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Forum: Touring
06-04-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,286
Posted By tinrobot

I did almost that exact route. Canadian border,...

I did almost that exact route. Canadian border, through the islands to Seattle, then down to Portland, out to the coast at Tillamook, and down.

The best portions were the Oregon Coast and the...
04-07-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,531
Posted By tinrobot

Yes, you absolutely can ride, but do it alone! ...

Yes, you absolutely can ride, but do it alone!

I've noticed more cyclists on the road. Unfortunately, I've also been seeing way too many mini-pelotons with a half dozen or so riding in a pack. ...
Forum: Touring
12-07-19, 10:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 764
Posted By tinrobot

Do you absolutely need a 3" tire? The newer...

Do you absolutely need a 3" tire?

The newer bikes have nice features, but if you don't need those features, then not much reason to switch.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-19, 03:21 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,420
Posted By tinrobot

It's pretty, but a little expensive for what it...

It's pretty, but a little expensive for what it is.

As reference, the Ritte Snob is a stainless frame for less than $2300
https://ritte.cc/collections/framesets/products/snob-stainless-frameset
04-19-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 793
Posted By tinrobot

Highway 2 past the closure?

Looks like highway 2 is closed near Clear Creek until July because of a slide.

Is it possible for bikes to squeeze past the barriers? Get past the slide itself? Might be a good opportunity to...
Forum: Touring
04-03-19, 11:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,196
Posted By tinrobot

Irvine is not worth it. Just enjoy the beaches...

Irvine is not worth it. Just enjoy the beaches and the cuisine,

LA River trail to Long Beach is a good option. If you have more time, you could take the Expo Line (or ride) to Santa Monica and...
03-22-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 962
Posted By tinrobot

FYI - They can and have kicked people off the...

FYI - They can and have kicked people off the course for lagging behind too much.

Personally, I think 4AM is awesome. Plenty of time to do the ride, catch light rail back to the start and have...
12-04-18, 08:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,219
Posted By tinrobot

Frog town is gentrifying very, very rapidly....

Frog town is gentrifying very, very rapidly. Still rough around the edges, but there's already several new apartment/condo complexes, with more on the way. Lots of artist's lofts and creative...
12-02-18, 09:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,219
Posted By tinrobot

I'd suggest something north of Downtown, close to...

I'd suggest something north of Downtown, close to Griffith Park and/or the LA River trail. It would be close enough to USC for a reasonable commute. Neighborhoods would be Echo Park, Atwater, Frog...
11-29-18, 08:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 911
Posted By tinrobot

The rain doesn't bother me. Los Angeles...

The rain doesn't bother me.

Los Angeles drivers in the rain, however, does bother me. I'll wait until tomorrow.
Forum: Touring
11-24-18, 05:44 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,328
Posted By tinrobot

I just did the Death Valley Century last weekend...

I just did the Death Valley Century last weekend and drove most of that route (Pahrump -> Furnace Creek -> Panamint -> Olancha). That schedule would be doable, but I wouldn't attempt it personally. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-18, 05:03 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,871
Posted By tinrobot

Sticking to the US : Portland, Oregon -...

Sticking to the US :

Portland, Oregon - Great cycling city with lots of fun rides just outside the city. Columbia River gorge is spectacular.
Colorado - Tons of great routes, lots of climbing,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-10-18, 05:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,647
Posted By tinrobot

I use Shimano hubs almost exclusively for this...

I use Shimano hubs almost exclusively for this reason.

They are very quiet, and, while not always the lightest, they're also pretty good hubs.
09-19-18, 09:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,385
Posted By tinrobot

I've done this several times. Probably the...

I've done this several times. Probably the easiest route is to follow the Aids Lifecycle route, which follows Hwy 1 through Lompoc to Gaviota and 101 to Santa Barbara. The shoulders are super wide...
Forum: Touring
07-16-18, 11:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,773
Posted By tinrobot

Though it was further for some reason. The...

Though it was further for some reason. The generic Google Maps route has LA to NY at 3031 miles. That one goes through Northern AZ and New Mexico roughly following I40, then up to St Louis and out...
07-09-18, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 467
Posted By tinrobot

I have spent many days in Carpinteria. My...

I have spent many days in Carpinteria. My company has offices there.

Directly out of downtown Carpinteria, you can take the beach bike path to Ventura, hang a left and continue up to Ojai on...
Forum: Touring
06-18-18, 03:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 907
Posted By tinrobot

Kia Soul would absolutely work.

