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General Discussion / Re: importance of componentry
« on: August 28, 2014, 08:17:00 pm »
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Also, those "Dura Ace" barends are intended more for time trial bikes aero bars than for touring use.  Again, Dura Ace isn't bought by tourists.

We have three touring bikes in the house with Shimano SL-BS77 Dura-Ace 7700 Bar End Shifters (9 speed), one of which just got upgraded to 9 speed this year.  Bruce Gordon used them on his bikes for years, I don't know what he is using currently.  The shifters work very well on our touring bikes (22-32-44, 11-32).  I don't have any experience with the 10 speed version.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike / Hike Campsites on southern PCR
« on: July 19, 2014, 10:11:13 am »
I would go here http://www.parks.ca.gov/ParkIndex/ and check "By Activity/Facility" and then check "Hike or Bike Campsites" under "Overnight Features".


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Routes / Re: Bozeman to Boulder!
« on: May 24, 2014, 09:29:46 am »
We have ridden boulder to bozeman, and we also have ridden through ennis to boulder http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/gallery/index.html?albumid=5769994076092330785&si=1.  To expand on what John said
84/287 to ennis
trans am/ great parks to granby
great parks over trail ridge in rocky mountain national park. 
there are lots of ways down from the peak to peak highway (7/72/119).  recommended choices would include south st vrain (7) or left hand canyon (which has very light traffic).  be aware that the more direct route from estes park to lyons, 36, may still be closed to cyclists for flood repairs, and in any event is very busy.
I have a map at http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/maps/GreatParksRoute.html
The section over trail ridge was the highlight of our seattle to boulder ride, it is highly recommended.  It is not very steep (5.4% max) and tops out just over 12,000 feet.

yellowstone traffic can be trying, especially from yellowstone lake to the teton park boundary.  I would recommend you try to avoid the grant village campground.  They seem to give the cyclist the worst couple of sites out of the over 400 sites.

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General Discussion / Re: equipment & route
« on: May 20, 2014, 07:10:57 pm »
I think you should reconsider, Logan Pass is not to be missed.  I would rate it as one of the top two roads in the U.S. I have ever ridden.

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Gear Talk / Re: Cassette 11x32,34,36? With 50x34 crankset
« on: May 09, 2014, 07:02:15 pm »
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but I don't think Flagstaff is okay for cycling right now.
Flagstaff if open and mostly in good condition.  There is a stoplight down low controlling one way traffic where half the road is gone.  It is expected to be closed to all traffic M-F 8:30-3:30 starting sometime in June for ~5 months while repairs are made.

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Gear Talk / Re: Neo-Retro / Tour Canti Combo
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:53:44 pm »
Hi,

I have run Paul touring canits F+R on my BG BLT for many years.  The original circa 1997 LX cantis howled.  The Pauls worked much better, but I did originally have some trouble that was rectified by Paul shipping a specially toleranced part.  I have used these extensively on loaded tours starting before the photos on http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/ and I used them today.  I have been satisfied with their performance.

However, I have shimano BR-R550s on my BG R&R EX.  These are the best brakes I have ever had and perform superior to the Pauls on the BLT, they have amazing stopping power.  Perhaps it is something to do with the setup or differences between the bikes, but the 550s are excellent.  But they are no longer made although you can find some on ebay.

The one issue with the 550s is that it is very difficult to pop the straddle cable which is a nice thing to do to get the tire out for repair.  The Pauls error in the other way, it is easy to misalign the straddle cable where you pop it in.  It never caused me a problem but I never tested it under extreme braking.  I have found them to be misaligned at least once.   This is an operator (or mechanic) error, but there is something to be said for not risking this potential failure mode.

Steve

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I fixed the link for the colorado cycling map details in my previous post, it should work now.

I agree with John when he says you should be prepared for cold, be ready for nights around freezing.  Winter park is near Berthoud pass
http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/80482

We had a far worse experience in the North Cascades one June, about freezing and raining all day, we would have been much better off if it was a bit colder and snowing!

And a secret about the Rockies, they generally aren't steep but the can go on.  Some training is recommended.  You also might want to take a day or two after arriving from sea level to acclimate before moving up higher

I wouldn't worry to much about the Coloardo roads, it should be pretty obvious when you get here and then you can decide.  We start riding to 9,000-10,000 feet as early as the beginning of March and never later than the end of April, but we can pick the days.


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Af far as Trail Ridge being open you couldn't count on it but it might be open, From the national park service in 2012:
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Trail Ridge Road historically opens on Memorial Day weekend; last year, due to historic snow accumulation, the road opened on June 6. This year's opening is the third earliest day that Trail Ridge Road has opened since the road was completed in 1932. The earliest day was May 7, 2002. In 1963, the road opened on May 11. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United States, climbing to 12,183 feet and connecting the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake.
and from a local paper in 2013:
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Trail Ridge Road historically opens on Memorial Day weekend; last year the road opened early on May 14. The earliest the road has opened was on May 7, 2002; the latest June 26, 1943.

