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General Discussion / Advice on purchasing a fat bike
« on: April 21, 2021, 07:09:55 pm »
ACA's Bike Bits had a paragraph about a group in Browning Montana looking for fat bikes.  I'd like to help, but know nothing about fat bikes.  I see that Amazon has several by Mongoose for less than $500.  For example "Mongoose Dolomite Mens Fat Tire Mountain Bike, 26-Inch Wheels, 4-Inch Wide Knobby Tires, 7-Speed, Steel Frame, Front and Rear Brakes, Multiple Colors" and "Mongoose Aztec Mens and Womens Fat Tire Bike, 18-Inch Steel Frame, 26-Inch Wheels, 4-Inch knobby tires".   Would these just become a pain-in-the-a** or are they a reasonably priced bike?  Would they be difficult to service?   Nice if Amazon provides free shipping and they're pretty good with returns.  Or are there other options to consider?  I was thinking about getting something in Browning, but they don't have a bike shop. 

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General Discussion / Re: carrying a firearm on a tour
« on: March 09, 2021, 06:41:23 am »
Please, no spoilers...  I'm waiting for the book!

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Routes / Re: How are you getting to Anacortes?
« on: March 03, 2021, 05:57:51 pm »
I ended my trip in Anacortes.  Used Bike Flights and Skagit Cycle Center.  The bike shop did a good job and I recommend them.  After bicycling 3800 miles, I was ready to return home to NJ.  The airport shuttle was an efficient, no-hassle way to get to SeaTac.

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ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Best app for following someone on a long ride
« on: February 23, 2021, 01:28:50 pm »
Need more info...

Are you following somebody else's ride?  Or are you riding and someone back home want's to follow your progress?

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General Discussion / Re: TransAm done - What next?
« on: February 23, 2021, 07:53:54 am »
The Northern Tier route does go into Canada near Cut Bank, but it can be bypassed easily.

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General Discussion / Re: Southern Illinois Gravel Ride (video)
« on: February 15, 2021, 05:42:31 pm »
Thank you for posting your video.  I very much enjoyed watching it.  As I was watching, I kept thinking, "How did he get that shot?"  "He must have spent a lot of time prepping the shots...".  I fear you're raising the bar too high!!

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General Discussion / Re: Rain Jacket? Yes. Rain pants?
« on: January 31, 2021, 08:41:59 am »
Rain jackets and pants?  For me, yes and yes.  When bicycling in Montana, there were many days when cloudbursts would cross my path, it seemed on an hourly basis.  I kept my raingear handy in a ziploc bag on the outside of my panniers.  I got very good at quickly getting covered up.  If the squall was bad enough, I'd stop pedaling and find some place to hunker down, sometimes just lying on the ground, downwind of my bike and packs.  When the squall finished, I'd put the gear away.  I didn't want to get wet when it was 60 degrees and windy. 

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General Discussion / Re: bicycle navigation computer
« on: January 27, 2021, 05:14:32 pm »
If all you want to know is speed, distance and time, why not just use RideWithGPS on your phone?  Perhaps I misread your question.  Do you want to know what additional features a Garmin (for example) will provide?

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General Discussion / Re: Average Weight Loss/Gain on Cross Country Tour
« on: December 16, 2020, 12:01:57 pm »
"...so I am curious, is weight loss an issue?"

For me, not weight loss but weight gain!

From NJ to Michigan, I gained 3 lbs.  I decided to stop buying Starbucks and ended up losing 10 the rest of the way to Anacortes.  Was it the Starbucks? Or just the cumulative effect of long days week after week?  Probably both.

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General Discussion / Re: Route map with elevation profile
« on: December 15, 2020, 02:24:32 pm »
Thanks, Pat.  I started playing around with the KML file.  It's going to take some tweaking but will be an interesting challenge.

John R

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General Discussion / Route map with elevation profile
« on: December 14, 2020, 07:45:33 pm »
I'd like advice on a little project I'm working on...

I recently purchased a map of the U.S., had it mounted, and put map tacks along my 2019 modified-Northern Tier route (Attachment 1).  What I'd like to do is export the RideWithGPS elevation profile (Attachment 2),maybe into Excel, where I can adjust the X and Y scales, and mount it as a strip along the bottom of the map showing my route's elevation across the U.S.  Can the elevation info be exported?  I'll also try the staff at RideWithGPS for their assistance.

JR

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"...I would love to see that front rack install..."

To whom are you replying?  Hoverbird?

John R

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I did the Northern Tier last year with a fully-loaded (four paniers, camping gear, etc) Disc Trucker and didn't have to get off to walk.  My impression is that the hardest part of the Trans-America is not the Rockies, but the hills east of the Mississippi with steep uphills, steep downhills and repeat. 

I live in NJ and there are no roads here where I could simulate the climbs I experienced in the west.  In the west, the hills may not be particularly steep, but they were 15+ miles long.  I tried to plan my rides so I'd have the worst climbs early in the morning.  I couldn't do that in the Midwest and NJ - it's always up and down, up and down, up and down.  No rest until you stop.  But when I got to the Rockies, I knew I was physically and mentally ready. 

I did my ride with a Disc Trucker.  Although it's not a FUN! bicycle to ride, it was very reliable.  Whatever I was up for doing, it could handle.  The autumn before my trip, I took my Surly up to Smugglers Notch in Vermont.  I think that may be the steepest, sustained hill I've done.  I had tried it before with rental bikes, but that was the first time I had made it to the top without stopping.  A great experience letting me know we could make it out west. 

If you are new to touring, my most important advice is to load up your bike - with whatever you think you'll bring - and start doing overnighters.  You'll learn what gear you need, what you don't, and give you confidence in your set-up.

John R.
Planning for 2022!

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Routes / Re: Route Planning Great Parks North / GDMBR
« on: November 15, 2020, 11:27:22 am »
"... As this is remote, I am planning to carry cash as a backup to credit, but just as a backup.  That said, I'm hoping to scrap by with $100 / week (3 weeks).  Will most places take credit?..."

I don't know about your route, but on the Northern Tier, I did fine with a small amount of cash, one credit card and an ATM card.   I carried about $100 in cash and looked for an ATM when I got down to about $30.  I think small businesses don't like credit card usage for my small purchases of Gatorade and a sandwich. 

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Routes / Re: ACA Discontinuing some Paper Maps
« on: November 11, 2020, 05:49:01 pm »
For Northern Tier last year, I had three maps - Bicycle Route Navigator, ACA paper maps, and my own route entered in to RideWithGPS.  I used RideWithGPS for its turn-by-turn navigation (even though there weren't many turns in ND and eastern MT!).  Bicycle Route Navigator got little use.  ACA paper was my "bible".  It's what I used as input for RideWithGPS.  It where I started when looking for lodging.  It's what gave me the overview I've where I'd be riding. 

It will be sad for me if ACA discontinues paper.  I guess it's a sign of the times.  I still get real books from the library too.  Luddite and proud!  (Although I really do love me cell phone for many reasons!)

Old Fart

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