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General Discussion / Re: bike racks for car (trunk style)
« Last post by canalligators on August 24, 2016, 11:00:40 am »
Can you modify the cradle to accept a larger tube?  Strap it down with an added strap instead of the factory rubber band?  Does Thule offer replacement cradles for your model rack?
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Routes / Re: Northern Tier in Minnesota: which loop?
« Last post by indyfabz on August 24, 2016, 10:47:12 am »
"If you're looking for a tour of 500 miles or less, the two sections when purchased together create a great loop route."

Thanks. The wheels in my head are spinning rapidly regarding next summer.
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General Discussion / Re: bike racks for car (trunk style)
« Last post by hon_cho on August 24, 2016, 08:53:25 am »
I'm partial to the Saris Bones, both the 2 and 3 bike models.  That said,  the use of a top tube adapter, available from Thule, Yakima, Allen Sports and I'm sure others allows just about any rack to fit any bike. 
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Routes / Re: Northern Tier in Minnesota: which loop?
« Last post by ggwbikemt on August 24, 2016, 05:43:03 am »
The Trails Alternative (southern) route is 98 miles shorter than the main route and the scenry is mostly farmland with occasional woodland. The main route leaves Fargo-Moorhead as farmland but transitions to forest about 10 miles west of US 71 and is mostly forest with occasional farmland until you get south of Brainerd. The northernmost route takes you through the Mississippi River headwaters. Either way, you will see several of Minnesota's 13000+ lakes. If you have the time to ride 98 extra miles (maybe closer to 90 if you chose the Heartland Alternative over going through the Mississippi headwaters), the scenery is worth it.   
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General Discussion / Re: What to do with a bike box?
« Last post by PeteJack on August 23, 2016, 06:46:03 pm »
Send me a PM when you are near Seattle. I live near SeaTac airport. If I'm not touring I may be able to help.
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Classifieds / SOLD--------Great Divide maps 1-6 (no Canada) $50
« Last post by stevec on August 23, 2016, 04:37:33 pm »
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New condition Great Divide maps 1-6 (no Canada), maps 1-5 are 2014 edition, map 6 is 2016.
Compare at $68.30 msrp
Sold as set only.
$50 includes priority shipping in US.
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Routes / Re: Northern Tier in Minnesota: which loop?
« Last post by CMajernik on August 23, 2016, 04:08:38 pm »
Here is a blog post that we did after changing the routing to use more of the rail trails in Minnesota. This might help you.
https://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/northern-tier-route-changes-in-minnesota/
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Routes / Northern Tier in Minnesota: which loop?
« Last post by KF8MO on August 23, 2016, 03:52:20 pm »
We're looking at a Northern Tier trip and wondering about the route east of Fargo. There seem to be 2 1/2 choices: either north (with an option all the way up to Bemidji) and come back down through Brainerd, or south through Fergus Falls etc. What are the pluses and minuses of each?
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General Discussion / Re: bike racks for car (trunk style)
« Last post by RussSeaton on August 23, 2016, 01:17:02 pm »
I like the Saris Bones 3 bike rack.  Not the 2 bike rack.  It accommodates bikes with a top tube.  Men's diamond frame bikes.  Might not work for mixte and full suspended mountain bikes.
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General Discussion / bike racks for car (trunk style)
« Last post by Pearson100 on August 23, 2016, 12:45:00 pm »
I have a Thule bike rack that is about 4 years old which works fine for my road bike. But the cradle won't accomodate the larger top tube of my Trek 920. Do you have suggestions for car bike racks that will accept the larger top tubes that I'm seeing in newer bikes (adventure, mountain, etc)?

Thank you!
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