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Routes / Re: Rear Vier Mirror
« on: September 04, 2010, 10:11:26 am »
I second the Take a Look mirror. My wife and I have used them for years. It is quality-made. It is easily adjusted to fit different glasses and is so light as to not be noticed. As to its usefulness, I can attest to a few off-road maneuvers to avoid a possible "brush" by a wide vehicle on a narrow, shoulder-less road.

Routes / Re: Virginia routing help.........
« on: August 31, 2010, 04:51:44 pm »
Have you checked with VA DOT? I believe they have a bicycle coordinator (or at least someone designated as such) who should be able to advise you. My wife and I had to cross the Nice bridge (NO bicycles, VA to MD). MD DOT helped me contact bridge personnel and they transported us across. Good luck.

MapSource will save as *.gpx. It should be possible to copy the WPs to a new run of MapSource, save it as a gpx file to its own folder, then run POI Loader. Right?

Routes / Re: Getting through Syracuse, NY on Erie Canal Trail
« on: July 03, 2010, 01:23:33 pm »
I passed through Syracuse on the Erie Canal path last year, going from W to E. Spent an extra day at one of the B&Bs. Navigating can be a little tricky downtown, but if you are passing on the weekend, traffic should be light. We found the drivers to be courteous. Enjoy the Fourth!

General Discussion / Re: Headwinds
« on: May 25, 2010, 02:36:15 pm »
Hi, Clay:
Don't get discouraged. Gales will not be in your face most of the time. In fact, you should see mostly tail winds, according to wind rose data. I have not ridden the NT or the L&C, but I did come E to W on the TA and found a mix of directions and velocity. Part of nature. So, hang in there!

Gear Talk / Re: How to remove keyed steering tube sleeves?
« on: May 18, 2010, 09:26:17 am »
Have you written the manufacturer about a possible method? Sorry I can't help with advice.

Routes / Re: Boston to Albany, NY advice
« on: May 09, 2010, 09:10:42 am »
Route 2 has many limited access sections, which, I believe, prohibit bicycles. Have you looked at Route 9? Getting out of the city can be a challenge. Have you looked at the commuter rail to Worcester, then 9 west to Pittsfield? Check US 20 from there; I'm not familiar with shoulder, etc., but you should be able to get info from both MA and NY DOT. Good luck.

I believe these (and other auto-types) are high energy users. Unless used sparingly, I'd suspect it would be difficult to keep it charged. Secondly, the car types are not built to the same spec for water protection, as trail-type GPSr are. You may want to run some web searches on these points. Good luck.

Have you checked for route info? Lots of journals on all kinds of routes. Also, for camping, take a look at . If you can make the connection, it'll beat just about any campground/site. Good luck.

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.

Be sure to check the addenda for your ACA maps for updates on services before you leave. Also, for the Pacific coast in Oregon, see . It identifies all the camping spots along the coastal highway. No knowledge on northern California, but you may hear from others. Enjoy.

General Discussion / Re: Camping in NP
« on: March 28, 2010, 10:54:32 am »
If you hike or bike into a National or state park and are told they're full, ask if it's OK to ask the biker/hiker occupant(s) to share. I was on a site and two separate bikers asked and I said, "Sure."  There was plenty of room, and they were good company (as most touring cyclists are.)

General Discussion / Re: Bike Cover
« on: March 20, 2010, 09:44:47 am »
I've used the Arkel bike bag (see the ACA store for item) on tours. Compact, light weight, durable. Holds up well to high wind-blown rain. A little expensive these days, but if rain is frequently likely, it's worth it.

Gear Talk / Re: Bob Trailer and Panniers?
« on: March 19, 2010, 08:57:01 am »
I've used a Bob for a number of tours, including the TransAm. I, too, wanted to add more convenient storage for the usual daily access, e.g., food, repair tools, clothing, and ????. I just finished adding a Tubus Tara front rack and some inexpensive front panniers. It works great. I've loaded the panniers with the maximum weight (15 kg) with little noticeable effect on steering when riding.

General Discussion / Re: chafing or discomfort from seat
« on: March 18, 2010, 03:25:47 pm »
Body Glide, a stick anti-chafing product, may help. I use it on tour and it works. Not messy, too.

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