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General Discussion / Re: How to Blog? Crazyguyonabike?
« on: May 11, 2013, 01:27:45 pm »
Thanks for all that helpful advice. I feel more well informed now.

General Discussion / How to Blog? Crazyguyonabike?
« on: April 28, 2013, 10:17:48 am »
I expect this has been discussed before but, can anyone either explain or direct me to an explanation for novices about blogging and why Crazyguyonabike is so popular and how does it work? Having looked at Crazyguyonabike home, there is just so much volume of information, how do you sift through to find something relevant to one's interest yet not be overwhelmed by the choice? How do you know where to look? Then, if deciding to start a blog, how does one place it in Crazyguyonabike so that it can be found? Why is Crazyguyonabike preferable to, say

I took the side trip to Glacier Park from GDMBR early last July and Logan pass was still blocked by snow. Cyclists were allowed beyond the big hairpin whereas motors were turned back down in the valley. So the riding I got to do was nice and peaceful but not all the way.

Rocky Mountain / Re: Continental divide trail
« on: September 19, 2011, 02:56:30 pm »
I rode Divide route this summer Mid June - Sept, I think you can send a message via this site? Otherwise, I have a blog about my ride . I'm happy to pass on my views.

General Discussion / Re: Great Music For My Tour? Suggestions?
« on: September 08, 2011, 02:42:03 pm »
To get me up Storm Peak from Steamboat on GT Divide on a quiet trail I found The Jam's - Snap album got me driving hard. Just about the right length too, wouldn't dare use it on the way down though.

Connecting ACA Routes / Tucson - Antelope Wells
« on: September 08, 2011, 02:36:48 pm »
Completed Gt Divide last week and Tucson seemed to be the nearest international airport for return home so rode out that way. There seemed good potential there but unfortuanately a route through Chiricahua Park was closed after fire and flood danger. Still had a good camp at Cave Canyon (Peter Hands camp) then went around via San Simone but didn't seem to be able to avoid I10 between Bowie and Wilcox.
Anybody else got suggestions for finishes to Gt Divide?

Gear Talk / Re: Why internal hubs?
« on: August 03, 2011, 07:46:13 pm »
I'm at Steamboat Springs, just over halfway through Gt Divide.
My Rohloff is doing just fine and today I remembered one of the great things about riding with it.
Today was a day off touring so I did some sight seeing by riding up Storm Peak.
The quicker change through a whole bunch of gears comes in handy on those roller coaster bits of climbs.
Example, really pushing hard up ridiculously steep single track in granny gear one, suddenly there's a respite, a technical downhill lasting about 20 seconds then back to the grind.
I just don't think I'd bother changing on dereilleur gears but with Rohloff I could shift up to 7 or 8 for a few revs then straight back to granny without any worries of losing the chain.

Routes / Gt Divide Basin
« on: July 23, 2011, 11:52:38 pm »
Just approaching the Gt Divide Basin. Planning for stopovers.
Anybody got recent news of water availability at R&M Reservoir?
With the high snows the past winter I'm expecting water levels to be ok.
Getting a little annoyed by mosquito bites to the butt. Might have to resort to deet spraying clothes. Will mozzies be bad out in the basin too?

Routes / Recent Gt Divide news
« on: July 06, 2011, 05:37:27 pm »
Just if anybody wants to know.
Elk Pass, Flathead Pass, Cabin and Galton are quite clear, Whitefish divide not much but Red Meadow Lake still quite snowy.
Side tack, Logane pass you can ride to about 2.5miles above the big bend, doesn't look like there's much access to the rim and should be clear soon but not allowed. check for more detail

Routes / Whoops
« on: June 11, 2011, 06:13:53 am »
Ignore that last Q about Fernie or Red Meadow, got mistaken between map loops. Still interested in conditions going via Flathead  and Polebridge.

Routes / Re: Gt Divide Snow
« on: June 11, 2011, 04:51:16 am »
Watching the Tour Divide racers, they seem to be making reasonable time on Elk Pass.
Looking ahead they are taking the Fernie route rather than Red Meadow.
Some time ago someone advised missing Red Meadow and going via Polebridge.
Can anyone advise on the choice between Polebridge or Fernie?
If I went via Polebridge I could maybe have side trip to go see how the Logan Pass clearing is going on Going to the Sun. Once rode that road in rain, cold and mist, it would be nice to see the view.
It is still the best part of 2 weeks before I expect to be getting to Banff and I don't think I'll be hurrying.

Routes / On Elk Pass Now
« on: June 09, 2011, 05:00:39 am »
Just looking at the Tour Divide Race site.
Rob Collier is on Elk Pass right now.
Mind you I saw a picture from June 4 on Glacier Park-Going to the Sun Rd and it did look a bit un-rideable.

Any news on this closure yet? I'm hoping to be doing the route late August.

Routes / Re: Gt Divide Snow
« on: May 31, 2011, 09:01:32 am »
Hello JE,
After seeing, on TV, stage 1 of Tour of California cancelled due to snow and the cold weather on subsequent stages I figured this year must be different to recent ones.
I have been checking web cams at Peter Lougheed Park and others linked from the Tour Divide website.
Until last week it was looking quite good, snows disappearing and I'd heard that rivers were high indicating rain and melt.
Then the last few days the snow was back again and it seems to be around freezing at dawn (seems to be going down again now). I note your warnings on Wyoming for Trans America riders.
Still feeling optimistic for a start on Great Divide Banff about mid summer - June 21, I can afford to be delayed or diverted if need be.
Do you know of any web cams which might indicate snow conditions of Elk pass or similar?
If you are interested in seeing how I get on, I intend keeping a blog, .
After having this trip in mind for a long time departure day is rushing toward me ever quicker.
Think I am just about ready.

Gear Talk / Re: Pannier that converts to knapsack?
« on: May 17, 2011, 07:24:44 pm »
Not being big can be a good thing, it stops you packing too much gear.

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