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Routes / Bike Shop Update for Williston, ND
« on: July 18, 2009, 12:48:15 pm »
In the Northern Tier, Section 3, #48 map, and the Lewis & Clark, Section 3, # 54, map, a bike shop by name of "Schwinn (at Coast To Coast) 14 W. Broadway, 572-9551" is listed, but it is now closed. 

There is another shop in Williston one can use, if needed:   "Bike & Skate Shop, 1316 2nd Ave. W, Williston, ND; (701) 572-3561."

I discovered this yesterday when attempting to call the Schwinn shop looking for a front bike rack for a family member who is riding through Williston now, but a recording came on and said # was disconnected.  I then did a Google search for another shop when I found Bike & Skate.  I called them; no front bike racks in stock...just rear! They confirmed the Schwinn shop was closed.

Just thought I'd give this update for those who might be riding through Williston on the Northern Tier! 

I will contact whomever needed in ACA for map updates as well.


General Discussion / Re: "Support vehicle"
« on: June 13, 2009, 01:59:14 pm »
Thank you, Peaks.  I will certainly have my cell phone..I have Verizon..hopefully there will not be too many out of network has been very good for reception throughout the US, but I've haven't taken it through the Western mountains yet.  It has much better reception than my husband's T-Mobil phone.

Thanks again!

Pacific Northwest / Re: Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Region
« on: June 13, 2009, 01:54:32 pm »

When traveling West to East via the Northern Tier ( when in Washington) in June/July, how is the "bike traffic" (as I would call it) at that time of year or does it just could be busy, it could be slow?


General Discussion / Re: "Support vehicle"
« on: June 09, 2009, 08:04:11 am »
Thank you, BicycleNevada, for your input, but we decided against the "Pace vehicle" and will do "leap frogging" instead.

General Discussion / Re: "Support vehicle"
« on: June 08, 2009, 06:48:21 am »
Each day, the sag driver would head to the overnight stop, leave the sag vehicle, and start riding backwards until he met the group.  All would ride together to the overnight stop and the sag vehicle.  This actually worked well, and we had a great time.  We had cell phones to coordinate with, and carried enough gear to address any minor mechanical issues flat tires.

Paddleboy17, What you said above is probably what we will do, only change, the support driver will  not bike back being he does not have a desire to bike, just coming along for the safety issue and scenery being he has not driven through much of the northwest.

Also, the advice from David, from Boise, ID is heeded as well.

I do not believe following behind a biker is a good plan, but just wanted to throw that out there for a response..and I got it!

I appreciate ALL of the advice from you experienced bikers!


General Discussion / Re: "Support vehicle"
« on: May 25, 2009, 06:52:10 am »
Thank you, Sean and David, for your suggestions.  They're a big  help as to how we should go about this.

General Discussion / Re: Safety issues for solo biking
« on: May 22, 2009, 07:12:16 pm »
Thank you, all, for your suggestions.  They have been very helpful!

I'm thinking about do the trip with a support vehicle which I asked about under a separate post:  "Support Vehicle." 

General Discussion / "Support vehicle"
« on: May 22, 2009, 07:08:47 pm »
I have seen references here on the forums to "support vehicles" being used by some biker groups.  As someone who wants to go solo on the Northern Tier, I am thinking about having someone I know come along driving a support vehicle.  I presume the vehicle is driven behind, or not too far from the biker.   Can anyone make any suggestions to the use of "support vehicles?"

Thank you.

General Discussion / Re: Safety issues for solo biking
« on: April 21, 2009, 12:44:48 am »
Thank you, all, for your responses..much appreciated!

General Discussion / Safety issues for solo biking
« on: April 19, 2009, 02:48:25 pm »
Long distance biking is new to me.  What are the safety precautions (for personal and road) when biking by oneself?  Are certain routes safer than others?    I am considering Portland, OR to Chicago, northern route.

Thank you.

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