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Food Talk / Food Management - Bears
« on: April 22, 2018, 02:46:19 am »
Hi Everyone,

I hope I have posted this in the best place.....

Anyway, I am planning to ride from Truckee to Vancouver via the Sierra Cascade (3, 2, 1) through August. I intend to camp most of the way. As I'm from New Zealand, where bears don't exist, my concern is around managing my food overnight etc. when camping in areas where bears might be present.

I'm really hoping people can give me some general tips, where to look for information, or explain what they do to manage this. Should food be sealed and stored somewhere specific overnight etc.

Any feedback welcome!

Kind regards,

Routes / miles per day on Sierra Cascade
« on: March 26, 2018, 05:44:35 am »
Hi there,

I'm interested to know what people think is reasonable to cover in a day, consistently. I am preparing to complete legs 3, 2 and 1 of the Sierra Cascade route through August, 25 days allowed for. By my calculation that is about 55 mi per day, not allowing for and rest, sight seeing, or break down days etc. It seems ridiculous even writing this.

Perhaps there are some sections, I will need to get public transport. Just keen to read any feedback from anyone who has completed these sections and could offer up any advice.

Thanks in advance,

Gear Talk / B17 in the wet
« on: March 26, 2018, 05:35:47 am »
Hi all,

So I have just purchased my first Brooks saddle, its still in the uncomfortable "breaking in" stage  :)

Anyway, as I'm new to these, i thought I'd ask what people thought about riding in the wet. Can i damage my saddle, do i need to cover it, do i need fenders!? Not really too keen on biking long distance with fenders.

Thanks for your replies.


Hi all,

I am from New Zealand, and planning to complete a tour in the USA through August. At this stage, my plan is to start at Truckee (6 August) and head north along the Sierra Cascade route. I was think that I would complete two sections, north and then cross over via Portland and link up with the Pacific Coast route and finish up in Vancouver. It is my goal to finish in Vancouver, so this made sense to me.

I would love some feedback around this given I have not toured in the US before. Do people think, i am better to complete the Sierra Cascade Route to Sumas, WA or would my proposal work out OK? If I'm honest, I am probably just keen to visit Portland and thought the northern part of the Pacific Coast route looked interesting and offered a nice contrast to being inland for the initial part of my trip.

Keen to hear what people have to say. :)

Kind regards,

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