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South / Transportation to Natchez
« on: August 20, 2012, 04:52:03 pm »
I'm planning a tour of the Natchez Trace in October.  We would like to start in Natchez, but are having difficulty figuring out how to get there.  A search of the AC forums leads me to believe we'll need to fly to Baton Rouge, then bike north. 
Can anyone help me with other options?  Thanks, Joan

Gear Talk / touring wheels
« on: April 18, 2008, 01:43:01 am »
I'm lucky enough to be biking from Wyoming to Alaska-about 2500 miles- this summer. I understand there will be a few gravel stretches of several miles. The old Helicomatic rear hub on my 85 Trek has finally given up, so I'm in need of wheels.

Fully loaded with panniers front and back, the bike will have to carry about 160 to 170 pounds of rider and gear.- I like my little luxuries, but try to pack lightly.

Finally to the question: How much wheel do I really need?  I'm tempted to get Mavic a719 laced to 105 or Ultegra, but wonder whether something like Open Pro (which I already have) would survive the ride.  I would rather not use mtn hubs, as that would require spreading the rear dropouts, from their present 126 to 132 or 135cm, a proposition which scares me.

Thanks, Joan

Gear Talk / soma double cross for loaded tour
« on: February 03, 2008, 12:42:35 pm »
I'm planning a loaded/camping trip from Colorado to Alaska this summer, and contemplating taking my Soma Double Cross along for the ride.  Have any of you folks used this bike on a long tour?  How is it for stability when loaded?  Between myself and my gear, I think the bike will have to handle about 160 lbs.

Of course, I could just use my venerable old Trek 620...

Thanks,  Joan

Routes / cycling the cassair highway
« on: February 03, 2008, 12:36:31 pm »
Has anyone cycled the Cassiar Highway in Northern British Columbia?  I'm planning to head to the Alcan from Prince George in July, and the Cassiar looks like the more direct, more remote, and more adverturesome route.

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