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    Wasaga Beach to Waterfront Trail

    What is the best bike route from Wasaga Beach to the Waterfront Trail east of Toronto?
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    Approximately the first 13km are paved. So about...

    Approximately the first 13km are paved. So about a quarter or the whole trail. I was on it last summer with a touring bike and I can't remember any section up to where I left it at Sooke that would...
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    Thanks for all the info. I have looked at...

    Thanks for all the info. I have looked at ridewithgps and it seems quite good. However it was not obvious to me how I would load the maps and elevation profiles onto my journal on the CGOAB site....
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    Problems with BikeRouteToaster

    I have used BikeRouteToaster to help plan all my recent tours but now can't get it to show any map. Any suggestions? I think it might be related to recently updating my Mac to OS 10.9. Of course it...
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    1. The Lochside trail (here coupled with the...

    1. The Lochside trail (here coupled with the Galloping Goose Trail) begins on the west side of the Johnson Street Bridge in downtown Victoria. Check out day one of my Cross Canada blog to see the...
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    I think your route through BC has some potential...

    I think your route through BC has some potential problems. I have done a cross Canada ride and several rides throughout southern BC. I have also spent a great deal of time developing a route from...
  7. Thread: Coquihalla Hwy

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    I agree with RickL about the route from Kamloops...

    I agree with RickL about the route from Kamloops to Hope. If you decide to take the "Coq" (not my first choice) this is the best approach.. I also agree with Big Lew that there is now much more...
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    Rohloff hub on Trek 520

    I want to put a Rohloff hub on my Trek 520. Does anyone know of a LBS in the greater Vancouver area that can do this work?
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    I bought my Trek 520 in 2005 and made some...

    I bought my Trek 520 in 2005 and made some changes before it ever left the bike shop. First and most importantly I switched out the Trek standard crankset. I can't remember the exact set-up but it...
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    When I rode the Parkway two years ago I arrived...

    When I rode the Parkway two years ago I arrived at Lake Louise to find the campground full. I asked if I could check to see if anyone would share a site with me. They not only let me in but...
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    I forgot to mention there are decent routes...

    I forgot to mention there are decent routes through Nanaimo on bike paths and/or quieter roads. Check the attached pdf http://www.biketowork.ca/files/Brochure_and_map2009_1.pdf

    Personally, if I...
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    If your loop begins and ends in Vancouver I would...

    If your loop begins and ends in Vancouver I would not include Seattle in your ride. Vancouver is an easier city to ride in. You could easily follow the ACA Pacific Coast route from Vancouver south....
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    So, if you are cycling up the road, where do you...

    So, if you are cycling up the road, where do you store your food if not in your panniers?
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    Doing this ride in two days is not leisurely. I...

    Doing this ride in two days is not leisurely. I would take at least three and get off the main highway as much as possible. The ride up the Malahat is fairly busy and not easy but the view from the...
  15. Thread: Solo or not?

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    Poll: I too voted for solo. But I think you might be...

    I too voted for solo. But I think you might be able to combine the two. On the route you plan to take I think you will find plenty of other riders who you could join for a few days or longer and then...
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    The ride between Jasper and Lake Louise is...

    The ride between Jasper and Lake Louise is spectacular. I did it two years ago during a rainy period and still got fabulous pictures. It is not an easy ride and the repeated cracks in the payment on...
  17. But, if you cycle towards Kamloops, you are also...

    But, if you cycle towards Kamloops, you are also likely to get a nice tail wind. I have cycled twice in the opposite direction and faced a fairly strong headwind both times.
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    The scenery is still spectacular until well after Boston Bar. Up to Lytton you are still cycling above the Fraser River with many great views. After Lytton the surrounding areas are much more arid...
  19. I think the route you are talking about is the...

    I think the route you are talking about is the Old Island Highway. This is a very scenic route that has much less traffic than the new Island Highway. You can use bike paths and/or back roads to get...
  20. I tried the clips and cages and other variations...

    I tried the clips and cages and other variations until I decided to go to a platform pedal and have never regretted it. I bought the MKS Lamda pedals designed by Rivendell. They give a great surface...
  21. I have done two long tours, the Pacific Coast and...

    I have done two long tours, the Pacific Coast and Cross Canada, and used a two man tent both times. I like the security of being able to pack all my gear inside the tent. I also love the versatility...
  22. Thread: Panniers

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    As a combined Father's Day/Birthday present I got...

    As a combined Father's Day/Birthday present I got TheTouringStore Ortlieb Matched Set No. 1. This gave me everything I needed for the type of touring I do, which tends to be a month or more of...
  23. Thread: Panniers

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    I started with an inexpensive set from Mountain...

    I started with an inexpensive set from Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Canadian equivalent of REI. They worked well enough but were a bit clunky and not waterproof. I then switched to a Orlieb Bike...
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    It certainly is a bit more confusing but I went...

    It certainly is a bit more confusing but I went on the Translink maps and found the routes you suggested. It looks way better than what I was thinking of doing. I had a feeling that there might be...
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    My thought is that the Lougheed Highway, my other...

    My thought is that the Lougheed Highway, my other option, will be really busy, especially later in the afternoon, when I will be trying to cross the Pitt River Bridge. I assumed Kingsway would be...
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