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General Discussion / Re: Pittsburgh PA Vehicle Parking
« Last post by Pat Lamb on April 29, 2016, 11:23:26 am »
The easiest thing would be to contact the motel where you'll start and ask if you can park your car, probably in the back of the lot, for that length of time.

Another option would be to park in a long-term parking lot at the airport, and catch a bus, shuttle, or taxi back to your motel.
General Discussion / Pittsburgh PA Vehicle Parking
« Last post by Nard on April 29, 2016, 09:43:26 am »
I will be coming to Pittsburgh, Pa about October 15, 2016 and need a safe  place to park my vehicle for about 3 weeks. I will be bike touring the Allegheny Passage and C & O Canal and on down the east coast for about 3 weeks, till about November 5, 2016. This is sort of a group of friends that will meet but we will be staying in a motel so the vehicle parking is the only thing I am requesting. Thank You in advance for your help.
Also any help on getting around Pittsburgh to start the trail woulld be helpful.
Nard Claar
719 520 5409
Gear Talk / Re: Front pannier racks
« Last post by planeguy5 on April 28, 2016, 09:02:39 pm »
Here are a few images.
Gear Talk / Re: Front pannier racks
« Last post by planeguy5 on April 28, 2016, 08:52:14 pm »
I purchased a Novara Mazama back in February and fit it with a front rack just last week. It's a Nashbar front rack, and only cost me $15 on Amazon (

It was relatively easy to fit and, despite the price, seems to be pretty well made. I am using it to carry two 15L Axiom panniers on my upcoming TransAm trip. The only quirks I've found are that in order to take off the front wheel you must take out the wheel skewer, and that to fit the rack properly, it must be canted back by about 10 degrees. I'll attach some images if possible.

Best of luck. It's a fun bike!

Gear Talk / Front pannier racks
« Last post by awcscot on April 28, 2016, 05:58:18 pm »
Any suggestions for front pannier racks that will accommodate disk brakes? I just bought a Navaro Mazama.  Local REI store not much help.
Pacific Northwest / Re: Weather related Norther Tier
« Last post by indyfabz on April 28, 2016, 01:43:45 pm »
The drop dead date for crossing Logan Pass this year is 10/16. With an early August start, you should be fine, but weather can close the pass earlier.

BTW...If you have never seen the plowing photos you should check them out:
Routes / Opinions on Utah Cliffs Loop
« Last post by Mbanzi on April 28, 2016, 12:19:49 pm »
Not sure if my Google-fu has weakened, but I've found it surprisingly hard to get good info on the Utah Cliffs Loop, apart from a few (old-ish) trip reports. I'm thinking of taking my wife, who's an experienced road endurance cyclist, as an introduction to off-road touring / bikepacking.

We're targeting a mid June start date, riding 3-4 days with a stop in Zion. I know there's quite a lot of asphalt on the route, which I don't mind. My question is how technical are the dirt sections? Is traffic as bad as some say, or is it just limited to small sections? Should we not bother & just go do the Idaho Hot Springs Route?  ;)
General Discussion / Re: cheap camping around sacramento and yosemite.
« Last post by tortoise on April 27, 2016, 10:28:39 pm »
Beal's point is pretty nice. It's not fancy but it's right on the lake with restrooms and water.
General Discussion / Re: Black Hills Mickelson Trail and 38C tires
« Last post by cgarch on April 27, 2016, 03:42:12 pm »
We rode the trail - Custer to Hill City and back - in 2006 on a tandem with 30c cyclocross tires. Other than one soft spot, it worked well, though we had to work for it. Look forward to riding more of it one of these days . . .

Santa Rosa, CA
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