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They sometimes have in the past haven't they?
There is a supported cross country tour offered by Adventure Cycling that is currently full but taking waiting list reservations. Details can be found here:

General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: February 25, 2009, 02:33:35 pm »
Raybo complained about "old links" disappearing. I've seen other websites do upgrades and been able to "archive" old info:( , scroll down to EZ Board Archives)
The old posts are all still here, just the url's to reach them have changed which caused problems with people's bookmarks. Glad that you like the new forums. Participation in the forum is way up so it seems to be a good change.

Colorado / Introduce Yourself
« on: February 18, 2009, 06:42:08 pm »
This thread is for people to introduce themselves to the the community. Open to Adventure Cycling members and non members alike I'm hoping that this thread can break the ice and allow this board to help Colorado cyclists meet and get to know each other.

A quick self introduction. I'm John Sieber, the IT Manager/Web Developer here at Adventure Cycling Association. As I'm based in Missoula, MT I won't be a regular contributor to this board but wanted to get this thread started. Feel free to discuss any topics about cycling in Colorado.


I wanted to let everyone know that we have created a Regional Discussion Category on the forums and a new board in the category for discussion of items related to Colorado. This was a suggestion during one of the Colorado member meetings and if it works well we will be looking to add other states or regions in the future. You can find the new board at this link:

Routes / Re: Major League Baseball Stadium Tour
« on: February 14, 2009, 07:21:41 pm »
There was a story back in June of 2006 in Adventure Cyclist about a similar type tour. Sounds like it would be a lot of fun.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier............
« on: February 14, 2009, 02:44:56 pm »
A great resource for information about the southern tier are the journals for that route on

You can also check out the ride registry on this site,, and select Southern Tier.

I'm sure some other forum members can give their specific thoughts on your questions based on their personal experience with the route.
Have fun!

GPS Discussion / Re: General GPS How To Sticky?
« on: February 14, 2009, 12:46:36 pm »
A "sticky" thread for general gps information pertaining to cycling would be a great item to have. If we have a volunteer interested in putting one together I can assist in getting it set as a "sticky" topic.

General Discussion / Re: Partial RSS feed
« on: January 31, 2009, 03:16:01 pm »
The RSS feed shows only about half of the new posts every day here, using Firefox 3.0.5. Maybe operator error by this RSS newbie.

I look at the list of topics containing new posts from RSS, then go to the web site and see many more. How is it working for you?


Hi Fred,
It looks like the default rss link just shows the most recent 5 posts. I did a little searching and found this thread on the simplemachines forum that has a breakdown of the different options you can use. Hope this helps.

General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: January 20, 2009, 02:38:02 pm »
By upgrading without regard to the links that people have made to the old discussion forums you have broken every single existing link on the internet.  This means that all the great advice that people have bookmarked or emailed or saved no longer work.  In addition, you have provided no way for someone to find those threads if they have the old links.

This means that unless someone is willing to go through all the posts page by page, all the previous information here is virtually unusable.  I had 17 posts bookmarked and now I can't find any of them.  The search function dumps out lots of word hits but I would have to spend hours trying to find the posts I had saved just to relink to them.

This stunning lack of oversight makes me wonder what else is going wrong at ACA.


Hi Ray,
I'm sorry that you feel this way about the new forum and apologize about your bookmarks. The old forum software was no longer an option for us. As mentioned earlier it often timed out on users or gave errors. The search feature did not work and we received many complaints about it from users. We made every attempt to move all of the user accounts and content over to the new forums so that it is still a valuable resource. We were unable to redirect all of the old forum threads to their link in the new forum. We upgraded the forum software to resolve the current issues with our previous forum software and in hopes that a better performing forum with more features would help it grow and allow it to become an even better resource for traveling cyclists. Again, I apologize for any inconvenience that has occurred.   

Underground Railroad / MOVED: UGRR maps for sale
« on: January 16, 2009, 06:48:07 pm »
This topic has been moved to [Classifieds].

General Discussion / Forum Spam
« on: January 16, 2009, 04:51:16 pm »
We have been notified that spam was sent to the public email addresses from the forum member list this afternoon. In your member profile there is an option to allow your email address to be shown to the public. We converted this status from the old forums so that it was the same as the setting in the previous forum. Due to this incident we have marked all email addresses to private. If you would like to make your email address public you will need to log into your profile and change the setting.

I would advise leaving your email setting as not public and use the private message feature if you would like to contact other forum members or would like them to be able to contact you. Sorry for the inconvenience that this has caused.

General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: January 12, 2009, 04:47:40 pm »
Does this mean a real NNTP newsreader, John? I would love to read with Outlook Express, leaving all the HTTP eye candy behind. Do we have an NNTP server now? Or should I get an add-in for OE that converts RSS to NNTP?

I think that you will need the add-in for OE that converts the RSS to NNTP. I tested the RSS feed as a live bookmark in Firefox as well as in a program called BlogBridge that I have used in the past to read newsgroup messages and rss feeds and it worked well but I was not able to get OE to recognize the rss feed. If you have some success converting the feed to use in OE let me know.

Instead of starting a new thread each time I think of a new feature that is worth mentioning I figure that this thread is as good as any place to discuss the new features. We have had requests in the past for the ability to view the forums from a news reader or live bookmarks. This is now possible by using the following link to feed your news reader or create your live bookmarks:;action=.xml

Creating a Live Bookmark in Firefox is a great way to easily see the most recent posts on the forum.

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