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General Discussion / Silk Road.
« on: January 14, 2011, 07:34:34 am »

 Wow. Came across this on the bikepacking forums...... Enjoy.


Gear Talk / Long Two-Person Trip Tent
« on: December 03, 2010, 10:08:50 pm »

 Hey Guys,

 Just seeking some opinions on tent options.....

 Planning a year+ long trip with my girlfriend, and my VERY cosy, but very light 2 person tent we have used for smaller trips just isn't going to cut it.

 I figure I won't mind something a little heavier as we'll be sharing the load this time around (instead of me carrying the bulk of stuff) so I dont need to go CRAZY light.... I also have the ability to get MSR tents at trade price through work. So.....


 Or any other ideas you have......

 Never been on a longer-than-a-month trip before and would be interested to hear opinions on the 'liveability' of lighter tents long term....



General Discussion / Front Rack Help
« on: February 25, 2010, 01:55:14 am »
Hi Everyone,

 I have been using a Bob Trailer predominantly for the last couple of years, but am going to go ride in Japan later this year and a trailer just seems like it's going to be a pain on trains, and definitely more hassle to fly there and back with....

 Looking for a recommendation for a front lowrider rack. It's to go on a Salsa Fargo, which has mounts at the dropout and halfway up the fork leg (on the inside and outside). Was considering Old Man Mountain Ultimate.... Good idea???

 Thanks in advance for help.


General Discussion / Australia's National Trail
« on: January 21, 2010, 06:21:24 am »
Hi Everyone,

 Sorry if this is the wrong place for this.....

 I thought I would post this link here, as I don't know that many of you will have heard of this ride. I know I hadn't until this evening. Looks unbelievable.

 Short story - 5300km (3300ml?) trail from North to South starting in tropical Queensland, along the Australian Alps, Snowy Mountains and Great Dividing Range, finishing in temperate Victoria.

 We don't have the elevation that the US and Europe boast, but I have ridden many of the areas that this trail passes through and can attest to how awesome this ride would be.

 Definitely on my list now, hope it makes it onto a few of yours.


General Discussion / Great Divide South-North
« on: January 09, 2010, 09:44:00 pm »

 Adam again from Australia here...........

 It is seeming that, logistically, because I have family friends in Texas that'll drive me around, it may be much easier for me to start the Great Divide at the Southern end.... Also, from looking at many peoples photo galleries from the trip, it appears to me that finishing in New Mexico may be something of an anticlimax after the sights of the trip (correct me if I am wrong here, please) whereas finishing in the Banff seems a beautiful end.....

 I have been reading a lot of peoples experiences, and have not yet some across any that have ridden South-North..... Just wondering, is there a particular reason for this? I am certain it gets colder as you head further North, which I guess means you need to start earlier.... Any other fundamental reason that most ride North-South...

 Thanks again in advance for answers.


General Discussion / Australian Thinking Great Divide
« on: January 01, 2010, 06:01:41 am »

 Hi Everyone,

 This is my first post on this forum, but I have done quite a lot of touring here in Australia, and work in the bicycle industry, so am not a total newb.....

 I have a question, regarding the Great Divide Trail. I have been doing quite a lot of research, and the only thing that I can't really find any information about is the Wildlife..... I am used to all kind of spiders and snakes her, but have no experience whatsoever with large carnivorous animals, and they bother me....

 Are bears and mountain lions something I actually need to worry about, or are they super few and far between???

 Thanks in advance for any help, and I look forward to being a part of this community.


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