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Gear Talk / Re: Tools / parts to carry on tour
« Last post by davidbonn on June 10, 2024, 01:32:12 pm »
A lot of inexpensive and lightweight aluminum racks aren't built to carry very much and could easily be overloaded by a bicycle tourist.

When you look at a lot of the low-cost racks on Amazon I suspect that the carry weight ratings are at best very optimistic.  And given that most folks don't have a serious clue about how much weight they are actually carrying it is surprising to me that there aren't more stories of rack mayhem and disaster.
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Done.  I will turn over any further updates to ACA at this point.  Thanks for all you and the rest of the ACA do to make bike touring enjoyable!
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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Teton Pass is Closed
« Last post by amywally on June 10, 2024, 11:45:27 am »
No, that's okay! There's some good information already here. But if you could edit the forum post title to say "TransAm Section 5, Teton Pass is closed, 2024" that would be helpful.

Thanks!
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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Teton Pass is Closed
« Last post by John Nettles on June 10, 2024, 11:43:24 am »
Amy, would you like me to delete this post so ACA can make an official posting?  Tailwinds, John
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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Teton Pass is Closed
« Last post by amywally on June 10, 2024, 11:36:14 am »
The official ACA name of the alternate is the "Teton Valley Alternate", which is a digital-only alternate. We do not have any detours around this landslide, nor do we plan on creating one. The Main Route through Yellowstone is still open. It is recommended to ride very early in the morning to avoid the peak traffic.
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Food Talk / Re: Powdered milk
« Last post by davidbonn on June 10, 2024, 10:15:38 am »
It (Laqtia whole milk powder in small packets) is still available here, apparently:

https://www.goodasgold.com/products/laqtia-packets-whole-milk-18ct?variant=46759867613397

My experience is that whole powdered milk is difficult to find in grocery stores on journeys.  And even more difficult to find in quantities that are realistic to carry with you.  And whole milk is a way better idea than skim or nonfat milk if you can manage it.

If I can find it, I like to buy little bottles of shelf-storable milk (aka "Hawaiian Milk") at grocery stores (Safeway in that Pacific NW is a pretty reliable source) before camp for breakfast the next morning.  If I can hit a store within a few hours of camp (and usually I can) that works out the best.

Also a very reliable way to make friends and be popular with other bike tourists is if you bring a pint of half & half to camp.  That's more than you can possibly need for coffee and cereal in the morning and plenty to share with others.
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Food Talk / Re: Powdered milk
« Last post by staehpj1 on June 10, 2024, 08:25:56 am »
I have always had good luck with the huge cans of Nido powdered whole milk.

The product you linked seems to be listed as "currently unavailable".  I like the idea of the individual packets.  I have found that opened cans of Nido keep quite a while, but suddenly stop dissolving properly if stored for too many months after opening.  If you buy a can and use it for a trip that isn't a problem, but if you keep it around for future trips it may be.  I have repackaged Nido into heat small sealed bags with a vacuum sealer.  You can even use the aluminized mylar bags and it will probably keep real long.  On the other hand you can just pitch it before it gets too old.  The do sell a smaller size if you can find it.
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Gear Talk / Re: Tools / parts to carry on tour
« Last post by froze on June 09, 2024, 12:08:23 am »

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Good idea.  One time I hastily installed my racks under a bridge in Missoula in order to get back to camp before an approaching storm.  On the 5th day of the trip, which included some rough, unpaved, hilly roads, one of the bolts of my front rack got rattled loose and fell out.  Didn't notice it until we got to camp and I noticed the rack listing heavily to one side.  A rack into a front wheel on the unpaved road we had just finished would have likely been a disaster.
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The odd thing about pannier rack problems, I've run into more people who have had welds break on aluminum racks than I have with bolts coming loose!  Apparently, as the load is bouncing up and down on the rack, which could be made to carry a 75-pound load for example, but that weight is measured as the weight just sitting on the rack, it isn't taking that 75 pounds and adding another say 35 pounds when the 75 pounds jumps and comes back down constantly like a slide hammer.  A slide hammer might have only a 10-pound hammer, but you slide that thing back and forth on just 23 inches of rod and that weight is multiplied.  Now of course a load on a bike isn't jumping 23 inches, but even if it's only jumping an inch it's causing more weight than what the rack was designed for to be hammering away at the welds.  I've been on roads that have ridges every 12 feet or so, you hit those damn things and the load is bouncing up and down for miles, aluminum can't take that for long unless your load is at least 25% lower than the max carrying weight of the rack.
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Routes / TransAm section 5 muddy gap camping CS?
« Last post by filip on June 08, 2024, 09:26:35 pm »
Hello!
On the map there is camping at Muddy gap, that says inquire at CS muddy gap, and there is store that says CS Muddy gap?

Anyone stayed there?

Thanks!
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Gear Talk / Re: What have you taken on tour and later wished you hadn't?
« Last post by canalligators on June 08, 2024, 08:57:04 pm »
Depends if you are likely to need it.  I would only take one if I was going somewhere very remote, or I was riding a technical offroad route (i.e. likely to damage it).  Not on a road tour in the first world.
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