Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - Doug64

Pages: [1]
Gear Talk / Re: Should I be worried about my frame?
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:16:52 pm »
I think folks have pretty well nailed it.

This is a test to see if I can post a photo, and I'll try it with a picture of a crack in my Bianchi Volpe frame.

If it does work, Ill read the instructions :)

This is where my top tube meets the head tube.  It was covered under warranty, and now the only things left of my 2007 Bianchi are the seat post and bars.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking For Cannondale TX1000 Info - Who Has or Had One
« on: February 04, 2014, 02:59:41 pm »
I think that is a lot to pay for an older bike.

 I picked up a like-new Cannondale 2010 T2 last spring for $600  on CL.  I was told that it had been ridden only 3 months and put in storage.   I believe it based on the condition of the bike.  The mold ridges were still on the center of the tire tread.  2010 is also the last year they made a touring bike, and the last year their bikes were made in the U.S.

I also got a nice little 2008 Long Haul Trucker for my daughter for $450 on CL.  It needed some work, but it is still a nice bike.

If you are patient there are some good values out there.

I agree with the others to not take the ACA route through Washington.  If the book you are planning on getting is "Bicycling the Pacific Coast" by Kirkendall and Spring they have two better routes - on either side of the Olympic Peninsula. Oregon puts out a pretty good pamphlet on cycling their coast which I used and found very useful.  For California I used ACA Pacific Coast route maps. I think they were better than the book for that state.

As for starting in Vancouver it really depends on whether or not you come into the city.  If you fly into the airport you will actually land in Richmond and can start heading south immediately. The most direct route will entail loading your bike on a bus to get through the George Massey tunnel.

If you decide to spend some time in Vancouver then I think you can't do better than Stanley Park as a starting point for your trip. If you have the time, a ride around the Park along the seawall would be a great way to start a tour of the west coast. Even if you decide not to do the full tour around the park the seawall bike path connects to routes to get you started south. There has been a great deal of work done in Vancouver over the last 4-5 years so it is now much easier and safer to get out of the downtown area. I doubt that either the book or ACA maps are fully updated on the newest routes in the city.

The following link shows most of the bike routes for the greater Vancouver area.

This link gets you info on cycling in Oregon.  Use the link to order a hard copy of the Oregon Coast Bike Route.

If starting in Vancouver, BC; I'd suggest looking at the route out of Vancouver , along the Sunshine Coast up to Lund.  Then crossing over to Vancouver Island before heading south.  It is scenic, and mixes ferries with roads.

The Astoria bridge is not really an issue.  I agree with the other posters that there are more challenging bridges further south.

Gear Talk / Re: "SKS" Fenders??
« on: January 07, 2014, 11:05:55 pm »
My rear wheel picked up some debris and folded the fender accordion fashion as depicted in the drawing.  SKS fenders are tough.  It just popped out with a slight crease.

My back wheel locked up and it did not do my tire much good either.  IMO- the safety release on the front fenders are really a selling point.  I'm just glad it was my back wheel!

Gear Talk / Re: Which triple crankset will fit my bike?
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:43:16 pm »
The above post was a test to see if I could attach an image.

The bike is a Bianchi Volpe with mountain drive train:  44/32/22 with an 11-34 cassette.

Tiagra STI shifters work work very well with a 4503 Tiagra front derailleur.  I had to use a shorter bottom bracket (103 mm) to maintain a 46 mm chainline, but this is usually the case when putting mountain bike cranks on a road bike.  Most mountain bike drive lines run with a 50 mm chainline and the shorter BB is required.

Unforunately, the Sugino DX 500 is no longer available, but other cranks with a 104/74 bolt pattern should work.  I've used this setup on 3 bikes and it has performed very well. 

Gear Talk / Re: Which triple crankset will fit my bike?
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:27:04 pm »

Gear Talk / Re: Tobus Rack Mount - Advice Please
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:17:46 pm »
It depends on what kind of bike you have-- eyelets on the dropouts, fork and seat stay brazeons.  You might not anything to a lot.

Pages: [1]