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Urban Cycling / commuting by bike
« on: April 12, 2007, 04:21:43 pm »
I've got it easy, 1.5 miles each way.  with trips home for lunch I average
6 miles a day round trip.  I ride in snow, ice , and wind (if you don't
ride in the wind in Wyoming, you don't ride much in Wyoming).  I will
drive on the rare rainy day or when I have business taking me out of
town, and will curse it the whole time.

Drive Your Bike.

Matt in Cody

Youth Bicyle Travel / Biking to Homeschool
« on: May 10, 2007, 04:19:37 pm »
That's great Gina.

Ours are about to turn 6 (girl) and 8 (boy).  being in Wyoming, our next
nearest town is 25 miles, so rides to historical sites are probably a few
years off.  I like the idea of mapping skills, and it occurs to me that we
could combine biking and geo-cacheing in town.  we are 50 miles from
yellowstone and should be able to get some great projects this
summer with the few trails where bikes are allowed in the park.

I appreciate your insights.  Thank you.


Youth Bicyle Travel / Biking to Homeschool
« on: May 07, 2007, 10:54:33 am »
We a biking family and working with our children on a Waldorf-based
homescholl curriculim.  a big part of there lessons is observing nature,
and so we see a good fit between the lessons an biking.  has anyone
esle attempted to work biking and bike touring into their
homeschooling?  can you offer any input?



Gear Talk / Good travel guitar?
« on: April 12, 2007, 04:06:21 pm »
considering the same issue, I decided to invest $100 in a good used
mandolin.  it is tuned like the top 4 strings of a guitar, just up-side-
down. (G-D-A-E).  turn your chords over and your are set to start
strumming.  plus you have the fun of a new instrument to fiddle with.

Matt in Cody

General Discussion / Sports drinks
« on: June 08, 2007, 11:58:35 am »
That's great stuff.  What I am gathering is that I need to remebre that
my body needs more than just water when I am riding, and that be
eating smartly I can keep replenished without putting alot of
unnecessary, and unhealthy, crap in.

Now as I recall, the natural yeasts in homebrewed beer has all kinds of
B Vitamins, and nothing tastes better after a ride than a frosty brew.  
Time to get out the old brew kit again.



General Discussion / Sports drinks
« on: June 05, 2007, 10:50:09 am »
after 2 days of training last weekend in the Wyoming heat, I sat down
to a big plate of pasta and more water.  afterwards I felt awful.  Then I
had a soda a popsicle  and perked right up.  I am starting to see the
value of sports drinks.

My family has been trying to reduce the amout of crap we eat.  is
anyone aware of any sports drinks that also focus on healthful content,
environmentally responsible productions, etc.

Thank you.  

General Discussion / Bike security while camping?
« on: April 20, 2007, 03:58:06 pm »
I Recommend about 20 feet of rope, tied in a noose at one end, and
loosely draped over the frame with a sign that reads "We Still Hang Bike
Thieves in Wyoming."


General Discussion / Incects to Bears
« on: April 18, 2007, 03:34:29 pm »
You can carry bearspray just about anywhere in Wyoming except on an

General Discussion / Incects to Bears
« on: April 16, 2007, 04:39:53 pm »
Hello Stalls:
I would recommend a good can of pepper spray for any camping to the
Tetons or elsewhere west of the Big Horn Mountains of central
Wyoming.  You will also need to check local regulations (Nation Forest,
National Park, State Park, etc.) for each place where you are staying as
there will be specific regulations related to food storage and bear

 Finally, remember that bear spray is an irritant in mist form only.  we
regularly hear of folks who spray pepper spray around their camp as a
repellant.  This does not work, it just makes them smell like food.

General Discussion / Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« on: July 30, 2007, 02:36:59 pm »
Well, for posterity sake, I just got back from the tour, and was pleased
with choosing the hardtail.  there were some extended sections of
washboard, and so I would not dissuade anyone from taking a full-
suspension bike--there were lots of them on the tour.  Also, the
mechanic was ever present, so had there been problems, help was not

It was a great experience.  I cannot wait to do it again.

Thanks again for all the advice.


General Discussion / Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« on: April 23, 2007, 03:58:59 pm »
Thank you.  I'm not so concerned about the comfort issue--maybe I
should be.  My big concern is getting on a washboarded surface and
not being able to keep my back tire on the ground.   It sounds like that
is not enugh of an issue to keep others from having a great time on
their hardtails.

General Discussion / Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« on: April 10, 2007, 04:30:06 pm »
Well, as I typed the original message, It started to appear to me that
this is a false dilema--not a choice between two equally good or bad
options, rather a conflict between what I want to do and what I know
the correct decision to be.

