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Gear Talk / thunder jug
« on: February 20, 2012, 08:50:59 pm »
I  used a foldable plastic Nalgene bottle for a tj in a liitle backyard campout a couple weeks ago.  It leaked a bit.  This is not a good thing.  Do you have a favorite? 100% reliable?  No joking around, now.

Gear Talk / Re: Surley Troll
« on: January 29, 2012, 03:13:28 am »
Thanks for your contributions.  I tried a Troll out for standover, reach,  and heel clearance for panniers today and, though the bike was not set up the way I'd want it, I think it will be fine.  Looks like the perfect All-Rounder.  Now to figure out how many $ it will cost.  Tim

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« on: January 17, 2012, 04:04:35 pm »
I rode the OR and WA parts of the PCR in Sept/Oct of 2011.  Here are some notable points:The scenery was spectacular.  Even the inland portion of WA was most enjoyable.  I would except from this the Bremerton portion  where we went through one section at rush hour: hills, almost no shoulder, not pleasant. Some people had suggested taking 101 south on the west side of Hood Canal, where the scenery is great, and there are lots of good camping sites.  I think the ACA route may not have gone this way, because of the narrow road in places, with blind corners and log trucks.  I have seen a few brave souls on bikes on it, though.The weather was not great for many of the days on this trip.  Southerly winds, lots of rain, many days holed up in motel rooms, which ran the expense up quite a bit.  So definitely not the wonderful fall days the west coast is supposed to have.  Tim

Gear Talk / Surley Troll
« on: January 09, 2012, 09:19:53 am »
Opine me, please, on any experience you may have had with the Surly Troll for road touring. I like the idea of being able to fit wide 26" tires and mudguards on a sloping top tube bike.  My Kona Sutra is pretty limited that way. Are the chain stays too short for rear saddlebags? Thanks

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