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Routes / Re: Wind on the Southern Tier
« Last post by Kinglet on Today at 12:13:54 am »
Thank you. I think I just needed a little confidence building since I'm going alone. But it will be whatever it is. And I'll deal with it as it comes. Thanks again.
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Routes / Re: Seattle - Vancouver: 7 days/6 nights
« Last post by jon_baler on February 18, 2018, 09:04:03 pm »
Current thought is just to ride out from Seattle, and take the Mukilteo / Clinton ferry to Whidbey Island.  There are a number of ferry options to the San Juans from Anacortes, including options for different islands.   
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Food Talk / Fantastic source for Vegan and Vegetarian food/groceries/restaurantss
« Last post by EmilyG on February 18, 2018, 07:43:40 pm »
Just found The Happy Cowhttps://www.happycow.net/
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Routes / Re: Route 66 - 2018 - Who & When?
« Last post by Ty Dawley on February 18, 2018, 02:56:22 pm »
I have several trips planned starting Easter weekend.

Where to/from?
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Routes / Seattle - Vancouver: 7 days/6 nights
« Last post by jon_baler on February 18, 2018, 09:49:30 am »
My wife and I will be riding from Seattle to Vancouver the last week of July, and looking for route suggestions.  We have 7 days/6 nights of riding, and must arrive in Vancouver on the 7th day due to other travel obligations.  We'll be looking to depart Seattle early on 7/28 (Saturday), and arrive in Vancouver on 8/3 (Friday)

We typically average 65 miles a day while enjoying ourselves with good food and beer, but can pull a longer day to reach a destination.  We will be camping most nights, but will spring for a hotel  to take advantage of a larger city.

We definitely plan to hit the San Juan islands, but still working the rest of the details.  I was considering starting with the ferry to Bainbridge Island, but now considering the direct ferry to the San Juan islands from Seattle.  This would give us more time to spend in Victoria/Vancouver Island, and cut-out the need to take every day.

Current thought is looking something like this:
-2 nights - San Juan Islands
-1-2 night Victoria
-1-3 night TBD, Vancouver Island

In 2015, we rode from Vancouver - Bellingham - Fidalgo Island - Whidbey Island - Port Townsend - Quilcene and south on the 101 over 3 days, so would like to hit up different areas this time.




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Routes / Re: Route 66 - 2018 - Who & When?
« Last post by BikeliciousBabe on February 18, 2018, 08:37:07 am »
I have several trips planned starting Easter weekend.
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General Discussion / Re: Let's talk injuries!
« Last post by BikeliciousBabe on February 18, 2018, 08:34:48 am »
I missed a tour in Montana due to a knee injury.
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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for dynamo lighting/charging configs
« Last post by bnolan@yahoo.com on February 17, 2018, 11:38:46 pm »
I use an SP dynamo hub with the B&M IQ-X (very nice beam pattern), and a sinewave reactor for USB charging.  I don't use the charging as much as I thought I would.  I just keep two 12,000 mAh battery packs charged as often as possible.  The sinewave does give me piece of mind knowing I will always have a charge source available .
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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for dynamo lighting/charging configs
« Last post by DaveT on February 17, 2018, 09:34:05 pm »
"The hub adds nothing much of the year. " Unless you like to ride at night... a dynamo light is always ready when your recreational ride is late getting home or you need to pop down to the pub.

The other thing to consider is that USB lights are almost all in the "bright spotlight" camp. These put a bright spot out in front of you that ruins your vision for anywhere outside the spot (like when you are turning). A quality dynamo light from B&M or SON puts out a beam more like a car headlight with a wide, even illumination. I rode with the former for years, and couldn't believe how much better you can see where you are going with a real light.

I have been using a SONDeluxe Widebody hub with a SON Edelux 2 light for 3+ years and can't recommend the setup enough. The light comes on automatically in low light conditions (like blowing into a tunnel at 30+ MPH on a downhill. It also charges my phone and Garmin InReach SatCom on tour. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for.
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Routes / Re: Wind on the Southern Tier
« Last post by John Nettles on February 17, 2018, 06:36:30 pm »
Check out WeatherSpark.com  They have a real good database of historical climate data for most places in the developed world
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