, but everything works and is structurally sound. There's small holes on the corner of the flap on the small pockets. Haven't had issues with water getting into the bag, but it wouldn't hurt to reproof/rewax the bag at some point. $60

Ibex Duo wool/blend bike shorts, black, size XL. Classic looking wool bike shorts. Wore them maybe a half-dozen times, tops. Apparently Ibex doesn’t make these anymore, but full info can be found here:
$60 NOW $50

Exustar Touring Shoes, size 10.5 US/44 EUR. Classic looking black leather bike shoes, with the ability to work with clipless pedals, if that’s your thing. Wore them once and realize they are just too narrow for my wide feet. $40 NOW $35 UPDATE: Sold.

Topeak Road Master Blaster Frame Pump. Size Large, 530mm. Your traditional-style frame pump. The rubber is a bit chewed up near the head of the pump, otherwise functional. $10 UPDATE: Sold.

Origin 8 Classique Saddlebag. Measures 14"x8"x6". Very much looks like a Carradice Nelson saddlebag, and pretty much the same size as a Nelson (non-longflap), but made with lesser quality components/materials. The rings on the top flap (where one could put straps through for a rain cape or the like) are plastic. 80/20 synthetic blend (poly/nylon). Thinner leather than a Carradice. Made in China. Basically, get this bag if you want the look and function of a classic Carradice bag, but don’t want to pay the price. $15 UPDATE: Sold.

Funky saddlebag. I know absolutely nothing about who made this bag, as I picked it up secondhand. I’m guessing it was someone’s homebrew attempt at making a Carradice-like saddlebag. Appears to be waxed canvas, but thinner than what you’d find on a Carradice. Leather straps thinner, too. Wooden dowel is not attached to bag. Left side outside pocket flap sewn on backwards. Light brown in color. Measures 11“x9“x7“. $10 UPDATE: Sold.

Gear Talk / Re: Can we survive the Transamerica with no cyclocomputer?
« on: November 30, 2013, 10:30:10 pm »
What pdlamb and John said. Plus, a basic cyclocomputer is cheap. One without any bells and whistles can be had for under $20 so long as you stick to a wired version.

General Discussion / Re: Camping at Cape Meares
« on: October 13, 2013, 12:08:56 pm »
Jogging my memory here.  If I remember correctly, there used to be a hiker/biker campsite at Cape Meares State Park.  What made it so exceptional was that there was no other camping except for hikers and cyclists...Do any other old-timers remember when you could still camp at Cape Meares?  I'm going to say 25 years ago or more.

It must have been quite some time ago, indeed, as it hasn't been there as long as I've been in Oregon (12 years). That would be cool if that could happen again, but I doubt it would because (a) Cape Lookout is just about 7 miles down the road, and has possibly the best hiker/biker site on the coast and (b) yeah, Oregon State Parks would probably worry about resource protection. In fact, some vandals did do thousands of dollars of damage to the Fresnel lens in the lighthouse several years ago.  :-[

Routes / Re: How do I get a copy Cycling British Columbia? Please help.
« on: September 28, 2013, 01:30:00 pm »
Looks like Thriftbooks has a copy for $27.92

Pacific Northwest / Re: Interstate 84 sections of Columbia River Gorge
« on: September 01, 2013, 12:34:04 pm »
You might want to invest in the ACA map (Section 7) as it will detail the route nicely.  Although you will use only a small portion of the map it might be worth it.

Not that I don't think ACA maps aren't "worth it", but all you really need for this section of the Gorge is the bike map put out by ODOT:

Also, I'm guessing that by now Jagen (the OP) has done his/her ride.

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades-Oregon section: Windigo Pass question
« on: August 19, 2013, 07:17:37 pm »
I'll do some research and see if I can find out who does maintenance for the Pass. 

It's a Forest Service Road, so the local National Forest is in charge. (I forget which one it was. Winema? Deschutes?)

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades-Oregon section: Windigo Pass question
« on: August 19, 2013, 07:14:53 pm »
I believe I've read reports that indicate the dirt sections are pretty awful to near unrideable when wet.

And pretty awful to near unrideable when dry as well.

I attempted Windigo Pass last month (July). I was coming from the north. The first four miles of gravel are ok, but when I turned the corner onto the true Windigo Pass Road, I was confronted with pumice. I attempted to ride it for a couple minutes, but I didn't get far, between front wheel digging in and rear wheel spinning out. I decided to turn around. I ran into some fellow tourists a couple days later in Diamond Lake and they said they actually did ride it a few years back and considered it a nightmare.

As for traffic, there wasn't anything for the most part on the section I did. (If there was, I may have hitched a ride!)

My advice: skip Windigo Pass.

