And now for something completely different

This is how a tech editor and former WorldTour mechanic rigs a bike for a 3,000-mile ride. Photo liberated from Nick Legan’s blog, Rambleur.

Adventure Cyclist tech editor Nick Legan is fixin’ to start the Tour Divide.

In case you were wondering, this is entirely unlike logging two-hour rides on loaner bikes around Albuquerque.

As we speak, Nick’s headed to his start in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. But before he hit the road, he posted a peek at the bike he’ll be riding and some of the gear he’s taking along.

Me? I’m still doing those two-hour loaner-bike rides around Albuquerque, thanks. This keeps me within cellphone range of Herself in case I augur in or stroke out; ensures that my food and water will be served hot and cold, respectively; and spares me the humilation of rolling up to the Tour Divide start only to drop to my knees and squeal: “Do I gotta? Maaaaaammmmmmaaaaaa!”

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23 Responses to “And now for something completely different”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Looks like a real adventure tour coming up. I would need a few more things of comfort to make that trek – he’s definitely traveling light.

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    Now that’s a pro self-supported bike-packing rig!! Really nice! 🙂

    I’ve mentioned it before, but my cousins have done the Tour Divide (a few years ago) and then followed up with a one year self-supported trek from the Arctic Circle in Alaska to the southernmost tip of Argentina. Their travels are still posted at: in the blog section.

    I admire these 2500-mile plus self-supported cyclists……way more than I’d ever dream of.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I think the hardest part may be starting. Like jumping off a cliff into a river. Once you’ve made the leap, things are more or less out of your control and you might as well just enjoy the ride.

  3. Pat O;'Brien Says:

    I rode my age in klicks yesterday. That is about as adventurous as I got this year, so far.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Good man y’self. That makes two of us. I keep thinking about riding to Colorado, or to Santa Fe, but I’m stuck up there on that goddamn cliff, looking down.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Ride to The City Indifferent sounds neat.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Sandy will be home tomorrow after 10 days in ole Kentuck. Duffy and I are ready for her return. You have me, and I suspect some others, on the cliff with you. Sante Fe would be a neat overnighter, if it wasn’t all that damn climbing.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Yeah, the climbing is not insubstantial. The start is downhill from El Rancho Pendejo to Old Route 66, but from there it’s pretty much all uphill through Tijeras and Cedar Crest to the Triangle outside Sandia Park.

        From the Triangle to Madrid the route is a rolling one. And finally, after a short, sweet descent out of Madrid, it’s pretty much all uphill to Fanta Se.

        There are the fabled New Mexican motorists to consider, too. First they run you over, then they shoot you so you can’t rat them out to the John Laws. Finally, they steal your bike.

      • khal spencer Says:

        But before Madrid, you get to climb over the pass through the Ortiz Mts. Then the fast descent into Madrid. Does anyone know the total amount of climbing?

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Not sure about the route the site picked, but if you click on the mountain icon located in the bottom left of the screen, you will get the profile which looks about right.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Not me. The New Mexico Touring Society might have some stats on it. I remember doing that descent Back In the Day® when I was racing with the Sangre de Cristo Cycling Club. It could be a whole lot of no fun at all if you found yourself sharing a tight corner with a loose motorist.

        Pat, the route I’ve been considering would head south on Tramway to Old Route 66, then east through Tijeras to NM 14 and thence through Madrid to Fanta Se. Your route looks like it might cut through pueblo land, and sometimes the locals aren’t exactly overjoyed to see a sweaty wasichu fouling the air.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Some of that route that Pat showed on the run map looked like forest roads if they are roads at all. I think O’G is correct in that the only way to do this on pavement and not be bushwhacking through Pueblo country is the route he mentions above on the East side of the Sandias.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Yep, that map site is better for routes you are familiar with. But, the profile feature is pretty neat. I’ve noticed that google maps picks weird bike routes too using forest service roads or imaginary roads. Anywho, lots of climbing. I didn’t know riding through pueblo land might be a problem.

        Just watched the movie “We Bought A Zoo.” Maybe to ride to Santa Fe you only need “20 seconds of courage” and a plan. And the legs.

      • psobrien Says:

        How about this one. I used the route Patrick described.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I check NM 14 using google maps street view North of Madrid. Not much shoulder there, and none in some places. Have you ridden on that stretch of 14 before?

      • khal spencer Says:

        That road is part of the Santa Fe Century. Its in part shoulderless but traffic is not that heavy except on special occasions. I’ve ridden it on the tandem and on a single bike.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    I’m impressed. That looks like a light load for a 3k tour. I suspect if I were doing it, I would either need a good advisor or my bicycle would be lost under a mountain of shit that I don’t really need.

    So in the continued saga of trying to be human again, I did two hours on the hills north of Fanta Se yesterday (Tano, N.Tano, W.Tano, E.Tano, partway up to Tesuque, etc) and my knees and shoulder survived well enough that I did the schlep to work today on the bicycle, too. Slowly improving. I may not have to trade in the 12-28 for a 12-40 after all.

  5. Herb Clevenger Says:

    Well despite having some of the worst legislaters and of course the Flint water issue; Michigan does have a nation leading number of Rail-Trail miles. You can actual do a “loaded” tour without knee busting grades or cell phone zombie drivers picking you off. I’m telling you if we are not careful Michigan may become America’s cycling Mecca. C’mon out and bike here. We also have nine zillion brewpubs.

  6. Pat O'BRien Says:

    Anyone here ever think about touring, or did a tour, on the Katy Trail?

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