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General Discussion / Re: Cooking on a van supported tour
« on: February 26, 2021, 08:42:21 pm »
BB and Wildtoad thanks for the info.  The need for a vegetarian base will have me thinking.

General Discussion / Cooking on a van supported tour
« on: February 25, 2021, 06:58:41 pm »
I'm signed up for an ACA van supported tour which i look forward to with great anticipation.  I understand that we will be rotating cooking duties which is fine but I am a bit anxious about cooking for 15 people after a day of cycling.  I understand that people will probably be hungry and not to picky, basically willing to eat a boiled door knob, but it would be nice to be able to produce something other than endless pots of spaghetti.  Those of you with group shared cooking experience what were the good easy meals that you remember?

Routes / Re: ACA Discontinuing some Paper Maps
« on: January 18, 2021, 11:41:09 am »
I too would miss paper maps quite a bit and I am disappointed to see that one of the trips I am considering, underground railway, is on the discontinue list.  However I can see the logic of the decision.  Printing and maintaining paper maps must be incredibly time consuming.  Not the physical printing itself but the design, layout,  error checking, and other cartographic tasks are not trivial.  The digital resources are probably far less resource intensive.  I don't know how well the digital maps play with google maps but my plan is to try to try to import into google mymaps and print from there.

General Discussion / Re: GAP trail ride
« on: January 18, 2021, 11:20:29 am »
How ill you get back from DC to Pittsburg?  If by train, then I believe the train station would be accommodating.

Routes / Re: First time, but year long trip. Nervous.
« on: September 01, 2020, 09:00:22 am »
I think that if you explore the west coast you will find that you are mistaken in thinking of the west as barren.  In addition Oregon and Washington to some extent have wonderful hiker biker sites if they are open (Covid).  If you are determined to stay east I have been on the C&O, GAP and Erie Canal trails and they have had cheap/free camping areas.  Not the great wilderness experience however.
You may have trouble with internet.  I usually depend on libraries for WiFi and found a lot of them closed this summer.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks Flyer Seat Bag Recommendation
« on: August 24, 2020, 07:17:53 pm »
Carradice longflap type

Gear Talk / Re: A must item
« on: August 24, 2020, 05:19:12 pm »
Baby wipes

General Discussion / Re: Reviews of Southern Tier tours
« on: August 24, 2020, 02:06:24 pm »
Thanks for the information folks.  I have looked on CGOAB and Bikeforums but I am more interested in information on the long term van supported tour thing.  With the exception of one RAGBRAI I have always toured independently fully loaded.  I very much enjoy (and miss) riding weekends with my local cycle club so I am hoping for a similar experience on a van supported tour.

General Discussion / Reviews of Southern Tier tours
« on: August 17, 2020, 09:46:07 pm »
I am considering taking the Adventure Cycling Southern tier van supported tour next year.  I have been looking for unbiased reviews on the internet without much success.  Can anyone give me suggestions on where to look?    Do you have any insights on adventure cycling tours in general?

Gear Talk / Re: Dynamo - What are you using for a light?
« on: April 12, 2020, 07:38:07 pm »
I have dynamo's on 3 bikes that I use for commuting in the dark some mornings.  One is a lumotec fly which I like quite a bit antd the other two are cheap ebay led lights which also run off the dynamo.  The Lumotec is quite nice and it has a standlight (capacitor which keeps it on for a while when you stop).  The ebay lights are also very adequate (and much cheaper) but they don't have standlights.  I would buy the generic ebay lights again.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: GPS Advice
« on: October 13, 2018, 09:04:54 pm »
I have an edge touring and find it to be quite unsatisfactory.  I wanted to use it for touring and routing.
It freezes constantly, to the point where I have stopped using it.  Not even the speed and distance functions are reliable
Garmin's interface is not intuitive and the computer software is glacially slow because it needs to download the maps from the Edge each time you use it and the interface is USB 2.  The real kicker is that the maps they use are primarily public domain.
I would send it back to Garmin but the warranty expired and they don't want to hear about it.

Gear Talk / Re: Liners for riding shorts.
« on: November 23, 2017, 05:37:45 pm »
Starter compression shorts from Walmart work well for me.

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