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Messages - Fred Hiltz

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General Discussion / Re: planning the Southern Tier for January?
« on: October 08, 2012, 05:17:45 pm »
Hi Georgia. You have found the right place. The best starting point for all the cycling-related questions is the How-To Department linked on

There you will find much information about the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (UGRR), which honors the bravery of those who fled bondage and those who provided shelter. Unless you have a particular desire for the Southern Tier, UGRR would seem like a great way to take advantage of 2,000 miles linking points of interest, complete with brochures, histories, museums, and photos.


General Discussion / MOVED: What kind of bike?
« on: October 06, 2012, 07:22:25 pm »

General Discussion / MOVED: Tablets/IPad or laptops
« on: October 03, 2012, 03:47:25 am »

General Discussion / Re: Overcoming butt pain
« on: October 02, 2012, 08:40:34 am »
It does take a while, as Kurt says. I spent about one season making friends with my Brooks.

But I'd try tweaking your present setup before spending big bucks. Remarkably small changes in riding position can make big differences in where the pressure hits.

The authoritative source is You will find much more with a search on this forum and on Google. Take these latter results with a grain of skepticism.


Gear Talk / Re: Tablets/IPad or laptops
« on: October 02, 2012, 07:46:10 am »
A netbook with a decent keyboard or the keyboard accessory for the iPad would be useful if you plan to do much blogging or personal correspondence. Otherwise, a phone would be my choice.

Truth be told, this gadget freak, GPS nut, tech geek ... whatever ... did the Pacific Coast Route and the Northern Tier in 1999 with none of the above; just a prepaid phone card. Navigation by ACA maps and a keychain compass worked fine. I had a great low-tech vacation from a high-tech, high-pressure job.


General Discussion / MOVED: Chain Maintenance on Tour
« on: September 29, 2012, 06:38:29 am »

General Discussion / MOVED: Northern tier W-E spring 2013
« on: September 24, 2012, 06:28:28 am »

GPS Discussion / Re: How do you use the Adventure Cycling GPS waypoints?
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:17:32 pm »
I rename a few, usually where turn-by-turn navigation does not provide the name of an upcoming road. However, I'd rename them again when starting over with a new ACA data set, regardless of whether you renamed them in that data set.


Gear Talk / Re: BioLite Stove
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:50:32 pm »
It's straightforward arithmetic. Look at the milliAmpere-hour rating of the batteries. Multiply by 1.2 Volts to get their energy capacity in milli-Watt hours. Divide by 1000 to see it as Watt-hours. Guessing at 80% charging efficiency, divide by 0.80.

An example of two 1250-mAh AA batteries: 

    (1250 x 2) / (1000 x 0.80) = 3.125 Watt-hours capacity.

The stove at maximum continuous output delivers 2 Watts. 3.125 Wh/2 W = 1.5625 hours

This is a good ball-park figure, perhaps too optimistic on the charging efficiency and you ability to keep it going at max.


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