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General Discussion / Re: Warning: Newbie with lots of questions
« Last post by John Nelson on July 24, 2015, 09:14:55 pm »
If it feels good to ride, then it's the right bike. I think the best bet is to take a bike-knowledgeable friend with you when you go shopping. And take a nice long test ride.

As for your wife's bike, keep air in the tires and lube the chain. As long as it shifts and brakes well, don't adjust anything. If she's going to go very far from home, make sure she carries a phone and/or knows how to fix a flat.

If you're still riding after a couple of years, you'll be in a better position when you buy your next bike.
General Discussion / Re: Tandem on the Northern Tier
« Last post by John Nelson on July 24, 2015, 08:49:27 pm »
I'm browsing them now...any recommendations?
Browsing what?

Parts of the NT are wonderful. Washington is beautiful. Western Montana is great too. Glacier National Park is superb, and Going To The Sun Road is one of the best rides on the planet. Eastern Montana is peaceful. North Dakota is not entirely bleak--Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a gem. Minnesota is a refreshing change, and the bunkhouse in Dalbo is a welcoming oasis. Wisconsin is rich in rustic roads. Enjoy the pasties in the upper peninsula, and have fun on Mackinac Island. Take the Lake Erie connector along the north shore. Niagara Falls is always worth a visit, and the Erie Canalway is a pleasant break from traffic and hills. The Adirondacks are hilly, but beautiful, and New England is a walk in the hilly woods. Bar Harbor is a great place to celebrate your finish.
General Discussion / Warning: Newbie with lots of questions
« Last post by Huggyd on July 24, 2015, 08:45:12 pm »
I just went out with the wife and pick up a new bike for her at Canadian Tire (C.T.) (local department store) She found one that she liked and she is happy with it.  I still have to psi the tires and lube up everything, I was wondering if there is anything else I should be looking at or making adjustment too (gearing, brakes, etc)??
Also I have looking at buying a bike for myself and while at C.T. I saw one called Supercycle, I have never heard of this brand before and was hoping to get the low-down one it? (is it good or bad, can you get parts for them) I have been out of cycling world for a while so I don't really know a lot so sorry about the questions but also I see bikes with one disc brake on the front and a rim brake on the back or some do it the other way around, does this matter? does the size of tires (24" 26" 27.5") make a difference other then the height of the rider. For the most part I am not about to do any downhill mountain events but I am looking at doing some rough trails in the woods so I am looking for something that will handle that.
Any info or insight would help.
GPS Discussion / Re: GPS Data User Guide?
« Last post by mdxix on July 24, 2015, 07:54:46 pm »
I can't seem to find the GPS Data User Guide on the ACA website.
In the page for Routes and Service Points, there is a link to the right for GPS Data User Guide & Quick Start Guide.
GPS Discussion / Re: GPS Data User Guide?
« Last post by administrator on July 24, 2015, 07:28:16 pm »
Sorry for the confusion. As we move to new formats for the GPS data, we have moved some items and created some new documents. The guide you are looking for is now located here:
General Discussion / Re: Northern Tier or better idea?
« Last post by adventurepdx on July 24, 2015, 07:07:45 pm »
Now just need to find an interesting way to get to the coast from Portland.

As for getting to the Oregon Coast from Portland, here's a pertinent link to an old forum post that contains other pertinent links to other older forum posts:

I do recommend taking the 202/47/Banks-Vernonia trail from Portland to the coast. It is very rural and very quiet in terms of traffic and people. It drops you off in Astoria, the northernmost point on US 101 on the Oregon Coast.
Links to maps:

I've never taken 30 the full way from Astoria to Portland, just the portion from Portland-Rainier and Clatskanie-Wesport, so I've missed the worst parts of US 30. But even that little bit makes me prefer the 202/47/Banks-Vernonia routing.

There aren't many services, but there's just enough. Make sure you're stocked when leaving Astoria, as there isn't another full service grocery until Vernonia, about 70 miles down the road. Only a couple of country markets with short hours in between.

The route from Astoria to Hillsboro (Portland westside suburb) is 100 miles. You can break it into two days by camping at Big Eddy County Park which is about 60 miles in. Few, if any, lodging options are found on this route so if you are doing a credit card tour you should be prepared to do the 100 miles in a straight shot. Possible, but there are two small passes to contend with on the route.

There are also two bus options from Portland to the coast: The NW Point bus to Seaside/Astoria, or the Wave to Tillamook. Both run twice daily.
General Discussion / Re: Buying Used Question
« Last post by Pat Lamb on July 24, 2015, 04:54:12 pm »
Bad news: other than checking with your local police and giving them the serial number (typically located on the bottom of the bottom bracket/crank), there's no systematic check for stolen bikes.  Thieves in my town typically fence them 60 miles away, and vice versa.

Used bikes are like used cars, in that if you can't assess them yourself, the best bet is to take them to a qualified mechanic.  In the case of a bike, a bike shop mechanic should be able to give it a quick check without hitting your pocketbook too hard (I'd guess $25 or a dozen doughnuts).  In the middle of the summer, Tuesday and Wednesday are the best time, since it's peak season and they get a lot of business getting ready or getting over the weekend.

I've got a Fuji Touring, and it's a good bike, but they're offering it for only 30-50% off list (depending on age). That T800 sounds sweet.
General Discussion / Re: Northern Tier or better idea?
« Last post by paulsinbc on July 24, 2015, 03:50:53 pm »
I considered the SC as well as the Oregon Outback but yes it is a very hot time to be in those parts of Oregon and California.   So the train has been booked to Portland which gives me a lot of options but at this time I plan on heading to the coast and hoping for some dry weather.   Now just need to find an interesting way to get to the coast from Portland. 

General Discussion / Buying Used Question
« Last post by Nyimbo on July 24, 2015, 03:30:19 pm »
Background: I took my trek fx 7.5 in to get a gearing upgrade the suggestion from a local expert re taking it cross country is in addition to new gearing is to replace wheels, (24) spokes, replace fork with a steel fork from trek 7.3, add bar ends. He said by the time you have done the up grads you have payed 1/3 the cost of a new touring bike - or 1/2 to full price of buying a used bike.

I started reading Craig's List last night and see two bikes in my size. A Fuji touring for 400. And a Cannondale T800 for 300.  I'm not going to offer to buy either because I need to learn some things first and I'm not in a rush.
So my buying used question: 1 how do I determine they are not a stollen bikes and 2. How do you determine the condition since I'm not mechanically inclined?

Any suggestions for thinking through this?

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