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General Discussion / Re: Bears
« on: April 17, 2013, 11:38:45 am »
Have you read "Night of the Grizzlies"?
Highly recommended for when you are camping in the Rockies.

That's mean.  ::) I don't think scaring travelers should be the point. Unprovoked grizzly attacks like that are VERY rare, particularly in the Lower 48. I would suggest "Staying Safe In Bear Country" instead.

General Discussion / Re: Bears
« on: April 17, 2013, 11:34:23 am »
As a park ranger, I will tell you that most bear fears are over-rated. I have pulled into a campground on the Chequamegon National Forest (Wisconsin, prime black bear territory) and had a bear run right across the road in front of me, maybe 20 feet away. Never heard or saw a thing out of them the rest of the stay. (Two nights.) Most of the time, consider yourself fortunate to see a bear, black or grizzly. That doesn't mean you shouldn't take precautions; I have had friends (former wilderness rangers) who were mauled by a female griz while hiking in Glacier National Park. They were doing everything correctly, and just got into the wrong place at the wrong time. But you are more likely to be struck by lightning then attacked by a bear. Check out the US Forest Service "Be Bear Aware" website for good advice:

GPS Discussion / Re: Announcement about Fred Hiltz
« on: March 13, 2013, 04:44:21 pm »
Heartfelt condolences to his wife, family and friends, and the ACA community. We had a number of good exchanges over the years. I'll miss his vast knowlege and expertise.

Hans Erdman

Routes / Re: Emergencies on paved rail-trails??
« on: January 30, 2013, 07:10:32 pm »

Backboarded on an ATV???

Yep, it was a rescue ATV, set up for patient evac, sort of like this one:

Routes / Re: Emergencies on paved rail-trails??
« on: January 23, 2013, 11:42:21 am »
Speaking as a park ranger and an EMT (and also a National Mountain Bike Patroller), all trails, paved or unpaved, should allow exceptions for emergency situations. Our community recently built a corridor trail linking the two largest cities in the county, and although it is specifically designed to keep ATVs and snowmobiles (as well as cars and trucks) off the trail, the barriers are removable in an emergency. The local fire departments and sheriff's rescue squad have ATVs set up for patient transport. The biggest issue with modern ambulances is their width. (No pun intended.) Most paved and gravel trails are 8 to 10 feet wide. So are most modular (box-style) ambulances.

A few years back, we had a rider thrown from a horse deep inside our park, with had a possible broken back. Our trails are all 8-foot wide gravel/natural surface. The duty ranger and the local fire department used ATVs to access her and transport her out to the waiting ambulance. I think most, if not all communities have plans for this kind of occurance when trails are built. There would probably be major liability issues if they did not do so.

Ride safe,

Routes / Re: Route from Minneapolis Internaitonal Airport
« on: January 23, 2013, 11:20:59 am »
From the airport, you can either head south into Ft. Snelling State Park, go through the park on the bike/hike trail and come out in Minnehaha Regional Park, cross the Mississippi on Ford Parkway and work your way from there, or (Best route) cross on the Hwy. 5 bridge, get on the Shepard Parkway bike trail which will take you all the way into downtown St. Paul. Get on the Bruce Vento Trail to the Gateway State Trail, and just keep going. At the current northern end of the Gateway at Pine Point Park, take the county roads to to the north/east. They are adding on to the Gateway, and it will eventually go past the Osceola crossing, all the way to Taylor's Falls, but I think that won't be done until 2014. Traffic on MN Hwy. 95, which parallels the St. Croix River can be moderate to heavy, particularly on summer weekends. Either way, the Gateway Trail is your best bet for the 24 miles from St. Paul to Pine Point. Expect plenty of bike, skate and hiker traffic on the trail in the summer, but no motorized.

Ride safe,

Classifieds / Re: Sold 1/16/13: 2007 Novara Safari
« on: January 20, 2013, 12:20:49 pm »
still for sale?
I hate to be glib, but what does the header (dated 2 days before your post) say???

Midwest / Re: Katy trail, MO
« on: January 12, 2013, 10:27:24 pm »
Rode the Katy from St. Charles to Defiance and back in early may a couple years ago. Do not miss Lewis & Clark's American Restaurant on S. Main in St. Charles. Best prime rib I have had in a LONG time. Trail was in great shape, and website always has current info!

