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Gear Talk / Re: One link in the chain
« Last post by Pat Lamb on February 27, 2015, 04:40:42 pm »
If you ended up taking one link out of the chain, you'll want to replace the chain ASAP.  You can get by for a while being careful to avoid the big-big chainring/cog combination, but sooner or later you'll mess up and try to shift into that gear.  When (not if) that happens, Bad Things result.  Possible Bad Things include you damage the derailer and have to replace it; you damage the derailer hanger and might need a new frame; the derailer goes into the wheel and breaks a bunch of spokes, ending up with you have to replace the rear wheel; or all of the above.  Do yourself and replace the chain now before Bad Things happen.
General Discussion / Re: Shipping bike to Astoria/ Logistics
« Last post by John Nelson on February 27, 2015, 04:05:36 pm »
I have not shipped my bicycle to Astoria, but I have shipped my bike from Astoria. Bikes and Beyond did a good pack and ship for me. I'm betting that you could ship it there.

But if you have a bit of spare time, you could fly to Portland and ride to Astoria. If you do ship your bike to Astoria, there is good bus service between Portland to Astoria, and good light rail from the Portland airport to the downtown bus terminal.
Routes / Re: New Rt 66 tour anyone ?
« Last post by staehpj1 on February 27, 2015, 03:32:43 pm »
I don't have current plans, but am intrigued by it.
Routes / New Rt 66 tour anyone ?
« Last post by Joe B on February 27, 2015, 02:29:18 pm »
Looking forward to a new ACA route to ride. Wondering if anyone is planning to do it this first season. I'm this close (holds fingers almost together) to scrapping my current plans and doing this one westbound. Any like minded folks?
General Discussion / Re: Shipping bike to Astoria/ Logistics
« Last post by indyfabz on February 27, 2015, 02:02:21 pm »
I shipped my bike from Philly to Missoula last year using and had a great experience. Since I didn't have a scale I wildly overestimated the weight of the box, racks, fuel bottle and stove at 90 lbs. The rate for four-day FedEx shipping was $76 including a $5 surcharge for picking the bike up at a local shop. That was less than half what my airline wanted to fly with the bike. Definitely check them out.

If you are near Philadelphia Bikesmith and need your bike professionally boxed, there is a FedEx/Kinko's location around the corner from the shop. If you buy shipping from Bikeflights, you can take your boxed bike there are avoid the pick up surcharge.

I shipped to the Missoula REI store and had them reassemble and tune the bike so it was ready for me when I arrived. You might find transportation and shipping to Portland cheaper. It's my understanding that you can ride or take some other transport from there to Astoria. There is an REI in downtown Portland. The Bike Gallery, a good shop, also has at least one downtown location.
General Discussion / Re: Shipping bike to Astoria/ Logistics
« Last post by staehpj1 on February 27, 2015, 01:52:27 pm »
I usually try to fly Southwest and check my bike as baggage most tours.  There is a $75 charge for the bike box and your other checked bag and carry on go for free.  For the TA we flew into Portland and the three of us rented a medium sized SUV to get to our start which was Florence.  On other tours I have often just ridden out of the airport.

Having your bike shipped to a bike shop, warmshowers host, or hotel can work well too, but I usually only do that on the way home.  Be aware that just going into a UPS or FedEx store will typically result in a crazy high shipping charge.  I have found that bike shops typically get enough cheaper rate that I can afford to pay them to box and ship the bike and have it still be cheaper than just the shipping if I go to UPS or FedEx myself.

There are also a few outfits that specialize in shipping bikes and are typically cheaper and easier than going directly to the carrier. and are two such businesses.
Gear Talk / Re: One link in the chain
« Last post by DaveB on February 27, 2015, 12:13:35 pm »
The answer depends on two things:

1. What width of chain is it?
2. How did you do the repair?

If the chain is 8-speed or narrower and you repaired it by reusing one of the original pins, the chain is badly compromised and should be replaced.

If the chain is an older 5/6-speed or you repaired it with a specific joining pin for Shimano chains or a master link such as a KMC Missing Link or SRAM master link it should be OK.  That assumes it didn't break initially because it was so worn or badly damaged prior to the repair.

If you do replace it with a new chain and the old one had significant miles on it, the new one may skip badly on your old freewheel or cassette.  You may have to replace the freewheel or cassette also.
General Discussion / Shipping bike to Astoria/ Logistics
« Last post by tourbotswana on February 27, 2015, 11:54:28 am »
I am doing the Trans AM in May/June and I am just wondering what other people normally do for this part of the process and the cost I am looking at. Definitely not the most exciting part for me. I stay in Philadelphia.
Gear Talk / One link in the chain
« Last post by astrodude on February 27, 2015, 11:53:36 am »
Hi, I am new to this forum and if I am in the wrong topic let me know. I am going on a bike tour to do the Utah Cliffs route, about 300 miles, with some friends. My chain broke but was able to fix it with one link and it seems to work fine now. Should I get a new chain or go with the one linked replaced chain?  :-\
Midwest / Katy Trail.... anyone interested
« Last post by stellar-feller on February 26, 2015, 08:23:38 am »
I'm just wondering if anyone might be interested in joining me on an epic ride on the beautiful Katy Trail mid-June of this year.   My plans right now are to begin in Clinton, MO and ride to St. Charles before the return trip back to Clinton.  I will be full self supported, tenting most nights with an occasional B&B along the way covering about 40-60 miles a day but still taking time for local sights or winery's along the way.   As a male school teacher, summer vacation is often filled with what I call " memory makers"  and for me this year it will certainly be another great experience.  Anyone interested in joining me?   
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