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Forum: Touring
07-27-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,663
Posted By gauvins

Won't be useable. (i.e. touch); difficult to read...

Won't be useable. (i.e. touch); difficult to read (water beads + air pockets).

Personally, (1) I am somewhat jealous -- no enough free time for an extended tour, for the foreseeable future; (2) I...
Forum: Touring
07-20-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,246
Posted By gauvins

True, wrt practical matters. I've traveled rather...

True, wrt practical matters. I've traveled rather extensively and language never prevented me from eating, sleeping, etc. "Survival English" is widely understood and tools like Google Translate are...
Forum: Touring
07-16-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,246
Posted By gauvins

raybo has a good point (i.e. language). My...

raybo has a good point (i.e. language).

My preference would go towards France (I speak French fluently, have family there). If you do not speak French, you may want to consider Germany. While...
07-15-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 391
Posted By gauvins

I have a Hero session 5. (purchased a few years...

I have a Hero session 5. (purchased a few years ago). Tiny cube. Press the button for a second to start capturing, press again to stop. Excellent image quality, waterproof, tons of accessories (many...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,327
Posted By gauvins

Good idea. Maybe post a pic (1) ready to ride,...

Good idea. Maybe post a pic (1) ready to ride, and (2) inside a rinko bag? And perhaps give indications on the time required to get from rinko to ready-to-ride and vice-versa?
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 591
Posted By gauvins

Thanks. Will post and update here is something...

Thanks. Will post and update here is something interesting turns up
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 04:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 591
Posted By gauvins

Barcelona -- Nice: quite a few hills on the way...

Barcelona -- Nice: quite a few hills on the way :)

Yes, France is a great country to visit, usually. The situation has been quite different during the past few months, however. French people have...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 591
Posted By gauvins

Bike travel in France -- summer 2020

I'll possibly travel to France this summer (should be accessible to Canadians starting July 1st. I assume that air travel will resume shortly).

Considering the possibility of cross-country,...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 818
Posted By gauvins

wrt phone/SIM compatibility (1) I assume that...

wrt phone/SIM compatibility (1) I assume that your phone was unlocked, but Canadian phones were sold locked until fairly recently. IIRC, can be unlocked for free if you ask your carrier (2) if this...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 818
Posted By gauvins

I typically use bRouter, offline, when underway,...

I typically use bRouter, offline, when underway, to generate routes. There is an online version where you can play with the itinerary and get (usually) great routing advice. See here...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 818
Posted By gauvins

Android or iOS? If Android, you may want to...

Android or iOS? If Android, you may want to consider an offline solution. We (successfully) use Locus Pro + bRouter (the latter generates routes while offline) on Samsung Galaxy phones (S5/7/9).
06-22-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,223
Posted By gauvins

Never been a problem for me. You may want to read...

Never been a problem for me. You may want to read this (https://forums.garmin.com/outdoor-recreation/outdoor-recreation/f/fenix-6-series/211351/limitation-of-waypoints-on-fenix-6-still-at-50). Looks...
06-20-20, 04:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,469
Posted By gauvins

Marine cables/wires are typically tinned in order...

Marine cables/wires are typically tinned in order to prevent corrosion. Lead is a very ductile metal (more than copper) that crimping will easily mold. See here...
06-20-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,469
Posted By gauvins

Probably a very good idea. Connectors are...

Probably a very good idea. Connectors are typically rust-proof, so you problem would likely be (1) poor connection between wires and terminals; (2) the wire themselves corrode.

You may want to tin...
Forum: Touring
06-20-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,634
Posted By gauvins

It is supported from above by the wires going to...

It is supported from above by the wires going to the USB plug, and if you like, from below by some stuffing (eg. a piece of foam). Being very lightweight, wires from above appear to be sufficient....
06-17-20, 10:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,223
Posted By gauvins

you can (should) get an out-front mount for the...

you can (should) get an out-front mount for the Fenix (https://www.racewaredirect.co/shop/garmin-fenix-5-bike-mount/). holds it securely (not more likely to fly off the handlebars than off your...
06-17-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,223
Posted By gauvins

I run and bike (touring). I've settled on Fenix 5...

I run and bike (touring). I've settled on Fenix 5 and am very happy with it.