Classifieds / Re: For Sale: 2007 Novara Safari
« on: November 20, 2012, 11:54:37 pm »
Because is not really biking season here in Minnesota, my bike shop suggested I bring the bike in for consignment in February. So, until then, or it sells, I am putting the bike back for sale here. Payment via PayPal on my website, exclusively.

Buyer will pay shipping. This is not negotiable. For shipping quote, go to

Ride safe,

Classifieds / SOLD 1/16/13: 2007 Novara Safari
« on: October 08, 2012, 11:44:25 am »
For Sale: 2007 Novara Safari "Trekking" bike. Very well maintained. Aluminum frame; Avid mechanical disc brakes; "butterfly" handlebars; SRAM Grip Shifters with Shimano Deore front, LX rear derailleurs; 26 inch wheels. 1068 actual lifetime miles. Many extras included: Old Man Mountain front rack, frame pump, 3 bottle cages, cyclometer, Pleischer dual (two leg) kickstand, 2 pair good tires; WTB All-Terrainasaurus on bike, Conti Town & Country not mounted. Selling to make room for Surly Pugsley. Asking $600.00, plus buyer pays shipping from central MN, USA. (Shipping is NOT negotiable.)

(Water bottles and rack pack NOT included.)

Thank you,
Hans Erdman

General Discussion / Re: BIG touring bike Photo Gallery
« on: September 04, 2012, 06:44:26 pm »
The Fully Loaded Touring Bike gallery is back! The URL is and there is a link on it to a related Facebook page.

Ride safe,

Gear Talk / Re: Stem leaks
« on: August 19, 2012, 11:24:30 pm »
Yes, they are Presta stems, and yes, I do use the stem nut usually, but the Giant tubes have smooth stem casing; not nut. Not all of the failures have been with the Giant tubes, but it is possible the nut was loose on the ones that were other brands. I will try some of these suggestions and let you know what works or doesn't.

BTW, I only Schraeder stems on my work (patrol) bike. The compressor in the park shop has the standard auto-style chuck on it, so it's easier to use than Presta adaptors or a floor pump.

Ride safe,

Gear Talk / Stem leaks
« on: August 13, 2012, 06:06:17 pm »
Ever since I put puncture resistant Schwalbe tires on my Bianchi Volpe, I have had an inordinate number of flats...from the other end. I have had to replace 5 tubes, 2 front, 3 rear because of the valve stem shearing off at the juncture with the tube. >:( The shop even put one of them in, and today it was flat again. Tubes from Kenda, Giant and WTB, so different manufacturers. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

Ride safe,

Gear Talk / Re: Surly Disc Trucker v. LHT
« on: August 11, 2012, 10:03:46 pm »
You saw me with a fully-loaded LHT a week ago.  :)

That storm was epic in a hammock, and the LHT frame was just fine pounding out 91.5 miles the next day to just past Osakis where we camped, all into that 20+ mph wind.


Oh man, yeah, I remember. I told my boss I had put two guys on bikes in site B-5, and he said nobody came up to him with problems in the morning. I patrolled through the park by truck as the storm was ending, but nobody flagged me down. We had a few limbs down at both locations, nothing major, no property damage or injuries.

He also told me, in the future it's okay to put touring cyclists in the lake picnic area, so next time, whether it's you or anyone else, that's what I'll do. At Sand Dunes I would put you in one of the Pineview group sites.

Glad you had a good trip. Hope it was somewhat cooler on Sunday, and that you and your son-in-law got some quality time together.

Ride safe,
Ranger Hans

Routes / Re: Lewis & Clark route
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:46:58 pm »
Check out the "Temporary Route Closures" section of this forum for some updates, and the "Addenda" listings at . I rode the Yankton to Ft. Randall Dam section again this year (I ride it very year as part of a fund-raiser for reservation ministries, and my adopted trail section is near Marty, SD) and everything was in good shape, but that is south of where you're starting. Make sure you get the newest revision of the map for the Williston area; there has been a major re-route due to the oil boom and related heavy truck traffic in the area.

Then, "proceed on..."

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