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Routes / English gentleman doing San Fransisco to New York City ride - June/July 2017
« Last post by RonK on December 01, 2016, 10:24:23 pm »
Hmmm, from reading the journals on CGOAB it's my impression that many international riders on the TransAm route end up pushing to make the cut off of their 90 day visa waiver.
Gear Talk / (not so) Low gear on Bikepacking bikes
« Last post by RonK on December 01, 2016, 10:18:12 pm »
I am looking at bikes that are marketed for bikepacking so why aren't the gears lower?
Because the essential philosophy of bikepacking is to travel ultralight, so most bikepackers don't need the extra low gearing and there is little demand for it.

My sense is that off-the-shelf bikes that satisfy all your criteria will be hard to find. Most likely you will have to buy and modify a bike or build one to your specifications.

The 2017 Salsa Fargo frame would suit if you are prepared to build. It can accommodate 27.5+ wheels and the low gearing can be achieved using Sram 2x10 or 2x11 with either flat or drop bar shifters.

You would need to verify that the Fargo's alternator dropouts can take the Bob attachments, but if a trailer cannot be avoided I think an Extrawheel is a better choice.

Edit: The  Fargo GX 2x10 comes very close to your required gearing, which could be achieved with a simple change of inner chainring from 24t to 22t.

It is equipped with 29" wheels and has clearance for 29er+ size tyres.
Canada / Re: Trans-Canada Trail V The Great Trail
« Last post by geegee on December 01, 2016, 07:00:53 pm »
From British Columbia to Saskatchewan good routes are easy to plot because most of the highways in BC, AB and SK have good shoulders. Manitoba is tough, I'd pick the small prairie roads with the least traffic and avoid the main highways. Northern Ontario offers little choice if you want to stick to Canada, as there is only one road between Thunder Bay and Nipigon. Highway 17 can be a tough ride with barely a shoulder in long stretches. Traffic isn't super busy but the trucks can be unnerving. I've ridden from BC back to Ottawa twice, and the last time I figured I'd go down through Michigan's UP which is a flatter but less scenic route (blog here). Quebec is the most organized for cycle touring with Route verte routes. New Brunswick has good secondary highways with shoulders. With the rest of the Atlantic provinces, the highways you see on the map are pretty much your only choices and there are very few restrictions on cyclists (mainly within Halifax), but traffic is generally light and the drivers are mostly courteous.
General Discussion / Re: What about travel other country to cycling?
« Last post by skD1am0nd on December 01, 2016, 06:57:46 pm »
This is somewhat of an indirect answer but you could get a sense for touring in other countries by reading some of the blogs on CrazyGuyOnABike ( I think there are over 2,000 blogs on Europe. Eurovelo has a list of cycling routes ( but I can't speak for them myself. How about if you cycle in Europe and report back to us?  :D
Canada / Re: Bike transport by train
« Last post by geegee on December 01, 2016, 06:39:01 pm »
VIA Rail only takes bikes on trains with baggage cars/bike racks. The longer distance trains like the "Ocean" which runs from Halifax to Montreal (via Mont-Joli) usually do. The "Corridor" trains that go from Montreal to Ottawa sometimes don't, which poses a problem when I take the train from Ottawa. However, if you are taking it from Mont-Joli they may transfer it to another train which means you'll get it later. Here's the current schedule of trains with bike racks:
Gear Talk / (not so) Low gear on Bikepacking bikes
« Last post by Goodaches on December 01, 2016, 06:18:17 pm »
I'm trying to select a pair of bikes for multiple extended, self supported, off road, bikepacking trips including the Great Divide.

I was looking for bikes with 27.5+ size tires to get the foot print and compliance we need but I am finding the fixed forks and frame geometry that makes mission sense are built around 29+ tires. That's fine since it would gives us the 3" width I want with even better rollover. However, I am noticing that these tall wheeled bikes don't come with very low gearing.

With the 1x11 or 1x12 drive trains first gear is in the high 20s but even with the 2x_ drive trains 22" is common for first gear. I understand that the + size tires are a problem for 3x_ drive trains.

Since I'm pulling a BoB Ibex with most of the gear weight for two people I'd like first gear around 18" or less so I can stay on pedals for the steep grades. I am looking at bikes that are marketed for bikepacking so why aren't the gears lower?     

Input? Discussion? Clarification questions? I'm looking forwarded to finding out what's in everyone else's head on the topic.

Thanks, Gary
Routes / Re: English gentleman doing San Fransisco to New York City ride - June/July 2017
« Last post by Snowy on December 01, 2016, 05:45:59 pm »
Thank you Patco, I will have a look at that option.

Hi Jamawani, is 45 days an unusual or unrealistic target?
45 days?
Routes / Re: English gentleman doing San Fransisco to New York City ride - June/July 2017
« Last post by Patco on December 01, 2016, 02:40:44 pm »
If you are considering the Transamerica route, it intersects the Atlantic route north or Richmond, Virginia, which has a side route into NYC. See if that will work for you.
General Discussion / Re: best sleeping bag for bike packing?
« Last post by johnsmith on December 01, 2016, 05:39:01 am »
Well, I pack all necessary things in Marmot Hydrogen every time I go on French Alps Cycling Tours for riding.
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