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Forum: Touring
07-27-22, 09:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By gauvins

Just showed up. Plenty of space at Madison and...

Just showed up. Plenty of space at Madison and Canyon.
Forum: Touring
07-26-22, 11:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By gauvins

Hiker/biker fees for kids

Currently in Yellowstone with our 11y/o daughter. Park entrance is free for under 16, but no mention about biker campsites. She got in free once, but we were told that the rate applies to everyone.
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Forum: Touring
07-12-22, 07:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,418
Posted By gauvins

I've toured quite a bit in Europe but don't have...

I've toured quite a bit in Europe but don't have a clear recollection - tons of roadies, tons of utilitarian bikes, relatively few touring bikes.

1. AFAIK, until recently, mainland retailers...
Forum: Touring
07-10-22, 08:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By gauvins

Was able to ride Avalanche>Logan pass yesterday....

Was able to ride Avalanche>Logan pass yesterday. Great experience.

WRT biker/hiker sites, you can pay with cc.
Forum: Touring
07-08-22, 06:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By gauvins

I'll be at Apgar this afternoon. Was told that...

I'll be at Apgar this afternoon. Was told that Going to the sun road woukd reopen on the 8th (today). (!!). Will update
Forum: Touring
07-07-22, 02:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By gauvins

Glacier National park

1. Going to the sun roof is still closed, and the expected opening is 2 weeks from now, according to the ranger I spoke to, at the St. Mary headquarters. Bummer, but yeah, there's been a huge...
Forum: Touring
07-07-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 755
Posted By gauvins

Turned out that Carway has no pedestrian lane....

Turned out that Carway has no pedestrian lane. The wait was short. Same thing at Glacier (which is closed for all practical purposes. I'll post in a separate thread.

WRT Black foot/feet, turns out...
Forum: Touring
07-05-22, 05:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 755
Posted By gauvins

Carway. I was told by a Blackfoot that...

Carway.

I was told by a Blackfoot that friends had used Chief Mountain on Father's Day. Perhaps because First Nation have a different status. I'll ask tomorrow (after having waiting in line :)
Forum: Touring
07-05-22, 04:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 755
Posted By gauvins

Car vs bike etiquette at the gate

Will cross the US border tomorrow, and enter a (probably busy) national park.
I usually take my place in the car lineup, unless there is a dedicated path for bikes/hikers (as in Jasper IIRC).
You...
Forum: Touring
07-04-22, 09:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 281
Posted By gauvins

Certainly depends on where in the country (which...

Certainly depends on where in the country (which line). Ten days ago Québec > Trudeau airport via mtl on Orleans express. Something like 28$ includes a box.

I believe that their official policy is...
Forum: Touring
06-30-22, 09:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 884
Posted By gauvins

I agree with the opinion that clothing beats...

I agree with the opinion that clothing beats sunscreen.

Less sure that a cotton/linen white dress shirt is the way to go (although I've carried a linen shirt on several occasions). (1) "cotton...
Forum: Touring
06-28-22, 08:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 884
Posted By gauvins

Clothing: Long sleeve Ts + lightweight gloves +...

Clothing: Long sleeve Ts + lightweight gloves + beanie + running tights + socks. Feels cooler and is more protective than sunscreen.

I always wear LSTs+gloves. Merino beanie or neck gaiter worn on...
Forum: Touring
06-28-22, 08:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 884
Posted By gauvins

Clothing: Long sleeve Ts + lightweight gloves +...

Clothing: Long sleeve Ts + lightweight gloves + beanie + running tights + socks. Feels cooler and is more protective than sunscreen.

I always wear LSTs+gloves. Merino beanie or neck gaiter worn on...
Forum: Touring
06-28-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,093
Posted By gauvins

There's no single best. You can get hard data on...

There's no single best. You can get hard data on rolling and puncture resistance from this site (https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/tour-reviews). The best tire for your circumstances will...
Forum: Touring
06-26-22, 05:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 388
Posted By gauvins

Interesting question. The city of Nantes...

Interesting question. The city of Nantes (https://www.bicloo.nantesmetropole.fr/fr/offers/groups/list#76470) proposes rentals for as little as 20 euros/month. Perhaps email them and see how things...
Forum: Touring
06-26-22, 11:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 308
Posted By gauvins

You're right. East to West. My mistake. WRT Chief...

You're right. East to West. My mistake. WRT Chief Mountain, yes, I am aware that the border crossing has been closed for the past two years (COVID related...) I was hoping that it'd be reopened...
Forum: Touring
06-26-22, 08:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 308
Posted By gauvins

West to East. Worse comes to worst, I'll ride...

