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General Discussion / Re: Logistics for GDMBR
« on: February 03, 2015, 03:21:19 pm »
You should be able to meet up in Lima, MT,  A bunch of us stayed at Centennial Outfitters in the 4 man bunk house right by Red Rocks and you could easily drive the road that gets to that ranch...   And there is also a regular town in Idaho before the route hits that famous volcanic ash section... 


Routes / Re: Crossing into Canada?
« on: January 03, 2015, 06:54:53 pm »
One suggestion about the border crossings, not all of them are open 24 hours/day, 7 days a week so research that when the time is near just in case you're doing odd hours... 


Many of the lights come in two parts, a plastic ring meant to go around a seatpost and then the light itself which slides onto the ring part. Well I have an old cateye light and simply used an L bracket that is probably under a $1 at your local hardware store and a spare bolt and nut and I mount the light using the L bracket and not the ring part. Works fine and is a cheap solution.  You'd have to be willing to tinker though...


they had a short film about their adventure in last winter's Banff Mtn Film Festival and their travelling tour.  I enjoyed seeing it in the Berkshires... 


Urban Cycling / Re: Cat Carriers
« on: December 13, 2014, 01:16:40 pm »
How about an enclosed trailer?   


General Discussion / Re: what kind of bikes on GDMBR
« on: August 18, 2014, 05:53:04 pm »
It was a 2013 El Mariachi with the alternator dropouts...  No, had no issues with bike. I somehow accidentally hit the Shimano brifters somewhere in southern WY/northern CO such that my front der stopped shifting to the granny gear but I figured that out in Steamboat Springs.  The Shimao brifters have a switch which configures the shifter from a triple to a double config which I somehow accidentally hit w/o realizing it.     And yes the elMar is a 29er.  I also ran plain old fashioned tubes, no slime, no tubeless.   


General Discussion / Re: what kind of bikes on GDMBR
« on: August 18, 2014, 07:13:51 am »

thanks for responding!

did you use  panniers or trailer or ultralight  (revelate bags)?



I used a revelate "gas tank" and the revelate frame bag (rebadged for Salsa) but I used a boulder bikepacking drybag harness for the handlebars and I used a thule pack0-n-pedal rack with a Banjo Brother's trunk bag.  I also used a deuter bike daypack for other items...  Most of my friends I did it with had Vicensas (spelling?)...   

If I go back, I'd just ditch the trunk bag and put on my small panniers on my rear rack... and I'd probably configure a small food bag in addition to the harness in front (just to try to reduce the weight in my backpack)...   Especially since I'm done with most of the singletrack already...   


General Discussion / Re: what kind of bikes on GDMBR
« on: August 17, 2014, 06:52:33 pm »
Full suspension rigs have ridden the GDMBR, a friend of mine did it on a fully.  It's certainly a good idea to have a lockout on both sides. Surely there is a greater chance of failure but that doesn't mean it can't be done.   I think you'll find all kinds of bikes on the GD. I did 1700 miles from Banff to CO in a Salsa hardtail but you'll see fatbikes, SSs, etc.   And I didn't see any reason that one can't do it in traditional rack and panniers so long as they are really rock solid.  Vast majority of the trail is not singletrack and even the singletrack that we did do wasn't crazy narrow, in some spots you'd just have to be a little more careful like descending Richmont Mt. Of course, bikepacking is better in the winds across the great basin and I did it that style, but it can be done with traditional touring gear so long as it's sturdy. 

You'll find a lot of water bottle cage failures from the weld points so same issues may affect racks... 


General Discussion / Re: Great Divide: Bears & Blogs
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:58:33 pm »
Our group never saw a bear until we hit a rest day in Jackson WY when we were in the town of Jackson Hole and not on our bikes...  We did see a young moose in the field though, quite safely away from the road and not bothering anybody...

We all did carry bear spray though..


New England / Re: trailhead for adirondack loop?
« on: June 12, 2014, 11:20:21 am »
Where are you starting the loop? Doesn't the official loop start around Albany, NY and ride north towards the loop itself?

When in doubt, you can generally call the local police and ask. I did that when I did the Lake Champlain Bikeways loop around Lake Champlain.  They referred me to the local Amtrak station which is where we left my car.

You can generally assume people go away for a few days and leave cars at places like that.  If it's a private establishment like a hotel or so, you certainly should ask the owners.   


Routes / Cross VT Trail
« on: June 04, 2014, 05:58:08 pm »
Has anybody here cycled the ~90 mile cross vermont trail from Burlington to Ryegate/Woodsville NH??

Looking at general route/profile information so I can try to do some planning...Any campsites on the way or are we relegated to finding VT State Parks to camp at?


General Discussion / Re: Riding from Portsmouth NH to Bar Harbor Me.
« on: October 18, 2013, 12:32:32 pm »
Good that you choose September, parts of the ACA's atlantic coastal route through southern ME can be quite crowded with traffic, tourists, RVs, etc.   Don't be afraid to venture inland, away from the traffic.  Part of Rt 1 are off limits to bikes, but the ACA route does reroute you anyway so no worries there.   

My only thing about lodging is that campsites in Wells, ME seem to be really popular and crowded.  My friend and I opted to stay in a hotel the night in Wells because the campsite looked insanely crowded without much privacy from the other campers...  YMMV.  I would think a lot of campsites that are coastal and in the southern portions might be very popular, might consider reservations if you happen to be by there on a weekend.


What do you mean by crash, would it reboot or would it freeze or display some error?

I have an old Garmin Nuvi somethingorother. It's a car GPS system and it would occasionally simply reboot itself out of nowhere which is basically a software crash and was fixed with later firmwares so yes, mine used to crash when it was new and it still does occasionally, but now with a lot less frequency...

Not sure if this helps you, but just my two cents..


General Discussion / Re: Day Jobs?
« on: October 09, 2013, 09:40:08 am »
I can bank up to 10 weeks of paid vacation. Can take a LOA as mentioned too but I tend to go awhile before taking vacation other than the occasional day or two.  If you are smart about using paid vacation, you can bank enough to go on this longer trips.... 


Gear Talk / Re: Uncoventional bike conversions?
« on: October 03, 2013, 07:17:32 am »
I have toured on  a bunch of bikes, not one an LHT or a 520!


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