You can browse ACA routes here, I doubt you will go through Steamboat Springs.
http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/maps/GreatParksRoute.html

It is possible to ride up the I70 corridor to Idaho Springs, then you can pick up the Great Parks South.  Willow Creek Pass on 125 is nice.  It is very unlikely that you wouldn't be able to ride Idaho Springs,  Berthod Pass on US 40 Granby, Willow Creek Pass on 125 and on to Wyoming in May, these roads are open year round except during avalanche control or heavy snow storms.  Lookout Mountain, from Golden, would be a good way to start up, this is how we started the Western Express from Boulder.  You cannot ride on US 6.   I live in Boulder and ridden most of these roads multiple times.  I would still do Trail Ridge if it was open, and the above route if it wasn't.  If you do Trail Ridge I could suggest routes to get there, we had historic flooding last year and some of the canyons are still a mess.

Colorado cycling maps are available here:
http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/bikeped/colorado-bicycling-maps/scenicbywaysbikemap.pdf/at_download/file.
http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/bikeped/colorado-bicycling-maps/mapdetails.pdf/at_download/file
They will mail you a paper copy,
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For a hard copy of Colorado State Map, send your name and mailing address to bicycleinfo@state.co.us.

As far as getting across Denver I would be tempted to get on a bus!  In general the RTD has bikes racks, although at the airport they might put your bikes underneath, if so you wouldn't want to unbox them before the bus.  I imagine you could ride from DIA, but in 30 years of riding in the area I have never headed in that direction, it seems so much better to head up and west into the glory of the Rockies.  I used to look unfavorably on this sort of thing, but a few Russian cycling clubs in Moscow taught me that it can be best, they always take the train out of town.
http://www.rtd-denver.com/Bike_n_Ride.shtml

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Hi Lauren,

I have been on the PC twice in June/July.  I think it will be fine.  It is a very beautiful route.  The ACA route winds around a bit in Oregon and the extra turns are worth it.

Starting from Denver I would want to go over Trail Ridge Rd in Rocky Mountain National Park which is an alternative on the Great Parks Route.  When we rode Seattle to Boulder it was the best day, the North Cascades lost out perhaps due to non-stop rain and the accompanying clouds.  However, it is a little less direct and typically opens in late May.  If it is open I think it is much prettier than the I70 corridor and Berthod Pass on US40.  I am not sure how I would get from DIA to Boulder, but after that I could give you turn by turn directions.

Steve


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Gear Talk / Re: Replacement for Continental Top Touring Tires
« on: December 15, 2013, 07:15:26 pm »
When the TT 2000s dried up we switched to Continental Contacts.  The 700x37s work well on pavement(90%) and dirt(10%) roads.  They don't have the longevity of the Specialized Expedition tires of the 80's (5000 miles loaded!), we general get ~1700 loaded miles + 500 unloaded out of a pair.  They have now been replaced by Contact II, which we haven't tried yet.  I wouldn't recommend the Conti  Travel Contacts - after two loss of traction crashes.

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GPS Discussion / Re: ACA GPS files on Google Earth problem
« on: December 03, 2013, 07:33:02 pm »
With any of the routes from tsteven4.qwestoffice.net you can look at the elevation profile one section at a time by selecting the section in the Places panel, right clicking, and selecting "Show elevation profile".

If you pass the kmz file to gpsvisualizer it will show an elevation profile for the entire route, BUT it assumes the sections are sequential.  This is almost never true with the ACA routes.  For example, west of Austin NV there are two choices of the route.  This leads to discontinuities and incorrect distances.

As regards to your decision all the choices are great.  The WE is the most serious (but an excellent route), in the summer it can be quite hot and the distances between places where you can get water is often a days ride.  Another possibility is a combination of the Northern Tier and TransAm, see http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/gallery/index.html?albumid=5769994076092330785&si=1
I think I posted more detailed route descriptions of this on this site.

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General Discussion / Re: Homemade Fork Spreader Ideas?
« on: July 08, 2013, 08:43:39 am »
I think the easiest thing would be to get one from a bike store, but I have used one I made from a piece of dowel and a couple of lag bolts and washers:


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Highway 50 reopened as of 8pm Thursday, 6/13/2013.


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There are faster road updates available at http://cotrip.org/home.htm.

They still indicate
"ClosedView Map
US 50 Eastbound / Westbound CO 9-Canon City (Milemarker 269-276)

US 50 is closed in both directions between CO 9 and Canon City due to wildfire. Road closure began June 11th, 2013 at 4:43pm. Alternate route is North- US 24; South- CO 67/CO 96/CO 69."

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The route is closed due to the royal gorge fire.  You can get the latest information at http://inciweb.org/incident/3419/.  As of 1pm Tuesday June 12 "U.S. Highway 50 is closed in both directions from the Canon City Water treatment plant (1st Street) to Highway 9. Temple Canyon road has also been closed."

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