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Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes--First time touring
« on: September 13, 2016, 08:21:37 pm »
If you are not opposed to taking a bus for a part of your journey,
Put your bike on the bus and take the bus to Mukilteo or Lynnwood.
Highway 525 is busy but has shoulders or bike lanes. Whidbey is
very hilly but the side roads on the east and west of the main road
are lightly traveled and the scenery is spectacular.
 Whidbey has some of the best scenery and best riding I've found.
A fee map of the island is available at the ferry terminal or from any real estate office.
Ft Ebby and Deception Pass have great camping. 

General Discussion / Re: SPD Cleats-SH51 Versus SH56?
« on: August 02, 2016, 08:26:50 pm »
I've used SH 51 single release for decades and tht's the only one I've used.
I ride mainly on the road with some single track. I want to know exactly how my
shoe will release. I do not want my foot to release when I pull up or move in any direction other
than heel out. No issues with SH 51 but,  I have never tried the multi release and don't intend to.

if you are still planning,  the Hostel at the Montara Lighthouse just south of San Fran has good accommodations and a great location and view.
There is another hostel just south at another lighthouse also.

Gear Talk / Re: Wheels without spokes?
« on: April 04, 2016, 03:55:38 pm »
you can find on the internet people who are trying to perfect a wheel without spokes but I have not seen one
cost effective or in use for the general public.  Get a good strong touring wheel and you will be OK. Go to
Adventure Cyclings Cycle Source and buy the fiber temporary spoke kit. It can easily be installed on the road and will
get your wheel back in true with little effort.   I used one on the rear wheel of my tandem when I broke a spoke
doing a loaded tour in Oregon. It got me thru the tour and I ran with it until I got home and could get to a shop to
have it repaired. I carry one on every tour.

Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 24, 2016, 04:24:50 pm »
Many opinions as you can see by the responses to your post.
I have used a helmet mirror for over 20 years.
Took about a day to get used to it then, no problems., 
They do not shake or vibrate.  The closer a mirror is to your eye,
the larger the field of view you have. So, a 1 inch helmet mirror gives
you a larger field of view than a car rear view mirror.
By slightly moving your head, you can also sweep and gain an over 90
degree view. I daily commute year around in Seattle traffic and a mirror is
one of my most valuable cycle accessories.

from Seattle  take the Mukilteo Clinton Ferry to Whdbey Island, ride the island north then take the San Juan ferry and tour the islands.
If you have time,  take the ferry to Victoria BC, another ferry takes you to Port Angeles from where you can return to Seattle.

You could also take the Victoria Clipper from Seattle to Victoria,( you can take you bike on the boat)  tour Victoria then the San Juan Islands, then Whidbey and return to Seattle.

Urban Cycling / Re: Cat Carriers
« on: April 08, 2015, 07:55:28 pm »
Topeak makes a couple of rear carrier mount baskets ( one plastic, one metal )  that a number of people use  for dogs that may work.
REI carries them.

General Discussion / Re: Charging iphone for maps while touring
« on: April 02, 2015, 08:55:39 pm »
Goal Zero solar charger.  I used one on a 3 week hike in the Sierras.
Lightweight and Great for charging a phone

General Discussion / Re: Beginner out and back camping in NW?
« on: February 28, 2013, 04:02:49 pm »
Try the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.  From Plummer Idaho past Wallace to Mullan...  over 70 miles one way,  following the river and the lake...   Flat, great scenery and nice places to stop, eat, and sight see.  One of the premier rail trails in the USA

Routes / Re: Seattle
« on: February 07, 2013, 04:57:55 pm »
Elliott Bay Bicycles is one block north of Pike Place Market.
There is a nearly off road bike trail from Downtown Seattle to Issaquah,  It follows I-90. Some on a bike trail, some on roads with good shoulders.
A longer option but dead flat and maybe more scenic is to follow the Burke Gillman - Sammamish - East Lake Sammamish Trails
from Seattle to Issaquah.   About 40 miles all on converted rail road lines. From Issaquah you can ride I-90 to North Bend or detour to Fall City, Snoqualmie. There is a off road ride, the Iron Horse Trail that extends from North Bend to the Columbia River. It is gravel but Ok for fat tired touring bikes. If there is construction on I-90 in the pass area when you are crossing, they offer a free bike shuttle thru the construction area.  There is a Hostel in downtown Seattle. Hotels get less expensive as you leave downtown. 

Routes / Re: route suggestions for a beginner
« on: July 23, 2012, 03:06:47 pm »
From Washington  DC to Pittsburgh or vice versa on the C&O Canal Trail and Great Allegheny Passage.
400 + miles of history, scenery, great camping, wonderful people and almost all, car free.. 

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle shop Seattle
« on: June 12, 2012, 03:50:51 pm »
REI...  they will box it for you if you want and their Fedex rate for shipping is excellent.

Gear Talk / Re: Front rack
« on: August 03, 2011, 04:11:55 pm »
i have a cdale T800 and went with the Tubus front rack.  Did a fully loaded tour down the pacific coast and was very happy with it.  I used Ortlieb bags but the tubus would probably work well with any bag.

General Discussion / Re: Shipping a bike through REI
« on: August 05, 2010, 04:08:52 pm »
check with your local REI.  Mine (Redmond, WA) and the REI at my destination (Pittsburgh, PA) both ship bikes and for the least expensive rate I've ever seen,   $60. each way if you box it yourself.  They will also box it for you for a fee.. 

check out the Great Allegheny Passage Trail from Pittsburgh, PA  and the Montour Trail Connector.  They use crushed limestone...  It quickly settles and becomes a fine, smooth hardpacked surface. 

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