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Gear Talk / Re: Alcohol Stoves
« on: July 07, 2011, 12:35:01 pm »
Hi !

I have been using the same Trangia 27 for more than 20 years.   It's worry free, no maintenance, and it's great to cook !  You have great temperature control: you can simmer food very slowly if you wish.  And yes, it's slower to boil water than other stove but who cares !  It works great, even in very strong winds.

And best of all: alcool doesn't smell bad, and trangia operation is completely silent (Whisperlite... what a joke !).  

About security:  although new pump stove are safer than they used to be, they are still dangerous.  I've witnessed a few dangerous spills and tables on fire.  I don't like being around someone using a pump stove...  Trangia is safe : it's very stable, even when it's full of water or food.  You still have to be careful.  Never put alcohol in a hot burner.  If you're in a hurry to start back an empty hot burner: just cover the bottom of a pan with cold water and put the brass burner in the pan.  When you can hold the burner in your hand, you can fill it with alcohol.  Anyways, the capacity of the burner is usually enough for a normal meal for two.  I always fill it up before starting to cook.

Another thing.  The cover of the Trangia burner has a rubber seal.  Very practical, because you can leave the remaining alcohol in the burner, close the cover without worrying about a leak. But sometimes, when the rubber seal gets old, it can stay on top of the burner when you remove the cover. Guess what can happen ?  If you don't notice the seal on top of the burner and you lite the burner...   ;D...  I still laugh when I think about that.... black smoke coming from the burner, and the few seconds of total incomprehension... What the ... is happenning...  ;D

Have fun !


Hi !

We’re arriving in Portland july the 12th.  We’re going towards San Francisco by the west coast, using ACA maps   :).  So far, my research on this forum has shown a few options to get out of Portland and reach the west coast.  Coming from Montreal, and arriving around 2 PM, we’ll need to unpack the bikes so we won’t be cycling before 4 PM…  Considering our late start, I guess we’ll need two days to reach the coast, maybe more.  We like to camp but a motel will do.   50 miles  per day is usually more than enough for us, especially at the beginning of a trip…

1.   Highway #6 : Less cars than highway 26, but no services along the way.  A few campgrounds without showers and no grocery store, from what I see…
2.   Highway 26 : More services ?  Lots of cars, from what I’ve read in this forum…
3.   Highway 30 : According to “Bicycling the Pacific Coast”  guide, that would be our best choice, with no camping but lots of motels and services along the way.  But… since we’re headed south, it seems like the wrong way to go… 
4.   Highway 18 towards Lincoln city ?  Seems a good choice since we’re headed south ?

Are there other options ?  What would be our best choice ?

Thank you for your advice !

Mathieu and Jo 

Routes / Re: Access to SFO Airport
« on: June 26, 2011, 08:20:26 pm »
Ok... It's been a long time since my first post...

Thanks everyone for your response.  Still wondering, though... Heavy loaded bikes like ours, in BART ?  I understand it's easy with a regular bike, but we can't really use stairs with our bikes on our shoulder...  Are there elevators in all (or some ) of bart stations ?

Thank you

Routes / Access to SFO Airport
« on: December 29, 2010, 11:57:55 am »
Hi !

My wife and I will be biking from Vancouver to San Francisco next summer.   We'll be taking a plane back to Montréal from SFO airport.  Do you know if there is a safe way to bike to SFO airport ?

If not, I saw that you can use BART to get to the airport... Is it easy to do with 2 bikes equipped with big paniers ?

Thank you !

Mathieu and Jo

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