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Gear Talk / Re: Dynamo - What are you using for a light?
« on: May 01, 2021, 09:17:15 pm »
Son Edelux II. No problems so far (12 months) and is great at night.

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Gear Talk / Re: Touring bike for 80% pavement, 20% gravel/dirt
« on: May 01, 2021, 09:14:43 pm »
A regular touring bike with 700/32  will be fine in my experience for the conditions you describe. Wider if you can but at least 32.

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General Discussion / Re: Best pre-ride supplement?
« on: May 01, 2021, 09:11:55 pm »
eat a regular low protein meal an hour before the ride.

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A little moonlighting business maybe. Could be done virtually I suppose.

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Routes / Re: St Mary to Baab to Browning
« on: April 10, 2021, 06:38:21 pm »
Thanks, very helpful. We can't wait!

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Bring one guy who is compulsive about keeping track and is good with numbers. In our group it is the engineer. Afterwards he sends a spreadsheet with all the bills laid out and how much we owe whom. Saves the rest of us  lots of headaches!

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General Discussion / Re: Touring after Chemotherapy
« on: April 10, 2021, 06:34:43 pm »
Good luck to  you. It will be hard but doable. The fact is regardless of chemo we lose half of our conditioning every two weeks off the bike.

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Routes / St Mary to Baab to Browning
« on: April 07, 2021, 12:23:35 pm »
Anyone have experience with  Mt 464 highway?
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35630835
I'm not trying to save miles but here is an alternative https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35630770
Scenery and safe roads are the factors to consider. I'll have had plenty of mountains and forests.

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Gear Talk / Re: Kickstand love it or leave it?
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:35:41 am »
The cool thing about panniers is that if the bike falls over or laid down intentionally, no damage to the bike!

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier through Montana
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:33:11 am »
I guess I'll carry a copy of an email I got from the supervising ranger that confirms the policy. In most state parks, it is a staff person in a gate house that we deal with not a host so that is different.

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier through Montana
« on: April 03, 2021, 08:15:52 pm »
It is going to be tough this year for sure, especially for the campgrounds that don't have reservable sites such as the USFS sites. No private campground has ever said to use only the website and have been very cordial over the phone. A couple of campgrounds aren't answering the phone yet. I'm on a 12 day tour and dates are not flexible.  Montana state parks do not turn away cyclists even if campground is full. Wisconsin and Michigan are the same and we've had to remind the staff of this fact more than once.

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier through Montana
« on: April 02, 2021, 01:09:25 pm »
It is not true that all campgrounds east of GTSR are full. Use the telephone! I just made reservations in St Mary at two campgrounds.

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier 2015 Map 7
« on: March 15, 2021, 12:02:58 pm »
A great route it is and entirely within the Driftless Area. Once you leave the Mississippi Valley it gets hilly! The term "driftless" indicates a lack of glacial drift, the material left behind by retreating continental glaciers.
Perot State Park is a great place to camp along the Great River State Trail. Good food in Trempealeau at the Trempealeau Hotel https://www.trempealeauhotel.com/. Fantastic food coop in La Crosse https://www.pfc.coop/. I was on the board 40 years ago when it was 1/10 the size.  For fun continue on the Wisconsin side and take the ferrry at Cassvile. You call it by pushing a button if it happens to be on the Iowa side. $2.00. Holds only a few cars-or tractors. https://cassville.org/ferry/. It looks larger than the last time I toured through there.
Another good reason to continue on the Wisconsin side is the two state parks for camping: Wyalusing where the Wisconsin River enters the Mississippi at Prairie du Chien, and Nelson Dewy near Cassville.
You'll love the ride along the Mississippi and welcome to Wisconsin!

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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless tires -enligthen me.
« on: February 27, 2021, 02:26:06 pm »
Raleigh was initially surprised at how popular the International was. No surprise really: Reynolds 531, great components (Campy I think).
I'm heading out for a ride now on an updated 1978 Super Course. Rides as nice as my Waterford, but don't tell Richard Schwinn I said that.

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General Discussion / Re: how steep is the grade of the Golden Gate Bridge
« on: February 27, 2021, 02:21:06 pm »
Grade depends of which direction of course. Here it is
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35279327

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