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Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Old Man Mountain racks
« on: September 26, 2013, 07:39:08 am »
I might have a OMM Sherpa with the QR front mount that I used to use on a 26" hardtail that I no longer have...

I'll have to look tonight. It's in good shape cause it was my front rack when I had a bike without eyelets. I now own a Salsa Vaya with eyelets so I use the Salsa low rider fork. I probably don't envision using the Sherpa anymore...   

I'll have to get back to you... this is for a 26" wheeled bike so if you're looking for a 29er one, you'd either have to get an adaptor or look elsewhere....

Jay

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Classifieds / Re: FS: Surly LHT 46 frame
« on: September 20, 2013, 07:14:44 am »
Sounds like you're selling the whole bike, not just the frame...  :)

Jay

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General Discussion / Re: hydration options in desert
« on: September 16, 2013, 07:57:25 am »
What kind of tour, off road, road?  You going with rack and panniers or framebag, bikepacking, etc? 

MSR makes dromedary bags which are expensive but very durable, more so than the clear platypus bags. Both should last you a bunch of trips but the MSRs will typically last longer than the hard plastic type bags.   You can try to lash the MSRs to the tops and outsides of bags if you're trying to avoid a camelback.

If it's a road tour, you can try using trek bat cages with hose clamps to the front fork legs (if you're not using a front rack) and something to tie the waterbottle down, string, bungee, etc.    This isn't failsafe but does work.  Cages fail, bumps, etc..  You can also get away with hose clamps and mounting water bottles under the downtube, better if you have fenders to keep the muck off..

Jay

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General Discussion / Re: 2 or 4 panniers
« on: September 12, 2013, 07:08:52 am »
20lba is not heavy at all. Sometimes I have that weight in groceries when I bike to the grocery store...  The reason some folks use 2 front panniers as opposed to 2 rear ones is that the bike is already heavily weighted towards the rear without any racks and panniers so putting the panniers (and rack) in the front balances the bike better.    There are other reasons for and against both schemes and a ton of folks simply ignore the balance and happily ride with all the weight on the back  so it's really hard for anybody here to tell you what you prefer.

Jay


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Bannack State Park which is a 1 mile detour off the Great Divide and a camping spot reopens after flooding on July 17th.  We could not camp there on our Great Divide ride but apparently, the park has reopened at least for visitors:

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/bannack-is-back-after-devastating-flash-flood/article_d0d05dd3-dde5-5469-a2b1-b8c698179648.html

Not sure if this means it is open for camping, your best bet is to contact the park directly...

Jay

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General Discussion / Re: Scenic America
« on: September 10, 2013, 07:27:56 am »
I would certainly hit up yellowstone and the grand tetons in Wyoming..  The Transamerica route and the Great Divide go through it for sure...  (probably other routes (Great Parks north??) as well)
 
Jay

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General Discussion / Re: mountain bike
« on: September 09, 2013, 10:47:46 am »
8spd, it's starting to get harder to find 8spd stuff but shouldn't be hard and your 4500 isn't that old...

What is your intended use for it? Touring?

Jay

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You should be able to utilize a lot of the Erie canal bikeway....  look into that..

For Albany south, you can look into Rt 9 or any road east of the hudson, The ACA's atlantic coast can take you from Rhinebeck to Poughkeepsie...  Rt 9 itself is busy but generally not too bad of a shoulder once you get outside Poughkeepsie, otherwise, I'm sure you can go east if you want some more relaxed riding and avoid the small downtown areas around places like red hook etc

Jay

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General Discussion / Re: Maiden Voyage...here I come :)
« on: September 06, 2013, 07:06:38 am »
Let the adventure begin is right, stay safe and have a great trip!!

Jay ;D

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Routes / Re: across USA from NY to San Francisco: ROUTES HELP!
« on: August 31, 2013, 03:00:42 pm »
NY is a big state, you might want to narrow your location....

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
« on: August 27, 2013, 10:34:30 am »
there are some inexpensive UV blocking arm sleeves specifically made to block the sun, so you could use any short sleeve jersey.  Sugoi makes a pair that I've seen but there are cheaper ones found online... Most of them are white (for obvious reasons) and generally they breathe fairly well.  They are not the same as arm warmers which are thicker and meant to provide warmth.

Jay

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You mentioned a frame...  You can replace the parts with a triple, etc.  I have an older Vaya with the compact double that I use for commuting and touring. It is a very good bike on dirt/gravel and I enjoy it immensely for where I ride.   It has the eyelets for running fenders and a low rider rack.    I have the vaya with the 26" wheels and I have Avid BB7 mechanicals on them.

On disc brakes, I am annoyed at how often you need to tweak and adjust them, but then adjusting them is pretty simple.  Ignoring them leads to major squeeking issues but I've found automotive brake squeel compound works well for bikes too, as well as using isopropryl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to clean the rotors and pads occasionally.. 

Jay

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Routes / Re: New York to Chicago routes?
« on: August 26, 2013, 12:49:04 pm »
You could also use part of the ACA's Atlantic Coast route to get you through NJ into PA as opposed to the Northern Tier which crosses a bit further north of NYC... or you could also sort of pick up the northern tier by riding from NYC towards new paltz, NY and then make your way NW, or you could go straight north and utilize parts (most?) of the Erie Canal bikeroute...

Jay

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General Discussion / Re: complete newb, GDMBR in 2014
« on: August 26, 2013, 07:19:12 am »
Agree with the others, no issue with the Specialized or a 26" wheeled bike in my opinion. take that $1000 and spend it on a new drivetrain, brake pads, tires, etc before the trip but enough to break them in and you'll be fine. 

As far as being a touring newbie. If you are skilled in bike mechanics and know your MTB in and out, don't see this as an issue but if you're somewhat a newbie to mountain bikes in general, you might want to learn about field repairs and things like tires and tubes and derailleurs and shifting and how to fix things, etc. 

Jay

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Check out the Atlantic Coastal Route, which goes across the new "Walkway on the Hudson" bridge but used to go across the Mid-Hudson Bridge, between Lloyd, NY and Poughkeepsie. Then moseyed north towards Rhinebeck before turning east towards Millerton, NY.    You could certainly use the Atlantic Coastal Route to get from Red Hook which isn't far from Rhinebeck towards Great Barrington.   If you don't want to go south and then east, you could certainly use google to find a good route east, the roads once you get north of Poughkeepsie will get a lot more quieter...    You could simply take 44/55 towards Amenia, NY and hop on the Harlem Valley Railtrail north to Millerton and then use SR22 towards Hillsdale since there is a section on unfinished trail between Copake and Millerton (I think, unless this has changed).   From Hillsdale, you can simply take SR23 past Catamount Ski area into GB.   There is a nice hill to climb but its certainly doable and it's easier than trying to cut through Bash Bish Falls into Mass.   

Going across Dutchess County will be hilly but doable and nice.    Great Barrington downtown, you will find parked cars and 2 lanes in each direction which might have moving traffic at rush hour, but there are backroads to use.   If you have time in GB, check out Soco Creamery for some good ice cream and the big candy store, as well as Baba Louies for good sourdough pizza.  Lots of good places to eat in GB too... 

Jay

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