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Classifieds / Jamis Renegade s2 Size Large 2018
« on: October 19, 2023, 03:56:06 pm »
This one did an OR-NJ cross country tour in 2018 and has been in the garage ever since. It's ready for another! Great high end steel feel with some carbon thrown in for weight savings. Fully set up with Ortleib waterproof bags and Specialized Handlebar Harness. Turnkey setup for $1200 or $800 for bike only. Bike is in UT. Will ship at actual shipping cost. Pics won't post. Feel free to email me @

General Discussion / Weather apps
« on: April 24, 2018, 03:07:00 pm »
I'm looking for a good weather app for touring. I'm using something called Weather Live now and also have the NOAA app. These work fine but just checking to see if there's an app that I'm not aware that checks all the boxes for bike touring. Thanks in advance for any insights.

Routes / Madison WI to Northern IN
« on: April 06, 2018, 11:16:46 am »
We're planning on leaving Madison. WI in late May to complete a XC tour we started last summer. We're headed to coastal NJ and the plan was to ride up through the UP of Michigan and continue to Niagara Falls using AC routes and head SE from there. We encountered some pretty crazy winds in the upper midwest and great plains while crossing in late June last year which made any northbound riding a 5 mph proposition so we continued east riding 25 mph tailwinds and ended up in Madison instead of Minneapolis. We're hoping that these winds wont be around in late May but it's not unrealistic that we'll encounter really bad conditions that time of year so I'm trying to work on a contingency plan which would take the southerly route through IL, IN, OH, and PA. I have a decent idea for routing from northern Indiana to NJ but I'm looking for guidance from Madison to northern Indiana. The town that we're shooting for is Syracuse, IN which is 30-40 miles SE of South Bend. I'm assuming that it makes sense to stay pretty far west of Chicago but perhaps there are decent biking corridors through the close in western suburbs. Any guidance you have on this route would be much appreciated.

Just a note that we don't plan on using the AC route from Chicago to NYC as it winds too far south for us.

Routes / Getting Across South Dakota
« on: February 19, 2017, 08:04:30 pm »
I'm mapping out a XC tour for this summer staying to the north. Using AC routes most of the way but I'm going to avoid ND because of the traffic situation. Based on preliminary research on traffic counts it looks like I'll be riding route 212 most of the way across the state. My other options appear to be 34 or a combination of 34 and 14. I'll be riding east and coming out of WY into the Belle Fourche area, likely around mid June. If anyone has insights on these roads that would be awesome. Thanks!

Routes / Northern Tier Alternate
« on: June 18, 2016, 02:42:06 pm »
I rode the TransAm in 1987 when I was 21 and my daughter and I are exploring a XC tour for next summer as a 30th anniversary trip. We have a friend who lives close to Stanley, ID who we plan to visit along the way and plan to finish on the NJ Shore. Because of the ID visit we'll start on the TransAm and veer off once in ID to get to Stanley in the Sawtooths. From Stanley we'll find our way to the Lewis and Clark and then Northern Tier to Great Lakes and Lake Erie Connector and from Niagara work our way down to the Finger Lakes and across southern NY on one of the state bike routes and then eventually into northern NJ. This route is very preliminary and I've done no research. If anyone has any insights into any of these sections it would be helpful. Thanks in advance. Cheers.

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