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Routes / Re: Anyone riding the Lewis and Clark trail?
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:34:28 pm »
We will be on the L&C Trail on Friday, June 22nd, on our 4th Annual Ride Across the Rez, from Ft. Randall Dam to Choteau Creek, going west to east through Marty. We are raising funds for Hope House Recovery Ministry in Wagner, SD. I may also be in Yankton/Gavins Point Dam area and the Whetstone Bay option area, earlier in the week, or on Saturday.

I have plans to do the section between Chamberlain and Pierre in October, "if nothing prevents", like the weather.

You will recognize me by my yellow "expedition shirt" instead of a jersey.

Proceeding on...
Hans

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General Discussion / Re: Fishing on Adirondack loop
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:06:09 pm »
Absolutely! There is lots of great trout fishing in the Adirondacks. When I lived there almost every stream held some trout. It's 25 years ago, but hopefully it hasn't changed that much. Premier would be the Ausable River in Keene Valley and Keene (Map 6). Check at the Mountaineer (http://www.mountaineer.com) in Keene Valley for more info, and the river runs right behind the shop! Also, one of my favorites was always the Raquette River near Long Lake (Map 9).

Good luck, ride safe, and post your stories back up here!
Hans

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Gear Talk / Re: Touring Bikes Under Consideration
« on: May 20, 2012, 10:54:28 pm »
I am going to throw in the Bianchi Volpe for consideration, too. Good, sturdy (designed for cyclo-cross), stable bike. Been touring fully loaded on mine for 6 years now, with no problems, although by default, I have done a lot more light touring on it the past couple years. I put a Jandd Expedition rack on the rear and an OMM rack on the front. I have fenders, but have not had to use them.

I decided the other day, I will keep my Volpe until I can afford a Co-Motion Divide, probably when I retire or win the lottery. (Kinda the same thing, I guess. ;) )

Ride safe,
Hans

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Routes / Re: ACA roads to avoid in the Adirondacks?
« on: April 27, 2012, 11:11:01 pm »
As a former Adirondacker (who wishes he still was) the roads inside the "Blue Line" are busiest on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday going the other way. NY 28 from the west and NY 9 from the SE can be a parking lot on holiday, or simply nice, weekends. I have always tended away from the touristy areas (Lake George, Saratoga Springs, etc.) except Lake Placid, because you have to go there to get into the main High Peaks Wilderness trailheads. When I was there last, in 2005, I was impressed with some of the roadways that are now on the west side of the loop. I have to agree with most of the others here, and trust the ACA map makers!

Ride safe,
Hans

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Gear Talk / Tires vs. Tyres
« on: April 19, 2012, 08:47:38 am »
I am thinking of replacing the (original. so 5 years old) Conti 26x1.95 tires on my 2007 Novara Safari expedition bike with  Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour HS 404 26x2.0 tyres. Any input, thoughts, considerations you all might have?

I have Schwalbe Marathon Plus 348s on my Bianchi Volpe, and I really like the ride, handling and durability.

Ride safe,
Hans

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Gear Talk / Re: Surly Disc Trucker v. LHT
« on: April 07, 2012, 12:59:54 am »
Here is my disc brake Novara Safari, with full load front and rear. I use Jandd Mountain panniers and an Old Man Mountain front rack. The rear rack is still the standard Novara, although I am thinking of replacing it with a Jandd Expedition rack, for no other reason than I like solid deck racks and the Safari rack is open. Anyhow, that is not the point, again. I bought this bike for the disc brakes, and my next bike will have them too.



Ride safe,
Hans

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Gear Talk / Re: Surly Disc Trucker v. LHT
« on: April 05, 2012, 09:07:29 am »
Hans, all your other points can be argued...

I wasn't responding for the sake of arguement. I was responding to paddleboy17's comment, "I am dying to hear what happens when a pannier laden touring bike does a panic stop with disk brakes. I keep thinking spokes should shear..."

