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Gear Talk / Re: bottled gas stoves & replacement cartridges/bottles
« on: January 21, 2018, 07:09:37 pm »
The canisters sold in the US have a threaded fitting. In Europe they come in the threaded type as well as an unthreaded fitting. The unthreaded "Camping Gaz" containers are popular in France. You do not want to buy a stove for the unthreaded variety for use in the US. If you wish, you can buy a MSR Superfly stove which has a mount which works with either type of canister and then your stove is suitable for using in the US as well as Europe.

The canisters can be difficult to find in the US in remote areas such as where the Trans-Am goes. Walmart generally carries them and they can be found in backpacking stores in the mountain areas as well as hunting and fishing supply stores. You can go a long time between places that sell them, and often you have to track them down as most places do not carry them.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike Computer
« on: January 07, 2018, 05:33:42 pm »
I am going to vote for Planet Bike computers. They show three lines of data and continuously show speed, distance and ride time. The fourth line will change at the push of the button, which is really not a button but just a push at the bottom edge of the computer. The fourth line can select one of three lines of information, Average - Max Speed, Odometer, and Time of Day - Temperature.

I leave mine on time of day and go all day and never touch the button as I am well beyond thinking about average speed anymore. Battery life is good for one year, I change mine in the beginning of spring when the riding starts to pick up. Usually it will begin to flicker with colder weather. Uses a button battery like all the others.

After using this computer I tired of computers with 8 functions and would show only one on the screen at a time with your speed. It seems with those you end up pushing the button 8 times to go around to cycle through distance, average, max speed and everything else.

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Gear Talk / Re: Should bicycle helmets be retired after a certain age?
« on: December 30, 2017, 07:58:00 am »
Bicycle helmets are constructed from different types of plastic. When I look at the other bits of plastic in my life they all seem to degrade over time. My Tupperware containers look rather bad but consequences of them cracking open is rather small. I am sure that UV exposure is a degradation factor with bicycle helmets. Is a two year replacement cycle prudent, probably not for the majority of us. I suspect ten years is a bit too long for all helmets.

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Classifieds / Re: WTB: Titanium touring bike size: medium
« on: November 19, 2017, 06:36:17 am »
I can see that I was not very clear in my response. The seller of the bicycle frame for sell I gave as an example is LynskeyPerformance out of Chattanooga, TN. This is the ebay presence of the Lynskey bicycle manufacturer. They sell many frames on ebay, perhaps they are surplus or discontinued inventory. If you search on ebay for the seller LynskeyPerfomance you will see many frames for sale. Perhaps you will see one that works for you. If not, wait a week or two and look again. I have know several people who have bought nice frames at very good prices.

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Classifieds / Re: WTB: Titanium touring bike size: medium
« on: November 18, 2017, 06:55:12 pm »
Just follow Lynskey on their Ebay store and wait for them to put a special on a frame you like. They always sell for good prices.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lynskey-Urbanskey-Titanium-Road-Touring-Bike-Frame-Only-Sze-Medium-Large-38149/162754982012?hash=item25e4f3f07c:g:weoAAOSwAPVZJv-i

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This is not really a solution for what you are looking for, but if I was in Lake James and had a gravel grinder, or a MTB, or perhaps just put some extra wide tires on my touring bike I would do this.

http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/two-gorges-gravel-s24o/

It would take up two days of the Thanksgiving weekend.

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Routes / Re: Routes in KY and VA
« on: September 18, 2017, 01:10:59 pm »
Stay on Trans-Am until Damascus, VA. Trans-Am leaves Damascus on US 58 going east, leave Damascus on Trans-Am. On the climb you will reach an intersection where the Trans-am continues straight and US 58 turns to the right. You will follow US 58 and turn right. Continue on US 58 through Mouth of Wilson, VA. Past Mouth of Wilson turn right on SR 93, you will not miss this turn as this will cross a bridge over the New River. Once you cross the bridge over the New River you will almost immediately be in North Carolina on NC 93. This is the western end of NC bike route 4.

https://www.ncdot.gov/bikeped/ncbikeways/

NC bike route 4 runs east west across NC along the northern border counties with Virginia. Follow NC bike route 4 until it intersects with Bike Route 1 between Oxford and Henderson, NC. You can follow Bike Route One south to Raleigh where it crosses Falls Lake on Six Forks Road.


