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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« on: November 15, 2016, 06:07:50 pm »
 I wouldn't recommend it in the fall. I've just rode from Seattle to San Fransisco this Sept/October. The weather was a challenge, headwinds and rain much of the way in Oregon and California. I got as far as Gualala and caught a buses to SFO rather than battle more rain and headwinds on narrow shoulderless roads.

General Discussion / Re: Trangia Stove / Meths
« on: November 09, 2016, 02:14:19 pm »
And if you get a chance try Indian fry bread. It's nothing like fried bread in the UK and is delicious.

No matter what kind of shoes/sandals you get make sure you have overshoes. I did the N Cal Pacific coast this October and it was very wet. My experience is that no overshoe will keep your feet dry in heavy rain i don't care how much you spend on them, after all if you have clipless pedals they have to have a hole in the bottom and water will eventually wick in. What you do need overshoes for is to keep your feet warm. To that end wool socks are big help.

General Discussion / Re: Which bike should I travel the U.S. with?
« on: November 09, 2016, 07:03:11 am »
Basically the Pugsley is incorrect for almost all riding.  Unless you plan to ride the beaches from Seattle to San Diego.  Or maybe ride the Rocky Mountain trail in the middle of winter and need some flotation for the snow.
That seems a bit harsh Russ. Never tried one myself but I've read where some people prefer them to regular bikes for single track and e.g. gravel logging roads. But I agree they don't appear to be very good for the ACA sort of touring on roads.

General Discussion / Re: Trangia Stove / Meths
« on: November 09, 2016, 06:39:34 am »
Well Lucy you've had answers to 1 & 2 I'll give 3 a go. I don't know any websites but that doesn't mean there aren't any, try googling Indian tribe names (or google  'Indian tribe names' if you don't know any) I know, you've done that already BUT while you're on tour you will almost certainly go through Indian reservations as they tend to be off major highways and many of them have museums - the one at the Nez Perce* reservation in Idaho is superb. If there is no museum there will probably be a casino. Go to the casino (they sometimes have a small museum) and ask how you can learn more about their tribe. My experience has been that Native Americans really like someone taking an interest in their culture.
Casinos often have cheap food that's better than burger chains. You don't have to gamble to avail yourself of it in all the casinos I've visited.
Yes, they do refer to themselves as 'Indians', the Indians you get in the UK are East Indian if you need to distinguish.

* Nez Perce as you probably know is French. The name is not pronounced Nay Persay but Nezz Purse, including by the Nez Perce themselves. Your next challenge: pronounce Puyallup - a tribe in Washington state.

General Discussion / Re: My front V-Brake is squealing like a pig???
« on: November 09, 2016, 06:03:06 am »
I had a squealing SD-7 on the front. I tried cleaning the rims both with alcohol and detergent - no change. Tried no toe in, some toe in, ridiculous toe in - made no difference. Jagwire pads helped a bit. Eventually replaced the SD-7 with a Single Digit Ultimate brake using KoolStop pads with no toe in. Now it's silent and works beautifully. Two weeks ago I came down the Leggett climb with silent braking. I've still got an SD-7 on the back. It never did squeal. Beware the Ultimate is 5 times the cost of an SD-7.

General Discussion / Re: Trans am route, map or gpx Garmin.
« on: November 01, 2016, 02:12:45 am »
There are not enough good things to be said about the AC maps.  Post offices,, food, camping spots you would never find yourself, bike shops, regional lore to catch up on at night, and on and on. 
Very true.

But do check the addenda. Before today I've rode 20 miles for breakfast to find a restaurant was out of business near Chemult OR. It was in the addenda as closed but I didn't check. A couple of times places have not been shown as closed in the addenda (a motel in Erie PA, a bike shop in Port Orford OR) and they were in fact closed, so if they appear to be the only show in town give them a ring to make sure they are still operating. And do submit an addendum if you find such a place.

General Discussion / Amtrak Coast Starlight now easier to use
« on: November 01, 2016, 01:50:47 am »
I recently traveled from Oakland to Seattle on the Amtrak Coast Starlight train and was delighted to find you no longer have to box up your bike. Just pay $20 bike fee and take your bike to the baggage car when the train arrives. No boxes, no removing pedals, no turning bars, just "remove anything that might fall off" and you're done. you get a claim tag and have to show it when you pick up your ready to ride bike from the baggage car at your journey's end.

This does have the slight drawback that you can't check your boxed up bike the night before (unless I suppose you want to box it yourself) which may sometimes be convenient.

General Discussion / Re: What to do with a bike box?
« on: August 29, 2016, 09:35:01 am »
There's a pile of bike shops near SeaTac  Airport that will box a bike for you: Burien Bikes, REI Tukwila, Aaron's Bicycle Repair. All of which I've used and found to be very good. The handiest has to be Angle Lake Cyclrey Which is just across the street from the Light Rail station one stop from the airport. I've never used them mind so I can't recommend or not.

General Discussion / Re: Trans am route, map or gpx Garmin.
« on: August 25, 2016, 10:28:47 am »
  I often gave them to another tourist going the other direction.
Good thinking!

General Discussion / Re: Trans am route, map or gpx Garmin.
« on: August 24, 2016, 10:37:18 pm »
ACA maps are great and I've used lots of them. They do however give you a sort of tunnel vision. For instance when I did the Transam I didn't realize we were within 15 miles of Wichita Kansas, a big city, until I looked at our location on a road map. State tourism places usually have free road maps for their state, see if you can pick one up as you go into a state, it'll give you the big picture. When you leave that state either bin the road map it or send it home as a souvenir

General Discussion / Re: What to do with a bike box?
« on: August 23, 2016, 06:46:03 pm »
Send me a PM when you are near Seattle. I live near SeaTac airport. If I'm not touring I may be able to help.

General Discussion / Re: Anyone have any TIPS on Shimano SPD pedals??
« on: August 05, 2016, 01:33:06 pm »
I remember this from Youtude keep your SPD bolts greased with waterproof grease
Put grease on all threaded fasteners.
True but if you're like me the place where you bought your shoes put your cleats on and they aren't likely to grease the screws. And you can undertighten them, in spite of what the guy in the video says, in which case they can come loose and make it hard to unclip. Poking around the web it seems that 5-6 nm is the right torque. I couldn't find an official Shimano recommendation.

General Discussion / Re: Anyone have any TIPS on Shimano SPD pedals??
« on: August 02, 2016, 05:39:35 pm »
Something to think about. Getting old cleats off can be a pain. Something I didn't realize until I saw a YouTube about it was that you can get at the plate the cleats are bolted to by removing the insole. Use penetrating oil before you try to undo them, they can get well rusted in. In my case the Allen key sockets had burred over and I couldn't get a 4mm wrench in them until I'd ground away the burrs with a Dremel tool (don't worry your not going to re-use anything you grind on). If all else fails grind the head of the screw off and get the screw out with Vice Grips.

General Discussion / Re: SPD Cleats-SH51 Versus SH56?
« on: August 02, 2016, 12:41:04 pm »
Now you're asking. I didn't even know there was more than one kind of SPD. Not relevant but I do know there are SPD lookalikes that don't work with SPD cleats, my LBS had me try two pairs of pedals that looked just like SPDs but wouldn't work with my cleats. They seemed to clip in but came out with the least pull upwards. In the end I went elsewhere and bought vanilla SPDs that work just fine.

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