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General Discussion / BRAN - Bike Ride Across Nebraska
« on: January 20, 2010, 06:01:12 pm »
Hi,

I'm just getting back into riding, haven't ridden at all in the last couple of years, and before that hadn't done any real long distance riding in MANY years.   Although my long term goal is a cross country trip, time, work schedule, and cash doesn't allow me to do that this year.  I'm thinking of taking a week long trip, and thought that BRAN looked like fun. 

I live in South Dakota, so it would be close, and I am familiar with Nebraska roads.  Thought about RAGBRI, but the timing doesn't work and it would be harder to get to and from the start/finish lines. 

Does anyone out there have any experience with BRAN?  How does it compare to other rides like RAGBRI?  The fact that they only let 600 people ride BRAN, and it doesn't seem like they always fill it, vs 10,000 riders on RAGBRI makes me wonder if it isn't a very good ride. 

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Classifieds / Handbike for sale
« on: June 07, 2005, 12:00:42 am »
This is a used HandBike hand powered recumbent bicycle. It appears to be in good shape although it does have some scrapes and scratches on it. I just replaced the tires and tubes, and have ridden it a little. It could probably use a tune up, as it has not been ridden in quite a while. When I got it the tires were completely dry rotted.

I'm pretty sure that this is one of the original versions made by Chris Schwandt of New Dimensions Design, probably in the early 1990's.

The crank set and derailleur are Shimano Deore. The seat back is adjustable. The drive train can be tilted forward and the seat back can also be removed completely to make loading and/or storage easier.

The current models are made by Mobility Engineering http://www.mobilityeng.com/

Here's a pic: http://rap.midco.net/grissop/ebay/hand1.jpg

For more information or more pictures, email me at grissop@rap.midco.net

Thanks,
Jeff
 
 
 
 



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Gear Talk / Which panniers to buy???
« on: March 03, 2005, 05:47:18 pm »
While talking about panniers, I have a question:  Can any small pannier be used on the front, or are front panniers specially designed?  

I bought a used Cannondale bike this winter, and it came with rear Cannondale panniers, but I think I would like to add fronts also.  The fork has a place to mount the low rider style mounts, so that won't be a problem.  I don't want to spend a lot on them as I won't use them very often.  I see lots of small panniers on ebay, but they don't usually state if they are for the front or rear, so I wonder if there is much of a difference.


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Gear Talk / Touring Tire Question
« on: February 16, 2005, 10:43:30 am »
Thanks for the replys.  I installed a pair of 700 x 38 tires.  Since it's winter here in South Dakota, I haven't been able to get very many miles in lately, but the tires seem to ride smoother and take the potholes, cracks, and other imperfections in the road much better.  I may have been able to get away with a smaller tire, but I think these will give me more options.


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Gear Talk / Touring Tire Question
« on: January 19, 2005, 10:56:23 pm »
I'm getting ready to put new tires on my bike and was looking for input on the size.  It has 700 x 23 tires on it right now, but I am thinking of going up to 700 x 38's. There is plenty of clearance on the frame.
What I am looking for is a smoother ride, and possible increased load capacity.  I weigh 230, and want to tour with the bike (unsupported).  Will a larger tire give me a better ride? Will it carry the weight better?  

Thanks,
Jeff in South Dakota

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Routes / KATY TRAIL
« on: April 23, 2005, 06:28:40 pm »
Thanks for the info.  I am thinking about riding the Katy trail this summer, was wondering what the surface is like?  Could you do it with a road bike (I have 700 x 38 tires on it) or would you need a mountain bike?  


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General Discussion / What gets confiscated at the airport...?
« on: June 06, 2005, 11:44:30 pm »
Could you mail it to the town you are going to, care of General Delivery?  It would have to be clean, and no fuel, but I would think you could mail it.

Jeff


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General Discussion / Camping or Cheap Moteling?
« on: March 19, 2005, 09:19:10 pm »
I usually stay at cheap/fleabag hotels when I travel, and the average price is probably closer to $50 a night nowadays.  Many will list prices under $50, but by the time you add taxes and such, its over $50.  

Here's a site that lists free places to camp in the west:

http://www.freecampgrounds.com/

It's geared for RV's, but you might find something useful there.

Jeff
Black Hills of South Dakota


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General Discussion / G'day from a complete tour NOOB
« on: February 16, 2005, 10:59:05 am »








RAGBRAI is the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.  It is an annual bike ride of about 500 miles that crosses Iowa, from west to east.  Approximately 10,000 riders make the 7 day ride each year.  Here's their web site: http://www.ragbrai.org/

The Mountain West usually refers to the Rocky Mountains, includes New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.













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International / Biking in Japan
« on: June 06, 2005, 11:41:40 pm »
I am planning a trip to Misawa AFB in northern Japan this fall to visit my son.  I am thinking about taking my bike, but not sure what the weather will be like in October.  He got there in Feb, and there was a ton of snow on the ground.  

Would be interested in hearing from anyone that has ridden in that area.

Jeff
grissop@rap.midco.net


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