I previously had an S&S coupled bike which I used for travel. Although the detachable frame couplers are a solid design, the downside is that the assembly/disassembly time for the bike was quite excessive for short trips. This post on the impracticality of S&S couplers for most people pretty much echoes my views.
Sometime around 2003 (?), I bought a used Bike Friday Pocket Rocket folding road bike as a replacement for the S&S coupled bike. There are a number of other bikes that fold smaller and/or quicker, but my goal was to have something that folded relatively quickly into a standard-sized airline luggage, yet with a ride quality as close as possible to that of my fast road bike.
I envisioned a couple of main uses for the bike: Continue reading
My initial interest for mounting an antenna on the bike was to do on-bike radio support (I am a licensed ham radio operator) for charity bicycle rides.
First Generation Setup – October 2012
I started with a Comet SBB5 antenna. It does not require a ground plane, giving me more flexibility with mounting options. I used a Minoura saddle mount bottle cage holder, but flipped it upside down. That gave a flat surface for mounted an aluminum plate. Then I drilled a 5/8″ hole and mounted a Diamond C101 cable assembly. Continue reading
I just picked up a Garmin Edge 800. It has mapping capabilities, but to make a long story short, you need to install maps. If you haven’t done so already, read DC Rainmaker’s excellent post for background.
There’s a couple of sites which give advice on downloading free Open Street Maps. Continue reading
One last update before I turn off the auto-posting to Facebook and Twitter. Having just cycled the Oregon coast, as well as the Northern California coast two years ago, here’s a wrap-up with various thoughts. Continue reading
Today’s route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1479689
I’ll pick up the story from where I left off late Saturday afternoon.
My flight home from Crescent City is Monday afternoon, with no chance of getting an earlier flight. Rather than stay in Crescent City for two nights, I rented a car and drove to Grants Pass, Oregon. Then on Sunday I drove to Crater Lake and rode the rim road around the lake.
I followed the recommended approach of entering from the south (Highway 62) and doing the ride clockwise from the visitor center about four miles from where you pay the entrance fee. As mentioned at the second link below, this puts the hardest climb at the beginning and makes for an easier finish. Continue reading
Today’s route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1479688
We were off and running for my final day of the trip!
Today’s route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1479686
Last night Clint and I had looked at the maps closely and were unpleasantly surprised that we would have a 93 mile day today! Somehow we thought it was more like 70-80 miles. Well, we would have to make the best of it by leaving early and having a shorter bailout option in mind just in case.
The route stayed off US101 through North Bend and Coos Bay. After a few mile warmup on the flats, we turned onto the hills of Seven Devils Road. Grades were usually in the high single digits, with the occasional 12-14%. We were wondering how the three guys from Illinois were going to do today. Continue reading
Today’s route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1479685
Today began with sunny skies and a tailwind from the north, though not as strong as yesterday’s. Clint and I felt bad for the northbound cyclists yesterday who were riding uphill into the wind.
While taking a break on the climb out of Florence, we saw a couple of other cyclists going over the hill.
Today’s route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1479684
Clint and I rode together again today. Nye Beach was a better “start” photo than the hotel. Continue reading
Today’s route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1479683
Long day today. So this report will have more photos and fewer words.
Clint and I decided to ride together again today. We’re pretty evenly matched as far as speed and daily riding distance.