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Routes / Connecting from Northern Tier to TransAM near Missoula
« Last post by cycle71 on May 22, 2015, 05:07:55 pm »
I plan to travel westbound on the Norther Tier and connect eastbound to the TransAM. I would like to make the transition by going from Columbia Falls, MT to Missoula, MT. I assume quite a few others have done this. What might be a good, safe route with services between these two cities?

Thank you.
Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by tbessie on May 22, 2015, 01:55:00 pm »
the cleat doesn't touch the ground when walking.
Not when you're walking on smooth surfaces, but have you tried walking on gravel in those shoes?

Heh, not yet - I'm sure I'll get some gunk stuck in there. :-/

- Tim
Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by administrator on May 22, 2015, 01:34:56 pm »
Thanks! Interestingly, those are one of the pairs I ended up getting.  I like them, though they are around a half-size too small.  I tried the next size up, but they were a bit loose, so I'll see if I can suffer through the ride with them; hopefully they'll stretch out a bit.

- Tim
I've had two pairs of different Pearl Izumi mtb shoes and had the same fit issues with both. They do stretch a little over time, but I still wish they were just a touch larger. Overall, I've been happy with these as they allow me to still use spd mtb clips, look similar to a regular tennis shoe and walk pretty well. I really like the regular laces with the pocket in the tongue of the shoe to keep the laces out of the chain.
Bikecentennial / Re: Bike Centennial Cookbook
« Last post by edunnfroebig on May 22, 2015, 12:03:22 pm »
We found the link to the cookbook.

Eva Dunn-Froebig
Events & Outreach Coordinator
Adventure Cycling Association
Routes / Re: Route 66 between Kelbaker Rd and Essex
« Last post by mthompson on May 22, 2015, 11:47:07 am »
Thanks for the note, Todd.

For the record, though, while it may be possible to get through on National Trails Hwy between Essex and Kelbaker Rd. during dry weather, this road is still officially closed and we cannot recommend it.  Also note that trying to ride this section in wet weather could be very dangerous.   

Safe travels indeed.
Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Alternatives of I-15 going through Cajon Pass
« Last post by Shinsuke on May 22, 2015, 11:36:15 am »
Hi Todd

Thanks, Todd.

I've got what you mean. I understand it would be a bit difficult for a bicycle to pass the shoulder of I-15, so I would like to consider using B-V bus service.

I am considering whether I will be able to pass through by a bicycle or not, but I will have to give up it to avoid the risk. The trip is a long way.

I hope I meet with you during my trip on Route 66! Have a nice trip, Todd!

Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by dkoloko on May 22, 2015, 11:04:09 am »
Your choice; I did the Pacific Coast Route in the fall; no problem being warm enough with Keen sandals. Cleats in the Keen sandals do not touch floor. On every mountain bike shoe I own, the cleats protrude beyond the recess.
Routes / Route 66 between Kelbaker Rd and Essex
« Last post by OldDogBC on May 22, 2015, 10:26:02 am »
Good Morning All,

I rode Route 66 from Ludlow to Needles yesterday. I'm not sure if the addendum has been updated on this or not but the section between Kelbaker Rd and Essex is passable. The two washed out bridges have dirt road bypasses through the respective washes. The western-most bypass is nice and solid with a pretty good riding surface. The eastern-most bypass is kind of rocky for the approaches and the bottom of the drainage is sandy but rideable. At least it was for me. I'm on 700x35 Marathons and did fine. Use a little caution though.

The route was amazing with exceptionally low traffic volume. My mileage was 108 for the day with pretty long stretches without water re-supply. I had great weather though with temps never getting above 85.

Safe Travels.

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Alternatives of I-15 going through Cajon Pass
« Last post by OldDogBC on May 22, 2015, 09:08:56 am »
My apologies for not being clear. Once I reached the Cleghorn on ramp from Cajon Blvd, I turned around and cycled back the way I had come. So I cycled south on Cajon Blvd (Old Route 66) back to Kenwood. I was met there by my girlfriend and we loaded my bike and gear up into her car. She then drove me up to the Oak Hill Exit where I resumed the route on my bike.

Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by DaveB on May 22, 2015, 09:00:22 am »
I find any true riding shoe, even MTB shoes with recessed cleats, to be uncomfortable for anything but short walking distances.  A shoe stiff enough to be efficient on the bike isn't a good hiker.  However, I won't compromise my riding so I take either a pair of flip-flops or light "running" shoes for off the bike use depending on how much walking is to be done.
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