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Gear Talk / New Bike
« on: April 27, 2005, 11:51:01 pm »
I bought a road bike. Nobody I know can believe it. I'm not sure I even believe it. The picture of Hans on a bike is Hans on a mountain bike. well, that has all changed. I was going to get a Bianchi Volpe, but it was gone when I got there, so I got a Marin Venezia with a rear rack. (Also my first non-Trek bike) Rode it 30 miles the next day. Really different than even my Trek patrol bike. Raised the stem 20 degrees, and put a WTB SST.2 saddle on it. Plan to add wider tires before heading out on the Lewis and Clark this fall. Hey, it's all about advenure, right?

Ride safe,
Hans

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

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Gear Talk / Racks?
« on: July 30, 2004, 01:36:36 am »
I have a Trek rear rack on my Trek mountain bike and it works fine for my Trek Panniers II, but I am planning to upgrade to Jandd Mountain Panniers, should I go with the Jandd Expedition Rack? Any other suggestions?

Ride safe,
Hans

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

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Gear Talk / Wheelie need help
« on: April 29, 2004, 10:16:42 am »
I am wheelie having wheel problems (Okay, enough with the puns!) I ride a Trek 930SHX, 24-speed SRAM 7.0 and I use both panniers and a BoB at various times. I also weigh about 250 lbs. I have started wearing out my second rear wheel of late, and am blowing spokes even on un-loaded rides, like the 30-mile Minnesota Ironman Ride (Fund raiser for AYH, that owned the "Ironman" name long before the triathalon came to be) I don't have a ton of money, but I want to get something that will last. Any Suggestions?

Ride safe,
Hans

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol
www.trailpatrol.org

34
GPS Discussion / USB Connector
« on: September 21, 2006, 08:40:54 am »
Fred or anyone,
Anybody know of a GPS that mounts on handlebars and connects to your computer with a USB port rather than a series port. My Garmin eTrex has a series connector and my laptop doesn't support it. I bought the Garmin because of the easy GPS bar mount.

Any ideas?
Hans

Minnesota Backcountry Trails
www.wintersnowtrails.org

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GPS Discussion / New Software
« on: April 13, 2005, 12:07:44 pm »
I bought the National Geographic TOPO! "Streets and 3-D Views" expansion pack last weekend, and it is really "cool" for lack of a better word. It does 3-D views (Like the DeLorme 5.0) streets and roads, live map updates and my favorite feature; "Fly-Thrus." You can set your trail on the map, and the progam will take you on a 3-D trip down the trail. It also accepts many newer GPS models than the TOPO! program does. It's only about $20.00, and works with any state NG TOPO! program.

Ride safe,
Hans

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

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GPS Discussion / Nat'l. Geo. TOPO!
« on: October 08, 2004, 09:42:07 am »
It's interesting. The NG Topo! program that REI donated to us is much easier to use in terms of downloading GPS tracks and waypoints, but it's a lot harder to edit than the DeLorme Topo 5.0. The NGT program has a bad habit (which I have not yet resolved) of adding in connecting lines between places where I stop a track and where I start a new one. The actual track screen on the eTrex does not show the lines, but the saved track does. On the Delorme, I could just highlight a track section (when I could get them into the PC)and delete it. I don't seem to have that abliity with the new program. Any suggestions?

Ride safe,
Hans

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

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GPS Discussion / Magellan eXplorist 200
« on: August 26, 2004, 09:27:57 pm »
Does anyone have any experience with the new Magellan eXplorist line, and the 200 model in particular? I have a Magellan 315 and a Garmin eTrex, and the major things that I like the Garmin for are the easy bike mount and the .000 readout. The eXplorist still has a clunky handlebar mount, but the $150.00 model comes with base maps and 3 meter accuracy.

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

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GPS Discussion / Best GPS Brand?
« on: February 24, 2004, 12:02:00 pm »
I use a Magellan 315, and had a Magellan 4000 before that. I am looking at upgrading and perhaps getting either a Magellan SportTrak with map or Garmin E-trex Legend. What are you all using and how has it been working for you?

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol
www.trailpatrol.org

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 2-24-04 @ 10:03 AM

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Routes / ACA Adirondack Loop
« on: August 06, 2008, 07:43:25 am »
Has anyone done the entire, new Adventure Cycling Adirondack Loop route? Jim Sawyer announced that they would be doing a self-supported trip there next year, and I am seriously considering it for my vacation. I know the area very well, having been a licensed guide in the 'Dacks, a search and rescue volunteer, cabin owner and general camper, fisherman and hiker. That was until we moved to MN just over 20 years ago.

I just wondering what people think of the route. I would guess that the ride from Keene to Lake Placid on Hwy. 73 is a killer; all uphill through Cascade Pass and very narrow if I remember right.

Share your opinions, please!

