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General Discussion / Re: Tools for adventure
« Last post by PeteJack on April 15, 2014, 08:15:06 am »
Take some electrical tape (the good 3M stuff) for when your Safari bar tape comes undone as it surely will.
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General Discussion / Re: Delta Cargo
« Last post by staehpj1 on April 15, 2014, 06:44:59 am »
Unfortunately, Southwest is pulling out of my local market, so SW will no longer an option for me in a couple of months.
Too bad.  Still, when I last looked into airlines for flying with a bike Delta was the worst, so there is probably still a better choice in your local market than them.
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General Discussion / Re: Delta Cargo
« Last post by pmac on April 15, 2014, 06:35:40 am »
Thanks for advice.  I've used fedex several times to ship a bike, but thought I would ask to see if anybody used Delta's service and how it compared pricewise.  Yes, it would be for a separate flight.  Unfortunately, Southwest is pulling out of my local market, so SW will no longer an option for me in a couple of months.
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General Discussion / Re: Tools for adventure
« Last post by zerodish on April 15, 2014, 06:16:38 am »
Here it is refined by 100000 miles of touring. I also carry two valve core removal caps metal not the ones that come with slime. https://www.flickr.com/photos/63373992@N07/7122658997/
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General Discussion / Re: Delta Cargo
« Last post by John Nelson on April 14, 2014, 09:11:59 pm »
I've never used Delta Cargo, but FedEx and UPS both have on-line calculators that allow you to determine exactly what it will cost (and I've used both). The price on both of those carriers is sensitive to size more than weight. Rates also depend on the origin and destination zip codes, how much insurance you want, whether you want home pickup and delivery, whether the delivery is to a business or home address, etc. I've spent a lot of time playing around with the calculator to see where the price jumps are. I wanted to use the largest box I could without incurring a steep penalty.

If Delta Cargo doesn't have an on-line way to determine cost (and I don't see one), then I'd steer clear. I also agree with Pete that I don't want to give a bike-unfriendly airline my business.

I assume you're talking about sending your bike on a flight that you will not be on.
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GPS Discussion / Re: NEWB with GPS Help on Etrex30 (TransAm, Western Express)
« Last post by ibikeyoubike on April 14, 2014, 08:54:58 pm »
Great! So this is where I am so far... I managed to take out the routes, customize them into their own categories and now I'm going to go in and delete more as I get closer in on the entire route. So far I have 1529 waypoints.

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GPS Discussion / Re: NEWB with GPS Help on Etrex30 (TransAm, Western Express)
« Last post by mdxix on April 14, 2014, 01:20:58 pm »
Will the GPS be able to read the files from the SD on the route automatically or do I need to load them for each route I start?
The GPS device will look for routes & waypoints in its internal memory & on the SD card.

I usually save all data on the SD card leaving the internal memory free. I then have another SD card identical to the first as a backup.

Also will this give me turn by turn directions? Yesterday I rode 30miles to test out a local route and it prompted me to turn correctly on my route.
The routes that you charted should give you navigation prompts. This is an excellent idea that you are practicing some rides in your neighborhood ahead of the trip.

Do not make the routes too long. Keep them in small chunks as you had sent them to me earlier. The eTrex 30 will take routes with a very small number of route points (I believe only up to 50).
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GPS Discussion / Re: NEWB with GPS Help on Etrex30 (TransAm, Western Express)
« Last post by ibikeyoubike on April 14, 2014, 01:10:43 pm »
Ok great! So if I'm not mistaken. I should save the Waypoint GPS files to my SD card and not place them on my GPS device. Will the GPS be able to read the files from the SD on the route automatically or do I need to load them for each route I start? Also will this give me turn by turn directions? Yesterday I rode 30miles to test out a local route and it prompted me to turn correctly on my route.
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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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