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Gear Talk / Re: EBike cross-country experience
« on: July 01, 2024, 09:40:11 pm »
Three years ago after 25 years of self-contained touring, including the Northern Tier etc., I declared that I was done with it. I'm 72. (I still tour but we take turns driving the camping gear.)  But, I recently bought an e-wheel which I put on my custom Gunnar Grand Tour bike. It handles the same as it did before and my hope is that I can return to carrying 30-40# of gear. I had planned on a trial run last week but it was too hot. The cost was about $1400. The range will likely be an issue so I will probably order a second battery. It mounts like a water bottle. Check it out Their customer service is great.
Here's a review.
I'll add more when I have put it to good use.

General Discussion / Re: Wisconsin Hiker Biker sites
« on: June 26, 2024, 06:09:51 pm »
Here is what I received from the staff of my state representative:
"Good morning,

I wanted to follow up on your question around the administrative code for the non-motorized camper policy, as I've recently heard back from DNR with some additional information.

When I inquired about the PDF you included, they shared that this looks like a section from their Recreation Area Operations Handbook (HB2505-10). Typically, handbooks are used simply for staff guidance or reference and are defined as "containing continuing procedures, standards, instructions, and techniques that provide functional explanations and steps to follow. They are primarily used by specialists, though some may be widely used."

To answer your original question, these staff guidance documents aren’t in statute or code, but are instead developed by the department. Regardless of the origin, DNR did share that the department does still follow the policy outlined in the text. "

You may have to push a little and ask for a supervisor, as we have done. Don't give up. There are some great parks here in Wisconsin and especially in the Driftless Region

General Discussion / Re: Wisconsin Hiker Biker sites
« on: June 06, 2024, 03:18:27 pm »
I found this on the Adventure Cycling website and I will continue to find the citation from state admin code for you to quote when arriving at a park. We had to do that once. Again, don't be surprised if the site offered isn't great. Wisconsin state park campgrounds have been very full last few years.

General Discussion / Re: Wisconsin Hiker Biker sites
« on: June 05, 2024, 06:19:06 pm »
Wisconsin state parks will not turn away a cyclist if the campground is full. The site they offer may not be great and may not have a table, (I speak from experience) and they only offer this for one night. Kohler-Andrae State Park is very nice. Give a try.

General Discussion / Re: No refusal laws or practices nation wide.
« on: June 17, 2023, 12:10:03 pm »
In Wisconsin and Michigan the no turn away for cyclists is one night only I believe.

General Discussion / Waterford/Gunnar Closes
« on: May 31, 2023, 12:24:35 pm »
Extremely sad news that Richard Schwinn has decided to retire and close Waterford and Gunnar. Good thing I got mine when I did. I've visited the factory a couple of times and Richard was always gracious and loved having visitors.

Gear Talk / Re: Shimano CUES
« on: March 11, 2023, 04:49:51 pm »
Well,  not everyone thinks this is great:

Classifieds / Re: Wanted - old northern tour hwy 2 routing maps
« on: December 01, 2022, 05:27:31 pm »
I have them if you still want them.  I don't know how to do this just between you and me so please advise.

Gear Talk / Re: tubes or tubeless for a cross-country ride??
« on: November 10, 2022, 12:39:42 pm »
If ride quality isn't a primary factor for you then by all means go with tubes in a Gatorskin type tire. If you hate the harsh ride of those tires like I do then the choice is a little more nuanced. Tire manufacturers are making the tires ever so slightly smaller to accommodate the needs of tubeless set-ups. My arthritic hands simply couldn't mount these newer smaller tires when they were brand new. I went to tubeless because if used properly, and that is a big if, they should reduce the frequency of minor flats.

General Discussion / Re: Weight training and cycling
« on: September 26, 2022, 09:29:34 am »
I highly recommend Fred Matheny's book on training. For weight work see chapter 23
Used paperback copies can be found

General Discussion / Re: AAA for bikes
« on: September 21, 2022, 07:57:14 pm »
There's also Better World Club

General Discussion / Re: Shifting gears: I have 27 and use 4
« on: September 21, 2022, 07:55:33 pm »
There's no right answer to this question of course. Gearing is as personal as shorts and the holy grail, saddles (or chain lube). I have different gearing on all five of my bikes. A couple are intentional (touring v. commuting or nightly rides when not not touring) and a couple are just whatever gearing components I had lying around. They all work but I have to adjust for a few shifts each time I switch bikes. No big deal. If you like it, it is the right gearing for you.

Gear Talk / Re: Chair
« on: August 10, 2022, 06:08:45 pm »
I use a chair that uses my Thermarest It's very comfortable and moves into the tent easily.
At 10 oz very light.

Gear Talk / Re: Pre-Built wheel with dynamo for Trek 520
« on: June 08, 2022, 05:20:02 pm »
Agree with always starting with your LBS. A quick glance at Ebay found a few wheels for sale.

Gear Talk / Re: Trek Domane AL5 Suitable for Touring
« on: May 03, 2022, 08:48:38 pm »
While waiting for the new frame why not have the venerable 520 frame repaired? It's one of the advantages of steel frames. A shop such as Yellow Jersey can do it. Don't be put off by Andy Muzi's weird website. He is a genius.

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