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General Discussion / Re: 'Housse' Bags
« on: April 27, 2014, 11:55:15 am »
I am planning on using it in both. I believe it fits the rules for Europe and provides a saving. With regard to the states their is a good bike in a box alternative but only for 8 of the 35 Amtrak routes.

There are more than 8 Amtrak routes that have boxed bike service. And there are trains that allow "roll-on" bike service, like Cascades here in the NW.

Before deciding to use the bag on Amtrak, I would advise checking out their bicycle policy page:
http://www.amtrak.com/bring-your-bicycle-onboard
To note, they allow folding bikes as carryon baggage, but: "Regular bikes of any size, with or without wheels, are not considered folding bikes, and may not be stored as folding bikes aboard trains."

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General Discussion / Re: 'Housse' Bags
« on: April 27, 2014, 01:49:43 am »
Hmmm...looks interesting. Haven't seen this one before.

But let me ask a question: Are you planing on using this in Europe, or in the US? If for the US, I can see it being problematic for using Amtrak. They are specific about what kind of bikes can be carried on a train, namely true folding bikes that fit a specified dimension while folded. Now that's not to say that you maybe could get away with it, as people have brought bulky bags as carryons so maybe the train crew wouldn't notice. But they have become more anal about bag size over the past few years.

And that bag ain't cheap. Looks like nearly $120 USD, not including shipping from the UK. May pan out if you use it extensively, but it only costs $25 ($15 for box plus $10 service fee) to box a bike and check it on Amtrak (when checked baggage service is provided.)

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Can anyone fill me in on likely weather conditions in Mid-May on the Florence Alternate portion of the TransAm?  (This is in western Oregon). We don't want to cycle that far south along the coast before heading east if weather/road conditions aren't conducive to cycling.  Thanks...

Are you talking about the section between Florence and where you hook up with the main TA route in Eugene? If so, I wouldn't worry. While it is common that the Coast Range mountains get snow in the winter, it's nowhere to the level of the Cascades, and for nowhere near as long. I would only see some sort of freak, freak storm that would dump snow onto the Coast Range in Mid-May. However, it can be rainy.

Crossing the Cascades, McKenzie Pass may still be closed then, so you'd probably have to ride Santiam Pass.

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Routes / Re: Seattle to Missoula
« on: April 21, 2014, 02:18:20 pm »
I agree that getting up to the Northern Tier and connecting via Great Parks North at Glacier to Missoula would be the nicer/more scenic option. But if the goal is to just connect to the TransAm at Missoula, it may be faster to take the Pacific Coast route south to Astoria, then east on the Lewis and Clark to Missoula.

Of course, you can just pick up the TA at Astoria...

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Routes / Re: Portland to San Francisco in 15 days, starting May 7th
« on: April 11, 2014, 03:37:03 pm »
Well, we don't know what the OP's definition of "best route" is. If it's drier and shorter, than the "Valley" route could be better, though it can still rain in the Willamette Valley in May, and there's the whole Siskyou/Klamath Mountains between the valleys to pass through. But if best route means more in the way of scenery and campgrounds, it would be hard to beat the Pacific Coast Route, especially for someone who isn't from the area.

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Routes / Re: Portland to San Francisco in 15 days, starting May 7th
« on: April 11, 2014, 02:18:24 pm »
Well, that's pretty easy: Go down the Pacific Coast! You can follow the ACA Pacific Coast Route!
http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/pacific-coast/
With your timeframe, you can easily accomplish the route with 50-60 mile days.

As for getting to the Oregon Coast from Portland, 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.

There are also two bus options from Portland to the coast: The NW Point bus to Seaside/Astoria, or the Wave to Tillamook.

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General Discussion / Re: 2 General Questions
« on: March 25, 2014, 11:31:06 pm »
There really is no good way to bypass Portland on the L&C Route.
Portland is extremely bike friendly - but it is a big city, nevertheless.

The Lewis and Clark route bypasses most of Portland, even when in Portland. The only city neighborhoods that it goes through is St Johns and portions of North Portland, which has plenty of services, including bike shops and groceries. But they are mostly residential "streetcar suburb" neighborhoods and not really "big city" like. The rest of the way through the metro area is along Marine Drive, which is nice because it's pretty straight and flat and much of it is separated bike path. But you'll see very little of actual Portland unless you detour from the route. If you don't detour, you may wonder why everyone makes such a big deal about Portland.  ;)

Finally, I rode Hwy 14 on my first X-USA trip in 1987.  It has way more traffic now.
I've ridden Hwy 14 a couple of time since and have driven it, too.

Definitely agree on the "more traffic". Quite a bit of semis, not too much shoulder either, at least from the Camas to Bingen section. East of there, not as bad. And if you ride 14 the whole way through the Columbia River Gorge, you miss most of the scenic attractions.

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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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