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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« Last post by walks.in2.trees on November 28, 2016, 03:11:32 pm »


Only thing for me is that it charges through a USB cable. I don't take any electronics with USB ports so I would never take it on tour unless there is some sort of adaptor I can get that will allow me to charge it through a regular outlet.

Last time I was in Walgreen's there was a bucket of AC-USB adapters near the front counter for $5.

Generally those are cheap junk though... The ones you get at a Verizon/Sprint store will hold up much better, though more expensive. 

What happens with those cheap ones is they overheat and de-solder themselves. I had one that lasted a long time but that was because I realized that the circuit board was mounted on one side, so if I plugged it in with the circuit board to the bottom, the heat would rise away from the board. This only helped so much though.

It's only by accident that I found out the ones at Verizon were actually better. My tablet can't use those cheap ones, they don't have the capacity for quick-charge devices, so I went to Verizon to see if they had any of the power bricks intended for it (I bought it there) she said "I don't, but I have these" and when I compare the specs, I saw that their aftermarket dual USB was rated for over triple the output of my original was.

Now, its only been a few weeks, and I could find out that heat de-solders this one as well after heavy use, but power-wise it definitely is performing, charging my tablet and my Venture30 simultaneously, and it doesn't feel hot to the touch like the other ones always did.

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« Last post by walks.in2.trees on November 28, 2016, 02:09:42 pm »
I'm with John on this one.  Bright clothes -- yellow, blaze orange, high-vis green, or a bright red -- are going to be noticed well before a puny light.  (And be-seen lights are generally pretty puny!)

The exceptions might include riding in fog, rain, or heavy overcast.  Even there, bright clothes beat a be-seen light in my experience.

Note that you need to beware of confirmation bias if you're judging how soon other drivers can see you.  (When you decide to test out flashing lights, you'll weight drivers slowing down much more than drivers that don't.)  It's much better to note how soon you see other riders under those adverse conditions.  My experience is that bright clothing and/or panniers beat lights during daytime, period.  Often I'll see the bright clothes two or three times further than even the best flashing lights.
Not true, I've been saved plenty of times by my light, but mostly because it's mounted on my helmet and I can shine it back and forth directly over the drivers face.

At night you can't really make eye contact, and if they're entering the street you're on from a side street, their headlights don't pick up your reflectors or bright clothing colors until it's too late, but if you make a point of shining a light at them, the odds are much better that they'll notice.

I know this because they start to go but stop when the beam of light hits them. A blinking rear light does draw attention, and so does the reflective safety vest... The difference is that drivers have come to associate that blinking red tail light with cyclists, whereas there's all kinds of reflective things along the road. The blinky light also is visible whether or not a car's headlights are shining on you or not, whereas a reflector DEPENDS on being shined on by the headlights.

Even so, the blinky lights I've gotten seen to always break or disappear and and so do rear mounted and pedal reflectors. So I count on my reflective safety vest and the headlamp the most. I figure, from the rear, as long as I'm where I'm supposed to be, and the driver of the rear-approaching vehicle is paying attention, I won't get hit. If they AREN'T paying attention and drift onto the shoulder, I'm toast anyway, and having had a light won't have helped prevent that at all. From this perspective, I concentrate primarily on the main source of danger that I can prevent, which is cars entering the roadway from the side.

As pointed out, for any of this to work at all, the driver has to be paying attention.
I can't tell you how many times, even with my bright safety vest during the day, I've almost been hit because even though they were looking, and I thought I made direct eye contact, they still didn't SEE me.

I think, primarily, it's because they're looking for cars, not bikes, so their brain skips over a bike. Especially somewhere or at a time of day, where bikes aren't commonly seen, like a busy traffic circle.

Light or not, I ALWAYS err on the side of them NOT seeing me... Slow down to see what they do, prepared to brake or go behind them if they go, or, I time when I pass the intersection to coincide with when a car does, counting on the fact that they will see the car, even if they don't see me.

