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Gear Talk / Re: Bob Yak Trailer? XCountry tour, thoughts?
« on: February 24, 2014, 05:46:44 am »
[I  re-read your post and I was a bit confused on your numbers.  That is a normal weight.  I will pull a yak with  rigid mtb bike and keep the weight down.quote author=newfydog link=topic=11364.msg63194#msg63194 date=1393209024]
When we first had this conversation on the trail she had just caught and dropped a bunch of young guys on Montana's Fleeser Ridge.   Her load full was lighter than their load empty.

 We're on smooth riding titanium hardtails instead of some full suspension beast, so we have about a  4 lb headstart there,

The ubiquitous yellow BOB bag adds another 2.8 lbs

That trailer contraption is 13 lbs, the one with suspension is 17

So, for her load to be lighter than those guys empty, she needs to keep it down to 16-24 lbs. 

If you don't think that can be done, it is time for you to do some research.  We have gear from Tarptent, Mont bell, sea to summit, golite etc   Here's some lists of of far lighter setups:

http://www.driven2divide.com/2012/06/27/ollie-whalleys-tour-divide-gear-list-setup-tour-divide-2012/

http://yogiing.com/hiker/abela/
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Gear Talk / Re: Bob Yak Trailer? XCountry tour, thoughts?
« on: February 23, 2014, 05:18:09 pm »
I'd sure like to see her gear list.  I have been backpacking for years and sure can't imagine a base weight that low.  Even for an Ultralighter.  Please post her gear list. 
thanks

Some say the additional 13 pounds of the trailer is an issue, but the Arkel GT-54 rear panniers weigh 6.6 lbs (Arkel) and the fronts are 4.2 lbs.  The is 10.8 lbs verses 13 lbs for the BOB.  The difference is 2.2 lbs.  Big deal.

Add the weight of the bag in the BOB
Remove the weight of the front panniers and rack. 
 my wife rides the Great Divide with full camping gear  with less weight than an empty BoB and Bag.

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General Discussion / touring in the rain?
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:22:09 am »
All, curious about riding in the rain.  Do you stop and take cover if possible, or ride through it  Throw on rain gear?  Do you sweat in rain gear and get wet anyway, like when I backpack?  What about rain covers for shoes?  Just wondering what I will need to purchase.

Thanks!

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General Discussion / Re: Map info
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:14:40 pm »
Okay I must be getting old.  I can't find the map info on this site you are referring to. 

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: ACA Northern Tier
« on: February 17, 2014, 11:46:43 am »
Yes thanks, I have that book.  Just looking for additional info.

Thanks, John

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General Discussion / Map info
« on: February 17, 2014, 11:29:39 am »
All,

what are the best maps for touring, or what are the most popular and where do I get them? 


Thanks,

John

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Gear Talk / Re: Bob Yak Trailer? XCountry tour, thoughts?
« on: February 16, 2014, 10:59:06 am »
Sorry, strange way to quote.  What are rackless frame bags?

Thanks

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Gear Talk / Re: Bob Yak Trailer? XCountry tour, thoughts?
« on: February 16, 2014, 10:57:49 am »
I am going to tour with a trailer.  ,  Is the Bob pretty much the trailer to use? I see a few knock off's out there.  I will be on a rigid frame Mtn bike. What are the pro's / cons?  What extra's do I need to bring?  Parts etc..
What are rackless frame bags?  Do you have a link? Thanks
Thanks

Opinions differ, but a single wheeled trailer tracks your bike, while a two wheeled trailer, well, doesn't.  This means that with the latter, one wheel may be on pavement, the other may be in the dirt.  Pro's of any trailer are less wind resistance, higher carrying capacity; cons include drag of third wheel, more weight versus most rack / pannier combinations.  The only time a trailer makes sense is when your bike can't fit racks, your bike's chainstay is too short to prevent heel strike on the rear pannier, or when you'll be on single track and panniers would get hung up on brush.

Gather what you plan to bring with, and pare down until you can use rackless framebags.  If you still have to much stuff then...

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Gear Talk / Re: Bob Yak Trailer? XCountry tour, thoughts?
« on: February 15, 2014, 06:24:13 pm »
I am going to tour with a trailer.  ,  Is the Bob pretty much the trailer to use? I see a few knock off's out there.  I will be on a rigid frame Mtn bike. What are the pro's / cons?  What extra's do I need to bring?  Parts etc..

Thanks

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Connecting ACA Routes / ACA Northern Tier
« on: February 15, 2014, 06:02:55 pm »
All,

I am back from a leave here. 

 I live in Maine and want to explore/ tour it,.  I am in Kittery and am curious about the Northern Tier?  I am not really sure how to approach touring the state.  Where to camp?  Routes, etc...  I know the coast is not for me. Any help getting started would be great.

Thanks,  John

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Gear Talk / Re: Sleeoing bag and Pad
« on: September 26, 2011, 11:46:41 am »
I got the BA sl pad and boy some inflation required.  Geeze.  Nice pad though. 

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Gear Talk / Re: MSR Carbon Reflex 3
« on: September 15, 2011, 10:34:24 am »
it's 11 sq ft larger.  I don't think that computes to 3 times larger.  It's a nice tent but I don't know many people that have one. there are many other tents that can fit the bill for a hell of a lot less bucks.  Since on a bike you can get away with a heavier tent than an UL backpacker.  Check out campmor, backcountry.com rei etc...   Still a nice tent, just pricey

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General Discussion / Re: maps?
« on: September 04, 2011, 04:32:00 pm »
I kind of new here and didn't even realize it.  I will join.

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General Discussion / Re: maps?
« on: September 04, 2011, 03:10:45 pm »
Thats it.  Thanks Jay.

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General Discussion / maps?
« on: September 04, 2011, 02:38:30 pm »
I just met a nice guy touring up the coast.  I met him here in Maine, and he had maps with a course laid out and he said he got them from this site??  I did a search here and came up with nothing.  Any thing I am missing?  Thanks

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