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Connecting ACA Routes / Walden, CO to Boulder, CO
« Last post by Nicoleleah on June 25, 2016, 10:00:50 pm »
I am doing the Trans Am but plan on going off route slightly in Colorado from Walden to Boulder.  The three options appear to be Highway 40 (154 miles), poudre canyon Road (136 miles), or highway 230 (182 miles). Does anyone have any suggestions as far as which route I should take? Which has the best shoulders and what does the elevation look like on these routes?
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General Discussion / Re: Do you pack a Spare Tire???
« Last post by RussSeaton on June 25, 2016, 08:48:41 pm »
On longer tours I will carry a spare 700C tire.  A lighter foldable model.  Not a heavy duty one like is on the bike.  On a couple tours I have needed the spare.  For short around home touring I will not carry a spare tire.
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General Discussion / Re: Getting the bike to Banff for the GDR?
« Last post by markleahy on June 25, 2016, 06:43:47 pm »
I like to ship my bike to the hotel. I usually find it in my room when I arrive. Only once did it arrive the next day. Label it [name] guest [date of arrival] [name, address of hotel]
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Routes / Re: Northern Tier - N. Dakota
« Last post by jamawani on June 25, 2016, 02:08:52 pm »
I think Highway 200 is a much nicer crossing of North Dakota.

From Sidney, Montana, you can take Hwy 23/68 to a back entrance of Theodore Roosevelt N.P.
(It involves about 8 miles of unpaved riding)
Then US 85/ Hwy 200 south which has much less traffic because of the drop in oil & gas development and with shoulders.
Then Hwy 200 straight east across the state. This road has fairly low traffic counts and county seats and services scattered along the way.
(The Hwy 1806 option above Halliday is quieter, still.)
It also traverses two of the finest historic/park locations in North Dakota - TRNP and the Mandan-Hidatsa villages.
I believe the latter to be one of the most important sites in the northern Great Plains.
There's Knife River NHS with visible lodge rings and a recreated earth lodge -
And there is the Fort Mandan site near Washburn.

Here's the ND DOT 2014 Traffic Count Map -
https://www.dot.nd.gov/docs/maps/traffic/trafficstate_2014.pdf

Note - Oil & gas traffic in western ND has dropped by about half.

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier - N. Dakota
« Last post by John Nettles on June 25, 2016, 12:31:02 pm »
Also, the average annual daily traffic (AADT) is less than 10,000 vehicles per day.  With 4 lanes of traffic and a full shoulder (granted ruble strips in places), it is not horrible.  Yes, a quiet tree-shaded 500 AADT road with a 3' shoulder meandering along a clear river would be better but none exist in that area.  Unless you are willing to do gravel roads, there is not very many decent alternatives.  Enjoy the ride!
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General Discussion / Re: Do you pack a Spare Tire???
« Last post by canalligators on June 25, 2016, 12:24:13 pm »
Agree on starting with new tires, and make them puncture resistant (kevlar belted) too. I also recommend a bike using a using a common wheel size, so that you can buy a tire almost anywhere.  This is known as the "Walmart Test".

I generally do not take a spare. But consider special circumstances.  In my case with a recumbent tandem, no one makes a 20" tire that is actually rated for the load and failures are common, so we do pack a spare - even on local riding.
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Routes / Re: Northern Tier Alternate
« Last post by canalligators on June 25, 2016, 12:08:04 pm »
Regarding the Finger Lakes and hills, it's generally flat between the lakes.  They transition from very gentle rolling across the north to some real hills across the south. Getting out of Ithaca or Watkins Glen requires some climbing. Generally, going north-south is much easier than east-west, the glacierscarved the land with north-south grooves.  Bike 14 is flat to rolling and very scenic.  As long as you're not opposed to a moderate amount of climbing, the Finger Lakes have some really fine riding.

The Albany alternative is a good choice too. Bike 5 to Albany, most of which is good riding. Then Bike 9 can get you to northern NJ. Bike 9 is a decent ride, mostly going east of the Hudson. I agree that you shouldn't take 9W all the way from Albany.
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General Discussion / Re: Pannier Discussion
« Last post by Biketouringhobo on June 25, 2016, 09:53:00 am »
look at Arkel Orca 35 and 45 Panniers
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General Discussion / Re: Do you pack a Spare Tire???
« Last post by Biketouringhobo on June 25, 2016, 09:50:41 am »
Thanks and I will start with New Tires
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Routes / Re: Northern Tier - N. Dakota
« Last post by John Nelson on June 25, 2016, 09:38:43 am »
There is about 50 miles of Interstate riding in five segments, spread over three days. Some of it has rumble strips that you have to work to avoid. Yes, it's not very nice, but it's a very small part of your trip. You'll survive it just fine.
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