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Routes / Re: seattle to portland
« on: April 13, 2011, 06:45:03 pm »
I ride Vashon Island frequently. When you get to the ferry terminal at the north end of the island. You can catch another ferry to Southworth on the Peninsula. From there it's a flat coastal ride to Bremerton via Port Orchard. From Bremerton there's a nice ferry ride to Seattle. this last ride is free because you only pay for ferries on the mainland side! If you take the Vashon ferry direct to Seattle it lands at Fauntleroy, from there it's urban and heavy traffic to downtown. The Bremerton ferry lands you at the downtown Seattle waterfront, yards from Pioneer Square. While there try Cafe Umbria it's a delight.

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General Discussion / Re: Complete Newbie Considering Touring
« on: April 13, 2011, 06:14:39 pm »
Talking of chain lubes my local REI guy said "It's like Coke and Pepsi". There's a lot of opinions out there, remember they are just that. What is the ultimate gizmo for one may be utter rubbish for another. Don't let the thought that you may get something people will laugh at paralyze you. The main thing is to get out there and do it. You are going to make mistakes. Learn from them. They make good war stories to share with your fellow tourists. You'll be delighted to find how many people have made the same mistake.

I do have one suggestion. When you start don't get too ambitious. As people have already suggested start with a single overnight trip. It's so much fun not having to end a ride where you started. And if you are not an experienced camper stay in a motel. This will give you a feel for what you can do

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General Discussion / Re: Possible cause of crashes?
« on: April 13, 2011, 05:25:49 pm »
Opinions are like...

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Gear Talk / Re: Bike Shorts
« on: April 13, 2011, 03:28:01 pm »
For us older guys with prostate issues bibs strike me as a frigging nightmare.

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A 100 miles a day is a LOT. If you are using ACA maps follow them exactly. Stop and ponder at every intersection. The starts of bike paths can be particularly easy to miss, authorities often don't sign them very well. You can waste a lot of daylight taking the "obvious" route. Believe me, I've done it.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike locks
« on: April 13, 2011, 02:40:10 pm »
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A lock is good for one thing only. And that one thing is to keep an honest man honest.

Amen to that. The CTC of the UK's magazine had a (presumably ex) professional bike thief tell how he did it. It more or less boiled down to: there's nothing much you can do to stop a determined thief taking a bike in less than 3 minutes. His recommendation was a hardened chain and lock. There is a even device called a "bottle jack", a miniature hydraulic jack, that busts open D-ring locks. Having said that I think the likelihood of getting your bike stolen while touring is quite small although it does happen. My guess is the the the main danger is from kids taking bikes as a prank. To prevent that I carry a cheap combination lock cable thing for the times I have to leave my bike where I can't see it

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General Discussion / Possible cause of crashes?
« on: April 13, 2011, 02:20:09 pm »
I came across this http://news.softpedia.com/news/Why-Do-People-Faint-after-Strenuous-Physical-Activity-37715.shtml while trying to find an explanation for the mysterious death of a friend (climbing not cycling) and it occurred to me that it may be the cause of some unexplained bike crashes. Is it possible that people can faint going downhill after hard climb?

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Routes / Seattle to Long Beach info please.
« on: April 04, 2011, 04:03:42 pm »
I tried posting this in the Pacific Northwest section but got no replies

I'm thinking of taking the train to Centralia then riding Hwy 6 to Long Beach, return from Long Beach via Hwy 4 to Kelso then train back. Should be about 200 miles total. Has anyone experienced these roads or got any comments about accommodation etc.? There's supposed to be a bike trail that goes that way http://www.traillink.com/trail/willapa-hills-trail-.aspx I get the impression you need a mountain bike and a machete to ride most of it. Be nice if I'm wrong. The quick way back would be Hwy 30 on the Oregon side but that would mean crossing the infernal bridge at Longview. On the other hand is the Puget Island ferry a feasible way to avoid the Lvw bridge? Or is this another victim of budget cuts?

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Routes / Re: Good news about CA coast!
« on: March 31, 2011, 04:26:39 pm »
I recently rode up Devils Slide. At at the start, just out of Pacifica, my chain jammed in the rear wheel. Instant stop with no shoulder. I had to fix it quite literally in the ditch. What a pain. The chain was so tight that the only way I could get enough slack in the thing to even take the back wheel off was to remove a derailer pulley. All while squatting in the ditch and trying not to drop parts. So make sure your machine is in shape before you go there. Actually as hills go it's not that bad if you don't break down.

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Pacific Northwest / Seattle to Long Beach info please.
« on: March 31, 2011, 03:58:05 pm »
I'm thinking of taking the train to Centralia then riding Hwy 6 to Long Beach, return from Long Beach via Hwy 4 to Kelso then train back. Should be about 200 miles total. Has anyone experienced these roads or got any comments about accommodation etc.? There's supposed to be a bike trail that goes that way http://www.traillink.com/trail/willapa-hills-trail-.aspx I get the impression you need a mountain bike and a machete to ride most of it. Be nice if I'm wrong. The quick way back would be Hwy 30 on the Oregon side but that would mean crossing the infernal bridge at Longview. On the other hand is the Puget Island ferry a feasible way to avoid the Lvw bridge? Or is this another victim of budget cuts?

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Classifieds / Looking for Cycling British Columbia guide book.
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:48:31 pm »
Does anyone have a copy of Cycling British Columbia by Paul Wood to sell?

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Gear Talk / Re: Low Rider Front Racks for Trek 520??
« on: March 27, 2011, 11:15:27 pm »
You don't have to sacrifice fenders. Mount the rack (I got mine from the ACA store) on the same lugs as the fender, just get longer bolts to go through both rack and fender mount. I put the rack on the outside of the fender mounts and it works fine. This leaves the slight annoyance of having to change back to shorter bolts when you take off the rack otherwise the long bolts will interfere with the wheel. Make sure the rails you mount the panniers on are level or down slightly to the front. I didn't and my Ortlieb Front Roller pannier clips wore the paint off my forks (I have found some fingernail polish that's a fairly close match)

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General Discussion / Re: Wheel help
« on: March 23, 2011, 04:29:32 pm »
Check out Sheldon Brown's article on tire sizing. It may help clear up what you are dealing with http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html Or it may just add to the confusion. The bit I like best is that a 27 X 1.5 is not the same as a 27 X 1 1/2 !!!

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Routes / Re: Alaska to Argentina
« on: March 23, 2011, 04:16:15 pm »
I met Jens who is doing this very ride in January in California. You may wish to follow his blog or get in touch http://velomerica.de/bilder

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General Discussion / Re: Bike Troubles
« on: March 23, 2011, 12:53:48 pm »
Riding down the Pacific Coast we ran into a lad called Roy from Belfast who had bought a bike over here for his trip. He claimed to have picked up an brand new aluminum frame Specialized of some kind for $400 (which I find hard to believe). Sorry I didn't pay too much attention to it. It was nice enough rig with a rack. Don't forget your pedals, that can save you $80, and saddle if you have a nice one and bring your own panniers. It definitely looks to be cheaper than bringing your own bike. You can spend a lot of money on S & S couplings and get something that will squeeze under the suitcase limits but that's a lot of hassle.

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