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General Discussion / Re:
« on: March 15, 2022, 06:12:18 pm »
It's been going on four years since Lisa responded. Any update? It was a great resource and its a shame to see it sitting fallow.

Classifieds / Re: Wanted: '06-7 Novara Safari
« on: January 15, 2022, 12:00:13 pm »
Still looking!

Gear Talk / What Happened to the "Adventure" Bikes?
« on: May 16, 2021, 04:40:59 pm »
A couple of years ago, so-called "adventure bikes" were the big thing. Trek had the 920, REI, the Co-Op ADV 4.2, Specialized, and others had entries in that market niche. Now they are as scarce as hen's teeth. What happened?  Were they victims of COVID, or just poor sales? Inquiring minds want to know, because I would still give my eye teeth for a 2006-'07 Novara Safari, but I would take a 920 or ADV 4.2 as an acceptable alternative if I could even find one.

Classifieds / Wanted: '06-7 Novara Safari
« on: March 06, 2017, 11:01:28 am »
Wanted:Looking for a used 2006 or '07 Novara Safari, large size in good condition. (This is the aluminum-framed, 26 in. wheel, tan or olive green model.) Sold mine a few years back and have regretted it ever since.

Gear Talk / Re: 700x40 vs. 27.5 (650b)x48
« on: February 20, 2016, 10:20:39 am »
I'm looking at the Schwalbe Marathon Mondials, and 40 mm is widest they come in 700s. The Safari had Conti T&Cs. Great tires, wear like iron, but horrible to take off the rims to patch and I always felt like I had to work harder to cover the same distance. I have Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700x35s on my Volpe.


Gear Talk / 700x40 vs. 27.5 (650b)x48
« on: February 19, 2016, 12:32:13 am »
Spec-ing a new bike for touring and gravel. Do a lot a gravel near home for fun and exercise, but am hoping to do more S24O and multi-day self-supported touring since I retired. Open to suggestions as to what would be better for my riding? I used to have an '06 Novara Safari, and to be honest, the only thing I didn't like about it was the 26-inch wheels. Sold it (here) to make way for a 29-er MTB. I realize that I may have just answered my own question, but like I said, I have an open mind.

Ride safe,

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Edge 1000 Explore
« on: February 16, 2016, 09:35:31 pm »
Also, my Meriwether will have a dynamo hub, so charging will not be an issue

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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Edge 1000 Explore
« on: February 16, 2016, 03:52:00 pm »
Primarily the "Incident (read: Crash) Detection", plus it does MTB trails.. I was leaning towards the Edge Touring, and couldn't justify the extra cost until I figured out what I paid each month to SPOT, what a new 3rd gen SPOT Tracker would have cost me (Mine was 1st generation), What the Edge Touring would have cost with buying a new SPOT was what convinced me to go ahead with the Edge 1000 Explore. If you don't need the Crash Detection feature, I would suggest going with the Edge Touring unit.

Ride safe,

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: New Garmin Edge Touring
« on: February 15, 2016, 06:53:37 pm »
Go to the other thread on the Edge 100 Explore that I started when I did the above post. It was released last September, so that classified as "new" to me.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Garmin Edge 1000 Explore
« on: February 15, 2016, 03:33:32 pm »
Finally took the plunge and replaced my Garmin Edge 205, my first generation SPOT Tracker and some of the functions of my smartphone with a Garmin Edge 1000 Explore. Looking forward to exploring with it on Discovery, my Bianchi Volpe, and maybe next year on my new Meriwether Cycles Discovery II.

I've used this on my Cogburn a couple of times this winter, and so far it works great. A bit different than the old 205, but I am getting used to that. Love the auto-load feature! Just set the unit next to my laptop or Dragon tablet and the ride appears on my Ride with GPS log. Really looking forward to using it on long rides this spring.

More info as I use it more and more.

Ride safe,

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: New Garmin Edge Touring
« on: February 15, 2016, 03:28:00 pm »
Starting a new topic about the next step in Garmin Edge Touring GPS/cyclometers.

Gear Talk / Re: Thoughts on "fat-tired" touring bikes?
« on: February 15, 2016, 02:52:37 pm »
I have ridden the Katy Trail from St. Charles to past Defiance and back (day trip), but was on my 26" mountain bike because I was in St. Louis for the 2012 IPMBA conference. The Katy Trail is constructed of crushed limestone, and although it may be do-able with skinny 25-28 mm road tires, that would certainly NOT be my first choice. Currently I have a Volcanic 29-er MTB with 2.1 inch WTB Nano 29s on it, that work well on pavement, gravel and dirt, but it is a heavy-duty patrol bike, and I am not sure I want to ride it all the way from St. Louis to the Western Sea, nor would I do so on my fat-bike. My current touring set-up is a 2006 Bianchi Volpe with 35 mm Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires that I think would do the trail just fine. I have ridden them on the very course gravel of BIA "paved" roads on the L&C in South Dakota, that ruined a pair of WTB All-Terrainasaurus (now just called "All-Terrain") tires. The Marathons wear like iron and ride well in any condition I have used them on, and I ride a lot of gravel.

