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Gear Talk / Re: Ultralight Panniers?
« Last post by PAFARMBOY on April 14, 2015, 08:03:22 pm »
Was wondering how the zpack panniers worked out.  I, too, am a long distance backpacker trying to cut out any necessary weight needed for bike touring.  I'm a noob at bike touring.  Goal of 15 pounds gear max, including rack and panniers.  Plan to do 700 miles from Yorktown to Booneville, KY on the Trans Am in June.  Any insight would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.
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Routes / Missoula to Anaconda via Rock Creek
« Last post by ejworden10 on April 14, 2015, 06:44:34 pm »
Doing a 3 day tour and wanting to ride Rock Creek road from Missoula area to Phillipsburg then to Anaconda.  Wanting to know how much on dirt roads and condition of roads.  Will be riding 28mm Gatorskin tires and wonder if that will be ok.
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Routes / Re: Getting to TransAm start point (Yorktown, VA)
« Last post by John Nelson on April 14, 2015, 04:34:16 pm »
I shipped my bike ahead to Yorktown, flew into Newport News, and caught a ride to Yorktown.
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Gear Talk / Re: Recumbent bicycle with child in front on Adventure Cycling page
« Last post by indyfabz on April 14, 2015, 02:12:55 pm »
Nice group of folks at Bilenky. If you saw a photo of the outside of the place you might find it hard to believe that they turn out such nice stuff. They are located in an old building next to an old junkyard up against the railroad tracks in a 'hood that has seen better days. The one time I went to see them I thought I had taken a wrong turn.

Simon, a long-time employee, left a few years ago and started this place with a couple of other people:

http://transportcycle.com/

The one time I was there I went to see if they would enlarge some holes in a custom rack of mine so I could retrofit it to a new bike. Three other LBS declined for fear of liability. Simon literally said "We'll drill holes in anything as long as it's not ours." He did the work in a few minutes, offered me something to eat and gave me a tour of the shop. I had to twist his arm to take money. He finally agreed to take something and said "Give me $9." I opened my wallet to find it contained exactly nine one dollar bills. They cleaned me out!
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Gear Talk / Re: Recumbent bicycle with child in front on Adventure Cycling page
« Last post by Rhlundy on April 14, 2015, 01:29:57 pm »
Thanks Pat.  Believe you are right!
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Routes / Re: Great Divide MTB Route options?
« Last post by MrBent on April 14, 2015, 12:27:01 pm »
Hey, Wayne:

From our experience doing the paved Divide, do your best to avoid paved Montana.  That was, overall, the low point of the tour because of poor shoulders and sometimes very heavy traffic.  Wyoming was good, Colorado okay to good but only because we went through so late in the year--late Sept/early Oct.  Mid-summer might be a different story.  New Mexico has some really good paved cycling, at least on the routes I've taken.

Scott
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Routes / Re: Great Divide MTB Route options?
« Last post by Venchka on April 14, 2015, 12:12:58 pm »
I am aiming for 2015. Sometime during July to September. I don't feel locked in to either dirt or pavement. I just want to cover a lot of miles. Fill in some gaps in my early travels.
I crossed a big hurdle this month: I dropped a few pounds from my gear and proved that 40mm tires fit the bike.

Wayne


Sent from somewhere around here.
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Routes / Re: Bakken Oil Field Influence
« Last post by Venchka on April 14, 2015, 12:02:37 pm »
Fair enough. There may not be a good route around that area. Ironic isn't it? Once upon a time, there wasn't any traffic in the Dakotas. Go figure.

Wayne


Sent from somewhere around here.
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Gear Talk / Re: Recumbent bicycle with child in front on Adventure Cycling page
« Last post by Pat Lamb on April 14, 2015, 12:00:06 pm »
I can't quite read the decal, but the bike itself looks like the Bilenky Viewpoint:
http://www.bilenky.com/#!viewpoint/cb9e
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Routes / Re: Getting to TransAm start point (Yorktown, VA)
« Last post by Pat Lamb on April 14, 2015, 11:55:37 am »
My wife was along to see us off, so she drove us to Yorktown and took pictures there.  But really, Yorktown is a very easy 10 mile ride; you could do a quick unloaded dash down and back, and still have the free breakfast at your Williamsburg motel before you load up and head west.
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