Thank you for the thoughts.  I am leaning strongly towards the
hardtail, which is what everyone I have spoken to who is familiar with
the ride has recommended.  all my local buddies are recommending
the full suspension, for comfort, but I think simplicity and reliability are
the keys.

Is there anyone who feels that the full suspension is beneficial on this


General Discussion / Which Bike: Great Divide MT
« on: April 06, 2007, 10:10:21 pm »
My wife and I will be riding the Great Divide MT this summer and I am trying to decide which bike to ride.  My choices are my hardtail (Gary Fisher Wahoo) or my full suspension (Giant Reign).  As I see it, the considerations are as follows:

Hardtail--It is a simpler system on which I can fix nearly any problem trailside.  I commute nearly daily on this bike and have put over 2,000 miles on it in 2 years.  but I paid alot more for the other bike and it is very sexy.

Full Suspension--it is a fun and very comfortable bike.  however, with hydrolic brakes and compressed-air shocks all around, I am less confident of my ability to fix problems that arise.  if the rear shock goes out I may be without a ride.  I have never had a problem with the shocks, but Murphy's Law. it is quite a bit heavier, but climbs very well.

So, should I go simple, reliable and familiar, or full tilt and hardcore, and trust he engineering?

thanks for the input.


General Discussion / trans-wyoming bike trip
« on: April 06, 2007, 10:42:15 pm »
Howdy from Cody Wyoming!!!

WyDOT (Wyoming Department of Transportation) has put together a
bike routes map that is available in pdf format on their website:

While I am primarily a trail rider, I do have some ins with our skinny-
tired bretherin, and can offer some input, particularly in the big horn
basin area.

West Yellowstone to Cody is a long ride, probably close to 100 miles.  
it is 50 miles from the east gate of yellowstone to Cody.  in the park
there are not alot of shoulders and the drivers tend to be looking for
wildlife more than looking at the road.  its like hockey,  keep your head
on a swivel and expect to get checked at any moment (its not really
that bad).  There will be construction still this year just inside the East
gate of Yellowstone and that road has generally been open only from
8am to 8pm.

Yellowstone to Cody is one of the prettiest days rides you can hope for.  
nice wide burms, gentle downhill, trees, wildlife, river, cliffs . . . you
will see why I live on a quarter of what I could make anywhere else in
the country to live here--poverty with a view.

Lots to see and do in Cody.  one bike shop, and the owners (Rick and
Denise) will enjoy visiting with you and giving you tips on what there is
to know about riding in the area.  plenty of good food and lodging in
town too.  there is also a sierra trading post outlet store to supplement
your gear if necessary.  the Buffalo Bill Historical Center could fill a
couple of days if you like museums.

We go out for dinner about once a week and I bet we eat at Adrianno's
three times a month.  Good Italian food right on main street (Sheridan
Ave). other recommendations ate the Proud Cut Saloon and Wyoming
Rib and Chop house, both also on main.  finally, for generaous
portions of Mexican food try Zapata's nad La Camida.  finally, for
Breakfats or Lunch, don't miss a chance to eat that the Noon Break
Cafe, on 12th street 1.5 blocks north of main.  also, the breadboard is
a deli with great breakfast bagels.

Cody is a tourist town with lots of lodging.  probably the best values
are on top of the greybull hill (go up main, turn up 16th street and
climb the hill).  these are smaller, locally-owned places that tend to be
less expensive and the owners are more appreciative of your business.  
downtown tends to be busy and noise in the evenings during the
summer, with Harleys roaring up and down main till all hours.

Cody to Greybull and Greybull to Worland are good roads with nice
burms.  some climbs.  NO SHADE!!!  NO WATER between Cody and
Greybull--pack plenty.  Between Greybull and Worland you have some
small towns where you can stop.  If you are not in need of amenities,
consider pushing through Worland to Ten Sleep for the night.  you are
facing a great climb over the mountains, and no small effort to get
from Worland top Ten Sleep.  you may want the space of a night's sleep
between them.

Not much to see or do in Greybull or Worland, although I would rather
spend time in Worland than Greybull.  In Greybull, the best food is at
Lisa's Cafe.  go to the light (the only traffic light in town), turn left
towards Shell, and Lisa's is about 5 blocks up.  Worland has a nice little
bike shop for a small town.  you have to know where it is to find it, but
the p-hone books all have maps in the front, so that should help.  The
lady who owns the shop is a good wrench and knows road bikes.

From Worland to Buffalo is another good road with wide burms.  the
Big Horn national forest offers some good high country camping, and
unlike yellowstone, no grizzlys.  there is a music festival in the little
town of Ten Sleep in August called No Wood Stock, which you can learn
about with a google search.  quite fun if you like accoustic music.

I don't spend much time east of the Big Horns, so I am tapped out for
info.  Hope to see you passing through Cody.  I'll be the guy cheering
you on.

Rock On!!

Matt Winslow

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