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ACA Mobile Route Apps / Route Directions
« Last post by aggie on Today at 07:40:22 pm »
I downloaded the free sample for Rt 66 and Transam and it looks like I will use this format on my next ride (if available).  It appears there is a lack of written directions or am I not looking in the right place.  Also on my phone and IPad the street names for the route are very small and difficult to see.  Since I only stop periodically to check the map when I'm riding I look for the street sign to turn.  I won't be using a phone mount on my bike to monitor my progress so larger street names just for the route will be very helpful.
Gear Talk / Re: Advice on Lower Gearing
« Last post by BikeFreak on Today at 06:13:47 pm »
two feet on the ground pushing the bike up the hill.  Make sure you've got cleat covers if you're using road pedals.

Eeeek!!!!  I HOPE every bicyclist tourer with clipless pedals is using SPD or Frog or Bebop pedals/cleats.  NOT road pedals. 

I bicycled 4 times across USA and circled Australia with normal leather boat shoes. I even did the continental divide trail with my boat shoes. And no they are not special ones fitted with a SPD system. And I average at 125 mi/day. And my next tour will be with my boat shoes again. And yes, I have had 2 pairs of SPD shoes and I quickly dumped them because I dont like them at all.

I have a 54cm, 2007 Koga Miyata touring bicycle, Globe Traveller model that is in excellent condition.
This bikes is the top of the line for long-distance touring.

Check out the Koga site here for complete specs and details:

The bike has only been on one trip of about 500 road miles, so pretty much new compared to what it's built to handle. It has only been stored inside, in a non-smoking home and is in excellent condition. It comes with the original manual, unopened extras, spare spokes, keys for wheel locks, etc. It has a new handlebar setup, but also comes with the originals.

Only selling because it turns out I'm more of a hiker than a cyclist and this bike needs to be out on the open road!

Cost $3100 brand new (price in the specs image is in Euros), asking $2000.
Bike is in Portland, OR.
Gear Talk / Re: Advice on Lower Gearing
« Last post by great_egret on Today at 11:31:50 am »
The article, "A Big Shift" in the April 2016 issue of Adventure Cyclist is a good primer on the confusing world of drive trains for touring bikes.  The blog Cycling About has some very specific solutions to getting down to the desired 20 gear inches.  Check out the post here:

The biggest issue is your crank.  Depending on your wheel size, with your 34t inner ring, it won't be possible to get below 29-ish gear inches with a 32t rear cog and 27-ish gear inches with a 34t rear cog. 

Compatibility is confusing and hopefully the Adventure Cyclist article and the Cycling About blog post clarify things.  There are good solutions.  They become easier and more expensive the more willing you are to swap out drive train components.
Classifieds / Re: Many maps for sale
« Last post by Ty Dawley on Today at 12:17:10 am »
Yup, will do, thanks.

I'll send it out on Monday.

Who do I address it to?
Routes / Re: Pfeiffer Bridge at Big Sur work around
« Last post by Krampus Snail on March 24, 2017, 10:47:32 pm »
Thanks for the link to the map, Craig. There are two closures south of Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, one just south of Gorda and the other at Ragged Point. Last I heard, it'll be weeks before those slides are repaired.  The third slide I was thinking of is at Lucia, north of N-F Road.
Routes / Re: Border crossings on Northern Tier (Buffalo, Niagara Falls)
« Last post by roderick.young on March 24, 2017, 10:25:34 pm »
If you ride the Maid of the Mist, it's cheaper from the Canadian side.  Or at least it was, a few years ago.  Getting into Canada was not an issue.  They asked if we had any weapons, even mace, and I honestly answered no.  The border agent was very courteous.

Coming back, I think we should have taken the Peace bridge.  Somehow, we got onto a highway meant only for cars, and the border agent there was unnecessarily rude, even though we were natural born citizens with passports.  Possibly it was related to us being of Asian descent - I saw the same thing at the Mexican border - we were practically waved through, but anyone that looked Mexican got the third degree.  Make sure you each have your passport ready, and go to the gate one at a time, not all together.
Gear Talk / Re: Advice on Lower Gearing
« Last post by Pat Lamb on March 24, 2017, 10:03:15 pm »
Russ, I actually agree with you on using some kind of MTB pedal and cleat system. Although it's possible to wear out the rubber cleats on the shoes, that takes a lot more walking than the flimsy metal cleats.   That said, I've seen a few tourists using road bike pedals, ergo the warning was specific to those.
Classifieds / Re: Many maps for sale
« Last post by dstromberg on March 24, 2017, 08:40:59 pm »
I mailed the map today. Can you please send the check to: 76 Wyoming Rd Asheville, NC 28803? Thanks!
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