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What camera did you use for taking the pictures - they look great and full of color. Did you process the pictures or just uploaded them?

Lucas

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Hi,

This is regarding at least the Sonoran desert which is located in the Western Part of Arizona. I biked in that area before during summer time and will likely do it again this year. It is common knowledge that the Sahara desert (Africa) gets ice cold each night, but why does it never cool down in the Sonoran desert? Probably the same in the Mojave desert. It can easily stay at 90 to 95 degF during the night which is really annoying when camping out. Can anyone link to some scientific explanation? :-)

Lucas

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Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« on: July 16, 2017, 01:47:43 am »
turn off the headlight,
Do you ride at night?

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Gear Talk / Re: Tent ground cloth?
« on: July 12, 2017, 07:52:18 am »
Combined, I think I camped more than 300 days with my Hilleberg tent. There is still no hole and nothing to be patched.

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Gear Talk / Rigidity of S&S Couplers?
« on: July 11, 2017, 04:45:04 pm »
Hi,

Does anyone have practical, hands on experience with a loaded touring bike featuring the S&S Couplers? Is it as rigid, wobblefree and solid as a non-S&S coupler bike?

Lucas

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General Discussion / Re: What state is your favorite to ride in?
« on: July 11, 2017, 04:38:05 pm »

I am happy to see that at least three states have outlawed "rolling coal."

What does that mean?

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General Discussion / Re: What state is your favorite to ride in?
« on: July 11, 2017, 10:48:03 am »
Wyoming: Did they throw bottles/cans after you? Did they rev their diesel truck engines while passing you such that their exhaust sidepipe would make everything soot black in front of you? Did they yell at you of their car windows? Did they throw cigarette butts after you while passing you? If not, there are worse states than Wyoming :-).

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What I was referring to: If I experience high temperatures this summer - is it a normal summer or an unusually hot summer? Maybe some meteorologists have posted some comments for the summer already. Moreover, sitting 10000 km away I have no idea what the summer is like in North America right now. As a comparable side note: I read somewhere on the internet that the summer of 2016 was very hot in New England - much hotter than normal.

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General Discussion / Re: Bears in Canada?
« on: July 03, 2017, 06:15:42 pm »
Currently planning the route using google maps and tracing all the information onto commercial paper maps (Mapart). Among many, found a private campground along HWY 11 between Thunderbay and Fort Frances and was unsure whether they offered tent camping. I contacted them and was told that they do not offer tent camping due to bears! Bears would always go for the tents first I was told. But I could rent a cabin for 1 day for 180 dollars!!! Not really promising information.

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General Discussion / 2017 General weather forecast: North America?
« on: June 29, 2017, 05:55:41 am »
Hi,

In 3 weeks I plan on biking across Canada (East to West) and then down towards Mexico following the Sierra Cascades route. I was wondering if there are some general weather forecasts for the summer of 2017. Extreme heat, El nino, etc etc. Anyone with info?

Lucas

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Routes / Re: Does anyone still use paper maps?
« on: June 16, 2017, 02:25:04 pm »
When you use the google maps route function, click on the bicycle icon instead of the car icon and you can see a height profile of the entire trip across USA. You can drag and drop the route and that way change it while the route profile changes along. That way you can choose the flattest route.

For the same reasons as you I use paper maps and would never use an electronic map:

1. Never worry about batteries.
2. Have a full overview of the terrain you are in. With a small electronic screen you totally loose your orientation and have no idea where you are.

Have a look at this map:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/interactive-network-map/

It shows all the paper mapped adventure cycling routes. If you can accept a combination of these routes from OR to FL, it will be some of the best money spent for your trip. No, in fact, remove "some" from the previous sentence.

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I think you will need the best possible drive train components and furtermore a frame with brazeons for water bottles, racks etc depending on how you want to carry your stuff. I did the trail on a 26 inch bike and hundreds of people have done so. If you find a better deal for a 26 inch go for that one instead for a crappier 29er.

To name a few very important parts:

Headset, bottom bracket, pedals, sprocket/cog (bearings)

On that trail the stresses are enormous on these parts. I once read about a divide racer who literally broke his eggbeater pedals.

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General Discussion / Re: What state is your favorite to ride in?
« on: June 16, 2017, 02:03:37 pm »
I give you a different answer with the states I did not prefer. Remember: This is ONLY based on biking the Adventure Cycling maps:

Soutern tier:
1. Florida
2. Alabama
3. Mississippi
4. Louisiana

Pacific Coast:
1. California between San Fransisco and San Diego

Contrary, the most amazing state so far has been southern Utah (Western Express).

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Routes / Canada highway maps for download
« on: June 08, 2017, 01:24:39 am »
Hi,

Based on my previous post, things are getting more serious: https://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?topic=14456.msg75706#msg75706

Is there a resource for downloading somewhat detailed highway maps of Canada (preferable as PDF documents)? I am not very pleased with printing google maps.

Lucas

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General Discussion / Re: Canada+USA: Biggest accepted bill?
« on: May 31, 2017, 01:27:44 pm »
How do you know/see if a store offers cash-back?

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