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General Discussion / Bike shops still overwhelmed
« on: March 17, 2021, 09:05:28 am »
On a whim I called a bike shop in MSP for some info as I was planning to come through in early June. He mentioned if I want any service (new cassette, chain, tune-up) best to book it now. They are booking service appointments into late May, have a back order of over 1,500 bikes to build for customers and would not be able to help me on short notice.

So, I did book a check-up / tune-up, but would not normally have done that until a week or so before arriving. Just FYI so ya’ll don’t get caught.


General Discussion / Lots of touring 2021 or not? Whadda ya think?
« on: March 07, 2021, 10:20:44 am »
My wife and I are planning a Buffalo NY to Astoria OR tour starting in Mid-May. Will use ACA Erie Connector, Rails-to-trails across Michigan and Wisconsin, pick up the Parks, Peaks, & Prairies to West Yellowstone and then the Transom to Astoria... I've been wondering what you all are hearing, will we meet others, or will we be two of a few. I am hoping with vaccine numbers growing, states easing travel etc, we will meet others.

Whadda ya all hearing? What'd you think?

thanks, SY

Routes / West from Minneapolis - Northern Tier or Parks, Peaks and Prairie?
« on: December 05, 2020, 12:23:28 pm »
Hi all,
in planning a cross country ride East to West for 2021 (let's hope) I am wondering if anyone has perspective on the Northern Tier versus the P,P,&P? I do want to end up in Missoula - so might pick up the Lewis and Clark at some point. I think I may be asking which do you think is the more interesting trail and which is apt to have more cyclists next year?

Thanks, SY

General Discussion / Erie Canal Trail in 2020
« on: July 18, 2020, 02:53:51 pm »
I am looking at riding the Erie Canal Trail in mid-August. Anyone have information on lodging, camping, restaurants? Will it work do you think? Going Albany to Buffalo. Will either ride back, Amtrak back, or convince a friend to pick us up.

Any updated information you have would be appreciated.

General Discussion / Are you postponing a tour to 2021?
« on: July 08, 2020, 05:49:20 pm »
Hello everyone,

I am wondering if I am the only one who's looking at 2021 to cross the US? How many of you have postponed your cross country or TA tour to 2021? I am thinking it will be a good year to meet others, assuming we are done with this pandemic by then!!


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