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Routes / Portion of the NT Between Bismarck,ND and Dickinson,ND
« Last post by tbergbeklimmer on May 27, 2016, 10:22:34 pm »
Hola Cycling Friends,

Does anyone know about the portion where you have to enter Interstate I-94 from County Road 139? (NT Section 4)
The reason being is that I absolutely hate riding on Interstates and I was wondering if it's at all possible to continue on County Road 139 or must I ride the interstate for the portion.
I will of course find out once I get there, however I thought I might try to see if anyone else might know prior just to relieve some stress!    :D

I attached a screen shot of the section of the route.

Cheers!
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Gear Talk / Re: bike suggestion
« Last post by John Nelson on May 27, 2016, 05:33:12 pm »
Both will work perfectly well. IMO, save yourself a little money and get the LHT. Use the extra money to upgrade another piece of your gear.
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Gear Talk / Re: bike suggestion
« Last post by JennyL on May 27, 2016, 04:41:28 pm »
I see! Thank you for the detailed explanation! I appreciate it! One last question before I get the bike -- LHT or disc trucker? I'm not familiar with the disc breaks but they suggest the disc trucker because it has more durability in rain. Thank you!
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Routes / Crossing the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge on a Bicycle
« Last post by ksc on May 27, 2016, 04:02:45 pm »
Here is a link that does a great job describing the process:

http://curtiswalker.com/wordpress/?p=852
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Gear Talk / Re: bike suggestion
« Last post by John Nelson on May 27, 2016, 03:50:05 pm »
Get the Surly, for at least two (probably more) reasons: (1) It is specifically designed for exactly what you want to do, and (2) It has significantly lower gears, and you're really going to appreciate that. Don't overthink it. Buy the LHT. Today!
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Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades road surfaces?
« Last post by staehpj1 on May 27, 2016, 03:40:28 pm »
The handling of the Bromoton is a little nervous compared to my LHT but I'm confident that it is up to the task.

You say that the climbs are steep but according to the gpx they rarely reach 6%. Do you think that is innacurate?

I would have guessed that quite a few places the grades hit the double digits for at least some portion of the way.   For sure there will be a number of days where the elevation gain will be over a mile, sometimes all in one go.
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Gear Talk / Re: bike suggestion
« Last post by Pat Lamb on May 27, 2016, 02:52:37 pm »
I came across two bikes that I don't know which one would be better - surly long haul trucker and kona rova al. They both ride are great bike but they make out of different materials so I'm not sure which one would be better.

First, don't obsess over frame materials.  Despite the hype (and there's a lot of that!), the shock absorption is in the tires instead of the frame.  Aluminum won't rust, but if you rust out a bike riding across America, you're going too slow!  :)

Second, pick the one that fits you best and is the most fun to ride.  If you like riding your bike, you are more likely to ride your bike, and the cost benefit ratio improves the more you ride.

Finally, the LHT has lower gears you'll appreciate in VA, KY, MO, CO, WY, MT, ID, and OR.  (Not much difference in Kansas or Illinois.)  If they both fit and ride alike, get the LHT.
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Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades road surfaces?
« Last post by rbeharrell on May 27, 2016, 02:48:00 pm »
The handling of the Bromoton is a little nervous compared to my LHT but I'm confident that it is up to the task.

You say that the climbs are steep but according to the gpx they rarely reach 6%. Do you think that is innacurate?
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General Discussion / Re: Summer restrictions on alcohol stoves on the Trans-Am?
« Last post by BobG on May 27, 2016, 01:42:38 pm »
Walmart did stock Coleman branded "MSR" style isobutane cartridges on the shelves for a few years but apparently no longer.

Bumping this thread for an update. I found Coleman branded isobutane canisters back on the shelves at my local Walmart. I searched a few random Walmart locations on the TransAm. Many stores list them in stock.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-Butane-Propane-Mix-Fuel/20595064
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Gear Talk / Re: bike suggestion
« Last post by JennyL on May 27, 2016, 01:26:18 pm »
Thank you for all the advises! They all help a lot! I came across two bikes that I don't know which one would be better - surly long haul trucker and kona rova al. They both ride are great bike but they make out of different materials so I'm not sure which one would be better. Thank you!
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