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  1. Great job akeelor, The thing that made me...

    Great job akeelor,

    The thing that made me look at the post is I was using nearly the exact same phrase when I told people how long it took me to get the Grand Illinois Trail Ride website complete...
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    Get some double wall wheels built with fat...

    Get some double wall wheels built with fat spokes.

    Since it took a week to get my spokes replaces and wheels "retrue-ed" I had a second wheel built so I didn't have to wait to get back on the...
  3. Yea technology moves quick. And some of the apps...

    Yea technology moves quick. And some of the apps I've seen are truly spectacular. We're working on a mobile ap for GITride, but if it takes as long as the current update did, it might be while before...
  4. Hello Amarony, In 2006 I was new to touring,...

    Hello Amarony,

    In 2006 I was new to touring, and did a 500 mile 10 self sustained tour on a $50 garage sale bike. It handled the ride however uncomfortably. Somewhere around mile 350, I elected to...
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    I can't really understand how there would be turn...

    I can't really understand how there would be turn by turn directions on a trail? This must be a feature for road riding.

    17 hours sounds suspect. If I turn the backlight off, I get 10 hours out of...
  6. Hi Gustavoang, I will always regret that when...

    Hi Gustavoang,

    I will always regret that when I lived in your neck of the woods I was on a Mad Kaw(asaki) and not a bicycle.



    After I returned to Chicago area from London, I got on the...
  7. Hi Hibonite, Sorry I didn't see your message...

    Hi Hibonite,

    Sorry I didn't see your message till now, but I live very near the I&M trail. Most of it is crushed limestone, leading into the Hennepin you will hit some ballast rock that can be...
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    The Grand Illinois Trail Ride Season is typically...

    The Grand Illinois Trail Ride Season is typically September - October when the mosquitoes have diminished, and the nights are longer.

    Take 10 or 12 days going 50 miles a day so you can really...
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    Hi Bernie GITride12 Map will take you to the...

    Hi Bernie

    GITride12 Map will take you to the loop from Evanston. I think you need to go a little bit West from Evanston to pick it up though. (As I remember?)

    Mostly Path.
  10. I don't use the GPS to keep ride data, but rather...

    I don't use the GPS to keep ride data, but rather in place of maps or queue sheets.

    I still write down mileage data, but just once a day... i.e, went 80 miles 10 mph avg 36 max... etc....

    You...
  11. Hi 3speed, Madison? Perhaps you know "Caveman...

    Hi 3speed,
    Madison? Perhaps you know "Caveman Cycling for Earth" Charles Brigham III. I met him on the Grand Illinois Trail Ride in 2007, when he was just starting his world tour, and he is from...
  12. Grand Illinois Trail Ride self directed 500 mile tour

    We've put together a website for the Grand Illinois Trail Ride.

    It is an approximately 525 mile loop around Northern Illinois.
    It touches Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Lake Michigan.

    You can...
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    It is certainly possible. But it's nice to...

    It is certainly possible.

    But it's nice to have a tent just for the bugs....

    I have a bug bivy that I have never used since the tent is almost the same size and it does two things the bug bivy...
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    Thank you for your kind words.

    Hey thanks Ronh, Dudelsack and Lacumo,

    It has been an interesting slog taking this from a "rider's story" (mine) to the current stage. I am certainly no speedster.

    The first set of maps...
  15. Thank you for the mention aaronlulz, I just...

    Thank you for the mention aaronlulz, I just completed an update of GITride.com and wanted to give all a heads up.

    The site as it is mentioned in the post above has changed. You can see the...
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    Hello Bikeforums.Net We are GITride.com

    GrandIllinoisTrailRide.com or GITride.com for short, is a website dedicated to aiding bicyclists attempting a loop of the Grand Illinois Trail Ride.

    335320 I rode this Route in 2006 and again in...
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