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Gear Talk / Re: Rain Jackets
« Last post by OutSpokyn1 on December 08, 2016, 07:20:12 am »

Thanks for the valuable feedback! So the Double Century may be the better choice, despite some reviews that it does not breath as well.

I bet your trip was awesome. i would like to do the trip up to Alaska someday!
General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« Last post by zzzz on December 08, 2016, 07:11:56 am »
I have the answer you seek and that answer is ....... it depends.

I send my bike in a hard shell case as well. I ship it to a local bike shop (wherever that may be) so it arrives a week in advance of when I get there and I have them put it together for me. I alway ship using one of the bike shipping services, either Bike Flights or Ship Bikes. Bike Flights web site is better, I find I like doing business w Ship Bikes a little more. They are both substantially cheeper than walking into your UPS or Fedex office. btw : they both use FedEx Ground I believe every time.

As for what then happens to the bike box, the shops I shipped it to in Bellingham and in Spokane had lots of room and they just hung on to the case for the 25 days until I had it shipped to the bike shop at my final destination. Two of the other years I knew someone at or near where I was riding to and so I generated the paper work to have it shipped those folks from the bike shop so the bike shop only had the box an extra day or two and they were okay with that. And once I had it shipped to my daughter in Colorado so it would be in at least the right time zone.

One small complicating factor is that they have to generate the shipping ticket within 3 days of the item being shipped. So once I get to my final destination's bike shop and drop off the bike I'll ask them how long they need to pack it up and then I'll get the shipping paperwork made up and also arrange for the box to be picked up at the store.

As John mentioned, there is no way to make a economic argument for this. You're throwing a lot of money away to avoid the possibility of spending your precious days off waiting for new repair parts to come in or worse case scenario, shopping for a new bike. But it's been worth it to me.
Gear Talk / Re: Rain Jackets
« Last post by zzzz on December 08, 2016, 06:45:40 am »
I got the men's version of the Elite 2.1, I'll assume thats close enough to give my opinion on.

I rode to Alaska this last year and before I left I hit the Showers Pass store pretty good. In addition to the Elite 2 I got their lighter weight & cheaper rain jacket, the pants, socks, and gloves. And while I got rained on a lot, mostly I just used the lighter rain coat. There was 1 day between Whitehorse and Haines Junction that it stayed around 40° all day and raining and I felt pretty comfortable in all my stuff.

So the bottom line is it works as advertised but it's a little bit overkill except in pretty nasty conditions. Of course being really cold and wet is pretty unpleasant and possibly dangerous so you need to evaluate what you may run into out there and decide if you need that much protection.

I will add, that despite it's weight it's not warm, so if thats your only jacket and you're going somewhere cold you should pair it with one of those really thin down vests.


Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« Last post by Goodaches on December 08, 2016, 12:47:33 am »
In past decades I've spent money on disappointing bike lights. In the 90s I improvised brackets for Mag Lights and was for the first time somewhat satisfied with my bike light capability. But the best money I ever spent was for Surfas rechargeable lights. These are bike specific, no improvising, no problems. I mount a 150 or 250 on my helmet so I have spot light in whatever direction I point my face. I mount a 350 on my handlebar. This is a great flood light to augment the helmet spot light when I'm on a rural rail-to-trail. When I'm near town I put the 350 in flash mode. The 350 in flash mode not only catches attention from the front but it gets attention behind me. The 350, like all the Surfas lights have the LED bulb perfectly centered in the very precise parabolic and when it flashes it makes every reflective street sign, traffic sign, construction barrel, anything ahead of me with reflective tape flashes too. With everything ahead of me flashing it gets the attention of drivers coming up behind me to notice our side of the road and me. I do also have the red LED Surfas blinker on my backside. I've mostly used all these lights for day and night commuting. However, I do have them with me when touring for those frequent times that I run out of daylight before reaching that day's objective. The rechargers are very light but maybe bulkier than they need to be. The run times that they advertise seem about right. I've had nearly a hundred recharges on these lights and even on trips where we were several days between outlets I never managed to run these out of electicity.
Pacific Northwest / Re: Walla Walla, WA on the Lewis & Clark Trail
« Last post by AKJeff on December 08, 2016, 12:43:51 am »
I guess "restricted" might be to harsh a description for the intersection of Lower Waitsburg Rd/N. Clinton St and Hwy 12, is strongly recommended on the Walla Walla Valley Bike Map "DO NOT CROSS THE HIGHWAY FROM THIS ROAD".  In over 50 years of riding a bike in many different places around the world I choose not to temp fate.  Had a few close calls leaving me somewhat gun-shy.  Or should that be car-shy, anyway since the underpass is there, local riders like to use it instead. 

Jennifer, we are having a snow storm here in Walla Walla for the next few days and as soon as the weather clears I'll ride over there and take a few 'street view' pictures of the intersection in question.  Highway 12 has undergone new construction including some traffic revisions in recent years and there are actually poles/barricades dividing the highway intersection to allow traffic on the highway to turn left onto N. Clinton St or Lower Waitsburg Rd, but are arranged in such a way not to allow any traffic to cross.  Pictures will better show this and I'll post some as soon as the weather clears. 
Yes, Melrose St. would be an excellent route.  Melrose St turns into E. Sumach St and passes directly behind the downtown Safeway.  There are many hotels within a few blocks of this route including Travelodge, Best Western, Quality Inn, Motel 6, Comfort Inn, and the 3-Star Marcus Whitman.
General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« Last post by on December 08, 2016, 12:15:34 am »
Thanks John.  Have had too many bad experiences with cardboard boxes so purchased nice box.  Hoping to go this route.  Sounds like FedEx is an option and might be as cheap as $40.  Just wondering if anyone has experience with this maybe.  Thanks again.
General Discussion / Re: How to transport bike box?
« Last post by John Nelson on December 08, 2016, 12:09:03 am »
If you price this out, you'll find that it makes no sense to ship an empty bos. Use a cardboard box to get your bike to the start, throw it away, get another box for the return trip.
General Discussion / How to transport bike box?
« Last post by on December 07, 2016, 10:47:52 pm »
I'm sure there is a lot of experience that might be able to shed light on this topic.  What have people done when they are heading one-way yet want their bike box to meet them at the end of the route.  In my case, riding out of Eugene and arriving in San Fran.  USPS to a person in San Fran?  Really appreciate your ideas.
Pacific Northwest / Re: Walla Walla, WA on the Lewis & Clark Trail
« Last post by johnsondasw on December 07, 2016, 07:24:57 pm »
I took a two day bike vacation there and found the ride from town out to Kookooskie to be great for a short day, and then the ride to Bluewood from Dayton to be a very moderate, nice long climb.  On that ride, in late June, there was very little traffic on the last 10 miles, like perhaps maybe one car every 15-20 minutes.
General Discussion / Re: Pacific Coast Central (Eugene, OR to San Francisco, CA)
« Last post by johnsondasw on December 07, 2016, 07:18:35 pm »
Expect helpful north winds, lots of good campgrounds, and places to buy food every day, so you don't have to carry much. Also, there will be tourist traffic, some of it wide trailers and oblivious drivers.  Use a mirror and watch your back.  We found the worst drivers were in the 80 miles from SF north.
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