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Thanks for the feedback. I'm getting a picture. If I have the strength left for a part of it - maybe cutting inland from SF, maybe a bit further north - it'd make a great return loop after coming down on the coast. But I'll still need some maps and I'm not sure what'll be available when I get to Seattle. I'm not going to order in advance as anyway these ACA maps are expensive and I'd need several!I bet Adventure Cycling would be willing to ship them to you on the route via general delivery if you called them. You could buy them one at a time if unsure how far you were going to go with them.
OK, OK. I admit to a certain degree of exaggeration. It's a bit like the half full or half empty glass perspective. Maybe the weather thereabouts got better since I left about seventeen years ago. The saying used to be that in Vancouver you don't tan, you rust. I remember the sun shining a couple of times.Your comments were spot on for the coastal part of the area the OP asked about. My only quibble was lumping in the whole PNW.
I've seen someone just give a tyre a kind of figure 8 twist to pack it, but that doesn't look too healthy a way of doing things either.Why do you say that? If you buy tires on line or by phone they typically will come that way. It doesn't hurt them at all if done properly.
For the return part of my West Coast trip I'm thinking of perhaps trying the Sierra Cascades route. Sounds interesting and perhaps I could link up with it north of SF. and take it back up north of Seattle. Better than riding some highway, but depends how hilly it is. Gotta be some big ones up there and after doing the coast I might be tired. I'm also not so young anymore. Anyone done that route yet? What are the gradients like?I will know in 6 weeks or so since we start it this Friday.
Recommended torque is in the neighborhood of 28 ft-lbs and they usually come off harder than they go on. I have a hard time imagining taking pedals off with a 6mm allen wrench. It sometimes isn't all that easy with a long pedal wrench (15mm open end). Some pedals take 8mm or even 10mm allen wrenches. That seems a lot more reasonable to me.QuoteIt wouldn't hurt to carry a 15mm pedal wrench too, from Park.
Fortunately now a lot of pedals have a 6mm allen-wrench hole in the end, so the big pedal wrench is no longer necessary. And with the way pedals are threaded, it is not necessary to get them very tight-- just snug. Precession forces cause the pedals to tighten in normal riding. It would be a big understatement to say that precession forces dwarf the more-obvious freezing-up unscrewing forces. People's left pedals kept unscrewing themselves until manufacturers put a left-hand thread on the left pedal.
It pisses down there at least 300 days of the year. Just as it does generally speaking in the entire area of the Pacific North West - Canadian or otherwise.Not too relevant to the original question, but... Just so no one gets the wrong idea, that is mostly only the coastal area. Much of the PNW is very dry including eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, Idaho and Montana (all part of the PNW by many definitions). In fact you often don't get far from the coast before the climate changes drastically. Over the Coastal Range and it gets pretty dry, over the Cascades and it gets very dry. A major portion of the PNW can accurately be called desert.
I have noticed that many of the hotels along the way are not brand name hotels. For those of you that travel and stay in hotels, do you find the majority of them have Internet Access? Anyone tried the 3G laptop plans?It varies. Some do some don't.
Another day, another dilemma. I have a new spare tyre sitting here -Continental Travel Contact, like the tyres I already have on the bike and which are relatively new. The spare was picked up in Germany by my partner at my request. I know they come in a foldable version, and did specify that, but she's not sure now if it is, although she says she thinks it was folded when she got it. OK, she had other things on her mind, and the question exactly why she unfolded it remains moot for the sake of the relationship. So, what's the consensus on taking along a spare on a two month road trip in the US? More weight more bulk, or more peace of mind? These particular tyres are supposed to have some degree of Kevlar protection and I've never had a flat or blow-out so far even in the heat and on rough surfaces of SE Asia - fingers crossed. And anyway, how would I know if this tyre I hold before me is in fact a foldable tyre, and if I should decide to take it, how do I actually go about folding it - assuming it is capable of being folded? They tend to wriggle quite a bit and I'd hate to destroy a good tyre in the process. Of course, I could buy a ready folded new tyre as a spare in the US but I am trying to keep within budget.
Google bicycling routing seems to over prefer trails to roads so much so that it will add over 50% to the distance to travel just to use the trail.
Google maps street view is very helpful to confirm that the item(campground, store, ect) is actually where the map says it is or that the road exists.
It is nice to actually find trails with, but I will keep using Delorme's TOPO to do my routing. I can add the trails found in Google to delorme when they actually help.
Have you tried starting very early in the morning, stopping in a town when the wind gets really bad, and then continuing late in the afternoon when the wind often dies down some?+1
Each one is in a city that has multiple bicycle shops, and each represents the largest city which the TransAmerica Route passes through in its state. The five of them are close to evenly spaced, resulting in a reasonable distance between chain replacements even for riders who are particularly aggressive about chain replacement.Chains last much longer than the length of the TA for me. Additionally they don't totally fail suddenly. As long as you measure once in a while you get plenty of warning before the rest of the drive train is damaged. Bike shops are listed on the AC maps, just be careful east of Pueblo as there is quite a distance with no bike shops on route there unless things have changed since 2007.
The thing that might be useful to other riders is that on the above page I've also made note of the best place within that city to receive packages: my first choice was FedEx locations which offer the Hold at Location service and which have extended weekend hours, and where that service isn't available,I indicated the exact address you should use to arrange to pick up a package at a U.S. post office via general delivery, along with the address/hours/phone of the post office where your package would be held.FedX locations tend to be only in bigger cities which usually means extra effort finding them and getting there. We found it more convenient to use the US Postal Service and general delivery than to use FedEx. Pick a smallish town and the post office will not be off route. It is really easy to deal with the USPS, stop by any post office and tell them where the package is being held and they will arrange to forward it to another post office. This is very handy if you pass through the town in question when the post office is closed or are not ready for the package. All you really need to know is the zip code which is already on the AC maps.
I am planning my first tour this summer. 6-7 days along the OR and CA coast. I have both MTB SPD shoes/pedals plus road shoes and pedals with Looks style cleats. I really like the idea of using my MTB set up for the comfort and ease of walking around. That said the fit of my bike is very important as I have found myself to be very biomechanically sensitive. A centimeter off and I suffer on long rides. My bike is perfectly set up for me and changing something as important as shoes, pedals, and cleats is not worth it. I will be sticking with my road shoes and cleat covers. If I wasn't so finicky I would be using an SPD set up with MTB shoes for sure.