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Gear Talk / Re: handlebar bag
« Last post by PeteJack on August 30, 2014, 11:25:13 am »
I have a Lone Peak barbag that I've used for thousands of miles. I don't like it. Mainly because you have to put a cover on when it's raining. I was once in a tremendous downpour in IL and the cover filled with water. The bag and its contents (including a cellphone) couldn't have got wetter if I'd plonked it in a bowl of water for a couple of hours. Also when you put the cover on you can't read the map in the handy map pocket. You have to loosen the cover and push it back to see the map, quite tricky on the move. The guy who sold me the bag said the thing to do was to cut a hole in the bottom of the cover to prevent water build up!

When I can afford it I'm going to spring for a waterproof Ortlieb bag like my wife has. Mind you they ain't perfect, for some reason Ortlieb provide this lock feature that's as much use as a chocolate teapot.
General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by PeteJack on August 30, 2014, 11:00:50 am »
Quote from: adventurepdx
And I know for sure there are "alternative routes" that parallel I-5 here (Old 99, for one), yet you can still legally ride the shoulder of I-5 if you want
Let no one run away with the idea that the alternative is easy. I did manage to get from Kelso to Camas without going on I5 by attempting to follow old 99. It involved a very hard climb and a lot of time. Some gent who lives in Kelso sent me a PM saying I couldn't have chosen a worse route, I should have gone down I5.

I will add that I find interstates miserable riding and you are more likely to get flats on them due the the tremendous amount of debris on the shoulders.
General Discussion / Re: Quick fixes for cyclist's palsy?
« Last post by Miller on August 30, 2014, 10:41:08 am »
I don't know your handlebar set-up but simply getting drop bars and riding on the hoods solved all of my hand numbness issues. I like oversized 31.8 diameter bars with flat tops. I use gel pads and Cinelli cork/gel tape to the give the bars a cushy feel. Works great.
General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by TCS on August 30, 2014, 09:25:11 am »
The issue is riding on an interstate with its wide shoulders, with two lanes giving trucks a lane to pass and of course with no oncoming traffic must be safer.

Many (most?) bridges on the interstate system do not have shoulders.

Being caught and passed by two side-by-side semi-trailer trucks on a shoulderless interstate bridge was memorable.

Routes / Re: Great Divide Rooseville, MT to Helena, MT
« Last post by mathieu on August 30, 2014, 09:01:10 am »
Carla, it's an indulgence to go back to the maps and refresh fond memories of those towns and trails of the Great Divide route.
I went through all maps and added all paved sections on the main route longer than 5 miles. I came to a surprising total of 673 miles, i.e close to 25% of the total route!
That old estimate of 5-10% on pavement (also in Wikipedia) is wide off the mark.
General Discussion / Re: Help me decide on this last minute tour.
« Last post by Gif4445 on August 30, 2014, 04:45:46 am »
Well, I couldn't get Glacier out of my mind.  Especially when zzzz sent me some beautiful pics.  So I'm using my free ride and traveling to Billings MT on Sept. 8.  If the forecast for Glacier area looks bad, I will have him drop me off in Cody and I will bike to Grant Village in Yellowstone to continue my cross country tour.  If all looks a go, I will grab a rental car and get a little closer to the park.  At this point looking at Great Falls.  The car will cut a couple hundred miles off the ride and get me a couple days away.  So should start the Going to the sun road on Sept. 11 or 12.  Road closure for construction doesn't begin until Sept. 22 I believe, so should be ok there.   I have the Great Parks map #2, which I will follow from St. Mary  to the TA.  Just hoping the weather holds!
General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by Gif4445 on August 30, 2014, 04:31:51 am »
I agree that it is good to have a choice.  However in my home state of Nebraska IMHO the powers that be are doing all a favor in not allowing Interstate cycling.  Safety wise, I would not ride I-80.  The highways close by are usually less dangerous.  For me it boils down to the two reasons I tour.   To see interesting places and meet interesting people.  The interstate system in Nebraska is not the place to do either.
Routes / Re: Great Divide Rooseville, MT to Helena, MT
« Last post by CMajernik on August 29, 2014, 06:50:52 pm »
I have to admit - I was guessing at the percentage and did not take the time to figure it out. Thanks for correcting me.
Routes / Re: Great Divide Rooseville, MT to Helena, MT
« Last post by mathieu on August 29, 2014, 06:44:51 pm »
Adventure Cycling clearly has an unrealistic view of the percentage paved, both for the whole GD route and for this particular section from Roosville to Helena.
In this section roughly 25%, about 90 miles in a total of 370 miles, is paved. The detailing by Iowagriz is also what I remember.
For the total route it is more likely between 10-20%.
General Discussion / Re: GDMRB 2015 Casual Ride!
« Last post by Harry1987 on August 29, 2014, 06:27:29 pm »
That's what I'm talking about!

Sounds amazing.

Background is I'm from, work and live (unsurprisingly given I work here) in the UK. Got a year work/holiday visa for Canada and going to move over to BC in January. No job sorted as yet so should be pretty flexible in terms of when I plan to set off.

Keep me in the loop with your plans as it would be great to at least start / do some of the ride with you guys!

Look forward to hearing from you

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