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I did the Northern Tier (N.T.) on an old all-terrain type (no front shocks/hardtail) fully loaded/self-contained and loved every bit of it.  I did have the above mentioned end-bars mounted and did use them from with some frequency.  The fat tires on your MTB'll give you the greatest freeeeeeeddddooooommmm to get of the pavement whenever you want (watch for the spurs) to explore.
Btw, regarding down hill speeds, also mentioned above, at least on the western side of the N.T., the bike shop owners will alert you that there are now enough coyotes out there to be a problem at high speeds....they can not hear you coming & will just wander out in front of you.... at high speed you have less control to avoid them than at low speed.  Go slower and enjoy the view, I say  ;).  Best wishes on a great trip.

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Would like to hear from people who have first hand experience.
Have done the N.T. solo/self-contained.
Am a guy.
Didn't knowingly have any close calls.
However,  please permit me to add that when I was in locales that I thought, sensed, or had been out right told could be trouble I always wore my REI Bear Spray on my belt.
 

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Gear Talk / Re: Solar Panel - Yea or Nay?
« on: May 08, 2014, 05:48:06 pm »
Nay.

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Gear Talk / Re: Novara Safari to LHT 2013 project
« on: May 02, 2014, 12:57:36 pm »
I had an '07 Safari that was stolen, replaced with an '08. I hate the '08 frame.
I would, also (re: above identical inquiry from a different 'ACA Forum-ee') benefit from learning why you dislike the '08 frame??? .... I have an earlier model ('01) and would like to stay current on the design changes because my inclination could be, at some point, to purchase another Safari to replace my present well loved/used one.
Thx.

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Routes / N.Tier western ND Question...
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:29:34 pm »
Does the current (not the prior US Rt. 2) N.Tier route in western ND actually take one on I-94 between Dickinson going east to Bismarck? Thx. 
I knew there had been a change and why there needed to be .... I had just never tried to take a close up look at what the revised route had become.

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General Discussion / Re: Hello from Twin Bridges, Montana
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:10:21 pm »
Hi, my name is Adam and I am the Library Director of the Twin Bridges Public Library.  Since we are on the Transamerica Trail I figured I would pop in and let your community know a few things about our town.
Many thanks Adam  :) !

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Anyone had any 1st hand tour experience traveling from along The Silver Comet Trail (GA) / Chief Ladiga Trail (AL) south to anywhere along the Gulf Coast, safely....meaning some hope for shoulders and/or low traffic with avoidance of larger towns (e.g., Columbus, Auburn, Montgomery, etc.). 
'Total dream fulfillment' :- ) would be to find a route to Apalachicola, FL vicinity, however, I'd be elated to learn how to just get my toes in the sand/surf anywhere along the Gulf, as requested.
Thx.

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General Discussion / Re: Logistics of shipping equipment for touring
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:58:45 pm »
 Pete didn't say that they didn't do it; he just said he didn't like the terms under which they did it.
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J.N. - You are right.
Thx.

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General Discussion / Re: Logistics of shipping equipment for touring
« on: April 17, 2014, 02:54:10 pm »
And to think that was before the Great Corporate Takeover and Warranty Reduction of 2013.  Somehow, I doubt REI will have improved in the last couple of years.

Yeah the only reason I suggested verifying was because I had it only from one person in one store.  If he was correct, which seems likely, it is a slam dunk that their policy hasn't changed for the better.

While recognizing the above originators closure on this his/her's string, BUT because of 'staehpj1' prudent encouragement for recheck :- ) ...... I did so.... I rechecked on this with one of the 3 stores in metro-Atlanta.   I simply asked (no mention made by me, of course of this forum or string within) if they were fully willing for the right amount of money to pack/ship from their REI to any other REI and the Bike Dept. Mgr. said an unreserved "Yes."  I did NOT ask if they or other stores would reassemble. 
Soooo, at least some stores, but maybe not all stores are back on board.
Thanks 'staehpj1' for your emphasis on the recheck.  Stuff keeps changing doesn't it :- ) ?

