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Classifieds / Schwalbe Marathon Touring Tires For Sale
« Last post by prudy on Today at 06:18:59 pm »
I have a number of Schwalbe Marathon Touring Tires, 700 x 35.  They all have descent tread left.  I no longer ride 35s.
  $10 each plus actual shipping cost (UPS).  (These tires are ~$50 new). 
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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by adventurepdx on Today at 01:12:33 pm »
PS - You can ride the Canadian Rockies staying in hostels every 30 miles/50 km.

Yep, you can do that! I did that when I toured the Icefields in 2011. Most of them are spaced 20 miles apart, though the longest stretch was about 40 miles. But most of the hostels are very rustic, with outhouses, no electricity, or showers. And while there are some private rooms, they are mostly bunks. You do need to book in advance, though, as those hostels fill up regularly during the short summer.

The Icefields Parkway and the rest of the Canadian Rockies are a beautiful spot to tour.
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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by jamawani on Today at 01:08:58 pm »
PS - You can ride the Canadian Rockies staying in hostels every 30 miles/50 km.
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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by jamawani on Today at 01:07:34 pm »
Google Maps is not necessarily your friend.
It is notoriously inaccurate - especially for cyclists.

Not sure of your experience level, how you tour, and how much of North American you have done already.
Three weeks is not a whole lot of time and less so if you add flying in and back.
Also, what time of year would you be considering?

I have cycled B.C. from top to bottom, Alaska, and the Yukon many times.
There are remote, dirt forest roads where you are little more than bear food.
And there are busy highways packed with cars and trucks zooming by.

Others are right about Juneau - there is no direct land connection.
The Yellowhead Hwy - Route 16 - between Prince Rupert and Prince George is pleasant -
but nothing to write home to Mom about - esp. if you have other untried options.

If you haven't ridden the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies - it is superb.
One possibility would be to fly into Calgary - ride the Parkway up to Jasper -
Then ride down to Kamloops, BC via Hwy 16 & Hwy 5 along the Blue River.
That would be about 500 miles / 800 km.

If you cover more miles, you can bike into Vancouver.
Or if you spend more time enjoying the parks, you can catch the train back.
I would certainly spend one day in VCV at Stanley Park and the world-class museum there.

Pic - Mount Robson - with incredible backcountry camping you can bike into

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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by adventurepdx on Today at 01:06:19 pm »
Again that sounds like a good idea. It would be nice to travel somewhere on the ACA routes as they tend to be the most tried and tested. 3 weeks is probably the maximum I could get off work and even this will be a push. Plotting my original journey on google maps has yielded some positive results in terms of a possible inn-to-inn journey but as you say, they are few and far between if I suffer mechanical failure etc.

Have you done much lightweight touring? I'm still unsure if I should go for a tripple chainset or not, some of the climbs can a bit too much and I have seen a lot of people injuring knees this way.

I haven't done lightweight touring, but did parts of the NT there on a fully loaded bike, using a classic touring triple. While there weren't many steep-steep grades on the route, those mountain grades are l--o--n--g. You'll be grinding away at a 5-7% grade for hours and hours. So having low gears helps.

There should be others here that did inn-to-inn tours along that section of the Northern Tier. You should check out Crazy Guy on a Bike. And maybe start a new thread here, because with the subject "Juneau-Seattle", those folks who did a credit card NT tour might not look here!
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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by Jambi on Today at 12:28:39 pm »
Again that sounds like a good idea. It would be nice to travel somewhere on the ACA routes as they tend to be the most tried and tested. 3 weeks is probably the maximum I could get off work and even this will be a push. Plotting my original journey on google maps has yielded some positive results in terms of a possible inn-to-inn journey but as you say, they are few and far between if I suffer mechanical failure etc.

Have you done much lightweight touring? I'm still unsure if I should go for a tripple chainset or not, some of the climbs can a bit too much and I have seen a lot of people injuring knees this way.
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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by adventurepdx on Today at 12:15:14 pm »
That's quite interesting. To be honest I didn't have my heart set on that particular starting point as it's still in the idea phase at the moment. It looks like it would be a great ride if I was to go Inland from Prince Rupert and make my way to Prince George and head south that way. How is the cycling in BC?

I have never been up that way, so I have no personal experience. Everything I've seen and heard, however, says it's a rugged and remote ride. And you'd have to go far inland first to get south.

But a tour like that doesn't look like it goes along with your preferences. You say in the OP that you want to try to do this tour as an inn-to-inn. This is an area with few/no services, and towns spaced widely apart. I wouldn't want to do a tour in this area without camping.

Are you just looking at a three week tour with nice scenery, mountains, and services? Doing something like the Northern Tier from Anacortes to Glacier National Park would be a good choice, and possible to do without camping if you plan ahead. If you're travelling fast and light, you could do it in three weeks, and then have time to spend at Glacier. You could also catch Amtrak out of Whitefish to get back to where you need to.
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As a fellow Scotsman I can appreciate how unbearably hot in Kentucky it gets in midsummer. For me it started to feel like a full time job at the point I hit Kansas. In many ways I wished I had started in the East as the humidity was inconceivable compared to anything you would get in the UK. The West is the the main event of this route.
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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by Jambi on Today at 07:48:03 am »
That's quite interesting. To be honest I didn't have my heart set on that particular starting point as it's still in the idea phase at the moment. It looks like it would be a great ride if I was to go Inland from Prince Rupert and make my way to Prince George and head south that way. How is the cycling in BC?
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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by adventurepdx on February 05, 2016, 08:52:54 pm »
Okay, I'm not an expert here, nor have I ever been to Alaska. But one important bit of info about Juneau, if you want to ride a bike there. This comes straight from Wikipedia:

"Juneau is rather unusual among U.S. capitals in that there are no roads connecting the city to the rest of Alaska or to the rest of North America (although ferry service is available for cars). The absence of a road network is due to the extremely rugged terrain surrounding the city. This in turn makes Juneau a de-facto island city in terms of transportation, since all goods coming in and out must go by plane or boat, in spite of the city being located on the Alaskan mainland."

So, you're going to need to ferry or fly in/out of Juneau from somewhere else. And you wouldn't pick up the Pacific Coast road until Lund, British Columbia (about a couple hundred km from Vancouver). Though from Prince Rupert you could take a ferry to Port Hardy on the north tip of Vancouver Island.
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