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General Discussion / Re: Do you pack a Spare Tire???
« Last post by canalligators on Today at 12:34:51 pm »
I carry 3 tubes, a cheapo patch kit, and a spare tire.  Several times, my partner has needed some of this stuff.  In fact, partners have needed it more than I have.

Those items, and add actual tire levers and a piece of heavy cloth to "boot" the tire if you get a tire cut or cord failure.
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Gear Talk / Re: Continental Touring Plus
« Last post by John Nelson on Today at 11:45:19 am »
That's a great price!
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Gear Talk / Re: Continental Touring Plus
« Last post by Biketouringhobo on Today at 11:14:09 am »
I bought a new LHT fitted with Continental Sport Contact tires.

Got a puncture first ride, and another the second ride - both from stone chips which penetrated the tire. Coincidence maybe - but this really shook my confidence in Continental touring tires.

There wasn't gonna be a third time - I immediately replaced them with Marathon Supremes.

But the Supremes are probably going to be a little light for your purposes. For an all rounder with a nice balance of weight, durability and puncture resistance I would choose the Marathon Mondial HS428.

I just ordered 3 Schwalbe marathon Mondial DD Tires 26X2.0 at $30.99 USD times 3
=$92.97 from Wiggle(dot)com msrp 89.52 and I will be happy with them on my Surly LHT
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You helped me immensely.  Thank you!
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General Discussion / Re: Do you pack a Spare Tire???
« Last post by driftlessregion on June 30, 2016, 09:32:08 pm »
It all depends on where you are touring. In the US I would not want the extra weight. Check your tires often, especially when going past a bike shop.
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Gear Talk / Re: Continental Touring Plus
« Last post by driftlessregion on June 30, 2016, 09:28:24 pm »
The Gatorskin is my choice for touring (for daily riding I want a more supple sidewall). The ride will be somewhat harsh but good flat protection. Watch out for tires with a lot of grooves, like car tires. I found them to be really squirrelly on turns.
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Gear Talk / Re: saddles and sores
« Last post by driftlessregion on June 30, 2016, 09:17:34 pm »
I agree that sometimes body chemistry is the main culprit. I get severe heat rash after about 60 miles despite periodic professional bike fits and the use of various potions. Lantiseptic works the best but bleeds white through the shorts.
The disagreement of my statement regarding the need for a fit seems like splitting hairs to me.
I had the same experience ruining a brand new B17 due to getting caught in a 3 hour rain. Now I never ride without fenders.
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Routes / Re: Cycling from Portland, Or to Logan's Pass
« Last post by indyfabz on June 30, 2016, 03:45:01 pm »
Many moons ago I did some of what Carla mentions, only in reverse. I started in Seattle, went up to the Northern Tier near Mt. Vernon, WA, rode to Glacier N.P. for a few days and then doubled back to the Columbia Falls/Whitefish area and took the Great Parks North to Missoula, staying at a state park campground in Big Fork and then the U.S.F.S. campground at Lake Alva.
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Routes / Re: Cycling from Portland, Or to Logan's Pass
« Last post by CMajernik on June 30, 2016, 03:21:51 pm »
You can use Adventure Cycling routes. From Portland, you can take the Lewis & Clark Trail section 7 and 6 to Missoula, MT. Then follow the Great Parks North section 2 north to Glacier Natl. Park to pick up the Northern Tier.
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Classifieds / Re: Adventure Cycling Route Maps
« Last post by adventurepdx on June 30, 2016, 02:41:05 pm »
I have ACA route maps for the Trans Am trail, and the Lewis and Clarke Trail.

I also have some of the Northern Route.

If interested, contact me and let me know how to get them to you.

bltbikes@gmail.com
Which sections of the Northern Tier do you have available? How much are you selling the maps for? Are you only selling the complete sets?

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