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Gear Talk / Thermarest pad slipping
« on: November 03, 2006, 02:31:54 pm »
Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do to my thermarest pad to keep my sleeping bag from slipping off during the night short of buying a new pad.

Gear Talk / Buying a New Trek 520
« on: November 03, 2006, 11:00:06 am »
Enjoy your new Trek, it's a great touring bike. As for gearing you should also change the 52 chain ring to a 48 and the middle to a 36 and it's my understanding that a 22 will not fit unless you change the whole chain ring setup. Also keep an eye on the rims for spider cracks around the spoke holes after 2 or 3000 miles.
  Enjoy, Fred

Gear Talk / Trek 520 rim cracks -no warranty service
« on: October 23, 2006, 01:03:23 pm »
I have a trek 520 which I bought in 2001 and in 2004 I was told by the bike shop that my rear rim and spider cracks around the spoke holes and that a new rim was not covered under warranty. At that point I had not started solo touring so had never carried any weight on rear except a small pannier but love my 520 a great touring bike after you do the upgrades for touring.

Routes / Route xcross Michigan
« on: November 24, 2008, 11:57:46 am »
Thanks for your help Windrath. I guess I'll stay on AC route untill Hayward Minn. then head up rt.53 or back roads if any exist to Duluth.

Routes / Route xcross Michigan
« on: November 21, 2008, 01:38:50 pm »
Requesting more info on Northern Tier ride May 09. Can anyone tell me what Rt.2 xcross Michigan from Escanaba, Duluth Minn. is like for bike riding as apposed to following the ACA rt. to Hayward then rt. 53 up to Duluth? I don't want to drop down to the St Paul are as the ACA rt does.
Thanks for help.
Fred Lonas

Routes / Going To The Sun Road
« on: June 12, 2008, 03:21:15 pm »
 Planning my 09 No. Tier ride. How many miles is it from the east side at the beginning of the restricted rd. to the end of the restriction on the west side and approx. how many hrs. on a loaded bike? Article mentions Apgar turnoff to south end of Lake McDonald. also mentions from west ent. Logan Creek to Logan Pass.  
Thanks for your help. Fred Lonas

Routes / Best rt to Missoula
« on: April 08, 2008, 12:42:00 pm »
Hello Paul, thanks for your help just the info I needed. If I have anymore questions I'll let you know. I will be stopping in Portland as my daughter lives there but hope to end in Astoria.
Thanks, fred

Routes / Best rt to Missoula
« on: April 07, 2008, 08:23:37 pm »
Before I order my maps for my 2009 Northern Tier ride I have a few questions. Im going as far as Cut Bank, Montana but I'm not sure whether I'll go thru Glacier Nat. Park or take Rt 2 around to Whitefish or Kalispell. From there which is the better rt to Missoula rt 83 to 200 or rt 93 straight in to Missoula. any help is appreciated.
Thanks, Fred Lonas

Routes / Lewis & Clark Trail
« on: April 02, 2008, 03:01:55 pm »
Hello Paul, your route from clarkston/Lewiston to missoula, are both routes paved road? I was reading one blog and it sounded like one way was a dirt rd. I'm doing the No. tier nex year and will go thru Missoula and want to get to Hood River so do'nt know if I will need to go thru Baker Or. to Prinville then up to Hood River. Need to know before I buy the maps.
Thanks for your help.
Fred Lonas

Routes / Which Road Route has the least traffic?
« on: October 16, 2007, 05:49:00 pm »
Hi Sherry,I haven't ridden it yet but looking at the Northier Tier route in 2009. Does anybody know what traffic is like on that route?

Routes / Baja Cycling
« on: December 15, 2006, 12:30:12 pm »
Ed go to crazyguyonabike and look up A Family Adventure. This family started in Boise Id. in May this year and are currently in Baja. Interesting reading.

Routes / Portland, Or. to Grants Pass, Or.
« on: September 13, 2006, 03:25:53 pm »
I'm interested in a route from Port. to GP that parrells I-5. I received maps from ODOT but looks like I would need to use I-5 for at least part of the ride. Any ideas? Thanks.

General Discussion / Addirondack Loop
« on: July 17, 2008, 03:18:57 pm »
  I think you were asking about parking for the Addirondack loop which is a little NW of Albany. Same directions applies. Parking in Burlington Vermont is out of way.

General Discussion / Northern Tier and passports...
« on: October 03, 2007, 01:37:37 pm »
Good morning Michael I crossed into Quebec, Canada on my ride in August but it is my understanding that starting January 08 everyone will need a passport, air or land.

General Discussion / Transam rt or Northern tier ?
« on: September 26, 2007, 02:54:48 pm »
Hello again, it's Fred Lonas, and I have decided to do the Northier Tier rt. in 09 at 69 yr's of age before I reach my senior year's.
I'll be leaving my home in No. Va. and follow the C&O Canal and the Allengheny Passage trail to Pittsburg then pickup the new rt that AC is putting together, I think it's the Western rt. at Pa. DOT. has on it's web site and as Paul did follow sec. 1,2, and 3 of No. Lakes rt. and maybe the Erie Lake rt. I'm starting to gather info., ideas or suggestion now but will wait untill 08 to get maps. I want to go through Missoula, Mt. and pick up the L&C rt. and follow the Columbia River to Portland and then to Astoria Or.
The excitment level is running high so planning now keeps it under control. I've started a file so bring on the suggestions. I will be going solo or maybe one other person, we'll see.
Thanks for your help.

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