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General Discussion / RIDE
« on: January 14, 2008, 01:04:45 pm »
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 / Protection from bears
« on: July 22, 2007, 09:38:13 pm »
WetDogRider said: "Prefer without Females ! Just for your safty , DO NOT camp on your special time of the month . The Bear is an excellent hunter , and it WILL smell you , and come looking for you."

Urban...er, backcountry myth. Quoting the NPS in Yellowstone National Park: "There is no evidence that grizzlies are overly attracted to menstrual odors more than any other odor and there is no statistical evidence that known bear attacks have been related to menstruation (Byrd 1988). However, park visitors have been injured and killed by bears (Gunther and Hoekstra 1996). If you are uncomfortable hiking and camping in bear country for any reason, you should probably choose another area for your recreational activities."

'nuff said!
Hans


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General Discussion / Protection from bears
« on: July 20, 2007, 03:42:57 pm »
Grizzly bears and brown bears (Ursus Arctos Horribilus) are the same species of bear. Black bears (Ursus Americanus) are the smaller, more common species. The last griz seen in California was erradicated in 1922, even though it is the official state symbol.

For good information on how to behave in bear territory, go to the "Be Bear Aware" website at: http://www.centerforwildlifeinformation.org/BeBearAware/bebearaware.html

Ride safe,
Hans


St. Brendan's Spoke Bicycle Travel Club
www.stbrendans-spoke.org

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Where is the link?

St. Brendan's Spoke Bicycle Travel Club
www.stbrendans-spoke.org

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Ignatzy-
Seattle?? REI!!! It's their hometown. Look at the the Novara Randonee or Safari as off-the-rack options, and their flagship and HQ stores should have any size you want.

Heck of a way to have to get a new bike, but hopefully you will end up with a ride you like almost as much.

My mother-in-law died of cancer; my co-worker has liver cancer; the wife of my LBS owner is going through chemo now. Bless you on this trip!

Hans


This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 5-25-07 @ 7:46 AM

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General Discussion / Bike security while camping?
« on: April 20, 2007, 11:05:42 am »
I carry a 6-foot coiled cable combination lock and usually tie the bike to a tree. (Watch out for the pitch on pines and spruce!) Nothing is going to stop a really determined thief, but I have not had any problems so far.

Hans

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General Discussion / Fire Rules
« on: April 07, 2007, 03:51:49 pm »
I am a state park ranger in Minnesota, and we have different rules not just than state parks in other states, but from state forests and National Park units and National Forests. Each agency will have different rules, and each unit (park or forest) will have somewhat different rules based on their current weather and conditions. Somewhere where it is hot and dry will have different rules in effect than a damp, cool area.

Public lands in the USA are managed by a number of agencies at the federal, state and local level. Each agency will have rules that fit their mission, whether it is multiple-use, recreation, water management, forest production or preservation. It is best to check at the local ranger station for current conditions.

Ride safe,
Hans Erdman

National Mountain Bike Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

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General Discussion / Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« on: April 10, 2007, 06:10:51 pm »
The ACA and Mike McCoy's guidebook to the GDMBR strongly suggests the combination of a full-suspension bike and BoB trailer for the route. Not my choice, and we'll see if they are still suggesting it when the new edition comes out in May.

Ride safe,
Hans

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General Discussion / Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« on: April 09, 2007, 10:48:57 am »
"Aye sir, the more they overtech the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain." -- Scotty, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

Go with the hardtail.

Ride safe,
Hans

National Mountain Bike Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

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General Discussion / Your Local Bike Shop
« on: March 19, 2007, 09:37:03 am »
I have been pretty lucky, and had three good shops in a row; two small, one location stores and one shop that is part of the largest #### dealer in MN. (As we moved around from 'burb to 'burb, it became inconvenient to drive clear to the other side of town to go to a shop, so I changed dealers.) Couple of observations...Even LBSs owned by the same company are not going to be the same or have the same interests or skill levels. We have 3 or 4 shops in the Twin Cities that, unless you are a dedicated road-racer, don't even bother coming through the door with your silly-little-chain-problem. We have a few shops that are no better than the discount stores they constantly gripe about, and we have a substantial number of shops that are really great. These are the ones you'll see doing support at social rides in the community, putting on educational programs, wrenching workshops, etc. and supporting trail building, volunteer trail patrollers (like ours) and police/EMS bike units.

The shop I go to now, I met the owners at church, and a couple of their staff are also members of our congregation. They have grown phenominally in the past few years, but they still take the time to fit each rider to their bike, whether it is high-end or not. That is part of the reason I like my Bianchi Volpe (See "Volpe vs. ???" in the "Gear" section.) so much.

Ride safe,
Hans

National Mountain Bike Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

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General Discussion / Thorn Vs. Koga
« on: March 09, 2007, 06:03:49 pm »
The Koga-USA website lists a dealer in Chicago now, too. It looks like they are working towards more of a presence in the USA, from the way their site reads.

No matter...I like my Volpe.

Hans

National Mountain Bike Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

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General Discussion / Thorn Vs. Koga
« on: March 08, 2007, 12:19:31 pm »
I believe Commuter Bicycles is the shop that John Seigel-Boettner and the students and staff of Santa Barbara Middle School use when setting up their cross-country bike trips. ("The biking-est school in America.") That should translate into knowing a thing or two about touring. You can get John's book, "Hey Mom, Can I Ride My Bike Across America" from the ACA store, or go to http://www.americanrediscovery.com/ about their 2002 Lewis and Clark Trail trip.

As for Travis' website, I don't think they started off with a sponsorship from Koga. They just shopped for the most durable bikes they could find.

Ride safe,
Hans

National Mountain Bike Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

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General Discussion / Thorn Vs. Koga
« on: March 07, 2007, 11:39:19 am »
Check out Tim and Cindie Travis' website, http://www.downtheroad.org/ They have been traveling on Koga World Travelers non-stop since 2002, in four continents. If anybody has experience with using a Koga World Traveler for world travel, it would be the them.

Ride safe,
Hans

National Mountain Bike Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 3-7-07 @ 7:39 AM

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General Discussion / Lots of hurting bikers out there
« on: August 07, 2006, 11:16:30 am »
You know, Pete's right. The first half-dozen or so discussions are about aches, pains and injuries. Wow...Maybe recumbents are the answer, but maybe there is something else: How many of you have ever had your bike custom fitted to your body? Most bike shops that even know how to do this, only do it on high-end road bike sales. The shop where I bought my new Bianchi Volpe does it for almost every (adult) bike they sell, and it has made so much difference, it's hard to believe. Then I exchanged the Bianchi saddle for an original WTB SST-2, which I feel is the most comfortable bike seat ever made. (Not to take anything from Brooks, but I love my SST) and the bike just about begs to be ridden.

So, before you go and spend lots of money on a 'bent, take that trusty upright mount into a top-end bike shop that knows something about touring and have them fit your bike to you. I think you will be surprised at the results.

Ride comfy,
Hans

Minnesota Backcountry Trails
www.wintersnowtrails.org

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General Discussion / which bike to buy?
« on: June 29, 2006, 10:00:08 am »
...or for spite's sake, you could march back into the shop, take the current Trek catalog, open it to page 33 and ask the same guy if that's the bike Trek doesn't make any more? Tell him he cost his shop a sale and leave. Better yet, the Trek 520 is a bit over $1,000.00 MSRP, but if he wants the sale he owes you a good discount!

Ride safe,
Hans

www.trailpatrol.org

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