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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #40 on: January 03, 2019, 10:25:20 AM
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« Reply #40 on: January 03, 2019, 10:25:20 AM »

In once again. Looking at plane tickets now. Glad to see so many other singlespeeders signing up!!! See ya at the start.

 In reply to above... definitely check out all the previous TD threads. A wealth of knowledge on there from other vets of the race. If you have a question, its probably been asked and answered. Good luck with the training!!  headbang


Great to hear you're in again! You single speeders are amazing!!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #41 on: January 03, 2019, 10:26:13 AM
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« Reply #41 on: January 03, 2019, 10:26:13 AM »

thanks... I had a minor panic when I saw the route in Canada.

Currently reading all the bits I can..

as you can tell im a little excited and scared... I have 5 months off to ride next year and im like a kid on IV sugar!!

Tea Boy - I love your stoke. It is contagious! Looking forward to seeing you in Banff in 5 months and some change!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #42 on: January 08, 2019, 12:20:16 PM
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« Reply #42 on: January 08, 2019, 12:20:16 PM »

Picked up my new Cutthroat last night and am excited to build it up and load it up! Now if the weather would just hold back our horrific snow and ice.....
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #43 on: January 11, 2019, 08:01:46 PM
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« Reply #43 on: January 11, 2019, 08:01:46 PM »

Hi Everyone. Rookie question. what would a the best gear ratio the ride the Tour Divide Race. I am considering a 2020 run. I have a 46/16. Im,163lbs, I live in Virginia (lots of hills and mountains) and I also understand that its also personal Pref.  Any thoughts or referrals welcome.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #44 on: January 11, 2019, 10:32:40 PM
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« Reply #44 on: January 11, 2019, 10:32:40 PM »

Hi Everyone. Rookie question. what would a the best gear ratio the ride the Tour Divide Race. I am considering a 2020 run. I have a 46/16. Im,163lbs, I live in Virginia (lots of hills and mountains) and I also understand that its also personal Pref.  Any thoughts or referrals welcome.
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If you're talking single speed ratio's for reference the SS record was set on a 32/16. Most SSers on the Divide will push somewhere in the range of 50-60 gear inches. Each their own of course.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #45 on: January 12, 2019, 02:16:49 AM
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« Reply #45 on: January 12, 2019, 02:16:49 AM »

Iím pretty sure last year Gareth was also on 32:16 and Bailey was on 40:20. So same thing.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #46 on: January 13, 2019, 02:00:05 PM
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« Reply #46 on: January 13, 2019, 02:00:05 PM »

@xlewisx,@Adam Alphabet...thanks for the input! I was trying to get advise on the best ratio for TD-like SS riding for training.  icon_biggrin
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #47 on: January 13, 2019, 05:46:19 PM
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« Reply #47 on: January 13, 2019, 05:46:19 PM »

@xlewisx,@Adam Alphabet...thanks for the input! I was trying to get advise on the best ratio for TD-like SS riding for training.  icon_biggrin
No problem, good luck in your training and prep! Always pumped to follow the single speeders along!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #48 on: January 16, 2019, 01:53:42 PM
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« Reply #48 on: January 16, 2019, 01:53:42 PM »

Big Ben... Im a VA SS too. Up North of Charlottesville. I rode the TD on a 34x18 in 2014. Most likely will be riding it on 32x18 0r 16 this year. Might jump back up to a 34. but waiting till May.. after AZT to change over/decide that. We are never in the right gear... haha. Youll walk some stuff, youll spin out on occasion but i found those ratios to be about the best all around for me.

Training for the TD... go find gravel roads, fireroad or a combination of ST and those. Stokesville area is nice if you live close to there. Good luck!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #49 on: January 16, 2019, 05:26:22 PM
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« Reply #49 on: January 16, 2019, 05:26:22 PM »

Hey Snowbd2u, glad to hear you're in Charlottesville, VA. Thanks for the great advise on the roads and Stokesville has been on my radar. I would like to hear more about you TD Run.  Maybe we'll talk soon.
Thanks again.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #50 on: January 21, 2019, 02:23:12 PM
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« Reply #50 on: January 21, 2019, 02:23:12 PM »

I just booked the last piece of my travel puzzle to Banff ... the shuttle between Calgary and Banff.  I tried to book it a few months ago, but the Tour Divide discount wasn't working and when I contacted them about it, it hadn't been set up yet.  But it's working now!  15% off using discount code "divide".
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #51 on: January 21, 2019, 02:28:36 PM
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« Reply #51 on: January 21, 2019, 02:28:36 PM »

I just booked the last piece of my travel puzzle to Banff ... the shuttle between Calgary and Banff.  I tried to book it a few months ago, but the Tour Divide discount wasn't working and when I contacted them about it, it hadn't been set up yet.  But it's working now!  15% off using discount code "divide".

Fantastic! Thanks for the heads up!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #52 on: January 27, 2019, 01:38:33 PM
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« Reply #52 on: January 27, 2019, 01:38:33 PM »

Apologies now, not specifically a TD question but I'm getting desperate.

