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Rocky Mountain / Re: Bike shop in Denver area
« on: May 26, 2011, 02:54:08 pm »
   Thanks a lot for your input.  I had rented a road bike from Wheatridge last year to do the MS150 and they seemed very professional.  I will give them a call.  I have some time as I am planning to to this in Aug. or Sept.  The problem is, I just don't know how much bike touring in the future I will be doing.  But that being said I don't have a problem investing in a bike I can shoot around town in. I'm just wondering if a $700-800 Safari (REI) or similar priced touring bike is adequate for me to "test the waters" of bike touring.  I'm sure I'm going to love the experience but having the time available will not be easy for years to come.  Thanks again for the advice

Rocky Mountain / Re: Bike shop in Denver area
« on: May 25, 2011, 06:23:24 pm »
All the above.  Best scenario would be to rent bike out there so don't have to ship mine out there.  As of right now I don't even own a "touring" bike nor a trailer.  I do have a old steel Marin road bike I thought I might try to outfit and use a trailer with it.  It has Carbon forks so i don't think panniers and racks are a good idea.  It's my first solo unsupported trip so I'm a virgin at everything. The ideal situation would be to rent bike, panniers (or I could buy) and i would buy the rest of the equipment.  Used to camp a lot in my pre-marriage years so i do have some gear. I have a daughter in Denve so figured a 10-14 day tour around the state would be a good 1st tour.  I live in south florida and bike touring isn't really big down hear

Rocky Mountain / Bike shop in Denver area
« on: May 25, 2011, 09:55:04 am »
Does anyone know a any  bike shops in Denver area that are knowledgeable in Bike Touring.  Would like to do 2 week tour around Co. and will be starting and finishing in Denver.  My first solo, unsupported.

Pacific Northwest / Re: Porttland Or, to Denver
« on: May 12, 2011, 10:46:19 am »
I was contemplating the Transamerica Trail, you're way seems to be shorter, did you have any idea on how long your trip would take

Pacific Northwest / Porttland Or, to Denver
« on: May 09, 2011, 09:48:32 am »
I'm looking to do my first solo unsupported trip hopefully from Portland to Denver or Denver to Portland if that is the best way to go.  Any advice on routes, time of year and which direction (east or west) would be appreciated.  Thanks

South Atlantic / Ft. Lauderdale/Mt Dora
« on: May 04, 2011, 03:03:23 pm »
Anyone know good route from Ft. Lauderdale (Parkland) to Mt Dora

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