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Gear Talk / WANTED: Getting my wife her first touring bike!
« on: May 30, 2012, 03:06:46 pm »
Hello -

My wife is new to touring and we're planning a trip from San Fran to LA this summer.  She's 5'5'' and looking for a bike! Anyone have one out there for a decent price? 

cycle on,

California / San Fran to Santa Barbara
« on: May 30, 2012, 01:15:33 pm »
Hello folks -

Sorry that this is a wee bit of a repeat, but my wife and I are planning to ride from SF to Santa Barbara this summer.  We only have about 6 days to do it.  I've toured quite a bit, but my wife is quite new to it.  She's totally fit but is trying to get comfortable on the bike. 

First, is 6 days pushing it?  If it is, does anyone know how we can get 50-70 miles outside of San Fran to start?  We're from NYC so connections are slim on the west coast.  Is there a train that we can hop with our gear?  If so, what's the process and cost?

Any other advice is much appreciated!


Classifieds / Wanted: Touring Bike for my wife who is 5'5''
« on: May 30, 2012, 12:42:15 pm »
Hello -

My wife is new to touring and we're planning a trip from San Fran to LA this summer.  She's 5'5'' and looking for a bike! Anything out there for a decent price? 

cycle on,

General Discussion / Bike shop in Bellingham?
« on: June 15, 2010, 01:40:21 pm »
Hello there -

I'm flying out of Brooklyn, NY and into Bellingham, WA on the 24th of July to start my way down to San Fran.  I'm still weighing a couple of options for shipping my bike out. 

My first and I think preferable option is to purchase and aircaddy box and fedex my bike to a bike shop in Bellingham.  The problem is that I'm not from Bellingham, ever been to Bellingham or even know anyone in Bellingham.  Does anyone know any trustworthy bike shops that would be willing to work with me on this front? 

My second option is to ship it through REI.  They offer the bike shipping service from store to store.  Its a little more expensive but might be worth the smoothness. 

Any thoughts/advice are welcomed and appreciated!  Cheers!

Classifieds / Wanted: 57in racing frame
« on: June 14, 2010, 01:22:28 pm »
Looking for a classy 57 racing bike.   Something light and fast. 

Routes / Pacific Coast - starting in Bellingham or Seattle?
« on: June 03, 2010, 01:58:06 pm »
I've already recieved some great tips - thanks so much.  Just thought I'd take a poll. 

Any suggestions regarding Bellingham vs Seattle are most welcomed too!

Also, any idea if you can get a ferry from San Juans to Port Angeles?  I'm debating between the Peninsula and inland routes through Washington.


General Discussion / Shipping a bike through REI
« on: May 25, 2010, 03:25:50 pm »
Hi all -

I'm wondering if anyone knows if REI still ships bikes from one store location to another??  If anyone has or knows of anyone who has - please send some advice. Positive or negative experience?  How long did it take?

Routes / Pacific Coast - getting to the San Juans from Seattle
« on: May 25, 2010, 03:10:46 pm »
Hi all -

I'm flying into Seattle at the end of July to start a 3 week trip down the coast - ending in San fran.  As of now I really want to hit the peninsula route of Washington, down Oregon's coast and through the redwoods in California.  Seattle seems to be cheaper than vancouver to fly to.  Any thoughts on how to get to the legendary San Juans before starting out to the Washington Peninsula?  I know there are boats that go up and down.  Is there a ferry from Seattle though?

Any adivice would be welcomed!! 


Routes / Pacific Coast or new Sierra - Cascades route?
« on: March 23, 2010, 02:26:32 pm »
Hello all -

I'm new to the biking community and in the midst of planning my first tour.  I'm debating whether to complete the northern portions of the Pacific Coast or new Sierra - Cascades route?  I want to start in either Seattle or Vancouver and end in San Fran.  I'm looking for the most scenic route and know that I want to see the Oregon coast and the redwoods in northern cali.  On the flip side I'm in love the mountains out that way.  As a trail runner by trade, I'd love to be in the mtns at least some of the trip. 

Anyone have suggestions as how to mix these two routes?  I have three weeks (last week in July and first two weeks of August).  Any other advice to a novice would be much appreciated. 

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