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Classifieds / Re: ACA MAPS FOR SALE
« on: April 23, 2014, 08:15:44 am »
FYI: Do you realize that you're asking more for used and possibly outdated maps than the ACA charges members for the new and up-to-date maps? Also, you didn't provide a critical piece of information which is the version of the maps.

Gear Talk / Re: 11-32 vs 11-34
« on: April 22, 2014, 08:31:57 am »
Different people here have posted different opinions as to whether or not you'd notice the difference between 32 and 34, but if somebody offers to give you either an 11-32 or an 11-34, take the 11-34, just in case.

Routes / Re: When to leave? Boulder to Portland OR
« on: April 21, 2014, 09:16:53 pm »
Good plan. You won't have any problem leaving on June 11. The Great Parks South route will be gorgeous in June. You can either ride up Left Hand Canyon (if it's open by then) to Ward to join the Great Parks South route, or you can ride through Lyons and up the South St Vrain canyon. Try to ride over Trail Ridge Road on a weekday, and start early in the morning. You can pick up the TransAm in Walden (a nice little town with a great town park you can camp in). Try to get through Yellowstone before July 4 to avoid the worst of the crowds.

Sounds like a great trip. I've ridden it all.

Gear Talk / Re: 11-32 vs 11-34
« on: April 21, 2014, 08:36:01 pm »
This has wondered pretty far off the original post but we've gotten into the territory of something I've wondered about for some time.

I went back and looked at the trace (I have a Garmin) from my ride from Vesuvious up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The exact points are hard to grab and I never corrected the altimeter function but I picked a point at the bottom but where it was already showing as steep and it read elevation 1500' and milage 22.08 and then I picked a point near the top but it had not leveled off yet and it was elevation 2865' and milage 25.00.

So you've gained 1365' in 2.92 miles. You plug that into your handy/dandy incline calculator:

and you get a incline of 8.8%,(which seems awfully low for that hill)

It was 2 years ago now so I don't remember exactly but the Garmin was reading 10 - 13% the whole way up that hill. And this is not an isolated incident, whenever I'm on something steep and I check to see what the read out is on the Garmin and then cross check it against the incline calculator, the Garmin readout is 2-3-4% high.

Now, the math is the math. I'm sure the incline calculator is giving you the right % for the numbers you put in. But the Garmin is doing it's own math.

Any theories?
It's human nature. When you say that it was reading 10-13% all the way up the hill, that means that it was reading 10-13% every time you looked at it. But when did you look at it? When you were curious, of course. When were you curious? When the hill was the steepest.

This is why we think hills are steeper than they are, why we think headwinds are worse than they are, why we think we ride faster than we do, etc.

Routes / Re: When to leave? Boulder to Portland OR
« on: April 21, 2014, 01:46:51 pm »
You can leave June 11. It'll be fine.

However, I have no idea what the "NP loop" nor the "northwest route" are.

General Discussion / Re: Hand Signs
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:13:08 pm »
Does any one know what the proper hand sign is to let a cyclist know I see him and he/she can pass.
There is no "proper" hand sign, but the first one everybody immediately thinks of will work just fine. I don't see much of a need for it however unless they are annoying you by being behind you. They might even prefer to be behind you.

Gear Talk / Re: 11-32 vs 11-34
« on: April 21, 2014, 07:32:10 am »
I don't know abut John, but I missed the "degrees" and thought "%" automatically.  Degrees seems like an odd way to express the steepness only because "%" is pretty much universally used.
When I see someone give a road pitch in "degrees," I always assume they misspoke and mean "percent." Nobody, nobody, cites road pitch in degrees. So yes, I responded as if it said 8%.

With the exception of Kansas and eastern Colorado, the entire TransAm is hilly. There is no escape. Some of the hills in eastern Kentucky seemed insanely steep, perhaps only for 50 to 100 yards, but definitely made your legs work to maximum effort.

I don't place much stock in numbers to describe hills. On many 8% hills, there is at least one five-foot section that is 25%. Some people like to call that a 25% hill. The difficultly of a hill cannot be expressed by one number. In Colorado, you might climb at 6% for 30 straight miles. That's one kind of difficult. In eastern Kentucky, you might climb much, much steeper hills, each of which is fairly short, but there might be a hundred of them in a row. That kind of wears on you. That's another kind of difficult.

Clinch Mountain, near Hayters Gap Virginia, is regarded by many as the hardest west-bound climb of the TransAm. It's not that it's all that steep, but it the combination of steepness and length. Since I went east-to-west, I got to descend to Vesuvius, the hill where most west-bounders complain of having to stop frequently and let their brakes cool down. The psychological problem with both these hills is that they are very twisty and hemmed in with heavy trees, making it impossible to guess how far away the top is.

And yes, I remember well those Missouri river valleys, especially the valley formed by the Current River between Ellington and Houston. The Ellington park manager told me, "You got some hellacious mountains ahead of you!" Well, being from Colorado, I don't call them "mountains" but they were certainly difficult.

Gear Talk / Re: 11-32 vs 11-34
« on: April 18, 2014, 01:26:35 pm »
Slopes of  8 degrees is about the maximum you will see on the TransAm.
I think you'll find a lot of people who would dispute that.

General Discussion / Re: Logistics of shipping equipment for touring
« on: April 17, 2014, 12:05:43 pm »
I simply asked (no mention made by me, of course of this forum or string within) if they were fully willing for the right amount of money to pack/ship from their REI to any other REI and the Bike Dept. Mgr. said an unreserved "Yes."  I did NOT ask if they or other stores would reassemble. 
Soooo, at least some stores, but maybe not all stores are back on board.
Thanks 'staehpj1' for your emphasis on the recheck.  Stuff keeps changing doesn't it :- ) ?
It may not have changed. Nothing you learned is in conflict with what Pete reported. Pete didn't say that they didn't do it; he just said he didn't like the terms under which they did it.

Gear Talk / Re: 11-32 vs 11-34
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:04:43 am »
Ride your 11-32 until it wears out and then buy an 11-34 to replace it. The difference is small, but every little bit helps.

General Discussion / Re: Logistics of shipping equipment for touring
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:56:58 pm »
In my opinion, the humble cardboard box is your friend. You can pack your bike in one. You can pack your gear in one. You can pack anything in a cardboard box. Just remember to pay close attention to the airline or carrier limitations on size and weight, and any price jumps at certain points.

General Discussion / Re: Delta Cargo
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:11:59 pm »
I've never used Delta Cargo, but FedEx and UPS both have on-line calculators that allow you to determine exactly what it will cost (and I've used both). The price on both of those carriers is sensitive to size more than weight. Rates also depend on the origin and destination zip codes, how much insurance you want, whether you want home pickup and delivery, whether the delivery is to a business or home address, etc. I've spent a lot of time playing around with the calculator to see where the price jumps are. I wanted to use the largest box I could without incurring a steep penalty.

If Delta Cargo doesn't have an on-line way to determine cost (and I don't see one), then I'd steer clear. I also agree with Pete that I don't want to give a bike-unfriendly airline my business.

I assume you're talking about sending your bike on a flight that you will not be on.

Gear Talk / Re: Cateye time & average speed funky readings
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:24:11 pm »
First, I'd replace the battery. If it's wireless, then you may need to replace more than one battery. If that doesn't fix it, then I'd take it back.

General Discussion / Re: Tools for adventure
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:06:49 pm »
I've also had my chain separate a few times
Wow, how is that happening? You're not putting pins back in, are you?

Gear Talk / Re: Wheel sizes
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:24:00 am »
Would that article have been written by Jan Heine, aka the lead advocate for 650B?

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