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Gear Talk / Trek 520 v Cannondale T2000
« on: April 15, 2006, 01:28:45 am »
Why just look at Trek and Cannondale? I highly recommend my Surly Long Haul Trucker for a couple reasons...#1, you buy the frame and put on the parts you want. The frame is reasonably priced at about $350 or 400. It can be built up basic for about $1200, or you can do what I did and went for Ultegra STI, Tubus Racks and Shimano pedals for about $1700. #2, It's a bombproof setup, rides great, very stable and designed for touring.

I considered the Trek, but did not want to go with the parts supplied with it.

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Gear Talk / Anyone name their bike?
« on: May 31, 2005, 11:34:59 pm »
I recently had a Surly Long Haul Trucker built up by Robinson Wheel Works in San Leandro, CA. I had heard that Surly was originally going to name it's new touring model the Mother Trucker...and that's what I call it. I guess LHT sounded a lot more respectable, but I like Mother Trucker!

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / AC Waypoints and Magellan GPS
« on: February 28, 2006, 11:26:19 am »
Thank you Fred! Per usual, I did not dive in deep enough...I printed off the users guide and it was very helpful! Sometimes I am amazed at how much information is available on the Adventure Cycling website!

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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / AC Waypoints and Magellan GPS
« on: February 27, 2006, 11:25:35 pm »
I may have fud-lucked! I purchased a Magellan Explorist 400 with a 1 gig SD flash drive...just what I had been waiting for! I find the accuracy to be outstanding and it picks ups satelites MUCH better than the Garmin Map 76 I use at work...BUT...when I went to the Adventure Cycling GPS waypoints I see they are for the Garmin software! Arrrgh! Does anyone know if these waypoints can be converted for use in the Magellan GPS? Thank you...

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Routes / Southern Tier Route Free Hostel
« on: April 15, 2006, 01:31:17 am »
Al, thanks for your hospitality...we need more folks like you out there!

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Routes / Pueblo to Denver route question
« on: March 21, 2006, 08:53:56 pm »
I am considering doing the Western Flyer trip from San Francisco to Pueblo CO...I will need to find a route from Pueblo to Denver (safe, sane and fairly direct)...can anyone help me with this information? Thank you!

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General Discussion / anyone carry'n heat?
« on: May 31, 2005, 11:46:37 pm »
Here in California, many dog-owners took heed of the Diane Whipple dog mauling case in San Francisco (the dog owners are doing and have done some serious jail time), so I find the problems with dogs to be more serious in other states. But a thought on pepper spraying a dog...if it's owner is willing to have a vicious dog run loose, just think what he will attempt to do when his dog comes home with the contents of your PS canister in it's face...he's going to be searching for the nearest bicyclist in his there's a scary easy answers, but I prefer to ride sans weapons. Safe biking to all...

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