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Gear Talk / Re: "Adventure" bike for short rider?
« Last post by Mark29er on April 15, 2016, 02:16:40 am »
If your budget allows it, the Jones Plus is coming out in a 23" (top tube) in May. Due to the bike's unique geometry, it would be a great adventure bike for a small rider. 26.5" standover clearance and less reach than most XS bikes for a very comfortable upright riding position.
Gear Talk / Re: Video camera recommendations
« Last post by RonK on April 14, 2016, 06:16:11 pm »
Hard to beat a GoPro.
Gear Talk / Video camera recommendations
« Last post by Motomarcus on April 14, 2016, 04:29:37 pm »
Looking for recommendations on a quality, HD video camera to take with me on a two (ish) month tour. Would like something lightweight, and ideally one that comes with easy editing software.  I'm not super tech-oriented so an easy to use camera would be great. 

Thanks for any feedback.

General Discussion / Re: Michelin Maps or Google Maps for Europe?
« Last post by RussSeaton on April 14, 2016, 02:50:01 pm »
Don't know anything about these Google maps.  But can you fold them up and stuff them into the map case on top of your handlebar bag?  You can do that with Michelin maps or whatever the other brands are.  Can you buy these Google maps at the local convenience store (in Europe)?  Most or all the local stores sell Michelin or other maps inside the door.  Variety of magnification.  Get whatever size fits the roads in your area.  Some only show the interstates, some will show the alleys.  As much or as little detail as you want.
General Discussion / Re: wild camping in WA, OR and CA
« Last post by adventurepdx on April 14, 2016, 01:44:06 pm »
One big benefit of using the hiker/biker sites is at least during the busy season you'll run into other touring cyclists every night, so it's not like you're travelling alone, even when you are! In fact, if you ride at the same pace as others, you'll end up running into the same people every night.

Of course, if you like being alone, this might be a drawback...
General Discussion / Re: Hammocking the Great Divide: bad idea?
« Last post by paddleboy17 on April 14, 2016, 12:37:55 pm »
I am committing to a hammock for this year.  Of course I only do week long tours, but I think you need to accept that you might have to deal with no tree situations.

I did part of the Great Divide in New Mexico about 15 years ago, and I think there were times when there were trees, and times when there were no trees.
GPS Discussion / High Resolution TransAmerica Trail Digital Data now available
« Last post by JMilyko on April 14, 2016, 10:47:22 am »
Good morning!

It's official, we now have high resolution digital data available for the TransAmerica Trail for sale! To see the details, check out my blog post on the release:

Viva la TransAm data!

General Discussion / Re: wild camping in WA, OR and CA
« Last post by FX on April 14, 2016, 08:11:24 am »
Reading all your recommendations, I think it's safest to camp in designated areas where I know it is allowed.
I am not an American, so it is difficult for me to understand on what kind of property I am.

I have never heard of hiker/biker camping.
Here, I found what it means:

And here, I found there are indeed plenty!
Washington State:
General Discussion / Hammocking the Great Divide: bad idea?
« Last post by RoadsideFiresBurning on April 13, 2016, 10:35:13 pm »
I'm riding the Great Divide in July and am trying to figure out what gear to bring. There isn't any talk that I can find about hammocks along this trail. I have a junglenest hammock and a housefly, as well as a 2-person tent. I want to be able to store my bike under the tarp or in the tent in case it pours, but is the hammock a horrible idea? How much of the trail has zero trees? I can switch gear in NM (I live here and can have someone meet me to switch), so I'm largely thinking about before then. I've pitched my hammock like a tent in the past but it kind of sucks especially if it's for multiple days at a time.

Also, is it really buggy in July? I haven't been able to find any information about that, and a lighter, smaller hammock would be great if it isn't a deathwish against those mosquitoes and no-see-ums.

Thanks for any advice!
General Discussion / Re: wild camping in WA, OR and CA
« Last post by adventurepdx on April 13, 2016, 10:32:37 pm »
Right.  And showers were only a few quarters 10 years ago all through Oregon and Calif.  For me, that's reason enough to use the campground if one is available, and along the Oregon and Calif coasts, they are very available.

Yes, having the showers as well makes it a slam dunk for me! Though I will note that the showers at Oregon State Parks are free, and have been for quite some time. WA and CA do charge, though.

On an average 60 mile day (with a few exceptions) you'll pass at least one hiker/biker campground, if not two or three.
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