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Classifieds / For sale: 2007 GDR Maps
« on: February 08, 2008, 01:50:43 pm »
Never used.  Contact for inquiries.  I prefer to sell them all as a set.  Have 1-6, but not the Canadian section.  

Gear Talk / Extra parts on the Great Divide
« on: December 18, 2006, 10:08:50 am »
Can people please suggest what extra parts I should be carrying while biking the Great Divide trail??

I've got an extra tire, chain links, cables, tubes.. what else?

Gear Talk / Suspension seat posts
« on: December 16, 2006, 12:33:28 pm »
Can anyone recommend a suspension seat post for my Great Divide ride?  Do these typically come with a seat attached?  There's such a variety out there, not sure how much I really need to spend

Gear Talk / Off Road - Bob vs. Panniers
« on: May 09, 2005, 08:44:16 pm »
I currently own a sweet set of Ortlieb Panniers, but am considering a trailer for the Great Divide Mtn Bike ride.  Any thoughts?  I would love to stick with panniers unless it's highly recommended to switch

Gear Talk / VooDoo bike question
« on: May 03, 2005, 05:29:20 am »
I'm looking at buying a used VooDoo mountain bike with touring off road in mind.  Don't know squat about mountain bike touring,  but figured this bike is as good as any for a tour.  I took it for a ride this weekend (before buying) and it was awesome.  Can anyone recommend this bike?

Gear Talk / Anyone name their bike?
« on: May 20, 2004, 06:13:47 am »
I came up with hurricane one day on a transAm tour.. got to the Green River in Mammoth Cave NP, and the one day that year the ferry shut down was the day we needed to cross the river.  So I decided nothing short of a hurricane would stop me and I decided to swim over with my bike :p

Gear Talk / Good non essential items
« on: May 02, 2004, 06:57:02 am »
What items have you brought on a tour that weren't essential, but make your trip a whole lot more pleasant?

The two things I bring with me.. my solar power hand crank coleman radio.  I also never tour without my stuffed jackalop, hence my name.  When touring solo the Jackalope keeps me great company and is a fun conversation starter when I pull into a town.  And I can not live without music, so the radio has become essential.  

Routes / Calling all Great Divide Riders!
« on: April 10, 2007, 11:29:24 am »
Hey there!

We have a group of 5 heading north from Antelope Wells, NM on May 17th.  Anyone else doing south to north in this same time frame?  Anyone want to meet up along the way?  The group of 5 will become 2 as we leave New Mexico, anyone looking to bike a section in CO, WY, MT, or BC?  Email me We'll be doing 50 miles a day with a day off a week to explore on foot and restock supplies..

So, I'm just wondering who we may run into on the trail.  I'm trying to learn about as many folks riding the trail this summer as possible.  It would be really fun to meet along the way and swap stories!  :)

I also have some questions from GD Veterans..

1) Is May 17th too early of a starting date considering that there may be snow in the high passes of New Mexico that we'd potentially be running into at the end of May?

2) What is the best way to get to the trail head in Antelope Wells?

3) Is it necessary to carry a bear proof food container?

Routes / Great Divide Summer 07 Riders!
« on: January 15, 2007, 10:28:03 am »
Just wanted to see who I might bump into out on the trail.  I'll be riding south to north beginning May 15th and ending August 1st in Banff.  (I'm also looking for a few more companions if anyone's interested)

Routes / Partners needed for Great Divide (S>N)
« on: December 07, 2006, 04:43:24 pm »
Hey there!

I am a 24 year old male college student in Northern Arizona, just bought the entire map set for the Great Divide route, and am now looking for partners.  Because of the timing of my summer break, I've chosen to do the route south to north.  The maps are designed for riders going north to south, but after a conversation with the good folks at adventure cycling, I've realized this is 100% doable.  

Dates for the ride are roughly May 15th through July 31st.  I am going to shuttle to Calgary and fly home to New York from there.  

I have done the TransAm and am an active mountain biker.  I plan on mostly camping/ cooking with some treats along the way.  Depending on timing, I may get off the bike for 4 days in Colorado to enjoy the world class Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  

If this sounds like a ride you're interested in, please get in touch with me.

Routes / Safety of Pan American Highway
« on: November 04, 2006, 01:10:10 pm »
Hey there, I am considering a solo one month tour of the Pan American highway, starting December 15th.  I currently live in Northern Arizona, and am looking for

1) advice on a good starting point
2) tips on route safety

I have heard mixed reviews about safety in Mexico and wondering if it would be worth my while to purchase a plane ticket to a safer region.  I would much rather begin close to home, to save $$

Anyone else want to ride Central America during this time??

This message was edited by Jackalope on 11-4-06 @ 10:10 AM

Routes / Your next "dream tour"
« on: May 07, 2004, 08:11:06 am »
I would like to do the National Parks route... After that an around the world tour..

What is your next dream tour.  One you've been dreaming about for a while?

General Discussion / Scary tour experiences
« on: May 09, 2005, 07:11:17 pm »
I had a few on my Trans-Am tour.

1) Riding at night off route on busy truck route, my partner wrecks in road (no helmet).. I had to pull her out of road then her bike.  Very scary moment as I tried to assess the injury in the dark with trucks going and her crying!  Could have been avoided, big learning situation.  (wear a helmet!)

2) Greyhound "misplacing" our bikes!  recovering them one day later, a good scare..

3) Police confiscating bike panniers we had hidden in a tree while off doing some hiking.  We assumed them stolen!

4) Hit by car (in parking lot).  Even wearing bright orange and making eye contact with driver (who was not moving) he slammed the accelerator (accidentally I hope) as I passed his vehicle, crushing the front end of my bike, though I escaped unharmed.

5) Swimming in Johnson's Shut In SP in Missouri (highly recommended stop on Trans-Am).. heavy clouds rolled in, locals advised us we could continue swimming.  Moments later were all received a heavy jolt as a lightening bolt touched the water!  Very scary.

Every single one of these could have been avoided, but hey, life is for living and learning right? ;)

General Discussion / Arizona to Canada, anyone?
« on: May 08, 2004, 09:15:29 am »
Hey there, 22, male, I've riden the TransAm, now looking to do some more of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana on the Great Parks route, all the way up to Jasper and Banff.  Looking at starting late July/ early August.  Mostly camping, cooking.  Email me! ;)

General Discussion / Habitat for Humanity Tour
« on: May 02, 2004, 06:43:30 am »
Has anyone heard of a group of people who bike tour from city to city doing Habitat for Humanity as they travel?  Does this not sound like an awesome idea?  I would do this in a second :)

Any info at all is appreciated

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