I'm retired now and plan to go back to St. Charles next year and ride the L&C/Katy Trail, hopefully to Yankton, SD, from which point I have ridden to Pierre. I am working on the specs questionnaire for a custom touring bike from Meriwether Cycles (my retirement gift to myself) that will be fitted with 40 mm (1.6 inch) Schwalbe Marathon Mondial HS 428 tires. I used to have an older model Novara Safari with 26x1.95 inch Conti T&Cs, and was tempted to go with that width (47 mm) in the 700, but decided on the 40s, the largest width they make in the Mondial. If you have seen Schwalbe's "puncture-proof" guarantee in "Adventure Cyclist", they really mean it. (although my Marathons did get a slow leak from what, when we finally found it, appeared to be the end of a metal staple.) I think they may be an ideal tire for all of the Lewis and Clark Bicycle Trail except perhaps the Lolo Motorway.

Just my thoughts.

Ride safe,

PS: I am skipping the Gateway Arch to St. Charles portion for safety reasons.

Gear Talk / Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« on: March 23, 2015, 06:21:24 pm »

Nope, you missed the point again.

These bikes use a geometry with a high front and short reach. The drop bars used are typically Salsa Woodchippers, but there are other similar bends which have flared drops which are intended to be ridden at the normal height of flat bars.

Actually, the Trek 920 has a Bontrager Race VR-C handlebar, which like most Bontrager drops, are not flared. It is the same handlebars as on the venerable Trek 520, which, BTW is now also available with disc brakes for $200 more than the canti version.

The Trek website ( surmises what the bike is built for: "When the pavement ends, 920 is just getting started. This rugged adventure tourer sports 29er wheels and an off-road drivetrain, giving you endless room to roam. Don’t let a little bit of gravel dissuade you. 920 is equipped to handle whatever lies on or off the beaten path, while carrying the cargo that matters most."

Salsa, on the Fargo page, says it even better; "The Fargo is our drop-bar, off-road adventure bike. A unique creature with a special set of skills, it is always willing to fulfill the most imaginative endeavor. It has developed a cult status as an off-road touring and bikepacking machine, and fuels our passion for long days in the saddle in distant lands."

I'm just happy as a clam the thing is finally actually on the market!

Ride safe,

Gear Talk / Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« on: March 23, 2015, 11:58:55 am »
In reply to what are the differences between "touring" and "adventure", I would answer that while all bicycle travel is an adventure, I believe what Trek, Salsa and Co-Motion (among others) have in mind is primarily "off-pavement" or "gravel-grinding". Adventure-themed bikes have heavier frames, wider tires, and more MTB-like gearing than touring standards, but also have the drop bars, long wheel-base and frame geometry for long-distance travel. In Europe they have called them "trekking" bikes for years. The Co-Motion Pangea and Divide and the original pre-2010 Novara Safari were the first American bikes to enter this niche of the market, followed by the Fargo from Salsa.

I see that for 2015, Novara has brought back the disk brakes and 1.9 inch (48mm) x 700 tires on the Safari, making it a new (or re-new) entry in the adventure bike niche, and although it is now just over $1000, it is still half the price of the Trek 920 or Salsa Fargo. BTW, it still retains the signature "butterfly" handlebars, too. Clearly a bike to consider if you are looking for an-entry level bike for "adventure".

I like, actually love, that the 920 has SRAM gearing. Although I have bikes with Shimano and SRAM, and one has a mix of both, I have always been a SRAM guy, but it is a matter of personal preference. I am going to wait until one shows up at a nearby Penn Cycle to make a more defined judgment, but the Trek 920 still tops my list for the bike to take the place of my venerable '06 Bianchi Volpe.

My big trip this year will be on my Cogburn CB4 fat-bike, across the western Adirondacks, where I grew up and where I was a licensed guide in the 1980s before we moved to MN.

Ride safe,

Gear Talk / Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« on: September 14, 2014, 11:26:01 pm »
From talking with the Trek rep at the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival MTB race (Trek is a long-time sponsor) the 920 will be available starting in February.

Ride safe,

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