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General Discussion / Re: Logistics of shipping equipment for touring
« on: April 16, 2014, 07:44:57 pm »
Can't speak to how this approach would 'cost compare,' however, I have dealt to my satisfaction with both your stated matters (fenders, et.al., + empty fuel containers) by simply giving my entire rig (bike, panniers, & then some) to REI at one location and had them pack/ship from one REI location to another REI location close to my tour start point.  I have taken this approach at least 3 times and will continue to do so IF, of course, REI locations are  in proximity to my tour start and stop sites.  I saved more time on 1 or 2 of those occasions by paying REI to reassemble/test out my bicycle, as well.  Coming home I always had the option of having them pack/ship straight to my house.

Last time I tried that they said the policy had changed.

That was in 2012 at the Denver store.

Have you shipped that way since then? *

Wow.  Your update is important.   Thx.  * Nope .... my last was just before 2012.  At that time I did one of the Atlanta REIs to Spokane REI. 

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I was leaning towards the Novara Safari or the Randonee.
Concur on REI.
For me the Safari for over a decade has been a 'comfortable'/cost effective/smoothly operating/minimal surprises touring platform. 

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General Discussion / Re: Logistics of shipping equipment for touring
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:45:15 pm »
My wife and I are planning to do some touring in the midwest (from California), and need to fly there with our bikes and equipment.
Can't speak to how this approach would 'cost compare,' however, I have dealt to my satisfaction with both your stated matters (fenders, et.al., + empty fuel containers) by simply giving my entire rig (bike, panniers, & then some) to REI at one location and had them pack/ship from one REI location to another REI location close to my tour start point.  I have taken this approach at least 3 times and will continue to do so IF, of course, REI locations are  in proximity to my tour start and stop sites.  I saved more time on 1 or 2 of those occasions by paying REI to reassemble/test out my bicycle, as well.  Coming home I always had the option of having them pack/ship straight to my house.

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General Discussion / Re: Tools for adventure
« on: April 09, 2014, 09:23:02 pm »
We are flying to Boston on April 15 to pick up our new Novara Safaris
Ken and Jules
Simply an fyi note of encouragement on your new rides ~  I have had the good fortune of owning/touring on and off road my 2001 Novara Safari since 2001 and found that its durability has met all of my expectations.  Would buy it all over again/would unhestitatingly recommend the rig to friends.
I wish you both a glorious expedition.
Your original Q was w/ regard to tools:
My best guess is that you have probably heard this before (& of course I request your forgiveness if it has already been posted above and I missed it), but there is a lot of value in the notion of only taking the tools that you really know how to use.... otherwise, you are simply adding to the weight/bulk of your load, not to mention the same for your false expectations.

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General Discussion / Re: First Bike Tour
« on: March 27, 2014, 08:49:42 pm »
Any advice on how to realistically train would be greatly helpful and appreciated. Thanks!
Adam - For me, I have found that doing saddle time/distance in advance of a 60 mile anticipated day, I'd train as follows 3 times per week over terrain similar to that which I would be touring the first few days:
6-3 wks. out - 10 mi. (e.g./i.e., three 10 mile rides each of said weeks); 2 wks. out - 15 mi.; the last week - 20 mi. One thing I have noticed that has happened with me consistently is that the last week before the tour typically gets a little hectic and I do not always get in all 3 of the planned rides for that last week/simply fyi on what happens in my own case.
All of the above distances is not with a fully loaded bike.... only I and the water bottles  :).
Somewhere in your mix of testing out all of your gear, etc., you will want to, of course, do some fully loaded test riding to acclimate to the whole new way your rig is, of course, going to feel/ride.

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General Discussion / Re: Miles Per Day
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:14:31 pm »
Steve - Did that stretch about 7 years ago fully loaded and found that 50 - 60 miles per day worked nicely for me cause of the general flatness.  I remember being surprised at the hilly-ness of Tallahassee (sp?).  I noted that to the extent I wished to 'motel' there were mostly decent options every 50 miles.  The ACA maps were very accurate for my entire spin all the way you have bracketed.

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