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Forum: Touring
11-10-13, 08:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,803
Posted By msviolin57

Here you go! http://www.derri-air.com/evolve.htm

Here you go! http://www.derri-air.com/evolve.htm
Forum: Touring
11-09-13, 11:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,294
Posted By msviolin57

I remember feeling that way when I was on a tour...

I remember feeling that way when I was on a tour a couple years ago, staying at a KOA one night. As I was leaving, carrying everything I needed on my bike, I passed a huge RV, which towed a car, had...
Forum: Touring
02-01-13, 11:36 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,915
Posted By msviolin57

In the summer of '11, a friend and I rode from...

In the summer of '11, a friend and I rode from Florence, OR to San Francisco. This summer I hope to finish the ride down the coast, ending in the LA area, possibly riding solo!
Forum: Touring
03-24-12, 10:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,926
Posted By msviolin57

I also used a super cat stove (made with a tuna...

I also used a super cat stove (made with a tuna fish can, not a cat food can), and it worked really well.
Forum: Touring
03-19-12, 08:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 529
Posted By msviolin57

Be a teacher. The kids won't let you think of...

Be a teacher. The kids won't let you think of anything else. :-)
Forum: Touring
03-12-12, 10:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,439
Posted By msviolin57

I rode down part of the Pacific Coast last summer...

I rode down part of the Pacific Coast last summer on my first loaded tour, and I averaged close to 10.5 mph. Slow and steady is my motto.

Emphasis on the slow. :-)
Forum: Touring
03-04-12, 08:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,740
Posted By msviolin57

I bought a Big Agnes pad for my bike trip last...

I bought a Big Agnes pad for my bike trip last summer. It's small, fairly easy to inflate, and relatively comfortable. I'd recommend it!
...
Forum: Touring
06-28-11, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By msviolin57

Krebs also makes a map for Northern California...

Krebs also makes a map for Northern California that includes information about the coast route as well as the back roads.
Forum: Touring
06-28-11, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 448
Posted By msviolin57

Wow, I'm sorry this happened, but I'm glad you're...

Wow, I'm sorry this happened, but I'm glad you're both okay and healing.

What happened with the driver? Any citations? I hope it wasn't hit and run.
Forum: Touring
06-19-11, 05:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 364
Posted By msviolin57

I've ridden that route. The shoulder on that...

I've ridden that route. The shoulder on that part of Highway 101 varies from quite wide to almost non-existent. I rode it on Memorial Day weekend, and traffic wasn't bad at all. Mostly, you have...
Forum: Touring
06-19-11, 12:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 492
Posted By msviolin57

You should read "Momentum is Your Friend," by Joe...

You should read "Momentum is Your Friend," by Joe Kurmaskie. It's a great story of his cross country cycling trip with his two young sons.
Forum: Touring
06-16-11, 07:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By msviolin57

It looks like the weather will be good for your...

It looks like the weather will be good for your ride (finally!). Have fun!
Forum: Touring
06-13-11, 11:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 437
Posted By msviolin57

Hey, I did that ride in 2008! I can't answer...

Hey, I did that ride in 2008! I can't answer your technical questions, but I can talk about things in general.

I rode a carbon road bike and had no problems at all with it. Most of the riders...
Forum: Touring
06-12-11, 12:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 560
Posted By msviolin57

This is a great little video that shows exactly...

This is a great little video that shows exactly how to prepare your bike for an Amtrak box. http://pathlesspedaled.com/2011/01/video-packing-your-bicycle-for-amtrak/
Forum: Touring
06-12-11, 11:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 951
Posted By msviolin57

I had a Solio (I also don't remember the model)...

I had a Solio (I also don't remember the model) that I brought along on a bike tour last year in sunny, cloudless Eastern Washington. I strapped it on top of the bag on my rear rack while I rode all...
Forum: Touring
06-11-11, 10:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 756
Posted By msviolin57

Weather in the Pacific Northwest tends to be the...

Weather in the Pacific Northwest tends to be the best in July, August, and September. There will probably be less traffic from vacationers after Labor Day, so that's when I'd go. Enjoy your tour!
Forum: Touring
06-04-11, 04:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 529
Posted By msviolin57

Last weekend, I did a little "test run" of the...

