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General Discussion / Re: Filling in the Gaps
« on: April 14, 2017, 10:03:14 pm »
Well, I don't want to ruin Soulboy#1's personal journey that much,  8) and I haven't done the whole Astoria-Eugene section, but I have done the on-the-coast section a bit, since I live nearby. So here's a few pointers:
  • Astoria is a nice little town, with a healthy amount of places to eat these days. Nothing like it was like 10 years ago! Blue Scorcher is a good spot for breakfast, and there are several brewpubs in town if that's your thing. Personally I like Buoy the best, and Fort George has a decent food menu.
  • Pelican is another good brewpub. They now have two locations, both on the route: One in Tillamook (limited food, from what I remember), and the old-main one in Pacific City with the great view of the ocean.
  • There are a few options for camping on the coast route. Most (if not all) of the Oregon state parks that provide camping on the coast will have hiker/biker sites. These are for the exclusive use of bicyclists or hikers (anyone moving under their own power), cannot be reserved, and cost $5 to $6 per person a night. My favorite is Cape Lookout, which you should pass by. In fact, don't stop there, or it may just spoil you!  ;D

And here's a pic of the Cape Lookout hiker/biker site:

And you're just about 200 metres from the actual oceean:

The "probably no harm in bringing" argument is a slippery slope. Pretty soon you'll end up with a hundred pounds of gear. Not only does extra stuff add weight, it's extra stuff to keep track of. Only bring essential stuff. Sometimes the decision of what is "essential" is difficult, but it's worth the trouble to figure out.

I understand what you are trying to say, but how much weight and space does a modern bike headlight take up?

I can think of a couple good reasons for bringing a headlight on tour:
  • Like others have said, you can use it as a flashlight. (And yes, I am aware that most modern cellphones have a flashlight function, but the light isn't as good, and what if your phone is dead?)
  • Even with the long hours of daylight in the middle of summer, and one's best intentions to not ride in low-light conditions, sometimes "things" happen.

I've always brought full lights with me on tour and never regretted it. And since my touring rig has dynamo lighting, I never have to even think about lights anymore!  8)

Routes / Re: Northern Tier to North Lakes route
« on: April 07, 2017, 07:43:34 pm »
How did the bugs affect you on your last tour? And does your hammock and bivy have bug mesh?

There could be some pretty buggy spots on the NT/North Lakes route...

Pacific Northwest / Re: Vancouver to San Francisco
« on: April 05, 2017, 12:33:49 am »
I am headed down the same route but turning east at Eugene on the Trans America Trail. Is the first week in June too early for the high passes?

It may be too early for McKenzie Pass, but Santiam (the alternate route) would be open. When I crossed it during Memorial Day Weekend in 2010, I had to use Santiam since McKenzie was still socked in. We had A LOT of snow this year, so I don't think there will be an early opening for McKenzie. You'll probably still see snow on the sides of the road going up to Santiam.

Pacific Northwest / Re: A Good Portland bicycle shop?
« on: April 01, 2017, 12:02:07 am »
Try Velo Cult in the Hollywood District (NE).

Where are you shipping the bike from? If it's the US, it would be best to ship to Bellingham like others have said. The shipping would be cheaper, and you'd avoid any duties. If you are shipping from Canada or another country, shipping to Vancouver BC would probably be best.

Pacific Northwest / Re: Vancouver to San Francisco
« on: March 06, 2017, 01:33:53 pm »
Are you strictly sticking to the common Pacific Coast routes? If so, it is very highly unlikely that you will see snow in May. There are no high passes in BC, WA, or OR. The Coast Ranges don't really see snow in May. Maybe the highest parts could see a brief snowshower and a dusting, but you'll be well below that. If you were going to go around the Olympic Peninsula and go up to Hurricane Ridge, you'd most likely see snow, but that's a side trip with lots of climbing.

Granted, it's been a cold and snowy winter here, so there still may be lingering snow on mountaintops by May, but as I said, you aren't going to be riding over mountaintops.

However, you will definitely see some rain, and possibly hail, so be prepared for that.

If you were going to go in the Cascades, there's definitely a chance you'd see snow there.

General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 09:11:43 pm »
Sure I get that, but I'm not up for loading a bike like we do and taking off with any part of my frame crushed! I reckon I'm just funny like that!

Understood. I wouldn't want to, either. But it has happened.

Kickstands are one of those personal questions when it comes to touring. Some want them, some don't. It's a debate that pops up every once in a while here. But the OP wants a kickstand.

General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 09:09:31 pm »
But also I've heard about kickstand plates that weren't up to the task of supporting a fully loaded touring bike

That area is just hard for a kickstand. A single legger isn't going to support much weight. A double legger will offer more stability, but that's only if everything's balanced and the surface is level. Rear triangle kickstands are more stable in that regard.

General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:49:15 pm »
Not a tech head so any tube that is part of the frame is the frame, but yeah, chain stays

I'm not disagreeing that the stays aren't part of the frame. I'm just not inclined to believe the idea that if the stays are crushed, the frame is automatically broken. I've owned bikes with crushed chainstays for years and they didn't fail. Of course, YMMV. And one shouldn't overtighten the kickstand.

General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:43:17 pm »
And I've heard of too many frames being broken by kickstands.

I haven't heard about frames being broken by kickstands, but it is common that a bottom-bracket mounted (i.e. traditional mount) kickstand can crush stays because people overtighten them. Of course, if the bike has a kickstand plate it isn't as much of an issue.

But as far as I know, there shouldn't be a "frame break" issue with a rear kickstand that mounts to the rear triangle.

General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:41:30 pm »
That is what I have now, and one of the companies that told me they were not built for heavy weight.  I have been babying it.

When you say "one of the companies", did you talk with Greenfield themselves?

Googling "heavy duty rear kickstand", I came across this one made by ESGE/Pletscher. It's being sold by a specific bike touring website, so I am guessing it'll be good for loaded touring.

General Discussion / Re: Rear Kickstand
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:26:14 pm »
Which rear kickstand have you been using?

The one I've used is the rear triangle version made by Greenfield. Never used it on a tour, but have used it for day-to-day commuting, and I have had loads on it.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes
« on: February 24, 2017, 08:53:16 pm »
Hello Heidi! I don't want to be "that guy", but this comes up like once or twice a year here. Putting "Anacortes" into the search box got me these hits: Note: This one also contains links to other older threads about Seattle-Anacortes.

I guess the big question is: Do you want to ride, or not? There are options both ways.

Hope this helps.

General Discussion / Re: Application for keeping a journal
« on: February 20, 2017, 05:00:37 pm »
I'm more of a digital guy, but I like the postcards idea if you want to save battery... Helps keep the entry short circuit you not to ramble, limits the time spent doing it, you don't have to carry it with you— just mail it home, plus getting postcards along the way gives you excuses to stop when you otherwise might not have.

True. I try to send a postcard to myself one to two times a week when I'm on tour. It's a nice way to encapsulate your thoughts of the moment, and also a nice little memento of the trip.

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