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I considered the Lost Coast when I was going down the coast myself but I was credit card touring and there's no accommodation that way. There's some pretty fierce hills going the regular route! At least for my old legs.

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Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes--First time touring
« on: December 05, 2019, 08:46:44 pm »
3+ year old thread.
Yes and adventurepdx's links are no good - probably why.

Nope, the age of the thread has nothing to do with the badness of my links. There was an internal error with Ride With GPS that lost the data for those routes. :-[
Pity that, I was quite intereted in doing them.

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Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes--First time touring
« on: December 05, 2019, 12:54:57 am »
3+ year old thread.
Yes and adventurepdx's links are no good - probably why.

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Gear Talk / Re: Shimano Hollowtech experience anyone?
« on: October 02, 2019, 07:03:56 pm »
See if any advice here gives you a clue https://bikemagic.com/how-to/mountain-bike-maintenance/fitting-hollowtech-ii-cranks.html
My WAG is that something has been overtorqued.at the factory, other than non-parallel BB faces  there's not much else it could be. Hambini has more to say about bottom brackets than you'd ever wish to hear. Good luck.

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I like using a dedicated GPS unit that gives audible cues for turns. It replaces a bike computer since it automatically records distance, speed and altitude (I don't even have to jot these down and reset the computer daily), and allows me to enjoy the scenery or concentrate on road safety without having to constantly glance down at a map or be preoccupied with wayfinding. It also gives me the freedom of taking any interesting detours with its ability to automatically reroute me back on track further on.

I toured with paper maps throughout Europe and North America in the 1990s and early 2000s and I much prefer the simplicity of something like a Garmin eTrex on my handlebar now.
You can get audible cues with Google maps but it runs your phone down in no time. I like sound of the Garmin eTrex. Does the it last all day, 8 hours say? Can you recharge it with one of those battery pack thingys if you're not near a power source?

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I've done a few long tours and never used a GPS, always had ACA maps but what I do find handy is an iPhone mainly for finding motels. Google maps is just the thing if you search for 'breakfast restaurants'. And there's also that essential thing you can never find 'laundromat' (launderette)

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Connecting ACA Routes / Help I Need a Durango detour from 66
« on: April 23, 2017, 08:03:21 pm »
On May 1 I'm restarting my Route 66 tour from Tulsa OK where I had a mishap and had to come home. Some friends of mine are going to be in Durango CO about the time I'll be there and I would like to make a detour from the ACA route to meet them. I could simply go to Santa Fe and head north from there but  I'm hoping there's a way I could leave 66 earlier and rejoin it past Santa Fe. As it is my wife and I are planning on a non-cycling trip to Santa Fe later in the year so I won't be missing much. Suggestions please.

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General Discussion / Re: Hire of touring bike in Seattle
« on: April 04, 2017, 07:20:55 pm »
I've done Leeds to Seattle with British Airways and back a couple of times and taken a bike. Your bike in a box  counts as your one free checked bag  (years ago they allowed two free checked bags). Check the BA website it may be bearable to take another checked bag. What I've done before today is bought a suitcase from a charity shop,I got one in Settle (sic) for £4 once, and stuff your panniers in that so you only have one extra bag.

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Routes / Re: Coos Bay Bridge Bypass Yes and No?
« on: April 04, 2017, 12:38:42 pm »
Depending on how much of a hurry I'm in it would appear that my optimum route would be to take the bridge bypass: much longer than six minutes but pleasant riding with nice views and a couple of short steep ones but pancake flat for most of it, until you get into the city. Then make your way to Newmarket St. (it looks about 3-4 miles on the ACA map) and rejoin the direct route. On this trip getting rear ended earlier in the year had left me nervous about bridges (and tunnels). This is what I'll try should I ever go that way again.

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Routes / Re: Coos Bay Bridge Bypass Yes and No?
« on: March 29, 2017, 12:49:33 am »
I don't have access to the map details you are referencing, but on the third trip from Seattle to Santa Rosa along the coast I decided to try 101 through Coos Bay and south instead of taking the recommended route that runs on the west side of Coos Bay to Charleston and then Seven Devils Road to Bandon. That was not one of my better decisions. It was a miserable ride on 101. I do not mind traffic, but there was just too much traffic and no shoulders and I had zero fun. Future trips I continued to take the Seven Devils Road route. As to crossing McCullough Bridge, I never had an issue with that bridge (unlike crossing the Astoria Bridge where, for me, the pucker factor was on high until I reached the apex and started descending into Astoria). Also, several times I just walked the bridge on the pedestrian walkway when the winds were whipping. Perhaps they have changed 101 since the last time I did this ride was just over seven years ago, but I would counsel against using 101 through and south of Coos Bay.
Well that answers my question. Thanks.

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Routes / Coos Bay Bridge Bypass Yes and No?
« on: March 28, 2017, 09:07:09 pm »
THe first part of the bypass is a delight; a quiet, pretty road with a bit of climbing and a great view of the bridge. However once you get to Hwy 101 (See Detail#2 Map 22)you are on a busy highway with not much to see. A rather a bore in fact although it does have an adequate shoulder until you meet up with the original ACA route north of Bandon. It seems to me a much more interesting route would be to ride across Coos Bay and rejoin the original route just south of the bridge. Am I missing something?
From Detail #1 it looks like there's a road that joins Newmarket St. that you could use.

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General Discussion / Re: ?How easy are SPD pedals to get use too?
« on: March 14, 2017, 10:55:17 am »
They can come loose and fall out in the weeds.

Nonsense.  Lies.  Fantasy.  Whatever.  SPD cleats are attached to the shoe soles with two bolts.  Allen bolts.  They are about 1/2 inch long.  If they got loose, the cleat would wiggle and squirm for miles and miles.  Anyone would notice this.  You would immediately stop and see your bolts are maybe coming loose.  You would then get out your 3mm Allen wrench and tighten them.  When you got home you would take the bolts out and reattach them using blue Loctite.  They cannot fall out by themselves without you knowing they are going to fall out for hundreds of miles before they fall out.
https://janheine.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/8-checks-to-get-your-bike-ready-for-the-season-and-pbp/ See comment by Chris Lowe

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