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Classifieds / Re: FS : 2017 Salsa Marakesh Frameset
« on: July 29, 2017, 11:12:51 am »
Yes, the geometry is different.  On the flatbar model the top tube is longer for one.  Here is the link to the Salsa geometry page.

Classifieds / SOLD : 2017 Salsa Marakesh Frameset
« on: July 27, 2017, 11:14:58 am »
I have a new 2017 Flatbar Marakesh frameset that I have not been able to build-up due to medical obligations. 

Size; Medium
Color; sage/olive green. 

The frame has been internally treated with Weigels Frame Saver, and I had a Cane Creek 40 headset installed.  The steering tube has NOT been cut.  Frame includes Salsa seat post collar, Alternator dropouts, BB cable guide.
I also installed Shimano downtube cable stops.  I have all receipts and the frameset has been registered with Salsa.

I can post pics if requested.

The frameset sells new for $650 and the headset was about $120 plus install fee.

$600 firm plus shipping. I'm at zip 98501.  The bike box is a smaller for a frameset only.

Pacific Northwest / Re: Anyone ridden the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in WA?
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:06:19 pm »
I rode a section of the trail from Falls City To Easton, fully loaded in September, 2014.  The Forest Service campgrounds are very nice and well cared for.  I have never seen tent sites that were so perfect!!  I rode my 700c Salsa Vaya with Clement MSO tires.  Very plush on this trail.  My advise for this section is; when you reach Fall City, get off the trail and get on Road  #202 (on the North Side of the river). Take 202 till you get into North Bend and then get back on the trail.  Otherwise like me, you will be getting on and off the trail for closures that are not expected.   Believe me it was a pain, and sucked up a bunch of time/energy. 

There is a very good brew pub in the town of Snoqualmie with a really good menu.

When I reached Hyak, I rode "UP" (via road) to Snoqualmie Pass to a pizza place that sold beer also. Was really good!!!
There is also a very good brew pub back in the town of Snoqualmie with a really good menu.

For what it's worth; at Rattlesnake Lake, there isn't camping. But very nice restrooms at the ranger station/visitor center.  Next camping spot is 11 miles further up.  Also of note.  At Hyak there are 2 public use pay showers.  Each shower is a full bathroom and is big enough to bring your loaded bike in with you.  Yes I did!! ;-)    Have quarters ready to be able to pay.

Have fun!!

Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:07:22 pm »
I realize my reply is very late to your question, and you may have decided already what to use.  My personal experience with a bob has become an experiment.  I thought that it would offer ease and like others have mentioned, in certain ways it does, but I found the way it affects overall handling of my bike was too much to allow for an enjoyable ride.  The effects of a 3rd gyroscopic force from a smaller wheel was quite noticeable. Especially when the bob was loaded.  As well, braking has to be considered in a different way.  The 3rd factor for me in choosing to go with panniers is maneuverability while at rest stops, campgrounds , and restaurants.  When I'm tired, I want a little more ease at the end of the day.  Yet a fourth factor is weight differences between a bob and panniers/racks.

I ride with toe clips and straps also and I have been looking for a firm soled shoe like you describe.  Could you share which brand/ model that you found?


Hi Bob,

Have not received a pm.


Classifieds / SOLD: Almost New Pair Schwalbe Marathon Supremes
« on: November 19, 2014, 06:04:19 pm »
I have a "nearly" new pair of 700x35 Schwalbe Marathon Supremes. They have the reflective stripes on the sidewalls. There is maybe 120 miles on them.  All of the dimples and seams from manufacturing are like new.  No punctures or deformities with these tires.  Why am I selling them?  I found that they are not quite the tire for me.  I have a couple of favorites that I really like such as Conti's TravelContacts and Clement's MSOs(which are on my Salsa Vaya).  So..the Supremes just sit. Actually I use a simple plastic garden hose holder to store my tires and tubes inside.  I purchased the Schwalbe's about 6 months ago.  I'm asking $40 each or $76 for the pair, plus postage.  Or make a reasonable offer.  If ya want photos, let me know and I'll post them.


Routes / Re: Pacific Coast: Vancouver or Bellingham?
« on: June 02, 2014, 12:50:25 pm »
I live in Olympia and have ridden the WA section of the ACA maps.  Some parts are wonderful and some aren't.  I believe one reason the ACA map takes riders inland is to avoid the traffic on the coast. Hwy 101 during the summer months is besieged with tourists, motor homes and logging trucks.  Some stretches have very wide shoulders and some don't.  One the ACA route the Chuckanut Drive south of Bellingham is serious fun and beautiful, but much further south the road on the Columbia River known as the Ocean Beach Road to Cathlamet is very dangerous with no shoulders and many trucks doing 55 mph.   I really like the idea of taking the Coho from Victoria, then heading to the coast and going south.  There are many beautiful side trips on the peninsula.   

Gear Talk / Re: Saddle Suggestion other than Brooks
« on: June 02, 2014, 11:59:59 am »
I never did try a Brooks.  It would have been my next choice if the Titantico had not worked out.  There is one other saddle that I like but only for rides that are 70 miles or less and doesn't involve touring. It is a saddle made by Giant. It came with my Avail 1 road bike.  The road bike has since been sold and now that saddle is on my mountain bike.


Gear Talk / Re: Bear Resistant Canister
« on: June 01, 2014, 01:55:52 pm »
Ha!  One summer I backpacked the coast on the Olympic Peninsula and the NPS required a bear canister to store food.  Hang bags were not allowed. Never saw a bear or heard of anyone else seeing one. Cougars were seen though.  My second night on the trip, I was awoken by a strange scratching sound which turned out to be a chip monk or squirrel chewing a hole through the canister.  The hole was about the size of a silver dollar.  The store owner who I rented it from had never seen that before.
I will always go with a hang bag method or use the lockers provided.  The weight and bulk of the canister was a bit much.  As well if you have one pannier designated for food, soap, toothpaste, and rum, it can be suspended in the air.   One product that I have always carried my food stuffs in is called OpSak. Basically a large ziplock bag, seals all elements out while sealing odors in.

Gear Talk / Re: Saddle Suggestion other than Brooks
« on: June 01, 2014, 12:53:50 pm »
For me without a doubt is the Sella Anatomica Titanico.  I have tried at least 9 different saddles over the years.  Last September I did a short 200 mile tour using the Sella saddle for the first time.  Never once did I experience pain or discomfort. As well I did not use any sort of cream.

Classifieds / SOLD: Co-Motion Americano 52cm
« on: April 23, 2013, 03:44:39 pm »
2010 Co-Motion Americano. Frame size is 52cm and has the custom pearlescent paint in orange(Bittersweet).  It is stock other than the handle bars which are 3T ErgoNova Pro which have a flat top, and the tires which are Continental TravelContacts, 700c x 32c.  Included are Velo Orange pedals, two bottle cages,  and Planet Bike rear rack.  I bought it new in 2010 and have not toured on it due to long term illness.  I am selling to help pay medical expenses.  I have ridden it about 80 miles locally.  It has been kept indoors and is in new condition.  I have the sales receipt ($3980) and Co-Motion Warranty card.  Photos available.  Location is Olympia, WA.  Asking $2700 plus shipping. 

P.S. I've tried several times to upload a photo with this message, but to no avail does it work.

Gear Talk / Used MTB for Off road Touring?
« on: December 10, 2009, 12:16:52 pm »
I'm planning on riding the Kettle Valley Railway as well as other trails in summer 2010 and want to buy a used full suspension mountain bike.
I haven't decided whether I will use a trailer or panniers yet. Are there older bikes that riders here could recommend?

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