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Gear Talk / Re: Bike sizing - am i delusional?
« Last post by supernova on March 26, 2015, 11:45:20 pm »
Thanks. I've discussed my findings with the bike shop and a 55cm Vaya 2 is on order. I'll report back.
Routes / Re: Northern Tier Extension?
« Last post by whitebirch on March 26, 2015, 11:09:02 pm »
Hi Jim,

In 2012, my family and I did a route along coast of Maine, into a corner of New Brunswick, up through Nova Scotia, and on to the west coast of Newfoundland.  We then came back through Quebec and Maine.  A great great route, if you ask me!  Journal here:
Routes / West coast of Ireland tour?
« Last post by Fbarrett on March 26, 2015, 03:26:39 pm »
I'm interested in guided tour on west coast of Ireland starting around June 21.  Any recommendations?

International / West coast of Ireland tour
« Last post by Fbarrett on March 26, 2015, 03:24:20 pm »
I'm interested in joining a tour on the western coast of Ireland, preferably around Galway and Connemara starting on June 21 or 22.  Does anyone know of any tours leaving then?  The ones I checked on the web were booked.


I am planning a trip from Vermont to Paris via NH, ME, NB, NS, NL, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, eastern Europe -> Paris. For COP21, the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris this December.

I would absolutely love any advice on:
1. Gear! I'm starting from square one, pretty much. All words of wisdom appreciated
2. Sponsors/funding! Any advice on who to approach for any of the gear I need or financial support? Crowdfunding page here:
3. Teammates! Get in touch if photography, film-making or digital story-telling is your thing and climate justice is why you get out of bed in the morning
4. Route planning! Have you ridden any of these sections? Advice for me?
5. Ideas! Know of people or places along my way that I should not miss? I would love to visit them

You can check out my website at

Thank you so much!

GPS Discussion / Re: Best GPS for touring
« Last post by Pat Lamb on March 26, 2015, 11:32:59 am »
FWIW, I've been pretty pleased with OSM in the US.  It's got pretty good coverage, sometimes even better than commercial products.  (For example, there's a "new" road just up the hill from me that was built some 8 years ago.  OSM shows it, but Delorme Topo 10 doesn't.)

If OSM has a downside, it's that they've apparently taken satellite data and sometimes think there's a road where it's actually a farm lane or long driveway.  But you've seen the news stories about the people following their Garmin on a shortcut, right?
GPS Discussion / Re: Best GPS for touring
« Last post by cheesehawk on March 26, 2015, 11:17:12 am »
It feels like the perfect long-distance bicycle touring device has not been offered for sale yet. I'll try to answer a couple of the questions I posed above (thanks to ACA mapping folks for having a very general discussion with me).

"It sounds like the eTrex 30 would be superior for downloading waypoints. How many waypoints are in an average ACA map section? It sounds like the Edge Touring might be simpler from the standpoint that the maps are pre-loaded. How many waypoints will it hold for when I get to the ACA portions of my ride?"

As a very rough approximation, it sounds like an ACA section will normally have over 200 waypoints for turn-by-turn navigation alone, and additional waypoints for points of interest. A single section might also have well over 1000 waypoints. The number of waypoints per section will depend greatly on the number of turns and the number of services available. More remote sections will have fewer waypoints. For example, it appears that TA section 1 has about 250 waypoints for turn-by-turn navigation alone.

The Touring and Touring Plus and Edge 1000 are all limited to 200 waypoints. The eTrex 20 and 30 each hold 2000 waypoints.  So based on this information, I would expect an eTrex 20 or 30 to hold between 1-2 sections of ACA maps with points of interest, and maybe as many as 4 with just turn-by-turn navigation. However, it does not appear to me that the eTrex 30 is able to use OSM, and it does not come pre-loaded with cycling suitable maps. This will create an additional cost. The value of OSM for long-distance touring may be limited at this point (OSM relies upon user input, so more remote areas may be less well mapped and updated), but it provides a degree of flexibility, and its free.

General Discussion / Re: Charging iphone for maps while touring
« Last post by indyfabz on March 26, 2015, 10:07:20 am »
I think he's planning D.C. to Maine. Charging should not be a problem. In addition to the options mentioned above, many campgrounds, including state parks with modern facilities, have electrical outlets in the bathrooms. Picnic facilities like covered pavilions in campgrounds may also have electrical outlets.

Unless you plan to "wild camp" I don't think charging will be an issue.
Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by staehpj1 on March 26, 2015, 07:56:37 am »
North to South is generally highly recommended.  If you go the other way I'd recommend starting early to get as many miles in before the wind kicks up as you can.
General Discussion / Re: Charging iphone for maps while touring
« Last post by staehpj1 on March 26, 2015, 07:54:06 am »
I have cut back on the electronic devices I carry and now it is usually just the smart phone.  I leave it turned off most of the time nd generally tend to minimize usage.  Mine takes spare batteries that are about an ounce and are fairly inexpensive.  I also own one of the smallish power wallets which I may or may not take depending on the trip.

I tend to eat at least one meal a day in some kind of diner or restaurant so charging is typically available much more often than I need it.  If you don't you still might consider buying a beverage and sitting in a fast food place nursing the beverage while you use their wifi and charge batteries.

If going out into the backcountry I get by without charging by taking the spare batteries, the power wallet and conserving on usage.  I really don't think I personally will resort to a dynohub or solar panels for any tour I am likely to do.  The weight, drag, and expense of a dynohub (or solar panel) seem like enough downside for me to not even consider them.
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