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1  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Quilt Recommendation on: February 23, 2019, 07:02:51 PM
I think that my 2 Katabatic quilts are some of the nicest gear i have ever used. I have also spent my adult life in the outdoor biz so i have seen a lot of gear. One great resource for used lightweight gear are the classifieds at
2  Forums / Routes / Re: Any Mtb dirt route: Stanley, Ketchum, Sun Valley Idaho to Montana ??? on: January 15, 2019, 05:54:37 PM
looks like you could put together a route through Lowman then north to warm lake then cascade, mccall, burgdorf,Dixie, then magruder corridor to darby mt. From Darby either east on rye creek then north to skalkaho east or south to sula then backroads to the big hole then down the big hole valley.

long way but would be cool
3  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Canal de Deux Mers France on: September 21, 2018, 05:00:54 PM
I didn't really see enough of it to give a worthwhile answer. The area is quite nice, i imagine that you could get away with some stealthy camping though i believe that it is technically illegal. Sorry i can't offer better advice. I also have found it hard to predict where i can readily find workable campsites in Europe.
4  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Canal de Deux Mers France on: September 20, 2018, 04:03:29 PM
I thought that canal was the canal du midi?
Anyway if it was we rode a small section of it during a trip to the Languedoc region years ago, not sure the whole thing would be my cup of tea but using parts of it and some rural roads could be fun, Terrain there seems conducive to riding as well. Lots of winery action with good cheap wine
5  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Cyclocross Bike for Cross-Washington Route? (Newb ques) on: June 04, 2018, 08:52:09 AM
I have read that there are a few sections with very large gravel/ballast, I would try to inquire of the state park and check out ride reports. I believe that there is a closed section east of the columbia as well.
6  Forums / Routes / Re: Interesting / Fun stops along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route on: August 18, 2017, 06:10:18 PM
i agree on Bannack, not only is it interesting the campground looks pretty good and there is a good source of water there, park is quite close to the route too

as far as Glacier side trips two possibilities are:
1 cross into the park at polebridge a couple of miles south of the turn up to red meadow pass, ride the inside north fork road (closed to cars for a lengthy section) then route yourself to apgar then west glacier , when leaving west glacier head west on the bike path paralleling us 2 then turn right on Belton stage then  eventually right on Blankenship rd  and left on the North fork rd, this will take you to columbia falls to rejoin the route.

2 when in the upper flathead instead of turning west toward cabin pass you can head east to akamina pass and then into alberta and waterton park.
after leaving waterton head through the chief mountain customs  and south toward st mary's. At St mary's head east on the going to the sun road ( in this direction the bicycling restrictions don't apply till you are down along Lake Macdonald. At apgar you can either do as above and head to ward columbia falls or take the inside north fork rd to pole bridge and then head north from pole bridge on the outside north fork rd to rejoin the main route at the red meadow rd.

The back way to the bike retreat would be a bit stiff loaded and strictly speaking that crossing is private property though i have not heard of anyone having an issue, there is an alternate route that is much less steep and takes dirt roads but is harder to navigate. Too, from the Retreat to whitefish is an un friendly stretch of highway 93. In a couple of years the side trip will be much better with a section of the whitefish trail to be built and a new bike trail to parallel 93 to be installed.
7  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Salsa Cowchipper, Dajia Far Bar? on: May 25, 2017, 08:51:50 AM
They work well enough for cable brakes, but I have discovered the stock pads wear very quickly on steep descents - so much that I run out of lever travel. I'll be looking around for a better pad once the originals wear out. Also I found that the stock rotors cause a lot of vibration and I've replaced with a set of less wavy discs.

I would love to go hydraulic, but the price of S700 lever and brake sets is outrageous.

