Recent Posts

Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 ... 10
31
General Discussion / Re: What type of grades to expect on Northern Tier?
« Last post by jamawani on May 02, 2016, 06:50:35 pm »
B+ ; A- if you work real had.

But really, I'd be more concerned with wind than grades.
Which direction are you heading?? You do know about eastern Montana and North Dakota?
Those of us who have toured tens of thousands of miles will tell you -
The wind can kick you tail far more thoroughly than any grade.
32
Being somewhat technology challenged, it would nice if ACA would make available some sort of tiny 'free sample' example that could be downloaded without cost so the consumer could see and better understand what their getting and that it's really what they want.

Hmm, that's in interesting idea. I'll bring it up with staff and see what we can do in this area.

Thanks!

Jennifer
33
Just from the blog, I'd say that looks pretty cool. Looking forward to the Pac Coast and WE versions.

cg
34
As of 5/2, there are reports that this road closure is no longer in effect. Check the Illinois DOT for confirmation.
35
Being somewhat technology challenged, it would nice if ACA would make available some sort of tiny 'free sample' example that could be downloaded without cost so the consumer could see and better understand what their getting and that it's really what they want.
36
General Discussion / Re: What type of grades to expect on Northern Tier?
« Last post by RussSeaton on May 02, 2016, 02:21:18 pm »
with a loaded bike, 8% is about the steepest I will try to ride.  Any steeper than that, even if you're geared to go slower, you'll have trouble balancing the bike.  YMMV, riders and bikes vary in low speed abilities.

You would have a hard time riding in the Dolomites and Pyrennes.  Appalachians too.  I recall seeing signs saying 13-14-15-16-17% grades in the Dolomites.  Short sections, not continuous.  I've heard the Appalachians are steep too.  You had better confine yourself to the Rockies and Alps only.  They max out at 7-8%.
37
General Discussion / Re: What type of grades to expect on Northern Tier?
« Last post by canalligators on May 02, 2016, 12:26:14 pm »
My general rule is that, with a loaded bike, 8% is about the steepest I will try to ride.  Any steeper than that, even if you're geared to go slower, you'll have trouble balancing the bike.  YMMV, riders and bikes vary in low speed abilities.

My low gears were in the low 20s, as are ours.  There are places in the cascades where I resorted to walking.  I was eastbound.  Around the Diablo reservoir there were a couple of climbs that were a mile or so long, the first couple of miles east out of Tonasket, and a couple of miles on Sherman Pass.

I'd say you're geared low enough.
38
General Discussion / Re: What type of grades to expect on Northern Tier?
« Last post by RussSeaton on May 02, 2016, 10:47:02 am »
I have a Surly Disk Trucker with 48-36-26 chainring and 11-36 cassette. 

Comment on crankset.  Your crank will almost certainly take a 24 tooth inner chainring.  74 mm bolt circle diameter.  So you could change the 26 ring for a 24 tooth ring easily.  $15 and 15 minutes.  Little bit lower low gear.  Probably won't make much if any difference.  But it will be the lowest you can get with your current equipment.
39
General Discussion / Re: What type of grades to expect on Northern Tier?
« Last post by jwrushman on May 02, 2016, 09:10:46 am »
I was riding to Mahlon Dickerson Park.  Union Hill Road (near Greystone) and Weldon Road (entering the park from the east) slowed me up.  I'll be doing the same ride later this month adding on a few more miles for conditioning.
40
Routes / Re: TransAm trail - how fit
« Last post by indyfabz on May 02, 2016, 07:35:55 am »
When I did the Northern Tier we went off route a bit for camping and ended up doing Brandon Gap in Vermont instead of Middleburry Gap. It was the one climb of the entire trip I thought I might have to walk.
Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 ... 10