Join Date: May 2006
Location: San Diego
Bikes: IF steel deluxe 29er tourer
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Leaving For North Star Route - Last Minute Advice Requested!
In two weeks I am leaving Missoula, Montana for a 10 week self-contained trip on the American Cycling North Star route that ends up in Anchorage. Along with 2800 miles of asphalt, there will be 700 miles of gravel.
1) My bike can accommodate up to 47mm tires and my plan was to use 35mm Marathon XR's front and back until Hyder AK, where the gravel starts in earnest, then switch my front tire to a 1.85" 29er Mutanoraptor. I am 170 lbs and my BOB with cargo is about 70 lbs. Any opinions about this plan? Is it overkill? I would really appreciate your advice!
2) When I switch to the wider front tire, my 50 mm SKS front fender will no longer fit and I will either have to go without one or buy a mountain bike fender. Is a fender less necessary on gravel than asphalt? Should I spring for a MTB fender that fits a 700c/29er (rare animal!) or will a "dirt board" attached to my down tube be sufficient? Again, I can have these items mailed to me in Hyder.
3) For comfort, I am planning to take a second Thermorest pad, Thermorest lounge chair, and an 8x8ft tarp to put on the ground outside my tent. Altogether, these incremental items weigh 3.5 lbs. Is this nuts?
Thanks in advance for your help....