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Gear Talk / Re: Raised stem
« on: September 12, 2023, 12:01:44 pm »

Are custom-badged top caps a thing now?  They should be.

I got it from KustomKaps ( Very reasonable cost and fast return.

Ride safe,

Gear Talk / Raised stem
« on: August 15, 2023, 09:56:07 pm »
About 15 years ago I had a Novara Safari trekking bike that I sold to make way for my Cogburn fat bike, but still dearly miss. Only recently have I given up looking for a replacement and decided to refurbish my 2006 Bianchi Volpe instead. One of the features I miss from the Safari was the raised handlebar stem, so I've put one on the Volpe. I like the more upright position. Any thoughts? (I also added a touch of my own! :

Classifieds / Re: Wanted: '06-7 Novara Safari
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:23:59 am »
After being scammed a couple of times including the above post, (and reporting one of the scammers to federal authorities for wide brush scamming in other sports) I am no long actively looking for a Novara Safari. Sure, if I come across one for real in my journeys, I'll check it out, but in the interim, my Cogburn CB4 fat-bike with different tires should work just fine as a trekking bike!

General Discussion / Re:
« on: March 15, 2022, 06:12:18 pm »
It's been going on four years since Lisa responded. Any update? It was a great resource and its a shame to see it sitting fallow.

Classifieds / Re: Wanted: '06-7 Novara Safari
« on: January 15, 2022, 12:00:13 pm »
Still looking!

Gear Talk / What Happened to the "Adventure" Bikes?
« on: May 16, 2021, 04:40:59 pm »
A couple of years ago, so-called "adventure bikes" were the big thing. Trek had the 920, REI, the Co-Op ADV 4.2, Specialized, and others had entries in that market niche. Now they are as scarce as hen's teeth. What happened?  Were they victims of COVID, or just poor sales? Inquiring minds want to know, because I would still give my eye teeth for a 2006-'07 Novara Safari, but I would take a 920 or ADV 4.2 as an acceptable alternative if I could even find one.

Classifieds / Wanted: '06-7 Novara Safari
« on: March 06, 2017, 11:01:28 am »
Wanted:Looking for a used 2006 or '07 Novara Safari, large size in good condition. (This is the aluminum-framed, 26 in. wheel, tan or olive green model.) Sold mine a few years back and have regretted it ever since.

Gear Talk / Re: 700x40 vs. 27.5 (650b)x48
« on: February 20, 2016, 10:20:39 am »
I'm looking at the Schwalbe Marathon Mondials, and 40 mm is widest they come in 700s. The Safari had Conti T&Cs. Great tires, wear like iron, but horrible to take off the rims to patch and I always felt like I had to work harder to cover the same distance. I have Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700x35s on my Volpe.


Gear Talk / 700x40 vs. 27.5 (650b)x48
« on: February 19, 2016, 12:32:13 am »
Spec-ing a new bike for touring and gravel. Do a lot a gravel near home for fun and exercise, but am hoping to do more S24O and multi-day self-supported touring since I retired. Open to suggestions as to what would be better for my riding? I used to have an '06 Novara Safari, and to be honest, the only thing I didn't like about it was the 26-inch wheels. Sold it (here) to make way for a 29-er MTB. I realize that I may have just answered my own question, but like I said, I have an open mind.

Ride safe,

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Edge 1000 Explore
« on: February 16, 2016, 09:35:31 pm »
Also, my Meriwether will have a dynamo hub, so charging will not be an issue

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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Edge 1000 Explore
« on: February 16, 2016, 03:52:00 pm »
Primarily the "Incident (read: Crash) Detection", plus it does MTB trails.. I was leaning towards the Edge Touring, and couldn't justify the extra cost until I figured out what I paid each month to SPOT, what a new 3rd gen SPOT Tracker would have cost me (Mine was 1st generation), What the Edge Touring would have cost with buying a new SPOT was what convinced me to go ahead with the Edge 1000 Explore. If you don't need the Crash Detection feature, I would suggest going with the Edge Touring unit.

Ride safe,

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: New Garmin Edge Touring
« on: February 15, 2016, 06:53:37 pm »
Go to the other thread on the Edge 100 Explore that I started when I did the above post. It was released last September, so that classified as "new" to me.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Garmin Edge 1000 Explore
« on: February 15, 2016, 03:33:32 pm »
Finally took the plunge and replaced my Garmin Edge 205, my first generation SPOT Tracker and some of the functions of my smartphone with a Garmin Edge 1000 Explore. Looking forward to exploring with it on Discovery, my Bianchi Volpe, and maybe next year on my new Meriwether Cycles Discovery II.

I've used this on my Cogburn a couple of times this winter, and so far it works great. A bit different than the old 205, but I am getting used to that. Love the auto-load feature! Just set the unit next to my laptop or Dragon tablet and the ride appears on my Ride with GPS log. Really looking forward to using it on long rides this spring.

More info as I use it more and more.

Ride safe,

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: New Garmin Edge Touring
« on: February 15, 2016, 03:28:00 pm »
Starting a new topic about the next step in Garmin Edge Touring GPS/cyclometers.

Gear Talk / Re: Thoughts on "fat-tired" touring bikes?
« on: February 15, 2016, 02:52:37 pm »
I have ridden the Katy Trail from St. Charles to past Defiance and back (day trip), but was on my 26" mountain bike because I was in St. Louis for the 2012 IPMBA conference. The Katy Trail is constructed of crushed limestone, and although it may be do-able with skinny 25-28 mm road tires, that would certainly NOT be my first choice. Currently I have a Volcanic 29-er MTB with 2.1 inch WTB Nano 29s on it, that work well on pavement, gravel and dirt, but it is a heavy-duty patrol bike, and I am not sure I want to ride it all the way from St. Louis to the Western Sea, nor would I do so on my fat-bike. My current touring set-up is a 2006 Bianchi Volpe with 35 mm Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires that I think would do the trail just fine. I have ridden them on the very course gravel of BIA "paved" roads on the L&C in South Dakota, that ruined a pair of WTB All-Terrainasaurus (now just called "All-Terrain") tires. The Marathons wear like iron and ride well in any condition I have used them on, and I ride a lot of gravel.

I'm retired now and plan to go back to St. Charles next year and ride the L&C/Katy Trail, hopefully to Yankton, SD, from which point I have ridden to Pierre. I am working on the specs questionnaire for a custom touring bike from Meriwether Cycles (my retirement gift to myself) that will be fitted with 40 mm (1.6 inch) Schwalbe Marathon Mondial HS 428 tires. I used to have an older model Novara Safari with 26x1.95 inch Conti T&Cs, and was tempted to go with that width (47 mm) in the 700, but decided on the 40s, the largest width they make in the Mondial. If you have seen Schwalbe's "puncture-proof" guarantee in "Adventure Cyclist", they really mean it. (although my Marathons did get a slow leak from what, when we finally found it, appeared to be the end of a metal staple.) I think they may be an ideal tire for all of the Lewis and Clark Bicycle Trail except perhaps the Lolo Motorway.

Just my thoughts.

Ride safe,

PS: I am skipping the Gateway Arch to St. Charles portion for safety reasons.

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