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Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« Last post by etsisk on December 16, 2014, 03:04:14 pm »
Just bumping this up - I'd like to do this section as a way to chip away at my end goal of circumnavigating the US. I figure every little bit helps, and if I'm already going past St. Augustine (figured out that Jax isn't the best place to start this section), I won't be in a better spot to do this! I'll have already done the Wilmington NC to Key West chunk of the Atlantic Coast Route and will be heading back up towards NC with my wife. So any wisdom and knowledge shared will be appreciated!
Gear Talk / Too tight spokes causes wheel buckling.
« Last post by zerodish on December 16, 2014, 02:32:55 pm »
I've done this twice the first time was an experiment. The arguments never end about tight spokes should be so I did a wheel build making the spokes as tight as possible. I build dishless wheels though I expect this also applies to a real wheel with dish. In order to get the spokes as tight as possible I did a standard build then adjusted the out of round 1/4 turn at a time using both a spoke wrench and a screw driver. The spokes were checked for equal tension by comparing the sound of opposite spokes on both the left and right sides and the top and bottom sides. After a certain point the wheel buckled into potato chip shape. This did not hurt the rim and after backing off on the tension I ended up with a useable wheel. The second time was an accident. I used a combination of transmission fluid and Mobil One to lubricate the nipples and the wheel potato chipped while stressing the wheel by squeezing the rim and the chainstay. This did not photograph well but you can see the wheel here after backing off on the tension. I estimate the spokes were twice as tight as the store bought Stay True front wheel by squeezing the spoke and comparing the deflection at the cross. I'm leaving this one tight and will inform you if there is a problem. The wheel is being ridden with 160 pounds on it. Nothing special there is a fh475 hub refitted with a 7 cog freehub. Generic stainless steel spokes of 2 types. A Weinman 519 clone rim. !0mm solid axle. Search for zerodish and spoke protector on flickr to the the wheel.
General Discussion / Re: Best Time to Leave
« Last post by BobG on December 16, 2014, 01:57:30 pm »
As noted above by staehpj1, even traveling East to West it's possible to be too early to ride McKenzie Pass. It was still closed on July 31, 2009 when our Westbound ACA TransAm group came through. We had to ride Santiam Pass. In 1999 McKenzie Pass was open for bikes only in late July. Still closed to cars, we got to ride it traffic free!
General Discussion / Re: Best Time to Leave
« Last post by johnsondasw on December 16, 2014, 01:45:10 pm »
You could start in June and avoid those aforementioned Oregon passes by riding through the Columbia River gorge.  That's a great ride but would necessitate hooking up with your route to the east of the Cascades.
Gear Talk / Re: How this forum works
« Last post by on December 16, 2014, 12:41:31 pm »
I get a pop up to enter a verification code below when posting.  Where do I get the code and on my ipad I can't find the "below" to enter a code.

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General Discussion / Re: Best Time to Leave
« Last post by indyfabz on December 16, 2014, 09:59:25 am »
I would definitely try to not miss McKenzie Pass if at all possible.

Something else to keep in mind is that W-E starting June could put you in some very hot and humid areas during the peak of the misery. Then again, maybe that weather suits you.
General Discussion / Re: Best Time to Leave
« Last post by John Nelson on December 16, 2014, 09:51:10 am »
I agree with John and Pete. If you want to start in the West and your departure date is flexible, wait until the middle of June. Any earlier carries with it a much higher risk of both cold and wet.

Starting in May in the East is even better.
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
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