Safety aside, there's plenty of uses for a light on a tour. I also carry a little keychain light, but its not very bright if I need a light for anything serious

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Bikecentennial / Re: Trans-America
« Last post by JMilyko on November 28, 2016, 01:55:05 pm »
Hello Clive,

This is great you are writing about your bicycle travels!

I wanted to clear a few things up and point you to some resources on our website that might help.

You mention the "Bike Travel Association." I've never heard of this organization.

As far as I know, there was and is no Bike Travel Association. It was a tagline used by Bikecentennial in the early years of the organization.


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You list the distance of the TransAm as 4275. I guess it might have been that when you rode, but the ACA currently lists the distance as 4228.

Indeed. While the TransAmerica Trail is still mostly the same as it was in 1976, there have been modifications made along the way. The result would be changes in total mileage for the route.


If you want to clarify your organizational history we have a detailed article available:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/history/

Also a timeline of when different things have occurred over the years:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/history/adventure-cycling-timeline/

And to reminisce about the story in one place along with some great photos, see our 40th Anniversary book about the Trail:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/cyclosource-store/40th-anniversary/sp/adventure-cycling-association-transam-book/

I hope this is helpful!

Best,
Jennifer Milyko

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on November 28, 2016, 01:52:20 pm »
Only thing for me is that it charges through a USB cable. I don't take any electronics with USB ports so I would never take it on tour unless there is some sort of adaptor I can get that will allow me to charge it through a regular outlet.

Last time I was in Walgreen's there was a bucket of AC-USB adapters near the front counter for $5.
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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« Last post by indyfabz on November 28, 2016, 01:31:35 pm »
For a light you can see by in complete darkness on unfamiliar roads, I recommend at least 800 lumens. If you have young eyes, you can probably do with less. Modern LED lights can obtain this level of illumination in a small package at a reasonable price.

Yeah. The OP states that he has a Planet bike Blaze 140. Just last night I used my Planet Bike Blaze 750 for the first time. Darn thing is pretty damn bright. In flash mode the light reflects brightly off street signs more than a city block away. Picked it up for about $48 during REI's recent sale.

Only thing for me is that it charges through a USB cable. I don't take any electronics with USB ports so I would never take it on tour unless there is some sort of adaptor I can get that will allow me to charge it through a regular outlet.
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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« Last post by paddleboy17 on November 28, 2016, 01:05:25 pm »
I  have a Tubus Tara front rack, and I hose clamped a piece of PVC pipe to the top of the hoop in the rack.  I can provide a picture later.

By all means take a light.  I like one in blink mode on overcast days, or very early/late in the day.
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Classifieds / Re: 20" Bike wheel
« Last post by canalligators on November 28, 2016, 12:15:13 pm »
...Can use 406 or 559 tire.

You seem to have your numbers mixed up.  The 20" wheel is a 406, the first number (such as in 32-406) is the one that can vary.
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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendation for front light?
« Last post by canalligators on November 28, 2016, 12:10:58 pm »
I disagree with not bringing a light.  There will be times when you choose or need to ride in moderate or heavier rain, and the visibility will be important.  Ditto with a tail light.  I bring a small (but high quality) detachable LED headlight for these times, and for use in camp as a flashlight.
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GPS Discussion / Re: Roll Out For Enhanced GPS Data
« Last post by zzzz on November 28, 2016, 11:57:57 am »
Thanks for the reply. If you need a volunteer to test a beta version in 2017, let me know.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Roll Out For Enhanced GPS Data
« Last post by JMilyko on November 28, 2016, 11:18:26 am »
Hi Pete,

Thanks for asking about our digital data product. While we have an internal roll out schedule for the digital data, it is in some flux so we'd rather not post it publicly at this time. I can tell you the Great Divide data won't be out until 2018 when the entire route gets a refresh for the the 20th anniversary.

Best,
Jennifer
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