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Old 08-07-13, 08:06 AM
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MTB Touring Fernie BC & Chilcotin MTNs BC and Vancouver Island...





Coldbike and I rode a fun tour in the Flathead Valley area covering a bunch of the CDN GDR route close to the Montana border.

Tour report is here: vikapproved | Flathead Valley Recon Loop?



Photos are here: Flathead Valley 2013 - a set on Flickr

He rode a half-fat half-knardly Ti Sala Mukluk and I rode a Rohloff'd Surly Krampus...

Although there is a lot of hike-a-bike and wet feet to be had this part of the CDN GDR is passable to bikes despite the epic flooding that's happened.



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I spent a few days exploring the Chilcotin Mountains with Coldbike and his kids in late July. This was my first kid-spedition so I learned lots! The mountain bike touring potential in the Chilcotin area is amazing and I am already scheming about a return.



I've posted photos here: *https://www.flickr.com/photos/vikappr...7634759352023/



Trip info here: *https://vikapproved.wordpress.com/201...-3-lakes-tour/



If you are anywhere in striking distance of this part of BC and like to bikepack I definitely recommend you check it out.



Like Arnie said..."...I'll be back!..."

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I've been working on a bikepacking route here on Vancouver Island, BC Canada since last year. We've got a million miles of logging roads, hardy any people and year round cycling weather. And as far as I can tell no end to end dirt route mapped out for bike camping.



This thread on my blog talks about what's been reconed and ridden and where the route is going next.

https://thelazyrando.wordpress.com/20...-got-her-done/

The post above has links to all my previous Van Isle bikepacks and related recon rides.



So far I have a route done from mid-island to the bottom. I've mapped out the rest of route up north and need to go recon it.



Photos from a tour this March - https://www.flickr.com/photos/vikappr...7633144023804/



I've only lived here 3yrs so I am no island expert nor a bikepacking expert, but if you have any questions/trip plans I can helpout with drop me a line. I'm happy to share some of our awesome riding with new folks.



Photos from last year's rides - https://www.flickr.com/photos/vikappr...57629321511881



Thanks to everyone that posts inspirational bike touring content. The stoke is infectious!



BTW - the riding here is 90% logging roads in various states of dis-repair. Not much techy riding on the bikepacking route itself. Just loads of empty dirt roads you can lose yourself in. However, we have amazing world class technical MTBing trail networks in specific spots that the route will intersect so you can take a break, drop your bags and shred some techy BC singeltrack for a few days at a time if you have the urge.

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Here is a tour report from my ride between Port Alberni and Cumberland, BC this May...

https://thelazyrando.wordpress.com/20...d-loop-part-1/
https://thelazyrando.wordpress.com/20...d-loop-part-2/



I'm hoping to do another recon trip up island on my dualsport motorcycle and one more bicycle tour before winter hits.

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Very Nice Pics...
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That looks like a great time. Beautiful scenery.
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Thanks for posting, Vik!
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For the gearheads out there here is my Surly Krampus dirt touring rig details:

- Surly Krampus [medium]
- Rohloff IGH [34T x 16T]
- 29 x 3.0" Surly Knard tires on 50mm rims
- Porcelain Rocket soft bags
- Camelbak backpack [~28L]



This bike replaced my Surly Pugsley and an On One 29er MTB as my dirt touring bike.

The handling with my gear is very confidence inspiring on high speed descents and nimble enough for techy climbing. The large tires provide great traction and are quite comfortable on the seldom smooth surfaces I ride on.

With an IGH I get a drivetrain virtually immune to dirt/mud and one I drag through the brush on the inevitable hike-a-bikes without fear of ripping off a derailleur.



The Pugsley will still get loaded up for any tours will really soft conditions [snow/sand] and since I'm pretty much focused 100% on dirt touring these days I'm looking at getting a full suspension MTB that I can use for really rough techy singletrack tours.
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Very Cool! Thanks for sharing!

I especially like the idea of touring with the tag-a-long bike. Did Coldbike have to do anything a special to mount the rear rack to the tag-a-long?

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Very Cool! Thanks for sharing!

