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General Discussion / Re: newbie planning Belgium tour
« Last post by dombrosk on April 23, 2014, 02:44:39 am »
I'd definitely suggest that you take your own bikes.  I'm heading across this summer for my 4th European tour and never regretted paying the fee to have my own bike and gear that matched it.

One thought on logistics.  I've found that Amsterdam Schiphol is an incredibly bike-friendly airport to travel in and out of.  I'm often not the only cyclist setting up my bike in the baggage claim hall, and the truly amazing Dutch bike network begins across the pedestrian mall from the main terminal.  I used an Amtrak box for my 1st trip across... minimal fuss to get your bike ready to fly.

Perhaps more importantly, on departure you can buy bike boxes at the airport (left luggage office sells them for about 20 Euros).  These are sturdy cardboard boxes similar to the Amtrak style that last until the return trip you're going to want to make after this first one.   :)

There is a train station connected to the terminal if you want to speed south to Belgium, or it's a pleasant few days down along the coast to Belgium.  It's a reasonable option to take the train back to Schiphol from your tour ending point--- but do a bit of planning on which trains take bikes... most do, but not all, and some require reservations for your bike.

Happy riding!
Rocky Mountain / Re: Ride Idaho 2014, tenth anniversay
« Last post by bogiesan on April 22, 2014, 07:52:23 pm »
Still plenty of room at Ride Idaho!
Apparently bike tours are filling slowly all over the northwest. Even Cycle Oregon, which can sell out in hours, is still open,
GPS Discussion / Re: NEWB with GPS Help on Etrex30 (TransAm, Western Express)
« Last post by ibikeyoubike on April 22, 2014, 06:58:27 pm »
So it's been a while but I've been busy continuing the planning for the trip. I added my proximity alarms for my waypoints East to West. I have a question for the connection to the TA from the AC. My Question is... JLC7LO, will I be able to pick up the TA from there or do I need to continue traveling south on the AC. If I can I will delete the rest of the AC route traveling south to conserve data on my GPS. All help appreciated.

Cycling Events / Early Bird Entries are now open
« Last post by shpkiwi on April 22, 2014, 05:44:58 pm »
The event Committee have decided that riders taking advantage of the NAB Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge Early Bird entry fee will also have the chance to win a $400 Visa Cash Card. Early Bird entry forms must be completed prior to the 1st July 2014

Every entrant in every category of ride will be eligible

Check the website for a video of the event, and training information that will help you prepare for the big day. Go to:

General Discussion / Re: GDMBR ride partners
« Last post by Nicolai Michel on April 22, 2014, 02:52:28 pm »
I've decided to do it South to North. Flying to El Paso, TX on June 3. Will bike to Columbus, NM (alternate start/end) from there.
Great Lakes / Marine City to Muskegon
« Last post by Bry on April 22, 2014, 02:42:39 pm »
I'm looking for a pleasant route across southern MI. I have been told NOT to take Rt 57 even though it looks to have ok shoulders. If possible, I would like to use the trails which run from Grand Rapids to Muskegon (Musketawa Trail) so if I can find a nice route to GR from Marine City, that would be great. Thanks for any advice.
Gear Talk / Re: 11-32 vs 11-34
« Last post by zzzz on April 22, 2014, 01:52:15 pm »
To George (the original poster):

Good luck w/ your trip, I'm sure you're going to have a great time.

As far as your gearing/ equipment concerns, remember that nothing is set in stone. About 20 miles west of Charlottesville you're going to hit the climb up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I was heading the other way but I presume that climb is going to be as tough as anything else your going to hit. The Parkway itself is pretty hilly but then you will drop down off the ridge line about 20 miles down the road.

Then you got about 200 miles of rolling hillside to decide if you want to change something with your bike. There's a beautiful little town called Damascus Va. right on your route before you hit the steep stuff again. Your map list's several bike shops in town but all except one are bike rental places that are of no use to you. There is one real bike shop, it's called Adventure Damascus. It's easy to spot, the facade looks like it's a replica of a 60's rock album cover.

If that first big climb shook you up, here's your chance to change your gearing. After Damascus starts about 250 miles of the hilliest part of the trip unit it flattens out around Berea, Ky. Also, there are post offices all along the way. If your not using something, get rid of it. You will notice every couple of lbs you can shuck off.

Gear Talk / Re: 11-32 vs 11-34
« Last post by RussSeaton on April 22, 2014, 01:24:22 pm »
Different people here have posted different opinions as to whether or not you'd notice the difference between 32 and 34, but if somebody offers to give you either an 11-32 or an 11-34, take the 11-34, just in case.

Yes.  No one who posted about there being no real difference between the 32 or 34 cassette claimed the 34 was not easier.  It is.  A little bit easier.  But the difference in ease is negligible.  Probably never notice the difference if you rode both cassettes back to back.  Not worth spending money to change the cassette unless you just want to spend money.  If you have a free choice, then take the 34 cassette.  Assuming your rear derailleur will fit underneath the 34 cog.  Some derailleur hangers are sized so the derailleur cannot get under a 34 cog.  Just fits under a 32 cog.

The person who posted the question has a 44-32-22 crankset and 11-32 cassette.  Assume 9 speed on his Trek 520.  The 22x32 low gear is 18.2 gear inches.  At 90 rpm he is going 4.9 mph.  With a 22x34 low gear the gear inches are 17.1.  At 90 rpm he is going 4.6 mph.  At 80 rpm he is going 4.3 mph with the 32 cog and 4.1 mph with the 34 cog.  0.2 to 0.3 mph difference.  Can you tell the difference?
General Discussion / Re: Pleae help me watch the Tour
« Last post by DaveB on April 22, 2014, 09:01:34 am » has live feed from Eurosport in various languages, including English.  You have to fiddle around a bit to get rid of the ads and popups and the picture quality is mediocre but the coverage is good. It's not Phil and Paul but the commentators are knowledgeable and  the color guy is Sean Kelly.

@John - Thanks
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