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General Discussion / Re: GPS Tracker
« on: August 19, 2017, 09:57:48 am »
Out of curiosity, how much data does something like the "Find Friends" app use on a day and/or week?

I don't know, although the real issue with battery life when in remote areas is your phone ramping up power to try and find/keep a signal. In areas with strong signals and lots of towers it can run at lower power levels because it doesn't have to hunt for signals as much. My guess with Find Friends is that it's not really drawing any additional power like a GPS/map app would, but I haven't researched it.

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General Discussion / Re: GPS Tracker
« on: August 13, 2017, 08:11:51 am »
If you have an iOS device, the included "Find Friends" app works pretty well for letting people track you in near real time  (assuming you have cell service).

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Gear Talk / Re: Rigidity of S&S Couplers?
« on: July 27, 2017, 10:52:34 pm »
Yes. Stronger than the original tunes usually. We have them on our triplet, which we tour on. Full bike weight with three people and front - rear panniers is probably 550-600 pounds rolling, with one long frame on just two wheels (10 feet +/-).

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Even better than the passcard is the Enhanced Drivers License, If your state has them.

I think only a few states that border Canada offer them, though (like NY).

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Routes / Border crossings on Northern Tier (Buffalo, Niagara Falls)
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:47:11 pm »
If you are a US citizen looking to cross the Canadian or Mexican land border on a bike trip, you should definitely look into the "passport card" option. This is a credit-card size passport equivalent that is durable and easy to carry on tour. If you get it the same time as you get/renew a passport it's about $30 extra. If you get it a la carte it costs a bit more. Still a lot nicer than lugging around a full passport while on tour. Note it is only valid for LAND (or sea) border crossings from Canada or Mexico (and some islands).

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General Discussion / Re: Is touring the Pacific Coast in July safe?
« on: April 16, 2017, 01:42:57 pm »
The challenge with traffic on the Pacific Coast in the summer is that quite a lot of it tourists who are busier looking at the amazing scenery than piloting their vehicles. Couple that with rental RVs or unfamiliar cars and you just need an extra dose of caution. I always ride with a mirror and the couple of times I've biked along Calif Hwy 1 in the Carmel-Big Sur area I've been happy to have my rear blinkie light and bright top along.

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Gear Talk / Re: 48 tooth gear on a triple chainring?
« on: April 02, 2017, 09:34:09 pm »
Shimano's "Mega9" drivetrain supports a 48 tooth large chainring. So an MTB FD that's marked with that will work on a 48t ring and can be readily found on eBay in both XT and XTR trims. XTR cranksets from that era often came with 48-36-26 rings. Shimano's modern trekking series cranks come with that setup too, I believe.

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Routes / Re: Pfeiffer Bridge at Big Sur work around
« on: March 19, 2017, 04:02:43 pm »
If you have a bike that's ok on dirt roads, look up the "old coast road" to Big Sur. I believe that's still open, although that area was impacted by the fires last year. It's a really cool road that winds back through the hills and old growth redwood stands. Starts at the Bixby Bridge south of Carmel and ends near Molera State Park. It's about 10 miles.

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Routes / Re: European touring advice
« on: March 13, 2017, 06:06:08 pm »
I've seen people stealth camping on various routes in Austria, and in parts of Italy and France too (where they generally seem to be more relaxed about these things). In Germany it can be hard to find a place that is truly stealth, as there seem to paths through even the smallest wooded area and the local population loves to get out and walk/hike at all hours.

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General Discussion / Re: Cycling around the Grand Canyon Area
« on: March 02, 2017, 11:21:23 pm »
You could always just rent a bike in GC Village on the South Rim and bike the road along the rim. Makes for a very nice day ride, and the road is closed to cars (park buses only) for a good portion heading out to Hermits Rest. Be aware that the South Rim is high altitude and it can get hot, too, so don't assume that you can do as many miles as you do at home. Thankfully the free park shuttles have bike racks on the front if you tire out.

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General Discussion / Re: Aussies cycling SF to LA re Big Sur
« on: February 18, 2017, 10:30:44 pm »
Note that one of the Hwy 1 bridges in Big Sur is closed at the moment due to structural damage from a recent mudslide. Keep an eye on the CalTrans website to see status when you are traveling. Right now it's closed to vehicles AND pedestrians, and there is no alternate paved route, so you'd have to go inland a good bit to bypass it, and miss one of the most scenic stretches of the California coast :-(

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General Discussion / Re: Transporting Your Bike Overseas
« on: February 02, 2017, 12:40:46 pm »
Hi, lots and lots of similar threads on this topic here and especially on the bikeforums touring section (http://www.bikeforums.net/touring/). I'd recommend doing some searches there to find lots of info.

In general, as Joe also said, for a point-point tour, a throw-away cardboard box is definitely your best option. Get another one at the finish of your trip. Sometimes, but not always, airlines have them available for purchase too.

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A great bike just waiting for your summer tour!

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Gear Talk / Touring tandem: experience with different makes
« on: January 21, 2017, 09:05:56 am »
@dullboot - what size tandem are you looking for? I'll likely be selling a 26"-wheeled S&S tandem this spring (Santana Fusion or Co-Motion Mocha; I have both just need to decide which to sell). Both are medium frames.

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Gear Talk / Touring tandem: experience with different makes
« on: January 02, 2017, 04:46:48 pm »
Unless you need a custom fit or the newest technology, you can likely find a nicely setup used Santana or Co-Motion S&S tandem for between $2500-$4000. For maximum versatility and ease of packing for a couples touring tandem, my preference is 26" wheels, but others will disagree.

I have three S&S tandems: a Co-Motion Mocha (26"), Santana Fusion (26"), and Santana Cabrio triplet (700c). The 26" wheeled bikes are definitely easier to fit in S&S cases.

PM me if you have more questions. We've been touring and traveling/flying wth our tandems/triplet for 17 years or so.

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