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Gear Talk / Re: Crescent wide jaw adjustible wrench.
« Last post by BikeFreak on November 27, 2022, 07:00:31 pm »
1. Use locktite on the threads before leaving home. It's EXTREMELY unlikely that it will unwind itself and therefore you will not need the wrench.
2. Consider replacing your headset with an 1" Aheadset and you can make all your adjustments with an Allen key. However this also requires a new stem.
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General Discussion / Re: The Trans Canada Trail (Great Trail)
« Last post by BikeFreak on November 27, 2022, 05:20:22 pm »
I have some info.

A few years back (2017) I wanted to do the Transcanada but stopped in Kapuskasing and went back home for some reasons.

Anyhow:

I started in Sept Iles, then hwy 138 and hwy 172 to Saguenay. Then from Saguenay to Chapais on 167 and 113. Then Amos, Matheson, Cochrane and Kapuskasing. There was no dirt at all. The longest stretch without services was north of Sagunay to Chapais which was 225 km which I managed to do in 1 day. I saw 1 bear on that stretch straight on the road.

I left mid July and for most of the time it was never really t shirt weather - I was wearing a thin jacket almost all the time. I could certainly feel there's a big difference between the transam and this route which is much further north. I recall having 1 day where it just poured down for like 6-7 hours.

At no time I felt unsafe due to traffic. Of course there were trucks but they were not a problem even on the stretch from Matheson to Kapuskasing. I cannot imagine there should be MORE traffic going west of Kapuskasing towards Thunder Bay - unless there are some crazy big mines I don't know of. During trips like these I am more worried about finding services, food, a safe place to sleep and stuff like that.

The most beautiful scenery was between junction 138/172 and Saguenay.

Just ask if you have more questions :-)

Lucas

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Classifieds / Re: FS BRAND NEW Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 tent
« Last post by HikeBikeCook on November 27, 2022, 11:24:49 am »
That is a great tent. It is the model that I backpack and bike tour with when I am solo. I did the entire Appalachian Trail with this tent and used it will riding the TransAm Eastern Express.
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General Discussion / Re: US and Canada: Opening borders for unvaxxed people?
« Last post by jamawani on November 27, 2022, 09:24:04 am »
Considering that there is a recent uptick in Covid cases and deaths with new variants,
considering that influenza and RSV have hammered hospitals already this fall,
considering that there is a correlation between vaccine hesitancy for Covid and flu,
I would suspect that the CDC will be very cautious in lifting Covid vaccination restrictions.
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General Discussion / Re: US and Canada: Opening borders for unvaxxed people?
« Last post by BikeFreak on November 27, 2022, 06:37:24 am »
Canada has now opened its borders. USA is now the only country in the World which will not allow unvaxxed tourists in. Anyone with information on when CDC plans to fully open?
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Classifieds / Re: Wanted - old northern tour hwy 2 routing maps
« Last post by eorogers on November 26, 2022, 11:27:43 am »
Nah, 75 :-)
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Classifieds / Re: Wanted - old northern tour hwy 2 routing maps
« Last post by jamawani on November 26, 2022, 09:12:18 am »
1970s ??
I thought you were 30-something.  ;)
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Gear Talk / Re: Two-wheeled trailer and rumble strips?
« Last post by Rsw241 on November 26, 2022, 06:21:29 am »
On the TransAm, especially in the west, I had plenty of intolerant drivers, who expected me to be as far right as possible and they’d pass way too close without slowing.  We flirted with death every day.  Though two wheel trailers are more stable, I definitely would not use one on this route. 

Actually, I wouldn’t even ride that route again, and advise others against it too.

No, taking the lane is not feasible out west.  It works in the east, but not in Missouri through Idaho.

There were other riders on the TA with us who used two wheeled trailers and managed okay, but yeah the rumble strips were very poorly placed in some places out west.  Enough so that I wouldn't choose a two wheeled trailer myself.

Thanks for the replies, definitely gives me something to think about.  We are planning to start near Laramie Wyoming and then connect with the TransAm heading west...

I have been living in China the past ten years and got into cycling during that time.  Drivers here are so used to bikes carrying all kinds of things down the road that I actually feel quite safe despite the perceived lack of road rules (there are rules, it's just, different).  I think it's going to be a bit of culture shock cycling on American highways.

One last note, I like that pool noodle idea :)
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Classifieds / Re: Wanted - old northern tour hwy 2 routing maps
« Last post by eorogers on November 25, 2022, 06:32:23 pm »
Yeah Jamawani, we lived in Monroe from 1975 to 1980 - It was 3,000 people on the very leading edge of the bedroom community boom.  We were so proud we had our own Safeway store and a stop light at Main St and Hwy 2.  Traffic over Stevens Pass was a lot less.  Went back 2 years ago and what a difference.

Heard they open McKenzie Pass to bicycles for 2 weeks or more before open to cars - that would be the sweet spot for a spring trip.  I'm fairly flexible for timing.

I'll remember the camping next to Smith Rock :-)

Eric
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Gear Talk / Re: Two-wheeled trailer and rumble strips?
« Last post by staehpj1 on November 25, 2022, 05:07:23 pm »
On the TransAm, especially in the west, I had plenty of intolerant drivers, who expected me to be as far right as possible and they’d pass way too close without slowing.  We flirted with death every day.  Though two wheel trailers are more stable, I definitely would not use one on this route. 

Actually, I wouldn’t even ride that route again, and advise others against it too.

No, taking the lane is not feasible out west.  It works in the east, but not in Missouri through Idaho.

There were other riders on the TA with us who used two wheeled trailers and managed okay, but yeah the rumble strips were very poorly placed in some places out west.  Enough so that I wouldn't choose a two wheeled trailer myself. 
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