I'm having the worst time with my saddle selection. At this point I've gone through nearly a dozen trying to find one that doesn't turn my rear end into ground beef. I'd really like to hear what you guys/gals are riding on so I can keep going through demo's...

Brooks C15 (Loved this for the first 30 miles, the last 60 of my 90 mile trip were dreadful)
WTB Silverado (Too hard, jury is still out though)
WTB Volt (Current OEM, decent for 50-60 miles; has caused saddle sores)
WTB Hightail (hard as a rock)
Tioga Outlander (Promising)
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #53 on: January 27, 2019, 01:48:28 PM
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« Reply #53 on: January 27, 2019, 01:48:28 PM »

Apologies now, not specifically a TD question but I'm getting desperate.

I'm having the worst time with my saddle selection. At this point I've gone through nearly a dozen trying to find one that doesn't turn my rear end into ground beef. I'd really like to hear what you guys/gals are riding on so I can keep going through demo's...

Brooks C15 (Loved this for the first 30 miles, the last 60 of my 90 mile trip were dreadful)
WTB Silverado (Too hard, jury is still out though)
WTB Volt (Current OEM, decent for 50-60 miles; has caused saddle sores)
WTB Hightail (hard as a rock)
Tioga Outlander (Promising)


This question never gets old to me - especially with ever changing technology and body dynamics as we age. I love the WTB but I need a full cutout so I use a Terry.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #54 on: January 27, 2019, 04:00:19 PM
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« Reply #54 on: January 27, 2019, 04:00:19 PM »

Try one of these. The best saddle I ever had for the long days. No the best saddle.
https://selleanatomica.com/
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #55 on: January 27, 2019, 05:05:02 PM
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« Reply #55 on: January 27, 2019, 05:05:02 PM »

I think my Beargrease came with the WTB Volt. I put the Silverado on my other bikes and love it. To me, the Volt is slightly wider and softer than the Silverado, as such I get rub spots from the Volt that I don't get from the Silverado.  However, I always need to put in higher miles on the Silverado to get the taunt in shape for the bigger mileage days. Probably due to the stiffness of the Silverado.

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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #56 on: January 27, 2019, 05:45:52 PM
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« Reply #56 on: January 27, 2019, 05:45:52 PM »

I ran a Specialized Power last year and it was great. The shorter nose really helps with setting up aerobars because you donít have to compromise on your normal riding position. I used to run Fizik Arioneís and found to be comfortable on the aeros I had to tilt the nose of the saddle down to get it out of the way, which meant it was down a little more than I would like in the regular position and potentially shifted more weight onto my hands. The Power is short enough that you can set the position how you want it for normal riding and then it stops before pointing far enough up to get in the way in the aero position
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #57 on: January 28, 2019, 08:41:40 AM
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« Reply #57 on: January 28, 2019, 08:41:40 AM »

I bought a $9.99 saddle from Lidl, a grocery store.... mostly as a test to prove to my wife that sometimes quality costs money.... I was wrong. I think i have like 15 saddles in my shed from all the brands. I too like WTB, they make a great saddle, but after 1000+ miles on my $9 saddle, im still using it, and its held up to the abuse. Going to keep rocking it.

Try'em till you find one I guess. Most good shops have demo or test saddles in stock. Good luck.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #58 on: January 28, 2019, 08:45:34 AM
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« Reply #58 on: January 28, 2019, 08:45:34 AM »

I bought a $9.99 saddle from Lidl, a grocery store.... mostly as a test to prove to my wife that sometimes quality costs money.... I was wrong. I think i have like 15 saddles in my shed from all the brands. I too like WTB, they make a great saddle, but after 1000+ miles on my $9 saddle, im still using it, and its held up to the abuse. Going to keep rocking it.

Try'em till you find one I guess. Most good shops have demo or test saddles in stock. Good luck.

What a great story and a great reminder that high end gear doesn't always help your rear, or get you to the finish line faster.
All my respect to those before us who used equipment that would probably cause us to shake our heads and say 'no way' am I taking/racing/using that. Thanks for sharing!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Preparation and Planning Thread Reply #59 on: January 28, 2019, 09:07:56 AM
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« Reply #59 on: January 28, 2019, 09:07:56 AM »

I bought a $9.99 saddle from Lidl, a grocery store.... mostly as a test to prove to my wife that sometimes quality costs money.... I was wrong. I think i have like 15 saddles in my shed from all the brands. I too like WTB, they make a great saddle, but after 1000+ miles on my $9 saddle, im still using it, and its held up to the abuse. Going to keep rocking it.

Try'em till you find one I guess. Most good shops have demo or test saddles in stock. Good luck.

Hilariously awesome. I've running out of demo inventory with the local shops, unfortunately they don't all offer a demo fleet. Ordered the Selle X2 today, 30 days money back... closet thing I can get to another demo while I work through this.

Thanks for the thoughtful comments from everyone.
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