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General Discussion / Re: Tools for adventure
« Last post by John Nelson on April 13, 2014, 06:06:49 pm »
I've also had my chain separate a few times
Wow, how is that happening? You're not putting pins back in, are you?
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Gear Talk / Cateye time & average speed funky readings
« Last post by PeteJack on April 13, 2014, 05:53:42 pm »
On my Cateye Enduro 8 the readings: speed, distance, max speed,  time of day all appear to be working just fine but the ride time and average speed is rubbish. On my last ride it showed a time of 35 minutes for a 35 mile ride (!) and an average speed of 1.0 mph. Sometimes the average display shows a letter E. Does anybody know what's going on? Is it just the battery running down? I've done some searching and could find nobody with the same problem. Plenty of people with iffy Cateyes. e.g. intermittent failures. But with these the problem always seems to be the whole thing going blank. I don't really care about average speed so I can live with it but I'm curious as to whether it's a symptom of a dieing device. :(

I've just been out to check it again. The irritating arrows that indicate above/below average speed no longer appear to be working. Now that I can live with.
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GPS Discussion / Re: NEWB with GPS Help on Etrex30 (TransAm, Western Express)
« Last post by mdxix on April 13, 2014, 05:29:37 pm »
However, I now need to add the Waypoints. Do I do this using the same method for the route? If you can guide me through, I'd really appreciate it...
Of course. We shall work on the waypoints next.

The long hours in front of BaseCamp seem to have paid off. The route looks good. I have a few clarifying questions about the route:
  • Why three starting points? From the east, the route comes from three branches:
    • Near Allentown, PA: route A02230
    • Near New York City, NY: A22N20_01B, which also travels east instead of west
    • Richmond, VA (A03370_13)
  • Why keep route alternates? There are many areas with multiple options to travel through. For example:
    • Baltimore, MD: A03310_08A versus A43010_08B
    • South of Louisville, KT: J0AC30_31 versus JAAMC1_31A & JAAC31_31B
    • West of Reno, NV: K02120_63A versus K12141_63B
Aside from that, I noticed a few spikes on the route. These indicate to me that some route points are not connected correctly. For example, route J07740_48 near Pueblo, CO:
  • It approaches Pueblo to the west. It makes a U-turn back east briefly before heading south.
  • It continues west, turns north toward the airport, only to make another U-turn back south.
  • In Pueblo, it turns east before looping back west.
Something is not right about these spikes. You may need to experiment with more ways to move or add route points to keep the route continuous.
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GPS Discussion / Re: NEWB with GPS Help on Etrex30 (TransAm, Western Express)
« Last post by ibikeyoubike on April 13, 2014, 04:27:06 pm »
Hey all, so been really busy with the route and testing gear for the trip. Spent many hours modifying the route I completed and really gained an understanding of the Basecamp software. Here is a snapshot of the entire route modified from Basecamp with Waypoints deleted. Also attached is a close look at a route from the Western Express which is also following the road. By following the video the GPS boots up really fast eliminating the lag. However, I now need to add the Waypoints. Do I do this using the same method for the route? If you can guide me through, I'd really appreciate it...

Route GPX Files... https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/82601114/East%20to%20West%20Route_Edited.zip



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General Discussion / Re: Tools for adventure
« Last post by Mauleskinner on April 13, 2014, 04:17:02 pm »
Fiber-fix replacement spoke
I'm a little late to the party, but...

I saw the Fiber-Fix a few years ago, and being the cheap-o that I am, I made an imitation that has served me quite well. You can see my Instructable here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Emergency-Bicycle-Spoke-Repair-Kit/

I've also had my chain separate a few times, so a chain tool is a must...plus a "third hand" to hold the ends of the chain in close enough proximity to work easily. A 4-inch chunk of broken spoke bent at the ends to hook around the chain rollers works quite well.
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General Discussion / Re: GDMBR
« Last post by Snail Male on April 12, 2014, 07:44:35 pm »
You go Russ. Have a safe and wonderful journey.
What are lists anyway.
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General Discussion / Re: Any advise on Bicycle choice greatly appreciated.
« Last post by Snail Male on April 12, 2014, 07:02:55 pm »
I was leaning towards the Novara Safari or the Randonee.  I opted for the Randonee because of issues on past bikes with twist style shifter's.  I love my Randonee.
I hate Thieves.   
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Are you keeping a Blog? I have visions of touring long distance one day, but my visions of Grandeur did me in on the Appalachian Trail.  I am planning a somewhat shorter route to start so I am not as overwhelmed as in my past adventure.  The Natchez Trace has designated campgrounds. It is not allowed to camp just anywhere.  Would enjoy following you on a blog for no other reason than to watch your progress.  My only advice,  beings I haven't done any touring as of yet, is if you are keeping a blog to post a week behind so that those reading it really don't know where exactly you are.  Good Luck on your journey...Snail Male
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General Discussion / Re: First Multi-Day BikeTour
« Last post by Snail Male on April 12, 2014, 06:24:57 pm »
Not that I know everything about Diabetes, but I lived with a Father whom had Type 1 and had a good friend also with type 1.  My only suggestion would be to take someone with you.  I am sure you know how to take care of yourself, but there is always a chance that things will go wrong.....   
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Gear Talk / Re: Wheel sizes
« Last post by DaveB on April 12, 2014, 02:59:57 pm »
. Will the 29er go the way of the 26? I hope to heck not, because I looked at a lot of different 29ers , including the Salsa Fargo and Co-Motion Divide before I bought my Volcanic Vx7. I like it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
No, 29 won't go away as there is still a lot of new stuff being introduced for it.  The real marketing ideal is you will buy all three MTB's sizes; 26, 27.5 and a 29.
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