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Gear Talk / 10 speed cassettes for touring
« on: November 22, 2006, 12:37:58 pm »
Not a product endorsement or advertisement.  But the folks on this forum with 10 speed bikes now or contemplating buying a new bike with 10 speed may find this information useful.  10 speed bike being one with 10 cogs on the cassette.

IRD (Interloc Racing Design) is now offering 10 speed cassettes in 11-32, 11-34, to go along with its 12-28.  Shimano spline and Shimano spacing.
Not cheap at $170.  Actually D--N expensive at $170.

Routes / North Lakes Route
« on: February 18, 2005, 03:12:00 pm »
I would like some opinions and experiences of the North Lakes Route from anyone who has ridden it or lives in the area this route goes through.  It goes from roughly the MN/WI border north of St. Paul to Macinaw City, MI then down to Indiana.  I am really only interested in the part from northern WI to Macinaw then to Luddington, MI then across the lake on the ferry and then back north to form a loop.

I'm considering testing my self supported touring skills this fall with a week long ride along this route.  My other loaded touring has always stayed at motels, pensiones, hostels, family, friends with food at restaurants.  And of course self supported touring would require me to get an ultra light sleeping bag, lightweight sleeping pad, large, luxurious, but super light tent, and cooking stove and pots and pans.  Acquiring the gear is part of the fun.

General Discussion / Adventure Cycling Excursion experiences?
« on: August 10, 2004, 12:48:49 am »
Has anyone ridden the Adventure Cycling Excursions?  These are the roughly two week long self contained, camp, cook, loaded tours.  About 15 people or so.  Any comments or experiences you would like to share?  I've toured loaded a fair amount but have never camped and cooked.  I've always stayed in hostels, pensiones, friend's houses, or motels at night.  I am considering getting my feet wet with a self contained tour in the summer of 2005.  The Adventure Cycling Excursions look like a fairly simple and straight forward way to do this.  And I wouldn't mind trying touring with other people for a change.

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