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    Folding Bikes and the Great Divide

    Does anyone know of a tourer or racer who's used a folding bike to do the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route or Tour Divide?

    Total distance from Banff, Alberta in Canada to Antelope Wells on the Mexican border = 2700+ miles over gravel, dirt, mud, snow and pavement...not to mention the numerous continental divide crossings.

    http://adventurecycling.org/routes-a...divide-canada/
    http://adventurecycling.org/routes-a...in-bike-route/
    http://tourdivide.org/
    http://www.ridethedividemovie.com/ (great documentary -- check your local library for it)

    There's a reference made here of a Bike Friday owner doing it some years ago: http://www.cyclechat.net/threads/gre...n-a-lht.82348/ and another mention of a Dahon owner thinking about it for this year: http://dahon.com/single-view-dahon/a...directors.html (see User Comments at bottom of page) + http://www.bikepacking.net/forum/ind....html#msg41235 (see tezza's comments on page 11 of that thread).

    Any known folder riders with a full GDMBR under their wheels? It's been done on a recumbent trike (well, a good part of it http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=998) and also on unicycles (yup! http://vimeo.com/17852073 ) but I haven't seen much from the folding bike crowd. Eat, sleep and ride the Divide!
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    My Pocket Llama will take 2" wide tires , so gravel roads are no problem.

    You might go to CGOAB for more tour journal posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    My Pocket Llama will take 2" wide tires , so gravel roads are no problem.

    You might go to CGOAB for more tour journal posts.
    Thanks! CGOAB is where I plucked that account of the recumbent Great Divide tourer. And she was all by her lonesome on 20" tires over some nasty trails and roads.

    I assume 20 X 1.75" Schwalbe Marathons would do the trick as well. Those are pretty tough tires. I'd be inclined to pack an extra one along since they aren't easy to find in LBSs.

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    Just came across this Facebook page by Alyson Peel: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bike-...843368?fref=nf

    She left home from Bisbee AZ on a Bike Friday equipped with Big Apples and is making her way north up the Great Divide Folding Bike Route (to Banff, Alberta presumably).

    Along the way, she ditched her rear panniers, shed 20lbs of stuff and went with a slimmer rear bikepacking rig.

    GDMBR Bike Friday folding bike 2015 rider and rig.jpg

    GDMBR Bike Friday folding bike 2015 original heavy rig.jpg

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    Not folder but demountable: A fellow on a Moulton APB did it some years back.
    "When man first set woman on two wheels with a pair of pedals, did he know, I wonder, that he had rent the veil of the harem in twain? A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Typewriter Girl, 1899.

    "Every so often a bird gets up and flies some place it's drawn to. I don't suppose it could tell you why, but it does it anyway." Ian Hibell, 1934-2008

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    To me if it is alot of rough terrain I would not use my 20" wheeled bike at all and go for my fully rigid 26" with fat tires. This way you'll have an easier time if the terrain gets rough with the bigger wheels you reduce the angle of attack when going over things. If it was just a day ride I wouldn't mind the 20" wheels but you are talking about 2700+ MILES of rough terrain over multiple WEEKS. I would want to save my hands and body in the long run, for those that say there's not much difference I would seriously beg to differ because I have 20" and a 26" bike with 2" fat tires on both and hitting gravel trails I was gliding ALOT easier and faster on my 20 year old fully rigid mtn bike vs my 3 year old folder!

    BUT if you ONLY have a 20" tire and still want to do it, it'll be doable just not as efficient. And make sure you put on the fattest tire you can get on there for comfort, if you get too thin and there's alot of loose gravel you'll end up cutting into the gravel which will suck alot of energy.

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