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Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« Last post by SlowAndSlower on July 25, 2014, 01:27:33 pm »
You will find many discussions of the pannier versus trailer issue and the merits of each. I personally like panniers especially if I expect to use trains along the way like I do in Europe. Just a whole lot easier.
But my personal observation is that if wind is going to be a factor in your touring I believe a BOB trailer would prove to be advantageous over a front and rear pannier set up. Especially in a quartering headwind where the panniers will tend to act act as speed brakes. This was the effect I experienced coming across Kansas riding with a mix of panniers and BOBs TransAm riders.
GPS Discussion / Re: FrontPack: new mobile app for cycle touring
« Last post by SlowAndSlower on July 25, 2014, 01:10:55 pm »
Sounds like a nice app. I would like more info on what is required to run it. How does it work when you don't have data service (3-4GL) available or access to Google?

I'm from Joplin MO and just finished a 400 mile road ride from Rawlins WY to Pueblo CO about a month ago.  I quit my job a couple months ago and seem to have some time to do part of the divide, but not enough for all of it.  I don't mind going it alone, but would prefer some company. 

I am planning a last minute trip from Billings Mt to Silverthorn Co on the GDT.  Leaving Billings on Saturday August 9th and would like to aim for about 100-120 miles per day, I'm flexible if someone wants to join, but want to be done in less than 12 days at the most which is a little over 80 miles/ day.  You can also join at the start and drop off whenever you wanted.  I will have maps in a couple of days so if your interested we could discuss mileages, towns etc...

I have maps and a hotel for Friday night in Billings that is open for sharing plus a room to share again in silverthorn or Breckenridge.  I also have a SPOT satellite tracker and will share signon to the website so your family/friends could keep track of our progress. 

General Discussion / Re: brooks saddle break-in how long
« Last post by JDFlood on July 25, 2014, 12:17:59 pm »
I have a Swift and have had at least 10 B-17s. I don't remember exactly how long. I am fortunate that Brooks saddles feel pretty good to me from the first use. But I would guess 20 or 30 hours of use.
General Discussion / Re: brooks saddle break-in how long
« Last post by staehpj1 on July 25, 2014, 12:05:27 pm »
My only Brooks experience was with a B17.  I found it just OK when new and once really broken in I hated it.  I am probably the exception though.
Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« Last post by staehpj1 on July 25, 2014, 09:49:49 am »
It will depend on a lot of factors including how much you are carrying and what bike you will be riding.

I like to pack like an ultralight backpacker and as a result won't consider a trailer.  I figure I can get my minimalist gear on even a race bike.  I have found it a good way to go.  I have even forgone the panniers in favor of waterproof stuff sacks.

Before I started packing so light I rode a touring bike with panniers.  That worked out well for me and I preferred it to a trailer with the touring bike.

Where a trailer might make sense is if you want to ride a sportier road bike rather than a touring bike and want to carry more than you can manage on the road bike.

General Discussion / Re: brooks saddle break-in how long
« Last post by zzzz on July 25, 2014, 09:43:28 am »
I bought a Brooks Swift about a month ago and have about 400 miles on it now so this isn't a long term review.
It was pretty comfortable straight out of the box but it has not "disappeared" underneath me yet, I suspect another 400 for full break-in. I have had it on mostly 20± mile rides so far but also a couple of 80± milers.

Make sure you get the saddle dressing gel that Brooks sells as that helps w/ break-in (Proofide) and use as directed.

I have the Swift on one of my bikes and the Brooks Cambria (got that in May and it has about 2000 miles on it) on the other and I'm still trying to make up my mind as to which I take on my upcoming tour in September.

Gear Talk / Panniers vs. BOB?
« Last post by mscottweiss on July 25, 2014, 07:17:49 am »
Hello--I am a fit and experienced cyclist, but new to the world of self-supported long-distance touring. I'm contemplating some big plans for the summer of `15, and would love to hear some thoughts on the pros and cons of panniers vs. trailer for a trip of around 2 months. Thanks!
Routes / Lewis and Clark route: Traffic concerns?
« Last post by mscottweiss on July 25, 2014, 07:14:38 am »
Hello: I am contemplating an East/West traverse of the L and C route next summer, `15. Before I commit, however, I'd like to hear some feedback on traffic through certain portions, particularly North Dakota. I know there have been concerns, re-routes, etc., due to fracking industry traffic, and would appreciate thoughts from anyone who has ridden this section recently, as to whether or not you feel it was a worthwhile ride. Thanks!
General Discussion / Re: cooking stoves for bike travel in Europe
« Last post by lrqo on July 25, 2014, 06:37:24 am »
Well I've been using Swedish Trangia 25-series stove with gas burner (sold separately).
I guess that it's the most popular stove brand in Fennoscandia.
However I don't know how well they are available in Stuttgart.

I would be more concerned about the mosquitos than the fuel.  8)
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