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    How do you travel with maps?

    What is the best way to travel with maps, where they can easily be read while riding, protected from the elements, etc.

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    Try one of these type of bar bags.

    http://www.arkel-od.com/panniers/sm_...asp?fl=1&site=

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    What if I don't want to use a handlebar bag?

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    Now we're talking......

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    shove them in a pannier in a zip lock. When you have one you need to read, slip it into a foldback clip rubber banded or velcroed to the stem. If its wet out put the map in a zip lock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GJD
    What if I don't want to use a handlebar bag?
    Then try something like this:

    http://www.velotique.com/images/arkel-MAPCASE1.jpg

    Or this:

    http://www.velotique.com/images/bag-map-.JPG

    Or this:

    http://www.velotique.com/images/bag-queclip.jpg

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    I'm not sure if these are all the same thing but, here are some more.

    http://www.adv-cycling.org/store/cat...fm?Category=28

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    I use the map case on my Arkel big bar bag most of the time. However, for club rides (ie, when I don't want or need a 3+ pound wind anchor hanging on my handlebars) I use the "Bar Map OTG" that's referenced just above, from the Adventure Cycling web site.

    It's very lightweight, holds just about any size map and folds down into quarters for small cue sheets.

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    A hint for dealing with extra-large maps:

    Use a knife or scissors to cut away sections of maps you do not need. Smaller maps are much easier to handle, fold, and squeeze into a small map case.

    I have removed up to two-thirds of a map. The smaller maps are a cinch to refold, especially in the wind.

    It's your choice whether to carry the excised maps as dead weight, mail them home, or chuck them.

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    my handlebar bag has a flap that snaps over the top so you can read it while you ride. It's made by cannondale.

    If you don't want a handlebar bag, you're nuts(no offense) I love mine.

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    A good tip is to make up a route card for any lengthy tour.
    Just print on a small card the details you need to follow the route e.g. road markings, turn-offs, junctions complete with drawing if needed. It's easier to follow this rather than stop and keep on referring to a map, and it can be stored with your map and seen through the map cover.

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    Ziploc bags are great for maps and cue sheets. Makes them nice and waterproof for rainy weather. Simple and effective. Replacements are available everywhere.

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    hey there

    i found some instructions online for making my own handlebar box out of corrugated plastic signs. i made the thing too big so that it was pinching my cables so i ended up just using the top of my box as a ledge/board for my map. you can do the same: cut a piece off of those corrugated plastic signs that realtors/political campaigns use and punched some holes in it. i used zipties and pieces of old tubing to tie the board to my handlebars then used binder clips to keep my map in ziplock bag attached to the top.

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