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General Discussion / Re: Light Touring
« on: October 06, 2011, 02:05:44 pm »
Sounds OK to me.  I would think that the panniers could be fairly small ones and would be inclined to look at ones intended to be used as front panniers.[/quote]

+1.  Maybe some Ortlieb Sport Packers as noted above. I have a pair. They hold a good amount without being obscenely large like their Bike Packer companions. And they are waterproof.

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast in January-February
« on: October 06, 2011, 01:53:21 pm »
Motels will usually be available. But be prepared for rain. Lots of it. And be aware that the usually reliable Pacific Coast tailwind (if you're going from north to south) become a headwind during storms, which usually come in one after the other all winter. That means with the rain, you'll also usually get headwinds. January-February are high rainfall months in a fairly high rainfall area.

If you don't believe him, see what ODOT has to say:

For Jan.-Mar.:  45 degrees, 12 inches of rain, winds from the SW

Not sure if the rainfall is cummulative for the 3 months or the average for each month.  I am thinking the former since since 3' of rain in three months seems like an awful lot.

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Section 5
« on: October 06, 2011, 01:43:58 pm »
Is there any reason why the southern section of Sierra Cascades took the "mountain" route instead of "hills and valleys"?

Because it's called the Sierra Cascades route?

Gear Talk / Re: Tour bike
« on: October 03, 2011, 10:05:14 am »

General Discussion / Re: hip pain
« on: September 30, 2011, 10:14:20 am »
I have a friend in her 60s who had her hip replaced maybe 4 years ago. She does a lot of riding, including hilly rides.

Routes / Re: Canada to Mexico
« on: September 28, 2011, 01:43:11 pm »
Oregon has an informative publication with a map for its portion:

Gear Talk / Re: BOB Trailer Ibex storage versus YAK
« on: September 27, 2011, 04:23:10 pm »
So, airlines don't charge you extra for oversized bags ?
According to United's site:,,52907,00.html
Any Baggage whose length+width+height is greater then 62 in will get charged for oversized baggage. It's bad enough they charge $35 for the first bag and $25 for the second, but if it's larger then 62in then they charge even more. I'm hoping to fit my bike in one and the BOB trailer in another. Has it been your experience that the 62 in restriction is not enforced by airlines ?

Maybe I am a little confused here. Unless United has changed its policy since I flew it back in June of this year, you are going to get charged more than the standrd baggage charge for a bike regardless of the size of the box.  If I remember correctly, the bike charge was $100/bike, which is why we shipped UPS.

If you look at BOB’s site, it seems doubtful that you can get the Yak in a 62” box. The cargo space alone shown as roughly 25”x16”x18”, or 59”. Add to that the non-removeable “fork” to which you secure the wheel, and you are over 62” by more than an inch or two.  (When new, the trailer is packed with the front “fork”, which I thought they used to call the yoke, reversed so it’s inside the cargo compartment and thus does not add to the dimensions of the box. The wheel, fender and flag can alo be placed inside the cargo portion.)

One last consideration:  According to the TSA people I have spoken with, if you fly with a stove, you risk having it confiscated even if there is no fuel involved. When we travel, we ship the stove and empty fuel bottle in either one of the bike boxes or the trailer box.

General Discussion / Re: Camp Coffee That Doesn't Suck
« on: September 27, 2011, 03:35:28 pm »
We take them on 2 or 3 days trips. I usually do not like Starbucks coffee, but Via is not half bad. Does the job for me. For anything longer, we bring a plastic French press mug that you can drink out of and ground La Columbe coffee.

Routes / Re: Ok, here's the deal...
« on: September 26, 2011, 04:37:05 pm »
I have a partner now that will be joining me for my cc tour next summer.  We have decided to dip our wheels in Long Beach, NY. We want to see the Statue of Liberty, Twin Towers Memorial, Niagra Falls and Times Square. All of these are within the same area, correct? Or are they too far apart from each other. I am totally not familiar with the NY area.

That's what Google Maps is for. Niagara Falls, NY is on the other end of the state from Manhattan. FYI, the Canadian side of the falls is much cooler. The Northern Tier route goes through it before coming back into NY at Buffalo. Also be advised that much of Times Square is closed to vehicular traffic.

You can see the Statue of Liberty from several places, including the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights. But, as noted, to visit you will have to take a ferry from either NY or NJ. I wonder whether they would allow bikes.

General Discussion / Re: Great Music For My Tour? Suggestions?
« on: September 19, 2011, 09:23:22 am »
OK everybody, let's keep our eyes on forum etiquette here. Discussion of risks, which ones your feel worth taking, and why: these are all fine. Comments about an individual's motives for writing, personal character, and the like are not fine. I have removed some of the latter in this thread.


Thanks, I guess.  Don't understand the anger.

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route - so many questions, where to begin...
« on: September 19, 2011, 09:15:03 am »
After completing the Northern Tier in '99 I rode home to Philadelphia using the Atlantic Coast Route with one detour from Windsor Locks to New Haven and then back on route somewhere. Left Bar Harbor August 25th. Enjoyed that time of year immensley. There were still some crowds in ME, but it wasn't that bad.

Funny that you mention hurricanes. I had to take refuge from Floyd that year just north of Pt. Jervis, NY. Some towns in NJ were under water. And we all saw what Irene did. Let's hope that was a 100 year event.

General Discussion / Re: Great Music For My Tour? Suggestions?
« on: September 19, 2011, 08:55:58 am »

I'll tell you the same thing I've told others. It seems my journal bugs you.

Are you kidding?  I find it quite entertaining.

Gear Talk / Re: info overload, help!
« on: September 13, 2011, 04:37:45 pm »
At your price point for a complete bike, you can probably forget Seven, Rivendell and IF.  (BTW...Some will tell you that IF is not the same now that it has been bought and people have left the company.)

My Surly LHT performed perfectly on all my trips, including this summer's tour 460 mile tour in Montana which included at leat 50 miles of dirt.  It wasn't single track, but some of it was pretty rough and steep. I also commute on it. It has all the desired features noted above.  There is even room for lowering the gearing by switching the small chain ring to a 22. As noted, most sizes are offered in 700c or 26".  Only the smaller sizes come in 26" only.

Like you, my inseam is relatively short compared to my torso. I am 6' 2", about 215 lbs. and wear 33" pants. The 60cm size leaves a little (but enough) standover clearence.  With the stem uncut, the seat is level with the bars, and it otherwise fits me great "upstairs."  YMMV of course.

General Discussion / Re: Great Music For My Tour? Suggestions?
« on: September 07, 2011, 01:59:36 pm »
Maybe he wants music before rolling out or while in camp or during rest stops. Yes, au naturel is best, but whenever the topic of music comes up, people always feel the need to wade in with the smug "I don't listen to music while riding."

Smugness has nothing to do with my response.  He is, quite simply, riding without a helmet while listening to music.  From his journal:

"Today was a great day. I spent much of the day listening to music as I rode along. I listened to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a long while." (Emphasis added)

A caption to one of the photos from Day 86 describes the loss of the helmet. Day 87 relates how he decided to not wait for the opportunity to purchase another one before continuing on.

Taking the risk is up to him, but that doesn't minimize the risk.

General Discussion / Re: Great Music For My Tour? Suggestions?
« on: September 07, 2011, 09:26:37 am »
Um, yeah, the sounds of the wind/birds/rivers/streams/crickets/and my fellow riders are about the best sounds on Earth for me when I tour.

+1 BTW...He's riding without a helmet since he forgot it somewhere several days ago and did not want to wait until a check cleared so he could have the funds to buy a new one. A dangerous combination to say the least.

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