I especially like the idea of touring with the tag-a-long bike. Did Coldbike have to do anything a special to mount the rear rack to the tag-a-long?
I'll let him chime in on any details, but as far as I know the tag and long came with that rack and he had it modified to fit his fatbike which has a wider than normal 170mm rear hub.
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The tag-along is a Burley Piccolo, which mounts to a special rack. The older Moose rack was steel, while the new one is aluminum. I have the steel one since I have had my Piccolo for about 6 years. I got it because the Adams trail-a-bike is such a bad design and has lots of play in the hitch. I did get the rack modified to fit my fatbike. It now clears at least a 5 inch tire. All modification and off-road riding is not covered by warranty or endorsed by Burley. Vik took a picture of the warning sticker and think we had violated all of the warnings.
I do not recommend any tag-along for steep technical riding, but I would take the Piccolo on gravel or moderate single track. The extra weight means that I need to push on steep uphill, but also that small rear tire does not always clear obstacles that I can just hop over on the single bike. I have some idea that I may build up a Piccolo with a fat rear wheel, but Fiona is already on her own bike in the city, and I suspect that the Piccolo will be done for her by next summer.
On roads and flat gravel, I have also used a Follow-Me-Tandem which hooks a kid's bike up to an adult's. It is also stiff and strong, but it does not have enough clearance to go over obstacles. I have used it on tours as well, we did the Kettle Valley Railway trail with it two years ago and I used it for highway sections.
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Vik, The single track looks outstanding! Thanks for sharing your rides and photos.

coldbike, Good on ya for taking the kids! I was a single parent so mine more or less did what I did by default...great times. The Follow-Me tandem is a great idea that I might use with my grand kids once they're old enough to stay in the saddle.

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Thanks for the info Coldbike!

My son is using a tag-a-long. The idea of an overnighter with my son is very appealing.
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Coldbike posted the first part of his Chilcotins Trip report to his blog:

https://coldbike.wordpress.com/2013/0...es-tour-day-1/
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Im on other side of the country, but still thanks for putting these up. Neat to have routes clearly explained for someone who has a trip on their mind. Looks like a heck of a lot of fun.
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Neat to have routes clearly explained for someone who has a trip on their mind.
+1 - I live on a great island to bike tour on, but you really need some local knowledge to get off one of the two popular routes and explore some great logging road networks. I spent a lot of time hitting dead ends and back tracking then plotting new routes on maps at home before trying again. So I'm posting all my successful GPS tracks so someone from across the country or world can just read the report and download the GPS track with confidence a great ride awaits them on Vancouver Island.

I've started a website to collect this info, but I've only just started populating it. I had too much riding to do this summer for any more sitting in front of a computer, but I figure with winter on the way I'll have more time to get it up to date.

www.vancouverisland-bikepacking.com

I'll post something when I've got the site updated.

BTW - thanks to everyone who takes the time to document their trips - particularly with GPS tracks - it's greatly appreciated.
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I miss the North Fork Flathead border crossing. It only had a half dozen or so people use it each day during the summer months it was open, but was perfect for backcountry cycling. You could also do a loop of Glacier, Waterton, and Akamina-Kishinena. There was one year with a washout where I had the entire Upper Flathead to myself.
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We are having another great summer here in BC. Some friends and I got out to the Chilcotin Mountains for a week long tour around the Spruce Lake Area.



We explored some amazing country and only saw 1 hiker on our trip until we were back close to Tyax Lodge.



I posted a trip report here and a bunch of photos on Flickr here.



If you are keen on mountain bike touring the Chilcotins offer a number of great trip options that run the gamut from easy to extremely challenging.

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Too bad the Trail Creek crossing along the Flathead at the border was closed by 9/11 and/or budget cuts. That section along the Glacier NP Western boundary was magical. A more direct route North for the GDMBR instead of the current one with too much pavement. First rode it going N. in 1987 on the way to Jasper NP and points N via Elk Lakes and Kananaskis Park to Spray Lakes and Banff and the Ice Field Parkway.

Once past Whale Gulch It was almost empty until the border station except for a few miners and homesteaders. The rookie border guard wanted to make sure I had enough money like $100/day. I told him if I had that much with me the only use for it would be in starting cook fires. His boss intervened and sent me on my way with a laugh and a request to not get eaten by a Grizzly because it required a lot of paperwork for his incident reports.

Thanks for great photos and descriptions that brought back some good memories.
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Looks like enough fun that I've I love to make the ride down there and explore VC island
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Looks like enough fun that I've I love to make the ride down there and explore VC island
I'm working on a bikepacking route the length of Vancouver Island. I've got it 50% done and the other 50% has been mapped on the computer I just need to get out and see the terrain for myself to confirm it's worth riding.

I hope to have everything ready to roll for spring 2015.
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