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    Map Cases?

    I have a bunch of old map cases that work perfectly with my eclipse handlebar bag- they are folded in half and have snaps that fasten it. They fasten around a nylon sleeve on top of the handlebar bag. The only problem is, that they are yellowed from age since they were purchased new 25 or so years ago.

    Are there any new cases that resemble these? Or do I just go the ziplock bag route?

    I'm only looking for a plastic case, not a handlebar bag.
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    Arkel has one that looks nice. Never tried myself.

    http://www.arkel-od.com/panniers/map...asp?fl=1&site=
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    Try MEC they have a system that looks much like what you have, the last time we got a replacment it was about 6.00 I think.

    If you post the diminsions of the one you have I will check the one I just got to see if it is the right size...I just checked opend it is 10 inches by about 8.5 inches, will there fore hold a map that is about 8.5 by 5 inches or so. Another way around this is to go to a marine canvas shop that makes awnings and tarps and stuff and get some window material you can easily make you own with a little bias tape and velcro. Takes no time and you will have a map case that will not yellow or rip and is nearly waterproof.

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    This comment is not for tips on finding or making map cases but an entirely different way of taking maps with you. I got a new digital camera right after Thanksgiving Day on so called black Friday with a large high-resolution display for taking and displaying pictures and a 1 Gig SD card for storing the pictures. This card provides the ability to store over 1,000 pictures even using the 5-mega-pixel setting. I was just getting ready to print a few maps from a mapping CD when I got the bright idea to simply load screen captured pictures of the maps on the SD card for later viewing on the camera! This works exceptionally well. I capture a screen shot of the map I want to load in the camera by using the ALT and Print Screen button combo and then bring up Paint on my old Windows machine and paste the captured map screen in the paint program. I edit any unnecessary stuff and label what the map is and add information as desired. I save the image and load it in the SD card using a USB digital memory card adaptor. When I want to look at the map I simply turn on my camera, switch it to look at stored photos, and cycle through the photos until I find the map I need. It's faster and easier than what I just described after you learn how to manipulate your camera. I cant imagine running out of space for pictures with that 1 Gig card but if you contemplate doing something like that it would be easy to get a second card just for storing maps and put that in the camera when required. I had an old 32 MB card doing nothing and found it would hold plenty of captured map images at 640X480 which was more than adequate resolution for viewing them with the cameras display.

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    I have the Arkel map case mentioned. Only used it on a few trips so far but I have been happy with it. I can't see how any map case is really different than another, but this one works for me so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teamcompi
    Try MEC they have a system that looks much like what you have, the last time we got a replacment it was about 6.00 I think.

    If you post the diminsions of the one you have I will check the one I just got to see if it is the right size...I just checked opend it is 10 inches by about 8.5 inches, will there fore hold a map that is about 8.5 by 5 inches or so. Another way around this is to go to a marine canvas shop that makes awnings and tarps and stuff and get some window material you can easily make you own with a little bias tape and velcro. Takes no time and you will have a map case that will not yellow or rip and is nearly waterproof.
    Cool, thanks. Mine are about 9 x 9 1/4" opened, so the mec version should work fine. Thanks!

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