I doubt gear creep will be a problem, I'm a minimalist backpacker and invested a lot of $$$ in lightweight gear a few years ago, that I plan to keep for a long time.  My base gear weight (no food and water) is around 22 lbs, and that simply won't go up because I hate lugging any more weight than that around on my back (or my bike).

Then have you considered a bikepacking setup? Meaning: a rackless setup with framebag/saddlebag/handlebar bag? If you don't have a lot of gear you can probably make that work. No panniers means no heel strike, which means you can either continue using the cross bike you already have or get another cross bike.

And another option to throw out: You can get a longer rear rack, like a Jandd Expedition. This means you can position the panniers a bit further back, lessening heel-strike issues. (Of course, this can create other issues.)

Routes / Re: Oregon route 20
« on: August 04, 2013, 04:40:21 pm »

Routes / Re: Camping supplies near Mt Vernon Amtrak?
« on: August 04, 2013, 04:39:21 pm »
Hey Steck, when you say "camping gas" do you mean canister fuel? The blue Camping Gaz or the more generic type? If it's the latter, Fred Meyer is a Northwest grocery store/hypermarket chain that has a limited camping selection. It's geared more towards car camping, but they do sell backpacker stove canister fuel. The nearest one to the Mt. Vernon Amtrak station is in Burlington, about 4 miles north.,+WA&daddr=Fred+Meyer,+920+South+Burlington+Boulevard,+Burlington,+Washington+98233&hl=en&sll=48.457897,-122.345467&sspn=0.186015,0.308647&geocode=FcvM4gIdOlG1-CHNYxWBIUo1HSmrfW-ir26FVDHNYxWBIUo1HQ%3BFSaK4wIdala1-Cl9TlSPuW2FVDE88SVPWo3F1A&oq=mt+vernon+amtr&dirflg=b&mra=ltm&t=m&z=13&lci=bike

Did you need other gear?

And I don't recall any outdoor/camping stores in Mt. Vernon.

General Discussion / Re: North Nevada & Utah in summer
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:31:34 pm »
...where I can find alcohol for my Trangia Camp Kitchen. I try at Walmart but they have only propane and other fuel. Which is the name of the product here in the US?

Besides looking for denatured alcohol in hardware stores, big box stores, or the Walmarts of the world, look in gas stations for "HEET". It's methyl alcohol and comes in a yellow bottle. (It's important that you get the one in a yellow bottle. Sometimes they have one in a red bottle, but that has isopropyl alcohol in it as well, which doesn't burn as well.) It's usually by the motor oil and all that stuff. That's what I use for my Trangia.

I'm planning to ride around Mt Hood in a couple of weeks and have hear conflicting opinions on the I-84 sections and specifically the Tooth Rock Tunnel. Anyone have thoughts?

First off, which direction are you heading on 84, westbound or eastbound? Only the eastbound section goes through the tunnel, and I would definitely NOT ride it as there is no shoulder there. But the old Historic Columbia River Hwy is closed to cars and bypasses the tunnel. That's the preferred bike routing through there. (You'll have to navigate a large flight of stairs, though.)

I would use the Historic Columbia River Hwy as much as possible between Troutdale and Hood River. With it, you get to stay off 84 except for the last 10-15 miles east of Cascade Locks, and a section around Bonneville Dam. (As for the latter, they are finishing up a section of the old highway from Yeon State Park and Bonneville. It should be done very soon.) And all sections of HCRH east of Bonneville are closed to cars!

If you haven't already checked it out, you should look at the Columbia Gorge Bike Map put out by ODOT:

If your heart is set on riding 84, it's not too bad (besides Toothrock Tunnel.) The shoulder is pretty wide except for right around Shellrock Mtn (which is unavoidable as the old road is not open around there.) Expect a fair amount of debris in the shoulder, though.

I was thinking of riding over Lolo Pass rather than route 35 to Government Camp. Anyone have thoughts on Lolo Pass and the possible dirt sections (also conflicting reports).

Lolo Pass is a great route! Quiet and scenic. It can be steep in sections, and the west side will have high tension powerlines overhead. The "dirt" section is about 5 miles of gravel road. I found it rideable with only a few parts where the gravel felt loose. And it wasn't bad for descending, either. Of course, people's tolerance of gravel roads vary widely. I have 700X35C tires on my touring bike, so if you had 28mm wide tires you might not enjoy it as much.

Here's a few photos from Lolo Pass Road.

Routes / Re: Bus from Portland to Astoria
« on: June 29, 2013, 12:50:23 pm »
One more thing - are there lockers available for at the train or bus stations for something pannier sized?

Union Station does not. I know that Greyhound used to have lockers but am unsure whether they currently do.

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