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09-26-22, 12:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 162
Posted By kevmcd

To close this thread out I will add the updated...

To close this thread out I will add the updated information.

I just bought my Air France tickets and there was an "add a bike" option which was $150.

I will probably just rent a bike for 21...
09-22-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 162
Posted By kevmcd

Ouch!

I visited the link you sent earlier but you prompted me to visit again and this time I followed it a little deeper and selected my sporting equipment and read the definition of the geographic zones. ...
09-21-22, 05:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 162
Posted By kevmcd

SEATAC - Air France Oversize Baggage

Anyone have any experience taking their bike on Air France out of SEATAC?

Where is the Air France oversize baggage counter? Next to the regular counter I hope. (bicycles in boxes must be checked...
06-29-22, 07:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,490
Posted By kevmcd

My previous reply to this message apparently...

My previous reply to this message apparently didn't post but excuse me if it is a repeat post.

The reason I didn't worry too much whether the Going to the Sun Road was open to the top is that I...
06-29-22, 10:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,490
Posted By kevmcd

Got home on the train yesterday morning. 2 nights...

Got home on the train yesterday morning. 2 nights in Apgar campground and 1 night in Whitefish State Park and 1 night each way in my seat on the train. I decided to stay in Apgar vs Sprague because...
06-22-22, 08:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,490
Posted By kevmcd

Bought my train ticket this morning. Leaving for...

Bought my train ticket this morning. Leaving for Whitefish at 4pm tomorrow afternoon and arrive at 7am Friday morning.

The road probably won't be open to the top this weekend but I want to go...
06-16-22, 07:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Posted By kevmcd

I have not bicycled that rode but I think I have...

I have not bicycled that rode but I think I have driven it at least 50 times.

I would expect that the shoulders should be pretty good the whole way since it is a heavily traveled hi-way and one of...
06-02-22, 06:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,490
Posted By kevmcd

I am glad to hear that Sprague uses a common area...

I am glad to hear that Sprague uses a common area for bike campers. I wish bike camping in every park was configured this way. Not sure why the Visitor's Center told me to camp in Apgar last year...
Forum: Touring
06-01-22, 08:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,512
Posted By kevmcd

The low price works well with my self-deceptive...

The low price works well with my self-deceptive psychology. Since I spent so little on the tent it allows me to rationalize an unlimited number of times that I deserve to bail whenever I get...
Forum: Touring
05-31-22, 11:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,088
Posted By kevmcd

I am a big fan of Amtrak bicycle trips. I'm...

I am a big fan of Amtrak bicycle trips. I'm retired, too, and pretty much all my trips involve lots of Amtraking and bicycling only the choice parts.

If it were me I would fly into Santa Rosa...
05-31-22, 10:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,490
Posted By kevmcd

Still going?

I went last year and I want to do it again this year.

I plan to Amtrak into Whitefish with my bike and arrive on either June 16th or 23rd depending on the weather (Last year I got soaked on the...
Forum: Touring
05-31-22, 10:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,512
Posted By kevmcd

Maybe should be filed under TMI

I'm probably the only old guy who doesn't like to drag himself out of his tent to pee in the middle of the night. Especially since the tent I use is not much bigger than a bivouc sack.
...
Forum: Touring
03-11-22, 09:19 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By kevmcd

I googled "southwest airlines oversize baggage...

I googled "southwest airlines oversize baggage 115" " and multiple websites said Southwest accepts oversize baggage up to 115" but none of these websites were official Southwest Airlines websites. ...
Forum: Southeast
12-31-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,850
Posted By kevmcd

Some good local insight on the ride from Tampa...

Some good local insight on the ride from Tampa (Bradenton) to Ft Myers just got posted in the Touring forum
https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1242842-florida-route.html
Forum: Touring
12-30-21, 12:29 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By kevmcd

Alaska Airlines has done a great thing for...

Alaska Airlines has done a great thing for cyclists by changing their baggage policy to ship bikes for $30

Amtrak has done great things with their bike policies including creating a nice big box...
Forum: Touring
12-29-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,728
Posted By kevmcd

I mistakenly wrote "Bradenton" above instead of...

I mistakenly wrote "Bradenton" above instead of "Coconut Creek" as your final destination. Hopefully this Omnicron thing doesn't undo all our plans.
Forum: Touring
12-29-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,728
Posted By kevmcd

I plan to be in Florida in January as well. But...

I plan to be in Florida in January as well. But I am staying pretty close to Amtrak stations and just doing day rides.

Back to your question: I am surprised no one suggested the ferry from Ft...
Forum: Touring
12-29-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By kevmcd

Packing in an Amtrak style box in my mind is a...

