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General Discussion / Soma Juicer 29+
« Last post by Calngage on May 24, 2015, 03:13:34 am »
Hey all.  I am on the hunt for a bikepacking bike, one that I will eventually use for the GDMBR in 2016.  For my on pavement tours, I ride a Safari Novara from REI.  Love the bike and has served me well.  Being a big REI fan, I have looked at what they offer but nothing is jumping out at me. 
I have then narrowed it down to the following: Co-motion, Salsa, Jones and Soma, leaning toward the Soma Juicer 29 or the B-Side. 
If you have an opinion, on any of the previously mentioned bikes, I would like to read it.  If you have a Soma, I would really love to read about your experience and get your opinion with that particular bike.

Also, when I ride, due to scheduling conflicts, I am planning on a south to north trip.  Thoughts on the reversed route?? Not to mention I think I would really enjoy ending a tour like that where I can get a lot of beer and a massage.

Thanks a ton.

Calngage.
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General Discussion / Re: GDMRB 2015 Casual Ride!
« Last post by Adam J Bavier on May 23, 2015, 11:51:24 pm »
Hey Guys, are there a few of you meeting up then?  Would be great to join you if there was room.  Look out for each other and split campsite and or hotel costs.  I was hoping to follow the GDMBR book.  Appears like one basically needs to in many areas due to the camping/hotel options. I'd consider myself a casual rider who is not in a rush

I'll be on my Moonlander fatbike.  Currently I could average a short 20 miles, but hoping to make it up to the 35+ by July 1st.

My current plan for this tour was to be dropped around 250 miles east of Glacier National Park, get there by the 19 and hope the Going to Sun Road is opened.  Then head to Banff.  There is 474 miles between the east side of Glacier and Banff.  If you all were interested in having me part of your group I would take the "Marias alternative" around Glacier, so I would not have to worry about whether the road was open.  Then I'd for sure make it by July 1st.

I'm going to private message you guys in case you don't see this message.

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General Discussion / Re: Solo Divider looking to team up for the start
« Last post by Adam J Bavier on May 23, 2015, 10:48:00 pm »
June 21st in Banff, is too early for me.  On June 6th I'm getting dropped off around 250 miles east of Glacier National Park on the Northern Tier Route.  Hopefully the Going to Sun Road will open as predicted on June 19.  I could meet you heading South, but then I can't say I did the whole trail. :'(

I'm planning on starting around July 1st from Banff, but I'm flexible.  Planning on doing the whole trail sticking to the book. Currently I'm not in the 30-40 mile range, but hope to be by then.  Would be great to find another person or group to ride a section or even the whole trail with.

Going to use my Moonlander fatbike.  Last year I did a 500 mile tour around Minnesota with the Moonlander and had a good time, and then another tour of 300 in the Netherlands on a rented bike.

I'm open to anyone who wants to meet me anywhere on the trail if you need a companion for a section.  I'll be traveling with a Delorme inReach satellite tracker and can share a map link once I get going.  Just send a message to me on this forum.

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Routes / Re: Connecting from Northern Tier to TransAM near Missoula
« Last post by cycle71 on May 23, 2015, 07:47:29 pm »
The Great Parks route (MT 83/200 from Big Fork) is quiet, isolated, and quite beautiful.

Of course you'll miss the four passes in four days in Washington if you leave the NT and head south.

Thanks Pat. I rode the Washington section of the Northern Tier in 2011 so I've ridden all four passes. I hope to do it again in another year. I have a daughter and her family in Ft. Collins, CO and I live in Iowa so this year I'm looping west on the Lewis and Clark from Council Bluffs, IA to Bismarck, ND then picking up the Northern Tier to Columbia Falls and dropping down/heading east on the TransAM back to Walden, CO/ft. Collins where my wife will pick me up in mid-July.

I looked at MT 83/200 using Ride With GPS and given your recommendation will follow that route. Thanks for your reply.
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Routes / Returning to Mt. after 40 years. Help me update the roads.
« Last post by jmoholt on May 23, 2015, 06:32:03 pm »
Travelling Helena-Missoula-Conner-Wisdom-Butte-3forks-Helena. Can anyone update the Missoula through Wisdom route. Hiway 93 was a hazard when I grew up in Montana. How is the road south out of Missoula to Conner, over the pass and down into Wisdom. I plan a solo ride in August. The loop will take me back to my hometown for my 40th HS reunion. Go Capital High Bruins.

TA!

jp moholt
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Gear Talk / Re: How heavy is your touring bike (unloaded)?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on May 23, 2015, 02:53:03 pm »
Anyway, I'll weigh my bike when I get the chance, just so I know.

Better yet, wait until you've got a tour under your tires.  You may wonder how heavy everything is, but if you know how much you're lugging, it'll weigh on you mentally (pardon the pun).  After your toured with it, you can look at the bike and think, "I rode X miles on that, and climbed Y feet over Z pass, I can do my next trip on it.  I know it'll carry me and my load with no worries."

Don't worry about the weight.  Now go for a training ride!
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Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by Venchka on May 23, 2015, 01:59:10 pm »

A shoe stiff enough to be efficient on the bike isn't a good hiker.
In fact, my hiking boots and shoes, like most hiking footwear have steel shanks and are stiffer than my MTB cycling shoes.

There it is.
Thanks everyone. I think that the answer for me and what I hope to do on a longish tour next summer will involve flat pedals and hiking footwear.

Wayne


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Gear Talk / Re: How heavy is your touring bike (unloaded)?
« Last post by jamawani on May 23, 2015, 11:39:28 am »
She ain't heavy, she's my sister.
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Gear Talk / Re: How heavy is your touring bike (unloaded)?
« Last post by Csm on May 23, 2015, 10:56:21 am »
My salsa Fargo came in at 30.3 lbs Thursday night when I was cleaning the drivetrain and decided to weigh it. This is with a salsa expedition rack, 2 cages, a bell and garmin 800.



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Gear Talk / Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« Last post by RonK on May 23, 2015, 12:41:26 am »
A shoe stiff enough to be efficient on the bike isn't a good hiker.
In fact, my hiking boots and shoes, like most hiking footwear have steel shanks and are stiffer than my MTB cycling shoes.
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