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11-17-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 671
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I clip mine onto my vest using the carabiner clip...

I clip mine onto my vest using the carabiner clip that came with it. The unit’s antenna should not be buried in a pocket
11-17-22, 05:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 671
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I really like the text feature of the Garmin...

I really like the text feature of the Garmin InReach Mini, especially since I can use Bluetooth to pair it to my phone. This makes typing up a message much easier. My standard protocol with my...
11-16-22, 12:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 671
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Garmin InReach Mini is what I use so that my...

Garmin InReach Mini is what I use so that my husband can find my body if I go missing on my hikes and bike rides. It is a satellite communicator and it sends a signal every 10 minutes. My husband can...
Forum: Touring
09-13-22, 06:48 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,325
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Get a handlebar extender. That way you can...

Get a handlebar extender. That way you can relocate your gps, etc. so you can use a front bag.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073D88K9W
Forum: Touring
09-13-22, 05:22 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,325
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Bald Paul Another vote for using bike packing...

Bald Paul Another vote for using bike packing gear. I just did an 8 day tour as you described riding from hotel to hotel as I've never had any interest in camping but love being outdoors. I just want...
Forum: Touring
09-11-22, 02:57 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,245
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

staehpj1 I had such a great time last month even...

staehpj1 I had such a great time last month even with getting completely drenched coming back into Madison that I'm planning out my next tour for 2023! I'd love to do another tour this fall but this...
Forum: Touring
09-11-22, 02:42 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,245
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

staehpj1 No doubt I could cut down some weight if...

staehpj1 No doubt I could cut down some weight if I was willing to part with the spare tire I carry. But after this experience that I posted about back in 2018...
Forum: Touring
09-11-22, 11:21 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,245
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Apparently I'm not typical. I did a tour in...

Apparently I'm not typical. I did a tour in Wisconsin and Minnesota last month with 8 days of riding and 7 nights in motels. My bike plus gear (including the waistpack) came in at 56 pounds. I would...
Forum: Touring
07-29-22, 10:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,496
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Bike plus gear (including waist pack) = 56...

Bike plus gear (including waist pack) = 56 pounds. This picture was taken without my lights, GPS, camera and a few other items not on the bike. I just loaded everything on it for this weekend's...
Forum: Touring
07-27-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,496
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Here are some links that Tourist in MSN shared...

Here are some links that Tourist in MSN shared with me earlier this summer:

https://bikepacking.com/bikes/2022-tour-divide-rigs-part-1/
https://bikepacking.com/bikes/2022-tour-divide-rigs-part-2/...
Forum: Touring
07-27-22, 06:02 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,615
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

So true about the rabbit hole of choices! My...

So true about the rabbit hole of choices! My husband has found it very entertaining watching me get everything configured. Some purchases ended up being returned - the first couple of frame bags did...
Forum: Touring
07-27-22, 05:28 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,615
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

While I don't like the feel of a backpack for any...

While I don't like the feel of a backpack for any length of time, I am completely comfortable with a waist pack. I always day hike with a waist pack and got a slightly larger one that didn't have any...
Forum: Touring
07-27-22, 04:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,615
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Thanks Tourist in MSN! The link to the video...

Thanks Tourist in MSN!

The link to the video is at the very bottom of that page. Really helped me understand how they were designed as well as the rough conditions that they have been used in.
Forum: Touring
07-26-22, 07:11 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,615
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

they attach first with Gorilla tape. Watch this...

they attach first with Gorilla tape. Watch this video and you will see exactly how they attach

eta. Link won’t paste on my iPad. Google Baryak Mule install. YouTube Id
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Forum: Touring
07-26-22, 04:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,615
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

How much capacity do you need? I have a carbon...

How much capacity do you need? I have a carbon fork and used the Baryak Mules (https://www.baryak.com/new-products/baryak-mule-double-mule-with-install-kit) to attach Salsa Anything Cages...
Forum: Touring
06-23-22, 04:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Thanks everyone for the very helpful advice! I...

Thanks everyone for the very helpful advice! I need to get through the summer semester before I can actually escape to Wisconsin but now I can start making some plans.
Forum: Touring
06-23-22, 12:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

debade Apparently living in the Chicago...

debade Apparently living in the Chicago metropolitan area my entire life has convinced me that ALL airports are in messy traffic areas (O'Hare especially). But I just looked closely at the Dane...
Forum: Touring
06-23-22, 08:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Long term parking - Madison, WI area?

