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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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