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Gear Talk / off road tires
« on: February 25, 2004, 11:51:18 pm »
I've ridden 2/3 of the trail (in 4 sections) so far on 3 different tires.  WTB Velociraptors were the best.  No flats over 400+ miles.  Don't use anything advertised as good for racing.  The Trail is no place to cut corners to save weight. You want sturdy side walls.  Its like spokes - the beefier the better.  Nothing ruins a long day like a flat in the middle of nowhere (except maybe a busted chain).

Gear Talk / Great Divide Equipment
« on: March 06, 2004, 10:05:45 pm »
I've done 1600 m of the GD with just rear panniers.  Old Man Mountain racks are great front and rear.  I've seen other racks come apart at the welds.  I lash a stuff sack to the front rack.  I tried front panniers too, but didn't like the handling at all. Carrying enough water in NM is the big challenge.  We got good at begging from hunters and ranchers.  Except for water, we can carry all our camping gear & food, etc.  I'm be afraid I'd fill a BOB.  I guess the key is to get a bomb-proof rear wheel (36 spoke) and low low gears.

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