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Gear Talk / Re: front rack questions
« on: July 26, 2017, 03:33:03 pm »
I had problems fitting a front rack on my  new Trek 520, with disc brakes.  Finally ended up with the Tubus Low Rider, after working with Wayne at

Food Talk / Re: Best Foods for Training
« on: July 26, 2017, 03:24:55 pm »
On my rides, I take a banana, sliced apple in a sandwich bag (more recently), cheese, and fig newtons.  Seems to work well.   Need to figure out how to take salted hard boiled eggs! 

That being said, I plan to ride my first tour, Southern  Tier, starting this September.  Chances are that the same snacks will work while touring, supplemented by a good lunch!

Good luck!

California / Re: In Need of a New Bike Light?
« on: July 26, 2017, 03:08:46 pm »
Thanks for the tip!  I just submitted the form, and received a reply that the light will be shipped to my address.   So, the link is still active.   I live in Georgetown, CA, and just purchased  Princeton Tec front and rear lights - just used the rear light for the first time today.  I will use this giveaway as a spare or a gift, and will share the link with my local club!

General Discussion / Re: GPS Tracker
« on: July 22, 2017, 11:32:08 pm »
Thank you all for the advice!   Very useful information.  I think I will go with the findmespot.  Reviews were not good on Amazon, but I just learned of a former co-worker who just completed a cross country tour earlier this month.  She used the spot, and it worked great for her (when it was turned on!)
Thanks again!

General Discussion / GPS Tracker
« on: July 18, 2017, 11:15:17 am »
Looking for a GPS Tracking device that can connect to a web site, so that friends and family can track my ride.  I know this can be done through Strava, but not sure I want to leave my phone on all day every day (recharging can become challenging on a self-contained camping tour).


Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520 Front Rack
« on: June 05, 2017, 05:21:32 pm »
Thank you, Indy and Pat.  I did contact Wayne at, and he was a great help.  Ordered the Tubus Tara from him just now.   Thanks so much! 

Gear Talk / Trek 520 Front Rack
« on: May 31, 2017, 11:25:09 pm »
I am having some difficulty in fitting a front pannier rack on my 2017 Trek 520, with disc brakes.  Tried the Arkel  AC Lowrider front rack, and it would not fit with the disc brake.  Then tried the Janndd extreme front rack tall boy - same problem with the front disc brake interfering with the mounts.   Any suggestions for a proper rack or retrofitting would be much appreciated.  Thanks!

Routes / Re: Southern Tier 2017 Thread
« on: April 26, 2017, 05:55:44 pm »
I am signed up for the ACA Self Contained tour departing San Diego September 10.  Bought a new 2017 Trek 520 - haven't even had it out yet!  Looking forward to this trip - my first tour. 

Food Talk / Sports/Endurance Drinks on Tour?
« on: April 11, 2017, 12:18:13 am »
I am joining ACA's Southern Tier self-contained tour this fall.  This will be my first tour.   What are the thoughts/experiences on the use of sports drink mixes or endurance mixes, such as Perpetuem, Heed, Sustained Energy, Poweraide, Gatorade, etc.?  I used to use Perpetuem when riding centuries and doubles, but that was several years ago, and only one day events.  Not sure about carrying the extra weight and bulk.  Thoughts?

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