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Gear Talk / Re: What's your favorite 100 mile unweighted bike?
« on: April 20, 2010, 02:30:53 pm »
IF Steel Crown Jewel SE painted in starlight purple.

General Discussion / Re: Surly LHT or Cannondale Touring 2
« on: April 18, 2010, 12:16:15 pm »
I am around that size as well--6'2", about 215.  I have taken my LHT heavily loaded through all sorts of terrain and it has performed wonderfully.  Riding a 60 or 61 (it's about 3 years old and they may have been making a 61 back then).  As noted, the reach is long, but that works for me as my height comes from my waist up.  The wheel set has impressed me. The rear wheel has been trued maybe three times, and one of those times was necessitated by an accident.

Gear Talk / Re: stove or no?
« on: April 15, 2010, 01:42:25 pm »
It depends entirely on how you want to do it. Personally, I carry an extensive kitchen and try to cook dinner as much as possible.  And when I say cook, I don't mean heating up a can of soup or chili, unless that's all that's available. Highlights from last summer in MT, BC and AB were pasta with linguica, onions, garlic and fresh spinach, pasta with asparagus, onions and garlic and chicken stir fry with broccoli.  On an overnight trip this Easter past it was spaghettine with asparagus, portobello mushrooms, garlic and shaved parmasean cheese. And coffee in the morning is a must for me.

If you don't see yourself making regular use of a more extensive kitchen set up, probably best not to bring one. But not having one could limit your options.

General Discussion / Re: where do we sleep on the TransAm
« on: April 14, 2010, 09:54:49 am »
Don't miss the J.C. Motel (or whatever it's called these days) in Jerrfrey City, WY.  Real swanky.  ;D

I did the NT with a 35 degree bag and was a little chilly a few nights early on, but I went west to east and was in the WA mountains, where I got snowed on, before June.  I agree that you don't need a 20 and that a 40 would work, but with a liner to be on the safe side.  And synthetic, not down.

Routes / Re: Routes from N.Idaho to Ashland, ORegon
« on: April 06, 2010, 04:09:55 pm »
Check AC's route maps.  Their Northern Tier route goes through Sandpoint, ID across WA and meets up with their Pacific Coast Route.  The NT route is nice, but just one option.

General Discussion / Re: pine creek trail in pa
« on: April 06, 2010, 11:32:29 am »
At the north end of the trail there is the Colton Point Motel. I stayed there several years ago.  Basic, clean, affordable accomodations and good breakfast (extra cost).

Also up at that end there is Leonard Harrison State Park and Colton Point state park. The former has a modern campground.  The latter offers rustic camping.

Pine Creek Outiftters offer shuttle service to various points along the trail.

Routes / Re: Connect Northern Tier to RAGBRAI?
« on: April 05, 2010, 02:35:39 pm »
Another option through ND:

Stay on the NT to New Town.
Rte. 23 east to Rte. 41
Rte. 41 south to Turtle Lake (don't miss Rusty the Turtle!)
Rte. 200 east to 14 south to Wing
Rte. 36 east to Tuttle
Rte. 3 south to Steele
I-94 to Dawson
Rte. 3 south through Napolean to where to joins with Rte. 13, then to Wishek
Stay on Rte 13 to U.S. 281

I did some of this during CANDISC a few years ago.  Mostly an empty area dotted with relatively tiny towns.  Zero traffic.  Even I-94 wasn't bad when we rode it early in the morning.  Established camping might be tough, but it seemed like an area where locals would let you camp in city parks, etc.  McClusky, Steele, Napolean and Wishek are the larger towns that have services, and I am almost certain that Steele allows camping at the Lone Steer Motel.  In Wishek we stayed at some sort of fairgrounds on the western edge of town. The Wishek area is home to descendants of Germans who came over from Russia back in the day.  Good local sausage.  Most of the towns also have a cafe for eats.

If you want real kitche, create a route that goes through Stasburg, ND.  Brave the milesor so of somewhat rocky dirt road off of U.S. 83 and visit the nicely preserved Lawrence Welk homestead.

Check out the Kelty Gunnison 2.1 at REI.  With the current 20% off coupon if you are an REI member, comes out to $157 + tax; free shipping to REI members.  Has gotten great reviews, is reasonably light (5 pounds), can be set up in two minutes, and has sitting headroom for those days when you are stuck in the tent because of weather.


Was just going to post the same.

Gear Talk / Re: Help Pulling the Trigger
« on: April 05, 2010, 10:31:41 am »

Thank you for your response! I am mostly concerned with the LHT component use. the Alex Adventurer rims are reported to be low quality as are the aluminum cranks. Does anyone have any recent experience with these components or the 2006 and newer LHT that can speak to the quality of the stock bike?


My LHT is post-2006 (2007 or 2008) and has the Alex Adventure rims (700c).  I am 6'2", about 215 lbs., carry a lot of weight and am less of a spinner than I should be.  I have never had a problem with the rims.  Here's a little story.  One winter I bent my deraileur hanger and put off getting it fixed.  Spring rolled around and I started training for a western trip.  Going up a steep hill I decided to try the granny gear just see what it was like.  That decision was followed by the sound of deraileur shifting into the spokes, being twisted around and they bursting into many pieces.  The wheel suffered only the slightest tweek.  The truing was only its second ever, and I have never broken a spoke.

General Discussion / Re: Monument Valley in July
« on: April 05, 2010, 10:16:37 am »
Photo doesn't seem to be showing.

Here is the Wikipedia link:

General Discussion / Re: Monument Valley in July
« on: April 05, 2010, 10:14:55 am »
I drove through some of that area at the end of July '00 and it was like being in an oven.

Here is a shot of 261.  Very steep in places (up to 15% I think) but looked doable.

General Discussion / Re: Bike Cover
« on: March 26, 2010, 11:09:51 am »
6'x8' waterproof tarp with gromets=4 oz.

General Discussion / Re: Camping in NP
« on: March 26, 2010, 10:58:00 am »
It is correct that it depends on the park.  When I was in Yellowstone the policy was that hikers and bikers were always given spots.  In fact, in W. Yellowstone I tried to make a reservations with the company then running the campsites and they wouldn't even let me.  But that was 10 years ago, so things may have changed.  It's good to see, however, that hiker/biker sites are still only $5.

General Discussion / Re: Bike Cover
« on: March 25, 2010, 10:40:23 am »
And I don't see any reason to cover your saddle unless it is real leather.

So you don't have to set out a dry day on a saddle that is saturated with cold water from the rain the might before?

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