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  1. #751
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    Looking for a new helmet -- do y'all ride in road or MTB helmets? Like the venting of a roadie but the coverage of a MTB helmet is nice

  2. #752
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    Roadie, but then I donít ride anything too risky.

  3. #753
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    Quote Originally Posted by mabe48 View Post
    Looking for a new helmet -- do y'all ride in road or MTB helmets? Like the venting of a roadie but the coverage of a MTB helmet is nice
    I've bought into the POC concept of their design being superior. I use the Octal for road and gravel. It's big, but stays cool.

  4. #754
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    Quote Originally Posted by mabe48 View Post
    Looking for a new helmet -- do y'all ride in road or MTB helmets? Like the venting of a roadie but the coverage of a MTB helmet is nice
    I ride gravel and road with mtb helmet. I just remove the visor when not mtb. Looks super roadie that way. :-).

  5. #755
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    Recent purchase for me. Nice and light, fits as the same as my Smith winter helmet, which made the online purchase easier.
    https://www.rei.com/product/128935/s...ps-bike-helmet

  6. #756
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iowagriz View Post
    Recent purchase for me. Nice and light, fits as the same as my Smith winter helmet, which made the online purchase easier.
    https://www.rei.com/product/128935/s...ps-bike-helmet
    Smith helmets can be reasonably priced. Their sun glasses...not so much.

  7. #757
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    seems montana is on fire again


  8. #758
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    Quote Originally Posted by xyz View Post
    Smith helmets can be reasonably priced. Their sun glasses...not so much.
    Their glasses are always on sale somewhere.

  9. #759
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamal View Post




    seems montana is on fire again

    Mmhmm.

  10. #760
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    31 pages later I finally got the Cache built up. Great first ride today, have to tweak some cockpit stuff but great riding bike. First one with discs for me. It rips. Riding with a broken toe and cracked rib so took it easy, but canít wait to get some more time on it.

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  11. #761
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    Spent the weekend on the Hungry Horse Reservoir camping, boating and picking huckleberries. Got in a nice gravel ride up to Firefighter Lookout on Saturday with some great views of Great Northern. It definitely confirmed one thing - I really don't like riding dusty gravel with a bunch of cars. Maybe I'll get used to it. I DO like riding the forest service dirt/gravel WITHOUT cars. I doubt I'm alone in this.

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  12. #762
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    Last two posts are en fuego.

  13. #763
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    What happens when 3 mags get together for a bikepacking trip? Adventure ensues!

    goniff, biggins, and I decided to ride the northern loop of the Green Mountain Gravel Growler this weekend.

    I cycled out of Burlington after dinner on Thursday and made camp along a beautiful brook.

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    On Friday we met for lunch in Waterbury and got on the road.

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    First stop - Trapps Brewing for a well deserved german style lager.

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    We made our way up the Stowe valley on plenty of dirt and some sweet single track through Adam’s Camp.

    We had dinner at Lost Nation in Mo’ville.

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    It seemed the kitchen was backed up and we got out just before the sun set. it was another 8 miles of gravel in the dark before we found our next campsite.

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    But the call of the loons lulled us to sleep and we were able to get a bath in the morning.

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    The next day started with bucolic back roads and beautiful farms.

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    We grabbed lunch in Craftsbury and headed out to Hardwick. We passed by this brewery but they weren’t open due to Covid restrictions.

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    That’s okay, we had a great swim in town.

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    And got some HF Convivial Suarez on tap along with our pizza.

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    Thank goodness we filled up and had a buzz, because the next section got nasty.

    First it got steep

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    Then it got steep and chunky

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    Finally, it got ridiculous.

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    Luckily our campground host made and exception to allow us to stay at his closed site and even left out some dry firewood. It was great to have a reserved campsite that night as we were all too spent to think straight.

    The next morning the elevation gain eased and we had a nice ride into Montpelier.

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    It was a quick ride along the river to get back to Waterbury where we said goodbye to biggins. goniff and I grabbed a beer and bite before splitting.

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    I still had a ride in front of me, but even so I took the scenic way home.

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    It ended up being just over 170 miles and 13k in climbing for the weekend.

    What a great time - lots of sweat, plenty of laughs, and a promise to do the southern loop next time.

    Thanks to goniff for sharing pics.

  14. #764
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    Fun getting the updates all weekend. Perhaps I'll get some bikepack gear to join in next time.

  15. #765
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    That looks amazing guys! I would love to do that loop. Maybe this fall could knock out the southern half.

  16. #766
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    Quote Originally Posted by CantDog View Post
    That looks amazing guys! I would love to do that loop. Maybe this fall could knock out the southern half.
    I thought of you on Friday (too late of course), thinking you would have loved this romp. Next time for sure. Though you and Peruvian would be a scary combo to try to keep up with. Goniff and I outnumbered Peruvian 2 newbies to 1 old salt, so he had to patient with us

    Edit: sick new rig btw.

  17. #767
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    Nice trip!

    I'm headed out for the northern part of the Wild West Route next week. Eureka and back to Missoula. Can't wait to get out

  18. #768
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    Excellent TR! Thanks for sharing.

    My buddy and I are making plans to hit part of it the gravel growler. His bro lives right on the route. No timing yet. No firm route plans yet. I gotta get that shit nailed down.

  19. #769
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    Great riding and drinking beers with Peruvian and biggins this past weekend. Looking forward to doing the southern loop. Some more pics:


















  20. #770
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    ^^^Love that Random rd. pic. Sums things up just perfectly.

  21. #771
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    Wow, the Cache looks amazing Cantdog!


    Strong strong work by everyone with the TRs! My gravel bike has been neglected big time the last couple weeks as the MTB is just too good right now.

  22. #772
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteroom_Guardian View Post
    My gravel bike has been neglected big time the last couple weeks as the MTB is just too good right now.
    Same here, once our lockdown travel restrictions eased I've barely touched the drop bars. I mixed it up over the weekend and did a 3 day/300 mile route from the house, up into the highlands and back. Lots of good off- road but with quite a bit of tarmac too - more than I would have liked but it was needed to tie some areas together. A little boggy hike-a-bike was in there too, just to keep things from being too boring. Back to the MTB now.














  23. #773
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    Itís time for a new saddle bag as the $7 dry bag I had been using is dead.

    Obvious choices include Revelate, Apidura, Ortleib, etc.

    biggins liked the REI bag he brought and I love the budget price.

    Are there any other sub-$100 bags out there folks are pleased with?

  24. #774
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peruvian View Post
    It’s time for a new saddle bag as the $7 dry bag I had been using is dead.

    Obvious choices include Revelate, Apidura, Ortleib, etc.

    biggins liked the REI bag he brought and I love the budget price.

    Are there any other sub-$100 bags out there folks are pleased with?
    You might get some ideas from this ...


  25. #775
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    I have been eyeing the bag combos at framedbikes.com. You can get a combo handlebar/seat bag for about $60. Just a few reviews on their site, so not sure about quality, but from what I have read, Framed's warranty and customer service is really good, so if there are issues, you could probably get them handled.

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