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The North Carolina Outer Banks is scheduled to reopen today, Friday August 4th at noon.

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The North Carolina Outer Banks, which is an alternate route of the Atlantic Coast route is under mandatory evacuation as of July 31, 2017 and should be closed for up to two weeks. This is because electrical power was cut off from the islands by damage during construction at the Bonner Bridge at Oregon Inlet. Only residents and property owners are being allowed on the Outer Banks. The closure is from Oregon Inlet in the north of the Outer Banks, going south through Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island.

Notification of the closure is here: http://www.darenc.com/government/hatteras-island-power-outage-information

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General Discussion / Re: Atlantic Coast Route
« on: May 14, 2017, 06:52:27 am »
Riding north to south on the North Carolina Outer Banks is generally with the wind.

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Gear Talk / Re: front rack questions
« on: May 06, 2017, 11:36:07 am »
The Arkel AC lowrider front rider sold by Adventure Cycling in their Cyclosource section is a very nice rack. I find using this rack and moving my heaviest items to the front (stove, stove fuel, pots, tools, etc.) improves stability. I think this also has to do with the front end geometry of any given bike and you may need to try things out to find how your bike rides best.

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I like Easy Trails: http://www.easytrailsgps.com/

There is also an app called Easy Groups where you can set up a group that can follow your track and see where you are.

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for thermometers?
« on: March 22, 2017, 07:49:00 pm »
I say find a thermometer in something that you are already using and will have with you. My Planet Bike computer has a thermometer in it. It is totally worthless in many ways and will read 120 when parked in the sun in the middle of the day. However, first thing in the morning before the sun has baked the thing out it will be correct. So when I am cold and drinking coffee and I see the thing reads 44, it is mostly correct.

Garmin makes a do-dad that will send the temp to some Garmin units. You could mount the do-dad in some out of the way spot on your bike, like zip tied to a saddle rail or something and maybe have the same functionality as one built into a bike computer. This will satisfy keeping track of the temp as it will be recorded in the gpx file for the day.

There must be other items like those which are available. However, I doubt if any option will be approaching the $10 solution you have already found. That is pretty inexpensive.

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Routes / Re: From NC to IL bike route suggestion
« on: March 02, 2017, 04:24:13 pm »
Pat Lamb has the right idea on this. The closest place to you to pick up the Trans-Am is in Damascus, VA. The easiest way to get to Damascus is on NC Bike Route #4 (North Line Trace). From Carrboro take SR1009 to Hillsborough, from there NC NC 86 to Yanceyville. The distance to Yanceyville is about 40 miles.  NC Bike Route 4 passes through Yanceyville and you can pick it up there and follow the maps from NC DOT. The route is signed, but signs can be missing. Follow the route to the western end which is at the VA border where NC 93 changes to VA SR93. Proceed a short distance and just beyond what the eye can see from the state line and you will cross the New River and intersect with US 58. Turn left and go west and follow US 58. At Mouth of Wilson US 58 turns left and proceeds to climb up the Mount Rogers area. After a lot of climbing US 58 will take a left turn at Konnarock, the Trans-Am intersects US 58 at this location, it is about 15 miles downhill to Damascus, VA from this point.

As Pat suggested you can take the Virginia Creeper Rail Trail into Damascus which has access from US 58. The easiest place to access the trail is at Green Cove, turn left on Green Cove Road off of US 58. Green Cove is closer to US 58 than Whitetop is although Whitetop is the end of the trail. The Virginia Creeper Trail is nice, however the downhill run from Konnarock into Damascus on US 58 is a blast.

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