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Routes / Re: Period to begin Great Divide Mountain Bike Road
« Last post by John Nettles on February 07, 2016, 04:14:17 pm »
Welcome to the ACA Forums.

I assume you are going north to south.  September 1st is a little late, especially if you are wanting optimal weather AND to go slow.  This is a good journal and a good summary of when to go:  https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=tS&page_id=310078&v=55

You do not mention your speed or how slow is "ride slowly" but 90 days is more than enough (60 is typical).  Please note you do stand a chance of snow at the higher elevations since you are starting late so be prepared for waiting it out and/or rerouting to a lower elevation.  If you want to ride slowly I would start at least a month earlier.

Best wishes, John
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Routes / Period to begin Great Divide Mountain Bike Road
« Last post by pouerk on February 07, 2016, 04:03:07 pm »
Hi

I want ride the Great Divide Mountain Bike road with my wife in tandem. We want begin the 1 september. It's a good period? When we must finish in maximum with a good weather?
If we finish the end of november, is it ok?
How many days if we ride slowly?
Excuse me for my bad english...we are french...

Thanks
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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by Pat Lamb on February 06, 2016, 08:19:24 pm »
Are you just looking at a three week tour with nice scenery, mountains, and services? Doing something like the Northern Tier from Anacortes to Glacier National Park would be a good choice, and possible to do without camping if you plan ahead. If you're travelling fast and light, you could do it in three weeks, and then have time to spend at Glacier. You could also catch Amtrak out of Whitefish to get back to where you need to.

Eminently do-able; we made Apgar to Anacortes in two weeks loaded.  The Washington/Rainy pass day would be the only difficulty; I think you can find B&Bs near Concrete, and there's a pricey lodge right outside Mazama.  Towns are spaced about an easy day's ride for the rest of the trip.
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Classifieds / Schwalbe Marathon Touring Tires For Sale
« Last post by prudy on February 06, 2016, 06:18:59 pm »
I have a number of Schwalbe Marathon Touring Tires, 700 x 35.  They all have descent tread left.  I no longer ride 35s.
  $10 each plus actual shipping cost (UPS).  (These tires are ~$50 new). 
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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by adventurepdx on February 06, 2016, 01:12:33 pm »
PS - You can ride the Canadian Rockies staying in hostels every 30 miles/50 km.

Yep, you can do that! I did that when I toured the Icefields in 2011. Most of them are spaced 20 miles apart, though the longest stretch was about 40 miles. But most of the hostels are very rustic, with outhouses, no electricity, or showers. And while there are some private rooms, they are mostly bunks. You do need to book in advance, though, as those hostels fill up regularly during the short summer.

The Icefields Parkway and the rest of the Canadian Rockies are a beautiful spot to tour.
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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by jamawani on February 06, 2016, 01:08:58 pm »
PS - You can ride the Canadian Rockies staying in hostels every 30 miles/50 km.
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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by jamawani on February 06, 2016, 01:07:34 pm »
Google Maps is not necessarily your friend.
It is notoriously inaccurate - especially for cyclists.

Not sure of your experience level, how you tour, and how much of North American you have done already.
Three weeks is not a whole lot of time and less so if you add flying in and back.
Also, what time of year would you be considering?

I have cycled B.C. from top to bottom, Alaska, and the Yukon many times.
There are remote, dirt forest roads where you are little more than bear food.
And there are busy highways packed with cars and trucks zooming by.

Others are right about Juneau - there is no direct land connection.
The Yellowhead Hwy - Route 16 - between Prince Rupert and Prince George is pleasant -
but nothing to write home to Mom about - esp. if you have other untried options.

If you haven't ridden the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies - it is superb.
One possibility would be to fly into Calgary - ride the Parkway up to Jasper -
Then ride down to Kamloops, BC via Hwy 16 & Hwy 5 along the Blue River.
That would be about 500 miles / 800 km.

If you cover more miles, you can bike into Vancouver.
Or if you spend more time enjoying the parks, you can catch the train back.
I would certainly spend one day in VCV at Stanley Park and the world-class museum there.

Pic - Mount Robson - with incredible backcountry camping you can bike into

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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by adventurepdx on February 06, 2016, 01:06:19 pm »
Again that sounds like a good idea. It would be nice to travel somewhere on the ACA routes as they tend to be the most tried and tested. 3 weeks is probably the maximum I could get off work and even this will be a push. Plotting my original journey on google maps has yielded some positive results in terms of a possible inn-to-inn journey but as you say, they are few and far between if I suffer mechanical failure etc.

Have you done much lightweight touring? I'm still unsure if I should go for a tripple chainset or not, some of the climbs can a bit too much and I have seen a lot of people injuring knees this way.

I haven't done lightweight touring, but did parts of the NT there on a fully loaded bike, using a classic touring triple. While there weren't many steep-steep grades on the route, those mountain grades are l--o--n--g. You'll be grinding away at a 5-7% grade for hours and hours. So having low gears helps.

There should be others here that did inn-to-inn tours along that section of the Northern Tier. You should check out Crazy Guy on a Bike. And maybe start a new thread here, because with the subject "Juneau-Seattle", those folks who did a credit card NT tour might not look here!
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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by Jambi on February 06, 2016, 12:28:39 pm »
Again that sounds like a good idea. It would be nice to travel somewhere on the ACA routes as they tend to be the most tried and tested. 3 weeks is probably the maximum I could get off work and even this will be a push. Plotting my original journey on google maps has yielded some positive results in terms of a possible inn-to-inn journey but as you say, they are few and far between if I suffer mechanical failure etc.

Have you done much lightweight touring? I'm still unsure if I should go for a tripple chainset or not, some of the climbs can a bit too much and I have seen a lot of people injuring knees this way.
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General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by adventurepdx on February 06, 2016, 12:15:14 pm »
That's quite interesting. To be honest I didn't have my heart set on that particular starting point as it's still in the idea phase at the moment. It looks like it would be a great ride if I was to go Inland from Prince Rupert and make my way to Prince George and head south that way. How is the cycling in BC?

I have never been up that way, so I have no personal experience. Everything I've seen and heard, however, says it's a rugged and remote ride. And you'd have to go far inland first to get south.

But a tour like that doesn't look like it goes along with your preferences. You say in the OP that you want to try to do this tour as an inn-to-inn. This is an area with few/no services, and towns spaced widely apart. I wouldn't want to do a tour in this area without camping.

Are you just looking at a three week tour with nice scenery, mountains, and services? Doing something like the Northern Tier from Anacortes to Glacier National Park would be a good choice, and possible to do without camping if you plan ahead. If you're travelling fast and light, you could do it in three weeks, and then have time to spend at Glacier. You could also catch Amtrak out of Whitefish to get back to where you need to.
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