Packing in an Amtrak style box in my mind is a superior solution but there are other solutions that will work. Getting a box to fit a 60cm vintage bike at your LBS is not a given. The LBS I visited...
Forum: Touring
12-29-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By kevmcd

Yes you guys are right, FEDEX/Kinko's Box Pricing is Crazy

I measured my bike and figured out the ideal box size that is <115 linear inches and would allow me to pack it leaving both wheels on. 68" x 38" x 8.5". It does require that I remove my handlebars...
Forum: Touring
12-24-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By kevmcd

I would just buy the box at FedEx or UPS and then...

I would just buy the box at FedEx or UPS and then take the bike on the plane with me. Maybe I could get them to build a box of 114.5 linear inches. If Amtrak didn't have a box and they charged me...
Forum: Touring
12-24-21, 11:48 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By kevmcd

My back-up plan for a box at my endpoint is to go...

My back-up plan for a box at my endpoint is to go to a local UPS or FedEx store and have them build me a box if Amtrak doesn't have a box. I've never had UPS/FedEx build a box for me but I see that...
Forum: Touring
12-23-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By kevmcd

end to end trip (ending point different from...

end to end trip (ending point different from starting point)
Packing looks nice but I would rather avoid it if I can. Your picture made me realize that I would also probably need to remove the rear...
Forum: Touring
12-23-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By kevmcd

Thanks to everyone for all the helpful suggestions!

I visited Portland's premier bike store yesterday and it was surprisingly quiet for 4pm 3 days before Christmas. They had a big line of pre-purchased assembled bicycles waiting to be picked up. The...
Forum: Touring
12-21-21, 12:50 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By kevmcd

I am guessing that there are a number of bike...

I am guessing that there are a number of bike tourists out there that have used Amtrak boxes on airlines (either full size or cut down) and that is why I asked for their knowledge, Hopefully there is...
Forum: Touring
12-20-21, 05:55 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By kevmcd

I agree that it is clear that for oversize...

I agree that it is clear that for oversize luggage the 115" is "linear" where "linear" is defined as L + W + D. Except they also describe the example of a kayak that is ok as long as it is less than...
Forum: Touring
12-20-21, 02:27 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,922
Posted By kevmcd

Anyone ever use an Amtrak bike box as checked luggage on an airline?

The Amtrak bicycle boxes are wonderful: inexpensive, large and rugged and readily available at the end of your tour (at least in the US in major metropolitan areas)


But can they be checked on an...
Forum: Touring
12-15-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,473
Posted By kevmcd

I save my white cotton dress shirts for the beach...

I save my white cotton dress shirts for the beach or hiking in So. Utah or Death Valley where the sun is very intense. For touring I prefer a cotton madras dress shirt as shown here...
Forum: Southeast
12-14-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,850
Posted By kevmcd

I am trying to optimize my limited days for peak...

I am trying to optimize my limited days for peak scenic value. I need to be back home after 10 days as I have been assigned pet sitting duty for my daughter's young labradoodle and there is no...
Forum: Touring
12-12-21, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By kevmcd

Hollywood Beach and the Miami Airport both seem...

Hollywood Beach and the Miami Airport both seem like good options for a reasonably priced base for my 3 days in Miami. I am leaning towards the airport area because of the tri-rail and metro rail...
Forum: Southeast
12-12-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,850
Posted By kevmcd

The Keys are what inspired me to plan this trip...

The Keys are what inspired me to plan this trip in the first place. But as I read more I saw a lot of mixed reviews on the bike trail complaining about traffic noise from the road adjacent to the...
Forum: Touring
12-09-21, 07:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By kevmcd

My option 1 hotel is not far from Dania Beach and...

My option 1 hotel is not far from Dania Beach and Fort Lauderdale Airport and the Hollywood boardwalk would be fun and I may make my way over there regardless of where I stay....
Forum: Touring
12-08-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By kevmcd

Which area of Miami is best to use as a bike tourist base

I am planning an Amtrak credit card tour in Florida in January

https://www.bikeforums.net/southeast/1242933-january-amtrak-credit-card-tour-southeast.html


My first 3 days are going to be in...
Forum: Southeast
12-05-21, 10:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,081
Posted By kevmcd

Like I said I really haven't kept up on the...

Like I said I really haven't kept up on the options and there might be something better than Luna today. I find it frustrating that the kits cost as much today as they did 5 years ago. They should...
Forum: Southeast
12-05-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,081
Posted By kevmcd

I'm not any help on your local bike shops but I...

I'm not any help on your local bike shops but I can give you a data point on buying a kit online and doing the conversion yourself.


