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General Discussion / Re: Location-tracking website (route-specific)
« on: July 27, 2011, 02:43:14 pm »

Funnily enough I did track a couple of other cycle tourers using the TrackMyTour iPhone app - and I was very impressed. I would certainly be tempted to use that (instead of, for example, my Wordpress blog) for my next tour.

One tricky thing is getting lots of people to use it. As hinted in my last post, I think it would require something like an endorsement/recommendation from the ACA before enough people started using it for it to gain traction.

A bigger issue is that the only mobile device supported is the iPhone/iPad, with (according to their FAQ) 'no immediate plans' to support other mobile platforms such as Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile etc. So its not exactly widely accessible (weirdly the iPhone app seems to offer functionality that you can't get on the actual website, e.g. following people's tours).


I agree about getting more people to use the app through promotion by Adventure Cycling Association. The Track My Tour app was reviewed awhile back on the Adventure Cycling Blog, http://blog.adventurecycling.org/2010/02/tourist-20-trackmytour-iphone-app.html.

I agree that having more supported devices would be nice to get a larger amount of the bicycle touring population using the app.

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General Discussion / Re: Location-tracking website (route-specific)
« on: July 26, 2011, 07:15:19 pm »
You might want to check out Track My Tour, http://trackmytour.com/. It seems to do a lot of the things that you are asking for. I believe it is only available for the iPhone and iPad, but I believe that they may make a Android version at some point.

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Gear Talk / Re: TransAmerica with MTB
« on: July 22, 2011, 02:47:43 pm »
Others will chime in with more advice, but I would recommend that you have a triple up front for climbing with the extra weight of your gear. A trailer might also be a good option to consider for touring with a mtb bike in case using only rear panniers does not give you the room you need. Using only rear panniers might also put more weight on the back of the bike only and have an adverse effect on handling.

As far as frame materials, I would consider steel for touring due to the nice ride quality it provides. Aluminum is light and stiff, but those are not necessarily the qualities that you look for with a touring bike. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Power Supply on the road
« on: July 20, 2011, 01:15:02 pm »
Welcome to the Adventure Cycling forums! It looks like a really interesting setup you have and I think others will be interested as keeping smartphones charged on extended trips seems to be a problem that long distance cyclists face. Is the phone essentially running off the external power throughout the day, or do you only use the external power for charging when the device power becomes low? This seems like an interesting alternative to the solar panel charging option that has its own limitations.

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Routes / Re: OGRASM: Our Great Ride Around Southwest Montana
« on: July 12, 2011, 02:49:13 pm »
Great slide show of your trip. Really enjoyed checking it out and seeing the route you took for this loop. Thanks for sharing it here on the forums!

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Routes / Re: trans am records
« on: June 24, 2011, 04:51:13 pm »
I've raced the great divide mountain bike route twice and have done countless road trips across the country.  To ask me "what's the point?" for just wanting to set a record across such a thing is nearly identical to the person who went about setting a record on the great divide mountain bike route back in 99.  I've done enough self-discovery and searching in the wilderness and less traveled parts of the United States.  What I'm trying to do is blaze my own path, and it's certainly not going to be blazed at a touring pace.  I know I am racer inquiring about a touring route and that I am the black sheep in this forum, deal with it folks!  I am not surprised there is no known record for the trans am, but let it be known there is a sub 18 day record for the great divide mountain bike route.  My butt moves quite consistently and solidly on pavement and being as the trans am starts/ends in my home state of oregon and goes through my original hometown of Fair Grove, MO, it seems like the perfect route for a record attempt.  I am well aware of RAAM but it's format is not my cup of tea, the trans am is a beautiful route which I have biked/driven/lived on chunks of and I'm mostly sure it's my calling to set a record on it.  I am dead serious, if anyone has any knowledge of a record on it, please let me know.  I am guessing it's a route no one has really considered yet for racing and that leads me even more to believe that I am heading in the right direction.  I will save my touring days for when I pass 40/50, but I'm only 29 and I've got some energy to burn.

I'm not aware of a standing record for a transam crossing, but I think it is a cool idea. Everyone gets enjoyment in different ways and your idea will also allow for self discovery as well. I wish you good luck and would enjoy hearing about the journey.

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Routes / Re: Going to the Sun Road Status
« on: June 09, 2011, 07:11:26 pm »
ACA had a really cool poster of someone doing the Going to the Sun Highway a Logan Pass.

If this is the one it is still available. http://www.adventurecycling.org/store/index.cfm/product/270_100/going-to-the-sun-poster.cfm

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General Discussion / Re: Bicycle Travel Bloggers
« on: June 09, 2011, 06:55:40 pm »
I have been looking at it.
Thanks for checking it out!

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General Discussion / Re: Bicycle Travel Bloggers
« on: June 09, 2011, 02:51:36 pm »
Just wanted to provide an update on the http://bicycletravelbloggers.org website for those that have not checked it out. The site is now aggregating the posts from 53 different bicycle travel related blogs and the list is growing each day. If your looking for daily inspiration, it is worthwhile to check out the site.

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All of the people that I know with Salsa Fargo's absolutely love them!

I have just Googled Salsa Fargo and came up with this from this very forum,

http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?topic=6948.0

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Routes / Re: Going to the Sun Road Status
« on: June 08, 2011, 11:33:43 am »
Amazing photos, thanks for sharing the link!

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General Discussion / Bicycle Travel Bloggers
« on: May 25, 2011, 05:45:33 pm »
Today, Adventure Cycling is rolling out a cool new resource for the bike-travel community: BicycleTravelBloggers.org. It's a simple site that will aggregate bike-travel and touring blogs into one place. This is pretty cool. It will allow you to tap into a steady stream of inspiring posts by different traveling cyclists and adventurers from around the world.

On a bike trip and blogging? Submit your bike-travel blog and, once approved, your posts will appear in the feed. To submit your blog now, visit the site and click on "Submit Your Blog" in the top menu.

Touring bicyclists -- and other passionate cyclists who want a daily dose of inspiration -- can subscribe to BicycleTravelBloggers.org via RSS feed, or follow the feed on Twitter @BTBloggers.

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General Discussion / Re: Planning Route - NO Shoulders...common?
« on: May 17, 2011, 11:27:09 am »
Watching that video got me excited!

I decided to go with 32s for my tires. They are the Schwable Supremes. Would my tires be to thin to, for example go on a dirt road like that one? Is the dirt usually packed hard enough or are my tires too thin and I should avoid any dirt roads?

Thanks for the help.

I think that you would be fine on 32 on dirt roads similar to that. I ride dirt roads on 32 cyclocross tires all the time and find them to be perfect.

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Gear Talk / Re: new OFF product
« on: May 11, 2011, 06:19:19 pm »
I've tried one of those last year while floating the river during mosquito season and it seemed to work pretty well. Not much more info to provide other than it seemed to be as effective as spray.

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GPS Discussion / Re: More Navigation Questions than when I Arrived
« on: May 11, 2011, 02:04:02 pm »
Thank you very much Fred for taking the time to thoroughly answer my questions!  I very much appreciate it.  Very informative and I feel much better about making a decision now!

Cheers,
Rachel 

I second the "Thanks" for Fred. Fred donates a ton of time to not only make the GPS discussion area, but the entire Adventure Cycling forums a great source of information pertaining to bicycle travel.

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