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Speaking as a park ranger and an EMT (and also a National Mountain Bike Patroller), all trails, paved or unpaved, should allow exceptions for emergency situations. Our community recently built a corridor trail linking the two largest cities in the county, and although it is specifically designed to keep ATVs and snowmobiles (as well as cars and trucks) off the trail, the barriers are removable in an emergency. The local fire departments and sheriff's rescue squad have ATVs set up for patient transport. The biggest issue with modern ambulances is their width. (No pun intended.) Most paved and gravel trails are 8 to 10 feet wide. So are most modular (box-style) ambulances.
A few years back, we had a rider thrown from a horse deep inside our park, with had a possible broken back. Our trails are all 8-foot wide gravel/natural surface. The duty ranger and the local fire department used ATVs to access her and transport her out to the waiting ambulance. I think most, if not all communities have plans for this kind of occurance when trails are built. There would probably be major liability issues if they did not do so.
Fenders installed - easy once you've screwed it up once Here is what my bike looks now, fully loaded. Thanks everyone for their advice. Now I will start bike touring Florida for the next 15 months and then do my Souther Tier route end of March, 2014.
Hehehe...this sounds like the marketing KoolAid pushed by the bike component companies to replace perfectly functioning components to the non-racing majority of cyclists.You are absolutely right. All modern bike components are nothing but an evil conspiracy by rapacious manufacturers to fool gullible riders into spending large amounts of money on things of no value. You obviously see through their nefarious intent.
I'm not drinking...
I will say that I rather enjoyed using down tube shifters on my Southern Tier ride. The simpler approach just seemed to fit with the minimalist approach I took for the trip in general.OK, but isn't the Southern Tier about the flattest cross country route available? The relative inaccessibility of downtube shifters isn't a handicap under those riding conditions.
Mirror - it'll save your life.
Very low gearing ratios
Good luck I love my Surly LHT - just about to take into the hills of Wales
Pat, a thing to consider when deciding what route to "The Coast" to take is where on the coast do you want to start (or does it matter)? Each route out to the coast ends in a different place. If you really want to do the whole Oregon coast (a worthy endeavor), then you should choose one of the two routes that go to Astoria, either US 30 or 202/47/Banks-Vernonia (which I heartily recommend.) Astoria is a cool little town worth a visit.
If you are more pressed for time and/or don't mind skipping sections of the northern Oregon coast, then you should use 6/8 or another southerly route like Nestucca River Road.
I am sorry if this is an old topic - I am on tour, and only have a Kindle, and topic searches are torture.
Is there a reasonably safe bike route from Portland to the sea? We were on the PCH tour. The hub on my wife's bike required a real bikeshop, so we took AMTRAK from Centralia to Vancouver. We are in the "now what mode ". We really don't want to go back ul to Centralia (getting really bad vibes from there and just want to movenon.
There are number of bicycles originating in Europe that match the type of touring models mentioned by DaveB, Thorn, etc.
In response to inquiry to Koala Bike Store, UK, http://www.koalastoreonline.com/, which advertises Cannondale, Jamis, Novara, etc at discount prices, I received the following reply,
"We do not accept paypal due to the inability of PayPal to confirm that an address is verified in their payment system.
Western Union is what other customers in your country have been paying and their items has been delivered without any problem."
Another reported receiving the following reply to his inquiry,
"we are unable to process all credit cards due to the problem we are currently facing with our credit card processor, our credit card processor developed issues because of large volume of order we are having at the moment due to the ongoing promo we are currently running to all our new and existing customers."
Again, it was requested funds be sent by Western Union.
I do not know if firm is legitimate or not, but the requests payment be sent by Western Union suggests caution.