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I like Easy Trails:

There is also an app called Easy Groups where you can set up a group that can follow your track and see where you are.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for thermometers?
« 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.

Routes / Re: From NC to IL bike route suggestion
« on: March 02, 2017, 04:24:13 pm »
Pat Lamb has the right idea on this. The closest place to you to pick up the Trans-Am is in Damascus, VA. The easiest way to get to Damascus is on NC Bike Route #4 (North Line Trace). From Carrboro take SR1009 to Hillsborough, from there NC NC 86 to Yanceyville. The distance to Yanceyville is about 40 miles.  NC Bike Route 4 passes through Yanceyville and you can pick it up there and follow the maps from NC DOT. The route is signed, but signs can be missing. Follow the route to the western end which is at the VA border where NC 93 changes to VA SR93. Proceed a short distance and just beyond what the eye can see from the state line and you will cross the New River and intersect with US 58. Turn left and go west and follow US 58. At Mouth of Wilson US 58 turns left and proceeds to climb up the Mount Rogers area. After a lot of climbing US 58 will take a left turn at Konnarock, the Trans-Am intersects US 58 at this location, it is about 15 miles downhill to Damascus, VA from this point.

As Pat suggested you can take the Virginia Creeper Rail Trail into Damascus which has access from US 58. The easiest place to access the trail is at Green Cove, turn left on Green Cove Road off of US 58. Green Cove is closer to US 58 than Whitetop is although Whitetop is the end of the trail. The Virginia Creeper Trail is nice, however the downhill run from Konnarock into Damascus on US 58 is a blast.

Gear Talk / Re: Bike to Bike Intercom
« on: January 11, 2017, 01:55:36 pm »
It appears to me that this device is just using your smart phone for it's functionality. It seems to me you could use the audio functions of something like Skype or Facetime on your smart phone to set up a bike to bike intercom, as long as you are riding where there is cell phone service. Once again, I have no experience with this.

Anyhow, I found this as well:

Gear Talk / Re: Bike to Bike Intercom
« on: January 09, 2017, 09:33:58 pm »
No experience and no knowledge, this was displayed at CES show.

Gear Talk / Re: Camp Stove
« on: January 08, 2017, 09:10:55 am »
It sounds like your main concern is availability of fuel and the size of the container fuel can be purchased.

Alcohol fuel stoves have almost universal availability as it can be purchased as a 12 oz. bottle of Heet in the yellow bottle as referenced by staehpj. This is an alcohol fuel additive for automobiles and is available in almost all gas stations, auto parts stores and big box stores. This meets your concern about availability as well as quantity needing to be purchased.

The next best option is to use your Whisperlite white gas stove and carry fuel bottles to hold a quart of fuel. I do this by carrying two of the medium sized MSR bottles which I think are 18 oz. Fuel for these is sold in quart or gallon sizes at camping stores, hunting supply stores, marinas, and big box stores. If I can find it as a quart I will purchase that. The gallon is problematic. Often a camping backpacking store understands the problem and sells small volumes out of the big gallon can. In the past it was often possible to walk around the campground and find someone with a big two burner Coleman stove and the gallon can sitting beside it. They will almost always fill your MSR fuel bottle if you ask and more likely than not will not charge you for it. Unfortunately, people no longer use the white gas two burner stoves anymore so you see less of this in the campgrounds. The last resort is to purchase gasoline out of the pump. This burns dirtier than Coleman fuel and will clog up the stove a bit over time. However, it is not that dirty and will only require you to take apart and clean your stove a few more times more than you would be anyhow.

The butane/propane cartridge stoves are more difficult to find canisters for. It seems that Walmart usually carries them now in many areas, this is not universal. When they are hard to find and you run out there is not another option with these stoves.

Gear Talk / Re: Camp Stove
« on: January 07, 2017, 11:55:17 am »
If you are having problems with your Whisperlite stove leaking then perhaps it is time for some maintenance before you head out. There is a kit that contains the O-rings and some lubricant to go over your stove with. It is not hard to do and can be done easily with all the tools needed included in the kit. It is not expensive to buy the kit and probably worth doing before any major expedition.

General Discussion / Re: Best pre-ride supplement?
« on: November 28, 2016, 03:23:01 pm »
Drink a big glass of water.

