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General Discussion / Re: portland oregon to the coast
« on: March 25, 2014, 11:18:48 pm »
Here's a pertinent link to an old forum post that contains other pertinent links to other older forum posts:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?topic=9240.msg46341#msg46341

I do recommend taking the 202/47/Banks-Vernonia trail from Portland to the coast. It is very rural and very quiet in terms of traffic and people. It drops you off in Astoria, the northernmost point on US 101 on the Oregon Coast.
Links to maps:
http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?&a=316549&c=36638
http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?&a=316550&c=36638

I've never taken 30 the full way from Astoria to Portland, just the portion from Portland-Rainier and Clatskanie-Wesport, so I've missed the worst parts of US 30. But even that little bit makes me prefer the 202/47/Banks-Vernonia routing.

There aren't many services, but there's just enough. Make sure you're stocked when leaving Astoria, as there isn't another full service grocery until Vernonia, about 70 miles down the road. Only a couple of country markets with short hours in between.

The route from Astoria to Hillsboro (Portland westside suburb) is 100 miles. You can break it into two days by camping at Big Eddy County Park which is about 60 miles in. Few, if any, lodging options are found on this route so if you are doing a credit card tour you should be prepared to do the 100 miles in a straight shot. Possible, but there are two small passes to contend with on the route.

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General Discussion / Re: ACA maps and crummy areas in big cities?
« on: March 07, 2014, 12:37:05 pm »
Epidemics encouraged within our culture, no doubt, by such movies as Laura Craft and Hunger Games....

Clever!  ;)

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Routes / Re: Need help mapping out DETAIL Route. San Juans to San Fran
« on: March 06, 2014, 10:08:16 pm »
...what Ive been getting told to do is take a ferry to Sydney BC, then ride to Victoria. After that Catch a ferry from Victoria to port townsend where i could jump on the Olympic Descovery trail...

Sounds like it's going to be a fun ride! That neck of the woods is great.

One important detail: The ferry from Victoria (Black Ball/MV Coho) docks in Port Angeles, not Townsend. Pt. Townsend is about a half-day ride east of Pt. Angeles, much of it on the Olympic Discovery Trail.

From Port Angeles you can head west on the long way around the Olympic Peninsula, or go east and follow the Puget Sound. If you do the west route, I would plan for extra time, as much of the destinations in Olympic National Park require a 5-20 mile one-way ride off of 101. And those detours are definitely worth it.

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Routes / Re: Portland Maine to Portland Oregon
« on: February 26, 2014, 07:39:27 pm »
Rebecca, sounds like fun! Are you heading east to west?

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Everything is sold. Thanks for playing!

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

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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.

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UPDATE: Everything sold.

Carradice Pendle saddlebag. 30cm wide x 18cm high x 15cm deep, made of cotton duck. Full info on this model here:
http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?page_id=product&under=range&product_id=41
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
UPDATE: Sold.

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:
http://www.rei.com/product/832127/ibex-duo-bike-shorts-mens
$60 NOW $50
UPDATE: Sold.

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.

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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.

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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.  :-[

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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
http://www.thriftbooks.com/viewdetails.aspx?isbn=0968482627

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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:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/BIKEPED/docs/ColumbiaGorgeBikeMap.pdf

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

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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?)

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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.

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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.)

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