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Gear Talk / Re: 48 tooth gear on a triple chainring?
« Last post by etsisk on March 22, 2017, 09:42:42 pm »
I've got a 24, 42, 52 in front of a 11-36 cassette, with a few week long tours in it and a lot of local riding. So far I like it.

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for thermometers?
« Last post by John Nelson on March 22, 2017, 09:36:25 pm »
The hard part is that "daily minimum and maximum" requirement. The thermometer has to stay out of the sun continuously all day.
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Gear Talk / Re: 48 tooth gear on a triple chainring?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on March 22, 2017, 09:34:43 pm »
Low gear matters more than high gear.  Pick your smallest chainring, and get a crank that comes with that.  The high end will be what it will be.
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Gear Talk / 48 tooth gear on a triple chainring?
« Last post by etsisk on March 22, 2017, 09:12:23 pm »
Read a comment on another thread to the effect that a 48 tooth gear on an MTB triple isn't advisable (at least that's what I think he meant). What's the consensus?

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for thermometers?
« Last post by staehpj1 on March 22, 2017, 08:40:46 pm »
Most thermometers are going to be useless for what you want. The biggest problem is where to put it where its readings won't be distorted. You can't put it on your body, nor in your bags. You need to put it in a well-ventilated shady spot that won't get reflected heat off the pavement. Where are you going to find that on a bicycle?
I find that the one in my Planet Bike cyclocomputer works surprisingly well.  Obviously it will give inaccurate readings if you park it in the sun, but if either riding at a decent clip or parked in the shade I find the readings typically fairly closely match official readings for the area.

My zipper pull thermometer was clipped on the zipper of my handle bar bag a few trips.  It was okay as long as I read it when it had been in the shade for a while.  Since I look for shade when I stop in hot weather I can usually read it a few times throughout the day.

Of course any thermometer will give bad readings if you put it in the blazing sun, so when shade is super scarce nothing I have used is satisfactory.
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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for thermometers?
« Last post by John Nelson on March 22, 2017, 08:16:31 pm »
Most thermometers are going to be useless for what you want. The biggest problem is where to put it where its readings won't be distorted. You can't put it on your body, nor in your bags. You need to put it in a well-ventilated shady spot that won't get reflected heat off the pavement. Where are you going to find that on a bicycle?
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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for thermometers?
« Last post by DanE on March 22, 2017, 07:49:00 pm »
I say find a thermometer in something that you are already using and will have with you. My Planet Bike computer has a thermometer in it. It is totally worthless in many ways and will read 120 when parked in the sun in the middle of the day. However, first thing in the morning before the sun has baked the thing out it will be correct. So when I am cold and drinking coffee and I see the thing reads 44, it is mostly correct.

Garmin makes a do-dad that will send the temp to some Garmin units. You could mount the do-dad in some out of the way spot on your bike, like zip tied to a saddle rail or something and maybe have the same functionality as one built into a bike computer. This will satisfy keeping track of the temp as it will be recorded in the gpx file for the day.

There must be other items like those which are available. However, I doubt if any option will be approaching the $10 solution you have already found. That is pretty inexpensive.
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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for thermometers?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on March 22, 2017, 03:31:33 pm »
+1 on the zipper pull thermometer.  It's partially for finding out how well you need to cover up before you get started (do you need long gloves and/or tights?), but mostly for bragging: "When we camped out at Guffey it was 25 degrees the next morning!"
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Routes / Re: Transamerica route question
« Last post by currinbrandon on March 22, 2017, 11:49:34 am »
I appreciate the words of wisdom and caution you each have said.. I've been reading for months maybe years and truly first hand accounts still seem to be rare and oddly enough I never came across any TA specific stories... So thanks for everything.. I do believe that you have all helped me out and I'll reevaluate my clothing list.

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for thermometers?
« Last post by staehpj1 on March 22, 2017, 11:05:02 am »
That's right for current temperature at your exact location and for that info a little zipper-pull or similar thermometer is truly local.  However, the OP also wanted the daily temperature history and the cell phone app is about the best way to get that.
It depends on what the OP really wants.  I took their list as a "nice to have" feature list, since it was stated as what they liked about the Accurite.

A history of what nearby local stations report can be of 20 or even more degrees from the actual conditions where you are in the desert or the mountains.  So I think any one solution may be pretty limited.

I guess you pick and choose what you want/need and use what suits that.  I'd think that a combination of a cyclo-computer or zipper pull thermometer for local conditions along with the cell phone for forecasts probably covers the bases pretty well for most folks.

For myself, I seldom actually look at the forecast and mostly rely on just local observations.  I typically only record observations is they are for some reason exceptional.  Others may want more.

If what you want is a record after the fact you can always peruse the local stations at the times and places you were, but again they may differ substantially if you are at substantially different elevations than the nearest stations.

For a weather enthusiast something like the Kestrel 5000 might be nice.  It is essentially a full featured hand held weather station.

Lots of different answers may suit any individual, but they are are compromises in one way or another.
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