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General Discussion / start tour operator business
« on: May 04, 2005, 01:26:31 pm »
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, 12:23:03 pm »
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, 12:13:47 pm »
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, 12:38:12 pm »
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, 03:53:17 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, 01:54:54 pm »
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, 02:01:47 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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General Discussion / Very-but-not-completely unsupported touring
« on: July 03, 2004, 03:20:26 pm »
Check out the "Cyclist's Yellow Pages" published by Adventure Cycling. (Available on-line at the AC website.)I know there are a couple of services, such as 'Iron Donkey' in Ireland, that work that way. I know I have read about at least one such company in France in "Adventure Cycling" but I cannot remember their name.

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

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 7-3-04 @ 11:21 AM

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General Discussion / Cell Phones
« on: June 26, 2004, 01:25:50 pm »
As much as it pains me to say it, becasue I hate dealing with them, probably AT&T has the best country-wide coverage. That being said, no service covers backcountry, low population areas really well. I'm on Sprint, and they are useless in northern MN, spotty in NW WI. Play with AT&T a bit and you can usually get a pretty good deal. Probably the best bet would be an AT&T pay as you go with free long distance and roaming and unlimited night and weekends. You have to be a good negotiator to get a good deal with them, though.

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

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General Discussion / Uphill
« on: June 20, 2004, 12:45:12 pm »
27 speeds, patience and a tailwind. Just remember to pace yourself, don't be afraid to take a break or walk if need be. Also remember that what goes up must go down, eventually.

Ride safe,
Hans

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

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General Discussion / What really is Adventure?
« on: August 14, 2004, 05:17:11 am »
Adventure is not knowing what's around the next bend, but proceeding on, regardless. I think some supported trips can be adventurous, such as those offered by Western Spirit, or some of the Adventure Cycling self-supporting trips. Even with two guides, two interpreters, and two militia (police) officers riding with us, riding in Karelia (NW Russia) was the greatest adventure I've ever ridden, but riding alone in the Chippewa or Superior National Forest, even on familiar trails can becom an adventure, epecially when I see a wolf watching me, or a bear walking on the trail I need to go down. Every ride can be an adventure. How you deal with it is the key.

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

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General Discussion / Ultimate bikes what are you riding
« on: April 12, 2004, 05:59:36 pm »
Not my cup of tea. As I said, I do most of my touring/long distance patrolling off-pavement in the Chippewa (MN) and Chequamegon (WI) National Forests. Hope to do the Great Divide MTB Route one of these years and the Lolo Trail on the Lewis and Clark, but I am not much on asphalt. ;)

Ride safe,
Hans

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

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General Discussion / Ultimate bikes what are you riding
« on: April 12, 2004, 12:47:46 am »
My ride is a Trek 930SHX mountain bike with RS JudyII front shock, upright stem and riser bars, Uno suspension seatpost, WTB Allterrainasaurus tires, WTB SST-Plus saddle, and Trek/Blackburn rear rack. I have a set of Trek panniers and also a BoB Yak trailer. Most of my touring is off-pavement.

Ride safe,
Hans

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

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 4-11-04 @ 8:48 PM

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General Discussion / Touring with a guitar
« on: March 20, 2004, 10:16:55 pm »
Back in 1997 I went on a missions trip to NW Russia for our church. We biked from village to village in Karelia, and one of our team carried his guitar on the rear rack, crossways, on top of his panniers. While we coasted down hills, Caleb had to pedal. He worked a lot harder than any of us. He tried securing it other ways, but they were not successful. When it was all over, he said he was going to buy a harmonica.

Good luck,
Hans

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General Discussion / Recipes?
« on: March 15, 2004, 02:49:18 am »
I am looking for recipes for long distance, self-contained cyclists. Hearty meals that taste good and provide lots of energy. Looking for meals designed to serve 2-4 adults, on off-road (MTB) trips two to four nights in length.  Meals should be preparable over one or two single-burner, backpacking-type stoves.

What are you eating out there that's really good?
Ride safe,
Hans

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

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