I converted my old Bridgestone MB-2 mountain bike to a...
Forum: Southeast
12-05-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,850
Posted By kevmcd

sebring fountain of youth

Looks like it will need to be my next lifetime to visit the Sebring Fountain of Youth.

I lost patience waiting for Amtrak to reply to my email questions so I went down to the PDX station and asked...
Forum: Southeast
12-01-21, 04:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,850
Posted By kevmcd

That is very gracious of you to invite me to ride...

That is very gracious of you to invite me to ride with you. However, I think both my bike and I are 30 years older than the riders in your group and if I managed to keep up I wouldn't see much...
Forum: Southeast
11-28-21, 01:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,850
Posted By kevmcd

January Amtrak Credit Card Tour in Southeast

I just used some airline miles to get a flight into Fort Lauderdale on January 9th. My rough plan is to use the Amtrak Palmetto to explore a few cities in the Southeast (which I know nothing about)....
10-09-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,119
Posted By kevmcd

Someone made the mold and fabricated AX hoods

But I can't figure out how to order them.
https://shimanoax.com/product/repro-600ax-dura-ace-ax-brake-lever-hoods-white/

He also started an AX Facebook group and I applied to join. I'll let you...
10-09-21, 09:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 998
Posted By kevmcd

A tantalizing lead on 600AX hoods

Just found this website randomly.

https://shimanoax.com/product/repro-600ax-dura-ace-ax-brake-lever-hoods-white/

Supposedly David is creating "homegrown" rubber hoods for AX brakesets. But the...
Forum: Touring
09-22-21, 07:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,729
Posted By kevmcd

Glad you are happy with the synthetics and I...

Glad you are happy with the synthetics and I wouldn't try to convince you to believe otherwise. I am happy I can still buy wool, silk, linen, hemp, cotton and some quasi natural fibers like rayon...
Forum: Touring
09-16-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,115
Posted By kevmcd

204 is a cake walk with regards to great scenery....

204 is a cake walk with regards to great scenery. It would make a good overnight loop for you to "iron out" your gear (pun intended). You could return along the Umatilla river and maybe convince...
Forum: Touring
09-15-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,115
Posted By kevmcd

I grew up in Pendleton and go back every year but...

I grew up in Pendleton and go back every year but I haven't done any bike touring there for almost 40 years. I just looked at the ride from Athena to Elgin on Google maps to refresh my memory on...
Forum: Touring
09-15-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,729
Posted By kevmcd

Glad you like the shorts. I bought a second pair...

Glad you like the shorts. I bought a second pair with the intention of going on a long tour again (someday)


With regard to treating the chamois: I am not an expert on this topic. 2 weeks ago...
08-29-21, 11:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,392
Posted By kevmcd

Thanks for the reply and the information. I...

Thanks for the reply and the information. I think I will stick to the route I listed if for no other reason than I like to pass a store every 10 or 20 miles. But when I plugged Salmonberry...
08-26-21, 01:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,392
Posted By kevmcd

I like the information in this thread. I have...

I like the information in this thread. I have encountered serious logistical obstacles at my last 2 attempts to put together a short autumn covid bike camping trip. But with the information...
Forum: Touring
08-24-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,729
Posted By kevmcd

I typed a long response in regards to your...

I typed a long response in regards to your "sizing" question but it doesn't seem to have made it onto the forum. Excuse me if this is a duplicate post.

I bought my XL size 2velo shorts 2+ years...
Forum: Touring
08-24-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,729
Posted By kevmcd

I traded emails with 2velo last night to verify...

I traded emails with 2velo last night to verify that their chamois was indeed natural leather.

They said their chamois is cowhide. In my memory it seems that the best chamois's are sheepskin but...
Forum: Touring
08-23-21, 05:49 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,729
Posted By kevmcd

I love my 2velo merino wool shorts with leather...

I love my 2velo merino wool shorts with leather chamois. It took a while to receive my order and I thought it was lost but when I contacted them they immediately sent me the tracking information. ...
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 483
Posted By kevmcd

Thanks Doug64 and Skookum. Looks like I am...

Thanks Doug64 and Skookum. Looks like I am jumping the gun and I need to wait another month before doing this trip.

I am still curious about the Cowichan Trail and whether an old touring bike...
Forum: Touring
08-08-21, 11:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 483
Posted By kevmcd

Vancouver Island, Cowichan Trail, Salt Spring Island

Hello all,

This is a cross post from the Western Canada forum
https://www.bikeforums.net/western-canada/1236333-non-essential-travel-vancouver-island-usa.html

I am trying to plan a route from...
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