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General Discussion / Re: Biking from the West Coast in May: too early?
« on: January 16, 2009, 11:30:23 pm »
I rode the Santiam pass in early June and it was fine.  May could be a whole nother story!!  Good luck!

General Discussion / Re: Independent fundraising tour 2010
« on: January 16, 2009, 11:27:45 pm »
I did some fundraising on the GDR and had a flyer to show folks as I rolled into towns and found it appropriate.  the only thing that did not work for me, was handing out the flyers, I never got a response.  People wanted to give me cash, which made me feel uncomfortable.  I never accepted it.  So, the most effective way I found, is by email and digital methods.  If you set up some kind of pay pal account, it will be easy for people to donate.  I had to send people to the foundation website, and few (other than close family and friends) every donated.  Still I raised $1400, but I'm sure the amount could've been more.  I had a buddy raise a grand in a matter of days utilitizing the tools of the internet.  Whatever methods you choose, I wouldn't be too concerned with your total, you're doing a good thing and thats what counts.  :)

Classifieds / For sale: 2007 GDR Maps
« on: February 08, 2008, 01:50:43 pm »
Never used.  Contact for inquiries.  I prefer to sell them all as a set.  Have 1-6, but not the Canadian section.  

Gear Talk / self sealing innertubes
« on: May 01, 2007, 08:25:26 am »
Any opinions on "slime" for your tubes?

Is slime a waste of my money and time?  Thanks :)

Gear Talk / Extra parts on the Great Divide
« on: December 18, 2006, 10:08:50 am »
Can people please suggest what extra parts I should be carrying while biking the Great Divide trail??

I've got an extra tire, chain links, cables, tubes.. what else?

Gear Talk / Suspension seat posts
« on: December 16, 2006, 12:33:28 pm »
Can anyone recommend a suspension seat post for my Great Divide ride?  Do these typically come with a seat attached?  There's such a variety out there, not sure how much I really need to spend

Gear Talk / Cyclocross tires for touring
« on: December 18, 2006, 10:07:08 am »
Are 26 x 1.90 too small for touring on the Great Divide?  Hope not, I just bought 3 from at only $35 each!!  They are clearing out the 1.90s to standerdize to a 2.0

Gear Talk / Off Road - Bob vs. Panniers
« on: May 09, 2005, 08:44:16 pm »
I currently own a sweet set of Ortlieb Panniers, but am considering a trailer for the Great Divide Mtn Bike ride.  Any thoughts?  I would love to stick with panniers unless it's highly recommended to switch

Gear Talk / VooDoo bike question
« on: May 03, 2005, 05:29:20 am »
I'm looking at buying a used VooDoo mountain bike with touring off road in mind.  Don't know squat about mountain bike touring,  but figured this bike is as good as any for a tour.  I took it for a ride this weekend (before buying) and it was awesome.  Can anyone recommend this bike?

Gear Talk / Anyone name their bike?
« on: May 20, 2004, 06:13:47 am »
I came up with hurricane one day on a transAm tour.. got to the Green River in Mammoth Cave NP, and the one day that year the ferry shut down was the day we needed to cross the river.  So I decided nothing short of a hurricane would stop me and I decided to swim over with my bike :p

Gear Talk / Rain clothing?
« on: May 12, 2004, 06:43:43 am »
From my experience, hiking or biking with a rain jacket and no rain pants doesn't really work.  I think you need the combo of both, and that should probably do the trick.

I've never owned any Gortex, usually a simple breathable/ waterproof layer will do.  I have a Marmot Precip and Columbia rain pants I believe.  Keeps me pretty dry

Gear Talk / Good non essential items
« on: May 07, 2004, 08:09:23 am »
I imagine my next tour might include the silk hammock my sister bought for me in Bali.  Completely non essential, but the thing weighs about half a pound and is oooooooooohhh so comfortable.  Especially on days off :)

Gear Talk / Good non essential items
« on: May 02, 2004, 06:57:02 am »
What items have you brought on a tour that weren't essential, but make your trip a whole lot more pleasant?

The two things I bring with me.. my solar power hand crank coleman radio.  I also never tour without my stuffed jackalop, hence my name.  When touring solo the Jackalope keeps me great company and is a fun conversation starter when I pull into a town.  And I can not live without music, so the radio has become essential.  

Gear Talk / Sleeping Bag Recommendation
« on: May 02, 2004, 06:51:38 am »
I think the only reason to get a down bag is you're obsessed with space (like me.)  Personally, I know that I can pack up my bag, and get into into it's waterproof kayak bag and not have to worry whatsoever about it getting wet.  I toured for 3 months 2 years ago and had 2 problems, but that had to do with sleeping outside and being woken up by sprinklers!  My own fault.  Anyway, if you want a good weight: warmth ratio, choose down.  It's light, small and I think it feels nicer than any synthetics.  

Gear Talk / tools - cross country
« on: May 02, 2004, 07:00:51 am »
Maybe I was just lucky and naive, but I got away just fine on my TransAm tour with using nothing more than a Topeak Alien multi tool.  That piece is amazing

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