I have been riding a touring bike with disc brakes for five years now, front and rear racks, sometimes with a BoB trailer, and have never had any problems with them on descents, paved or unpaved. That was my point, based on my experience.

Ride safe,
Hans

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Gear Talk / Re: Surly Disc Trucker v. LHT
« on: April 05, 2012, 01:10:02 am »
If you look at my profile/avatar picture, I am riding an '07 Novara Safari with disc brakes, fully loaded. Never had any problem at all with the brakes. Much better control on descents, no likelihood of the brakes overheating the rims and blowing a tire. No brake fade. Based on my experience with the Safari, I won't buy any new bike unless it has disc brakes.

Ride safe,
Hans

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Adirondack Loop after Irene
« on: September 12, 2011, 05:04:05 pm »
Latest on Rt. 73; It's open again, both lanes, from the Northway to Lake Placid.

http://adirondackexplorer.org/out-takes/2011/09/12/route-73-dix-wilderness-reopened/

Ride safe,
Hans

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Adirondack Park Loop - 2011
« on: September 12, 2011, 05:03:17 pm »
Latest on Rt. 73; It's open again, both lanes, from the Northway to Lake Placid.

http://adirondackexplorer.org/out-takes/2011/09/12/route-73-dix-wilderness-reopened/

Ride safe,
Hans

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Routes / Re: How early to start Lewis & Clark?
« on: September 12, 2011, 04:57:49 pm »
Lemhi Pass shouldn't be much of an issue after May 1. Bear in mind we were still plowing snow in the Dakotas into April this year, and we are supposed to have another La Nina winter this year, which could mean more flooding on the Missouri all spring into the summer. If you plan on taking the overland route from Powell to Kamiah (The "Lolo Motorway") Forest Service normally says June 1 as a safe date. But remember, the Corps ran into problems with snow on September 15th, and that is not all that unusual for that part of the Rockies.

Ride safe,
Hans

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Adirondack Park Loop - 2011
« on: September 06, 2011, 07:14:42 pm »
This just in from Adrondack Explorer: Rt. 73 to re-open this month.

http://adirondackexplorer.org/out-takes/2011/09/06/good-news-for-keene-valley/

Ride safe,
Hans

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Adirondack Loop after Irene
« on: September 04, 2011, 09:51:45 pm »
Go to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website for information on state campgrounds in the Adirondack Park. (http://www.dec-campgrounds.com/) There is a map with locations on the website. For reasons unrelated to the storm, about half of the DEC campground do close right after Labor Day, with the remainder closing on October 10th.

Ride safe,
Hans

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Adirondack Park Loop - 2011
« on: September 04, 2011, 09:43:07 pm »
From NY DOT: Exit 31 on the Northway (I-87) is open. You can get to Lake Placid by exiting at 31 and taking Rt. 9N through Elizabethtown to Keene, then Rt. 73 to Lake Placid (normal route) through Cascade Pass.

Rt.73 south of Keene Valley is still closed at St. Huberts. Rt. 9N to Wilmington and Jay, north of Keene hamlet is also still closed.

Sources: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Adirondack Explorer

Ride safe,
Hans

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General Discussion / Re: What about your Bike??????
« on: August 31, 2011, 11:49:15 am »
Seriously, we've never worried about it. I mean... how many criminal types are wondering in the woods and/or campgrounds looking for a bike to jack?

Seriously, as a park ranger for 23 years, bike patrol for the past 17, working in a very rural state forest/park area for the past 8 years, I lock my bike whenever I leave it unattended. Anything that can happen in the city can happen in the parks and forests, too. We have had homicides, suicides, rapes, assaults (even on rangers!) and many, many thefts in the parks where I have worked. Tents, sleeping bags, stoves, radios, and yes, bikes, have been taken from campsites. Sometimes, the loose items are taken while the campers were sleeping right next to them. It happens. Rangers can't be everywhere at once.

Ride safe,
Hans

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