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Connecting ACA Routes / Northern Tier to Boston
« on: April 04, 2007, 03:26:53 pm »
Hi. Next summer I am going on the Northern Tier route from West to East.  My buddy and I may need to end it sooner than planned and want to cut directly to the Boston area.  Has anyone else done this before?  What would be the best route to cut over to Boston from the upstate NY area?  Thanks!
~Chuck


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Gear Talk / Axiom Panniers
« on: February 05, 2007, 08:55:24 am »
Anyone ever use the Axiom Champlain rear panniers?  I am watching them on ebay and they seem ok.  The only thing is I have not been able to find out much about their mounting system, they use a Posi-lock attachment system according to their website, but I am not familiar with the different attachment systems.


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Gear Talk / which panniers?
« on: January 24, 2007, 07:33:03 pm »
I have a couple questions.  I'm doing a loaded tour next summer on the Northern route and am doing some research on different panniers.  Will ~2400 cu.in. rear panniers, and ~1000 cu.in. front panniers be pleanty of room for a longer tour.  I do plan on living pretty simply, but don't want to overdo it.

Now, on different brands.  I have been looking at several different brands, Arkel, Orlieb, etc.  I am leaning towards the Arkel bags because of the extra pockets for water bottles, gear, etc. But I don't think they are water-proof. Will rain covers be fine if I plan on bagging all of my clothes inside?

Also, I've seen several brands that I have not heard of on ebay, although they seem ok. These brands are Transit, Nashbar, and the Seattle Sports. Any input would be great.


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Gear Talk / Windsor Tourist
« on: October 12, 2006, 03:06:04 pm »
I am going on a cross-country tour via the Northern Tier Route next summer and have been doing research about different types of touring bikes.  I came across the Windsor Tourist at http://www.bikesdirect.com.  It seems like a pretty decent bike according to its specifications.  Has anyone ever used a Windsor Tourist? Would you recommend it for a cross-country ride? Thanks

Chuck


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General Discussion / Any last minute advice??
« on: May 13, 2007, 10:56:25 pm »
Hi, I'm getting ready to embark on my first cross-country ride in about a week.  I think I am pretty well prepared with getting all of my gear together, training, logistics, etc.  Do any of you have any last minute advice for me? thanks!
~chuck


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General Discussion / mail drops on Northern Tier
« on: April 07, 2007, 11:20:06 pm »
Hi, I had a conversation with a friend who knew that hikers on the Appalachian trai had opportunities to receive mail along their route.

Are there similar places where friends can send me mail along the Norther Tier bike route?  Has anyone else done this? Thanks.
~Chuck


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