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Gear Talk / Re: Elephant NFE build up.. components, suggestions please!
« Last post by indyfabz on February 01, 2016, 01:29:30 pm »
Have you seen the February edition of "Adventure Cyclist?" It contains a review of a built up NFE and included the parts list. Looks quite nice.
Routes / Re: Safety of Southern Tier near Border
« Last post by MaryK on February 01, 2016, 01:21:04 pm »
My husband and I rode the Southern Tier in 2014 and had no concerns about safety. As others have said, you will see the Border Patrol frequently. Aggressive drivers can be a problem, but no more so on this route than others we've done. You'll also have a lot of people pull over, especially while you're in the desert, and make sure you're ok, don't need water, etc. Enjoy your trip!
General Discussion / Re: camping on city parks
« Last post by preston uk on February 01, 2016, 01:05:18 pm »
Thanks for advice. I'm almost set to go. Flights booked for 1st May, just a few new bits for my trusty Dawes and I'll be all set . The help I've  had from the forum has been invaluable , a really big thankyou  to everyone .
Routes / Re: Northern Tier questions
« Last post by ggwbikemt on February 01, 2016, 11:14:06 am »
Gordon's is now Reynolds Grocery Store in Glasgow, MT
Routes / Re: Northern Tier questions
« Last post by indyfabz on February 01, 2016, 09:45:53 am » in Glasgow.

Is Gordon's Warehouse Grocery still around? We had a rest day in Glasgow on the day of its customer appreciation BBQ.
General Discussion / Re: Routes North from San Diego in Feb
« Last post by Derek H on February 01, 2016, 08:48:28 am »
Thank you for the information.   I think we will plan for a month of riding in California and Arizona and then head north after the weather improves a bit. We have 5 months to reach Alberta so we are not in a rush.  I didn't realize the winds were different in the winter so I will investigate the coastal route as well,  although I'd rather avoid rain.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier questions
« Last post by ggwbikemt on February 01, 2016, 08:22:18 am »
I forecast the weather for Northeast Montana for a living and live in Glasgow. I can tell that on US 2 the eastern third of Montana along with Western North Dakota frequently has easterly winds. In a typical July, about 1/3rd of the days will have an east or southeast wind all day, another 1/3rd of the days will have an east wind in the morning and switch to a WNW by late morning and switch back to an east wind after sunset, and the remainder will have west winds all day.

In North Dakota between the Montana border and Minot, US 2 currently has better shoulder paving in the east bound direction than going west bound. Going east bound, the only areas that lacks wide paved shoulders is around Berthold and a one mile stretch just west of US 52.  Westbound, the paved shoulder minus rumble strips is narrow between US 52 and Berthold and there is no paved shoulder for 15 miles between the William/Mountrall county line and Ray. The Bakken is in a state a flux right now due to low oil prices. I have no idea what it will be like this summer. 
Routes / Re: Northern Tier questions
« Last post by indyfabz on February 01, 2016, 08:13:33 am »
The "new" route through eastern MT and ND drops down from U.S. 2 at Wolf Point, MT. It would be nice to know that places like Chester, Harlem and Wolf Point still allow camping in their city parks. Harlem was particularly nice since camping was right next to the city pool.
General Discussion / Re: Careful where you buy stuff
« Last post by PeteJack on February 01, 2016, 01:56:29 am »
When we got to Oakland CA for a ride down the coast I decided we needed a chain long enough to lock both our bikes up. I went into a bike shop on the waterfront and found a Kryptonite chain for $62. So I bought one and well it served. After I got back I went to my LBS, Burien Bikes,

Burien Bikes, huh?  Is it the one called Bicycles West just east of Ambaum and north of 152nd?  I grew up going to that bike shop in the 1950s and 1960s and have bought bikes and much gear there.
That's the place. Actually it's new name is Burien Cycle. It used to be a branch of Bicycles West but is no longer. I believe it's independently owned now. Their prices always seem pretty good.
Southwest / Re: Albuquerque to Las Vegas - or other way round?
« Last post by nadine on February 01, 2016, 12:36:42 am »
Great picture!

That certainly is an option we're now considering, thanks Jama!
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