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General Discussion / Re: Black Hills Mickelson Trail and 38C tires
« on: April 30, 2016, 10:43:07 am »
Thanks to all.  Looking forward to my trek.  8)

Marlowe

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General Discussion / Re: Black Hills Mickelson Trail and 38C tires
« on: April 25, 2016, 11:28:23 am »
and then down to Chadron, NE and then heading east on Hiway 20.   

If you want to try something really remote, take the trail to the end in Edgemont and then head south on SD 471 to SD 71 to NB 2 to Crawford and pick up U.S. 20 east to Chadron. I was supposed to do that as part of my trip but ended up bagging it for a couple of reasons. There is a municipal campground with showers in Edgemont. From there to Crawford there is nothing in the way f services. Even the state highway turns to gravel for a while. A guy I met at the campground in Edgemont said it's one of the most remote areas of Nebraska. I did ride a bit of it (maybe 10 miles out and then back) while in Edgemont. The only things I saw were trains and antelope.

Many of the trail sections are quite nice. You should really give it a go.  Here are some photos from my trip. The ones of/from the trail are obvious. (Note that the trail is paved in Deadwood and Custer.)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/105349603@N05/albums/72157655263744881/with/19287419942/


Hey nice pics in the link.   They bring back lots of memories.   I grew up in Rapid City.  Age 2-14.   Sent lots of time in the hills.   Everytime we would get company to the family we would have to drive up to Mt. Rushmore.   I did enjoy the pics.   June is a great time to travel also.   Lots of green. 

Where was the pile of bikes at?   I would like to see that if possible.

My webpage has my last June's trip from Montana back to my HS reunion in eastern SD.   www.mrames.com

Thanks,
Marlowe

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General Discussion / Re: Black Hills Mickelson Trail and 38C tires
« on: April 23, 2016, 07:25:07 pm »
BTW...If you can swing an extra day in Custer, riding Needle's Highway (SD 87 south from SD 89) is well wort it. Fabulous scenery.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/8771954

Definitely go clockwise unless you like torture. I stayed just a bit outside the center of town, but there is a campground in town that's right off the trail. Heavily shaded tenting area, but it looked like it could be a bit buggy, especially since it's near a creek. The upside is that you can walk to the main drag a few blocks away, yet it's still pretty quiet back there:  http://www.fcrvpk.org/index.html

Thanks Indyfabz.    Boy I'm not real sure about any of the trail, i.e. where I will stay, where I will exit the trail, etc.   I'm coming from Montana, over to Bowman, ND and then south to the hills and then down to Chadron, NE and then heading east on Hiway 20.   My tires are great for the hiways but just wasn't sure about the Mickelson Trail.   I did call Acme Bike Shop in Rapid City and the fellow said I would be fine with my 38C tires.  So it will be a go if I do take the trail.   

One of the issues I will have is if I don't take the trail I think I will have to do some miles on the I90 north of Rapid City as there isn't a frontage road all the way from Sturgis to Rapid.   I don't like riding bikes on interstates. :-[   I did that last year from Forseth, Mt to Miles City.   Ugly is the best way to describe it.

Thanks for the links, I will study them.

Marlowe
Great Falls, MT

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General Discussion / Black Hills Mickelson Trail and 38C tires
« on: April 19, 2016, 11:12:12 am »
Will be heading thru the hills in June 2016 and am thinking of taking the Mickelson Trail N to S and exiting near Hotsprings.   Bike has 700c X 38C Marathon Plus tires.  Was wondering about the trail and loose gravel.   I did a google of narrow tires and the trail but only came up with some pretty old dates.   You think I will be OK with this tire setup?  Otherwise will stick to highways.
Thanks,
Marlowe
Great Falls, MT.

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Gear Talk / Re: Surly and Jeff Jones H-Bars
« on: September 09, 2012, 11:03:19 pm »
I did.  Very professional.  His suggestion was too maybe give it a try.  I was looking for somebody who has actually used one.  Thanks for advice.  Well taken.

Marlowe

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Gear Talk / Surly and Jeff Jones H-Bars
« on: September 09, 2012, 05:24:16 pm »
I posted this over on BikeForums also.   First post here so be gentle.   :) :)

Thanks,
Marlowe
Great Falls, MT.


I'm new to touring and will be taking a 1000 mile trip next June. I have a new Surly Disc Trucker. Here is my problem. I had brain surgery a couple of years back and it does stress my neck muscles to bend over a set of drop bars quite abit. I can do the 10-30 miles trips ok buy am worried that anything much longer is not good. I just need to sit up more. I have looked at the different styles of bars, ie, trekking bars, mustache bars, but was wondering if anybody has tried Jeff Jones's H-Bars for touring on this forum. Would like to hear what you say. Here is the link to his H-Bars:

http://www.jonesbikes.com/h-bar.html

Thanks in advance.

Marlowe
Great Falls, MT

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