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Gear Talk / Re: Packing a DSLR?
« on: July 15, 2014, 04:34:00 pm »
I have an Ortlieb handlebar bag with their padded camera insert. Works great. You can't put a long lens on the body. , though.
I second the handlebar bag approach. If it is not easily accessible I find that I won't use it as much as I should. I find that having it right in front on the handlebar bag helps.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Oregon 650 With City Nav Maps
« on: July 12, 2014, 11:16:19 pm »
I just finished 500 miles of testing the Northern Tier Route for AC. I used the Garmin 800 and the Garmin Oregon 650. The 800 worked flawlessly, however the 650 failed to give turn by turn directions and seldom knew what roads we were on. In fairness, I only had the 650 for a couple of days before departing on the trip so it could be a simple case of "operator error" but I don't think so. Anyone ever use an Oregon 650 for bicycle navigation?

It sounds like you do not have a "routable" base map installed on the Oregon 650, but you do on your Edge 800. The Oregon 650 will require having the City Navigator maps from Garmin or it could also be possible to install the Open Street Maps on the device as well. That is what I use with my Edge 800. Hope this helps.

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Routes / Re: I Just Flew in From Missoula and...
« on: July 05, 2014, 09:55:34 pm »
Great photos, thanks for sharing. Looks like a great route!

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Gear Talk / Re: Touring-oriented bike shop in Missoula?
« on: April 24, 2014, 01:01:25 pm »
All of the shops in town should be able to help you out, but as mentioned above, Hellgate Cyclery is very close to the Adventure Cycling headquarters and has great service. If looking for a shop with more product inventory, Missoula Bicycle Works is right across the river from downtown.

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Routes / Re: BR35
« on: February 06, 2014, 11:59:08 pm »
There is some information available here if you have not seen it yet.
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_U.S._Bicycle_Route_System

They have info on the proposed route through Mississippi and it appears to follow the Natchez Trace Parkway.
http://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/3346762



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General Discussion / Re: Link to this forum is buried, why???
« on: January 30, 2014, 02:52:04 pm »
I have to agree with Indyfabz here.  It's not that hard to find the forums, and I have them on my favorites so they open right up there.  Maybe it's not designed as well as could be, but modern technology seems to often not comply with my "best wishes/case" scenario. Some of the previous posts seem to come from an anger a little out of proportion to the level of the problem, almost like the ACA folks are purposely trying to frustrate us users.  I don't think there is any such malicious intent.  I have met many of the staffers on a ride and in the office and appreciate their work, friendliness and commitment to the advancement of bike travel.  So, fix this little problem, keep up the good work, and move on.

Disclosure:  I do not work for ACA, nor do I have any relatives who do.  I do, however, often ride in an ACA jersey, which I like for its visibility, durability, and fit. I bought it at the ACA office in Missoula on the end of Ride Montana in 2009, where I was invited in and given a nice tour of the facilities and met some of the staff there.  I guess I therefore do consider them to be friends, although I'm sure none of them remember me!

Thanks johnsondasw. We definitely are not trying to frustrate users or lower the traffic in the forums. We do many different things at Adventure Cycling Association and each of those items has to be considered when deciding what is placed on the homepage. The forums are one of our resources and that is why the link to it is located in that section of the site navigation. We do promote the forums in many other ways as well.

Overall, traffic on the forums has been pretty consistent over the last few years. Page views are actually at an all time high. The drop in new threads and posts occurred two to three years ago when other forms of social media really took off. There is plenty of competition these days between personal blogs, facebook, twitter, tumblr, instagram, etc... There is a wealth of information contained in these forums and often people can find what they need by searching instead of starting a new thread.

The big thing that makes a forum successful is the community that participates in it, so I would like to thank everyone for participating in this forum and for helping to share information about bicycle travel.

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General Discussion / Re: Link to this forum is buried, why???
« on: January 29, 2014, 12:57:32 am »
I agree. It should be in a prominent, obvious location.

