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Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« on: July 22, 2014, 06:09:45 pm »
I gave up cycling shoes when they got wet and stayed wet. Switched to bicycling sandals with clipless cleats. Only footwear.

+1 For my wider feet I can adjust the fit better. Also easy to use waterproof liners like SealSkinz.

General Discussion / Re: Big Bend Loop II, Van - Nov 2-10, 2014
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:33:38 pm »
I have done the ACA Big Bend Loop and I don't think you have anything to worry about. Lots of individual rode solo and others break up in to two's and threes's. Finishing times varied all over the map depending on stopping and taking pictures and doing hikes. There is always the sweep and sag wagon. Distance shouldn't be a problem for you. There are some stiff stiff climbs though.
Some notes on my tour.

Gear Talk / Re: Ultralight Panniers?
« on: February 13, 2014, 11:02:44 am »
These Arkel DryLites look interesting to me. A plus for me is that they work with rack packs.

Gear Talk / 9spd-10spd chains
« on: February 12, 2014, 07:41:33 pm »
On another thread the subject of chain strength came up. Not to hijack the thread I pose my question here. Is there any definitive proof that a 9 spd chain is stronger then a 10 spd or that it wears longer than a 10spd chain?

As I understand it the 10spd chain is narrower but what other dimensions change? AFAIK everything is pretty much the same except the pins and rollers length. So I am stymied as to how the 10 spd chain would be weaker or wear less. Now if the plates were thinner or pins smaller I could begin to understand.

Just curouis.

Gear Talk / Tubeless tires/tyres
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:41:17 pm »
I was wondering if anyone has had experience touring with tubeless tires?

I understand they are lighter and have better rolling resistance and they self seal small punctures or so says the literature I have read.

I was asked if I knew anything about them but I only knew they were popular with some mountain bikers.

Any thoughts?

GPS Discussion / Re: GPX file splits when uploading
« on: January 02, 2014, 04:48:42 pm »
Over time I have developed my own map editor which may be of some interest. The goal was to be able to use the ACA GPX files to custom build routes. For example the Northern Tier, Lake Erie, and North Lakes routes. I personally don't use a gps device for real time navigation so I am not certain how well the GPX files would work in that regard. But to the OP there may be some interest. is a video overview of my map editor.

If anyone should be interested in seeing the editor live it is at

GPS Discussion / Re: GPX file splits when uploading
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:48:15 pm »
Makes complete sense to me. What you want to do is concatenate the map file sections together and then split that concatenated route into your custom segmentation. You can do this manually fairly easily, albeit tedious. Knowing XML and the GPX file structure will also help. Use a text editor such as Notepad++ and use the Language setting XML.
 1. copy the GPX file to a new GPX file.
 2. in the new file remove all waypoints.(<wpt......></wpt> )to ease the process.
 3. remove all </rte><rte><name>...</name><extensions>...</extensions> sequences. the first <rte> and last </rte> remain.
 4. load into your GPX Viewer to see if the result is a single line and is correct.
 5. at the end of each new section, after the section's ending </rtept> tag, insert a </rte><rte><name>new section name</name><extensions>copy data</extensions> sequence.
 6. load into a GPX Viewer and check if it is what you want.
You can merge the waypoints (<wpt ....>...</wpt> back into your new file and you should have what you want.

You can copy and paste across the ACA map files with an text editor like Notepad++ too.

Not knowing your comfort level manually editing files this may not be a viable solution for you.

GPS Discussion / Re: GPX file splits when uploading
« on: December 29, 2013, 01:09:40 pm »
I believe that each ACA GPX file represents a paper map and has a <rte> section for each map panel. I suspect only the first <rte> is being loaded.
Check this the combined map sections.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: starting Vancouver finishing Tucson
« on: December 14, 2013, 12:30:32 pm »
There are numerous journals on for the Great Divide ride, both directions. Some to and from Tucson.

It may be possible to arrange a shuttle to or from Tucson which would be my recommendation.

General Discussion / Re: Grand Canyon
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:31:49 am »

Gear Talk / Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
« on: September 01, 2013, 01:27:00 am »
Riding the TransAm I met a fellow who swore by Cabela's or Brass Pro "fishing shirts" made for being on the water and in the sun all day. My observation was they had great airflow while riding.

Gear Talk / Re: Solar Panel - Yea or Nay?
« on: August 13, 2013, 11:48:25 pm »
Just returned from Ride Idaho 2013, 400+ miles, six days, northern Idaho panhandle, 370 or so riders. Lots of solar panels this year.

Just out of curiosity did you note anyone using hub dynamos and usb charging ports on them?

Routes / Re: TransAmerica trail and others - prevalence of lodging?
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:12:46 pm »
Just a heads up on motels. Just because a town has a motel or motels doesn't mean you are going to get a room when you would like to have it. There are things like events, construction and harvesting workers that can nick your plans.

Gear Talk / Re: Just starting.
« on: July 17, 2013, 08:43:53 pm »
Technically a cyclometer measures revolutions (hence distance) whereas a bicycle computer does that and more,  speed, averages, time etc.
Perhaps that is the formal definition but realistically, the current meaning of "cyclometer" is an instrument that reports speed, total distance, trip distance and  several other functions like cadence, ride time, clock time, average speed and maximum speed.

Okay I don't understand why after the OP had posted  " Also I meant cycling computer sorry for the confusion." you brought up the bit about a cyclometer? 

Gear Talk / Re: Just starting.
« on: July 17, 2013, 05:36:30 pm »
OK, the "computer" you are asking about is a cyclometer, right? 

Technically a cyclometer measures revolutions (hence distance) whereas a bicycle computer does that and more,  speed, averages, time etc.

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