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1  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Waypoints, trackpoints and tracks on: March 13, 2019, 12:27:46 PM
with (the other TF), you might find your trails already mapped
you can download ~10 trail gpx's per day with full bread crumb tracks, then you just have to cut and edit to conform them to your route
2  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2019 AZTR 300/750 Race Preparation and Planning Thread on: February 25, 2019, 07:08:33 AM
hand sew a velcro strap that goes through your helmet vents
hand sewing is good skill to have on the trail
3  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Shuswap Okanagan Bikepack Route planning on: February 22, 2019, 07:16:24 AM
More rail trail is being completed in the Okanagan Valley; however, portions are being paved too.  So even after the Armstrong to Sicamous rail trail is finished, the percentage of pavement to gravel might not change.  At least more of the route would be away from motor vehicle traffic
4  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Shuswap Okanagan Bikepack Route planning on: February 22, 2019, 07:12:36 AM
From the Buckshot by Adams Lake, it is a short ride on the Trans Canada Highway to Sorrento, then into the Blind Bay to White Lake single track, then some gravel to the Reineker Creek single track to Shuswap Lake and Lakeshore Road to another short bit of Trans Canada Highway (or a ton of climbing on back roads) to Salmon Arm

You could also start in Bella Coola, ride through the Chilcotins to the Fraser River or Churn Creek then gravel back roads to connect into the northwest part of the Buckshot loop
trouble is resupply (caches or pre arranged outside support may be necessary, or the ability to ride really fast on little food)

The east leg of my route is true mtn biking with punchy climbs, switchbacks, maybe some fallen logs, and some rock outcrops, so more like AZTR than the TourDivide.  If might be out of character with the Oregenisis route
5  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Shuswap Okanagan Bikepack Route planning on: February 21, 2019, 05:18:39 PM
I have to finish the Big Horn yet
what are the plans?
6  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2019 AZTR 300/750 Race Preparation and Planning Thread on: February 10, 2019, 08:57:03 AM
^ more  thumbsup
stay on the main highway to Casa Rivera's Taco Express in Oracle and you won't have to climb as much as you would to get to the closer options, so maybe a few minutes longer in time, but much easier for effort
there is a Circle K at that end of Oracle too

for flagstaff  try the Agave,-111.629284,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xf9b4100b797773c5!8m2!3d35.195139!4d-111.629284
7  Forums / Routes / Shuswap Okanagan Divide planning stage cross thread on: January 30, 2019, 08:38:13 PM
go here
8  Forums / Ultra Racing / Shuswap Okanagan Bikepack Route planning on: January 30, 2019, 08:11:42 PM
Loop Route:  or  500 Km currently 40% singletrack 30% gravel 30% pavement (changing to 40%ST 45%G 15%P after completion of a rail trail, and when considering time rather than distance the percentage estimate for the loop route is 80% singletrack 15% gravel 5% pavement)

A to B Route: 348 Km currently 45% singletrack 25% gravel 30% pavement (changing to 45%ST 35%G 20%P, or 81% 12%G 7%P for time)

Goal: to link as many high quality single track mtn bikes trails (constructed to modern trail standards) in the Interior of BC, Canada
Destination Trails include:
- Larch Hill Traverse
- Kalamalka Lake
- Okanagan High Rim Trail
Linked with valley rail trails
- Okanagan Rail Trail
- Shuswap Rail Trail

This is an attempt to create a Canadian version of the Arizona Trail Race or Oregon Timber Trail.  A route that is primarily mtn bike oriented (there are lots of Canadian gravel grinders already or routes without publicly accessible re-supply options).
Although the percentage of singletrack may seem low compared to the AZTR, the percentage estimate for this route is for honest hiking trail or purpose built singletrack, and does not include the overgrown doubletrack/skid roads and does not have such a high percentage of hike a bike.  The percentage of pavement could be reduced even further, but at the expense of using active logging roads, gravel highways open to all motor vehicles (you will get dusted and potentially could get run off the road for looking like a MAMIL or hippy, such as with the Tour Divide route and the Redneck-ington portion of the AZTR), or off-road motor vehicle recreation areas (dust and roost)). Most of the paved road is on back roads. And where using major highways, there are wide shoulders.  

