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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / ACA gpx on Wahoo?
« on: July 28, 2019, 05:22:53 pm »
The Wahoo Elemnt does not have navigation capabilities and cannot navigate  a route.
It can only follow a track.

GPS Navigation 101:

A route is series of intermittent waypoints which mark the location of towns, services and points of interest. It contains no detailed navigation information. The device must be able to navigate its way between waypoints.

A track is a series of hundreds or even thousands of closely spaced track points depending on the length of the track. The device does not need navigation capabilities to follow a track.

The ACA files are routes, not tracks.

Gear Talk / Re: New bike for next ride
« on: December 27, 2018, 04:21:44 pm »
None of the bikes mentioned would be any improvement on your Kona Sutra.
For a supported tour I'd be looking for a lightweight road bike with a wide gear range. That would be a carbon fibre bike such as the Norco Search XR or Merida Silex, both of which have the more relaxed geometry you prefer.

Gear Talk / Re: To paint titanium or not
« on: November 09, 2018, 02:33:42 pm »
Leave it natural rather than polished. Mine still looks good without being overt.

Gear Talk / Re: Cassette Question
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:29:38 pm »
Most likely you have exceed the derailleur capacity and probably need one with a longer cage.

There is a useful article about derailleur capacity here: Derailleur capacity – what is the max my derailleur can handle?

General Discussion / Re: Coordinated stalking on the road
« on: October 01, 2018, 10:38:44 pm »
Some people love to see conspiracies where there are none. I think your humour detector may be broken - or perhaps you simply cannot pick a South African's dry wit.

I've remarked about this phenomenon in my own journals. I think of it as Murphy's Law of Traffic, of which, I'm convinced there are several.

General Discussion / Getting bikes to Banff
« on: August 04, 2018, 04:05:44 am »
My friend is there now - he flew into Calgary and took a bus from Calgary to Banff.

General Discussion / Re: Slime tubes for off-road touring?
« on: July 26, 2018, 05:52:35 pm »
In my tubeless repair kit I have a dynaplug kit, a heavy darning needle and unwaxed dental floss to stitch up sidewall cuts. A 2oz bottle of sealant.  A Tubolito tube in case I cannot make a repair.
I have not had to use any of it in over 5 years of tubeless use.

General Discussion / Slime tubes for off-road touring?
« on: July 25, 2018, 05:28:40 pm »
I tour with no tubes. Stans Notubes.
But is that off-pavement touring like the great divide?  Just asking.
Yes, for exactly that kind of touring. Most offroaders ride tubeless these days.

General Discussion / Re: Slime tubes for off-road touring?
« on: July 25, 2018, 04:59:22 pm »
I tour with no tubes. Stans Notubes.

Gear Talk / Re: How many touring bicycles?
« on: July 06, 2018, 09:01:24 am »
It's your money, buy as many touring bikes as you wish.

General Discussion / Re: Pedals Recommendation
« on: June 29, 2018, 07:39:43 pm »
I use and recommend Shimano M8020 XT Trail pedals.  There are cheaper and more expensive versions, depending on your budget.

Many MTB shoes are designed for walking. Some have the Vibram soles typically found on hiking shoes. Avoid the stiff race shoes, they are hard to walk in.

Gear Talk / Re: Newbie Road Touring Need Help with Gear Questions
« on: June 17, 2018, 10:44:21 pm »
I think you're thinking more of "conventional touring" in terms of tire choice for Marathon Plus.  I would never go down that road since my combine weight of my rig and myself (total ~ 170 lbs) is less than your typical male rider.    It would be overkill IMHO.
No I'm not. I am pointing out the low weight of Marathon Supremes relative to convention touring tires (Marathon Plus).

But you seem to have all the answers so I'm not sure why you asked for advice. Good luck with your tour and happy pumping.  ;)

Gear Talk / Re: Newbie Road Touring Need Help with Gear Questions
« on: June 17, 2018, 06:59:11 pm »
I definitely don't mind sacrificing some puncture protection for lighter weight and a smoother ride.  Knock on wood.  This statement is from someone who has not had a lot of flats in the past 10 years of road cycling.
Ha ha - so the person who gets "sour" arms when he has to use a pump is willing to sacrifice puncture resistance for a few grams lighter weight, which will probably be negated by all the co2 cartridges he'll need to carry anyway.

Marathon Supremes offer a good compromise between weight, puncture resistance, durability and grip, and are about the lightest and fastest rolling touring tyre available. They are featherweight compared to the Marathon Plus which weigh nearly 1kg each.

Better get down to the gym and pump weights - bicep curls will probably be good exercises for pumping.  ;D

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