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General Discussion / Re: Any advise on Bicycle choice greatly appreciated.
« Last post by Snail Male on April 12, 2014, 07:02:55 pm »
I was leaning towards the Novara Safari or the Randonee.  I opted for the Randonee because of issues on past bikes with twist style shifter's.  I love my Randonee.
I hate Thieves.   
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Are you keeping a Blog? I have visions of touring long distance one day, but my visions of Grandeur did me in on the Appalachian Trail.  I am planning a somewhat shorter route to start so I am not as overwhelmed as in my past adventure.  The Natchez Trace has designated campgrounds. It is not allowed to camp just anywhere.  Would enjoy following you on a blog for no other reason than to watch your progress.  My only advice,  beings I haven't done any touring as of yet, is if you are keeping a blog to post a week behind so that those reading it really don't know where exactly you are.  Good Luck on your journey...Snail Male
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General Discussion / Re: First Multi-Day BikeTour
« Last post by Snail Male on April 12, 2014, 06:24:57 pm »
Not that I know everything about Diabetes, but I lived with a Father whom had Type 1 and had a good friend also with type 1.  My only suggestion would be to take someone with you.  I am sure you know how to take care of yourself, but there is always a chance that things will go wrong.....   
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Gear Talk / Re: Wheel sizes
« Last post by DaveB on April 12, 2014, 02:59:57 pm »
. Will the 29er go the way of the 26? I hope to heck not, because I looked at a lot of different 29ers , including the Salsa Fargo and Co-Motion Divide before I bought my Volcanic Vx7. I like it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
No, 29 won't go away as there is still a lot of new stuff being introduced for it.  The real marketing ideal is you will buy all three MTB's sizes; 26, 27.5 and a 29.
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Gear Talk / Re: Wheel sizes
« Last post by TwoWheeledExplorer on April 12, 2014, 10:08:35 am »
A couple of years ago, every MTB magazine was shouting from the rooftops that 26 was dead, get your 29ers now! Now in their market-driven madness they are the biggest advocates of the 27.5/650B. Even so, some of the big names, like Giant, are pushing the 650B as their primary entry. Will the 29er go the way of the 26? I hope to heck not, because I looked at a lot of different 29ers , including the Salsa Fargo and Co-Motion Divide before I bought my Volcanic Vx7. I like it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Routes / Re: From east to west starting June 2014
« Last post by jamawani on April 12, 2014, 08:36:29 am »
Emilien -

Etes-vous flamand ou walon?
Il importe peu, trois Américains parlent français et personne ne parle flamand.
Je suis né près de Metz.

I was looking at your schedule and think it is more likely that you will be in Glacier in August, not Sept.
Also, like everyone else - you simply cannot miss Glacier and Going to the Sun.
That said, I would strongly urge you to consider a few days at Many Glacier.
Many Glacier is just north of Going to the Sun and the center for great hiking.
There is hiker/biker camping, camp store, showers, boat rentals, a pizza café, and a fine hotel.
And the hiking is out of this world.

Unless you absolutely must visit Missoula, I would suggest riding from Yellowstone to Glacier on US 89.
Between Gardiner and Livingston there is an old road on the east side of the Yellowstone River thru Pray.
Then US 89 via White Sulphur Springs has very little traffic and huge views.
It gets a little busy heading into Great Falls (The waterfalls on the Missouri are "great" but less in August.)
Great Falls has nice bike shops and outdoor services.

Heading north, US 89 has wide-open views of the Front Range and light traffic.
On the west side of Browning, there is an excellent small museum of Northern Plains Indian culture.
If you have plenty of time - I would suggest riding west on US 2, then to Two Medicine.
From Two Medicine you can ride all the way up to Many Glacier on the east side.
Otherwise, I would ride IR 464 from Browning to Babb - then into Many Glacier.

I have ridden Going to the Sun Road many times - it is ALWAYS worth it.
On the east side, I like to camp at Rising Sun rather than at St Mary -
Rising Sun also has a little café and showers - with hiker/biker camping.
St Mary campground has 400 places and is a parking lot full of RVs.

Choosing the best time to start riding Going to the Sun is tricky.
East to west is the best direction because you have the morning sun illuminating the mountains.
But you want to have sun - thus, you shouldn't leave too early.
I usually leave about a half-hour after sunrise.
No big breakfast - but I do snack often on the climb.

