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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Advice for a GPS Newbie
« on: March 08, 2011, 07:04:42 am »
My Garmin Edge 705 (605)  gives me service for days without charging.  Some of the earlier models may have had problems, but not the 605/705 series.  I posted some setup and troubleshooting suggestions at

Routes / Re: Any advice on cycle touring Quebec?
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:48:18 pm »
I did this tour several years ago and posted the ride with cue sheets and maps at

New England / Re: suggested route from Bedford to Portsmouth
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:34:12 pm »
The best route heading north for Boston swings out into the state forest areas where North Shore Cyclists have their rides.   Here's the Ipswich to Boston ride:  and you can find rides in New England  by town at

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Advice for a GPS Newbie
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:30:31 pm »
The Garmin Edge 605 is the best for cyclists.  Get the 705 or 800 if you want to measure your cadence and heartbeat, but all are identical with their unique onscreen map and turn alerts.  You can download the GPX files at MapMyRide or RideWithGPS.  In New England you can find GPX files for the best rides at .  They have some great prices on the Garmin as well. 

General Discussion / Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:26:42 pm »
I did a revue of my Montague folding bike at .  While it's not as fast or light as my road bikes, it beats the smallest folders. 

General Discussion / Re: Luxuries
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:22:41 pm »
I vote for the luxury of carrying the least amount of weight possible.  Ive bicycle camped every summer for 10 years now, and keeping it light is the key.  I guess my luxury is my Bob Yak.  Here's my journal from one of my Quebec tours:

General Discussion / Re: Which bike tyre should I go for please?
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:20:10 pm »
I've used the Continental Gatorskins for years now with no flats, and thousands of miles.  Put in a good quality tube with no patches.  Here's a review:

General Discussion / Re: Cue sheet assistance
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:17:57 pm »
I have the Garmin Edge 705, but don't use the cadence sensor, so I use it identically to the 605.  I was skeptical when I got it, but it's the best cycling computer out there.  The 800 model is still a bit sketchy with uploaded files.   You can read about the Garmin Edge at  and that site also has a lot of links to great cycling maps, gpx files and cue sheets for New England.

Routes / Re: Routing between NT & Atl Coast Routes
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:08:41 pm »
You can find several good routes heading south from New Hampshire to Boston at .  If you want to ride down the Maine Coast, check out

Routes / Re: Need route from Chicago to Deerfield, MA
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:05:10 pm » has a lot of rides in Western Massachusetts .   

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route, not much coast
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:03:01 pm »
Once you get into Rhode Island and Massachusetts, this interactive map should help you find some good routes:

Routes / Re: Route Help Please
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:00:40 pm »
I lived 20 years in Tupelo MS and although the Natchez Trace is beautiful, it's not appropriate for cylists.  It's narrow and has no shoulder. 

Routes / Re: cycling from Portland Maine to Boston
« on: March 07, 2011, 07:59:27 pm »
I live in Ipswich MA and have routes to get to Portsmouth, NH, as well as a great ride from Ipswich into Boston without traffic.  You can combine the following routes to put your route together:

Portsmouth to Newburyport MA  Route:

Newburyport to Ipswich

Ipswich to Boston :

You can also view routes in this area at

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