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    cracked wheel on the Continental divide

    Currently out on the Continental Divide and my rear wheel has a crack in it. The next bike shop is 250 miles and has an Avenir Weinmann 26" (jolly tech I think she said) in stock. Anyone know if this will be up to the task of loaded touring on the Divide trail? my other options are specialised Rock hopper or Handspun. kind of in a hurry due to impending winter so ordering one in would be problematic but possible. Currently limping along with the cracked wheel, just made it into the short Idaho section...

    any suggestions welcome, cheers!

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    First off, where are you exactly? You say you're in Idaho. That means island park area, right? Your next major stop should be Jackson, Wyoming.

    Secondly, what's your loaded weight on the bike?

    Thirdly, what tires are you running?

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    I'm in Macks Inn. The Jackson route is an 80 mile detour off the Divide trail unfortunately. Loaded weight: not sure exactly. Would guess 25 to 30 kg. I'm 80kg. So up to 110kg (240lbs?).

    Tires: Marathon mondial 2.0 inch.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonHughes546 View Post
    I'm in Macks Inn. The Jackson route is an 80 mile detour off the Divide trail unfortunately. Loaded weight: not sure exactly. Would guess 25 to 30 kg. I'm 80kg. So up to 110kg (240lbs?).

    Tires: Marathon mondial 2.0 inch.

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    From what I can tell (Based on my maps) Jackson is your best bet. It's off route, though.

    The next place that has a bike shop that's on the route would be Pinedale. It's quite a ways from you, though.

    I would pick one up before you hit the great basin.

    I used a single walled rim without a brake that I picked up in Rawlins when my rear wheel died on the route, and replaced it when I hit steamboat.

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    The Pinedale shop, while helpful, isn't anywhere close to a full bikeshop. It's actually in the back of a hardware store. If you can afford the time, go to Jackson or get a ride somehow. Lots of people coming/going from the Park.

    I used a singlewalled rim and it got me through the whole route unsuspended. You should be fine with most any mid-priced rim.

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    Since you obviously have good internet service, search for a shop in Victor or Driggs or Ashton. Ashton is most likely.

    Failing that, check local Craigslist and I'll bet you can find something good. And close--Victor or Driggs. And you can probably convince the seller to meet you in/near Mack's Inn.

    Failing all of that I can build and ship you something, but I bet it won't come to that.

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    Cheers everyone for the messages and tips. Limped to Colorado on it, picking up a decent wheel in steamboat. It was a bit sketchy but just about ok to ride on; the Great Divide Basin was my most nervous moment, long stretch of desert...

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    You should be nervous on that section. I had a flat tire and ran out of patches. Had to REALLLY limp all the way to Rawlins. Found a little motocross shop that had some old 90's bike parts.

    Congratulations on making it to steamboat! That's a great place.

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    Yeah I was very nervous! There was a storm coming too and I'd just read about the Willie Handcart tragedy (which also happened in October) so knew conditions could be brutal. I suffered monumental headwinds. Must have been highly stressful for you! I figured a 35 mile hike would have been necessary at the worst point.

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    The Divide is riddled with headwinds almost constantly. For me the worst section was actually the highway going into Rawlins. The road is too narrow, the semi's too fast and the wind kept blowing me into the road. The only time on the route I was pretty sure I was going to die.

    Glad you made it to Steamboat and got a new wheel. Well done.

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    You're right that section was grim. I did it in the dark as it was too windy to camp out and the storm clouds coming my way looked MEAN.

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