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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..."

Gear Talk / Re: Surly Disc Trucker v. LHT
« on: July 18, 2012, 11:04:39 pm »
Anyone really tour on an LHT with full packs?   Is the frame stiff enough for full packs?

We see about a half-dozen fully-loaded LHTs every summer in the park where I work. Front and rear panniers, front bags and a BoB, large rear bags only. We are a nice ride from the end of the commuter rail line. People will ride the train out from the Twin Cities (MN), and then trek the 20 miles to Lake Maria State Park or 12 to Sand Dunes State Forest campgrounds on their bikes.

There are two closures on the L&C in Yankton; From the east, the first is on the Audlt-Brokow Trail, about a mile west of the Travel Information Center trailhead, behind the city shop/garage. Looks like a big sink-hole on the trail. There are signs warning that the trail is closed about a half-mile before, but you can walk around it (or ride if the conditions are dry) and get back on the paved trail. The second is under the Broadway Ave./Hwy. 81 bridge to Nebraska, and the trail is completely blocked by equipment, so you have to go back to the street and cross at the next intersection. Unfortunately, neither detour is marked at all, so you kind of have to figure it out yourself, or follow the marked L&C National Historic Trail signs on SD Hwy. 52.

General Discussion / Re: Fishing on Adirondack loop
« on: June 15, 2012, 11:53:20 am »
This just in from the NYS DEC:

For the seventh time in eight years, the record for catching the largest brook trout in New York state was recently broken, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. William Altman caught a 5 lb. 14 oz. brook trout from the West Canada Wilderness Area in Hamilton County on May 5.

You will go right by that area!

Ride safe,

Routes / Re: Anyone riding the Lewis and Clark trail?
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:34:28 pm »
We will be on the L&C Trail on Friday, June 22nd, on our 4th Annual Ride Across the Rez, from Ft. Randall Dam to Choteau Creek, going west to east through Marty. We are raising funds for Hope House Recovery Ministry in Wagner, SD. I may also be in Yankton/Gavins Point Dam area and the Whetstone Bay option area, earlier in the week, or on Saturday.

I have plans to do the section between Chamberlain and Pierre in October, "if nothing prevents", like the weather.

You will recognize me by my yellow "expedition shirt" instead of a jersey.

Proceeding on...

General Discussion / Re: Fishing on Adirondack loop
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:06:09 pm »
Absolutely! There is lots of great trout fishing in the Adirondacks. When I lived there almost every stream held some trout. It's 25 years ago, but hopefully it hasn't changed that much. Premier would be the Ausable River in Keene Valley and Keene (Map 6). Check at the Mountaineer ( in Keene Valley for more info, and the river runs right behind the shop! Also, one of my favorites was always the Raquette River near Long Lake (Map 9).

Good luck, ride safe, and post your stories back up here!

Gear Talk / Re: Touring Bikes Under Consideration
« on: May 20, 2012, 10:54:28 pm »
I am going to throw in the Bianchi Volpe for consideration, too. Good, sturdy (designed for cyclo-cross), stable bike. Been touring fully loaded on mine for 6 years now, with no problems, although by default, I have done a lot more light touring on it the past couple years. I put a Jandd Expedition rack on the rear and an OMM rack on the front. I have fenders, but have not had to use them.

I decided the other day, I will keep my Volpe until I can afford a Co-Motion Divide, probably when I retire or win the lottery. (Kinda the same thing, I guess. ;) )

Ride safe,

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