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Routes / US 89 Montana
« on: November 25, 2017, 05:41:14 pm »
Has anyone ridden US 89 from Great Falls to Browning? Is it a good road to ride? Montana's bike map seems to think so.

Routes / Green Mtns Loop
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:32:25 pm »
The Adventure Cycling Green Mtns Loop has an alternative route leaving St Johnsbury (clockwise). Anyone have experience with both routes and can comment on what each route is like?

Routes / Going to the Sun
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:26:18 pm »
What's the best time to ride The Going To The Sun Highway in Glacier National Park? Just before the bicycle limitation when snow is an issue, or later when traffic can be a problem? What is it like in July?

Gear Talk / Prius and racks
« on: October 29, 2016, 04:46:58 pm »
I'd like to know what your experience has been with a roof rack on the Prius. Do the feet fit well? Does it have enough power when there are four bikes up top? How about with a hitch rack out back?

« on: May 15, 2016, 09:12:53 pm »
Is Rockport the closest grocery store to Colonial Peak Campground from the west?

Routes / Washington Parks route option
« on: March 20, 2016, 10:12:18 pm »
Has anyone ridden Twisp-Carlton Rd south out of Twisp to Carlton instead of staying on Washington 20?

General Discussion / Nishki bikes
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:11:14 pm »
Anyone know the difference between the Nishiki Olympic and the Cresta from the 80's?

Gear Talk / tire clearance in brakes
« on: December 31, 2013, 12:43:44 pm »
I'm frustrated with having to let out the air in my tires  in order to get them past the brake pads. The tires are 28s and the brakes are the original Shimano new in about 2000 medium reach calipers. They just don't far enough. I ride 28 every day. I can push the 28s past the pads but not the 32s I put on for touring. I'm contemplating removing them for cantilevers but before I do I'm wondering if any other calipers of that quality do open farther?

Gear Talk / best touring frames
« on: November 20, 2013, 11:37:24 am »
Besides the Trek 720 in the 80's, & the 520, Waterford's Adventure Cycle, what are some of the great touring frames (without considering how the frame was built up)? Fuji had a pretty good frame once too; the Finest?

Gear Talk / shifters
« on: November 28, 2012, 10:57:51 pm »
Don't want bar ends but also leery of STI breaking mid tour (I've seen it and it is ugly)? Check out these

Gear Talk / chain compatibility
« on: April 15, 2012, 09:58:41 pm »
We all know that SRAM chains are compatible with Shimano drivetrains, but do you notice better shifting using Shimano chains with Shimano drivetrains compared to SRAM chains?

General Discussion / Lodging in Portland Maine
« on: January 09, 2012, 09:50:51 pm »
Anyone reading who lives in Portland, Maine? I'm looking for a motel that will accept 4 bikes delivered by Fed EX or UPS and hold them for us. We'll stay a night at each end of a two week tour. Any suggestions on a motel willing to accept and hold on to boxes for 2 weeks until we get back?

Gear Talk / shoe covers for cold weather
« on: December 08, 2011, 10:42:56 pm »
What's the best shoe cover for riding in cold weather?

General Discussion / Brooks saddle damage
« on: March 18, 2009, 11:13:20 pm »
I got caught in the rain on a century last June and my new Brooks Pro, which should take years to show any wear, broke down (sagged) under my sit bones. Anybody have any experience reversing the damage?

Gear Talk / Brooks saddles and rain
« on: June 19, 2008, 11:02:10 pm »
A few months ago there was a discussion about whether riding a leather saddle in the rain was hard on it. One writer even suggested that sweating was as bad as rain. Well, after a couple of hours riding in rain last week (barely escaping the rising rivers in Iowa) on my new Brooks Pro it collapsed under my weight when it got wet, even with a cover on underneath me. I had almost 1000 miles on it with lots of sweaty hard rides before that with no breakdown. The Pro is much tougher than the B-17 so I was very surprised at the damage. Had I put on the fenders the saddle would have been protected from the rain.

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