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Gear Talk / Re: Fixing panniers
« Last post by DaveB on August 17, 2016, 03:11:49 pm »
Assuming the panniers are nylon (or some marketing name that still means nylon) an iron-on patch is likely to require enough heat to melt the base fabric too.  You can probably find an adhesive backed fabric such as that sold to repair tents and air mattresses that will stick over the hole, preferably on both sides of the pannier's cloth.   You can be sew around it for reenforcement.  Seam sealer can be used to restore water tightness.   
Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« Last post by OutSpokyn1 on August 17, 2016, 02:22:22 pm »
I think the LHT will work nicely for me, with possibly a few adjustments. I will work with a good shop to get fitted properly and one that knows touring as well.

I totally understand the benefits of a custom bike, especially for me being a short woman. I have thought very hard about this decision and have done LOTS of homework and sought input, etc. and think I have come to a good conclusion for my first dedicated touring bike.

I really appreciate everyone's input and suggestions. They have been invaluable!
Gear Talk / Fixing panniers
« Last post by big blue cat on August 17, 2016, 01:49:50 pm »
I have 4 Madden Panniers that I bought about 15-20 yrs. ago. In Montana one year, my rear rack broke & by the time I
got my bike stop I had burned a hole in one of my panniers. To fix it, would a iron-on patch work or is
there something else that will work better? The hole is about as big as a penny. Thanks for any
Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« Last post by RussSeaton on August 17, 2016, 01:35:28 pm »
I just can't determine the advantage of a custom bike at this point (having no experience), so seems foolish to spend the money on a bike I can't even test and hope it will be 250% better! Maybe after this initial tour or sometime down the line, I will.

The advantages of a custom bike are the following:
1.  You demand a unique bike built just for you.  No one else has your bike.  Its unique to you only.  It has whatever you want on it.  Whatever color.
2.  You require a unique, different, non standard size frame.  Smaller or bigger are the usual changes.  But some people have extra long bodies and short legs, so they need a bike to fit them.  Custom.  Standard factory frames are built for the average person ranging from about 5'4" to 6'4" tall with normal sized legs, torsos, necks, heads, feet.  Their bodies fit within the bell curve of normal.  Bike manufacturers make bikes to fit them by the millions.  The normal sized person does not need a custom bike for fit.

I don't need a custom sized frame.  Many manufacturers make perfectly sized bikes to fit me at the factory.  And some manufacturers don't make bikes that fit me very well at all.  Colnago being one of them.  Short top tubes.  But I might want a custom to get different handling from normal, extra stiff, or extra plush, or more tire clearance, or unique braze-ons, or...
Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« Last post by OutSpokyn1 on August 17, 2016, 01:00:49 pm »
Routes / Re: Why does the PC route bypass Olympic Peninsula?
« Last post by johnsondasw on August 17, 2016, 12:21:36 pm »
i disagree with  those posters who think the peninsula is not great unless you do the side trips.

Well, I guess we agree to disagree.  ;)

I will have to say that 101 was for the most part manageable on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula (from about Port Angeles down to Aberdeen), when it came to traffic levels or grades--no real steep or high areas for the most part. But for me, I could do that style of riding (quietish riding through rolling hills with a mix of forest and clearcut) in plenty of places down here in Oregon. If I go up that way, I want to see the highlights of the peninsula--and Olympic National Park--which means for me doing side trips.

We had four days. It would be ideal to have 8 days and do it all.  Of course, you'd need an 8 day window of decent weather, which is achievable in mid summer, some years.  I did and 8 day mountaineering trip in the heart of the Olympic Mtns (Bailey Range Traverse) in early August 1993 and we had rain on only the 7th day.
GPS Discussion / MOVED: Cycling from Utah to ACA HQ
« Last post by JMilyko on August 17, 2016, 12:11:44 pm »
Routes / Re: Why does the PC route bypass Olympic Peninsula?
« Last post by JMilyko on August 17, 2016, 12:10:12 pm »
Well, as I've said, conditions at the time dictated why we routed the Washington section of the Pacific Coast Route as we did. When we added the Washington Parks Route, we felt conditions had changed and we used roads closer to the ocean for the Main Route but did not opt to change Pacific Coast to match, rather adding that routing as an Alternate on WP.

I don't know of any plans to change the Pacific Coast Route to be coincident with Washington Parks Main Route though we are open to suggestions if you have them as to how to improve that routing.

If you want to make some specific suggestions about different routing between Elma and Astoria (or any of our routes), I would encourage you to put it in a RideWithGPS route with some specific reasons why it is a better route and submit it to us for consideration the next time that section gets updated. You send it to me directly or to our cartography email address. I will warn you that both of these map sections were just updated in early 2016 so it will be a while until we could seriously consider any changes.

Routes / Re: Cycling from Utah to ACA HQ
« Last post by jamawani on August 17, 2016, 09:28:14 am »
CS -

You don't offer much info on what you want to do or how you tour.
Are you willing to do some dirt or do you need all pavement?
(That is more applicable in the west than the east - but it may impact route choice.)
Also, will you be camping or do you need motels every night or a mix?
(Again, in the west it can be tricky getting motels in remote locations.)
Also, how direct of a route do you want? How much time do you have and what is your daily mileage?
Are you thinking about wandering via Yellowstone or do you want a straight shot?

Thinking backwards from Missoula:

The ACA TransAm Route links Lost Trail Pass on the Idaho border to Missoula.
If you look at an Idaho map you will see three diagonal roads south of Lost Trail Pass.
Hwy 28, County roads from May to Howe, & US 93.  All of them are fairly remote.

US 93 is shortest, but has no services for miles and is narrow with moderate traffic in places.
The country roads include dirt stretches and are extremely remote - only for experienced tourers.
Hwy 28 has low traffic and country stores at crossroad hamlets. And is very scenic.

But there is a "But" - Why is there always a "But"?
Connecting from the south is way easier via US 93 than Hwy 28.
The US 93 connector is via US 26 from Arco to Blackfoot.
Taber Road, thru the almost ghost town of Atomic City, is almost carless with varying pavement.
The Hwy 28 connector is via county roads from Hwy 33 to Idaho Falls, US 91.
This entails busier roads with a good deal of local traffic.

Yet another possibility is to combine the best of both - -
Hwy 28 from Salmon to Hwy 22 then south on Hwy 22 thru Howe to US 26.
A bad fire a few years ago destroyed what was left of local businesses in Howe.

From Blackfoot you might take US 91 and Hi-Line Road to Pocatello -
Then follow Old Hwy 91 to Virginia and Westside Road to Dayton and Weston.
(Remember - - I am going backwards from Missoula south.)
This gets you to the Utah border near Logan.

Here is the link to Idaho DOT traffic counts:
(Click on the traffic count location for multi-year data.)
Under 1000 - good; Under 500 - Super
1000-2000 - okay; Over 2000 - Tricky without a shoulder
Over 4000 - Dangerous without shoulder

General Discussion / Following the Lieutenant
« Last post by FollowingtheLieutenant on August 16, 2016, 10:33:41 pm »
Hello all,
Hello all!

I'm directing a documentary about the 25th Infantry Bicycle who rode bicycles from Fort Missoula to St. Louis in 1897 as part of a military experiment.  Our film is titled Following the Lieutenant - Buffalo Soldiers of the Bicycle Corps.

We invite you to join us on this journey. Below is our website and Facebook page.

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