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Routes / Interested in Sierra-Cascades Tour?
« on: March 30, 2010, 10:05:28 am »
I just posted an ad on the Companions Wanted page of the ACA web page.

Classifieds / GPS - Garmin eTrex Summit
« on: March 21, 2008, 03:28:20 pm »
In excellent condition. Used sparingly.

Unit is a six ounce, 12 channel unit. Two AA batteries. Will hold 500 waypoints; has an automatic track log, with up to 10 saved tracks. Up to 20 routes of 50 waypoints each. Trip computer: current, average, and max speed; compass bearing; elevation; location; sunrise/sunset time; trip timer and trip odometer. Elevation features include total, maximum, and average ascent; total, maximum, and average descent; vertical speed; barometer pressure, with 12-hour trend; and max and min elevation. Accessories include belt case and PC/dc vehicle cigarette lighter cable (for up- and downloading waypoints to PC software as well as off-battery operation). Cradle for unit available for RAM bicycle mount, too. $100. Insured Shipping, $8.00. Jim Fox, 413.323.4741

This message was edited by JimF on 3-24-08 @ 6:24 AM

Gear Talk / Cello Bike Case
« on: October 11, 2005, 05:10:38 pm »
Anyone have experience with Wandertec's Cello bike case?

Gear Talk / S+S Coupling Information
« on: July 26, 2004, 08:15:39 pm »
Seeking info from owners on S+S coupling system used to breakdown bikes for airline luggage travel and other: effect on "feel" of bike; durability; corrosion and any other feedback on this system.

I've been following the Garmin/MapSource discussion with Kathy. Thanks to all who contributed; I recently bought a 60CSx and CityNavigator, so the information was helpful in laying out my own route for an ACA GPS map. I have another question: the ACA route downloads as a direct series of waypoints (Garmin's "Use Direct Routes" rather than "Use Auto-Routing" under the Preferences menu. I understand that that allows routing over bike trails and other non-designated pathways in CN. When you actually start your tour with "Navigate," do you still use the "Off Road" option or, if that day's route does not include any non-road stretches, do you select "Follow Road"?

I also picked up the advice to cut waypoints (wp) that are not intersections to reduce the number of waypoints. When there is a long, twisting stretch of road, where your location at any point may be some distance from the next wp and off the road, does one ignore the GPS display until you reach the next intersection? Thanks.

Routes / Tidewater Potomac Route
« on: February 28, 2008, 11:04:32 am »
If someone has done this ACA route and is willing to take some questions, please email me, Jim Fox, at

Routes / NC Outer Banks Question
« on: April 18, 2007, 03:46:12 pm »
Planning a bike tour of banks (starting around Kitty Hawk) and looping back to area. Anyone know of a place to leave a vehicle for about a week or so? Thanks, Jim Fox

Routes / Portland OR to Astoria along Columbia
« on: September 06, 2005, 11:19:05 am »
I'm planning a loaded TransAm tour from Astoria to WY in the summer of '06 to complete my TransAm. I thought of flying to Portland and cycling to Astoria. I'd like to correspond with someone knowledgeable about the Columbia route: route out of Portland, river route, campsites, services, et al. My e-mail:
Thanks, JimF

Routes / Katy Trail (MO) and road tires
« on: March 15, 2005, 07:00:18 pm »
Can you traverse the trail with skinny tires (25 mm and greater)?

General Discussion / Rider for TransAm-Astoria OR to Jackson Hole
« on: May 27, 2006, 01:29:48 pm »
Interested in a self-supported tour with 3 senior male riders starting June 13 (yes, two weeks away), ending July 18? A rider had to drop out. Contact for info.

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