Drop bar and/or fully rigid bikes may be a little easier on the paved and gravel sections, but will be way more difficult than a dual suspension mtn bike with seat dropper on the singletrack sections.  
Once the Shuswap Rail Trail is completed, ~40 Km (one way) of the paved public roadway route will be changed to the gravel rail trail

I've ridden many of the sections already and will be checking out other sections for changes to trail conditions later in the spring
Best time to ride is likely early July or after forest fire season ends (best overall conditions might be during the frequent dry spells mid September to late October)

ps; There was a "Divide" in the original thread title, and there is a watershed divide between the Shuswap and the Okanagan (Shuswap flows into the Thompson then the Fraser and out to the Pacific by Vancouver, BC; whereas, the Okanagan flows across the US border into the OkanOgan to the Columbia and out to the Pacific past Vancouver Washington)

9  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2019 AZTR 300/750 Race Preparation and Planning Thread on: January 22, 2019, 03:01:43 PM
very few in your face bugs
just check your shoes before putting them on
10  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2019 AZTR 300/750 Race Preparation and Planning Thread on: January 19, 2019, 07:25:21 PM
I'm planning my logistics pre and post race. Looks like riders from out of the country(like me) are in a bind in terms of how to get in and around AZ especially without knowing anyone. I'm trying to figure out where can I stash my stuff like clothes that I'll be wearing pre and post race.

How do you people go around with this? I can of course haul everything up of course but truly not ideal.

Grateful for any tips.


get there a week early and riide the easy portions from Tucson to Sierra Vista for acclimation
forget about stashing stuff for the finish, just buy all new cheaper (than the Yukon) clothing from the first big town you hitch to after the finish (Flagstaff or St. George are good)
11  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: Sneaker Seatpost Bag on: December 31, 2018, 11:17:02 AM
made me laugh
12  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Camp pillow? on: November 30, 2018, 10:56:50 AM
hydration bladder filled with extra air
13  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: I used my bike to make a tent on: November 22, 2018, 07:39:14 AM
don't know yet
regular tent pegs would not work in a wind
there are more guy out points though
but as with my old tarp, ground cloth, when its really windy, all I could do is roll up in it making a human burrito
I was mainly thinking about a really quick to set up rain shelter and not spending 10 minutes getting soaked looking for just the right trees
14  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: cuben/dyneema porn on: November 19, 2018, 01:15:34 PM
duffel bag for the guy that gave me the sail

but for bikepacking:
I will use for the bottoms of bivy bags, but with laminated waterproof breathable fabric on top
a few ~1 to 2 L frame packs for christmas gifts
I already have 6oz robic to make a backpack, but would only save about 50 gm to use dyneema instead
15  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / I used my bike to make a tent on: November 18, 2018, 09:54:18 PM
0.7 oz/yd2 membrane and only three tent pegs and very fast to set up
wondering if I should cat cut the edges?
string/line under the ridge line works as a clothesline and to support the head of my bivy sack
16  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / cuben/dyneema porn on: November 18, 2018, 09:48:52 PM

12 m^2 of 3 oz/yd^2 dyneema
it helps to have friends who sail
17  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Cool resource for the Mojave on: November 07, 2018, 07:33:42 PM
that is cool
and by David Thompson too (although not the original that worked for the North West Fur Trade Co. and first mapped most of North America)
18  Forums / Classifieds / Re: Why Wayward titanium 29+ frame, fork, brakes, and headset on: November 02, 2018, 12:56:36 PM
is a large really a 20" seat tube?
19  Forums / Routes / Re: Western Renegade Bike Route on: October 29, 2018, 10:09:57 PM
cool video. thanks
what time of year did you ride?
it looks cold
20  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: Robic 7d availability? on: October 28, 2018, 09:47:53 AM
from RSBTR
" Note - Due to ROBIC branding no longer being supported for several yarn deniers, we have recently transitioned several fabrics to our high-end Mountain Series line. "
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