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Gear Talk / Re: Review: charging batteries with a SON hub
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:03:49 pm »
Can't thank you enough for such a detailed an informative post.

General Discussion / Re: No ride reports???
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:39:42 pm » is also another Adventure Cycling Association site worth checking out if you have not already.
Nope, never seen that one either. Looks very cool!
Why do you people hide these things so well???
We promoted both of these sites when they were launched on the Adventure Cycling blog and the Bike Bits e-newsletter. There are also links on the Adventure Cycling website homepage to both resources on the right hand side. In the future I'll try to post new items like these in the forums as well.

General Discussion / Re: No ride reports???
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:28:12 pm »
If your looking for ride reports and or journals you might want to check out for daily inspiration and entertainment.
Wow, I'd never heard of this. And the bigger surprise was to see that it is sponsored by Adventure Cycling! is also another Adventure Cycling Association site worth checking out if you have not already.

General Discussion / Re: No ride reports???
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:43:08 am »
If your looking for ride reports and or journals you might want to check out for daily inspiration and entertainment.

Welcome to the Adventure Cycling forums! Great work on putting together the site. I look forward to seeing it grow and become another great bicycle travel resource.

General Discussion / Re: Must have iPhone apps
« on: January 25, 2012, 12:00:02 pm »
I'm not an iPhone user, so I can't provide a list of apps, but Track My Tour seems like a great app for bicycle travel and being able to show friends and family where your at.

Impressive stuff, Seth. Thanks for taking the trouble to get it out here.

I agree! Thanks

This one is very commonly used by touring cyclists:

I second the spot tracker. The Great Divide racers have been using these for a couple of years and it seems to be proven and work well. Have a great trip!

Classifieds / Re: cannondale T1 for sale
« on: August 05, 2011, 11:12:05 pm »
What size frame?

Gear Talk / Re: Cleatskins
« on: August 03, 2011, 11:14:54 am »
The Cleatskins are carried in the Adventure Cycling store, Cyclosource, as well.

General Discussion / Re: Forum keeps forgetting my password.
« on: August 02, 2011, 12:07:06 pm »
Sorry about the issues you are experiencing "Bicycle Rider" and "o2kayak". There are two possible ways to save your authentication credentials for the forums. The forum software will set a browser cookie that will keep you logged in for the amount of time that you specify. The screenshot below shows these options. If you do not allow cookies or use some type of browser add on or software to manage or delete cookies it could cause the issues that you are describing.

The other possibility is that you are allowing your browser to save the username and password and populate it into the login form when you arrive at the forums. Browsers save this information based on the domain name of the site and it is possible that you could run into problems if you also have an account on our main site that is different than the account credentials that you have for the forum. In this situation your browser may load the credentials that it saved for your MyACA account from the main site instead of the account info for the forums. This is something that we would like to address in the future, but do not have a specific timeline at the moment.

I typically use the first method to save my forum credentials and have not had any issues since we have been running the current forum software. Hope this helps to clear up the issues you are experiencing!

General Discussion / Re: Location-tracking website (route-specific)
« on: July 27, 2011, 02:43:14 pm »

Funnily enough I did track a couple of other cycle tourers using the TrackMyTour iPhone app - and I was very impressed. I would certainly be tempted to use that (instead of, for example, my Wordpress blog) for my next tour.

One tricky thing is getting lots of people to use it. As hinted in my last post, I think it would require something like an endorsement/recommendation from the ACA before enough people started using it for it to gain traction.

A bigger issue is that the only mobile device supported is the iPhone/iPad, with (according to their FAQ) 'no immediate plans' to support other mobile platforms such as Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile etc. So its not exactly widely accessible (weirdly the iPhone app seems to offer functionality that you can't get on the actual website, e.g. following people's tours).

I agree about getting more people to use the app through promotion by Adventure Cycling Association. The Track My Tour app was reviewed awhile back on the Adventure Cycling Blog,

I agree that having more supported devices would be nice to get a larger amount of the bicycle touring population using the app.

General Discussion / Re: Location-tracking website (route-specific)
« on: July 26, 2011, 07:15:19 pm »
You might want to check out Track My Tour, It seems to do a lot of the things that you are asking for. I believe it is only available for the iPhone and iPad, but I believe that they may make a Android version at some point.

Gear Talk / Re: TransAmerica with MTB
« on: July 22, 2011, 02:47:43 pm »
Others will chime in with more advice, but I would recommend that you have a triple up front for climbing with the extra weight of your gear. A trailer might also be a good option to consider for touring with a mtb bike in case using only rear panniers does not give you the room you need. Using only rear panniers might also put more weight on the back of the bike only and have an adverse effect on handling.

As far as frame materials, I would consider steel for touring due to the nice ride quality it provides. Aluminum is light and stiff, but those are not necessarily the qualities that you look for with a touring bike. 

Gear Talk / Re: Power Supply on the road
« on: July 20, 2011, 01:15:02 pm »
Welcome to the Adventure Cycling forums! It looks like a really interesting setup you have and I think others will be interested as keeping smartphones charged on extended trips seems to be a problem that long distance cyclists face. Is the phone essentially running off the external power throughout the day, or do you only use the external power for charging when the device power becomes low? This seems like an interesting alternative to the solar panel charging option that has its own limitations.

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