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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

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.

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.

Routes / Re: Appalachian mountain bike tour? Great Divide prep.
« on: November 06, 2014, 06:30:26 pm »
Not sure if you have checked out, but there are a few overnights listed in those states. Hope that helps!

Gear Talk / Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« on: August 15, 2014, 07:41:37 pm »
Nice looking bike. Similar in some ways to the Salsa Fargo, at least in appearance.

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.

GPS & Digital Data 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.

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!

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.

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

They have info on the proposed route through Mississippi and it appears to follow the Natchez Trace Parkway.

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.

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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