Last weekend, I did a little "test run" of the tour I plan to do this summer, which is ride down the Pacific Coast to at least SF. I figured I'd better try it out for at least a night before the...
Forum: Touring
05-12-11, 11:48 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,658
Posted By msviolin57

It seems like this bothers only you. I suppose...

It seems like this bothers only you. I suppose you should copyright all your comments before you post them. The rest of us will just keep reading and posting as usual, and if our words are able to...
Forum: Touring
05-12-11, 06:57 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,658
Posted By msviolin57

I'm also planning my first tour (partly solo,...

I'm also planning my first tour (partly solo, probably), and I never get tired of reading the posts here for information and advice. I'm going to be the most well-prepared newbie tourer out there ....
Forum: Touring
05-02-11, 08:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,908
Posted By msviolin57

Expect rain and expect to be cold. Highs this...

Expect rain and expect to be cold. Highs this time of year on the coast are in the 60s if you're lucky, and lows can get down to the 30s and 40s. I did a ride along the Oregon coast last summer in...
Forum: Touring
05-01-11, 07:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 894
Posted By msviolin57

I think your new plan sounds good. I did a...

I think your new plan sounds good. I did a supported cross-country tour three years ago, and we started out from Seattle in late June, ending in Washington DC in early August. The weather was...
Forum: Touring
04-30-11, 10:10 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 6,595
Posted By msviolin57

Like BigBlueToe, I'm also an elementary school...

Like BigBlueToe, I'm also an elementary school teacher, and I feel the same way about my students taking time off from school for trips. Life is to be experienced, not just read about in a book or...
Forum: Touring
04-28-11, 08:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 552
Posted By msviolin57

I did a cross country ride three years ago, and...

I did a cross country ride three years ago, and hot feet was a complaint of many people, including me, on that ride. I know it's an issue of shoes, fit, feet swelling, outside temperature, etc.
...
Forum: Touring
04-25-11, 08:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 775
Posted By msviolin57

I bought mine new about a year ago (~$1,000), and...

I bought mine new about a year ago (~$1,000), and it feels so good to ride that I haven't even ridden my road bike since then. I'm planning my first big tour this summer with it.
Forum: Touring
03-30-11, 10:16 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,721
Posted By msviolin57

I'm a real touring newbie here. I'm planning my...

I'm a real touring newbie here. I'm planning my first self-supported tour for this summer, going down the Pacific Coast to San Francisco (or further?), coming home by Amtrak.

I've been reading...
Forum: Touring
03-30-11, 08:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 603
Posted By msviolin57

I like Joe Kurmaskie's books. Humor, philosophy,...

I like Joe Kurmaskie's books. Humor, philosophy, and bike touring all in one place.
Forum: Touring
03-30-11, 07:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,825
Posted By msviolin57

I'd suggest you try some different shorts and...

I'd suggest you try some different shorts and wear them a lot on rides at home. If they're not comfortable then, do NOT take them with you. Find something that feels good on you and go with it.
...
Forum: Touring
03-27-11, 09:49 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,029
Posted By msviolin57

I did a supported cross country trip in '08, and...

I did a supported cross country trip in '08, and there was a week where we had no rest days and about four centuries in a row. It's doable (heck, I did it), but it leaves no time to do anything but...
Forum: Touring
03-11-11, 09:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,028
Posted By msviolin57

I haven't toured with a child, but Joe Kurmaskie...

I haven't toured with a child, but Joe Kurmaskie has written a couple great books about touring with his kids and family. Momentum is Your Friend is about his self-supported trip across the U.S....
Forum: Touring
03-10-11, 09:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 453
Posted By msviolin57

I'm glad you posted this. I'm planning to do the...

I'm glad you posted this. I'm planning to do the same trip this summer, so I'm always looking for as much information as I can find.

Someone recommended http://www.krebscycleproducts.com/ for a...
Forum: Touring
02-25-11, 06:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 327
Posted By msviolin57

There is a Charity Events forum on bikeforums. I...

There is a Charity Events forum on bikeforums. I bet you'd be able to get lots of good information there.

Good luck!
02-24-11, 03:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,515
Posted By msviolin57

Thanks. That's on my to buy list.

Thanks. That's on my to buy list.
02-23-11, 06:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 432
Posted By msviolin57

Thanks, GeorgeVW. Ballona Creek bike path was...

