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Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff Hubs
« Last post by Calngage on December 16, 2014, 09:40:45 am »

Thank you much.  That is just what I was looking for and then some.  I appreciate it very much.  Happy riding.  Take care.
General Discussion / Re: Best Time to Leave
« Last post by staehpj1 on December 16, 2014, 06:04:34 am »
Starting in the West, I'd base my start time on when McKenzie Pass looks like it will open the year you plan to go.  That varies from year to year, but I definitely wouldn't figure on earlier than June unless you know that it is a light snow year and the pass will be open.  It isn't too unusual for the opening date to be in July, sometimes even late July.

It is generally open to bicycles a couple weeks before it is open to cars and that is a great time to do it.  They plow out 1 lane and let melting take care of the other to save money.  Once 1 lane is open it can be ridden by bike.

Santiam Pass is a plowed year round alternate, but it would be a shame to miss McKenzie Pass.  It is a nice ride with great views and the lava fields and observatory on the top are pretty interesting.

As John said, if you must go early go E-W.

To get a better idea of what is likely check out past opening and closing dates at:

Gear Talk / Re: Tubus Duo Front Rack on Spec. AWOL
« Last post by AKJeff on December 16, 2014, 03:37:22 am »
Thanks for the reply.  I agree.  The drawings on the Tubus site show the mounting tab on the inside to be of flat metal construction.  As I compare this tab to the space available on the AWOL fork, it will fit or may require a notch to be machined into the tab to allow for the brake cable tie-wrap mounting pad.  By the way that tie-wrap mount is not used by the cable housing as it passes along the back of the fork blade on its way to the disc caliper so I don’t know why it is even there. 
I would like to use Ortlieb Front Roller panniers that have the QL 2.1 mounting system.  Once again you are correct about the lower clip of this system.  The top bar on the Duo is 10mm and will of course fit using the reduction inserts.  The Instructions for the QL 2.1 mounting system show the lower clip as having 10mm of space (with an option to increase the space by 3mm.)  Since the lower leg of the Duo is made from 16mm tubing this would not fit properly.  I need to contact the manufactures and ask about the compatibility.   
Thanks for the heads up on this potential issue. 
AKJeff Riding his AWOL
General Discussion / Re: Best Time to Leave
« Last post by jamawani on December 16, 2014, 03:31:42 am »
May is a better month for east to west - June is a better month for west to east.
I've been caught in a snowstorm in the Cascades with a June 1 departure.
And this year is already looking pretty snowy for the Cascades.

I'm guessing you are from somewhere without heavy snowfall.
It takes a while for all that winter snow to melt out.
Quite often, recreation sites in the West don't open until Memorial Day.
(Even later in some high altitude locations)
General Discussion / Re: That go-to meal
« Last post by SprocketWeasel on December 16, 2014, 12:06:39 am »

Okay, the Filet Mignon and Hot spiced shrimp may not fit the "Go to Meal" criteria (for some).  These assume you pass a store that day.  But, you gotta admit you tour becomes a lot more fun!

I do carry, what I consider an "emergency Meal" at all times (hopefully never used), not having stopped at a grocery store, for whatever reason...

Emergency Meal (or "Go To Meal"):

1 Pkg. Ramen Noodles (skip the Bouillon) or Minute Rice
1 Can  Chicken Breast, with broth
1 Pkg.  McCormick Creamy Garlic Alfredo Sauce Mix
(add anything from extra snacks; i.e., Raw Almonds, Granola, Instant Oatmeal...)
Add Ingredients to Boiling Water (plus Half&Half creamers, however many you can get away with, from Breakfast)
Stir until creamy, less than 5 min.; less than 5 bucks.
General Discussion / Re: That go-to meal
« Last post by SprocketWeasel on December 15, 2014, 10:51:09 pm »
For those confined to a One Pot meal.  Here's a great way to change things up.

Hot Spiced Shrimp with Red Potatoes & Pearl Onions
  Served with a side of your favorite Veggies:

1/2 Pot of Water
1    LB. Frozen Shrimp, uncooked, shell-on; 15-20/LB. preferable size
4    Red Potatoes, quartered or 3/4" cubed
8 to 12   Pearl Onions
1/4 Bag  Shrimp Boil Spices
              Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Side Dish:
1 Bag Frozen Veggies; of your choosing.

Depending on the size of your cooking pot; you can divide into serving portions, to cook, accordingly.
Bring Water to a boil and add Shrimp Boil Spices,Potatoes and Onions until tender (about 5 min.).
Add Shrimp cook until pink (3 to 5 min.)
Repeat with remaining portions.

Cook Veggies: 
Fill Pot with 1 inch of water (this amount will steam them) bring to boil.  Add veggies, season to taste. I like CAVENDER'S  All Purpose Greek Seasoning. Add Butter (picked up from Breakfast).

Again, I travel with a, soft sided, cooler (six pack size) in my handlebar bag. 
The Frozen Veggies assure Shrimp, bought ideally around lunch time or later, won't spoil before reaching camp.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubus Duo Front Rack on Spec. AWOL
« Last post by RonK on December 15, 2014, 10:00:21 pm »
The inner mounting point is just a thin tab, I doubt the brake cable fixing would cause a problem.

It depends on the panniers used, but the lower Ortlieb bag mounting does not fit well on larger 16mm diameter tubing of the Duo (and Tara). Ortliebs fit better on the Ergo, or even better the stainless steel Nova/Cosmo with no paint to chafe off and rust.
General Discussion / Best Time to Leave
« Last post by Roger on December 15, 2014, 09:59:58 pm »
I plan to take the transam route this coming year going from the west coast to the east coast.  When would you recommend I depart from a weather perspective?  Early May, middle of May, late May? Other?
General Discussion / Re: That go-to meal
« Last post by SprocketWeasel on December 15, 2014, 09:44:35 pm »
When I can get to a grocery store, to buy lunch & snacks, I also buy for dinner (this was one of my meals last tour):

Filet Mignon; grilled on an open fire with a cracked pepper crust (the butcher cut thickness, 1 1/2"         
                     as requested, 12oz).  Covered with...
Sauteed Mushrooms & Caramelized Onion in a Wine Sauce:

                   . . .  Who wants to come with me next time?

Cheers, SprocketWeasel


I'm thinking I'm ready to ride a trail with SprocketWeasel pretty much any day.
Sure! We can make plans if you're serious. Send me an Email.  My address is with my profile. 
Gear Talk / Tubus Duo Front Rack on Spec. AWOL
« Last post by AKJeff on December 15, 2014, 08:22:22 pm »
Hi Everybody,  I have a 2015 Specialized AWOL Comp.  I want to take advantage of the dual, mid-fork, thru mounts.  Has anyone mounted a Tubus Duo front rack to this bike?  Spec. doesn't know, Tubus thinks it might (but does not know for sure) and if the Duo will not mount to the fork what other manufactures offer a front rack that will take advantage of the thru fork-blade mounts?  (There is a brake cable tie-wrap mounting point just above the inner rack mount on the left fork blade that I am concerned may be in the way.) 
Has anyone actually mounted one of these racks to this bike and if any what modifications did you need to make? 
Thanks in advance for your help.
AKJeff Riding his AWOL
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