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I'm eager for information about Historical Trails Cycling. They have been leading an Oregon Trail tour every other year. I was hoping to make the 2010, but this group seems to have disappeared. Old address, historicaltrailscycling.com, comes up empty.
My stoker and I pulled a BOB to Grand Canyon. We were too heavy and the weight wagging behind us was not a happy experience.
Eventually, we learned to bring only what we needed and do so with panniers.
I am biking from West Glacier National Park to Waterton National Park in Canada and back to West Glacier! I am starting on Sept. 3, 2009 . Self contained tour & camping. I am trying to figure out what the best clothing is to take. I have shorts, jerseys, light weight biking jacket. I have been looking online what to order and am looking for a little help form my fellow Adventure Cyclists... :-)
I am from So. California.... trying to figure out what I have to get to keep warm and be prepared.
If anyone has done this area, I'd love to hear from you...
Thanks for all and any help.....
Mountains can make their own weather.
My wife and I arrived at Grand Canyon, South Rim in late May. It was a balmy 70 degrees. The next morning the temperature was something less than 20 and their was six inches of snow on the ground.
Make sure people know where you are.
I am 68 and started riding and wrenching in 2004 to help me beat cancer. Have been cancer free since I started riding--so I better not stop. I ride every day and use the touring bike I built up from a frameset to run errands, shop, etc. I also have three road bikes. My wife and I are currently caring for her 86 year old father---so getting away to go touring is out for the time being. To keep my mind off caregiving, I started a bike repair shop. I have almost every Park Tool in the catalog. People here donate unwanted bikes and I restore them and give them to the Y. They always seem to find a person who can use a bike. I have done 30 bikes in the past two years. Am now working on two 3 speeds--a Raleigh and a Free Spirit. Finding people my age to ride with is hard. We have a bicycle club here that I belong to, but can`t do their rides--they run pacelines and average 18 to 20. They are also in their 30`s and 40`s.==================
My best commuter was a folding Dahon Helios I used in San Francisco. Jay Gaerlan, a gifted bike guy in San Francisco, (http://www.gaerlan.com/)used the Helios aluminum frame and added front suspension, seat post suspension, 24 gears, fenders, a rear rack that allowed me to carry a briefcase pannier or a grocery sack pannier without hitting my heels or the ground, and combo SPD and platform pedals as well. He chose Vuelta rims that never went out of true, and Schwalbe Marathon tires that never suffered a puncture despite daily rides through SF streets with debris and potholes.
The big advantage of the folder in SF was being able to take it on the BART subway trains, folded, at any time of the day. Ordinary bikes are restricted to the first and last cars, and forbidden during rush hours. Busses and the CalTrain communter train allow bikes all the time in special facilities, so folding was not an advantage there, but being able to take the bike into a restaurant or hotel or library, folded, was a huge advantage. I had a hybrid stolen, while locked with a Kryptonite cable lock to a standpipe in a lighted, covered garage patrolled by an off duty SF policeman at an in-town SF hotel. The cable had been cut and no one saw anything. After that, the folder came in with me when I was visiting in town. Most places simply accomodated it as they would a wheel chair (which the folded bike sort of resembles). Great commuter -- carried my gear to work and back, and on errands. Quick to set up and take down, every bit as fast as the public transit in SF, but with a reliable schedule: I could leave when I wanted and be on time at the destination.
San Francisco bound