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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / RideWithGPS
« on: December 23, 2016, 07:58:11 pm »
New to all this so apologies in advance if these are basic questions.

Planning on Western Express to transam this may.  I have the ACA maps.  Just four,d RWGPS. 

This exact route is on it a viable choice to use both this and the maps?  I'm thinking cell service may not be 100% consistent so maybe maps and the RWGPS app would be good.

I don't have a garmin and really don't want to get one, so would this work with my google maps app?

Thanks in advance for any feedback.


Routes / Western express to transAm
« on: August 07, 2016, 09:00:50 am »
Good morning......

Looking to do the Western express and then connect with the transAm at Pueblo CO (for time reasons I can't do the whole TA).  Looking for any general thoughts or feedback or things to be aware of for this route.

On a related note, I may leave the TA somewhere in the Midwest and go more directly east, rather than angling down to Yorktown.  I live in PA and also have family in NJ so I'm thinking it might be nice to go through those areas too....any thoughts on a more direct Eastern route from the middle of the country are also welcome.

As always, thanks for any thoughts.


Gear Talk / Video camera recommendations
« 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.


Gear Talk / Wheels without spokes?
« on: April 04, 2016, 03:12:43 pm »
First, a disclaimer: I have next to zero mechanical ability. I am working on learning/improving in this area, but til then....

Last year, last day of Ragbrai, I woke up and realized a spoke came off my rear tire. Didn't have much choice so went the entire day that way and it was fine. As I've come to learn, 1 spoke is maybe not a big deal but 2 or more can cause problems. I had it fixed before I went out again and all was well.

As I'm looking to do a TA next summer (2017), I recognize my weakness and am trying to be proactive on that: To that end, are there wheels (rims?) out there that do not have spokes? I feel like I see these on TV and a search on Amazon suggests maybe this is true as well. But I'm hesitant b/c I'm certainly out of my element.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.


Routes / TransAm question
« on: April 01, 2016, 09:14:41 am »
Working towards a TransAm in Summer 2016. The route from adventure cycling is about 4300 miles and starts in the upper northwest.  Wondering if there's a a more southern (coastal) starting point that would allow me cut the route mileage down to perhaps 3800/3600 miles total and intersect with the TA trail, perhaps as we enter Wyoming? It's really not about the mileage per se - I'm trying to make the trip manageable in terms of number of days (note that my family is going too and we'll be van camping and would like to do some touring as well).

Apologies in advance if my question is awkwardly worded...just trying to figure this all out.

Thanks in advance for any ideas.


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