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Gear Talk / Expedition Bike Build-up
« on: December 31, 2010, 12:40:31 am »
If you are interested in how I took a bike designed for cyclocross and turned it into an expedition-grade touring bike, you can read all about it on my blogsite;

http://twowheeledexplorer.blogspot.com/

Ride safe,
Hans

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General Discussion / ACA Spring Trip?
« on: October 28, 2010, 11:39:08 pm »
Seriously thinking of joining the Adventure Cycling KATY Trail-Relaxed trip this coming spring. I have done a fair amount of solo "bikepacking", usually just a night or two, plus a 3 week, self-supported MTB trip through Karelia (NW Russia, next to Finland) with local guides, 13 years ago. The KATY Trail is part of the Lewis and Clark Bicycle Trail, which is one of my life goal rides. (I did a short section of the KATY last spring, and have been working on the South Dakota section for two years.) I have been riding about 750 miles per year, trying to get that back up to 1000 or more.

I think this would be a good, early-season trip. I am particularly interested in how the trip is run, as we are planning a major L&C journey from Sioux City, IA or Yankton, SD, to Kamiah, ID in 2012. Any thoughts, opinions, ideas? Let me know.

Ride safe,
Hans

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Gear Talk / Safari bars question
« on: September 14, 2010, 10:52:59 pm »
Does anyone know of anybody who has swapped out the butterfly handlebars on the Novara Safari for drops? I am thinking it might be more versatile with drop bars, along the lines of the Co-Motion Pangea.

Thanks,
Hans

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Northern Tier Route, Section 6, Map 80: CoRd (County Road) 3 east of Dalbo, between CoRd 1 and CoRd 14, has been under construction all summer. (I didn't realize that until I went up there for a ride today.) The good news is that the bridge/culvert has been replaced and the road is passable by bike, BUT...there are NO shoulders, just a 3-6 inch drop off the pavement. Construction crew members tell me they have enjoyed talking with the cyclists who have come though, but the project will not be finished until around October 1st, 2010. Alternative routes (east or west-bound) are to use CoRd 1 between CoRd 6 and CoRd 3, or east-bound, stay on MN Hwy. 47 S until you reach CoRd 6 and turn left. or west-bound, stay on CoRd 6 until you reach Hwy. 47 and turn right.

Ride safe,
Hans Erdman
Isanti, MN

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Gear Talk / Simple question: Bottle racks?
« on: July 27, 2010, 11:36:36 pm »
Anyone know if Klean Kanteen (or ayone else) makes racks for their steel water bottles? They are just a tad smaller that the regular 20-24 oz. bottle, and rough roads like we were riding last week (on the L&C in SD) they rattle around a lot!

Ride safe,
Hans

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Marty/Greenwood area was hit with severe flooding on June 13-14. 2010. Portions of County Roads 2 and 21 are under water. Suggested alternate routes would be on SD Hwy. 46 through Wagner and SD Hwy. 50/52 to/from Yankton.

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Gear Talk / Safari Kick Stand
« on: April 23, 2009, 12:19:37 am »
Anybody know of a rear-mount kickstand that will work on a '06 Novara Safari? They have this funny little strut bar that keeps the Greenfield rear-mount from fitting.

Thanks,
Hans

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Bike Clubs / Petrozavodsk Bicycle Travel Club
« on: March 13, 2007, 01:13:23 pm »
The Backcountry Trail Patrol Association and BIKERussia Ministries have an excellent corresponding relationship with the Petrozavodsk Bicycle Travel Club in Karelia, Russia. (next to Finland) They have an excellent website, although it is all in Russian. Even if you can read Cyrillic, your computer has to be able to support it, or it will come across as gibberish. But like a certain men's publication, you're really there for the pictures. Volodia has hundreds of photos from their many trips. Go to http://home.onego.ru/~pashkov/index.html

These folks ride all year-round, at a latitude equal to Anchorage, AK. The new homepage picture shows a winter trip, probably last week! They also welcome visitors, and will put together a fully guided trip for you. They were our guides on the BIKERussia missions trip in 1997. Great people, beautiful country! Check it out.