West to East. Worse comes to worst, I'll ride south from St Mary.

Wife and daughter were supposed to be there as well. They cancelled this portion of our tour because my wife wanted to work on a...
Forum: Touring
06-26-22, 06:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 308
Posted By gauvins

... according to plan, I ride this on July 7th......

... according to plan, I ride this on July 7th... Unbelievable...
Forum: Touring
06-25-22, 08:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 308
Posted By gauvins

Kananaskis > Sparwood conditions

Flying out to Calgary tomorrow night. Below is screen capture of routing for the first couple of days. Wondering if the weather conditions (cold/wet spring, warnings that snow is still melting)...
Forum: Touring
06-19-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 819
Posted By gauvins

​​​​​​Geez... Wasn't aware of that... Looks COVID...

​​​​​​Geez... Wasn't aware of that... Looks COVID related though and the word seems to be that all such measures will soon be relaxed. This being said, the Carway crossing is not that far. I hope the...
Forum: Touring
06-18-22, 05:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 819
Posted By gauvins

I plan to ride Going to the Sun at the beginning...

I plan to ride Going to the Sun at the beginning of the second week of July. In my mind, that's plenty of time for the snow to melt. Am I daydreaming?

[I also plan to ride Yellowstone sometime in...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 07:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 651
Posted By gauvins

​​​​​​I've spent some time trying to pull/push...

​​​​​​I've spent some time trying to pull/push data from/to Garmin's ecosystem and concluded that it's not worth the time. Connect's web site is ok. The mobile app is actually all that I use...
Forum: Touring
06-12-22, 05:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,027
Posted By gauvins

Probably worth reading this guide...

Probably worth reading this guide (https://www.cyclingabout.com/touring-bicycle-buyers-guide/).

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Forum: Touring
06-07-22, 10:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 651
Posted By gauvins

1. Breadcrumb nav: several considerations. (a)...

1. Breadcrumb nav: several considerations.
(a) TBT can be annoying. You get the warning (not always, depending on settings) which partially obscures the screen -- I no longer use it;
(b) some...
Forum: Touring
06-04-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 651
Posted By gauvins

Garmin offers many models. I've settled on the...

Garmin offers many models. I've settled on the Enduro for its battery life (https://www.garmin.com/en-CA/p/702797#specs) (70-200 hours with GPS) as I don't care for music or maps. I use it as an...
Forum: Touring
05-29-22, 09:36 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,423
Posted By gauvins

Indeed. And I'd concur that it's the recovery...

Indeed. And I'd concur that it's the recovery profile (how fast your pulse is coming down post-effort) that is a more interesting metric. After taking to running, this is where my profile has changed...
Forum: Touring
05-27-22, 06:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 551
Posted By gauvins

For the return trip I'd probably use a renko bag....

For the return trip I'd probably use a renko bag. We've never boxed our bikes. Typically packed in a padded travel bag. Often in transparent plastic (supplied by the airline) or renko.

We always...
Forum: Touring
05-13-22, 09:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Posted By gauvins

The hack on a Kindle Paperwhite is to create a...

The hack on a Kindle Paperwhite is to create a PDF with the picture you want to display on the cover, convert it to a MOBI book and set the Kindle to use the book cover as lockscreen. (Which means...
Forum: Touring
05-11-22, 04:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,221
Posted By gauvins

you use [bicycle touring] [ bikepacking]. I used...

you use [bicycle touring] [ bikepacking]. I used [bike touring] [bikepacking].

Trends is an amazing tool. Try bike vs bicyle (both as a term and as a concept). Hours of intrigue in store :)
Forum: Touring
05-10-22, 07:20 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,245
Posted By gauvins

:) thanks for the offer. I'll have to think about...

:) thanks for the offer. I'll have to think about it. I currently have 2 Selle Anatomica -- comfortable for long rides, but with a tendency to stretch when wet, one being close to maximum stretch.
...
Forum: Touring
05-10-22, 06:35 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,245
Posted By gauvins

Sorry to revive an old thread, but a recent...

Sorry to revive an old thread, but a recent discussion about rain covers made me reconsider the C-17. Anything new under the sun (i.e. long-term evaluation)? Opinions WRT carved vs plain?
Forum: Touring
05-08-22, 11:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,221
Posted By gauvins

What happened in 2017?

For some reason, I've looked at trends.google.com to get a feel for the upcoming season. Unsurprisingly, search for camping is down from the peak of May 2020. Interestingly, the recent peak for bike...
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,595
Posted By gauvins

Or even more to the point: 3 screen captures from...