Thanks, GeorgeVW. Ballona Creek bike path was one of the options that Google maps gave. Sounds good.

Can I take a loaded bike on the Metro, even if it's not during rush hour?
02-23-11, 12:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 432
Posted By msviolin57

That's great to hear! I don't know what...

That's great to hear!

I don't know what day of the week I'd be riding that route, though. If I have to ride on a weekday, would it still be okay?
02-23-11, 12:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 432
Posted By msviolin57

Santa Monica to LA Amtrak?

Hey, I'm thinking of doing a loaded tour down the coast this summer, then taking Amtrak back home.

So, if I make it all the way to Santa Monica along the coast, how easy/safe/wise is it to ride...
02-18-11, 07:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,515
Posted By msviolin57

I bought the newest "Bicycling the Pacific Coast"...

I bought the newest "Bicycling the Pacific Coast" a few months ago, and, yeah, it was the 4th edition.
02-17-11, 09:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,515
Posted By msviolin57

Thanks for the responses. I have spent a lot of...

Thanks for the responses. I have spent a lot of time in the Touring forum, but it's also good to hear from "locals."
02-16-11, 09:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,515
Posted By msviolin57

Camping along the Pacific Coast bike route

I'm planning a self-supported trip down the coast this summer, and I'm wondering about state parks in California, specifically about hiker/biker sites. What are the conditions of the parks? In the...
02-15-11, 12:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 927
Posted By msviolin57

I second the RACC. It's a beautiful,...

I second the RACC. It's a beautiful, well-supported very hilly ride!
Forum: Touring
02-14-11, 08:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,135
Posted By msviolin57

I'm planning to do that ride in late June/July,...

I'm planning to do that ride in late June/July, and I can't wait! It's raining enough this winter, so it'll be dry this summer, right? Right?? :-)
Forum: Touring
01-23-11, 11:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 446
Posted By msviolin57

This is awesome. Thanks!

This is awesome. Thanks!
Forum: Touring
01-23-11, 06:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,259
Posted By msviolin57

I'm 5'9" and have one bike that's 55 and another...

I'm 5'9" and have one bike that's 55 and another that's 54 (and that's the bike that fits best). For what it's worth, my height's in my body, not my legs.
Forum: Touring
01-08-11, 02:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,218
Posted By msviolin57

I also bought one of those, and I found the same...

I also bought one of those, and I found the same thing. Sometimes it would charge, sometimes it wouldn't. The last time I used it I had it open (and theoretically charging) on top of my rack bag...
Forum: Touring
01-03-11, 03:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,353
Posted By msviolin57

That's great information, Doug64. Thanks!

That's great information, Doug64. Thanks!
Forum: Touring
01-02-11, 10:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,353
Posted By msviolin57

Great information, BigBlueToe. For some reason,...

Great information, BigBlueToe. For some reason, though, I can't see your pictures.

I agree, tacomee. Amtrak's starting to look really good.
Forum: Touring
01-02-11, 09:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,353
Posted By msviolin57

Thanks. It sounds like the Amtrak box is the way...

Thanks. It sounds like the Amtrak box is the way to go.

So, does anyone know if Amtrak supplies the tools to take off the pedals and turn the handlebars? Or would I need to bring them along? ...
Forum: Touring
01-02-11, 12:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,353
Posted By msviolin57

That's what I'm starting to think. I've...

That's what I'm starting to think.

I've never boxed my bike. Is it something I can do, or should I have a bike shop do that?

Another question: Should I have my bike shipped home by FedEx...
Forum: Touring
01-02-11, 12:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,353
Posted By msviolin57

On the short trip, I just hung my bike on one of...

On the short trip, I just hung my bike on one of the hooks they provide in the luggage car. No need to disassemble the bike or anything.
Forum: Touring
01-01-11, 11:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,353
Posted By msviolin57

Travel by Amtrak

I'm thinking of doing a self-supported tour down the Oregon and California coasts this summer, then heading home on Amtrak from Oakland (or maybe L.A., if I'm ambitious). Has anyone done this? Any...
09-22-06, 06:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 470
Posted By msviolin57

That sounds fun! Too bad I'm DRIVING A CAR up to...

That sounds fun! Too bad I'm DRIVING A CAR up to Seattle this weekend. :rolleyes:
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