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Classifieds / Sold: Sierra Designs Lookout CD Tent, $175 plus shipping
« on: March 09, 2014, 09:58:20 pm »
Sierra Designs Lookout CD 3 person, 4 season tent.

Dimensions are width 48"/69"/58", length 90", and total packed weight is about 7 pounds.

Photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10534438@N06/sets/72157642132678413/

$175 plus shipping Sold

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Classifieds / Sold: Kelty Zen Tent, $75 plus shipping
« on: March 09, 2014, 09:54:42 pm »
Kelty Zen 2 person, 3 season tent. This served me well when riding across the US about ten years ago. It got used a few more times after that on shorter tours, but then it went into hibernation. It's not freestanding and need to be staked.

Dimensions are width 35"/58"/39", length 90", and total packed weight is about 5 pounds.

I have two rainflys, it's been so long I don't know why. The original white one with the orange trim is a little sticky on the inside. I think that's why I got the gray one, and that one has a much bigger vestibule too.

Photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10534438@N06/sets/72157642132940203/

$75 plus shipping Sold

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Gear Talk / Tent - One Person and Freestanding?
« on: December 31, 2013, 10:45:36 pm »
I'm in the market for a new tent. The primary consideration is that it's for one person (I don't want it too big/heavy) and freestanding (for camping opportunities which would preclude stakes). Most other considerations are secondary. Any suggestions?

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Youth Bicyle Travel / Age for Two Fathers/Sons Summer Tour
« on: December 15, 2013, 10:29:37 am »
The dad of one of my son's classmates is also into bicycle touring! That gives the possibility of a combined father/son "big" tour.

Although I have a tandem, the likely scenario is four people riding single bikes. The boys are 8 years old now, clearly too young to ride their own bikes, but for future planning, any thoughts on "right" age? I'm thinking old enough to be safe on the road, young enough to still want to go with dad.

Timing would be summer, so I'm thinking Northern Tier, Transamerica, or Pacific Coast. The kids don't get as long of a summer break as they used to, and we live in Southern California, so that would drive it towards being a Pacific Coast tour. I've done most of the Pacific Coast so I realize there's some sections of 101 which would tend to bump up the minimum age. (Though the worst parts are in Southern California, which we could easily skip.)

It's just an idea at this stage, so any thoughts are welcome. We would have the opportunity to do shakedown tours, etc., close to home before going on a big trip.

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Gear Talk / Replacement for Continental Top Touring Tires
« on: December 15, 2013, 09:38:02 am »
I need to make a last minute addition to my Christmas list: a new set of touring tires for the tandem bike. Unfortunately, it appears the 700c Continental Top Touring 2000 tires are now discontinued. Anyone know the intended replacement in the Continental line?

When the 27" TTs were discontinued, I switched to the Conti GatorHardShell on my old touring bike. Although those are listed as race tires on the Conti website, they've worked out well for touring. The sidewalls seem less prone to cracking with age, compared to the TT.

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General Discussion / Homemade Fork Spreader Ideas?
« on: July 08, 2013, 12:35:09 am »
I'm at the end of my tour, I got a bike box from the LBS today, and I just realized there's no plastic fork spreader. I need to pack and ship the bike home tomorrow, preferably before the LBS opens. Any suggestions for a DIY fork spreader, using parts from the nearby big box stores? My first thought was a 4" long wood block or PVC sprinkler pipe held in place with tape, any better ideas?

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Routes / Bus from Portland to Astoria
« on: June 28, 2013, 06:00:59 am »
I am flying to Portland, and I have a reservation for me and the bicycle on the bus from the Portland Amtrak station to Astoria. (Handy tip: to find on Amtrak, look for station codes PDX and ART.)

So has anyone used this bus before, and how did the logistics work out? I saw the FAQ at the link below but have a couple of questions. Do you actually have to arrive early enough to "check" your luggage, or just hand it to the bus driver before boarding. Does the bike need to be boxed, or is unboxed OK?

http://www.northwest-point.com/schedule.aspx

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GPS Discussion / Garmin on Tour - Single or Multiple FIT Files?
« on: June 22, 2013, 10:36:39 pm »
Maybe a silly question, or at least one of personal preference, but I'll ask anyway. When using a Garmin Edge 500 (or similar) to track your cycling on a multiday tour, do you press "stop" at the end of the day, then reset, so that each day is a single FIT file? Or do you simply press stop at the end of the day, and then press start the next morning, so it saves to a single FIT file?

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Gear Talk / Solar Panel - Yea or Nay?
« on: June 21, 2013, 09:10:34 am »
I'll be riding the Oregon coast in a couple of weeks would like to keep my iPhone and Garmin Edge 500 charged up. I've been thinking about getting a solar panel, but I'm wondering if it's more trouble than it's worth, any thoughts? I have a USB charger that can use 4 AA batteries, and I have an external battery pack which can be charged by AC power. So that may be enough of a backup if I'm away from AC power.

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GPS Discussion / Garmin Edge 500 Battery Life
« on: May 28, 2013, 04:43:20 pm »
I have a Garmin Edge 500, and I'd like to use it for my Oregon coast tour this summer, so long as charging it doesn't become more trouble than it's worth. How often does it need to be charged while touring. Daily, weekly, monthly?

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Routes / Hotels in Astoria, OR
« on: May 22, 2013, 10:52:18 pm »
I'll be starting my next stage of the Pacific Coast route in Astoria, OR. Any bike-friendly hotel recommendations?

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General Discussion / Flying with Bicycle on Small Planes
« on: June 11, 2011, 11:36:14 pm »
I will be taking a jet to on the first leg to my tour start, but the final leg is on a regional turboprop (Embraer 120 Brasilia). With this small plane, would I have any issues with taking a boxed conventional bicycle as checked luggage?

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Instead of getting from Ocotillo, CA to Globe, AZ via the ST routing of Blythe, CA and Phoenix, AZ - has anyone had experience using Calexico, Yuma, Gila Bend, Maricopa, Florence as an alternate?  I found this blog where they had done parts of that route.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=RrzKj&doc_id=2407&v=8q

Brian
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Routes / Sierra Cascades - Winter Closure West of Wrightwood, CA
« on: June 04, 2011, 09:39:14 pm »
A portion of Highway 2 west of Wrightwood (between Vincent Gap and Islip Saddle - maps 63 and 64) is regularly closed in the winter after the first snowfall, as that section of road is not plowed due to avalanche concerns. It is typically reopened by the last weekend in May, although it is often passable before then.

An alternate route would be to take N4/Big Pines Highway on map 64, Valyermo Road, Fort Tejon Road, Mt Emma Road, Cheseboro Road, Barrel Springs Road, and then the route can be rejoined in Palmdale.

Brian
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