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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless?
« Last post by Huli on April 23, 2015, 06:08:24 am »
I rode the GDMBR with DT Swiss non-tubeless rims, the Stan's tubeless kit, and Continental Race King 2.2 ProTection tires. The weather was extremely hot in Montana, and perhaps I didn't have enough sealant, especially because I was losing some on the rim-tire connection, so I ran out of sealant on one wheel and had to pump up the tire several times a day. Eventually put in a tube until I got a bike shop to add sealant. I had mailed my small bottle of sealant home, which would have solved my problem.
No flats, and I really like the ride (and weight savings.)
Definitely bring a tube and some patches though. I also had the Park Tool TB-2 tubeless tire patch.

The sealant issue is a worry of mine, not sure if I want to carry that AND a tube, or just put in tubes and carry just one tube.

Always have the TB-2 kit... required!
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Routes / Re: Latest date to leave - TransAm East to West (2016)
« Last post by 100th monkey on April 23, 2015, 05:27:30 am »
Thanks John :)  Maybe I should plan for making up time if I need to on the downhills!  (Kidding, honest). 

Averages are really helpful for me, our climate is so different I really don't have much idea what to expect.  I've just discovered the Washington Parks loops, I figure weather might be even more of a factor there.  Over here cyclones (hurricanes) are the unpredictable factor, so I guess I'm swapping that for potential snowstorms.

Can anyone point me in the direction of a weather service website with reliable seasonal information?  Or as reliable as weather ever is.

This is my Big Adventure, so I hope it's as awesomely fun as you guys make it sound  ;D
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Routes / Re: Latest date to leave - TransAm East to West (2016)
« Last post by John Nelson on April 23, 2015, 05:14:40 am »
11-12 weeks is plenty. 10 is usually enough, and it's rare to take more than 13. Except for Kansas and eastern Colorado, there are no "flat sections."

Weather is unpredictable and vastly different from one year to the next. There are "averages," but no "normal." A lot of luck is involved, more needed at some times of year than others.

You'll have a ball!
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Routes / Re: Getting bikes to Canada from California
« Last post by cgarch on April 22, 2015, 07:53:34 pm »
No Amtrak to Victoria - need to get there by ferry. Several options exist and I think others can speak to that. There is a ferry from Seattle but my recollection is that it is $$$. You could take the Amtrak Cascade to Vancouver from Seattle and then take BC Ferries to Victoria - if you're coming up the coast via the Starlight that means an overnight in Seattle. I'm sure there might be some other options.
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Gear Talk / Re: Lights that will attach to the light mounting holes on racks
« Last post by OldDogBC on April 22, 2015, 07:39:56 pm »
Good Evening All,

Late follow-up to this thread (specifically the front mount for a headlight). I tinkered together a drop mount for my NR 750. The idea came from Ortlieb's utility mount that works with their handlebar bag mount. Their mount wasn't long enough to use in the "drop" position and I did not want anything extending above the bar bag. I used some 1/2" carbon fiber tubing, a couple of pieces of old ski pole, a few fittings, epoxy, and viola! I also used the clip portion of the NiteRider helmet mount. Overall the mount is lighter than the NiteRider handlebar mount and it has held up well through about 500 miles of test riding. The light is reachable while riding and is a good height to throw an effective light pattern down the road. Looking forward to my tour! Hopefully the picture link will work.

http://www.olddogroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/DSC_7688.jpg

Todd
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Routes / Re: Getting bikes to Canada from California
« Last post by sarahbeard on April 22, 2015, 07:04:55 pm »
Thanks everyone!!

So it sounds like the best way to get up there is Amtrak? Does it go all the way to Victoria (I think this is where we start).  We aren't set on a tandem so if it makes more sense we would do singles.
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Routes / Re: Getting bikes to Canada from California
« Last post by adventurepdx on April 22, 2015, 04:36:49 pm »
You’ve got to respect the 50lb weight limit as well. The weight weenies in Seattle made sure I was aware of this the last time we traveled on Amtrak (and right now it probably is the last time sadly).

I agree that the 50 lb limit is somewhat annoying, but I'd refrain from calling them "weight weenies". I think that limit is in effect because at some small stations, there is only one ticket agent/baggage handler that has to do everything. They want to keep the baggage weight limit reasonable so one person can load/unload a train without help, and at a relatively fast speed, as they're trying to keep a schedule. (Insert snarky joke about Amtrak and schedules here.)

And to note: It's not just Seattle that will weigh bikes, I've had that happen in Portland too. And it doesn't need to be a tandem to tip the scales...
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Routes / Re: Latest date to leave - TransAm East to West (2016)
« Last post by 100th monkey on April 22, 2015, 04:36:18 pm »
Thanks very much for your very helpful answers :)  I am planning on camping as much as possible.  Snow is an unknown quantity to me - riding through it seems impossible to me!  I'm very aware that there's safety factors there that I don't know anything about, and as I'll be travelling solo avoiding potentially dangerous snow conditions (possibly that someone who lives there would find routine) would probably be smart for me.  Holing up in a hotel for a day/few days to wait out a snowstorm is definitely ok with me.

Cold and dry is good, cold and wet not so much but if it's for a day or two I think I'd manage ok.  I live in the north at the moment so humidity is something I live with eight months a year and hate with a passion, so if I need to adjust my timing for hot-and-dry rather than hot-and-humid I'll do that if possible.

I'm aiming for later to give me more time to save for the airfare (and also time my time off work to suit my boss)!  That being said, I'll be as flexible as I can to suit the weather and conditions so I enjoy my ride.

Time - I'm thinking about 11-12 weeks?  Is that feasible?  Slower than necessary?  I'll be moderately fit by then but am by no means a speed racer, and I expect I'll be taking the mountain sections quite slowly but with longer days to make up for it in the flat stretches.  I hope to catch the Coast Starlight train from say Portland to Los Angeles at the end, for the experience and also because flights home from LA are exponentially cheaper, but that doesn't need to come out of my cycling time ^
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Routes / Re: Getting bikes to Canada from California
« Last post by cgarch on April 22, 2015, 04:27:39 pm »
Yes you can bring the tandem on Amtrak - if you can break it down or as adventurePDX sez, fit it in the box. If your tandem has couplers no problem, but there are issues with a split tandem banging around loose in two boxes (timing chain wheels digging through the box would be one). You’ve got to respect the 50lb weight limit as well. The weight weenies in Seattle made sure I was aware of this the last time we traveled on Amtrak (and right now it probably is the last time sadly).

cg
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Routes / Re: Getting bikes to Canada from California
« Last post by adventurepdx on April 22, 2015, 02:33:56 pm »
I believe the answer is no for tandems on Amtrak.

Yep.
http://www.amtrak.com/bring-your-bicycle-onboard

From the site: Recumbent, tandem and special bicycles over the standard bicycle dimensions and will not fit in a standard bicycle box are prohibited.

So if you can somehow fit your tandem into the Amtrak bike box, dimensions of 70" x 41" x 8.5", you'll be fine. If not, you're out of luck.

Someone could prove me wrong, but I highly doubt that Greyhound would be any better in regards to a tandem, and the same goes with airlines. You'd probably need a freight service to ship it to Vancouver, which, assuming you are based in the States, would be very expensive.

Hopefully someone who has toured with a tandem can chime in with some advice.

Another thing to note: Hwy 1 starts in Legget, CA, about 200 miles north of San Francisco. In WA, OR, and the rest of northern CA you'll primarily be riding on US 101.
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