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What Bike for BRNW Montana Ride?

Old 05-10-23, 03:20 PM
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What Bike for BRNW Montana Ride?

I知 signed-up for the fully-supported BRNW Montana Ride in June. I知 wondering which bike to take. My options are my KOF Rivendell Atlantis, or my (off-topic) Open U.P.
(Incidentally, if you are going too, check out my post in the Northwest Regional Forum; I知 looking to carpool from Portland to Columbus.)

My thinking so far, with pros (+) and cons (-)

Atlantis:
+ Attention-grabbing
+ Generator hub, allows running lights and charging devices
+ Low gear of around 22 inches
+ More options for carrying gear
+ Fenders
+ Wide 42mm tires
+ Comfortable B17 Imperial
- 26" tires may be harder to replace
- Vintage parts may be harder to replace
- heavier
Open U.P.:
+ Low gear of around 23 inches
+ Lighter (for climbing)
+ Dick brakes (for descending)
+ Modern parts easier to source
+ 650b tires easier to source?
+ Wider 47mm tires
- Not quite so comfortable Sella San Marco Strada
- Electronic shifting (needs charging)
- No Fenders
- No generator
Are there issues that I知 not considering? What would you do?
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for inquiring minds lke mine this is what the ride is https://bicycleridesnw.org/rides/brnw-montana-2023/

as for sourcing parts, it is Montana and those are mostly small towns, so parts of any sort could be challenge to find, so it is probably 50/50 there but better plan for self sufficiency
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That trip looks great. Both bikes have nice lows so that is not an issue given the climbing.

I wouldn't be concerned about replacing parts or tires on a week long tour;. You check that before a ride.

6 of one, half dozen of the other but sounds like you might be a bit concerned about replacing parts long term on the Atlantis so maybe that pushes you to take the Open UP
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Wow, lovely route. If it's paved the whole way I see no reason why you need worry about which bike to take, whichever is a better climber would be my choice. With all the road riding and hills, do you have a skinnier tire? You might appreciate it since those cushy but heavier +40mm tires will make your hill climbing that much harder.

I also wouldn't worry about replacing parts, just give the bike a good once over and make sure it's in fighting trim.
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I say the OPEN U.P. but swap in the Brooks Imperial if that's the more comfortable saddle. No need for lights and fenders (though you might bring a battery light just in case). Those first three days involve considerable climbing, so whatever is best suited for that route and road conditions would be best, and it sounds like the OPEN U.P. is it. This 'ain't no Eroica!
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Which bike make you happiest when you're out riding it? Take that one.

Have a great time Andrew.
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Why isn't the Squireblack custom on the list?
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I’d be inclined to take the U.P. but maybe with 38’s. All paved roads, lots of climbing, bunches of steep downhills. I’ve driven Beartooth and some of the other roads on this route and you don’t need bigbig tires for comfort. But the lighter the bike, the easier the climb- and you’ve done Mt. Lemmon on the Open.
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Originally Posted by gugie
Why isn't the Squireblack custom on the list?
That's the Black Shadow Campeur. The answer is: because I'm still procrastinating on the racks, and hence it still lack's paint. It did occur to me to take it,just to show off. It never rains in Montana in the summer, right?

However, as others have suggested, I might "borrow" the Babyshoe pass tires from the Campeur, and put them on the Open. Those are a nominal 42mm wide, in practice closer to 40mm.
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The more important question is why you didn’t invite the crew to ride with you on this one. I guess the Squire needs some alone time.
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Originally Posted by nlerner
The more important question is why you didn稚 invite the crew to ride with you on this one. I guess the Squire needs some alone time.
I did invite the crew. But the response was silence. I heard (in my head) whispers of "why is he doing that?"

But registration is still open! There have been cancellations.

I've put Babyshoe Pass tires and a B17 Imperial on the OPEN. Test ride today with gugie
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Originally Posted by SquireBlack
That's the Black Shadow Campeur. The answer is: because I'm still procrastinating on the racks, and hence it still lack's paint. It did occur to me to take it,just to show off. It never rains in Montana in the summer, right?

However, as others have suggested, I might "borrow" the Babyshoe pass tires from the Campeur, and put them on the Open. Those are a nominal 42mm wide, in practice closer to 40mm.
no rain.... thunder showers/deluges and hail yes
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Well this is the CnV forum, but vote OPEN. Disks (or as Squire calls ‘em, Dicks) will be much appreciated on the downhills. And doesn’t a charge last a couple/few thousand kilometers on those electric shifting systems? Carrying capacity not a need on this ride, so even the Black Shadow would be overkill. Only converse is if you plan self supported excursions on the way to and from Montana.

sorry, on overseas travel into June, so Cino was the choice.
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