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General Discussion / Re: What type of grades to expect on Northern Tier?
« Last post by DaveB on May 05, 2016, 08:13:14 pm »
I have a Surly Disk Trucker with 48-36-26 chainring and 11-36 cassette. 

Comment on crankset.  Your crank will almost certainly take a 24 tooth inner chainring.  74 mm bolt circle diameter.  So you could change the 26 ring for a 24 tooth ring easily.  $15 and 15 minutes.  Little bit lower low gear.  Probably won't make much if any difference.  But it will be the lowest you can get with your current equipment.
His crank may be one of Shimano's "Trekking" cranks and, if so, would have 104/64 BCDs and take a 22T granny chainring.   22x36 with 700c wheels is 16.5 gear inches and you can't reasonably get any lower.
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General Discussion / Hello All, Happy to be cycling again
« Last post by Prairieboy43 on May 05, 2016, 07:54:29 pm »
Hello, all New to this forum. Canadian reborn cyclist. Just happy to be riding again. Been off for a few decades. Last long tour 87 Europe/ North Africa. Enjoyed riding bike around Europe, but disliked long uphills. However the hills build character. Buddy I ride are back to cycling again in Edmonton, Alberta. Feels good to rack up 50 miles a day. We plan on a 100 miler this summer. One thing I am looking at is the purchase of a new touring bike for wife/myself. I am looking for a fast Chro/Mo bike, not Mtn bike too slow. Also anyone have experience with Rohloff hubs?
Thank You
PB43 8)
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Canada / Canada EH??
« Last post by Prairieboy43 on May 05, 2016, 07:43:45 pm »
Where are all the Canadian Cyclists?? My buddy and I are cycling Edmonton trail systems. They are great along the river? Cycled Fort Saskatchewan. Good lite ride.
Anyone?? 8)
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Classifieds / FS Bilenky Midland touring
« Last post by pmarkos on May 05, 2016, 03:32:16 pm »
For Sale Bilenky Midland touring bike. Frame was made in 2009, I purchased it locally in 2013 new; most of the parts were also purchased new.  Specs and geometry are bellow.  I'd like to keep the lights(might not be able to remove rear), pedals.  I can send more pics/geometry sheet if interested. 
Bike is located in Olympia Wa

Bike is very stable and comfortable.  I ride it sparingly and mostly for commuting and grocery shopping.  I've done a few mixed road rides with it, but no touring.   Paint is dark green with a gold metal flake, cream color panels, gold lined lugs and gold decals.  It looks nice, gets a lot of compliments!  Paint is in good condition, there is a chip at the bottom bracket and a few marks here and there.  Bike takes 26 wheels, it fit a 27.5*38 wheel tire combination and road nicely. 
 
$1,600 complete, with a Tubus Nova stainless front rack. buyer pays shipping and PayPal.
$800 Frame/Fork/Headset buyer pays shipping and PayPal.

Specs:
-Frame: Bilenky 55cm frame, 1" threaded fork
-Quill stem adapter with VO 80mm stem and Highway one compact 44cm bars, Dura ace fluted seatpost
-Drive train: Dura ace 10spd downtube shifters, xt rear derailleur, Sram front, Race Face carbon 10spd cranks (170m 22,32,42), 11-36 xt cassette.
-Wheels: SON dynamo hub, WI rear, 36 spokes, laced to Velocity Aeroheat rims, Panaracer Pasela 26*1.75 wheels
-Brakes: Avid single digit, Tektro levers 
-VO fenders, stainless water bottle cages
-Tubus Cosmo stainless rear rack

Geometry:
TT and ST:55cm
HT: 17.7 cm
BB: 262mm

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I bet my Rans V-Rex is more comfortable.  Unless recumbents are non-bicycles, of course.
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Hello-I'm doing the TramsAm route starting June 20 from Astoria.  I'm doing my own personal fundraiser with proceeds going to the Alzheimers Association.  I am not part of an organized group just doing this on my own with my Sister and her husband as my SAG team.  Not sure if this is what you are looking for but just giving you the information.

 :)
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SR 230 from turn A to Riverside, WY is under construction. This ten miles has been ripped up and will be repaved. It's rideable but it feels like riding on a rumble strip. The shoulder is ripped up asphalt that has been tamped down with loose and large gravel. Ride carefully and consider hitching a ride in a pickup if possible. The construction project will be completed October 2016.
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General Discussion / Re: What type of grades to expect on Northern Tier?
« Last post by jwrushman on May 04, 2016, 09:20:40 pm »
Thanks everyone for the comments.  It sounds like my bike and gear will be okay.  I have a year to get my butt in shape!!
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Gear Talk / Re: Great Divide Route Bike Set up
« Last post by Iowagriz on May 04, 2016, 08:01:11 pm »
No knowledge on the ghost.

Where do you live and what type of riding will you do after the TDR?

Lots of bikes will work for the TDR. But you might as well buy something that you will use long after.

In general a 27.5" or 29" hardtail MTB. Front suspension not required, but if you need for the riding you do afterwards you might as well get now.

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Gear Talk / Re: Great Divide Route Bike Set up
« Last post by skundricha on May 04, 2016, 07:32:10 pm »
Thanks for the insight, definitely appreciated. Do you have any opinion or knowledge on the Ghost Panamao X 3? I know its in the same kind of price range and seems to be a different style of hardtail, maybe more fit for the divide?
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