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Gear Talk / Mr Tuffy's
« on: June 14, 2006, 08:17:01 pm »
I installed Tuffy liners and after a few months the same thing happened to me, a cut at the overlap.  I cut the liner so it didn't overlap and then took the piece I cut out and layed it over the two ends to make a connection. I use tuffys in my touring bike with 700 x 37 at 70 psi and commuter bike with 700 x 28 at 95 psi and no flats for 2 years, 5000 + miles per year and 235 days of riding per year. I'm a believer.

Gear Talk / shelter
« on: October 25, 2005, 07:27:54 pm »

On our 2 week Pacific Coast tour and on a 12 Day Mt Rainier back packing trip we used an REI half dome plus. It was rated a best buy by Backpacker Magazine. Easy to set up, dual vestibules, dual doors, under 6 pounds and compact. It also has clear windows which helps brighten the interior. It's weathered some wicked rainstorms and has remained dry inside..I heartily recommend it.  

Routes / Big Sur fire effects?
« on: October 06, 2008, 06:18:27 pm »
I second the report by Alex.  You can see the fire effects in places but it is intermittent and certainly not a moonscape. The underbrush was burned but most all of the large trees although some are scorched, will recover. It should not changed anyones travel plans.

Routes / Big Sur fire effects?
« on: September 02, 2008, 01:00:55 pm »
I'm riding from Oregon to LA in September. I'll give you a report in October.

Routes / US 2 from sandpoint to everett
« on: August 28, 2008, 01:32:19 pm »
US 2 is used by many cyclists crossing Washington.
Shoulders are good almost the whole way. Low traffic volumes in the eastern portion then it will get busy around the Wenatchee area and then again after crossing Stevens Pass.  

Routes / KREBS Bike Maps for California
« on: August 21, 2008, 03:42:15 pm »
Has anyone used or have an opinion of the KREBS bike maps for California?  I'm interested in the map of the North Coast and San Fran area for a bike tour I'll be doing this fall and was wondering if they are worth the $10. price tag.  Thanks.

Routes / Rest stop.
« on: May 14, 2008, 08:42:12 pm »
Thank you Alex and Diane for this warm and generous gesture. If I make it up to your corner, I will look you up.

Routes / Oregon coast
« on: April 21, 2008, 09:03:15 pm »
contact Hertz Car Rentals at the Crescent City Airport and rent a car one way back to Portland. That's how my wife and I got back to Seattle after our coast ride. ...

Routes / Montana to Idaho Via St. Joe River Road
« on: March 03, 2008, 07:54:39 pm »
If you are not aware of it, there is a paved rail trail from Mullan, Idaho to Plummer, ID. It's the Trail of the Coeur d Alenes and connects with the Hiawatha trail. It is 70 + miles of what I think is one of the best rail trails in the country.  Try this link for info on this trail and the Hiawatha trail.  

Routes / Newport Oregon to Ontario Oregon
« on: February 05, 2008, 03:27:15 pm »
It's been over 10 years but I rode from Nyssa to Yachats using parts of this route. We did it in September. Oregon has a great bike map (call 503-986-3556 or e mail the ODOT) and it shows most of this route as low to moderate traffic with 4 foot shoulders. It is very scenic and I think Oregon is one of the best states to bike in. Good roads, scenery, camping and moderate traffic.  Be aware of snow in the mountains. You have a hige pass to cross across the Cascade Range. Also, carry extra water in Eastern Oregon. It can be many miles between towns.  

Routes / Seattle trip suggestions
« on: November 27, 2007, 12:57:25 pm »
April would be a good time for a Whidbey Island/Olympic Penninsula, San Juan Islands, Victoria, BC loop. Check Bicycle Adventures if they may be running any tours at that time. Seattle is home to Davidson Bicycles, custom bikes available with S&S.

Routes / Pacific Coast Route advice
« on: September 26, 2007, 09:24:04 pm »
The one map to carry for the Oregon section is free and published by the Oregon DOT. It shows the route, campgrounds, distances and hills and has a lot of useful information. Request one, you will be glad you did. If you are camping, no need to worry about crowds in Oregon and for the most part in WA. The state parks have biker sections and the state parks will not turn you away if you are a hiker or biker even if they are full. I would vote against riding north. All the scenic veiws and overlooks are on the ocean side. Also, Oregon has improved the shoulders and route heading south knowing that most cyclists are riding that direction. I've ridden the WA and Oregon coast but only a short section in CA so I can't comment on your Calif section. Have a good ride. You will be riding past some of the most outstanding scenery in the country.    

Routes / oregon coast tour
« on: August 28, 2007, 09:49:04 pm »
my wife and I rode from Seattle to Crescent City, CA.
We rented a car in Crescent City and drove back. The one way rental was the most convient and cost effective return method for us.

Routes / Getting Home from the big ride?
« on: August 03, 2007, 07:30:29 pm »
I know people who have taken the train cross country and they loved it describing it as scenic, relaxing and comfortable.

Also, try googling "auto driveaway". People are always looking for someone to drive their car somewhere for them. Some even pay you to do it. There are also business's set up to do this to.

Routes / Shipping bike to Seattle area?
« on: May 01, 2007, 08:34:21 pm »
I live in Sammamish which is a Seattle suburb. If you still need help, contact me and I can give you references for Bike shops in the Seattle/suburban areas.   ernieg at  

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