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Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades
« on: November 21, 2021, 09:18:26 am »
Wow! Thanks zzzz and Pete for your detailed comments. I have just received the map set from AC and will spend a while sorting out all this info. Oh, and thanks for the suggestion to look for Kelly's journal! My early sense of things is that I will have time to get as far as Fresno, which looks to be the nearest airport after heading south about 2K miles from the start. Another thought: I have a Surly LHT for self contained touring, and an old Specialized Allez for CC touring. I carry about 13-15 pounds on a rack attached to the seat post. Given all the climbing, I'd go with the latter. One problem -- 700 x 28 tires is the max. Now I could get a modern "endurance" or "gravel" bike, but (a) I'm cheap and (b) it would be like abandoning an old friend. Sooo, how are the roads in general? Looks like some crushed gravel in spots. Otherwise, OK. Your thoughts? And yes, I'm a rookie when it comes to using this  forum. How to contact you directly if/when more detailed questions occur? Jeez, I sound needy  :-[

Routes / Sierra Cascades
« on: November 16, 2021, 01:14:19 pm »
I'm planning to ride as much of this route as possible within a 30 day window. Can start anywhere between June and October of 2022. Flexible as to starting point and direction. Prefer credit card touring, but can do self-contained or sag. Have done southern tier -- self contained. Any suggestions? Possible companions?

Gear Talk / Novara Randonee
« on: January 17, 2012, 12:28:04 pm »
I'm looking for my first touring bike.  Planning a self-contained cross US trip.  Appreciate any comments on Novara Randonee or similar ($1500 or less) bike.  Thanks.

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