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General Discussion / Restricted Items on Amtrak ("flammable" etc.)
« Last post by RonK on September 21, 2016, 11:22:45 pm »
From the reading of the Amtrak rules you linked, multitools are not prohibited in checked baggage.
As for the flammables - if it bothers your conscience so much to put them in your checked baggage, just get them at the other end
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General Discussion / Re: Restricted Items on Amtrak ("flammable" etc.)
« Last post by EpicBeardedBiker on September 21, 2016, 10:53:28 pm »
All excellent feedback; thank you very much!

While I may consider simply "smuggling" such items in my checked baggage as I now know some fellow tourist have done (perhaps unwittingly), I'm also thinking about asking Amtrak if I can declare and surrender possession of these materials for the duration of the trip. That's actually the approach I used successfully with my multi-tool pocket knives when riding the ferry from Key West to Cape Coral. The downside with this method is that it causes the Amtrak personnel to "be made aware" that I'm trying to bring this items on board, giving them the opportunity to simply deny my request. I always prefer to avoid being deceptive, but it may be better to play off ignorance of the rules in this situation.  :-X
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General Discussion / Re: Touring bike wheel
« Last post by rhimes on September 21, 2016, 07:36:11 pm »
"Tandem strength rim" -- does that imply anything more than double wall?
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General Discussion / Re: Touring bike wheel
« Last post by aggie on September 21, 2016, 07:30:41 pm »
I had a similar problem.  I had a hand built wheel made with 36 spokes and 3 cross.  Haven't had a problem since. 
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General Discussion / Re: Touring bike wheel
« Last post by canalligators on September 21, 2016, 07:27:44 pm »
Doing all of those things is probably overkill. A hand built wheel with tandem strength rim, 36 spokes and quality hub would do the job.

Hand built - one alternative is a decent quality production wheel that is then taken to a good wheel mecanic for final tightening, truing and relieving.

Double butted spokes are maginally stronger than straight, I don't bother with the added expense. But DO use a good brand spoke such as DT.  Good spokes will have good nipples, brass or stainless. Just don't use aluminum nips.
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General Discussion / Touring bike wheel
« Last post by rhimes on September 21, 2016, 06:57:38 pm »
I just finished a three-week tour down the Oregon and Northern California coast and my rear wheel's spokes failed twice during the trip and once right after I returned.  The last time, the rim warped as well.

I did some Google research on what components I need on a rear wheel for touring and came up with this list:
Hand built wheel
Double wall wheel rim
Double butted spokes
At least 36 spokes with three-cross lacing
Brass nipples
Double eyelets

I ran this list by some local bike shops and they seemed to think this was overkill.
Any advice?  Recommendations for manufacturers of components?
My next trip will not be around bike repair shops so I want to err on the side of durability.
Thanks for your feedback.
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General Discussion / Re: Restricted Items on Amtrak ("flammable" etc.)
« Last post by John Nelson on September 21, 2016, 05:13:43 pm »
put them in your checked baggage to keep the hazards out of the passenger area
I don't know how Amtrak feels, but the airlines require you to keep permitted potential fire hazards (e.g., lithium batteries, matches) in the passenger compartment and not in the baggage compartment. I think the theory is that a fire is more easily handled in the passenger compartment.

On the other hand, potential weapons are restricted to the baggage compartment, so I'd put my tools in the checked baggage.

But, as has been said, on Amtrak, nobody is looking.
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General Discussion / Re: Bike all lower 48 states
« Last post by John Nelson on September 21, 2016, 04:47:06 pm »
With three years to get this done, not a great deal of planning is necessary. Before it gets too hot, head north. Before it gets too cold, head south. If it's just right, head east or west.
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General Discussion / Re: Bike all lower 48 states
« Last post by RussSeaton on September 21, 2016, 03:32:45 pm »
STEP great grand father.  When you add the step, I'm not sure it even qualifies for anything more than the husband part.
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General Discussion / Re: Restricted Items on Amtrak ("flammable" etc.)
« Last post by adventurepdx on September 21, 2016, 02:07:21 pm »
Yeah, I've taken fuel with me on Amtrak, plus chain lube and multi-tools. Since Amtrak doesn't search bags like airlines do, unless the station or on-board personnel are made aware of it for some reason, they won't know. So I wouldn't worry much about it. If you want to play it safe, check to see if where you are going will have fuel canisters (if that's what you use.)
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