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I just purchased the expert model of the Mongoose Selous for the basically the same reason, although I've yet to do any touring on it. I like unpaved riding and touring.  I used a 29er on a section of the great divide and on the main route of idaho hot springs mountain bike route (a really great ride).  I think the Selous with 40 cm tires and disc brakes would do fine on those routes, particularly if you go tubeless.  I doubt it would be suitable for the hardcore single track on the IHSMBR.  You probably would need to get the gearing a bit lower for some of those big climbs.  It does have eyelets for rear rack, but I use a farfarer one-wheel trailer on tours, so I wasn't to concerned about the rack eyelets. 

Can't say I've been happy with Nashbar's customer service.  The rear derailleur was shipped with the B screw tab snapped off.  Getting a replacement derailleur from Nashbar has been a PITA.

Routes / Arkansas Highlands Mountain Bike Route
« on: September 30, 2016, 03:12:18 pm »
Any idea on when the map/gps for this route will issued?

Routes / Re: Crossing the Mississippi
« on: December 30, 2015, 01:56:46 pm »
Where is your ultimate destination?  The Highway 80 bridge at Vicksburg is occasionally opened for cyclists, but not always.  You might be able to get on it even if it not officially opened.  Vicksburg has the National Military Park which is a great place to see by bike.  Vicksburg is not to far from the Natchez Trace if that is part of your route.  Natchez is also a nice place to spend a day if you like antebellum architecture.  Crossing at Natchez also gives you access to the Trace.  Not much to see except miles and miles of flat cotton fields if you cross at Greenville. My guess is that by the time you get to the river you will have seen all the cotton fields you want in Louisiana. 

You might want to check out the Appalachian Cycleways Network maps which start north of Atlanta and head northeast past DC to west of NYC.  See the link below.

Gear Talk / Re: Water Filtration
« on: October 15, 2015, 09:57:39 am »
+1 for the Platypus Gravity filter.  You can get 2 to 4 liters of good water very quickly with a minimum of effort.  I use a 2 liter Platypus water bag instead of the "clean" bag that came with the filter which adds to your ability to carry 2 additional liters when needed.  I also use the add-on charcoal filter.  While the system doesn't weigh much, it is a little bulkier than other systems. If you more than one person in your group the gravity filter will provide water for everyone very quickly.  Just bring some backup aquamira tabs as a backup.

General Discussion / Re: Flying With Touring Gear
« on: May 26, 2015, 03:20:58 pm »
If you are shipping your bike, you can generally get a bunch of stuff in with your bike in the shipping container.  Generally, weight is not as big an issue when shipping the bike.

General Discussion / Re: Delta Cargo
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:35:40 am »
Thanks for advice.  I've used fedex several times to ship a bike, but thought I would ask to see if anybody used Delta's service and how it compared pricewise.  Yes, it would be for a separate flight.  Unfortunately, Southwest is pulling out of my local market, so SW will no longer an option for me in a couple of months.

General Discussion / Delta Cargo
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:43:46 am »
Has anybody ever used Delta Cargo shipping to ship a bike?  If so, how did the cost compare to shipping by Fedex?

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless tires/tyres
« on: January 29, 2014, 11:22:03 am »
A different, but related, question would be the use of slimed tubes.  Anybody use those? I am considering using tubes with sealant for a tour this summer.  My thought would be that the sealant should protect against most punctures and if it doesn't I can carry a spare tube or two as a replacement without the complication of trying to reseat  a tubeless tire.  Any advice would be appreciated.

Gear Talk / Re: Aevon Trailer now available in US
« on: January 20, 2014, 02:11:34 pm »
Aevons are pretty pricey.  When looking for a seatpost mounted one wheel trailer to use on the Great Divide a couple of years ago, I purchased a farfarer trailer from guy named Quentin Lindh in Santa Cruz, CA for about the same price as a BOB.  He makes them by hand in small batches.  The latest version breaks down so you can put in a bike box with the bike for shipping.  Pretty slick, all in all.  The only downside, is that trailer making business seems to be sideline for Mr. Lindh so the delivery time and response to inquiries isn't the best.  The trailer did great on the Great Divide.   His webpage is below.

Routes / Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: September 03, 2013, 09:18:57 am »
Any idea when the maps for this new route will be published?

Routes / Re: Cycling in Mississippi
« on: June 27, 2013, 10:21:23 am »
I live in Ridgeland, just north of Jackson on the Trace.  There is a whole lot of blues and bbq on Hwy 61 in the Delta.  Not so much on the Trace.  At the time, I think the Trace is much nicer to ride a bike on than Hwy 61.  No commercial trucks and some shade, but not many towns right on the Trace.  If you like cotton fields and sun, with the occasional juke joint, Hwy 61 may be for you.

I would pick either Oct/Nov or March/April to ride.  The summer can be brutal with high humidity.  The fall is great and generally dry so long as we don't have a hurricane coming through.  Spring is also very nice, but you have a higher chance of storms.   

Gear Talk / Re: SPAM: New 12mm thru-axle for BOB trailer...finally!
« on: June 10, 2013, 01:57:17 pm »
See the link below for all you would want to to know about 12mm thru-axles.  The product touted by the OP is intended to allow a bike with a 12mm to pull a BOB.

General Discussion / Re: Packing bike for transport
« on: April 22, 2013, 10:13:15 am »
I've used an air caddy a couple of times.  There are a couple of advantages and disadvantages.  On the plus side, you don't have to take off the pedals, derailleur, rear wheel off or the handlebar (unless you have straight bars).  While you probably would have to take the panniers off, there is alot of room in the triangular box to ship stuff with your bike.  You could certainly ship your panniers and other gear with your bike.  I put a mountain bike, farfarer trailer, helmet, shoes, handlebar bag and camping gear in the box last time I used it.   You lock in the front fork dropouts, which protects the fork.  The rear wheel is wedged into into the small angle on the box.  Never had a problem with in the times I used it.     

On the minus side, it is larger than a standard bike shipping case so it costs more to ship it.  The cardboard box is pretty sturdy but I'd say three out and back trips is max unless you duct tape the whole thing.  You also need a place to store it once you unload it.

Good luck!

General Discussion / Re: Inspire or Scare the Begeebees?
« on: April 18, 2013, 09:50:54 am »
I live in the deep South off the Natchez Trace, although I grew up in Chicago.  I've done a fair amount of biking in different parts of the country.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised when I read about cyclists worrying about biking in the South.  The fact is there are good people and bad people everywhere.  In my experience, the good people greatly outnumber the bad, wherever you're at, although on any long trip you will probably be exposed to some of each.   I just think you have to take people individually.  While we all need to take the appropriate precautions, I think you enjoy live, cycling and traveling more by assuming folks are generally pretty good until proven otherwise.

As far as the bears go, I spend some time in northern Montana grizzly/black bear territory and never saw a bear.  But lots of scat.  Take the appropriate precautions about hanging your food, no food in the tent, different cooking/sleeping locations, etc and you will be fine.  The fact is you are whole alot more likely to be hit by car or struck by lighting than mauled by a bear. 

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