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Gear Talk / Re: Front Rack Decisions
« on: June 16, 2015, 08:29:54 am »
I believe in the 60/40 rule of thumb on weight distribution. Steering is much improved. I rode with a friend last summer that omitted a front rack, loading it all on the back. He popped 3 spokes in 2 days, eventually buying a new rear rim.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring without fenders - big mistake?
« on: June 16, 2015, 08:24:27 am »
I use Planet Bike fenders for touring, it keeps my feet and back side dryer.

Gear Talk / Gloves
« on: June 16, 2015, 08:19:57 am »
I need new gloves, what do you recommend?

Routes / Re: Connector Advice: WE to Northern Tier
« on: August 16, 2014, 09:54:56 am »
We had some adversity out there with routing and lodging that put us on US30. And I wasn't doing the routing, and I forgot to consult the traffic volume map, my bad.

Routes / Re: Connector Advice: WE to Northern Tier
« on: August 15, 2014, 01:11:55 pm »
Just finished my ride from Denver to Des Moines. Word of caution to anyone reading this for advice, US30 from Grand Island to Missouri Vally IA had some very dangerous sections. I was eventually blown into a ditch by 3 semis. 65mph 2-way road with shoulder that narrows to 24" in spots. No good.

Routes / Re: Connector Advice: WE to Northern Tier
« on: April 29, 2014, 02:35:23 pm »
Jamwani… I am credit card touring. What sort of lodging options will I find on 92 through NE?

Routes / Re: Connector Advice: WE to Northern Tier
« on: April 29, 2014, 02:14:52 pm »
Thank you, my 2-wheeled friend. I have riding friend in Denver that offered to route me to Ft Morgan as safe as possible. 92 looks like a good route.

Routes / Re: Connector Advice: WE to Northern Tier
« on: April 29, 2014, 01:31:32 pm »
Thank you both Carla and Jamawani. I appreciate any extra eyes I can get.

Routes / Re: Western Express in July
« on: April 26, 2014, 12:31:24 pm »
I did WE from west to east solo in early September 2013. I planned on a night at Bullfrog to take the ferry across Lake Powell in the morning, only to find out the ferry was closed due to low water, resulting in the afore mentioned 128 mile day from Hanksville to Blanding. Don't plan on any services at Hite Marina, which is now dried up. It turned out to be the toughest, most exhilarating, most rewarding, most beautiful, biggest adventure day (into the evening) I've spent on my bike. I agree with the water advice. I typically drink 20 oz per 12-14 miles. I carried 2 additional 1 gallon Platypus canteens with me and ended the day with extra water. With the exception of CA, traffic was not an issue. In NV and UT stretches, I experienced a car every 20-30 minutes, enough to feel safe if I had to flag someone down. If you get through the Rockies of CO and UT, your legs and lungs will be in fine shape for the basins of UT, NV and CA. Taking the ferry from Vallejo and ending with the 6 mile paved trail ride to the Golden Gate Bridge would be a nice reward for a job well done.

Routes / Connector Advice: WE to Northern Tier
« on: April 26, 2014, 12:07:02 pm »
I would like some route advice from you seasoned touring riders. Instead of finishing the Western Express in Pueblo, I have gone north to Denver. I now want to connect up with the Northern Tier in Iowa by way of Des Moines. If you've ridden across the great plains of northeastern CO and all of Nebraska, I would love to hear from you and your thoughts on route selection, good biking roads, etc. Thank you in advance.

Midwest / Re: Midwest Icebreaker
« on: August 18, 2013, 02:35:51 pm »

My name is Scott and I live in the Twin Cities. I first got into long riding in 2000 when I did my first Heartland AIDS Ride... 6 days and 575 miles. After that I was bitten by the touring bug and have done several multi-day organized rides around the US, but was still hesitant to go unsupported. I finally went out solo last fall, CC touring from SF to Bryce Canyon on the Western Express, 830 miles over 12 days. It was a little scary, in a good way and ended up being very rewarding. Still riding and loving my 2000 Lemonde Tourmalet steel frame.

Routes / Re: WE Advice - Hanksville to Blanding
« on: August 18, 2013, 02:21:59 pm »

You mentioned this leg was your lowest average speed, do you recall what that number was? Last year I went from SF to Bryce with an overall speed of 9.3 mph (including stops). My toughest day last year was the 13 hours of climbing the Sierra Mountains, getting into Kirkwood just after sunset.

Also, do you recall what time you got into Blanding (aka... what time is sunset in early September in SE Utah)?


Routes / WE Advice - Hanksville to Blanding
« on: August 12, 2013, 08:35:40 am »
Credit Card touring the WE from Bryce UT to Pueblo CO this year. Looking at the AC maps, I'm scratching my head over the ride from Hanksville UT to Blanding UT, and could use some input from those of you who have experienced this area.

Option #1 is that I can do it in a one-day straight shot of 126 miles, but it would be a one-day straight shot of 126 miles... with no services :(

Option #2 is to do two days with an overnight stop at Defiance House in Bullfrog Marina. The downside to this routing is that due to the schedule of the ferry that crosses the Lake Powell, I wouldn't be able to start a century day until 11am, putting me in the dark riding into Blanding.


Routes / Re: Credit Card Touring the Western Express
« on: August 11, 2013, 11:27:29 pm »
I stayed at The Border Inn on my CC tour last year. They are very welcoming and accommodating people. The only thing I would look for is their annual fundraising appreciation event they hold for the area students. I was there during the event last year and found sleep very difficult. I finally had enough and was on the road by 5am. I did speak to the hotel owner from Baker, and found him very polite, didn't slander against bikers at all.

Routes / Re: WesternExpress: Personal details Pueblo->Panguitch
« on: August 11, 2013, 10:50:57 pm »
where is Wetmore?

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