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General Discussion / Re: Safe to cycle the USA? Things do happen.
« Last post by Pat Lamb on September 18, 2014, 09:50:10 pm »
On the other hand, most people in the US live in towns and cities larger than most of the towns most bicyclists stop in while touring.  In the remaining 50-odd days after the car driver arrives at his/her destination, s/he's much more likely to run into a homicidal psychopath than the cyclist spending nights in Kremmling, Rush Center, or Troutdale.

The dozen or so fatal shootings in my home city this year haven't made national news or been reported outside local TV range (that I know of).  Perhaps the rarity of touring cyclists being murdered is responsible for the wider reporting of this incident -- and that might indicate it's safer to be riding your bike across the country than stopping at gas stations in major cities at night.
General Discussion / Re: Strange sounds from below
« Last post by briwasson on September 18, 2014, 07:50:38 pm »
Loose rear cassette was my first guess. Sometimes the lock rings will be just loose enough to allow the cassette to rock a bit under load. Are all your spacers there? It could also be a loose BB. Happened to us two weeks ago on our triplet, and was definitely making a clunking noise. Grab your cranks and see if you can move the BB axle at all. Also look to make sure the BB cups are fully threaded in. BBs are not hard to fix, you just need the tool (which is cheap and good to have in your toolbox anyway).
Classifieds / TOUR EASY
« Last post by recumbentgerry on September 18, 2014, 06:57:33 pm »
 For sale 2007 Easy Racer Tour Easy, size of frame is ( small ) x-seam is 36 to 39. Bike comes with front and rear fenders, rear rack, kickstand, frame bag, speedometer and full zipper fairing. The Tour Easy is geared for touring. Front chain rings, 44-32-22 and rear cassette is 11-32. I am asking $1200.00, if interested I can be reached at this e mail  :
General Discussion / Re: Safe to cycle the USA? Things do happen.
« Last post by Westinghouse on September 18, 2014, 06:21:26 pm »
Yes, That's the point. Is it safe to cycle the US? Random violence can happen anywhere to anyone. It seems to have greater currency in this country than in many others. In a car one can go 500 miles in a day, be across the country in 6 days, and stop and mingle far fewer times than a person on a bicycle. Bike touring requires many many frequent stops. Consequently, it brings one into contact with many more people.  It ups the odds that one will cross the path of someone like that schizophrenic man in McDonalds in Vero.
General Discussion / Re: Safe to cycle the USA? Things do happen.
« Last post by staehpj1 on September 18, 2014, 03:31:55 pm »
Yeah a better title would have been "Safe to go in McDonalds? Things do happen". 
General Discussion / Re: Safe to cycle the USA? Things do happen.
« Last post by jrswenberger on September 18, 2014, 01:56:29 pm »

A man cycling from the NE USA to Miami, FL went to stop at a McDonalds in Vero Beach, FL. An apparently paranoid schizophrenic homeless man just walked up and stabbed him to death.

This sounds like random violence by an unstable person. What does this have to do with cycling safety in the USA?

Things happen all over the world, every day.

General Discussion / Strange sounds from below
« Last post by sanuk on September 18, 2014, 01:38:02 pm »
Could be a deviant rock band drummer warming up in the cellar, but this is on my bike and I don't like the sound of it. There's a knocking specifically when starting a ride.  Kind of like a little hammer sound. Never hear it any other time.  Could be the bottom bracket or maybe the rear casset I suspect.  It's irregular and doesn't last long but strangely nearly always after I've either cleaned and/or oiled the chain and rear casset.  Sometimes it seems related to starting out in rain - something I try to avoid - but maybe that's my imagination.  It only lasts about two or three minutes max and only at the start then it peters out and everything's OK.  On a recent long-haul ride I thought it might be caused by overly loaded rear panniers.  But now I got it again back home having just cleaned the bike and re-oiled the chain and starting out with no luggage.  50 yards or less down the road and it stops. I once had a problem before with a loose rear casset, but that doesn't seem to be it. I've had the wheel off.  It looks OK.  Bottom bracket issues would however be a real pain.  Any suggestions, cures?
Routes / Re: CDT Ride - Anaconda MT area (2-3 day)
« Last post by indyfabz on September 18, 2014, 10:32:02 am »
Many of the Interstates in that area are not that bad. I have ridden along I-15 south of the BLM camground I mentioned and crossed under I-15 in Melrose. From what I could see, the traffic was very light. There are frontage roads along I-15 heading north from Divide towards Butte, but I don't think they go all the way through, so you have to eventually get on the highway for a stretch. Check it out on Goggle Maps. Even the three miles of I-90 I rode between an interchange west of Butte and the exit for MT 1 were tolerable.

Will you be staying up by the lake on in Anaconda proper? If the former, note that from Anaconda up to Gerorgetown Lake is about a 10 mile climb. It starts our gradual and gets progressively steeper until you approach Silver Lake, which is a few miles east of Georgetown Lake. However, the climb never gets overly steep for any significant distance, and it's scenic. Both times I rode it, the wind out of the west was the real factor.

Finally, if you find yourself in Butte needing a place to stay, the motor lodge portion of the Hotel Finlen is a good value. It's located in the Uptown section of the city, which has some interesting old buildings.
General Discussion / Re: Nishki bikes
« Last post by DaveB on September 18, 2014, 09:04:23 am »
Try the "Classic and Vintage" forum at  The posters there should be able to provide all of the details.
Routes / Re: CDT Ride - Anaconda MT area (2-3 day)
« Last post by finster on September 17, 2014, 11:36:33 pm »
Hey thanks for the great info! Good to know that I can ride on the Interstate although this sounds like it could be a bigger risk than being in bear country! :) I like the sound of the route back to Anaconda as well. Fleecer Ridge is calling me. I can't get this kind of view in MN. Cold is totally ok as well as passable snow. Also sounds like local establishments are accommodating to bikers which is awesome. I will take a peek at the loop north of Butte as well. Perhaps I will have enough time to do both. Looking forward to my visit. I hope to stop in to ACA as well.

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