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Classifieds / Re: FS: Southern Tier Map Set
« on: April 12, 2022, 11:07:19 am »
PM sent

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Classifieds / Re: Southern Tier maps & GPX files
« on: February 15, 2022, 03:20:04 pm »
What is "shipping from GB"?  Great Britain?

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From the NPS website: "Additional paving on the south ramp and coffer dam removal on the north ramp is still needed, though, so short-term closures can be expected in early spring/summer 2021."   

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Routes / Re: How many people ride the Northern Tier each year?
« on: March 12, 2021, 12:26:20 pm »
Case in point. I ordered the Idaho Hot Springs mapset a couple of years ago but life and fires conspired to keep me away.

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General Discussion / Re: Maximum/minimum speeds
« on: October 20, 2020, 08:38:53 pm »
WAY back in 92 my wife and I hit 60 mph coming off the hill south of Jackson, MT. Long, straightish, 700x32 tires on 38 spoke wheels, loaded tandem, and another loaded tandem to draft off of. The lead tandem would slow to around 52 and when you hit his draft you would speed up like having a turbo and whip past at 60 mph. Probably stupid but there it is. I was a young fighter pilot and my wife trusted my skillz!

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Bike Clubs / Re: How to find the best Bike Clubs in Utah
« on: July 09, 2020, 05:04:28 pm »
Jake,
I don't have any specifics but I have found in my limited Utah experience that their drivers are pretty courteous compared to here in Louisville where I live.  I am really envious of your move!

Snake

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The local townspeople probably want the business that a footbridge would bring.

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General Discussion / Re: GAP/ C&O Towpath. Direction of travel
« on: June 28, 2020, 02:25:00 pm »
The grade references are deceiving. From E to W, there is a 2.5-3% grade out of Cumberland to the Eastern Continental Divide for 23 miles, then a .5% downgrade the rest of the way into PGH. Having ridden both directions it is nice to INTO Cumberland (Eastbound) but I like to climb hills so the direction was a wash. On a loaded touring bike, you can basically coast all the way down into Cumberland for 23 miles going Eastbound so the ride is shortened for your legs!

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Glad you are back at it Jinx. Remember that the virus is being expelled in a plume behind the walkers and riders. The riders plume is longer. I have read that by 30' most of the virus has settled to the ground. And infection seems related to exposure amount PLUS time. If you are getting just a few virus particles and then none you are probably ok. That having been said, I do NOT want to get sick. I go to work with a mask!

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General Discussion / Re: It Ain't The Prettiest, But . . .
« on: May 06, 2020, 06:51:22 pm »
I get that you are focused on the AC trail but there are so many empty roads in the middle of the country that may not be your best tool.  The rail to trail suggestion is good but I find that the unrelenting flatness is harder on my knees than a rolling road with a variable effort.

Are you open to gravel roads?  There are paces in the midwest where you could probably set up your tent in the road worry-free. They are often rolling and lead to odd and interesting places. Contrary to the current trend you don't really need any special equipment just go slow and enjoy the scenery. I also tour on motorcycles this picture is probably at least a half day's bicycle ride from the nearest town.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/QRomC2mBKT77Ydfg8

Hey Babbit, is that a Tiger or Vstrom?!!!  (major thread creep!)

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General Discussion / Re: Erie Canal Bike Tour. A great 5 day ride.
« on: January 27, 2020, 01:09:02 pm »
Great video Smudgy!

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Gear Talk / Re: Motobecane Fantom CX
« on: January 18, 2020, 04:01:46 pm »
I thought all the Bikesdirect bikes shipped free. At least  my Ti mtb did years ago.

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Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: January 10, 2020, 01:12:55 pm »
I guess I don't feel the need to open a new topic. Family needs and life in general prevented me from going on the IHSMRB last year. Did anyone here do it? What time of year and what were the conditions?
Thanks!

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Routes / Re: Best 5 day solo newbie ride?
« on: January 09, 2020, 06:16:54 pm »
Where do you live? We might be able to point you in some better directions!

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If you go to San Fran, be really careful of you gear getting stolen. There are over 50 rental cars a day returned to SFO with a window popped out due to theft. Have a great adventure. I'm envious of your innocence!

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