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General Discussion / Re: Cyclists Yellow Pages
« on: June 21, 2013, 05:20:20 pm »
The Cyclists Yellow Pages does not exist on the new website. As the printed version has not existed in several years, there is no longer a pdf created. We will be looking into the possibility of developing a similar service possibly in the future.

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Gear Talk / Re: ACA & Smartphones
« on: April 25, 2013, 07:31:38 pm »
I may get mod'ed out, but:

I find it interesting that I submitted a comment on the blog entry announcing the new Adventure Cycling web site, questioning the web developer's choice to require a wider display than the previous version.  Again, that decision makes it much more difficult to use on a small screen.  Somehow that comment evaporated.  I can only assume someone decided that was objectionable -- that fits the pattern of the editor's response to a letter I wrote to AC magazine a while back.

I really prefer to be able to see honest, polite disagreement than sycophantic yodeling over poor decisions.  It's a shame my preference isn't shared by the management.
You don't have to worry about being mod'ed out. My hunch is that your comment has not yet been approved, not deleted. Due to the amounts of spam we receive we choose to not post comments live as soon as they are submitted. I apologize if you feel that your comment was not displayed intentionally. The change in width of the overall site was due to large amounts of negative feedback over the years about that original design being so narrow and the wasted screen real estate.

We will look at some more mobile friendly features down the road for specific resources that would be useful for a traveler on the road. Our current website traffic is still dominated by desktop and laptop users followed by tablet users and then finally mobile phone traffic. We are definitely listening to suggestions and will look into making improvements over time to meet the needs of everyone. 

To the OP point of mobile. My problem is the things I want to do from the road, using my smartphone, is check the road closures etc on the forums here and the map addendum. I suppose it can be done but it is tedious.
Another side issue I have is the map's addendum is done monthly which seems less than dynamic to me. Not to mention that fist full of cards to report changes that comes with the maps.

I have exchanged emails with ACA on this issue but it seems that I cannot convey my point that the membership is largely travelers who have or will have smartphones. As I related to ACA I cannot believe any organization, today, would build a website without some consideration of mobile. Especially an organization for travel.

We do appreciate your feedback and will look into making improvements in the future. The forums do have a specific mobile phone layout and it can be accessed by clicking the wap2 link at the bottom. The addenda page can be bookmarked and the print friendly option delivers a pdf file that can be saved on your phone so that it is available with or without an internet connection. The most up to date on route information is often available through each routes twitter feed and is worth checking and also adding to when on the road.

We do appreciate your feedback and the critical eye on the new site.

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Gear Talk / Re: ACA & Smartphones
« on: April 23, 2013, 07:13:59 pm »
Great conversation and debate about the use of smart phones while on tour. The gear section of the forums are a great place for these types of conversations. If multiple threads on the topic keep coming up, we can definitely add an additional board for tech type conversations. Currently, most of these discussions takes place on the GPS board, but we can see how things develop and create a new board if necessary.

In the meantime, here is a recent article from the CTC about touring with a smart phone instead of paper maps in France.
http://www.ctc.org.uk/file/public/201305054-feature-touring-technology.pdf

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General Discussion / Re: Crazyguyonabike site down?
« on: November 09, 2012, 12:34:28 pm »
More information here http://5.9.19.51/

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Routes / Re: Using Beartooth Highway as a connector
« on: May 18, 2012, 02:03:24 pm »
I-90 isn't ridable for cyclists.
I-90 is not desirable riding for most people, but it is legal as far as I know. Am I missing something?

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General Discussion / Re: Best Fortune Cookie Ever
« on: May 14, 2012, 01:30:58 pm »
That is fantastic. Have a great trip!

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Gear Talk / Re: Review: charging batteries with a SON hub
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:03:49 pm »
Can't thank you enough for such a detailed an informative post.

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General Discussion / Re: No ride reports???
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:39:42 pm »
http://bikeovernights.org is also another Adventure Cycling Association site worth checking out if you have not already.
Nope, never seen that one either. Looks very cool!
Why do you people hide these things so well???
We promoted both of these sites when they were launched on the Adventure Cycling blog and the Bike Bits e-newsletter. There are also links on the Adventure Cycling website homepage to both resources on the right hand side. In the future I'll try to post new items like these in the forums as well.

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General Discussion / Re: No ride reports???
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:28:12 pm »
If your looking for ride reports and or journals you might want to check out http://bicycletravelbloggers.org for daily inspiration and entertainment.
Wow, I'd never heard of this. And the bigger surprise was to see that it is sponsored by Adventure Cycling!
http://bikeovernights.org is also another Adventure Cycling Association site worth checking out if you have not already.

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General Discussion / Re: No ride reports???
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:43:08 am »
If your looking for ride reports and or journals you might want to check out http://bicycletravelbloggers.org for daily inspiration and entertainment.

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Welcome to the Adventure Cycling forums! Great work on putting together the bicycletouringhub.com site. I look forward to seeing it grow and become another great bicycle travel resource.

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General Discussion / Re: Must have iPhone apps
« on: January 25, 2012, 12:00:02 pm »
I'm not an iPhone user, so I can't provide a list of apps, but Track My Tour seems like a great app for bicycle travel and being able to show friends and family where your at.
http://trackmytour.com

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GPS Discussion / Re: Using MS Streets & Trips 2005 with ACA GPS data
« on: January 20, 2012, 05:39:27 pm »
Impressive stuff, Seth. Thanks for taking the trouble to get it out here.

Fred
I agree! Thanks
-John

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