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Routes / Re: Geronimo Trail
« on: April 29, 2014, 07:27:11 pm »
Thanks for the comment BJohn.

Looks like not a lot of experience/knowledge of this neck of the woods.  In the absence of any better info the only answer is to go for it.
But, I'll talk with locals when i get nearer to Hachita and see what they have to say.  Will be keeping a journal on Crazy Guy so will write it up in a few months.


Routes / Geronimo Trail
« on: April 24, 2014, 02:27:30 am »
I'm planning to ride the Great Divide later in the year.  Rather than finish at Antelope Wells, I'm thinking of going to Animas NM and following the Geronimo Trail to Douglas AZ.  I gather it is about 80m so maybe it is doable in a day.  I have googled on the subject and discovered a few things but haven't come across anyone who has cycled it. Anyone done it, know about it.  Be good to hear.  Thanks  Brett

Gear Talk / Re: Front Platform Racks
« on: November 14, 2013, 03:03:19 am »
Thanks for that.
Here is my starting position : I rode the tour du canada on a near new $1200 standard production bike. Flat bar, fixed forks, v brakes, 28mm tyres, chromoly frame, just a day pack and on sealed roads.  The bike had no mechanical problems over the 8000kms.  My mechanical skills are not good.

The GD is quite different of course but I'm hoping that I can get away with a new inexpensive bike if I get it set up well enough.

A couple of things I'm looking at -

Will the rear hub take the weight. I'd like to set rather like you did- 2 rear panniers and something lighter on the front.  I'm thinking of a camelbak for extra water.  I'm 80kg. Back panniers plus bed roll, tent will be about 15kg at least I guess.  Do you think a standard hub/frame will take the strain or should I look to something more durable. 

Cable disk brakes which maybe easier to repair than hydraulic.

Schwalbe marathon plus tour 50mm tyres.

So any thought appreciated.


Gear Talk / Re: Front Platform Racks
« on: November 13, 2013, 02:47:49 pm »
Thanks for that dkoloko.

Hi Mathieu.  Thanks too for your comments.  The web link to was perfect.  Okay, I get the message - don't load up on suspension forks.

Actually this is small world.  I was thinking about the Great Divide some months ago.  Was searching Grazy Guy and came across your 2012 journal.  It is a wonderful journal.  It was in fact inspiring and so confirmed for me that I must do the GD.  I will be coming from New Zealand to ride it in 2014.  My last big ride was the supported Tour du Canada - a wonderful trip.  But now at 62 I'm planning the GD as a solo rider so it will be much more demanding than TdC.

I am starting to think about the bike.   Can I communicate with you through your "contact" email address on your Grazy Guy journal with other questions ?

Gear Talk / Re: Front Platform Racks
« on: November 13, 2013, 03:08:40 am »

Your post was some months ago and I see no one has replied. I don;t have an answer - rather the same question. I'd be interested to know what you did in the end.
I'm looking to put panniers on the back but want to try and get away without them on front.  I had a Topeak handlebar bag on a previous trip but the frame broke after about 2 months, so I'm looking for something like what you have shown and thought I might strap on a bag with stuff in it.   Not sure how they go with suspension front forks.
If you can share anything else that would be great.

Routes / Re: Money and access
« on: November 12, 2013, 07:29:07 pm »
Thanks aggie



Routes / Re: Money and access
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:40:28 pm »
Thanks very much John.

It is all straightforward then.



Routes / Money and access
« on: November 11, 2013, 01:31:07 pm »
Hi.  I'm planning to ride the Great Divide next summer.  A long way off in some ways but doing some planning.
Will be coming from New Zealand and am watching exchange rates now - currently quite good for me. Thinking of carrying money via a debit card.
My question is - do the shops and hostels at smaller towns along the route use eftpos ? Not sure if Americans use this term ( electronic point of sale ).  Swipe cards rather than cash. 

Be good to hear about this. Don't reallywant to carry too much cash.

Brett Austin

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