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General Discussion / RIDE
« on: January 14, 2008, 01:04:45 pm »
Has anyone seen this site yet?

A "coffee-table" book of bicycle touring pictures! The preview, available on-line, looks great!

Ride safe,

St. Brendan's Travelers Bicycle Missions Team

General Discussion / MSR Velo Tent
« on: April 06, 2006, 06:05:05 pm »
Has anyone out there tried the MSR Vello tent they showed in AC last month?


Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

General Discussion / Short Notice Ride
« on: June 09, 2005, 12:40:08 pm »
I should have posted this on here a month ago, but this happens when you get over 50. There are still openings. We hope this will be similar to the ACA "Intro to..." classes.

Bikepacking Skills Workshop
 9 AM to 12 PM
 Lake Maria State Park, Monticello, MN
 Learn the basics of bicyle camping and important skills required for safe, fun travel by road and trail. The Backcountry Trail Patrol Association will host a series of presentations on equipment and technique. An optional bike ride and overnight campout at Sand Dunes State Forest will follow the program. Registration is required. Call Lake Maria State Park (763-878-2325) for further information and registration.
 The park may be reached from the south via Highway 39 and Wright County Road 111, or from the north via Highway 8, 39 and County Road 111.
More Information:
 Call (763) 878-2325.

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

General Discussion / MTB Onstar
« on: May 28, 2005, 03:57:25 am »
Here's an amusing story that just goes to show that it pays to be

For the past few days I have been attending IPMBA* Police Cyclist
training as part of my job as a state park ranger. Because we spent
about half of the 40-hour course on bikes, I carried my National Mountain Bike Patrol hydration pack with me, along with all the things I normally would
have in it: Clif Shot, Clif Bars, tire tubes, sun screen, bug spray,
first aid kit, multi-tool and my new Planet Bike air pump. Every
time somebody would blow a tire, need some sunscreen, need to fix a
mechanical problem or some quick energy, I would pull what they
needed out of my pack and give it to them. About the third time this
happened, one of the cops in the class looked over at me and
asked, "What are you; like an 'OnStar" for bikes?" I
replied, "Something like that."

Well, the name stuck. I was "OnStar" for the rest of the course.
Thanks to Kenda, WTB, Tender Corporation, Clif Shot and Bars,
Coppertone and Planet Bike for providing the supplies I needed to
help out some cyclists in a totally different setting.

Ride safe,
Hans Erdman, WEMT
Patrol Director
Backcountry Trail Patrol- MN

"In the incomparable splendor of backcountry trails through the forests of the north, I have ridden with bears, watched the eagles soar, and glimpsed the gray wolf watching me ride." H. Erdman, Journal entry, May, 2005.

*International Police Mountain Bike Association

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 5-27-05 @ 11:58 PM

General Discussion / Dalton Boys?
« on: May 07, 2005, 03:07:12 pm »
Hey, I know you guys from the BoB forum! Whad'ya just find out about this one? Great community here, very helpful and informative. Welcome aboard!

Everyone else, if you have questions about BoB trailers, the Dalton Boys are experts!!

Ride safe,

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 5-7-05 @ 11:07 AM

General Discussion / Bears
« on: July 30, 2004, 03:53:17 pm »
Has anyone reported any problems with bears, and grizzly bears in particular, on the Great Divide Route or the Lolo Trail on the Lewis and Clark? All of a sudden on our local MTB club forum, everyone is worrying about bears.

Go figure,

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

General Discussion / Recipes?
« on: March 15, 2004, 02:49:18 am »
I am looking for recipes for long distance, self-contained cyclists. Hearty meals that taste good and provide lots of energy. Looking for meals designed to serve 2-4 adults, on off-road (MTB) trips two to four nights in length.  Meals should be preparable over one or two single-burner, backpacking-type stoves.

What are you eating out there that's really good?
Ride safe,

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol

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