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Routes / Re: How do I get a copy Cycling British Columbia? Please help.
« on: October 14, 2013, 11:29:05 pm »
Thanks everyone. I've ordered a copy from Thriftbooks.

Edit. Ooops it says Out of Stock. Let me check the other links. I'll try indigo I won't be needing it until next year.

General Discussion / Re: shipping bikes
« on: October 01, 2013, 10:28:24 am »
However you do it Laurie I'm 99% certain it will be significantly cheaper if you do all your shipping within the US. Not to mention no customs hassle. If you need a route to Bellingham Cascade Bicycle Club's RSVP route may be a help even though the narrative is for S to N. Have fun.  :)

General Discussion / Re: shipping bikes
« on: September 28, 2013, 03:43:23 pm »
Laurie, I bought my bikes elsewhere. I don't even use their bike shop much. FWIW I am a member. I think it's only $20 for lifetime membership and you get a dividend on all purchases which presumably will include your shipping. I hadn't thought of Bellingham that's pretty handy for you. You'd better call ahead before you go down to be on the safe side. Oh and be sure it's OK with the receiver for them to keep your bike for a few days so it's there when you arrive.

Gear Talk / Re: My "new-to-me" bike!
« on: September 28, 2013, 01:10:35 pm »
Are clipless pedals unnecessary?  Well, in the sense you can ride a bike without them, yes.  So is a saddle.  But I'd rather have both on my bike.
+1. People had similar complaints about multi speed gearing. If you've not used them before try clipped pedals on a stationary bike to get the hang of clipping in/out before you ride on road with them. The sensation of being stationary at, say, a traffic light and being unable to unclip is not to be missed

To the OP. You've got a good machine. After only 40,000 miles I've had to replace the headset on mine. This summer I rode 4700 miles with clipless pedals and a Brooks saddle for that matter with Panasonic RiBiMo 700 X 32 tires. It was a blast. Despite moans to the contrary you do get significantly more power from being clipped in; pulling up on the back leg is a learned skill like skiing that takes a bit of time to acquire. It don't come naturally but it is worth the effort. I use mountain bike shoes with recessed cleats they are plenty comfortable for walking.

Routes / How do I get a copy Cycling British Columbia? Please help.
« on: September 28, 2013, 12:28:28 pm »
A friend of mine lent me a copy of Cycling British Columbia by Paul Wood ISBN 0-9684826-2-7.
This seems to be a superb guide I would like my own copy but I can't find one anywhere. The only one I've found is on eBay and they want hundreds of dollars for it! I've called book stores all over BC, no luck. I even call the publishers and they have no copies and plans for a reprint

General Discussion / Re: Motivation: why ride?
« on: September 28, 2013, 12:02:36 pm »
+2 for John Nelson. After doing big rides with partners I find that these days I prefer riding solo. I never get lonely.

General Discussion / Re: shipping bikes
« on: September 28, 2013, 11:54:29 am »
If you can get to Seattle (ride there?) with your bike you might try REI. Last May REI in a box they provided, packed and shipped my bike from their Tukwila store in a Seattle suburb, to a motel in Bangor Maine for $50! I kid you not. It got there in fine shape. The only 'glitch' was that instead of removing both pedals they removed the right pedal and the left crank. Not a deal really. Perhaps this was better than just removing the pedals, there's less danger of the crank poking through the box.

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades-Oregon section: Windigo Pass question
« on: September 23, 2013, 11:40:29 pm »
Yes, we did circumnavigate the lake.
Lucky you I did the SC a couple of years ago and the road round the lake was still snowed in. It was a late snow year, I was unable to cross Elk Pass south of Mt Rainier either. Moral of story: check with the relevant authority for pass snow conditions if it's before August.

