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Gear Talk / rigid or not on the great divide?
« on: April 06, 2013, 03:23:59 pm »

I am interested in hearing from anyone that has ridden all or part of the GDMBR.  My son and I are planning on a GDMBR tour, fully-loaded / self-contained, riding steel 29ers.  I am wondering how tough on my 55 year-old body it would be to ride a rigid fork (2.4 tires) instead of a front suspension fork?


Gear Talk / Is there any Big Dummies out there?
« on: April 23, 2008, 11:44:26 pm »
Hello, I would love to hear from anyone who is intending to ride the Great Divide Route (or similar route) with a Surly Big Dummy.  It looks like a promising rig for this type of tour.  

I don't think I can go much longer without owning one of these cool bikes.  I just might stimulate the bike industry with my economic stimulus package.  ;)

General Discussion / My son a future bike tourist?
« on: November 02, 2007, 11:47:30 pm »
I did a whole bunch of touring in 80's.  I worked for Adventure Cycling (Bike "C" to me), did two cross country tours, and rode the "Northstar", Canadian Maritimes, New England...  It was awesome; you folks know exactly what I am talking about.  More than 20 years later I am a dedicated bike commuter still riding my 80's Specialized Expedition!

Lately I have been thinking about doing a long tour with my son someday.  He is only nine, but before I know it he will be graduating high school.  Today he asked me if I would get him a bike with drop handlebars next spring!  It would be a wonderful thing to ride across the USA again with him.  Would it not?  But I just can't help but wonder if traffic is too dangerous these days.  Everyday on my commute I see distracted-aggressive-self-absorbed-impatient-SUV-driving-cell-phone-talking-text-messaging-coffee-swilling-idiot drivers.  I find myself wishing that gas was $6 a gallon!

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