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General Discussion / Re: Creating a group bike tour
« on: January 02, 2012, 09:25:35 am »
If Andrew doesn't have a specific tour I do.

Here's a tour I've been thinking of for 2013. Train Vancouver BC to Jasper Alberta, ACA Great Parks route Jasper to Whitefish MT. Then depending on how everybody feels and time constraints (not all of them are retired) either train or NT back to Seattle.

There will be from two to six riders. All will be physically up to this or they can get back on their own. This sounds harsh but I've known them all for decades. I don't want to camp.

Is there anything to be gained from group rates on railways, in hostels etc.?

Gear Talk / Ortlieb trunk bag question
« on: December 30, 2011, 05:50:46 pm »
Has anyone had experience with the Ortlieb rack bag? It seems to be a new product and I can't find any reviews on the web (well three actually). They also sell an adapter that allows you to hang paniers easily which would be nice. I currently have a cheap Novara bag with velcro attachment and it's a bit of a struggle sometimes to attach my Sport Packers.  The zip top seems really handy too.

General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: December 29, 2011, 09:07:59 am »
+1 only I usually ride my half day in the morning and take the afternoon off.

That's probably a better way to do it but it is is nice to lie in bed sometimes....

Gear Talk / Re: Rain Gear (yet again...)
« on: December 28, 2011, 04:16:59 pm »
Gore-Tex also said they guarantee their garments; if a garment fails to meet your expectations, and the dealer will not refund your money or substitute a garment to your satisfaction, Gore-Tex will.

I can attest to that. I bought a GoreTex Bike Wear jacket in the UK that ended up leaking like a sieve after about a year. I sent it back (in the US) and they let me pick any jacket in their line to replace it.

General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: December 28, 2011, 09:53:46 am »
I think I'd get bored on a rest day unless there was something very compelling there.


Believe it. I made the mistake of taking a day off in Packwood WA when doing the Sierra-Cascade route. I was bored to distraction. There's absolutely nothing there, I couldn't even find anything to read. What I found to be better than a rest day is a short day, say 20-30 miles, I even had a day of just 12 miles! You can relax, have a late breakfast, see the museum or whatever and set off early to mid afternoon. This way you satisfy the urge to keep riding, there's no chance of stiffening up and the next day you're ready for that 70 miler.

Gear Talk / B17 issue. Am I the only one?
« on: December 11, 2011, 10:07:04 am »
About a year ago I was touring in Washington State and called into a bike shop in Ellensburg to buy a tube. While there I decided my saddle needed tightening so I asked the owner if he had a Saddle wrench I could borrow. He said he didn't but very kindly took one from a new B17 saddle he had for sale (Both saddle and wrench were mounted on cardboard for display. You know the sort of thing I mean) to my surprise the wrench didn't fit! It was too small. I know they are a bit fiddly so I had the bike shop man try. He couldn't get it to work.

The old nuts were an imperial size. My guess is that Brooks couldn't get any more imperial stock to make the nuts out of and went to the nearest metric size. Brooks website only advertises one wrench so if I buy one will it fit? I tried contacting Brooks via their site but got no reply. Was this all a bad dream or what?

General Discussion / Re: Stupid Hotel Question
« on: December 09, 2011, 07:50:21 am »
Not to say that most motels/hotels aren't clean,however I prefer to sleep in ( or on ) my own sleeping bag. I'll even put my sleeping pad on the floor and sleep on that,rather than the bed.

uh?? Hostels in California, at least the ones I stayed in, do not allow the use of sleeping bags. Seems sleeping bags sometimes bring uninvited guests

Routes / How much climbing does the Sierra Cascades route involve?
« on: December 05, 2011, 04:47:33 pm »
I did the SC last summer and would dearly love to know what my total climbing was. Anybody figured it out?

General Discussion / Re: Banff to San Francisco
« on: November 29, 2011, 09:58:10 am »
Probably a wise move syndrome. However it's possible to get passes as far south as California blocked by snow quite late in the year. I went over Mt Lassen on July 17 this year and the road had been opened just the day before. I met two guys coming the other way who had had to detour round it. But I don't think you'll meet any show stoppers. By that I mean passes you can't avoid although you may have some long detours. You may have to find an alternative to the North Cascades Highway: snow can hang around late there. Having said that, there have been years when it didn't close at all (very few). Check on the internet; Washington State DOT even has a North Cascades  newsletter you can sign up for which I recommend. States sometime have 800 numbers for road conditions.

Since you're new to touring. I'll offer this: locals have no idea what it's like to get anywhere on a bike. "not far" can be 15 or 20 miles. "A bit of a hill" can be 2000 ft in 3 miles. "down the road" can be uphill all the way (got bit by that this year)

Go for it.

Routes / Great Parks Questions
« on: November 27, 2011, 04:45:37 pm »
I want to ride the ACA Great Parks route from Jasper to Whitefish MT next year and I have some questions

a) what's the earliest I can start and have a hope of all the roads being passable

b) is it possible to do this route without camping? if so should I be booking places now?

c) I plan on catching the train from Vancouver to Jasper. Any known problems with that?

Thanks for any input

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Piedra route mystery.
« on: November 26, 2011, 06:07:29 pm »
Should I submit an addendum to this effect?

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Piedra route mystery.
« on: November 26, 2011, 05:28:42 pm »
  I think John is right we almost certainly never reached Kings River. From the ACA map (and Google Maps traffic view) it looks as though you can get to the Corps campground from Elwood Rd. along Pine Flat Rd which is what we were trying to do to avoid going back through Piedra. We were still in sight of Elwood Rd at the derelict bridge. there was no indication at the start of the road that it was impassable! Thanks John, mystery solved

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Piedra route mystery.
« on: November 26, 2011, 09:05:00 am »
Thanks for taking the trouble Fred. it's a real headscratcher. I wonder if there is an unmapped road before Pine Flat Rd. I have come across these with Google Maps but only with new developments. The road up to this bridge was narrow, had grass in the middle in parts, was shoulderless and obviously didn't get much traffic but the asphalt did go all the way to this wreck. I was stood on asphalt taking the picture. Now of course I regret not taking more shots.  :'( Ain't that always the way?

Maybe there are kayakers/rafters who know this bridge. it's pretty distinctive! I'll see if i can find any on the web.

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Piedra route mystery.
« on: November 25, 2011, 06:29:05 pm »
That's one mystery cleared up. Now about the other one...???

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Piedra route mystery.
« on: November 25, 2011, 04:23:14 pm »
Dunno what I did wrong with the link. Another mystery.

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