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Gear Talk / Re: Bob Yak Trailer? XCountry tour, thoughts?
« on: February 23, 2014, 07:30:24 pm »
When we first had this conversation on the trail she had just caught and dropped a bunch of young guys on Montana's Fleeser Ridge.   Her load full was lighter than their load empty.

 We're on smooth riding titanium hardtails instead of some full suspension beast, so we have about a  4 lb headstart there,

The ubiquitous yellow BOB bag adds another 2.8 lbs

That trailer contraption is 13 lbs, the one with suspension is 17

So, for her load to be lighter than those guys empty, she needs to keep it down to 16-24 lbs. 

If you don't think that can be done, it is time for you to do some research.  We have gear from Tarptent, Mont bell, sea to summit, golite etc   Here's some lists of of far lighter setups:

http://www.driven2divide.com/2012/06/27/ollie-whalleys-tour-divide-gear-list-setup-tour-divide-2012/

http://yogiing.com/hiker/abela/


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Gear Talk / Re: Bob Yak Trailer? XCountry tour, thoughts?
« on: February 23, 2014, 08:17:10 am »

Some say the additional 13 pounds of the trailer is an issue, but the Arkel GT-54 rear panniers weigh 6.6 lbs (Arkel) and the fronts are 4.2 lbs.  The is 10.8 lbs verses 13 lbs for the BOB.  The difference is 2.2 lbs.  Big deal.

Add the weight of the bag in the BOB
Remove the weight of the front panniers and rack. 
 my wife rides the Great Divide with full camping gear  with less weight than an empty BoB and Bag.

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Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades-Oregon section: Windigo Pass question
« on: September 16, 2013, 01:05:11 pm »
We went up there one spring to scout it out for a friend.  First, we were nearly chopped up and carried away by the mosquitoes, then we were stopped by snowpack.  There are many good dirt roads for a touring bike in this area, that is not one of them.

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Gear Talk / Re: Jetboil: Possible to cook real meals?
« on: June 23, 2013, 08:32:09 am »
I steamed/poached some trout in mine.  Not the best trout I ever cooked.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: June 20, 2013, 05:36:29 am »
sure, you can download as much basemap as there is memory in your phone.  It then becomes a layer upon which the track line is viewed.  If your location is on the line, you are on route.

I recently loaded most of OSM map of France, down to farm road detail.  With that and the track, I knew if I was 20 feet off route.

I have not found an Android app which I like as well as motionx, but I have not looked very hard.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: June 19, 2013, 05:54:41 am »
The topofusion tracks are by far the best GPS data for the Great Divide.  They have sufficient detail to sort out any recent logging road, something waypoints are useless for.

I load them into a Garmin, but I have found the iphone app motionx to be a very good phone app, which works well offline and and allows for downloading maps.

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General Discussion / Re: Pronounciation...
« on: June 14, 2013, 05:33:12 pm »
Interesting that the French don't call them panniers.  i can't remember what they do call them, but while they understand pannier they use something else.  If you buy something from Amazon France the online shopping cart is a pannier.

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General Discussion / Re: Shipping bike box to final destination
« on: June 14, 2013, 05:29:41 pm »
Yeah, those cases are very nice.  I've had nasty connections trying to bring two boxes on a luggage cart out to a bus to get to a different terminal.  Fortunately, Ive yet to have a bike damaged and I love abandoning the cardboard box and heading out.

Now the airlines are so intent on extracting money every step of the way we keep a couple of bikes with a friend in France. 

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General Discussion / Re: Shipping bike box to final destination
« on: June 14, 2013, 06:12:03 am »
I have brought bikes to Europe over and over in a cardboard box.  To return, I look for a bike shop or department store.  Last trip a Carrefour store in France unpacked two new bikes just so we could have the boxes.

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I hate to say it,but the 10 speed set ups we have really do shift better than the 9.  I just rebuilt the bikes we keep at a friends place in Europe with new xtr or sram xo nine speed ( which is available online cheap), and sort or wish I'd done the ten speed.

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General Discussion / Re: Touring in Corsica
« on: May 02, 2013, 10:49:19 pm »
We spent a few days there and met with a group of Brits who had done a longer tour.

the place has incredible scenery, along with the worst roads and least bike friendly people in France.  Maybe the Tour de France starting there will improve some of that.

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Gear Talk / Re: Camping Gas/stove
« on: May 01, 2013, 11:57:52 pm »
The new super efficient JetBoil has brought me back to canisters.  The new canisters were tough to find in Montana, but not impossible.

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Gear Talk / Re: rigid or not on the great divide?
« on: May 01, 2013, 11:52:47 pm »
I use a suspension fork but find it they are not so effective on washboards. They are just too slow in responding.

One of the top Great Divide racers claims a springy ridged fork ( I know, oxymoron) is better.

I had a suspension stem back in the day which definitely did more to smooth washboards than the fork.

If you go with a fork get one which lets you set the dampening very light.

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Gear Talk / Re: MTB tires
« on: May 01, 2013, 11:45:37 pm »
I use schwalbe tires.

I also use a slime filled inner tube

AND

a liner between the tube and the tire.

I also carry at least one extra inner tube and four or five patches.    Hate flats when I am riding.

Have you tried tubeless?  I have been through all those liners and such, but was finally sold on tubeless after and Arizona Trail trip without a flat.  None, in two years now.

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Gear Talk / Re: do I have too much crap?
« on: May 01, 2013, 11:40:42 pm »
We ride cook and camp on the great divide with rear panniers only.  Amazing how much weight is saved by cutting out the front racks and panniers.  Go through your " crap" and eliminated half of it.  Replace what is left with really lightweight stuff.  You'll enjoy being a rider, not a mule!

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