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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?   
Routes / Re: Logistics for GDMBR
« Last post by indyfabz on February 25, 2015, 12:46:57 pm »
Waterton Village has a nice, albeit very windy, towne campsite along the shore of the lake:

You might inquire about reservations as I imagine it can get busy. I stayed there twice in mid-June, before the real crowds arrived, and there were still a decent number of people there. If you have an extra day or so, there is a boat ride/day hike combination trip you can take from town. Never got the chance to do it, but I hear it's nice.

You could even ride to Lethbridge via Magrath. Crossing the country the portion between Waterton and Magrath was probably the fastest 60 miles I ever did on a loaded bike thanks to a killer tailwind.
Routes / Re: Logistics for GDMBR
« Last post by savagemountain on February 25, 2015, 07:46:15 am »
Thank you for all the info.

I think we have a plan. Glacier Park looks amazing so I think we will loop back through there and then cycle to Waterton National Park as it looks easier/cheaper to cycle over the border. Then we can get airportshuttleexpress to get us to the nearest town (Lethbridge) and hire a car to drive north. Perfect!

Thanks all!

Gear Talk / Vintage Sugino AT or New Sugino Xd600 Crankset?
« Last post by RiseAlways on February 24, 2015, 09:44:25 pm »
Weighing the pros/cons expenses etc. as I'm contemplating using either an older Sugino AT crankset or a new Sugino XD600 on my older 1980s Miyata 610 touring bike?
I've got both, its just that I need to pick up two rings to go on my AT cranks. 
I want to keep it all 80s but quality stuff,.. I know the AT cranks are forged as are the XD600's,...both great (from what I've heard).  I'm using friction shifters, 27" tires,.. bike's pretty much all vintage. 
General Discussion / Re: Roll on service for Amtrak long haul routes
« Last post by indyfabz on February 24, 2015, 10:18:51 am »
I'd be interested to see the Cascades station configurations, especially compared to the typical length of the train. I have seen Amtrak stops that are no more than 40' of "platform" and a bus shelter. One potential safety issue is if you have a short platform resulting in the tail of the train, where the baggage car is usually situated, being way down the track. That could result in a member of the train crew having to walk along ballast or some other unsafe condition wheeling a bike, possibly in the middle of the night. There are other operational considerations that could make unloading from the baggage car impractical or impossible at particular stops.
General Discussion / Re: Roll on service for Amtrak long haul routes
« Last post by adventurepdx on February 23, 2015, 10:45:17 pm »
I'd like to think that they would allow for the loading/unloading of unboxed bikes at unstaffed (no baggage service) stations. And it's not like Amtrak can't do it: Cascades corridor service (Eugene-Portland-Seattle-Vancouver) has the bike storage in the baggage car, and there are a few unstaffed stations (Olympia-Lacey, Mt. Vernon). And when I've had to load/unload a bike at those stations, the conductor or other train employee opens the baggage door and takes care of it.
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