Friday, March 2, 2012

Bicycling the Pacific Coast- the Book

I've been chatting with a bicyclist from Reno about my upcoming Pacific Coast Adventure.  One book that he recommended was 'Bicycling the Pacific Coast', by Vicky Spring and Tom Kirkendall.  Even though my biking buddy has bought the necessary Adventure Cycling Association maps, I might just buy this book also.

I've seen it on sale at  Before buying it there though, I checked to see if our local library has a copy.  It does!  I borrowed it yesterday and will take a look at it this weekend to see if it's worth buying.  I only need a small section of the book, but maybe I'll do the other parts at a later date.  It was published in 2005, so the information in it might not be as accurate as the maps my friend has.  But it would be a good supplement.  The state of Oregon also has a very detailed Oregon Coast Biking map with all the state parks listed on it.

On a related note, I recently ordered my custom made Click-Stand (portable bike stand that holds up a lot of weight), and it's on it's way to me!  I was unsure about measuring the irregular Hexagon Top bar on Big Red (Rocky Mountain bike), but I just emailed the company about it along with a photo and the owner gave me instructions on how to measure it properly.  I can't wait to see what it's like!  Hopefully, it'll work for me.  It was not cheap, but considering how I've already bent 2 kickstands in 3 yrs, this was a good investment.  A guy in Washington State custom makes them, they only fit for the bike you measured.  I found out about it through others that were using it on Tour De Jasper.


  1. Ha ha . I'm the same way about books. I get them from the library first to see if they're worth buying. Your kickstand sounds awesome! Are you really going to ride from here into Oregon?

  2. No, I'm going to be riding from Northern Oregon (Astoria) down to San Francisco. I originally thought of biking from here to Oregon, but I'd miss the best part of the state!



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