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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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