Or even more to the point: 3 screen captures from bRouter using different themes. Notice at the far right the display options (more are available). Notice also that the route is colored in deep red...
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 02:18 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,595
Posted By gauvins

or (far right is gMaps with "terrain" rendering) ...

or (far right is gMaps with "terrain" rendering)

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1430x607/corsica2_91b43e3a57d8f839488fcff8e19baa591ab65953.png
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Posted By gauvins

[/list] Excellent point. You are probably...

[/list]
Excellent point.

You are probably familiar with Onyx (https://shop.boox.com/products/nova3color). I have an older B&W Note that I should upgrade. My thinking was B&W (with light and...
Forum: Touring
04-26-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 998
Posted By gauvins

Totally agree. Somewhere in the thread I believe...

Totally agree. Somewhere in the thread I believe I refer to the lack of consideration of the base rate. I.e. more fatalities does not necessarily imply higher hazard.

I couldn't find data on...
Forum: Touring
04-26-22, 02:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Posted By gauvins

I'll check once more, just to be sure. The word...

I'll check once more, just to be sure. The word seems to be that sleep vs off shouldn't matter. Active may drain the battery if not in airplane mode (mine was) or backlighting is on (mine was, then I...
Forum: Touring
04-26-22, 08:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Posted By gauvins

I dug up two unfinished plans from 2 years ago,...

I dug up two unfinished plans from 2 years ago, when we we contemplating riding from Incheon to Busan. It may convey the idea.

On the left, a screen capture from bRouter. On the right, a...
Forum: Touring
04-25-22, 08:00 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,595
Posted By gauvins

Well. I planted the 4 pins you see on the map, to...

Well. I planted the 4 pins you see on the map, to get you started. Tons of features to explore. Have fun :)
Forum: Touring
04-25-22, 05:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Posted By gauvins

The idea is, I think, to create a simplified map...

The idea is, I think, to create a simplified map (topological, i.e. something like transit maps, showing points on route, but not at scale and not correlated with actual lat/long). Like a glorified...
Forum: Touring
04-25-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Posted By gauvins

~ds does it. Great! :) Thanks

~ds does it. Great! :) Thanks
Forum: Touring
04-25-22, 10:30 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,595
Posted By gauvins

It is more likely that the routing app will...

It is more likely that the routing app will overestimate rather than underestimate.

You may wish to pay attention to very steep segments. 1% all day long is ok. 10% for 60 minutes is hell (at...
Forum: Touring
04-25-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Posted By gauvins

Interesting. Would you happen to know if...

Interesting. Would you happen to know if something can be done with the PaperWhite? (it can display the cover page of an Amazon book, but not from pdf files... and I do not feel like publishing my...
Forum: Touring
04-25-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,595
Posted By gauvins

Elevation data is notoriously misleading. A...

Elevation data is notoriously misleading. A typical example is bridges where the road is nearly flat yet ground surface changes dramatically. Another problem (less and less of an issue) is where...
Forum: Touring
04-24-22, 06:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,392
Posted By gauvins

Interesting that you mention the KOA. I've looked...

Interesting that you mention the KOA. I've looked at their rates an unless I misunderstood, it is something like 80+$/night (?!).

So I joined warmshowers, and the rest will be history :)
Forum: Touring
04-24-22, 03:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 998
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for your concern. Just to be clear, I am...

Thanks for your concern. Just to be clear, I am not worried one bit (and unlikely to spend the rest of my life in the basement).

hmmm... for some, ignorance is bliss. For others, information is...
Forum: Touring
04-24-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,392
Posted By gauvins

Yes, absolutely. Flights are booked and the route...

Yes, absolutely. Flights are booked and the route is firming up, with the exception of this segment. (say... Kalispell to Twin Bridges). Our current route is more to the west than via #83.
I've read...
Forum: Touring
04-23-22, 08:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 998
Posted By gauvins

saddlesores you make good points. In particular...

saddlesores you make good points. In particular wrt fatalities vs "serious accidents". Regarding bike touring hazard... there is no useful data that I am aware of. I'll add a few instructive charts...
Forum: Touring
04-22-22, 08:42 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,886
Posted By gauvins

Gillette brand is owned by P&G. My understanding...

Gillette brand is owned by P&G. My understanding is that most Gillette razor blades (Astra, Nacet, Gillette Blue, etc.) are currently made in St. Petersburg (RU). BIC (French brand, manufactured in...
Forum: Touring
04-22-22, 08:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 998
Posted By gauvins

Totally agree. Shows in the data as well.

Totally agree. Shows in the data as well.
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