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Gear Talk / Navigating safely with 2 wheeled trailers?
« on: March 22, 2007, 07:15:20 pm »
On a tour from Washington state to California, I used a BOB single wheel trailer and my wife used a 2 wheel Burley Nomad. Both worked great. There are advantages to both. I don't think there is a issue with width on a 2 wheel trailer. A 2 wheeler is not much wider than a bike with loaded panniers.

Gear Talk / bike light
« on: November 01, 2006, 07:21:46 pm »
here's another option for lower cost bike lights.  I ordered camera batteries and a L-ion bike lite battery for my NiteRider light from them and have been very pleased with their products and service. Lots of info on their site and their bike light forums are very informative..

Gear Talk / Trek 520 rim cracks -no warranty service
« on: October 25, 2006, 08:23:25 pm »
my wife had a 1996 TREK 2300 with matrix rims. This is a lightweight road bike, never carried more than a seat bag. Both rims had to be replaced after a few thousand miles due to cracking around the nipples.

Gear Talk / Tents
« on: July 31, 2006, 09:09:11 pm »
I've been using an REI half dome for numerous week plus bike tours and for a 12 day backpacking trip around Mt Rainier. 5 pounds, packs small, roomy enough for 2, double doors and double vestibules and it has stayed dry inside when it's dumping outside.
I'm happy with it and would buy another.

Gear Talk / Mr Tuffy's
« on: June 14, 2006, 08:17:01 pm »
I installed Tuffy liners and after a few months the same thing happened to me, a cut at the overlap.  I cut the liner so it didn't overlap and then took the piece I cut out and layed it over the two ends to make a connection. I use tuffys in my touring bike with 700 x 37 at 70 psi and commuter bike with 700 x 28 at 95 psi and no flats for 2 years, 5000 + miles per year and 235 days of riding per year. I'm a believer.

Gear Talk / shelter
« on: October 25, 2005, 07:27:54 pm »

On our 2 week Pacific Coast tour and on a 12 Day Mt Rainier back packing trip we used an REI half dome plus. It was rated a best buy by Backpacker Magazine. Easy to set up, dual vestibules, dual doors, under 6 pounds and compact. It also has clear windows which helps brighten the interior. It's weathered some wicked rainstorms and has remained dry inside..I heartily recommend it.  

Routes / Big Sur fire effects?
« on: October 06, 2008, 06:18:27 pm »
I second the report by Alex.  You can see the fire effects in places but it is intermittent and certainly not a moonscape. The underbrush was burned but most all of the large trees although some are scorched, will recover. It should not changed anyones travel plans.

Routes / Big Sur fire effects?
« on: September 02, 2008, 01:00:55 pm »
I'm riding from Oregon to LA in September. I'll give you a report in October.

Routes / US 2 from sandpoint to everett
« on: August 28, 2008, 01:32:19 pm »
US 2 is used by many cyclists crossing Washington.
Shoulders are good almost the whole way. Low traffic volumes in the eastern portion then it will get busy around the Wenatchee area and then again after crossing Stevens Pass.  

Routes / KREBS Bike Maps for California
« on: August 21, 2008, 03:42:15 pm »
Has anyone used or have an opinion of the KREBS bike maps for California?  I'm interested in the map of the North Coast and San Fran area for a bike tour I'll be doing this fall and was wondering if they are worth the $10. price tag.  Thanks.

Routes / Rest stop.
« on: May 14, 2008, 08:42:12 pm »
Thank you Alex and Diane for this warm and generous gesture. If I make it up to your corner, I will look you up.

Routes / Oregon coast
« on: April 21, 2008, 09:03:15 pm »
contact Hertz Car Rentals at the Crescent City Airport and rent a car one way back to Portland. That's how my wife and I got back to Seattle after our coast ride. ...

Routes / Montana to Idaho Via St. Joe River Road
« on: March 03, 2008, 07:54:39 pm »
If you are not aware of it, there is a paved rail trail from Mullan, Idaho to Plummer, ID. It's the Trail of the Coeur d Alenes and connects with the Hiawatha trail. It is 70 + miles of what I think is one of the best rail trails in the country.  Try this link for info on this trail and the Hiawatha trail.  

Routes / Newport Oregon to Ontario Oregon
« on: February 05, 2008, 03:27:15 pm »
It's been over 10 years but I rode from Nyssa to Yachats using parts of this route. We did it in September. Oregon has a great bike map (call 503-986-3556 or e mail the ODOT) and it shows most of this route as low to moderate traffic with 4 foot shoulders. It is very scenic and I think Oregon is one of the best states to bike in. Good roads, scenery, camping and moderate traffic.  Be aware of snow in the mountains. You have a hige pass to cross across the Cascade Range. Also, carry extra water in Eastern Oregon. It can be many miles between towns.  

Routes / Seattle trip suggestions
« on: November 27, 2007, 12:57:25 pm »
April would be a good time for a Whidbey Island/Olympic Penninsula, San Juan Islands, Victoria, BC loop. Check Bicycle Adventures if they may be running any tours at that time. Seattle is home to Davidson Bicycles, custom bikes available with S&S.

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