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Gear Talk / Re: Best Touring Wheelset
« Last post by Pat Lamb on October 18, 2017, 09:57:57 am »
I wouldn't change anything for touring (assuming your frame has 130mm/road spacing).

Now if this is your only bike, you might want to look at lighter rims, with skinnier tires, for non-tour riding.  The bike will feel surprisingly lighter and more responsive when unloaded.

But for spare touring wheels, you've got the closest thing to a "standard" for bulletproof wheels already.
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Gear Talk / Best Touring Wheelset
« Last post by Smudgy on October 17, 2017, 10:53:13 pm »
I'm currently touring on a set a Mavic A719 rims with Shimano 105 hubs. I paid about $400 for them. I love 'em. But I'm looking to have a new wheel set built just to have an extra. Before I do, I would like to hear some opinions on what are the best touring wheels out there. Is there something better than what I have? What's the cost? I don't mind spending some $$, a good set of wheels is worth it. BTW, I weigh about 210 lbs. and carry about 40 lbs. of gear. Thanks.
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Gear Talk / Re: Let's talk about Power Banks for Bicycle Touring?
« Last post by Touring_on_a_Bicycle on October 17, 2017, 05:54:22 pm »
Another thing to consider is that just taking a spare phone battery or two is lighter and smaller than a power bank.  I have found that if you buy them from a battery supplier instead of the phone supplier they can be pretty inexpensive.
A lot of modern smartphones , iphones for one, don't allow battery changes without major disassembly and special tools so field swapping isn't practical.  There are auxiliary external batteries that increase use time but they have limited capacity too.
True.  I take that into consideration when choosing a phone and pick one that does have a removable battery.  I consider it an important enough feature to be a major factor in the choice.
thanks for that tip! And I am using the LG Stylo 2 plus Smartphone from MetroPCS and I will Google battery this weekend when I get to Panera Bread in Vista CA to use the free Wi-Fi on my Acer Chromebook 11 laptop
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Gear Talk / Re: Advice for choosing components to reduce gear inches
« Last post by Touring_on_a_Bicycle on October 17, 2017, 05:49:15 pm »
I had the same situation with my Burley Hudson.  I replaced the 30 tooth chainring with a 24, and added a N-gear chain keeper to prevent the chain dropping off when coming down off the middle ring (it's a big jump).  Then I replaced the 30 tooth cassette with a 36.  You will need a long cage derailleur to take up all that slack chain, but even a 32 or 34 tooth cassette with that 24 tooth chainring will give you some pretty low gearing.  And relatively cheaply.
I don't know if you can buy the N-Gear Chain Keeper and I have the N-Gear Chain Keeper on my Surly LHT 26 52cm 2008
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General Discussion / Re: Appropriate Tires for GAP/C&O
« Last post by Alameda on October 16, 2017, 10:31:23 pm »
Thank you to all.  I'll be talking with my local bike shop.
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Food Talk / Re: to cook or not to cook?
« Last post by SprocketWeasel on October 16, 2017, 06:20:07 pm »
The "Brulee' Cafe" was about as good as it gets. I had chicken & shrimp alfredmarinara pasta.  It was killer! Desert was amazing!  This place is in Vermillion, South Dakota population about
10,000.  Home of the University of South Dakota and some microbreweries, if you're into to that.I camped in the city park for a $5 donation.
I'll ask a local when I eat out, then discover that non-franchised, "best kept secret", amazing bistro or the like!

Bistro?  You tour where there's a bistro??  Heck, I thought a Subway or Pizza Hut was fine dining most days!
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Food Talk / Re: to cook or not to cook?
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 16, 2017, 10:07:54 am »
I'll ask a local when I eat out, then discover that non-franchised, "best kept secret", amazing bistro or the like!

Bistro?  You tour where there's a bistro??  Heck, I thought a Subway or Pizza Hut was fine dining most days!
Yeah, I don't see many bistro's on my tours either.  I do like to sample the local food though, regardless of whether it is at a diner or even a gas station.  Things like locally made tamales or home made biscuits and gravy at a gas station, diner, general store, or whatever are more likely to show up on my tours than bistro food.  Good barbecue, great local seafood,Tex Mex, Cajun, and so on really do make for an enjoyable trip when you get to eat the genuine article.

Sampling the local regional food for me is part of the fun, but I still like to cook.
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Food Talk / Re: to cook or not to cook?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on October 16, 2017, 09:54:18 am »
I'll ask a local when I eat out, then discover that non-franchised, "best kept secret", amazing bistro or the like!

Bistro?  You tour where there's a bistro??  Heck, I thought a Subway or Pizza Hut was fine dining most days!
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ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Transferring purchased routes to ACA App
« Last post by JMilyko on October 16, 2017, 09:24:23 am »
Thanks for the clarification. I purchased the in-App route from Chicago to St. Louis. The tap feature to determine distance and elevation between two points is a very useful feature. One other question: in the .gpx track version that I had previously purchased, is there a list of abbreviations for all Service Waypoints that show up when viewed in Pocket Earth?  For example LIB = Library

No, there is not an abbreviation file that comes with the date. For reference in advance, you can view all the abbreviations we use on this page:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/digital-data-for-devices/tracks/#services

Jennifer
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