If you are totally unfamiliar with the innumerable Garmin watch lines, you may want to learn a bit about them. My...
Forum: Touring
06-15-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 553
Posted By gauvins

Two summers ago, left from Quebec city, down to...

Two summers ago, left from Quebec city, down to Ogunquit, then north east along the coast of Maine/NB up to PEI. With our 2 daughters. Rules are (always) that we sleep under a roof when there is...
Forum: Touring
06-07-20, 05:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 841
Posted By gauvins

thanks for the clip. Hopefully we can return to...

thanks for the clip. Hopefully we can return to Japan, "shortly"
Forum: Touring
06-07-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,494
Posted By gauvins

1. if the context is ultralight solo/duo...

1. if the context is ultralight solo/duo not-too-long-trip with a stove for hot beverage/oatmeal or soup/etc. my vote goes to the Evernew DX stand...
06-02-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,287
Posted By gauvins

Garmin Speed 2 should work out-of-the box with...

Garmin Speed 2 should work out-of-the box with most phones/computers. In addition to providing real-time signal, the sensor stores 300 hours of data. So you'll get an activity record even if you...
06-02-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 820
Posted By gauvins

We have one. Works flawlessly. Shared by 3 people...

We have one. Works flawlessly. Shared by 3 people (myself + spouse + daughter). Automated sync is worth it, for us [the scale uses weight to upload data to the right account. can be manually...
05-31-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 804
Posted By gauvins

Search for [universal mounts]. Some grip the...

Search for [universal mounts]. Some grip the phone with a silicone harness (ex...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,634
Posted By gauvins

Most recent is Anker 26800 which accepts 30W from...

Most recent is Anker 26800 which accepts 30W from a PD charger. (I believe that more recent models will accept up to 60W. Charging capacity makes a HUGE difference -- you don't have to worry that...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,634
Posted By gauvins

As you may know, Forumslader is foremost a...

As you may know, Forumslader is foremost a resource for DIY enthusiasts. But the author (Jen if I remember) offers to assemble kits for you, in exchange for a nominal fee. I believe that prices are...
Forum: Touring
05-11-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,634
Posted By gauvins

funny you should ask. I've retired it after...

funny you should ask. I've retired it after having a couple of issues with cabling. We (prior to COVID...) used to fly with the bikes to our destination. Removing the wheel (2" tires) would squeeze...
05-11-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 794
Posted By gauvins

If the question is whether an S10 is ANT+...

If the question is whether an S10 is ANT+ compatible, the answer is yes, no doubt. I've used S5, S7 and S10 with all types of sensors. Can't really recommend an app -- I use phones to navigate using...
05-10-20, 10:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 628
Posted By gauvins

I put it on my (running) shoe. Rarely used on a...

I put it on my (running) shoe. Rarely used on a bike. Would be on my shoe or just lying in a bag.
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,685
Posted By gauvins

Could you expand/post pics? We typically tour...

Could you expand/post pics? We typically tour with front panniers (2x12.5). Ultra light. Would be curious to see and understand what are the benefits of a (I presume) bike packing setup.
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,685
Posted By gauvins

Bought these by mistake a few years ago. They are...

Bought these by mistake a few years ago. They are much more difficult to close than standard front rollers - you have to fold the top and then press the fastex in place. (Standard allows you to set...
Forum: Touring
04-17-20, 07:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 552
Posted By gauvins

Islabikes (https://www.islabikes.co.uk/) worked...

Islabikes (https://www.islabikes.co.uk/) worked for us. Very well made, including models with optional racks.
03-21-20, 05:57 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,299
Posted By gauvins

Tldr; If your country is under lockdown, not...

Tldr;
If your country is under lockdown, not travel. Period. Otherwise, short hub and spoke from your home totally auto-sufficient in order to avoid resupplying.

From bikepacking.com...
Forum: Touring
02-28-20, 04:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 856
Posted By gauvins

Down underneath is useless. It compresses and...

Down underneath is useless. It compresses and therefore provides minimal insulation. This is why quilts on thick pads make for a better system. Look here...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,812
Posted By gauvins

:) 1. Many (most?) Germans speak/understand...

