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General Discussion / Bike/Barge trip in Europe
« on: August 14, 2010, 05:52:03 pm »
I am considering a bike & barge trip in 2011. It would be about one or two weeks long. I would meet up with about 6 - 9 family members. Our family ranges to highly experienced to casual cyclists. Has anyone had particularly good or bad experiences with bike & barge touring outfits?

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Hello to Fred Hiltz
« on: January 30, 2009, 03:15:19 pm »
Hi Fred.

I've been away for a while, busy on other cycling issues. Thought I'd check in, and am thrilled that you are here helping folks with GPS issues.

For you newbies, Fred is a fountain of GPS info. The ACA is privileged to have such  dedicated members.


Gear Talk / Folding Bikes on Airplanes
« on: April 07, 2008, 08:25:06 pm »
I just bought a Dahon Mu XL folding bike. My questions to this forum are:
  • Do you have personal experience with this bike?
  • Do you have personal experience with any folding bike?
  • What size suitcase do I need, without removing things like wheels, seat, and fenders
  • What are the odds I will be charged for an oversize suitcase?

Although this is a touring forum, I'm guessing that some of you will be able to lend insight into folding bikes on airplanes.


Gear Talk / Rear rack
« on: May 10, 2007, 10:05:16 pm »
Has anyone used a seat-post clip-on rack for loaded touring? How did it work for you?


Gear Talk / Pinging RussellSeaton
« on: May 07, 2007, 09:43:27 pm »
I really enjoy your gear posts. You sound like a mechanical engineer who loves to tour. You seem so well informed.

Can I entice you to share a bit of your personal background with us?


Gear Talk / SRAM Powerlink Connector
« on: January 30, 2007, 11:56:14 pm »
These links can be nearly impossible to remove when they are dirty.

At a bike shop last summer, they had a tool that makes them easy to remove. The tool looked like a small pair of pliers with little hooks on the nose to keep the connector links from slipping off.

I have been trying to buy one of these tools, but with no luck. My local bike shop didn't know what I was talking about, and I don't know what to 'Google' to find them on-line.

Does anybody know what I'm talking about?


Gear Talk / Cue Clip
« on: April 16, 2006, 09:00:31 am »
Yesterday, I used the new Cue Clip I bought from Cyclesource (click here) I have made a couple of map holder clips over the years, but this gizmo from ACA is perfect. It's expensive at $6.50, but ut does it's job well.


Gear Talk / Rain Gear
« on: January 30, 2006, 06:36:47 pm »
 I got the standard GorTex rain suit when I started my 'serious' bike riding about 20 years ago. After a few years, I got a hooded rain cape from CampMore; I intended to use it only for commuting. But soon I started leaving the full rain suit at home and taking my cape on my self contained tours. I much prefer the cape, because I don't sweat nearly as much, it is easier to put on and take off, it is lighter weight, and takes less space to pack.

The full suit is better because it catches less wind and keeps your lower legs dry.

I have done a fair amount of self contained touring, but my longest trip has been 2 weeks, and I have not hit an all day soaking rain with the cape. This summer I am doing a coast-to-coast tour with AC: I can't decide which rain gear to take.

I would like to hear some opinions from other riders who have tried both kinds of gear.



If you have not seen the discussion by this name in the Routes discussion room, you should hurry over there. Steve has posted some groundbreaking info.


GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Solar Battery Chargers
« on: March 26, 2007, 09:19:08 pm »
In the past, there as been quite a bit of discussion on this topic. A friend of mine just bought a SOLIO.

Personally, I have no need for one of these, but some people do, and the SOLIO looked like a slick product, so I thought I'd pass along the info.


I have written some information on how I have used my GPS for extended self contained touring. You can view it on my GPS Blog

This message was edited by ptaylor on 10-21-06 @ 8:03 PM

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / GPS Datasets Updates
« on: February 25, 2006, 06:23:55 pm »
Does anyone know if there is a tentative date for an update to the ACA Waypoints files for the Northern Tier, North Lakes, or Lake Erie routes?

I plan to ride those routes this summer, and am ready to start seriously trimming the waypoints to 1,000; I just don't want to put a lot of time into the project and then find that I have updated an out-of-date set of files.


GPS & Digital Data Discussion / The Northern Route Waypoints
« on: August 04, 2005, 04:24:36 pm »
I'm doing the Northern Route next year. I understand my Garmin GPS 76c  is limited to 1,000 waypoints, Has anyone reduced the Adventure Cycling's waypoints down to 1,000? If so, I may ask youto share your waypoints with me, if not, I will commense to do so myself.

Routes / Indiana touring
« on: January 12, 2007, 07:05:48 pm »
Several years ago, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources mapped out 6 bike routes, and published maps for them. They were called the Hoosier Bikeway System. I  believe this was the first attempt at introducing bike touring to Indiana.

I have the complete set of maps, and am in the process of making GPS routes from them. Perhaps you can order the maps from the Indiana DNR, but I don't recommend it unless you really enjoy preplanning a trip (they are really poor quality). If anyone knows that these maps (dated about 1990 or so) have been updated, let us know.

Based on some comments on another thread in this forum, I thought I should make this post. If there is interest, I can supply more details.


General Discussion / Expedition touring
« on: February 21, 2007, 05:11:33 pm »
As some of the regular contributors to this forum know, I recently completed the Northern Tier Expedition. I kept a diary of the tour.

I have published it on a web site. If you can answer 'yes' to one of the following questions, you may want to take a look at it.

  • I'm over 60 years old, and don't know if I can do it
  • Coast to coast sounds tough - can I do it
  • I did it. I want to see if it was it as easy/difficult for you as it was for me
  • I want to know what it's like to spend 3 months away from home and family

You can see my web page at
Cost to Coast in 93 Days

This message was edited by ptaylor on 2-21-07 @ 1:16 PM

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