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General Discussion / Where are you touring to 2006
« on: April 06, 2006, 03:09:18 pm »
We're moving and our contacts will just be getting settled in a new place in Petrozavodsk, so Russia will have to wait until next year. :( Hopefully I can get on some of the Lewis and Clark, instead.

Ride safe,
Hans

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

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General Discussion / Where are you touring to 2006
« on: February 25, 2006, 09:27:14 pm »
Hopefully back to Karelia, in NW Russia, or maybe rural Belarus. If not, then either Mah-Dah-Hey, the Lolo Trail on the L&C or the north end of the Great Divide.

Ride safe,
Hans

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

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General Discussion / Why no Recumbents Bicycles in AC?
« on: August 07, 2005, 01:10:01 pm »
July, 2002. Cover story and photo: "Should you give up your "wedgie?" How to buy a recumbent Laid-back Touring". Page 14-21 and 33.
Again, August, 2004. Cover photo.
Plus there has been info about 'bents in the buyer's guide issues a number of times, and stories about trips with them as far back as I have been a member, which is only since 1998. When it is up, you should be able to find them in the Archives section.

Just how hard did you look???

Ride safe,
Hans

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

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 8-7-05 @ 12:11 PM

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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 / Whats your
« on: June 16, 2005, 11:39:34 pm »
Self supporting, off road, alone or in a small group (1 or 2 other riders) in the north woods on backcountry roads and fire tails.

The northern Great Divide would be like a dream trip!

Ride safe,
Hans

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

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General Discussion / Newbie Questions
« on: June 29, 2005, 12:06:32 pm »
I am kind of mixed on my feelings about BoB trailers. I have both and sometimes I use the trailer; more often the panniers. You have to work at balancing both of them, because an unbalanced BoB has a mind of it's own, just as unbalanced panniers will pull you to one side. I think I favor the panniers a bit over the BoB just because I have used them more and packing them is more instinctive for me. On a long trip, like the Great Divide or Lewis and Clark, unsupported, I will probably use both.

Ride safe,
Hans

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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General Discussion / Dalton Boys?
« on: May 07, 2005, 12:07:12 pm »
Hey, I know you guys from the BoB forum! Whad'ya just find out about this one? Great community here, very helpful and informative. Welcome aboard!

Everyone else, if you have questions about BoB trailers, the Dalton Boys are experts!!

Ride safe,
Hans

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

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 5-7-05 @ 11:07 AM

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General Discussion / start tour operator business
« on: May 04, 2005, 10:26:31 am »
Where are you located? In some respects that makes a difference, like if you were at the foot of the Lolo Motorway on the Lewis and Clark trail and wanted to lead groups over the pass, or are you on an established route or would you need to draw clients to you? Do you have any sort of client base have you established? Do you have trip leadership experience or would you need training? (Like ACA's "Leadership Training course, NOLS, etc.) Self-supporting, van-supported or "credit-card" tours? Equipment: Suitable vehicles, trailers, repair tools, parts, first aid supplies, coolers, stoves, etc. etc. Insurance? A marketing and business plan?

We tried this a few years back, and were only partly successful. Were still do the trips (self-supported MTB trips)for small groups, mostly as skills-teaching sessions, but on an occasional basis. Most of our clientele are missionary students, (primarily Lutheran) seeking training for travel in the Third World environment. We led a successful trip in Russia a few years back and built on that. Our primary emphasis, however, is first aid/medical training. About once every other year we put on a Wilderness First Aid Bike Trip and ride half a day, teach half a day. It is certainly a niche-type thing, but we found that tours alone wouldn't cut it here in MN. We have seen two other start-up bike tour services come and go in the past few years.

Personally, I think you are too late in the season if you plan to start this year. The big names like Cycle America and Western Spirit (not to mention ACA!) have been booking trips since February, which is when their brochures come out.

Good luck!
Hans

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

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General Discussion / Adirondack Cycling
« on: March 13, 2005, 10:23:03 am »
Check out www.adkbikes.com for info on both road and mountain biking in the Adirondacks. I'm a park ranger in Minnesota, who can trace my desire to become a ranger back to two summers at a summer camp outside of Old Forge. We used to have a cabin up near North Hudson when I lived in Cortland. I hope to visit the Adirondacks this summer, for the first time in 17 years.

Ride safe,
Hans

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

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General Discussion / Continental Breakfast
« on: March 13, 2005, 10:13:47 am »
All that Dave B. said, plus I think it would be an absolutely crappy statement about our sport and the people in it. What about the riders that follow you?

Buy your breakfast. I mean what does a box of store brand instant oatmeal cost, anyhow?

Some people constantly cease to amaze me.

Hans

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

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General Discussion / Bridge shuttles?
« on: February 22, 2005, 10:38:12 am »
Max,
Try also http://www.quakeroats.com/, the US largest producer of oatmeal products. Oatmeal also reduces bad colesterol, and according to the box of what I had this morning, (It's winter here in Minnesota) the nutrients stay. Basically you are just rehydrating the oats, so it all stays in the bowl anyhow!

Ride safe,
Hans

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

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General Discussion / Bears
« on: July 30, 2004, 12:53:17 pm »
Has anyone reported any problems with bears, and grizzly bears in particular, on the Great Divide Route or the Lolo Trail on the Lewis and Clark? All of a sudden on our local MTB club forum, everyone is worrying about bears.

Go figure,
Hans

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

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General Discussion / knee pain
« on: July 26, 2004, 10:54:54 am »
It could be very simple. In Police Cyclist training, they taught us "if your knees hurt, the seat is too high. If your thighs hurt, your seat is too low." I have found that finding that right spot on a seatpost can be a bit vexxing. With your backside on the saddle, your knee should be very slightly bent when the pedal is at its lowest point, and your foot is level.

Otherwise, I would suggest seeking professional advice, too.

Ride safe,
Hans

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

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General Discussion / HELP! Being Harrased by Police!
« on: March 21, 2005, 12:01:47 pm »
Speaking as a Minnesota State Park Ranger, I'll confirm that in our state parks and forest recreation areas,we will never turn a cyclist away. We will find a space for you, even if it's next to the dumpster! I have put cyclists in empty group camps,(one little tent in a 5 acre camp site.) picnic areas and on the edge of parking lots in the past. I have also had cyclists (two, to be precise) stiff us on the camping fees, one for six nights worth. Just to make me feel better, I had one guy biking through who only had one and a half nights fee on him, and I let him stay the second night. Danged if three days later we didn't get a check from him for the remainder and a bundle of firewood!

I would agree that you should at least check in with local police, rangers, etc. for your own safety, if nothing else. I remember when I was with the NPS years ago, the Morning Report (transmitted to all NPS units each Monday - Friday) recounted the search for two cyclists who camped in a area closed for safety reasons, and were washed away by a flash flood. They were found dead, downstream, two days later, still tangled up in their tent and sleeping bags. If they had stopped and asked, they would have been directed to a safe area.

Ride safe,
Hans

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

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