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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.

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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?

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Connecting ACA Routes / Transam to Katy
« on: June 29, 2013, 02:14:13 pm »
From Sebree, KY to the KATY I took KY 56 and crossed over the Ohio river to IL 13 which I rode to Belleville, IL stopping overnight in Harrisburg, IL.
In Belleville I overnighted at the Super 8 and the next morning took the Metro-Link to Lambert Field from where I rode across the Page bridge and picked up the KATY.

I was fortunate to have a strong south wind and made the 86 miles from Harrisburg to Belleville  in an easy day's ride. Generally wide shoulders on IL 13.  Because of the south wind I went north on US 51 at Carbondale and worked my way west to IL 13.

One could also follow the ACA route to Murhysboro and pick up IL 13 there.


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Gear Talk / ACA & Smartphones
« on: April 18, 2013, 05:23:44 pm »
I am preparing to start the TransAm and in the process looking to use my smartphone for various tasks. One of those tasks I wanted to do is read the map addendum for the next day. I used my phones Chrome browser to open the ACA website to do that. I was amazed that it didn't recognize that I was using a mobile device. I thought with the new website that surely it would support mobile devices better. So am I the only one thinking that the  ACA website ought to be mobile friendly?

I also suggested that an article or a column on touring with and using a smartphone would possibly be more interesting than another bicycle review. It just seems that there is so much versatility with a smartphone that I was unaware of until I began delving into the subject. Seems like there are new apps and hardware coming out everyday that could pertain to bicycle touring.

Perhaps we could get a forum section going or expand the GPS section.

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GPS Discussion / Copilot Live
« on: April 16, 2013, 01:43:21 pm »
I have loaded version 9.x on my Droid Razor Maxx and added the ACA TransAm GPS route from Yorktown to Chester, Ill and everything seems to be in place for navigation. I was wondering if anyone else has actually used Copilot Live and the ACA GPS data.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Missoula to the Pacific
« on: March 30, 2013, 07:02:09 pm »
I would appreciate opinions on these routes to the Pacific from Missoula.
  • Stay on the TransAm to Florence, OR.
  • Louis and Clark to Astoria.
  • MT 200 to Sandpoint and take the Northern Tier west to the Pacific.
Important to me is scenic and secondary is distance as I may be in a time crunch at that point.

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Gear Talk / No Stove
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:41:46 pm »
I would like to have the opinions of those who have done a long tour, like the TransAm, camping for the most part, and did not have a stove.

I think I have rationalized not to take the stove (Brasslite alcohol), pot, wind screen, and fuel just to make instant coffee. I have already decided to purchase my meals. Nonetheless I would appreciate the experience of others that do tours without a stove and camp.

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Gear Talk / Shaving Creme
« on: March 19, 2013, 12:26:42 pm »
I am one of those who has to shave more often then most and I've tried to find lightweight solutions for everything associated with the task.

I generally use Banana Boat 30 Sheer sunscreen and I noticed when I wash it off it kind of lathers up and takes some work to get it off my face.
I wondered one day how it would work as a shaving cream. So one day I put on sunscreen and took a ride. When I came back in I tried shaving just using the residual sunscreen.
Using a little water it lathered up and I shave just fine. I have since used a dab of sunscreen first thing in the morning to shave and it works well too.

This may already be a known use for sunscreen but its new to me. I know that some use it to remove chain gunk and that some say it works as an insect repellent too.
I suspect that YMMV depending on the sunscreen you use.

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