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Randy from Wakeeney on 9/30/2022 11:48:57 AM:
I am new to this and the Michelson trail will be my first long ride. What is the recommendation for gear and how far to travel each day? I will be starting in Deadwood and i want to do the whole trail. Thanks in advance for all your help, Randy

 
Mike from Irvine, CA on 10/31/2022 10:11:13 AM:
I would recommend a mountain bike or cx/gravel bike. I have done it twice on mountain bikes with XC tires. The surface is hard packed and very fast. I would say whatever distance you are comfortable with on the road would be similar on the trail. My first time I did it over 2 days (staying the night in Hill City). I was bored to tears. Got done riding before lunch, and there was NOTHING to do in Hill City. The next time I did it all in one day, and it wasn't bad at all. Both times I have gone north to south. If you can do a century on the road you'll be fine doing it all in one day. It's also easier to do in one day since you don't have to pack gear for overnights.