When you get to the top there are two possible hikes.
8 million people follow the boardwalk south to Hidden Lake - nice, but.
Highline Trail heads north from the parking lot - wow!
There is a small stretch where you have to hold on to a metal rope.
But you are literally on top of the mountains.

I usually spend a few hours up top, then zoom down.
There are two good camping options on the west side.
(Apgar, like St Mary, is way too big for me.)
Sprague Creek is on Lake McDonald right next to the lodge and services.
Avalanche is a little further away but - -
The trail to Avalanche Lake is a lovely short hike in the evening.

From Glacier I would suggest taking the Northern Tier route westwards.
There is a busy stretch of US 93 NW of Whitefish with no shoulders.
There is a totally empty paved road option from Trego to Libby Dam.
I once changed pants in the middle of this road with no concern for traffic.
Unfortunately, there is no photo to record this important event.

Anyhoo, here's a couple of photos - Along US 89 and in Glacier NP -
Tot ziens!
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Gear Talk / Re: Towards an ergonomic gearing system.
« Last post by Old Guy New Hobby on April 12, 2014, 07:15:03 am »
What a post! I don't understand why gears are so close together. I guess that 90% of all bikers don't race. For us, there is a fairly broad power-cadence curve. We could easily get buy with the gears further apart. Often, by the time I shift, I want to shift two gears. We put triples on the front but get only a small increase in range. (Changing the front chainring typically adds only 2 or 3 gears.) We add more gears on the cassette and space the gears closer together. Most of us would get by fine with 7 or 8 gears, if they were spaced further apart to give decent range.
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Gear Talk / Re: Wheel sizes
« Last post by zerodish on April 12, 2014, 07:07:43 am »
Mountain bike wheels are stronger. 700C wheels are faster I calcuated a .25 to .5 mph gain in speed at 10mph using formulas in bicycles and tricycles by Sharp. Mountain bicycle and 700c tires are available at walmart in the United States and Mexico. 650B tires are rare in the United States and they will be fat tires only. 650B tires can be bought in 35 to 42mm widths at bicycle shops in Canada England and France.
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Gear Talk / Towards an ergonomic gearing system.
« Last post by zerodish on April 12, 2014, 06:54:29 am »
I have every gear shimano makes including the rare 29 and have been making 38 39 and 40 teeth rear gears out of chainrings. What I did was carefully note at what speed I shifted and adjusted the gear ratios so that there was no speed gaps between the gears. The theory is simple at high speeds aerodynamic forces predominate so the change in energy is proportional to the cube of the change in ratio of the gears. At low speeds gravity predominates so the change in energy is directly proportional to the change in the ratio of the gears. So far the best is 39 30 24 20 17 15 13 on the rear. The next gear would be a 11.5 since this is impossible I use a 12. The middle gear on the front is 36. With a crossover a natural shift works out to 15 percent so the high gear would be about 42 which is what I use. This allows me to ride at my normal top speed of 28 mph with a optimum cadence though I can go 50 percent faster with a hill or a strong tail wind.  An optimum shift for the low front gear would be 40 percent this works out to a 26 tooth chainring. If you need more range than this you will have to put up with gaps in the gearing or go to a quad front chainring setup. I have built many of these though they are to wide to shift properly. It is possible to put four chainrings in the space used by 3 now. I think the best touring crank would have a 58mm bolt circle diameter for the inner an 94mm bolt circle for the next gear and a 110 bolt circle diameter for the outer two. This would allow for no gaps in the gearing. Note I use 8 gears with 9 gear spacing which allows me to build dishless wheels. All photos are available on flickr by searching zerodish. 
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Routes / Re: Looking for week-long spring route in Eastern US
« Last post by paladin1787 on April 11, 2014, 11:40:32 pm »
Have you considered the Allegheny Mountain Loop? If you have a full seven days to do it, and don't do any of the little extenders, you've probably looking in the 350-mile range. You'll need all seven days to do it leisurely with the mountains, but I did it in four and a half days a few years ago. Exhausting but worth it. May be my most poignant memory in my 27 years.

I think I'll go back, if not this summer than next. I'll leave seven days to do it, six of those riding. The other day will be a stopover mid-week for some great white water rafting or kayaking, either on the New River or the Gauley.

Happy touring!
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