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Offline ibike4fun

Great Divide on Vintage Bike
« on: June 13, 2006, 03:28:59 pm »
I am planning to start the Great Divide Trail this July. I have a BOB IBEX trailer and a 1986 steel Ritchey full rigid mountain bike. Is this trail doable with a full rigid mountain bike or am I going to get my hands and arms beat into hamburger?
Thanks

This message was edited by ibike4fun on 6-16-06 @ 10:20 AM
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Offline mtnroads

Great Divide on Vintage Bike
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2006, 03:23:24 am »
You'll be fine on a rigid, many have done it that way, sometimes even on drop bar touring bikes with higher press tires. I am hoping to do a section or two of it later this summer on my rigid Trek 970. You might want to consider some type of shock absorbing stem and/or seatpost to take the rough edges off, and run 1.9 or 2.1 tires that are not inflated too hard. That will also absorb a lot of the vibration from washboard.


Offline traceworks

Great Divide on Vintage Bike
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2006, 11:59:43 pm »
Is this the gentleman that I met outside of whitefish, MT, twice within a few days of each other?

Matthew Lee
Great Divide Racer
Chapel Hill, NC


Offline ibike4fun

Great Divide on Vintage Bike
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2006, 12:19:02 am »
Hey Matt, Yea! I lost your contact info. Send me an e-mail to rl_faul@yahoo.com  I made it in 63 days including 20 rest days, although I didn't finish with my Ritchey as planned. By the time I got to Helena, my knee's were blowing out. The shock from rocks, ruts, and washboard compounded with a frame that was a bit too big, I had to do an equipment change. I picked up a new Stumpjumper FSR from Great Divide Cyclery. But I pushed on and finished it. What a total blast. I am sorry it is over and I am ready to do it again. But now I am thinking of going across China, off road. I feel pretty invincible after that. Road touring is for weaklings.

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This message was edited by ibike4fun on 10-15-06 @ 8:22 PM
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