General Discussion / Re: Trangia Stove / Meths
« on: November 04, 2016, 02:22:20 pm »
1; The fuel for Trangia stove which you call "Meths" is called methanol or wood alcohol here. It is easily available in hardware stores. However, the way most bicycle tourists buy it is a package labeled HEET in a yellow plastic bottle 12 fl oz (350 ml ) in size. This is sold as a gasoline antifreeze additive but it is pure methanol. You will find this sold at any place selling auto parts or gasoline filling stations.

There is also a product called Iso-Heet in a red plastic container which contains iso-propanol. You don't want that one as it burns dirtier than the yellow can.

Methanol sold in hardware stores will be usually sold in a 1 quart ( 950 ml ) metal container. Camping supply stores will sell it in the 1 quart or 1 gallon size as well.

Bicycle tourists tend to buy one or two cans of yellow HEET, keep it in the original package as their storage containers and buy them as you go.

2; Road would probably be the name we use for the path one takes to get somewhere, such as "Is this the road to Yorktown?" Pavement is the the word one would use to describe what substance the road was made of. Such as "The pavement on the road to Yorktown was asphalt." Sidewalk is the path adjacent to the road where pedestrians would walk found in cities and towns.

General Discussion / Re: Touring bike wheel
« on: September 24, 2016, 04:29:28 pm »
Hand built wheel -I build my own so I guess they are hand built.

Double wall wheel rim - These can be nice, but there were some nice ones in the past that were not double walled such as the Winnemann Concave. Recently I have been using the Velocity Dyad which are double walled.

Double butted spokes - I think unbutted 14 gauge spokes work well for touring, I don't think you need double butted.

At least 36 spokes with three-cross lacing - Yes, and maybe more spokes if you are a big guy or take too much stuff.

Brass nipples - Yes, I would not use Aluminum nipples on a touring bike. Al nipples save weight and build up nicely but will corrode over a year or two making it difficult to true the wheel later on. Save these for your racing bike.

Double eyelets - These are less common than they once were. I don't worry about it too much.

What is important and this is why your sources say to get a handbuilt wheel is getting the tension correct on the spokes. Rims have a maximum tension recommendation. If the tension is too low the wheel won't have integrity and will give you problems. If it is above the maximum tension the wheel will tend to break itself apart over time in the form of cracked rims or eyelets popping out. If the tension is correct the wheel lasts a long time. Building by hand with a skilled builder is a better wheel than a robotic machine made wheel which is probably how wheels are made from some mail order house advertising touring wheels for $125 or some such thing.

Routes / Re: Source for USBR GPS Data?
« on: July 29, 2016, 07:41:41 pm »
For VA:

Click on the full screen view of the map and you will be taken to a Google map of the routes. I was able to save them to my desktop from there.

The NC DOT links to to display their bike routes.

Change the cantilever brakes to V-brakes.

Routes / Re: camping in the Shenandoah valley
« on: March 21, 2016, 06:48:37 pm »
I have camped at the Elizabeth Furnace USFS campground at the northern end of Fort Valley. It was about $14 and was very nice. This is on the opposite side of Massanutten Mountain from Mount Jackson but is not difficult to reach from the Front Royal and Strasburg area. It is a very scenic ride from here down Fort Valley headed south toward Vesuvius, but you would need to cross Massanutten at the southern end and depending on which way you go there could be unpaved roads.
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General Discussion / Re: Asking too Much?
« on: March 19, 2016, 07:14:27 pm »
You might consider buying a second set of wheels for the touring bike. It should come with a sturdy set for touring but you might like a less heavy duty set with lighter rims and narrower tires for just doing local rides around the area. It would be cheaper than owning two bikes but increase the versatility. It would not make enough difference to keep up with the racing crowd however.

" I've seen GPS wars -- two different units, even identical units, give opposite directions"

This is usually a result of having different selections in the setup. One unit could be set up to navigate based on shortest distance and the other set up to navigate based on shortest time. It could also be what type of features one has selected to avoid in navigation such as avoid highways. Different maps can also produce slightly different routes as well, such as someone might have the Garmin maps and another unit has something like Openfietmap or some such. Unfortunately, modern items can make things easier as well as making them complicated.

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