I switched to semi-metallics and have had good results with the kool-stops and swiss stops
8  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Salsa Cowchipper, Dajia Far Bar? on: May 25, 2017, 08:50:16 AM
i like that diagram- my dream bar would have a longer straight section on the tops, flare and hooks  like the cow chipper but more sweep like the wood chipper- i would make the tensions shorter though aiming for the same overall widths but taking the length off the ends and adding it back to the top cross area.   Ohh, and carbon for strength width absorption
9  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Black Hills Expedition or The Adirondack Trail Ride? on: May 25, 2017, 08:41:04 AM
not sure where you are from, but if you've been to the black hills and not  adirondacks it seems like an easy choice. The Adirondack region is unique in the USA in the way it is organized and controlled. Though none of the mountains are big they can be steep and there are tons of lakes and rivers. If you were to do the TATR i would recommend going in Sept, possibly later than the grand depart syncing your timing to the fall colors.
10  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Salsa Cowchipper, Dajia Far Bar? on: May 24, 2017, 06:22:33 AM
interesting, thanks for the info. looks like a good addl option
11  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Salsa Cowchipper, Dajia Far Bar? on: May 22, 2017, 07:24:57 PM

i did see that page , could not find any dimensions like width, reach and drop
12  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Salsa Cowchipper, Dajia Far Bar? on: May 22, 2017, 04:38:45 PM
nice find, did not know that one existed. What are the dimensions? i couldn't seem to find them on the ritchey site
13  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2017 Race Preparation on: April 28, 2017, 06:47:51 PM
Thanks for the update Threepin!  I've been trying to remember your user name from past intel.  I figured someone from Whitefish had tried to ride up that road by now.  I know from other local WF buddies that the lower snow had melted quickly and they seemed to be out early on the MTB and road rides.

But....I also saw video of snow flurries in the Flathead valley in the past few days Smiley

no problem griz
its been miserable here for the last six weeks or so, i just checked and stahl peak went up 3 inches of swe in the last three days.
Poured here off and on today.
If i was to bet i would guess this will end up being the snowiest year without official re routes- not nearly the lower level snow of 2011 but seems likely it will exceed 2008 in snow cover.
But that's just my WAG worth exactly what i was paid for it

14  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Salsa Cowchipper, Dajia Far Bar? on: April 28, 2017, 04:20:34 PM
Thanks, the stuff sack is the same size and color of my skyscape x

how are you liking the spyres? Mine have been pretty good but i am hoping recabling might firm the up a bit

to Bumbler, they definitely flare but the hoods feel (to me) better than expected- hopefully this is right side up
15  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Salsa Cowchipper, Dajia Far Bar? on: April 27, 2017, 10:07:45 AM
why is  that upside down, its not in in the file on my desktop, is there a way to rotate once posted?
16  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Salsa Cowchipper, Dajia Far Bar? on: April 27, 2017, 10:05:41 AM
definitely get the 48, the width helps with control on trail and allows a bigger bar bag (bags on drops are limited in width by the drops and hoods compared to straight bars). I also feel like my chest is more opened  up and i can relax more. The drops vs hoods as primary position is somewhat related to desired use (road/trail etc.) The standard explanation is for trail use think of the drops as primary position because sudden impacts drive your hands into the bars rather than off the hoods and the drops should be placed about where your grips would be on a standard bar. For me this works well and seems to have the added benefit of making more overall hand positions work. Many others especially folks with a lot of road or cross experience may prefer hoods. Its pretty easy to experiment with stems and spacers to try both approaches. I found using a stem calculator to really help as sometimes i might want my hands higher but farther away etc.     is a good one

you might consider riding with an adjustable stem till you find out what you like

Hey RonK,
what tent or tarp is that? the bag looks familiar
17  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Photo Thread on: April 25, 2017, 10:03:40 PM
ferry to euboea
18  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Photo Thread on: April 25, 2017, 09:56:18 PM
19  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Photo Thread on: April 25, 2017, 09:54:01 PM
20  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Photo Thread on: April 25, 2017, 09:52:01 PM
coast of sicily
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