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Routes / Re: Three States Mini-Tour
« on: October 15, 2015, 04:07:56 pm »
Thanks for sharing your trip report and photos!

Gear Talk / Re: Shoes/pedals for a cross country ride?
« on: October 08, 2015, 07:01:15 pm »
Some more information about the history here:

Ultimately, it is a personal preference decision. Many people prefer flat pedals and comfortable shoes for touring. I'm with staehpj1 and really prefer clipless pedals as that is what I am used to, but there is definitely no right or wrong setup for bicycle touring.

Gear Talk / Re: disk brakes
« on: October 07, 2015, 07:27:19 pm »
Sounds like a great choice. I think you will really like the disc brakes for all around riding in all conditions. Enjoy the new bike!

Gear Talk / Re: disk brakes
« on: October 05, 2015, 04:42:29 pm »
I have cable activated disc brakes on my Cyclocross bike and absolutely love them. Fantastic stopping power without having to squeeze the brakes very hard. Minimal fuss and adjustment. Hydraulic seems like overkill for road applications, but overall, I really prefer disc brakes in all circumstances.

Routes / Re: Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway (Oregon)
« on: September 23, 2015, 04:11:54 pm »
You could post in the Pacific Northwest area of this forum to see if others would like to join you.

Routes / Re: Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway (Oregon)
« on: September 23, 2015, 01:58:04 pm »
Thank you! I just recently found this website :)

However, I'm having issues with the link. I click on it and takes me to the page where I click on "Create New Listing" and it then takes me to a page that says "... to join Adventure Cycling, click here." I'm already a member but I click there and I get what you see below, even though I'm logged in.

Page Not Found

Hmm, the page you're looking for can't be found.
You may have clicked a bad link or mistyped the web address.

Return home
Go back to the previous page
Or, try one of the links below:

Thanks for letting us know about the broken link. I have just corrected the link that takes you to our membership join page. While you do have an account for our website, it  is different than being an actual member of the organization. The "Companions Wanted" listing are a benefit for our members, so placing a listing does require a current membership. More information about being a member of the Adventure Cycling Association can be found here:

Hope this helps!

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: San Diego to Boston
« on: September 21, 2015, 06:31:26 pm »
You can see the entire Adventure Cycling Route Network at the following page:

You have quite a few options starting with these:

Boston -> Atlantic Coast Route -> Southern Tier -> San Diego
Boston - > Atlantic Coast Route -> Northern Tier -> Pacific Coast Route -> San Diego
Boston - > Atlantic Coast Route -> Northern Tier -> Route 66 -> Pacific Coast -> San Diego
Boston - > Atlantic Coast Route -> Trans Am -> Western Express -> Pacific Coast -> San Diego

There are other options as well, depending on what part of the country you would like to experience.

Gear Talk / Re: I want to get a front rack for my Trek 520 Disc. Any Input?
« on: September 16, 2015, 12:19:29 pm »
Just noticed the title, I'm not sure if you are talking about a Surly Disc Trucker or a Trek 520 Disc?

Gear Talk / Re: I want to get a front rack for my Trek 520 Disc. Any Input?
« on: September 16, 2015, 12:18:20 pm »
Welcome to the forums. You definitely posted in the correct board. I think you will have options of the front rack, but with some you might have to use spacers to clear the disc brake. Surly makes a front rack that fits, but the following thread on the Surly owners list also suggests Old Man Mountain and Tubus racks.!topic/surlylht/ZlFsI2wEFog

The Adventure Cycling Cyclosource store carries both brands here:|desc

GPS Discussion / Re: Using Garmin Edge Touring abroad?
« on: May 13, 2015, 11:47:03 pm »
The GPS function should work in all locations as far as I'm aware. You would probably need to load alternate base maps if you wanted any details of the current location.

GPS Discussion / Re: Are We There Yet? - Smartphone vs. Dedicated GPS
« on: January 09, 2015, 12:22:23 pm »
I really, REALLY like this Android mapping software:

It gives you access to both free and pay-to-use topo maps and satellite imagery, and is very flexible with adding tracks and waypoints (including directly from your computer). I have downloaded both free topo maps and imagery to my phone and tablet (very easy), and the detail you can achieve far, far exceeds any handheld GPS on the market.

Thanks for the tip! Will have to take a look at this app.

Gear Talk / Re: How this forum works
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:32:06 pm »
I get a pop up to enter a verification code below when posting.  Where do I get the code and on my ipad I can't find the "below" to enter a code.

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

You should now have enough posts that you should not be getting the verification. Are you still getting it now? It might be an issue with Tapatalk if you are still having problems.

Gear Talk / Re: How this forum works
« on: December 15, 2014, 12:29:39 pm »
Do you have to go through a verification process with every post?


Actually the site did force me to verify (via letters and numbers) the first few times I posted here (and I was properly logged in).  It was weird but that has fortunately stopped.  So we can kill this thread, :).
Sorry, I should have answered sooner. The captcha is just required on your first couple of posts. We do everything we can to keep the content on the forums related to bicycle travel and this is one the many measure in place to keep the endless stream of spam away from the site.

Gear Talk / Re: new Blackburn Outpost Front World Touring Rack
« on: December 04, 2014, 12:42:19 pm »
I don't have any personal experiences with the Outpost Front World Touring Rack, but I do have a Rear World Touring Rack. I purchased it late summer and used it for a week long self contained tour and for some commuting. Overall, I'm impressed with the rack.

I spent the extra money on this rack for the lighter weight. The installation was easy and the rack is sturdy and handled my Ortlieb panniers just fine. I like the multiple hanging options. I think you will be impressed with the build and quality of the Front World Touring Rack based on my experience with the rear version.

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