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Yes, I do have a blog, it is sonyabugliongluck.blogspot.com if you would like to read it. I haven't been posting a week behind, but maybe I will. I don't usually say exactly where I am in the blog but if some one wanted to figure it out, they probably could.

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Routes / Re: Erie Canal Bike Trail - Stone Dust trails
« Last post by paddleboy17 on April 14, 2014, 10:02:45 am »
I rode from Buffalo to Rome in 2012.  Here is a link to my writeup of my trip.
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=10458&v=82
I have done one other trip on crushed stone, Pine Creek Gorge in Pennsylvania.

Crushed stone has more rolling resistance than crushed limestone.  Generally it pack hard, but be on the look out for soft spots.  I hit a patch on my Erie Canal trip and thought for sure I was going for a swim.  I had wider tires (35MM), but that would not have made a difference.  I think I just got unlucky that day. 

I think you will be OK with 32MM tires, especially if you are traveling light.

I found the large number of geese to be a bigger problem than the crushed stone.  Just get a bell and use it loudly to get the geese to move out of the way.
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General Discussion / Re: Delta Cargo
« Last post by staehpj1 on April 14, 2014, 09:54:32 am »
Has anybody ever used Delta Cargo shipping to ship a bike?  If so, how did the cost compare to shipping by Fedex?
I personally wouldn't consider Delta because of their generally bike unfriendly baggage policies.  Southwest is way more bike friendly so I'd be inclined to look into Southwest Cargo if going the airline cargo route.  Delta does not deserve to be rewarded with cyclist's business.

If you are going the same place as the bike, I'd just pick a bike friendly airline and take it as checked baggage (that would definitely NOT be Delta).  I have often flown with my bike on more bike friendly airlines and used FedEx or UPS when going the cargo route.

Amtrak Express Shipping might be another option.  I have not used them though so can't speak first hand on how well they do.
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General Discussion / Delta Cargo
« Last post by pmac on April 14, 2014, 08:43:46 am »
Has anybody ever used Delta Cargo shipping to ship a bike?  If so, how did the cost compare to shipping by Fedex?
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GPS Discussion / Re: NEWB with GPS Help on Etrex30 (TransAm, Western Express)
« Last post by mdxix on April 14, 2014, 08:40:42 am »
In terms of the waypoints, is the Route and Services GPS Waypoints the appropriate download on the AC site?
Yes:
  • Download the file from Adventure Cycling web site.
  • Import it into BaseCamp as is.
  • Create a new folder (New List) in BaseCamp under My Collection to store the waypoints you want to use.
  • You may create multiple folders for food, lodging, and services. Organize this information as you see fit.
  • Drag & drop the waypoints from the bottom left list onto the new folder. Select only the waypoints you want to use on the road.
Remember:
  • The waypoints with a small solid circle next to them are not for services. These are route markers that you do not need.
  • The eTrex can only process 2,000 waypoints at a time. To store more than that keep them all on separate micro SD cards. Use each card with the appropriate coverage area.
  • Save the waypoints on the SD card instead of the device. This allows you to release the memory when you replace the card.
You can set proximity alarms for multiple waypoints at once:
  • Select one of the folder you created.
  • Select all the waypoints within that folder.
  • From the menu bar, select Edit > Get Info.
  • From the new small window, select Advanced.
  • Enter the distance from the waypoint that you want to receive the alert at in the Proximity field.
  • You should now see small red circles around the waypoints in the map of BaseCamp
Export the waypoints:
  • Select one of the folder you created.
  • From the menu bar, select File > Export <folder name>.
  • Save the file to the SD card.
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Gear Talk / Re: Cateye time & average speed funky readings
« Last post by DaveB on April 14, 2014, 05:12:33 am »
No, the Enduro 8 isn't wireless.  It may be a symptom of a weak or dying battery but since the rest of the data is correct that seems unlikely.  Still a new CR2032 is cheap and worth changing to see if it corrects the problem.  Also, clean the head and mount contacts (a pencil eraser is ideal) and see if that makes any difference.   How old is your unit?  The Enduro 8 has been out of production for years.

I have these Enduro 8 cyclometers on two bikes.  They are 7 to 8 years old and are just on their second battery each.  Neither has ever given the slightest problem as long as I keep the mount and head contacts reasonably clean but the symptoms of dirty contacts are a zero speed reading and no change in the distance reading. Pretty obvious.   BTW,  a smear of silicone grease on the contacts after cleaning keeps them clean and completely waterproof.

I've also been using these and other Cat-Eyes for over 20 years since Avocet pretty much squandered their lead in cyclometer design and none of the several I've used has ever been a problem or given erroneous readings.  The consensus of other riders I've talked to is also that they are very reliable so I expect your problem is not common.
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Gear Talk / Re: Cateye time & average speed funky readings
« Last post by Old Guy New Hobby on April 14, 2014, 04:50:10 am »
If it's wireless, I would replace it with a wired unit.
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Routes / Re: Erie Canal Bike Trail - Stone Dust trails
« Last post by geegee on April 14, 2014, 03:00:20 am »
I got separated from the trail several times, onto weedy, narrow single track; maybe my error.

I don't think it was your error. East of Canastota, it looked like this in 2010:



There should be no problem doing it with 700x32c tires, though. I rode it on a folding bike with 20 inch wheels towing a kayak  :)
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GPS Discussion / Re: NEWB with GPS Help on Etrex30 (TransAm, Western Express)
« Last post by ibikeyoubike on April 13, 2014, 08:14:43 pm »
The reason for the different routes is because I'm unsure if I will be getting a ride to my route in PA leaving from Hazelton or riding from New York City. I plan to spend time in PA in the coming weeks so I set it up in case something falls through. Once I have conformation of my ride I'll go ahead and delete it. In terms of the waypoints, is the Route and Services GPS Waypoints the appropriate download on the AC site?

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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.

Interesting. I took out a large chunk of the TA in Pueblo,CO. as I wasn't heading further North on it. I should have took a closer look at the roads there in Google Earth. Hmm,  route J07740_48 do you happen to know what should be added.

Lastly with the Routes and Services GPX files do I just do the opposite, take all of the routes out?
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General Discussion / Re: Tools for adventure
« Last post by PeteJack on April 13, 2014, 08:12:36 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?
On tour last summer my SRAM 9 spd chain had about 1000 miles on it. I was climbing a steep hill using the 24T front ring when just before the summit I shifted up to the 38T middle ring. There was a rattle like a can of marbles and the bike stopped, the chain had broken. At least it looked that way. What had happened was that the Quicklink had separated. I had a spare so I was off again in short order. I asked around about this and the only explanation anybody came up with was that I was just unlucky in where the Quicklink was when I shifted. The quite a large jump from 24T to 38T may have contributed. I rarely use the 24T ring, it's my 'get out of jail free' card.
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