Someone in Ashland who had done it told me you needed a mountain bike to do the Windigo Pass Alternate. From the above comments it looks like she was correct. Actually the reason I didn't try it myself was hunger: adding another pass sounded attractive but I thought i stood a better chance of getting food in Chemult than anywhere on the Alternate route. A cafe shown on the ACA map on 97 that I was counting on for breakfast turned out to be closed.

Routes / Re: across USA from NY to San Francisco: ROUTES HELP!
« on: September 23, 2013, 11:43:52 am »
Indy you kept better notes than me. I didn't find route S too bad. I followed the signs which meant I missed the abandoned turnpike stretch; seems it's about as well as I didn't have a headlight and I tend to fall off my bike in dark tunnels (like I did in Glacier NP). The part that bypasses it has a very long climb I remember.

The cheapest motel of my whole trip was just off route in Bedford, $29, for a night. Not a bad room either. Incidentally the most expensive was a B & B in CT $140 discounted from a regular $175!! But we're getting off topic.

Routes / Re: across USA from NY to San Francisco: ROUTES HELP!
« on: September 23, 2013, 01:01:42 am »
Pennsylvania DOT has signed bike routes that are quite useful.  In general these routes avoid busy highways and the signage, at least for Route S, is complete. This summer I followed Route S across PA from just north of Philadelphia and took the GAP up to Pittsburgh. After that I joined the Northern tier heading west. You will want to stay further south I presume. Route S is nice riding.

There were a couple of places I was scratching my head as to where the route went but I managed to resolve the issue with a bit of riding back and forth. I once asked two State Patrol officers where Route S went. They had no idea what I was talking about! After about Gettysburg (slightly off route) the hills start in earnest and get steeper and more frequent as you head west. But don't let that put you off. It's no worse than Tuscany.

BTW Philadelphia has a huge Italian community I believe

Gear Talk / Re: Of Tires and Roads
« on: September 23, 2013, 12:06:32 am »
Here's some food for thought

And here's what one person can do with a road bike Though I wouldn't suggest a Pinarello for touring.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
« on: September 18, 2013, 02:34:41 am »
I've been considering some kind of a cover for the back of my neck and ears, but I haven't come up with any ideas that don't seem completely dorky

A Buff pulled over my ears with the end of it hanging over my neck seems to work for me. Who cares what it looks like when your riding? Kids think you look like a pirate when you take your helmet off. If appearance is a big deal to you whip it off and stuff it in a bike shirt pocket when you go to eat.  If you're a bit sparse on top it also prevents sunburn through the helmet vent slots which is why I started wearing them.

General Discussion / Re: bicycles on the roadways
« on: September 16, 2013, 09:07:43 pm »
I remember riding due east  out of Big Bear City CA and being terrified. The rising sun was right in my eyes and those of any motorist behind me. To make it worse much of the road had no shoulder and a drop off of about 12 inches in places so there was nowhere to go if I did see someone behind me who hadn't seen me. I really should have waited an hour or two to let the sun move round (OK Galileo, let the earth rotate) a bit.

General Discussion / Re: riding and camping in thunderstorms
« on: September 16, 2013, 09:00:03 pm »
You may want to check this guide that I wrote about bicycle touring tent. There are several sections including tips when using your tent, and a section on how to choose a touring tent”

Cyclo the link seems broke. Any chance you can fix it?

General Discussion / Re: Self inflating pad / Neo air reliability
« on: August 28, 2013, 12:02:25 pm »
i took a Neo Air on my Northern Tier tour this year. The first time I used it it deflated in about 1/2 an hour. So I traipse into Boston where REI replaced it. I then used the replacement perhaps twenty times without problems. The NeoAir is supremely comfortable and I don't slip off it, a problem I had with self inflating Thermarests. The last time I used it fairly close to home the pad was half deflated in the morning. I wrote and complained to the manufacturer and they wanted me to send it back but by the time I'd got their reply REI had replaced the Neo Air with an XLite version. We'll see how that works out.

I've toured with a ZRest. It insulates well but you feel every pebble under you

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