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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Alternatives of I-15 going through Cajon Pass
« Last post by Shinsuke on May 22, 2015, 03:50:23 am »
Hi OldDogBC,

Thank you for your detailed and latest information.

Some questions from myself: Your "shuttled" route seems to be the best alternative and I really would like to understand your route precisely.

(1) In my understanding, after arriving Cleghorn via Cajon Blvd, you used (a)southbound I-15 to Kenwood, and then used (b)northbound I-15 from Kenwood to Oak Hill Exit. Is this correct?

(2) If you used (a)southbound I-15 from Cleghorn, why did you apply this route? (This may be a silly question, but to Oak Hill Exit, it is possibly faster and less distant to ride northbound I-15 directly from Kenwood, than to go to Cleghorn via Cajon Blvd and back to Kenwood via southbound I-15)

(3) If you used (b)northbound I-15 from Kenwood to Oak Hill Exit, was going through the shoulder of northbound I-15 safe or risky? Were there enough shoulder available for a safety ride? (I am worried because I have heard that the shoulder I-15 through the construction area is very limited (and almost no shoulder in some sections).)

The information from which the cyclist went through this route is very helpful for me to consider the appropriate alternatives. I really look forward to your kind reply.

Thank you very much in advance.

Regards,
Shin
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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Alternatives of I-15 going through Cajon Pass
« Last post by OldDogBC on May 21, 2015, 11:39:41 pm »
As to alternatives to riding I-15 up to Cajon Summit, I had planned to use I-15 only from Cleghorn to Hwy 138. I was then going to take 138 East to Summit Valley Road. That takes you north and after a few other streets you end up coming into the back side of Hesperia / Victorville. You can find your way to Route 66 from there pretty easily on Google Maps.

I ended up having to scrap this plan because of the Cleghorn closure.
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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Alternatives of I-15 going through Cajon Pass
« Last post by OldDogBC on May 21, 2015, 11:33:48 pm »
I just rode through this area 3 days ago. The Cleghorn onramp is indeed closed. While you could weave your way through some of the construction, there are significant areas where the old pavement has been removed and they are working on grading for the new surface. You would have to walk your bike trough most of that.

On the advice of the CalTrans folks, I arranged to be shuttled around the construction area. I rode up Cajon Blvd to Cleghorn then back to the Kenwood on \ offramp south of the construction area (8 miles back to Kenwood). I met my ride there and then got dropped off at the the Oak Hill Exit (7 miles up I-15) and picked up Route 66 at that point.

CalTrans provided me a list of shuttle options but I deleted that email after I copied ACA. I was lucky to arrange a ride with my girlfriend.

I would expect conditions to change by the time you depart for your tour. Good Luck and Safe Travels.

Todd
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Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by tbessie on May 21, 2015, 10:57:56 pm »
Everyone has different preferrences, but I've been touring in a pair of these that allow me to use spd cleats, but still walk comfortably when off the bike. Sizing does seem to run on the small side. http://shop.pearlizumi.com/product.php?mode=view&pc_id=43&product_id=2328453&outlet=&color_code=021

Thanks! Interestingly, those are one of the pairs I ended up getting.  I like them, though they are around a half-size too small.  I tried the next size up, but they were a bit loose, so I'll see if I can suffer through the ride with them; hopefully they'll stretch out a bit.

- Tim
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Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by administrator on May 21, 2015, 07:02:08 pm »
Everyone has different preferrences, but I've been touring in a pair of these that allow me to use spd cleats, but still walk comfortably when off the bike. Sizing does seem to run on the small side. http://shop.pearlizumi.com/product.php?mode=view&pc_id=43&product_id=2328453&outlet=&color_code=021
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Gear Talk / Re: Touring without fenders - big mistake?
« Last post by indyfabz on May 21, 2015, 11:06:56 am »
Never used them, even on the Northern Tier route, and don't think I ever will. If it's raining hard enough, no fender is going to keep me dry or drier Also, my tent is positioned on the rear rack in line with the bike. Under the tent is a folded 4x8 plastic "tarp." This set up keeps the spray off my jersey and rear end.
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Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by indyfabz on May 21, 2015, 11:01:11 am »
Sandals are light, small, and multi-purpose.  Take a shower in them (oh, and avoid leather for this purpose and for general water and rain tolerance).  Set up the tent in them.  Heck, I even did a white-water rafting trip in them.  Get a pair that are easily adjustable, put on warm wool socks, and you can go hike for a few miles.

+1. My extremities tend to feel cold and a pair of warm, wool socks and sandals works for me. They don't have to break the bank. For the last two years I have been using a cheap pair of Dexters I got on sale from PayLess for under $30. They are extremely light and flatten out nicely, even at size 12.  I wouldn't take them in the shower, though. For that I carry a pair of cheap flip flops. Those sit under the chords that strap the tent to the rear rack so they take up no pannier space.
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Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast ride
« Last post by indyfabz on May 21, 2015, 10:52:06 am »
Details, including an explanation of how the maps go both ways:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/map-features/

In the example used, you can see the bi-directional narratives, eastbound and westbound in that particular example.
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Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on May 21, 2015, 09:44:45 am »
I've toured with a good pair of MTB shoes and sandals (and will likely do so again!).  MTB shoes so you can walk in them, clip in to Frog/Eggbeater/SPD pedals.  Good, stiff soles to avoid hot foot on long riding days.  While you can walk into a store, diner, or library in these, they're not really good for hikes -- the soles are great for riding, but compromised for long distance walking.

Sandals are light, small, and multi-purpose.  Take a shower in them (oh, and avoid leather for this purpose and for general water and rain tolerance).  Set up the tent in them.  Heck, I even did a white-water rafting trip in them.  Get a pair that are easily adjustable, put on warm wool socks, and you can go hike for a few miles.

Now, if you're planning a 10-15 mile day hike, you'll probably want something sturdier.  The more non-cycling activities you want to add to a bike tour, the more you'll end up carrying.  I'd be interested to know how heavy the Vibram soled shoes are, and how good the soles are for long rides.
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