On another note, I was already signed in and I went to respond to this thread and I was required to re-sign in before I posted. Not a big deal but another irritation that puts a question mark over my head as to why?
The validation you mentioned is only required until your post count passes a certain threshold. This helps slow the 1000's of daily attempts to post spam messages to the forum.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless tires/tyres
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:59:15 pm »
I don't have experience with tubeless setups for road riding, but one of the big advantages for mountain biking is the ability to run lower tire pressures without pinch flatting. Typically, the lower tire pressures will provide better traction. Curious to hear what others have to say on the subject in terms of touring.

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General Discussion / Re: Site Error
« on: December 21, 2013, 12:23:12 am »
Hi jmw4,
I checked on your order and it did process successfully. I apologize for the error. If you have any problems or questions feel free to send me a Private Message through the forum.
Thanks,
John

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Gear Talk / Re: See the gear on Velo Orange
« on: October 09, 2013, 04:27:44 pm »
Anyone know if "Casey" is Casey Greene?
I don't think that it is. Will pass this post along to him in case I'm wrong.

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General Discussion / Re: Cyclists Yellow Pages
« on: June 21, 2013, 05:20:20 pm »
The Cyclists Yellow Pages does not exist on the new website. As the printed version has not existed in several years, there is no longer a pdf created. We will be looking into the possibility of developing a similar service possibly in the future.

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Gear Talk / Re: ACA & Smartphones
« on: April 25, 2013, 07:31:38 pm »
I may get mod'ed out, but:

I find it interesting that I submitted a comment on the blog entry announcing the new Adventure Cycling web site, questioning the web developer's choice to require a wider display than the previous version.  Again, that decision makes it much more difficult to use on a small screen.  Somehow that comment evaporated.  I can only assume someone decided that was objectionable -- that fits the pattern of the editor's response to a letter I wrote to AC magazine a while back.

I really prefer to be able to see honest, polite disagreement than sycophantic yodeling over poor decisions.  It's a shame my preference isn't shared by the management.
You don't have to worry about being mod'ed out. My hunch is that your comment has not yet been approved, not deleted. Due to the amounts of spam we receive we choose to not post comments live as soon as they are submitted. I apologize if you feel that your comment was not displayed intentionally. The change in width of the overall site was due to large amounts of negative feedback over the years about that original design being so narrow and the wasted screen real estate.

We will look at some more mobile friendly features down the road for specific resources that would be useful for a traveler on the road. Our current website traffic is still dominated by desktop and laptop users followed by tablet users and then finally mobile phone traffic. We are definitely listening to suggestions and will look into making improvements over time to meet the needs of everyone. 

To the OP point of mobile. My problem is the things I want to do from the road, using my smartphone, is check the road closures etc on the forums here and the map addendum. I suppose it can be done but it is tedious.
Another side issue I have is the map's addendum is done monthly which seems less than dynamic to me. Not to mention that fist full of cards to report changes that comes with the maps.

I have exchanged emails with ACA on this issue but it seems that I cannot convey my point that the membership is largely travelers who have or will have smartphones. As I related to ACA I cannot believe any organization, today, would build a website without some consideration of mobile. Especially an organization for travel.

We do appreciate your feedback and will look into making improvements in the future. The forums do have a specific mobile phone layout and it can be accessed by clicking the wap2 link at the bottom. The addenda page can be bookmarked and the print friendly option delivers a pdf file that can be saved on your phone so that it is available with or without an internet connection. The most up to date on route information is often available through each routes twitter feed and is worth checking and also adding to when on the road.

We do appreciate your feedback and the critical eye on the new site.

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Gear Talk / Re: ACA & Smartphones
« on: April 23, 2013, 07:13:59 pm »
Great conversation and debate about the use of smart phones while on tour. The gear section of the forums are a great place for these types of conversations. If multiple threads on the topic keep coming up, we can definitely add an additional board for tech type conversations. Currently, most of these discussions takes place on the GPS board, but we can see how things develop and create a new board if necessary.

In the meantime, here is a recent article from the CTC about touring with a smart phone instead of paper maps in France.
http://www.ctc.org.uk/file/public/201305054-feature-touring-technology.pdf

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