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Gear Talk / Re: Front pannier racks
« Last post by planeguy5 on April 28, 2016, 09:02:39 pm »
Here are a few images.
Gear Talk / Re: Front pannier racks
« Last post by planeguy5 on April 28, 2016, 08:52:14 pm »
I purchased a Novara Mazama back in February and fit it with a front rack just last week. It's a Nashbar front rack, and only cost me $15 on Amazon (

It was relatively easy to fit and, despite the price, seems to be pretty well made. I am using it to carry two 15L Axiom panniers on my upcoming TransAm trip. The only quirks I've found are that in order to take off the front wheel you must take out the wheel skewer, and that to fit the rack properly, it must be canted back by about 10 degrees. I'll attach some images if possible.

Best of luck. It's a fun bike!

Gear Talk / Front pannier racks
« Last post by awcscot on April 28, 2016, 05:58:18 pm »
Any suggestions for front pannier racks that will accommodate disk brakes? I just bought a Navaro Mazama.  Local REI store not much help.
Pacific Northwest / Re: Weather related Norther Tier
« Last post by indyfabz on April 28, 2016, 01:43:45 pm »
The drop dead date for crossing Logan Pass this year is 10/16. With an early August start, you should be fine, but weather can close the pass earlier.

BTW...If you have never seen the plowing photos you should check them out:
Routes / Opinions on Utah Cliffs Loop
« Last post by Mbanzi on April 28, 2016, 12:19:49 pm »
Not sure if my Google-fu has weakened, but I've found it surprisingly hard to get good info on the Utah Cliffs Loop, apart from a few (old-ish) trip reports. I'm thinking of taking my wife, who's an experienced road endurance cyclist, as an introduction to off-road touring / bikepacking.

We're targeting a mid June start date, riding 3-4 days with a stop in Zion. I know there's quite a lot of asphalt on the route, which I don't mind. My question is how technical are the dirt sections? Is traffic as bad as some say, or is it just limited to small sections? Should we not bother & just go do the Idaho Hot Springs Route?  ;)
General Discussion / Re: cheap camping around sacramento and yosemite.
« Last post by tortoise on April 27, 2016, 10:28:39 pm »
Beal's point is pretty nice. It's not fancy but it's right on the lake with restrooms and water.
General Discussion / Re: Black Hills Mickelson Trail and 38C tires
« Last post by cgarch on April 27, 2016, 03:42:12 pm »
We rode the trail - Custer to Hill City and back - in 2006 on a tandem with 30c cyclocross tires. Other than one soft spot, it worked well, though we had to work for it. Look forward to riding more of it one of these days . . .

Santa Rosa, CA
Routes / Re: Crossing Alabama
« Last post by CMajernik on April 27, 2016, 12:15:57 pm »
To plan your own routing, you can get in touch with the bicycle coordinators for the states in which you will be traveling through and need routing. Many have online resources as well as printed materials. Nearly every state publishes a bicycle map of some sort that they will send out for free and the coordinators often have more information they can distribute for no charge as well. And while the maps aren't as detailed as ours, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle coordinators:

For more tips and ideas on how to create your own route, see this blog post on the topic:
Routes / Crossing Alabama
« Last post by Belstein on April 26, 2016, 04:34:07 pm »
I need to ride across Alabama east to west, to reach the Underground Railroad trail. I'm beginning in Atlanta, so heading south to the Southern Tier isn't practical.

Does anyone know a route from Anniston or Piedmont, AL, to Fulton, MS or a town north?
General Discussion / Re: Black Hills Mickelson Trail and 38C tires
« Last post by indyfabz on April 26, 2016, 06:29:29 am »
Where was the pile of bikes at?   I would like to see that if possible.

It's right along the trail in Pringle, which you will pass through if you stay on the trail to U.S. 18 for Hot Springs.

I flew into and out of Rapid City. Shipped the bike to Cranky Jeff's.
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