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Classifieds / FOR SALE: Phantom Rackless Handlebar Roll (Front Pannier Substitute)
« Last post by dkoloko on August 30, 2015, 09:49:07 pm »
Phantom Rackless Handlebar Roll (Front Pannier Substitute). 11x7x3 inches. Only 8.4 ounces; holds 6 - 8 liters. Attractive, durable; made with rugged Hypalon and 1000d Cordura. Dry bag closure. Zip exterior pocket. Can be used with Phantom handlebar bag or alone. Hand crafted by small Canadian company; rarely offered other than factory direct. Black/grey. Excellent condition. Sells for $100. $65 plus shipping.
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Classifieds / FOR SALE: Phantom Handlebar Bag
« Last post by dkoloko on August 30, 2015, 09:46:44 pm »
Phantom Handlebar Bag. 11x7x3 inches. Less than 8 ounces; holds 2 1/2 liters. Attractive, durable; made with rugged Hypalon and 1000d Cordura. Two zippers plus two Velcro closures for access. Map case outside. Mesh pocket inside. Can be used with Phantom rackless handlebar roll or alone. Hand crafted by small Canadian company; rarely offered other than factory direct. Black/grey. Very good condition. Sells for $90. $50 plus shipping.
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General Discussion / Re: Any tips for retrieving a snapped screw from my frame?
« Last post by staehpj1 on August 30, 2015, 10:11:11 am »
I have had good luck using an abrasive cutoff wheel on a dremel to cut a slot and then remove the screw with a screw driver.   I have done this successfully quite a few times.
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General Discussion / Re: Any tips for retrieving a snapped screw from my frame?
« Last post by PeteJack on August 30, 2015, 10:02:52 am »
I've found it almost impossible to remove a broken screw and leave a threaded hole that you can use but by all means try screw extractors etc.  There are even drills with flutes going the wrong way that you run CCW just for extracting screws. The only ones Ive found are here. Remember to run your drill backwards with these.

There are devices known as Helicoils that require a hole bigger than the screw. Helicoils are inserted in the oversize hole to give you the original female thread. Drill out the screw very carefully using a center punch to mark the center of the screw.

Helicoils are very good and will be in fact stronger than the original. (Boeing use them for stronger fasteners on new parts). The only snags are expense and there's a smidgin of know how to inserting them, you may have luck finding a local auto repair place that will do the whole job for you for about the price of a kit that you are unlikely to need again
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General Discussion / Re: Where next, US?
« Last post by staehpj1 on August 30, 2015, 09:39:39 am »
Afraid the days are long gone when I could or would tour on $50 a day so I can't give advice on accommodation but the scenery is great.
It sounds like the $50 per day is for two people, so really $25 per day per person.  Still, I'd think it should be doable if camping and reasonably frugal.
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General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps vs. Google Maps - Southern Tier
« Last post by staehpj1 on August 30, 2015, 09:30:00 am »
Good point stae. Bike paths around the PNW where I live are usually pretty good in my experience. I met some grim ones in MA but perhaps my view was jaundiced by the crappy weather. There was one on the TA, I can't remember where, that was about 100 yards long and finished in a field, literally a complete waste of time.
Yeah, having lived in the Mid Atlantic US for most of my life I found the bikes friendliness of the PNW pretty awesome.  Nice bike lanes, traffic lights that were bike aware, and street sweepers that actually cleaned bike lanes blew our minds because we had never seen anything like that before.

I recall a bike path on the TA near Alma Colorado that was on a long downhill and had the seams all kicked up 3-4" making it terrible to ride.  We quickly decided to leave the bike path and ride the road.
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General Discussion / Re: What can towns offer cyclists?
« Last post by PeteJack on August 30, 2015, 09:27:42 am »
I topped up our white gas when we rolled into Pueblo.  As indy notes, there was a markup -- I think I paid $2 for less than a pint (IIRC, the bike shop charged by the size of the container).  Outrageous, when a gallon was $5, maybe; I still saved $3, and didn't have to dispose of the rest of the gallon.
Outrageous? These guys were probably running running a business not an indigent tourists charity, while they were tending to you they may have had a real customer interested in a new bike walk off.
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General Discussion / Re: Tips for giving away books while touring?
« Last post by staehpj1 on August 30, 2015, 09:21:27 am »
I have seen a lot of little impromptu "leave a book take a book racks" in little general stores, campgrounds, and other places.  I used to use them, but I actually tend to read less on tour than when at home.  When I do read on tour these days it is most likely by listening to audio books on my phone.  If not audio then I am more likely to take my Kindle than paper books.

I wish RestlessSpinster luck.  It sounds like a worthwhile project, but to be honest, having done a couple cross country tours, I don't think that cycling cross country is a great venue for this.  Maybe you would be better off to pick a route that targets the sort of locations you want to help rather than go cross country.  The bike tour - book tour thing just seems like a forced fit.

Since you are in Seattle, as a reality check it wouldn't hurt to try riding east across Eastern Washington or Eastern Oregon for a trial run.  Maybe you will find out that I am wrong, but I kind of doubt it.
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General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps vs. Google Maps - Southern Tier
« Last post by PeteJack on August 30, 2015, 09:13:42 am »
Good point stae. Bike paths around the PNW where I live are usually pretty good in my experience. I met some grim ones in MA but perhaps my view was jaundiced by the crappy weather. There was one on the TA, I can't remember where, that was about 100 yards long and finished in a field, literally a complete waste of time.
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General Discussion / Re: Where next, US?
« Last post by PeteJack on August 30, 2015, 09:04:02 am »
I second the idea of Whitefish by train. You may even want to rent a mountain bike there and do some off road stuff. Afraid the days are long gone when I could or would tour on $50 a day so I can't give advice on accommodation but the scenery is great. If you do any Great Parks stuff be sure to check the addenda. Also check ahead for campsites, this is the time of year for triathlons etc. that draw a lot of people and some parks are just so popular they may be full.
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