I'm finally starting to think again about doing a bikepacking tour in Wisconsin. I had hoped to do one in 2020, but the pandemic changed everything. One of my friends has put together a series of...
Forum: Touring
02-06-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,267
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I got an Garmin InReach Mini a couple years ago....

I got an Garmin InReach Mini a couple years ago. I went with the freedom plan so just activate it when I have trips planned. My husband likes that he can see where I'm at via a webpage. I like that I...
Forum: Touring
10-26-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,151
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I second the inReach mini. I've had mine for...

I second the inReach mini. I've had mine for almost 2 years. Watch the sales this time of year. I paid much less than $400 for my unit. I got the subscription service that let's me suspend it. So I...
Replies: 46
Views: 6,069
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Yes, I do carry plastic tire irons, a bead jack...

Yes, I do carry plastic tire irons, a bead jack (the rims on one of my bikes have made me swear a LOT prior to buying a bead jack), and multiple other tools. My pet peeve (well one of them) is my...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
09-07-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 670
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Beautiful area that you live in! I had no issues...

Beautiful area that you live in! I had no issues on this route in spite of no shoulders. I rode it back in July:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37432023

I'm a flatlander from Illinois but I have...
Replies: 89
Views: 13,905
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

For me the stressfulness associated with...

For me the stressfulness associated with attaining an R-12 was due to the fact that I live in northern Illinois. Winter weather can be fickle. The year that I did mine, I rode a 200K brevet (R-11)...
Forum: Touring
05-31-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 979
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I can completely relate to this! I just spent a...

I can completely relate to this! I just spent a week up in central Wisconsin hiking, using my bike to shuttle for my point-to-point hikes of the Ice Age Trail. I had my fleece headband and gloves in...
Replies: 19
Views: 3,593
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

The only difference that I'm seeing in my area...

The only difference that I'm seeing in my area (Illinois/Wisconsin) is more flexibility on the checkpoints. Instead of needing to get a card signed or get a receipt (necessitating interacting with...
Replies: 54
Views: 9,842
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

My taillight of choice is the Cateye Rapid X3...

My taillight of choice is the Cateye Rapid X3 https://www.cateye.com/intl/products/safety_lights/TL-LD720-R/

I'm a slow rider and these lights have kept flashing for 19+ hours (300K brevet). They...
Forum: Touring
04-05-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,397
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

There is a reason that my husband gladly stays...

There is a reason that my husband gladly stays home with the kitties when I got off on my week-long biking or hiking adventures.

Married 30 years in August. Exactly 1 bike ride together. He hasn't...
Forum: Touring
03-27-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,837
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Have you considered continuing onto the Chief...

Have you considered continuing onto the Chief Ladiga Trail? Another 33 miles gets you to Anniston where there is a very nice motel (McClellan Inn - 1 mile from trail head). Plenty of food options...
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 04:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,696
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

https://www.dillpicklegear.com/picklejar/index.php...

https://www.dillpicklegear.com/picklejar/index.php?route=product/category&path=74

I have a Dill Pickle handlebar bag. Just the right size for my needs and I can access it while riding. No special...
Forum: Touring
02-26-21, 05:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,248
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

another vote for the Frankfort and Georgetown...

another vote for the Frankfort and Georgetown areas of Kentucky! I’ve ridden down there twice and it was well worth the 6+ hour drive from Chicago. ...
Forum: Touring
02-23-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,248
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

You'll probably want to double-check expected...

You'll probably want to double-check expected drive times when it gets much closer to your actual trip. We have a saying here in Illinois that we only have 2 seasons: Winter & Construction.
Forum: Touring
02-23-21, 05:45 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,248
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I'm trying to figure out how you are going to...

I'm trying to figure out how you are going to drive from Niles, MI to Rockford, IL in 3 hours. You do change time zones so that buys you an hour. Catch the I-80/94 corridor at the wrong time and that...
Forum: Touring
02-21-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,248
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

OP - re: Illinois - I absolutely would NOT go...

