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    Yes, it is the Albany station. It is only an...

    Yes, it is the Albany station. It is only an easy 35 mile ride from our home. Many of our tours start and end there.
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    They might have a point:)

    They might have a point:)
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    Using your empty panniers as extra padding is a...

    Using your empty panniers as extra padding is a good idea. Also, if you remove your bars and stem, which I do,secure your bar to the top tube with some type of padding and zip ties.

    Added: ...
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    We stayed in K Falls on a tour last summer. We...

    We stayed in K Falls on a tour last summer. We went over to the train station to check it out. It was closed so we could not ask them about boxes, which was our intention.

    We did talk to a bike...
  5. I was looking at adventurepdx's suggestion and it...

    I was looking at adventurepdx's suggestion and it looked like it doubled back to the ferry at the south end of Salt Spring Island. The route you are talking about will work fine.

    If you have...
  6. I'm also partial to CX bikes. My choice would...

    I'm also partial to CX bikes. My choice would be a CX bike or the mountain bike for rough use.

    Our son can take his CX bike almost anywhere.
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    I'm sorry; it was not my intent to associate you...

    I'm sorry; it was not my intent to associate you with either the Ortlieb or anti-Ortlieb pannier factions. I should have used the generic term "waterproof". I do associate Orlieb panniers with...
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    I can only speak from my experience with Ortlieb...

    I can only speak from my experience with Ortlieb panniers. Mine are 7 years old and have been used for more than 14 months of touring during that time. I also know several other people who also use...
  9. Good suggestion, and you might also consider a...

    Good suggestion, and you might also consider a variant of adventurepdx's proposal.

    If I remember correctly, Salt Spring Island has a couple of nice hills. Rather than double back on your route,...
  10. Thread: Cycling Mexico

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    I saw a good quote the other day: "I don't...

    I saw a good quote the other day:

    "I don't intend to tiptoe through life so I can arrive safely at death."

    A lot of folks operate with some variation of this concept, and some don't.
  11. Thread: Taking FOREVER

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    I use the largest deep well socket that I have...

    I use the largest deep well socket that I have that will fit inside the steerer tube to seat the star nut. I suppose you could center it in the socket using a long bolt. That would help allignment...
  12. I should have been more specific. We did a...

    I should have been more specific. We did a portion of the Loop including one of the side trips. No, we did not get into the New Denver area. We didn't go much further north on the east side of the...
  13. Thread: Cycling Mexico

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    I went to a presentation a few days ago given by...

    I went to a presentation a few days ago given by a young lady who road solo 21,000 miles around the world. She was in a lot of what most people view as "sketchy" places, and seemed to survive just...
  14. We did the Selkirk Loop this summer on our annual...

    We did the Selkirk Loop this summer on our annual "Girl's Tour". We try to do at least one tour a year with our daughters, and that was it. It was a great ride, but I get a little embarrassed with...
  15. Your proposed route will work. It takes half a...

    Your proposed route will work. It takes half a dozen 2-week tours to do it right; and this will whet your appetite for another trip. After Labor day is a great time to ride that part of the world.
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  16. I have ridden both around Mt Hood and several...

    I have ridden both around Mt Hood and several short tours in the Puget Sound Area. IMO the Puget Sound area is more interesting.

    To ride around Hood requires being on busy roads, including a...
  17. The reason I do one leg workouts, both at the gym...

    The reason I do one leg workouts, both at the gym (on the leg machines) and on the trainer, is trying to maintain equal strength in my "bad" leg and the other one. I injured my left leg 20 years...
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    I don't have n+1 problems; well maybe I do, but...

    I don't have n+1 problems; well maybe I do, but it is not the most common form of the problem. My wife, an avid cyclist, has been after me to get a custom built touring frame. I am perfectly happy...
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    Because they work. I tend to agree with the...

    Because they work.

    I tend to agree with the other Ortlieb folks that posted above. I have toured extensively in some very wet conditions, and have never had any problems. Coated codura nylon...
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    Season's Greetings!!

    http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy112/Doug64_photos/320d883a-b77a-4406-89f4-7f8ff8979ff5.jpg
  21. I had an 1993 TREK 820 The older mountain bikes...

    I had an 1993 TREK 820 The older mountain bikes are great riding machines.

    Sometime you don't even need a mountain bike:)...
  22. I had the opportunity to demo a fat bike. It was...

    I had the opportunity to demo a fat bike. It was fun, but it seemed really limited by snow density and depth. In our part of the world the snow is several feet deep most of the winter. In the...
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    I think you are correct on this. I lost the blue...

    I think you are correct on this. I lost the blue rubber/plastic cover on my stand's bracket. Park sent me a new bracket free, but I agree, it should not have happened.
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    I suspect the way you use your equipment, your...

    I suspect the way you use your equipment, your choices work well for you.

    Almost all my gear serves multiple activities: bike touring, mountaineering, ski touring, ski patrol, and backpacking. ...
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    I have the Park PRS-20 fork mount stand. It is a...

    I have the Park PRS-20 fork mount stand. It is a great stand, and IMO not significantly more hassle to use than seatpost clamping systems;especially if you have a carbon post. I like the way it...
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