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Routes / Going to the Sun Road
« on: March 17, 2020, 04:12:11 pm »
Does anyone have  knowledge that the traffic east bound on the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park will be any heavier on a Sunday morning in mid July v. a Wednesday morning?

Routes / gravel near West Glacier
« on: March 17, 2020, 01:57:57 pm »
The ACA Northern Tier section 2 map 23 shows 2.9 miles of gravel on Blankenship Rd just before the route rejoins US 2. Does anyone know if it is still gravel? My map is from my 2004 ride.

General Discussion / Re: Mercian bicycles
« on: March 06, 2020, 03:40:15 pm »
From Sheldon Brown (who died in 2008):
A very nice British bike. There are all sorts of models, and a great many of these came into the U.S through the big mail order companies. Some models were very ornate. The ornate examples, with N.R. parts in guideline condition are probably worth around $900. Relatively plain examples with N.R. parts are probably worth several hundred less. There are few people who consider these to be super desirable, so they remain a very good value. There was a very plain model called the classic that was remarkably well-constructed that we tried forever to sell. It was such a nice frame with so little of a following. Maybe people will be inspired to take another look at these.

Routes / Re: Kalispell to Libby Montana
« on: March 03, 2020, 02:19:33 pm »
I'd love to ride to Yaak again. Will run it by the group. I'm the only one of the 7 of us  not to have to worry about a job.

Gear Talk / Re: light tour bike
« on: February 24, 2020, 10:04:59 pm »
In the mountains, a bike that is couple of pounds lighter is much less important than a 220# body.

Routes / Re: Kalispell to Libby Montana
« on: February 22, 2020, 04:20:58 pm »
Kalispell is our start and finish ( a big figure 8 including Eureka, Going to the Sun and Browning) leaving  for Logan State Park on a July Sunday morning. We will get off US 2 on a local road before Libby.

Routes / Kalispell to Libby Montana
« on: February 21, 2020, 08:27:29 pm »
I'm planning on riding US 2 from Kalispell to Libby. I'm interested in your experience of this stretch of highway.

I don't know of any, but God speed Fred. An issue that needs highlighting.

General Discussion / Re: Trailer or just panniers?
« on: February 05, 2020, 05:36:08 pm »
My all time high speed on a bike was while pulling a BOB trailer for what that's worth (46 mph north of Glacier towards Canada). I switched to panniers only because I wanted a new "traditional" touring bike because I could once I could afford more bikes. Personal preference.

Gear Talk / Re: Replacement Rim Suggestions!
« on: January 18, 2020, 05:24:44 pm »
I've used Velocity for years. One failure which they quickly remedied. Running Dyads on my touring bike now for their strength and Quill on my other road bike because they are lighter and can take wide tires.

Gear Talk / Re: Motobecane Fantom CX
« on: January 17, 2020, 03:33:17 pm »
For that price it comes with pretty cheap wheels which may be just fine for commuting.

Gear Talk / SON Delux generator hubs
« on: January 01, 2020, 05:06:07 pm »
I'm interested  in your experience with SON Delux generator hubs. Specifically, do  you notice any drag and reliability. I'm not interested in other brand of generator hubs.

General Discussion / Re: Do you think about devices?
« on: December 05, 2019, 06:04:11 pm »
A small camera, a small book,  a smaller cell phone and an even smaller log book.

Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: October 01, 2019, 01:44:44 pm »
Back to the OP, though I use ProLink religiously at home, on tour I use whatever comes in the smallest container. Using something is more important than what to use.

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