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Gear Talk / Re: Click driving me nuts
« on: April 03, 2010, 04:48:33 pm »
I get a similar click in one of my pedals especially after I ride in the rain.  It seems some debris finds its way into the pedal threads.  I remove the pedal and clean the threads.  I put some new grease on the threads before I reinsert.  It hasn't failed to stop the click.

General Discussion / Re: Monument Valley in July
« on: April 03, 2010, 04:44:02 pm »
I'm assuming you meant hwy 95.  From Natural Bridges NP until you get to Mexican Hat there aren't any services and as I recall it is about 40 miles.  Also on 261 you will get to a section that overlooks the Valley of the Gods.  It is quite beautiful but the road down the cliff face isn't paved.  It is dirt with loose rocks. 

There is a temporary closure of the southbound S21 (Pacific Coast Hwy/Carlsbad Blvd) until at least 5/28/2010.  The actual closure is from Solamar Dr to Island Way.  There is a well marked detour that has you go left at Cannon Rd.  Make a right in .26 miles to Avenida Encinas.  Follow Avenida Encinas for 2.5 miles, make a right on Poinsettia Ln, in .25 miles make a left turn to rejoin the route.

The northbound side is ok.

General Discussion / Re: Monument Valley in July
« on: April 03, 2010, 12:36:15 am »
Not sure of your exact route but from experience there aren't many services available.  It will be hot and dry.  You'll need lots of water even if you travel at first light.  Hwy 163 from Mexican Hat is a two lane road with little if any shoulder.  During that time expect lots of RV's.  Also you will notice the trail of beer cans and bottles from Mexican Hat to Monument Valley and beyond.  The scenery is great but the road, traffic, and trash isn't.

General Discussion / Re: REI Bikes
« on: March 29, 2010, 06:11:12 pm »
The Randonee has been a good touring bike over the years.  If you do a search for Randonee you will see how many members feel about theirs.  The Safari is fairly new.  To choose between these two bikes I'd say it depends on the type of road you will be doing most of your riding.  If you are going to be riding mostly on paved roads or hard packed trails then the Randonee is a good choice.  If you are going to be doing a lot of single track or loose gravel then you may be better off with the Safari since it will accommodate wider tires and is slightly lower geared.

The nice thing about REI is that if you are dissatisfied with the bike after a ride you should be able to take it back for a refund, especially if you are a member.

California / Re: Pacific Coast route to Placentia, CA
« on: March 29, 2010, 04:59:40 pm »
I have to agree with whittierider.  There isn't a real good shorter way to get to Placentia from the LAX area.  That said the most direct way would be to take Washington Blvd in Marina Del Rey until it runs into Lambert in Whittier.  Goes east on Lambert until you run into Kramer in Brea.  Take Kramer south for a couple of miles and you are in Placentia.  Washington isn't pretty but it will get you there.

Routes / Re: Great Divide Start & Finish Logistics
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:49:49 pm »
Not sure about Canada.

The closest "major" airport to Antelope Wells is El Paso, TX.  The next is Tuscon, AZ.  There are bike shops in both cities that can pack and ship your bike.  You could also take Amtrak in either city.  Amtrak sells a box that fits just about anything other than a tandem or recumbent.  Personally I prefer to take Amtrak.  It may take longer but the lack of hassle is worth it.  You could also use one of the bike shipping services after a LBS packs it for you.

Routes / Re: Hwy 1 from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica
« on: March 14, 2010, 11:19:11 pm »
If you follow the ACA maps you shouldn't run into much traffic until you get to Malibu.  After you leave Malibu there will be traffic but in many areas there is plenty of shoulder space (or bike lane).  I rode it last year with no problems.

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier, Section 2 B=New Mexico
« on: March 14, 2010, 11:13:52 pm »
From Tempe it is pretty much up hill until you get to Globe, AZ.  There are several hotels in Globe.  If you get there early in the day the next town with descent accommodations is Safford (also has several hotels but you may need to call ahead to reserve a room).  For some reason the hotels seem to book up early.  After Safford your hotel options are to either ride all the way to Silver City or head south on Hwy 70 to Lordsburg.  If you go to Lordsburg you can then take Hwy 90 up to Silver City and rejoin the Southern Tier route.  The map lists a few accommodations from Silver City to Las Cruses but can't say what they are like.

Routes / Re: What are the current map versions?
« on: March 04, 2010, 06:47:34 pm »
I'm sure if you send an email to ACA they will tell you what version they are currently selling.

General Discussion / Re: Money money money!
« on: March 04, 2010, 06:46:00 pm »
There are a lot of hiker/biker sites along the Pacific Coast trail that only charge $5-$10 per night.  Many, but not all, of these sites also have showers.  In the more remote areas I doubt anyone will bother you if you "wild" camp.  As you get closer to the cities you could have a problem although you should be able to find areas where people let you camp in their yards.  Take a look at for places on your route that may offer a spot in the cities.  If you buy all your food at grocery stores and cook it yourself, you should be able to get by on $10-$15 per day.

General Discussion / Re: Bar end shifters
« on: March 02, 2010, 07:31:29 pm »
I've used the bar end shifters in my first bikes then switched to sti.  I prefer the sti.  Since I mostly ride with my hands on the hoods or top bar it is a hassle to get into the drops to shift. 

It's really a matter of preference.  If you are comfortable with your current set up then keep it. 

Routes / Re: Utah Park Loop
« on: February 27, 2010, 11:16:59 am »
The route has about 50% road and 50% off road.  You should be fine with 37mm tires.  Most of the off road trails are hard packed dirt/gravel.  There might be a short section that is loose sand but they are few are far between.  As the ACA map suggests you should not do this alone.  There are some pretty remote sections with very little traffic.  If it rains you could have some roads that are difficult to ride although it should stop raining by April.

Routes / Re: Utah Park Loop
« on: February 25, 2010, 07:31:15 pm »
Are you talking about the Utah Cliff's loop on the ACA website?

Rocky Mountain / Re: utah cliffs loop
« on: February 15, 2010, 02:51:52 pm »
If you purchase the download pdf version it has all the detail that their regular "paper" maps have.  You will need this detail since the route uses some poorly marked roads and trails.  The route is about 50% off road.  Some of the off road sections are a hard packed dirt but some have some loose sand and gravel.

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