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New England / Re: North Atlantic Coast Camping????
« on: September 03, 2012, 03:40:55 pm »
Not really, $25 is about the standard tent price I have seen.  The other option is and possibly doing a lot of research beforehand on places that you may be able to camp for free.   However, these places might not be terribly close to the Atlantic Coast route.  There are places in the catskills, the Adirondacks that are free but not really close to the Atlantic Coastal route which goes through the Shawangunks but not exactly through the catskills which are further north.

You might be able to find some free spots in NW CT if you can find where the Appalachian Trail goes through and if any of them are close enough to the road to get to but as you can see, there isn't anything that you're going to come across that will scream "Camp here!" unless you do a lot of research beforehand.   I think your best bet is and places like that, contact the local police station/church/ in your intended area and network, network, network...


Routes / Re: Great Divide Route Conditions
« on: August 29, 2012, 07:49:34 am »
Ride the Divide is also on Netflix (streaming). I recently saw the second movie "Reveal the Path" by the same folks but it's not about the CDT and more about europe/alaska MTB touring..


Gear Talk / Re: Tent fly
« on: August 26, 2012, 01:14:49 pm »
Look up silnylon and then see if you can find it in the color you want, camo, dark green, etc.  You might be able to find a distributor for the material in limited fashion. Maybe a place like Campmor or like another outdoors store that you can work with...   

Silnylon is very light and there are single wall tents that are made out of it like Henry Shires...

Gear Talk / Re: Salsa Vaya rack advice
« on: August 15, 2012, 10:08:06 pm »
The straight blade fork in the front may affect a regular rack so the Salsa one will obviously avoid the problem with the front.

For the rear, I use an Old Man Mountain Red Rocks rack because I took it off my old commuter/touring MTB. It's not the lightest of the bunch but is build super well and is a solid rack. 


Gear Talk / Re: MAss reduction for supported touring events
« on: August 15, 2012, 10:06:18 pm »
I backpack and kayak camp ,etc.. I use a singlewall tent from Black Diamond which is barely over 2lbs.. 

REI makes a small tripod chair that I got on sale for $14 that is surprisingly comfy. I've used it kayak camping before and bring it to outdoor concerts, etc.


Have you tried the online hotel search engines? it's an option especially in a busy travel destination like Las Vegas, you should be able to find someplace fairly cheap and with transportation to/from the airport...    (which isn't far away from "downtown" in any case)..


General Discussion / Re: Transporting a bicycle
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:05:16 pm »
If you do not know if you are going travelling with your bike a lot, it might be worth it just to pay a good bike shop to pack and ship your bike for you. Rather than buy a $150ish+ bike case that you might only use once...   

I've shipping my bike with a Trico bike case to Alaska, france, Utah, etc. and so far so good, no problems so far.  Use plenty of pipe insulation and extra clothes as padding...   Or you could use a cardboard box from a bike shop, not as protective but not as expensive either. 


Routes / Re: New Vermont Bicycle Map
« on: June 28, 2012, 11:30:13 am »
i got a good sized package in the mail yesterday filled with VT goodies, including the bicycle map.

The bike map looks like it was taken from the same GIS data that you comes from their free VT State roadmap, which means it is mostly highway/county level with a few FRs and smaller roads tossed in.  Cerrtainly wont provide you every route.  It is marked for paved vrs unpaved and even includes a few marked suitable roads in eastern NY State.

Definitely not as good or detailed as say the old Rubel bike maps were for MA but Rubels weren't free either.

You can definitely map a route to different regions in and around VT and the routes are probably more of a guide than an end-all because I would ride a bunch of the roads that aren't marked as a "safe corridor".

Anyway, its not earth shattering, if you've ridden in VT for a long time or live there, I doubt it would be anything new to you, but for those not from the area, it will provide great information to start planning a VT tour or so. 

It also came with the free Road map and also a free camping/lodging guide... 

I hope to actually use the bike map in helping with a weekend bike tour...


Routes / Re: New Vermont Bicycle Map
« on: June 20, 2012, 01:02:56 pm »
Thanks, I have submitted my request, can't have enough maps!


General Discussion / Re: Bike Box
« on: April 18, 2012, 09:19:55 am »
+1 on the standoffs between the fork mounts and rear dropouts, if you've saved some that come with frames, even better.

You can also buy cheap pipe insulation that will protect the tubes from being dinged. I've seen downtubes and stuff that have been dented through shipping before..


Gear Talk / Re: Mountain bike forks
« on: April 06, 2012, 06:45:49 pm »
I see no reason why one can't tour on pretty much any bike, if it fits and is comfy for you, why not. As mentioned, OMM makes racks for suspension forks. I did some tours on my old Marin team hardtail with a marzocchi Bomber Z2 fork, without even a lockout.   You do risk a greater chance of major failure with the complexity of a fork but for a week across Kansas, probably not to major a deal if you are aware of the risk and enjoy the adventure.. 


Gear Talk / Re: Collapsible water carriers
« on: April 03, 2012, 02:10:57 pm »
the MSR Dromedarys will last longer than the clear Platypus ones. I have a 96oz platypus one that got a hole in one of the folds.   It lasted long and enough that I wasn't concerned or angry but if you do use one, try not to fold it, just compress it flat if you want it to last the longest. The Dromedaries should be more durable in this regard.


I have been told and it appears so that the Rubel bike maps for Massachusetts are no more. 

I second the   You used to be able to get NH maps free from the DOT but not sure anymore, same with Maine..


Confirmed with a friend of mine who lives in Stockbridge that 107 is open, but also still under construction.


Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route to Hermon, ME
« on: January 12, 2012, 05:15:02 pm »
Might shoot a PM to "Sailariel" who is a member here who is from Belfast.. 

Maine DOT used to publish a bike suitability map for the entire state, not like local street detail but county road detail that was a good map. It listed traffic density and shoulder width. I've used it to get to places off the Atlantic Coastal route before.   I don't think the Maine DOT publishes it anymore but it was a good free resource and the price was right!


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