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General Discussion / Re: Careful where you buy stuff
« on: February 01, 2016, 12:00:11 am »
When we got to Oakland CA for a ride down the coast I decided we needed a chain long enough to lock both our bikes up. I went into a bike shop on the waterfront and found a Kryptonite chain for $62. So I bought one and well it served. After I got back I went to my LBS, Burien Bikes,

Burien Bikes, huh?  Is it the one called Bicycles West just east of Ambaum and north of 152nd?  I grew up going to that bike shop in the 1950s and 1960s and have bought bikes and much gear there.

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Gear Talk / Re: Lookin for rain poncho
« on: January 01, 2016, 12:09:15 pm »
I have ridden many hours in the rain.  I wear a cheap bike jacket shell that deflects most of the rain for the first hour or so. After a while, I'm getting wet form sweat, too, and I've never found a way around it.  The key to me is making sure that I have dry clothes to put on as soon as the riding is over. Clothes must be kept in waterproof containers/bags. 

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General Discussion / Re: Down Tube Shifters
« on: December 30, 2015, 08:43:07 pm »
I had them back in the 60s and 70s, but would never opt for them now.  I like not having to let go of the bars to shift.  I think its more stable, safe, and less distracting to be able to shift while maintaining control of the bars.   

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Routes / Re: Route from SF to LA
« on: December 11, 2015, 08:26:18 pm »
Just follow the coast highway. I did it with roadmaps and DOT maps. DOT will send maps for free, or they did in 1993, anyway.

In 2005, we found this to be not so easy, esp from Santa Barbara to just south of Oxnard.  It was extremely confusing in places there. 

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Routes / Re: Transam: solo or group ride? Has anyone done both?
« on: December 11, 2015, 08:21:55 pm »
I have done solo and group and supported group.  There is no "better: here.  they each have their advantages.  The company in social rides is a real plus, but the freedom and feeling of independence on solo rides are great too. I never regret either one and am just about always happy (well, or at least fully engaged!) when adventuring.

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Routes / Re: What is better? Zion or Bryce Canyon?
« on: December 11, 2015, 08:18:15 pm »
Zion.  Bigger, more options for hiking and biking  (not sure they let you bike on that main canyon road, though). However, I'd try to not have to choose b/c they are both fantastic.  If you go to Zion, be sure not to miss the cable route up Angel's Landing (you must not be an acrophobe, however, and it helps if you have scrambling experience). Bryce is limited in scope, but otherworldly  and beautiful.

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I have taken wonderful tours in Eastern WA in the spring.  There are some good 3 day loops in SE WA, around Walla Walla, Pullman, Pomeroy, Tri-Cities, etc.  We always just look on map and go.  It gets very cold at night in the areas in March, but daytime riding is often possible w/o a coat.  I've even jumped in the water in mid-March near Central Ferry.

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Gear Talk / Re: Water Filtration
« on: December 06, 2015, 12:42:48 am »
I've used iodine tablets many times, but not for day after day.  I wouldn't want to use them long term.

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Routes / Re: Plummer ID to Ellensburg, WA
« on: December 06, 2015, 12:40:03 am »
Thanks so much for this helpful information, jamawani! 

 (We think we can get a ride across the bridge at Vantage.)
Not sure why you think this. Do you have someone who has agreed to meet you there and take you, bike, and gear, etc across? Or are you hoping to hitch across somehow?  I have ridden across it west to east in 1991.  We had 4 guys and did it in the AM before there was much traffic. It can be done, but you have to have a mirror, be very visible and somewhat lucky.  I wouldn't do it with kids.

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Gear Talk / Re: Touring without fenders - big mistake?
« on: May 20, 2015, 01:20:25 am »
Never used them and don't plan to.  I know I get wetter without them, but that's ok. 

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Good routes from Bremerton to Astoria?
« on: May 18, 2015, 01:33:07 pm »
I have ridden all these roads over the past 30+ years.  I would take HWY 3 from Bremerton to Shelton, then be sure to take the little country road up through Matlock.  This is the gem of the route, and it is paved.  There will be little traffic and lots of woods and local character. Then go through Aberdeen and out to Grayland, as others have mentioned.  From there, Raymond, South Bend, Naselle and across the Astoria bridge.  I rode the bridge in the almost dark, in the rain, and did not find it so harrowing. It is the only place I've ever seen a road-kill starfish, though.  I would have a mirror, of course, but I always have one no matter where I'm riding. This is all a great ride, and I've never felt any real danger on any of it.  Have fun, and don't miss Matlock!

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Routes / Re: Touring From Seattle Beginning Early In May
« on: May 04, 2015, 02:05:19 pm »
Also, the I-90 bridge over the Columbia at Vantage is super dangerous.
No shoulder - zero - and pretty heavy traffic.
There is no old highway bridge option.
The Milwaukee Railroad bridge downstream remains closed, too.

This is unfortunate because the old highway from Ellensburg to Vantage is super.
And the back roads on the east side of the river are also excellent for touring.
This is true about the bridge at Vantage.  I rode over it in June of 1991 fairly early in the morning.  There were 4 of us and we all waved out left arm vigorously as we rode.  I heard of one person who hitchhiked over it by waiting on the freeway entrance for a pickup and when one stopped they threw the bike in the back and took the ride over the bridge and then got back on the bike and rode on!
Jamawani is right, the old road from Ellensburg to Vantage is cool, as are the old roads from Ellensburg to Cle Elum and you can also ride nice old bucolic roads west from Cle Elum for another 10 miles or so.

Again, I would be reluctant, to say the least, to ride this area into the west wind.  I have seen people literally cry in frustration in the summer gales!

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Yes, there are lots of services in the area.  In addition to little corner stores there are real towns like Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Raymond. The northern part of the area, from Forks to Hoquiam, does not have major towns, but I rode it in 2004 and we were able to resupply with minimart type stores.  I have ridden all of this area and did not lack for places to get food/drink, etc.  There may be a stretch of 40 or so miles w/o services, but that's easily prepared  for.  BTW, it is a great riding area if you hit the weather right. I would prefer the loop out through Grayland on 105 rather than staying on 101. Enjoy!

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Routes / Re: Touring From Seattle Beginning Early In May
« on: April 22, 2015, 12:55:59 am »


Is it feasible to bike comfortably in the vicinity of the I-90 corridor from Ellensburg to Seattle if I were to shorten the eastern loop?

Thanks for your suggestions.
Richard
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I live along I-90 in the Kittitas Valley west of Ellensburg.  Because of construction, you cannot road bike over Snoqualmie Pass, but can ride the unpaved John Wayne trail as mentioned by others. There are rough sections on this unpaved converted RR route but it can be done with a road bike with beefy tires. The tunnel on the JWT at the pass is closed, but in that area you can take paved options on I-90 and/or alterrnate frontage roads. Another consideration--travelling west in the Kittitas Valley all the way from the Vantage area to the Easton area there are HORRIBLE headwinds 80% of the time. It is not uncommon in spring and summer to have steady winds of 25 mph with gusts 30-40 mph.  Just look at all the windmills around you.  I know.  I've been here 40 years and do most of my road biking elsewhere or early in the day before the winds come up or in the few somewhat protected parts of the county.

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Routes / Re: Seattle to Boise
« on: April 01, 2015, 12:13:51 am »
I rode the section between La Grande and Pendleton in 2002.  There were some great frontage and side roads in the Meacham area that meandered along for miles, but basically followed the freeway.  They provided bucolic, scenic, traffic-free and quiet riding for a few hours.

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