Kia Soul would absolutely work.
04-22-18, 06:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,540
Posted By tinrobot

Definitely south... wind at your back, ocean on...

Definitely south... wind at your back, ocean on your right.

Santa Barbara is going to be better. Much more scenic. There's a wonderful bike lane/path almost all the way to Ventura that's right...
01-15-18, 04:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,442
Posted By tinrobot

I ride Griffith and/or the river trail at least a...

I ride Griffith and/or the river trail at least a few days during the week. Typically try to get in at least a Trash Truck or a Mt Hollywood climb. I might be up for something, though I get the...
Forum: Touring
11-23-17, 05:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,030
Posted By tinrobot

I really like the way that handlebar bag mounts. ...

I really like the way that handlebar bag mounts. Much easier than Ortliebs with their fussy cables.
10-07-17, 10:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,797
Posted By tinrobot

I'm around. Ridden with you guys a few times.

I'm around. Ridden with you guys a few times.
Forum: Touring
09-20-17, 01:03 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 11,478
Posted By tinrobot

I've traveled with bikes quite a bit. I usually...

I've traveled with bikes quite a bit. I usually use my Ritchey Breakaway for travel, but I have also flown with regular bikes. Any damage I've ever had to my bikes has been due to my poor packing...
Forum: Touring
09-20-17, 11:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 9,302
Posted By tinrobot

I used to tour on a version 2 Fargo (2011...

I used to tour on a version 2 Fargo (2011 model?). Not sure about the new ones, but the one I had was great - really comfy, handled loads well. Zero shimmy for me on descents, I got it up to...
07-22-17, 08:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,055
Posted By tinrobot

I've gotten into the habit of riding before...

I've gotten into the habit of riding before breakfast in the morning. I find I can go at least 90 minutes and up to two hours before I get really hungry.

The reason I started doing that is that...
06-18-17, 05:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,248
Posted By tinrobot

I might be in... got the whole week off.

I might be in... got the whole week off.
03-05-17, 11:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,638
Posted By tinrobot

I've been using turmeric since I started doing...

I've been using turmeric since I started doing yoga many years ago. My teacher recommended it to help loosen my joints so I could be more flexible. It seemed to work, so I've kept it in my arsenal....
Forum: Touring
02-14-17, 03:47 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 40,602
Posted By tinrobot

Just ran across this thread. I used Dry-Lites on...

Just ran across this thread. I used Dry-Lites on my Pacific Coast tour. They worked great and really helped to lighten the load. For my rig, I used Dry-Lites in the back, a Revelate frame bag,...
12-25-16, 10:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 939
Posted By tinrobot

Santa Anita Canyon might fit the bill. A little...

Santa Anita Canyon might fit the bill. A little longer than 6 miles, but you get a waterfall.

Hike Santa Anita Canyon to Sturtevant Falls, Mount Zion, and Camp Sturtevant | Modern Hiker...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-16, 06:35 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,135
Posted By tinrobot

In that part of LA, it's hit/miss. Franklin...

In that part of LA, it's hit/miss. Franklin Canyon is awesome because it is car-restricted. Others will depend on time of day/traffic. Here's a good guide:

Biking in Los Angeles guide -Valley...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-16, 05:51 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,135
Posted By tinrobot

It's not the most bike-friendly area of Los...

It's not the most bike-friendly area of Los Angeles. Beverly Hills can be downright bike-unfriendly, but you can get to the beach via Ballona, and going north, there are a few options for climbing...
11-17-16, 12:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,449
Posted By tinrobot

I tore my ACL completely last year. Also...

I tore my ACL completely last year. Also meniscus damage. My doctor (head of Ortho at a top medical school) is very anti-brace. He wanted me to get the leg as strong and flexible as possible...
11-16-16, 11:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,211
Posted By tinrobot

I have the Century Comp Ti, use it mostly as a...

I have the Century Comp Ti, use it mostly as a touring bike. The frame is very comfy for the long haul, I did Portland to SF on it. I have not used it much on gravel, but I see no reason why it...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-16, 04:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 606
Posted By tinrobot

Six year old Ultegra is probably 6700, which is...

Six year old Ultegra is probably 6700, which is 10 speed.

New 105 is 11 speed. More gears!
11-06-16, 08:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,803
Posted By tinrobot

Depends on the route, obviously, but San...

