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Routes / Re: NW Montana: A trip report
« on: August 05, 2021, 02:17:01 pm »
oops. thanks for the catch. edit made.
The reason GTSR fell to 3rd is the lack of traffic, but it is fair to say all three segments were magnificent maybe no need to rank them.
By the way, Montana's drivers fall way behind those in Minnesota, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana for courtesy  while sharing the road in our experience.

Routes / NW Montana: A trip report
« on: August 04, 2021, 05:10:17 pm »
NW Montana: A Trip Report
Four of us in July using the route in the link.
 Much of this route was wonderful: beautiful, low traffic, good roads. However, two lane roads in Montana are posted as 70 mph. Roads that in Wisconsin would be posted  55 mph.

The pandemic affected many aspects of our trip. Many restaurants along the route and all the National Park facilities could not use the usual young people from Europe and Scandinavia since they couldn’t get visas due to the pandemic. It also meant that in the remote area between mile 120 and 200 the National Forest campgrounds were not full because the Canadians couldn’t cross the border. Outside of that area all the private campgrounds were very full and the campgrounds that were open in Glacier were full.

We started at a campground Kalispell and ended at a resort with hot tubs Columbia Falls. There is a lovely bike path leaving Kalispell which ran parallel to US 2. The next 30 miles shoulders on US 2 ranged from 10’ to nonexistent. Thus the experience on Hwy 2 was good to harrowing. After Troy the traffic became very light which helped. The section of US 2 from Browning to West Glacier also varied in the same way.
The stretch from mile 120-200 was amazing. Someone on this forum 18 months ago recommended going to Yaak and I thank them for the suggestion. There’s nothing there but the route from Yaak to the lake was one of our two favorite days (the day going to Yaak was great too).  The other favorite was St Mary to Browning (miles 345-378) on the high plains. Believe it or not Going To The Sun Road was only the third favorite day.

The temperatures were in the low to high 80’s but the extremely low humidity helped moderate that. Overnight low  temps varied from 39-62 F. Smoke was always hanging over the mountains so couldn’t get clear photos. Only one of us felt the smoke physically and for just one day.

Whitefish is a mountain bike town so I had to settle for a 32 mm road tire instead of the 35 I ride when I tore a sidewall that couldn’t be fixed with a boot.

Poor breakfast opportunities in St Mary, Browning, and Columbia Falls. Lots of good restaurants in Whitefish which were very busy at lunch time on the weekend. Ate lots of huckleberry pie along the route.

General Discussion / Re: Question about Leg Shaving
« on: July 31, 2021, 08:51:05 pm »
At my age the hair is disappearing on its own!

General Discussion / Re: In need of a few hints for NT route and food
« on: July 05, 2021, 06:08:14 pm »
Blackfeet Reservation is indeed open: I have a reservation at The Blackfeet Cultural Camp in a couple of weeks:

General Discussion / Re: Breathing issue
« on: June 06, 2021, 01:10:05 pm »
Sorry folks but this seems very inappropriate for this forum. Get thee to an urgent care!

Gear Talk / Re: Leg warmers: Over or under?
« on: May 30, 2021, 01:04:21 pm »
Elastic doesn't guarantee that they will stay up. My experience is that they don't without a little help.
Never had trouble removing them when it gets warm but everyone's experience is different.

Gear Talk / Re: Leg warmers: Over or under?
« on: May 29, 2021, 10:41:11 am »
Absolutely under the shorts: put them on first and put them up as far as they will go. I use a little of this product
to keep them up.

A friend of mine rides a Gunnar Sport with 32's easily but only 28 if you want fenders. He squeezed fenders on with 32's but as you can see in the chart below that Richard Schwinn, Gunnar's owner doesn't recommend it
Gunnar Sport Specs
Description 28.6    Specification
Steerer    1 1/8 in Threadless Steerer
Axle to Crown Race    374 mm
Seatmast Measurement    Virtual Sizing
Rear Brake Type    57mm Caliper Brakes 700C
Seatpost Diam    27.2mm Seatpost
Chainring Clearance    Bump - road @ 60mm from base of miter
Tire Clearance    700 x 32C (28C plus fenders)
Seat tube Diameter    28.6 mm (Please shim to 31.8mm)
Rear Spacing    130mm Rear DO Spacing
Rear Eyelets    1 rear eyelet
Bottom Bracket Specification    68mm x 1.370 x 24 TPI

It seems the real concern is how to mount some sort of bag to your bike. As has been said, nothing wrong with your current bike (other than it is carbon fiber; yes I ride only steel). I do credit card tours now that I'm 69 with a large front bag. I've also used a Carradice rear saddle bag with good results though prefer the front; it handles better on the bike I have now. You don't talk about money so if that isn't an issue a randonneuring type such as this from Waterford would be perfect or this from Gunnar and both are made in Wisconsin. Cheaper versions include from  Velo Orange. from Surly. All these allow wider tires for comfort and safety without sacrificing speed (if supplied with the right tires). Seven has more than one
I'm sure there are others that fall into the rando category.

The Bridge was closed to bicycles last year but I could find nothing just now to indicate the Michigan DOT is not ferrying bikes across now.
Michigan has a very active club and  might be where to look: for help.

Routes / Re: 2 weeks in south-western British Columbia?
« on: May 10, 2021, 04:19:07 pm »
I'm glad  you asked. Here is a quick re-creation of a tour we took in 2016
Not exact of what we rode; we got off main roads as much as possible and I've lost some of those details. But you get the idea. I would do it again

I would never take a laptop on tour, but is just me. I use RWGPS then transfer to paper maps.

General Discussion / Re: Camping or not? Is the weight worth it?
« on: May 10, 2021, 03:29:46 pm »
" I love to stop for a diner breakfast after 10-30 miles if there is a diner"
We call that second breakfast, and often a highlight of the day; if the coffee is  good.

General Discussion / Re: Northern Tier 100+ miles a day
« on: May 10, 2021, 03:27:01 pm »
Why in the world would you want ride at that pace? Enlighten me please.

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