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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tired Stock Touring Bikes?
« on: December 11, 2017, 04:34:38 pm »
If your tires aren’t hard you must not be riding Gatorskins or Panaracer Ribmos which I ride on my touring bike. Of course, this is contrast to the supple side wall tires on my other road bikes. I wonder if a tubeless Gatorskin might be the ticket in the future.

Routes / Re: Great Parks North Advice
« on: November 25, 2017, 06:36:33 pm »
Park Café @ St Mary t-shirt: PIE IS STRENGTH

Routes / US 89 Montana
« on: November 25, 2017, 05:41:14 pm »
Has anyone ridden US 89 from Great Falls to Browning? Is it a good road to ride? Montana's bike map seems to think so.

Gear Talk / Re: Best brakes and wheels for S&S Coupled touring bike?
« on: November 19, 2017, 08:34:37 pm »
"I know the feeling - my bike's around a 56cm in size, and things are pretty difficult to pack in the case"
Try packing a 64 cm with fenders and racks!

Routes / Green Mtns Loop
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:32:25 pm »
The Adventure Cycling Green Mtns Loop has an alternative route leaving St Johnsbury (clockwise). Anyone have experience with both routes and can comment on what each route is like?

Routes / Going to the Sun
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:26:18 pm »
What's the best time to ride The Going To The Sun Highway in Glacier National Park? Just before the bicycle limitation when snow is an issue, or later when traffic can be a problem? What is it like in July?

General Discussion / Re: Bike touring travel insurance
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:22:12 pm »
Google travel insurance and you'll fond sites that compare policies.

Gear Talk / Re: Best Touring Wheelset
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:15:55 pm »
Good decision! Dyads  are great. Load up the bike and go, 36 hole Dyads will be fine!

Gear Talk / Re: Liners for riding shorts.
« on: October 25, 2017, 08:47:45 pm »
I'm unclear of what you are asking. What kind of pants will you wear and will you do without a pad entirely, i.e., not padded liners? Pants that are tight like cycling shorts so that they don't move around and chafe? Where will all that moisture go if not into the pad? I'm not saying you are wrong, just not fully understanding. 

Gear Talk / Re: 2017 Trek 520D Brake Replace
« on: October 25, 2017, 08:39:35 pm »
Spyres are great, not too expensive way to improve your bike. 800 miles of Washington State mountains with no problems at all on loaded tourer.

General Discussion / Re: Absolute necessities?
« on: October 03, 2017, 01:54:49 pm »
A good sleeping pad, a good book, light weight coffee maker. That's it. Oh, a little Scotch.

General Discussion / Re: What state is your favorite to ride in?
« on: August 06, 2017, 11:23:54 pm »
Glad to hear that many of you think my home of Wisconsin is great. The most courteous drivers I've encountered were not here but in South Dakota. We have great scenic roads in Wisconsin, and no gravel roads (except Up North) but the motorists can't compare with Minnesota and South Dakota. Roads in Maine were the worst. Most beautiful would be (outside WI) Washington and Oregon.

Gear Talk / Re: Tent ground cloth?
« on: July 11, 2017, 05:53:03 pm »
Having just upgraded to a 4# tent (2 person) from a same sized 6# 4 oz tent (ground cloths included) and seeing how thin the new fabric is I wouldn't think of going without a ground cloth. For years I used polyester window screen material (thanks Oris). No pooling of rain, pretty good protection.  This time I bought the ground cloth made for the tent.

Gear Talk / Re: Prius and racks
« on: June 23, 2017, 05:34:50 pm »
Problem solved. Directions included were not clear, I missed a crucial step. Must be installed with specs to the millimeter. I recommend having it installed by a dealer that has done many. Working well now.
As to the MPG, again, still ahead compared to anything else.

Gear Talk / Re: Prius and racks
« on: May 30, 2017, 10:18:35 am »
Bought the Prius V, love the car so far, especially the gas mileage. But, clips for the new Yakima towers won't stay attached to the car. It appears that there is not enough lip for them to grip well. Anyone else have experience with these clips, specifically on the Prius V, with or without problems?

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