Thanks,
Hans

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

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Routes / Lewis & Clark Questions
« on: September 04, 2004, 01:35:48 am »
A group from our church is looking at riding from Ft. Mandan to Ft. Peck, then by van to Missoula and then biking over the Lolo Trail, ending up in Kamiah, ID. How many days, average speed, would it take to ride from Ft. Mandan to Ft. Peck?

Also, how many days have people been taking to go over the Lolo Motorway? I know Western Spirit lists it as a 5 day trip. Is that about average? What sort of camping might we find on the Lolo?

If I can work out a timeframe, we can apply for a Lolo Trail permit in the USFS lottery in January.

Thanks,
Hans



Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 9-4-04 @ 12:38 AM

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Routes / NCT-A can of worms?
« on: April 01, 2004, 09:36:17 am »
I am going to open a whole new can of worms here, but can you imagaine a 4000 mile trail, mostly singletrack, running from Lake Champlain through the southern Adirondacks, across the Finger Lakes, a stones throw from all of the Great Lakes, and across the plains to Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota, with campsites and/or shelters every ten miles or so? Well, the trail already exists, although only about half of it is completed at this point. The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) has been growing for the past 30 years or so, and much of it is open to mountain biking. (Basically it is closed to bikes where it passes through Wilderness Areas, and a few administratively closed sections, like the Superior Hiking Trail in MN) Now the National Park Service, which oversees the trail and the NCT Association, a volunteer group that does a lot of the ground work, are going to get their shorts in a knot about this, but IMBA is encouraging us to ride on the open sections of the NCT. In the Midwest alone, that will open up over 200 miles of singletrack in three states, much of which is is stretches over 50 miles long. I am headed up to the section in the Chequamegon National Forest (WI) next month! --New Yorkers; Check with your DEC regional office or Forest Ranger for admin. closures in your area before you ride!--

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol
www.trailpatrol.org

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 4-1-04 @ 8:46 AM

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General Discussion / RIDE
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:04:45 am »
Has anyone seen this site yet?
http://www.imagesfromtheroad.org/

A "coffee-table" book of bicycle touring pictures! The preview, available on-line, looks great!

Ride safe,
Hans

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

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General Discussion / MSR Velo Tent
« on: April 06, 2006, 03:05:05 pm »
Has anyone out there tried the MSR Vello tent they showed in AC last month?

Hans

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

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General Discussion / Short Notice Ride
« on: June 09, 2005, 09:40:08 am »
I should have posted this on here a month ago, but this happens when you get over 50. There are still openings. We hope this will be similar to the ACA "Intro to..." classes.

Bikepacking Skills Workshop
 
Date:
 06/18/2005
 
Time:
 9 AM to 12 PM
 
Location:
 Lake Maria State Park, Monticello, MN
 
Description:
 Learn the basics of bicyle camping and important skills required for safe, fun travel by road and trail. The Backcountry Trail Patrol Association will host a series of presentations on equipment and technique. An optional bike ride and overnight campout at Sand Dunes State Forest will follow the program. Registration is required. Call Lake Maria State Park (763-878-2325) for further information and registration.
 
Directions:
 The park may be reached from the south via Highway 39 and Wright County Road 111, or from the north via Highway 8, 39 and County Road 111.
 
More Information:
 Call (763) 878-2325.
 


Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

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General Discussion / MTB Onstar
« on: May 28, 2005, 12:57:25 am »
Here's an amusing story that just goes to show that it pays to be
prepared:

For the past few days I have been attending IPMBA* Police Cyclist
training as part of my job as a state park ranger. Because we spent
about half of the 40-hour course on bikes, I carried my National Mountain Bike Patrol hydration pack with me, along with all the things I normally would
have in it: Clif Shot, Clif Bars, tire tubes, sun screen, bug spray,
first aid kit, multi-tool and my new Planet Bike air pump. Every
time somebody would blow a tire, need some sunscreen, need to fix a
mechanical problem or some quick energy, I would pull what they
needed out of my pack and give it to them. About the third time this
happened, one of the cops in the class looked over at me and
asked, "What are you; like an 'OnStar" for bikes?" I
replied, "Something like that."

Well, the name stuck. I was "OnStar" for the rest of the course.
Thanks to Kenda, WTB, Tender Corporation, Clif Shot and Bars,
Coppertone and Planet Bike for providing the supplies I needed to
help out some cyclists in a totally different setting.

Ride safe,
Hans Erdman, WEMT
Patrol Director
Backcountry Trail Patrol- MN
www.trailpatrol.org

"In the incomparable splendor of backcountry trails through the forests of the north, I have ridden with bears, watched the eagles soar, and glimpsed the gray wolf watching me ride." H. Erdman, Journal entry, May, 2005.

*International Police Mountain Bike Association


This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 5-27-05 @ 11:58 PM

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