:)

1. Many (most?) Germans speak/understand English.
2. In my experience, google translate is invaluable. Just make sure that you download language packs prior to your trip
3. I sometimes used...
Forum: Touring
02-14-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,679
Posted By gauvins

The XT trekking group is available in Europe...

The XT trekking group is available in Europe (https://www.bike24.com/search?searchTerm=shimano+trekking+group+xt). The problem is that for some obscure reason, they aren't distributed in North...
Forum: Touring
02-14-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,930
Posted By gauvins

Interesting suggestion.

Interesting suggestion.
Forum: Touring
02-13-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,930
Posted By gauvins

although I wouldn't wear flip-flops. Teva in my...

although I wouldn't wear flip-flops. Teva in my case. Points being (1) open shoes (socks if needed) (2) carrying additional footwear takes lots of space and adds some weight. I've once toured with...
Forum: Touring
02-07-20, 09:24 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 12,923
Posted By gauvins

Yes and no. I'd argue that the same principles...

Yes and no. I'd argue that the same principles apply. More so, perhaps, with touring where a typical day involves 6h+ of pedalling. Your 3-speed city bike example is quite good : why not tour on a...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,044
Posted By gauvins

Did this a few years ago (XT touring group). Very...

Did this a few years ago (XT touring group). Very very happy with the result.

You write brifters. You may want to look at rapidFire shifters mounted on MTB/touring handlebars. Beats brifters as...
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 896
Posted By gauvins

1. You may want to visit to this forum...

1. You may want to visit to this forum (https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/forums/camino-frances.12/). They focus on the Camino experience (I believe I've linked to Camino Frances. AFAIR,...
Forum: Touring
12-26-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 605
Posted By gauvins

Perhaps a Connex quick link...

Perhaps a Connex quick link (https://www.amazon.com/Wipperman-Connex-Connector-10-Speed-Chain/product-reviews/B0028WT392) (no tool required)
Forum: Touring
12-21-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 952
Posted By gauvins

Three considerations: Works offline....

Three considerations:

Works offline. (essential). Whatever platform, you should be able to download all required maps AND build routes offline.
Energy requirements. (Important). Two things...
12-10-19, 09:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,375
Posted By gauvins

Not a recommendation, but a few considerations. I...

Not a recommendation, but a few considerations. I run and ride. Have foot pod, RD pod, chest HRM, cadence/speed II sensor, power meter.

1. Wrist-based HRM is now quite accurate, and, I would...
Forum: Touring
12-08-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,101
Posted By gauvins

There are things you can do wrt the battery...

There are things you can do wrt the battery issue:

1. instead of investing in, and carrying, a dedicated bike GPS, get a battery bank.
2. the display consumes 70%+ of total energy. If your next...
Forum: Touring
12-07-19, 06:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,101
Posted By gauvins

Could you get Mrs Santa to get you a new smart...

Could you get Mrs Santa to get you a new smart phone? (Or buy one that is a couple of generations behind flagship models)

A phone is often the best alternative, if you tend to ride in areas where...
Forum: Touring
12-05-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 592
Posted By gauvins

:) I'll update when I have firsthand...

:)

I'll update when I have firsthand experiences. In the meantime you may want to look at these videos. (complete kit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPd3vxkSqdk) vs nexDock...
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 592
Posted By gauvins

Dex touring

There was a fairly recent thread where the merits of various computing configurations were discussed (among other things :))

Has anyone used a dex setup? (Recent Samsung models can be used in PC...
11-26-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,020
Posted By gauvins

Same here. Excellent combination. I've...

Same here. Excellent combination.

I've recently purchased a Fenix 5 + out front mount, used when navigation is not complicated (e.g. country roads rather than downtown). Better battery life...
10-30-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,165
Posted By gauvins

Interesting. I now understand that you are quite...

Interesting. I now understand that you are quite sophisticated wrt nav.

Two things come to mind. First, I would suggest that marine TBT nav is fundamentally different. Marine routes are typically...
10-29-19, 09:47 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,165
Posted By gauvins

1. You indicated that you've used your Edge for a...

1. You indicated that you've used your Edge for a few years -- have you updated your maps? I mean, Garmin's routing is far from perfect but not that bad. (btw, maps and routing tables are two...
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