Depends on the route, obviously, but San Francisco -> Santa Barbara via Big Sur is close to 20K of climbing over 375-ish miles.
10-18-16, 07:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,833
Posted By tinrobot

Kind of a moot point for the next six months. ...

Kind of a moot point for the next six months. They're closing the bike path on weekdays so they can do "invasive species removal". Six months to pull up some plants.

Combined with the freeway...
09-10-16, 02:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 925
Posted By tinrobot

Sad, scary, and hits close to home. I hope...

Sad, scary, and hits close to home. I hope they're OK.

Last night, there was a family movie screening at the Spoke Bicycle Cafe very close to that spot on the trail. We left the event early and...
09-05-16, 06:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 961
Posted By tinrobot

Take Eagle Rock/Fletcher out to the LA River...

Take Eagle Rock/Fletcher out to the LA River trail, then into Griffith Park.

You could also go out to the Rose Bowl, then up into the La Canada, maybe take Chevy Chase or Verdugo back.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-16, 06:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 38,151
Posted By tinrobot

I'm usually in the range of 100-130 miles per...

I'm usually in the range of 100-130 miles per week. A few rides during the week and a long weekend ride.

I was doing 400+ per week this summer during a Pacific Coast bike tour.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-16, 06:02 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,993
Posted By tinrobot

I love Colorado. Great place to ride. Denver...

I love Colorado. Great place to ride. Denver would be good. I lived in Boulder for a while and there actually may be days in the winter when you can ride.

Other places in the west might be...
08-22-16, 04:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,063
Posted By tinrobot

Fear of neighborhoods aside, from a traffic...

Fear of neighborhoods aside, from a traffic standpoint, your best bet may be Wilton/Arlington/Van Ness
08-13-16, 10:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,986
Posted By tinrobot

Correct. It will be crowded Mon-Fri mornings. ...

Correct. It will be crowded Mon-Fri mornings. Less on the weekends. Probably best to go early. Rush hour starts 7:30 or so.

If you get on the train at the first station (4th Street) then you...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-16, 11:07 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,924
Posted By tinrobot

Beverly Hills - Start with climbing in the...

Beverly Hills - Start with climbing in the Hollywood Hills: Franklin Canyon is a nice car-free climb. After that, go east to Griffith Park and climb above the observatory. Next, go west to ride the...
Forum: Touring
08-11-16, 10:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 12,813
Posted By tinrobot

I swapped out the BB5's that came on my light...

I swapped out the BB5's that came on my light touring bike for Spyres. (Motobecane Century Comp Ti)

Main reason was that the BB5's are really wide and my big feet were hitting the rear brake...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-16, 09:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,995
Posted By tinrobot

The Secteur might not be the most aggressive...

The Secteur might not be the most aggressive geometry, but you can certainly adjust your fit to be less upright. You might have to remove spacers or get a longer stem, but that is a whole lot...
07-30-16, 07:04 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,986
Posted By tinrobot

You can take the train/subway all the way to...

You can take the train/subway all the way to Union Station. The metro green line stops close to the airport. Ride your bike to the Airport station, then take the Green line to the Blue line, which...
07-20-16, 05:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 781
Posted By tinrobot

Generally, you can find good cycling just about...

Generally, you can find good cycling just about anywhere in Southern California. It's more a matter of what general area you want to live and who will hire you. Generally, I'd advise living close...
07-14-16, 07:17 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,129
Posted By tinrobot

I believe the rule is that you need to cross the...

I believe the rule is that you need to cross the finish line on a bike, or at least have one in your hand.
07-14-16, 06:21 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 30,944
Posted By tinrobot

The UCI rules require a rider to cross the finish...

The UCI rules require a rider to cross the finish line with a bicycle.

Riders run towards team cars to get bikes all the time, regulating all movement on foot would be difficult.
06-18-16, 11:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,986
Posted By tinrobot

Bike on the plane - Depends on the airline, some...

Bike on the plane - Depends on the airline, some charge a lot, some don't charge. European airlines tend to charge less. Check your airline's rates. A lot of people use cardboard boxes, but you...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-16, 11:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 828
Posted By tinrobot

Just get away from the strip as quickly as...

Just get away from the strip as quickly as possible and into the suburbs. There's actually some good bike lanes on the east/west streets that intersect the strip. Try Alta out to Red Rock Canyon,...
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