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Routes / Re: Great Divide: Tour Divide's 2015 reroute around the Great Basin
« Last post by mathieu on July 26, 2015, 08:51:16 am »
Does this reroute bypass the Brush Mountain Lodge?
One more question. Is this reroute going to be permanent? It makes sense.

Going southbound, the reroute joins the old route near Slater, just below the WY/CO state line. From there you have the option to take either the main route through Routt N.F., which passes Brush Mountain Lodge, or the Columbine Alternate.

Permanent? That probably depends on the developments south of Rawlins, i.e. wind energy parks and gas & oil exploitation. The less quiet dirt road remains, the more sensible to make the reroute permanent. Obviously Rawlins has more services than Wamsutter. The Adventure Cycling map makers will decide..
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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica bike tour- travel East or West?
« Last post by BikeFreak on July 26, 2015, 08:15:46 am »
My comments from riding East to West:

1. Like shown on the wind maps, I had the most fierceful winds in Kansas. Extremely strong cross winds from the south. I remember the locals said 40 to 60 mph winds. It was a warm wind from the South so it was cold but mentally a problem. I remember that you had to lean sideways into the wind which means towards the cars when going west. Then, when the wind rapidly would lower, you would almost "fall" towards the middle of the road where the cars were passing by. Quite dangerous.

2. I found the Ozarks worse than the Appalchians. In the Appalachians I would have maybe 3 large hills/mountains a day but in the Ozarks I would have 20-30 extremely steep but short hills. Mentally it was unforgiving.

3. Before departure I thought that I would meet a lot of fellow cross country cyclists. It was a disappointing experience for me. I admit that I bike 125 mi/day but I only met about 15 groups or individuals. I even met the Adventure Cycling group in Eastern Colorado :-). Then again, out of the 15 I guess that 50% dont like to talk a lot and are somewhat loners. They like to stay alone in their tent and prepare their meals in solitude. But maybe they are just exhausted and need to relax - I dont really know. When I reach a private campground I always ask the owner if there are other cyclists and if I can have my tent spot next to them :-). I definitely did not feel that the transam route was some sort of cross country bicycle highway - it was rather a lonely experience :-).

Lucas
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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica bike tour- travel East or West?
« Last post by bobbys beard on July 26, 2015, 07:27:02 am »
But I believe you will hook up and share the experience with more riders going east-west. This is from reading several journals and my experience as well.
I didn't notice that, but I have only done it W-E.  Not sure why that would be the case.  I am curious, care to elaborate?
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If you're riding in the opposite direction to the majority, you will meet more riders. When I biked the West coast S to N pretty much everyone was headed the other way, so I got to chat with many riders and when I stayed at camps, there were always fresh faces. A lot of riders were complaining that they kept meeting the same people.
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Gear Talk / Re: Tandems for Touring
« Last post by Tandem Tom on July 26, 2015, 07:21:29 am »
My wife and I tour on a CoMotion Speedster. But lately we have been using singles as she likes the long view. Not just my Behind!
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General Discussion / Re: Northern Tier or better idea?
« Last post by adventurepdx on July 26, 2015, 12:24:38 am »
Thanks for the info and the links.  I saw the same route to the coast but thinking of taking this one http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/301633 from Hillsboro to Beaver.   I could be talked into heading to Astoria but again I would like to go as far south as I can in the limited time that I have...No idea what Hillsboro is like and hoping there are reasonable motels or B and Bs in the area.

That route is a good route, but do note a few things about it: There is about 2 miles of gravel, which I find fine, but for some people any unpaved is a deal-breaker. And while it is the quietest route to the coast it has the highest climb (2,000 feet) and is the steepest, with a good five miles at 8-10% grade.

Hillsboro is pretty suburban. There are some motels around, don't know about B and Bs. But why not stay in Portland and then take the light rail out to Hillsboro? It's just about an hour ride from downtown Portland.
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Classifieds / Re: FS: BOB Yak Trailer + accessories
« Last post by giantjim on July 25, 2015, 09:38:56 pm »
I will be traveling tru Birmingham nex week, I'd lie to see your trailer. Would you be willing to provide acontact number?
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Routes / Re: Great Divide: Tour Divide's 2015 reroute around the Great Basin
« Last post by Venchka on July 25, 2015, 07:45:17 pm »
Visual confirmation of the solar powered cattle & cyclists watering hole 38 miles north of Wamsutter.

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=tS&page_id=427630&v=7C

Does this reroute bypass the Brush Mountain Lodge? It seems like I saw photos of this year's TD riders at the lodge, I wanted to be sure.
One more question. Is this reroute going to be permanent? It makes sense.

Wayne


Sent from somewhere around here.
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General Discussion / Re: Northern Tier or better idea?
« Last post by paulsinbc on July 25, 2015, 01:08:41 pm »
Thanks for the info and the links.  I saw the same route to the coast but thinking of taking this one http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/301633 from Hillsboro to Beaver.   I could be talked into heading to Astoria but again I would like to go as far south as I can in the limited time that I have. 

I thought about taking transportation to the coast but I think it would be too much of a hassle with all of my bags etc... plus it looks like it's a good ride anyway.  No idea what Hillsboro is like and hoping there are reasonable motels or B and Bs in the area.   

Wish I could figure out how to insert a hyperlink on this site. 
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General Discussion / Re: Help me and my Dog get set up for touring?
« Last post by DanE on July 25, 2015, 08:39:48 am »
"My Bike is a 6sp freewheel, does anyone know if I can easily put a 7sp on there? I am looking at the Shimano TZ30 (6sp 14-34) and the TZ31 (7sp 14-34). I like the middle gears in the 7sp better, and would rather go with that."

It kind of depends. Six speed freewheels came in two widths, a standard width which fit on a hub that had a 126 mm long axle, and a narrow spaced freewheel which fit on a hub with a 120 mm axle which was the standard axle for 5 speed freewheels. Seven speed freewheels have the same narrow spacing as a narrow six speed freewheel and fit on a hub with a 126 mm axle. So, if you have a standard six speed w/ a 126 mm axle then it should work just fine. If you have a narrow six speed with a 120 mm axle then it won't work as it stands now. You could get a new rear wheel that has a 126 mm rear axle and it should be no problem to spread your rear spacing on the frame out to take the new hub but that is going to cost you more money to buy a new rear wheel.

The freewheels you mention above have a very large cog, I would be concerned about whether the rear derailleur on a bicycle of that vintage could shift into a 34 tooth cog. I would guess that the largest cog that your derailleur could handle would be a 28. Those freewheels were probably more oriented toward a MTB coming from that era. I would try to do some research on your bike before spending a lot of money on it. It is hard to say what will work with the information given in your question and not really knowing what a World Sport has on it. Keep in mind that if you picked this bike up somewhere used it might not have original equipment on it as that could have been replaced at some time.
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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica bike tour- travel East or West?
« Last post by John Nelson on July 24, 2015, 11:38:24 pm »
There are 606 TransAm journals on CGOAB, 315 east to west and 254 west to east. Yes, I know that doesn't add up. I guess not everyone specified direction.
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