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General Discussion / Re: Trans am route, map or gpx Garmin.
« on: November 01, 2016, 02:12:45 am »
There are not enough good things to be said about the AC maps.  Post offices,, food, camping spots you would never find yourself, bike shops, regional lore to catch up on at night, and on and on. 
Very true.

But do check the addenda. Before today I've rode 20 miles for breakfast to find a restaurant was out of business near Chemult OR. It was in the addenda as closed but I didn't check. A couple of times places have not been shown as closed in the addenda (a motel in Erie PA, a bike shop in Port Orford OR) and they were in fact closed, so if they appear to be the only show in town give them a ring to make sure they are still operating. And do submit an addendum if you find such a place.

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General Discussion / Amtrak Coast Starlight now easier to use
« on: November 01, 2016, 01:50:47 am »
I recently traveled from Oakland to Seattle on the Amtrak Coast Starlight train and was delighted to find you no longer have to box up your bike. Just pay $20 bike fee and take your bike to the baggage car when the train arrives. No boxes, no removing pedals, no turning bars, just "remove anything that might fall off" and you're done. you get a claim tag and have to show it when you pick up your ready to ride bike from the baggage car at your journey's end.

This does have the slight drawback that you can't check your boxed up bike the night before (unless I suppose you want to box it yourself) which may sometimes be convenient.

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General Discussion / Re: What to do with a bike box?
« on: August 29, 2016, 09:35:01 am »
There's a pile of bike shops near SeaTac  Airport that will box a bike for you: Burien Bikes, REI Tukwila, Aaron's Bicycle Repair. All of which I've used and found to be very good. The handiest has to be Angle Lake Cyclrey Which is just across the street from the Light Rail station one stop from the airport. I've never used them mind so I can't recommend or not.

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General Discussion / Re: Trans am route, map or gpx Garmin.
« on: August 25, 2016, 10:28:47 am »
  I often gave them to another tourist going the other direction.
Good thinking!

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General Discussion / Re: Trans am route, map or gpx Garmin.
« on: August 24, 2016, 10:37:18 pm »
ACA maps are great and I've used lots of them. They do however give you a sort of tunnel vision. For instance when I did the Transam I didn't realize we were within 15 miles of Wichita Kansas, a big city, until I looked at our location on a road map. State tourism places usually have free road maps for their state, see if you can pick one up as you go into a state, it'll give you the big picture. When you leave that state either bin the road map it or send it home as a souvenir

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General Discussion / Re: What to do with a bike box?
« on: August 23, 2016, 06:46:03 pm »
Send me a PM when you are near Seattle. I live near SeaTac airport. If I'm not touring I may be able to help.

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone have any TIPS on Shimano SPD pedals??
« on: August 05, 2016, 01:33:06 pm »
I remember this from Youtude keep your SPD bolts greased with waterproof grease
Put grease on all threaded fasteners.
True but if you're like me the place where you bought your shoes put your cleats on and they aren't likely to grease the screws. And you can undertighten them, in spite of what the guy in the video says, in which case they can come loose and make it hard to unclip. Poking around the web it seems that 5-6 nm is the right torque. I couldn't find an official Shimano recommendation.

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone have any TIPS on Shimano SPD pedals??
« on: August 02, 2016, 05:39:35 pm »
Something to think about. Getting old cleats off can be a pain. Something I didn't realize until I saw a YouTube about it was that you can get at the plate the cleats are bolted to by removing the insole. Use penetrating oil before you try to undo them, they can get well rusted in. In my case the Allen key sockets had burred over and I couldn't get a 4mm wrench in them until I'd ground away the burrs with a Dremel tool (don't worry your not going to re-use anything you grind on). If all else fails grind the head of the screw off and get the screw out with Vice Grips.

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General Discussion / Re: SPD Cleats-SH51 Versus SH56?
« on: August 02, 2016, 12:41:04 pm »
Now you're asking. I didn't even know there was more than one kind of SPD. Not relevant but I do know there are SPD lookalikes that don't work with SPD cleats, my LBS had me try two pairs of pedals that looked just like SPDs but wouldn't work with my cleats. They seemed to clip in but came out with the least pull upwards. In the end I went elsewhere and bought vanilla SPDs that work just fine.

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone have any TIPS on Shimano SPD pedals??
« on: July 29, 2016, 01:23:49 pm »
Count on falling over twice, once within the first hour, and then once again once you get use to them but forget. It won't be long before clipping out will be second-nature; you won't even think about it.
+1 To minimize the chances of this find a gym or Y that has a stationary bikes you can use. (They often have pedals with SPD on one side and platform on the other or put your own SPDs on.) Then you can practice getting in and out without the risk of falling. I always tell people to make their first attempt at using SPDs on grass. I didn't and wished I had.

The experience of stopping at a light and being unable to get your feet off the pedals is not to be missed.

But persevere. Before long you'll wonder how you rode without them. Use long flat bits of your touring to practice 360 degree pedaling until it becomes 2nd nature. IMO it's like skiing, a learned skill but well worth it.

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General Discussion / Re: Mississippi River barge ride
« on: July 01, 2016, 07:17:28 pm »
It surprised me how little mention of the war they made. Towards the end they mention some boys they knew in the military but I would have thought New Orleans would have been buzzing with wartime activity in 1943.

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General Discussion / Re: Mississippi River barge ride
« on: July 01, 2016, 03:50:00 pm »
A couple of girls did that in 1943. Things might have changed since then mind.

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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: 66 in Tulsa is dangerous
« on: June 18, 2016, 10:16:01 pm »
A friend of mine got rear ended on 66. Ended his tour too


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Whereabouts Nick? I'm thinking of going back and finishing it but some places e.g. OK City and Amarillo have me looking for a way round them

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I've just had to abandon a tour in Tulsa OK and fly back to Seattle. A bike shop charged $80 to box the bike and FedEx shipping was $53 to my house. I started an account (free) with FedEx which saved me quite a bit. The estimate before having an account was $82. You can probably box your bike yourself for nothing using a free box from a bike shop. Get a duffel bag or a suitcase from Goodwill and put your panniers in that then you only have one bag to check on a plane. Toss the suitcase or whatever when you get to Portland or give it to another charity shop.

Mind you I like Amtrak myself. It's $25 for a bike box. You don't have to dismantle your bike; just turn the bars sideways and remove the pedals and the box is so big you just roll the bike into it. Be aware that bikes can only be loaded/unloaded at what Amtrak calls manned stations. e.g. The nearest station to Crater Lake NP is Chemult. it would be a great place to start a tour but you can't because it's not manned. The nearest manned station is Klamath Falls.

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My wife, who is not really a cyclist, and I did the Natchez Trace from S to N and stayed in some delightful B & Bs. It's a great intro to bike touring for a tyro. There was one stretch where we ended up camping but with better planning you could avoid that. We used http://www.natcheztracetravel.com/ and they were great, we booked one day at a time so we didn't have to commit to a schedule which can be hard on a beginner if you overestimate your abilities. I highly recommend it. The booking service is quite picky about who it recommends and we found them excellent value for money.

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