Ride safe,
Hans

National Mountain Bike Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

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Connecting ACA Routes / Twin Cities to Ithaca, NY
« on: January 29, 2007, 12:51:30 am »
Thinking of riding to 35th reunion of our high school class (1972) from just north of Minneapolis to Ithaca, NY. 1100-1200 miles depending on the route using parts of the ACA North Lakes and Northern Tier Routes, . (Avoiding Chicago.)with some addendas based on areas I know in MN, WI and NY. Anybody ridden that way can give me any insights?

Thanks,
Hans

Minnesota Backcountry Trails
www.wintersnowtrails.org

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Gear Talk / Fishing for Advice
« on: April 08, 2008, 10:31:55 am »
I'm planning a multi-day trip on the North Shore of Lake Superior combining biking and camping with fishing for trout in the many tributaries of "the Big Lake They Call Gitchee-Gumi." I have two collapsible, ultra-light spinning rods, that fit into my panniers just fine, and I'll be taking at least one of them with me. But trout fishing doesn't seem right without my fly rod and some choice dry flies. I don't feel like unloading $150.00-plus for a packable fly rod. My two-piece Eagle-Claw fits into a 3.5 foot aluminum tube. I use front and rear Jandd Expedition panniers, although I have and could use a BoB trailer. I plan on using my Novara Safari, although, again, I have an alternate, and could ride my Bianchi Volpe. Anybody have any good ideas how to take the fly rod along for the trip? It could be worth a free trout dinner for the winning suggestion!

Ride safe,
Hans

St. Brendan's Travelers Bicycle Missions Team
www.stbrendans-spoke.org

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Gear Talk / Laptop Handlebar Bag?
« on: February 22, 2008, 01:02:58 pm »
One of my riding friends has asked me if I know anyone who makes a handlebar bag for a laptop computer (10"x12"x2") Aside from my personal reservations about putting a laptop up front, anybody have any answers for him?

Travel the road,
Hans

St. Brendan's Travelers Bicycle Missions Team
www.stbrendans-spoke.org

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Gear Talk / Front Rack for new Safari?
« on: April 10, 2007, 06:05:47 pm »
I bought a REI Novara Safari last week, and ordered a Jandd Extreme front rack that I thought would go on it. It doesn't...the '07 Safari has disk brakes and the rack won't fit over them. Not an issue...I put the rack on my Volpe, but other than Old Man Mountain, what might my options be? REI doesn't seem to have a front rack suitable for the Safari front on their website.

Ride safe,
Hans

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Gear Talk / Front rack?
« on: March 19, 2007, 09:45:37 am »
On the cover of the February issue of "Adventure Cycling" that cute young lady (Dont get on my case...my wife called her that!---Besides, my wife is right.) in the purple pile has hundreds of dollars of Arkel panniers strapped to a high-mount front-end rack. Can anybody tell me what brand that rack is? Is it OMM? I have been looking for a higher rack for my Volpe. I just don't care for low riders. I think it comes from doing my bikpacking on a mountain bike for the past 10 years.

Any insights or suggestions would be appreciated.

Ride safe,
Hans

National Mountain Bike Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 3-19-07 @ 5:45 AM

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Gear Talk / Volpe vs. ??
« on: February 27, 2007, 10:56:42 am »
I bought a Bianchi Volpe last summer and I love it! It is the most comfortable bike I have ever owned or ridden. It has verything I want, does everything I need. Since this bike is so good, I am wondering why would somebody spend 2, 3 or 4 times as much for a bike with pretty much the same construction and componentry? What makes a Gordon better than a Bianchi or a Americano better than a Trek 520 or a Koga-Myata over a Novara Safari? Nothing against anything else, really. I am thinking about the economics as opposed to the "ego-nomics" (Sort of like Chevrolet vs. Cadillac) Is there really that much of a difference in construction or durability to justify the big price tag?

Just curious,
Hans


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Gear Talk / Russian Panniers
« on: July 18, 2006, 11:18:53 am »
When we were in Russia back in 1997, most of our guides had a fairly unique, "U" shaped set of panniers, which they may have made themselves. They are now available retail, in Russia.

http://www.veloclub.ru/rkzk/index.htm

Anyone have any idea if anyone is selling them in the USA?

Thanks,
Hans

Minnesota Backcountry Trails
www.wintersnowtrails.org

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