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Connecting ACA Routes / Green Mt. Loop alternate
« Last post by mbattisti on July 27, 2014, 08:55:58 pm »
Doing the Green Mt. Loop in Vermont in a week or so, and our group does not have enough time to do the entire loop.  Starting near Burlington and going in a clockwise direction, we are considering leaving the ACA route in Lyndonville (near St. Johnsbury) and riding through So. Wheelock, Stannard, and Greensboro Bend before jumping on rt. 15 near Hardwick.  Then taking rt. 15 west all the way to Cambridge.  If anyone can shed any light on the riding conditions/grades along this proposed alternative, I would greatly appreciate it!  Also, if anyone has any recommended backroads to take us from Cambridge north to Sheldon Springs, that would be very helpful also.
General Discussion / Great Divide: Bears & Blogs
« Last post by martynbob on July 27, 2014, 04:40:53 pm »

I am new to this site but am very interested in hearing from others who have ridden the Great Divide Trail.  My hubby (Bob) is going to start the Divide Trail in just a few days.

I've got two interests:

1.  I would like to know how many people either see or encounter bears in the northern parts of the ride.  (And I'll be honest here, I'm hoping to hear that most people don't even see a bear.)

2.  If anyone created and maintained a blog, I'd like to see it!  I've started one for my husband but am looking for some ideas.  I've seen some that are detailed about the day-by-day experience, and I hope to put some of that in there, but since communications may be limited I'm interested other suggestions and ideas.  Blog thus far:


Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on July 27, 2014, 03:49:10 pm »
For all those eager advocates of SPD clips, or any other mechanical method of attaching your feet to the pedals, here's something few of the clip using fraturnity rarely tell you.  Unless you aquaint yourself at an early stage in your cycling life and feel very comfortable getting in and out of clips at split-second notice without having time to think you might end up as I did a few years back, running out of momentum on a steep hill and quite suddenly face down on the black-top.

I think most people would say it is rather foolish to start any kind of major tour with new equipment that you are not completely familiar with.  Sorry to hear about your troubles, but what were you thinking?

The flip side, of course, is that clipless (or even toe clips and straps) allows a cyclist with adequate low gears to spin up many grades and save his or her knees from pushing too hard, and the problems that come with that.  "Attaching" feet to pedals prevents a foot from slipping off and forcibly acquainting one's crotch with the top tube.

It boils down to a personal choice, of course.  If a rider has put in some training time with bike (including pedals) before starting off on tour, either clipless or rattrap/flat pedals can get you where you're going.
Classifieds / FS: Used Scott AT-4 Handlebars
« Last post by markusl on July 27, 2014, 12:42:39 pm »
I don't think these are made anymore and I think many people still like them so I'd thought I'd see if anybody wants mine.  I bought these in 1998-ish, used them on a commuter bike for about 3 years, and they've been sitting on a shelf in my basement ever since.

They measure 22.5 inches from outside to outside at the widest point.

The paint is pretty well scuffed from installing and uninstalling shifters and brake levers.

$30 + shipping (OBO).

marklorie at gmail dot com
Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« Last post by mscottweiss on July 27, 2014, 11:39:49 am »
Thanks to you all; I really appreciate the excellent advice. Seems like there are certainly pros and cons to both options. I'm leaning toward panniers, as it seems to be the majority consensus. Once again, much obliged for your help, and I hope your rides are safe and happy.
Routes / Re: Lewis and Clark route: Traffic concerns?
« Last post by mscottweiss on July 27, 2014, 11:37:45 am »
Terrific--thanks so much for your excellent feedback, and congratulations on your epic journey. I look forward to reading your blog. Enjoy Portland!
Connecting ACA Routes / Musselshell River as alternative
« Last post by freightbike on July 26, 2014, 10:42:24 pm »
I rode the musselshell river a couple weeks ago, from White Sulfur Springs to Forsyth. I wish to tell people to check out Ingomar if you go that way. Ingomar is about 40 miles up US Hwy 12 from Forsyth and I found it enchanting as a classic western town, out in the middle of nowhere. There are no services, other than a saloon called the "Jersey Lill' and an old school house with what the locals call a bunk and biscuit that rents for thirty dollars a night. You can also campout in the town park. Food is really good at the saloon but they are only open from ten am to ten pm so no breakfast served.
 There was a stretch of the road that was under construction just west of Harlowton. Roundup had a city park down by the county fair grounds but only one metal picnic table. Harlowton has a nice park called Chief Joseph park. The Conestoga RV in White Sulfur Springs was very nice also. All in all it was a very nice alternative to the interstate hwy along the Yellowstone river or hilly hwy 200 east of Great Falls.
Routes / Re: Lewis and Clark route: Traffic concerns?
« Last post by Tandem Tom on July 26, 2014, 08:27:11 pm »
My wife and I are currently in Portland and started our cross country ride in Delaware. We picked up the L&C in St. Louis. It has been a fantastic route! You can check out our blog on Crazyguyonabike. It is call"Undaunted Perseverance Acrees America "
General Discussion / Re: brooks saddle break-in how long
« Last post by 22hornet on July 26, 2014, 07:40:43 pm »
 I have had a swift for over a year on a bike I ride to work almost every day and I know it's there. Then I picked up a new b17 and swapped it out on the same bike. Day 1 the 17 is a dream and I'm a smaller rider, the swift is a good saddle but it just isn't as comfortable as the 17 for me.
GPS Discussion / Re: FrontPack: new mobile app for cycle touring
« Last post by SlowAndSlower on July 26, 2014, 03:00:27 pm »
Steveres: Thanks for the explanation on the offline usage as I see that being the main advantage for a standalone GPS unit today.
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