OP - re: Illinois - I absolutely would NOT go through downtown Chicago. Take I-80 west to I-39 instead. You can ride the I&M Canal trail from Joliet out to Morris. Exit Hollywood Rd in Joliet and...
Forum: Touring
02-21-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,248
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Another vote for the Root River trail! It was...

Another vote for the Root River trail! It was part of a 300K brevet that I did 2 years ago. I hope to get back in that area to ride it again.
Replies: 11
Views: 2,884
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

a few years ago I did a trail race to support my...

a few years ago I did a trail race to support my friend's birthday. It was a ~3 mile loop through the woods. There was a 6, 12 , and 24 hour event I think. Someone had set up one of those cameras...
Replies: 11
Views: 2,884
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Marathons (both running and walking) vs 200Ks -...

Marathons (both running and walking) vs 200Ks - cycling is much less harsh on my body and recovery is quicker. Cycling is much more fun! Except in headwinds. I can hike long distances in headwinds...
Forum: Touring
01-23-21, 04:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,246
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

My plans for a couple of short tours in 2020...

My plans for a couple of short tours in 2020 vaporized thanks to the pandemic.

As for 2021, I originally had planned to do a multi-night credit card tour, but I'm still wary about the pandemic and...
Forum: Touring
01-23-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,604
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Another female rider here. My husband just laughs...

Another female rider here. My husband just laughs about how many saddles and bike short combinations that I've tried over the years. I've been riding with a Brooks Cambrium C17 (no cutouts) on 2 of...
Replies: 57
Views: 14,501
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Took advantage of a 3 day weekend to get my 100...

Took advantage of a 3 day weekend to get my 100 mile ride in for September. It was a beautiful day to ride! I started out by riding my first 100K perm for 2020 (#3740) which starts at a gas station...
Replies: 57
Views: 14,501
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

It has been a hot summer here in the Chicago...

It has been a hot summer here in the Chicago area. We are well above average in the number of days with highs in the 90's. I failed to make the 100 mile mark in July with my longest ride being ~94...
Replies: 19
Views: 4,579
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I did two long rides (300K brevet & 100 mile...

I did two long rides (300K brevet & 100 mile invitational ride) in high heat last summer. What worked for me was to have a cloth tube filled with ice around my neck. I kept refilling it at every...
Replies: 115
Views: 26,287
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

abshipp and for the record, my experiences were...

abshipp and for the record, my experiences were on my Trek bike with the 35mm tires!
Replies: 115
Views: 26,287
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

As part of my bike shutte/IAT hiking, I was on...

As part of my bike shutte/IAT hiking, I was on the Badger State and Sugar River trails a couple years ago. If it has recently rained, you likely will sink into the trail and find the progress slow....
Replies: 57
Views: 14,501
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

A few friends of mine invited me to join them on...

A few friends of mine invited me to join them on a 125 mile (200K) bike ride yesterday. I haven't seen any of them last year so I decided to go. Social distancing wasn't a problem since I'm slower...
Replies: 17
Views: 2,705
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

What email? I own 4 perms. No email as of this...

What email? I own 4 perms. No email as of this morning.

ETA: I found it on the Google Groups Perms List just now
Replies: 24
Views: 3,849
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I've been riding century routes by using my house...

I've been riding century routes by using my house as a hub with spokes out to other suburbs. Not the same as some of the rides I've done up in Wisconsin or out by Princeton, IL in terms of scenery...
Replies: 57
Views: 14,501
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

My first attempt at a century for May came up...

My first attempt at a century for May came up short by 6 miles. I was about 15 miles from home and just ran out of steam. I had no desire to ride another couple of loops in the neighborhood to get to...
Replies: 17
Views: 2,705
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I've done a couple of 100 mile rides since the...

I've done a couple of 100 mile rides since the lockdown but they all started from my house and were made up of loops back to my house for refueling. I'll probably do another this coming weekend. Our...
Replies: 57
Views: 14,501
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Got my century for March in by doing a 200K...

Got my century for March in by doing a 200K brevet in Tennessee last weekend (3/21). It was a brevet of one since everyone else backed out due to COVID-19 concerns. Honestly, I felt safer out in the...
Replies: 115
Views: 26,287
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

The permanent program is suspended. RUSA was not...

The permanent program is suspended. RUSA was not able to get insurance for permanents. So if you want to do the series, it must be scheduled brevets.
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