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Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,672
Posted By gauvins

WRT frames, we should probably make a distinction...

WRT frames, we should probably make a distinction between the (ultimate) probability of failure (which will always be 1) and the hazard rate (the instantaneous probability of failure).

Any frame...
09-21-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for the pointer. I ended up purchasing a...

Thanks for the pointer. I ended up purchasing a smaller (and cheaper) unit (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005003149490136.html?spm=a2g0o.cart.0.0.2c5f3c00eq5r6c&mp=1) that'll fit inside Ortlieb's...
09-21-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By gauvins

Perhaps... but technology is rapidly progressing....

Perhaps... but technology is rapidly progressing. My energy needs have been greatly reduced and solar panel technology now delivers more efficiently and cheaply. I'll try a couple of things and...
Forum: Touring
09-07-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,014
Posted By gauvins

I've used butterfly bars for several years and...

I've used butterfly bars for several years and was quite pleased with them, although like staehpj1 I felt that most positions were not that great, with the exception of the main position (i.e. where...
Forum: Touring
09-05-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 974
Posted By gauvins

Hiking shorts (and underwear). I find capilene...

Hiking shorts (and underwear). I find capilene underwear easier to wash every night compared to padded shorts.
Forum: Touring
08-30-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 1,622
Views: 287,071
Posted By gauvins

Great work. [Would you happen to have...

Great work.

[Would you happen to have geo-located your pictures?]
Forum: Touring
08-29-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,897
Posted By gauvins

In larger stores (e.g. Carrefour/Leclerc/Auchan)...

In larger stores (e.g. Carrefour/Leclerc/Auchan) security will probably ask that you leave your bag at the courtesy desk. In smaller ones, you may have to waste time at checkout for the cashier to...
Forum: Touring
08-28-21, 10:39 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,897
Posted By gauvins

You may prefer to secure your tent to your rack,...

You may prefer to secure your tent to your rack, by itself. It'll allow it to dry (assuming a day without rain). And if it rains, it'll be wet anyway.
Forum: Touring
08-27-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,382
Posted By gauvins

But you'll have had a couple of days to get used...

But you'll have had a couple of days to get used to cycling for several hours; and you've planned several days in Québec -- plenty of time to recover.

Take care
Forum: Touring
08-27-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,897
Posted By gauvins

Well, in my experience a larger pump makes a...

Well, in my experience a larger pump makes a significant difference, and being stored on the bike frame, doesn't take more space to carry. This being said, I've used my pump once 1 six weeks. So...
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,897
Posted By gauvins

1. I have spent 6 weeks self-supported this...

1. I have spent 6 weeks self-supported this summer, crossing an area where re-supplying was challenging at best. Everything did fit in 2x12.5L panniers + my tent & Ursack (for food items) attached to...
Forum: Touring
08-23-21, 05:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,362
Posted By gauvins

I do not worry, in general. So perhaps poor...

I do not worry, in general. So perhaps poor answer to your question.

In my experience, I tend to sleep in accommodations when in large cities. Most will let you store your bike (and obviously...
Forum: Touring
08-22-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,382
Posted By gauvins

You may want to take a look at Velo Quebec's...

You may want to take a look at Velo Quebec's (https://www.routeverte.com/en/discover/) map. You'll notice that they do not show Quebec to Tadoussac (north shore of the St-Lawrence) as suitable for...
Forum: Touring
08-02-21, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4,601
Views: 2,351,282
Posted By gauvins

Actually, a play on words. La Patate du Coin...

Actually, a play on words. La Patate du Coin would translate to something like The Corner Fries. It happens to be next to a lake called Gouin. So... La Patate du Gouin is hilarious if you are from...
Forum: Touring
08-02-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 4,601
Views: 2,351,282
Posted By gauvins

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Taken here (https://maps.app.goo.gl/gdHxYu3PcLinpu3WA). Quite isolated,...
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,145
Posted By gauvins

FWIW -- spent the morning replacing cables. Upon...

FWIW -- spent the morning replacing cables. Upon inspection, the front derailleur cable was starting to fray under the bottom bracket, and the front brake cable had something of a kink. Reading about...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,254
Posted By gauvins

Either the bike or a folding pole -- assuming I'd...

Either the bike or a folding pole -- assuming I'd go for the Hexamid -- a single pole shelter.
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,973
Posted By gauvins

Our daughter once got onset hypothermia...

Our daughter once got onset hypothermia (uncontrolled shivering) during what was supposed to be a benign ride back to base camp, in the middle of July somewhere in Western Europe -- heavy downpour...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,889
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for the feedback on sleep systems. ...

Thanks for the feedback on sleep systems.

Being impulsive, I've almost ordered an OR Helium bivy (reviews are extremely positive). But as I must also try to be reasonable, I'll probably try a dry...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,937
Posted By gauvins

This...

This (https://www.cyclingabout.com/fascinating-aerodynamics-bikepacking-bicycle-touring/) is perhaps the most comprehensive discussion on touring aerodynamics. Worth reading.
Forum: Touring
03-31-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 13,601
Posted By gauvins

Another iteration wrt the question of how to...

Another iteration wrt the question of how to select food items when volume is a consideration (ex: a trip segment w/o resupply option for a week, in bear country --> 10L for a bear canister/Ursack)....
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,660
Posted By gauvins

1. Very doubtful. This recent account...

1. Very doubtful. This recent account (https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/14-5m-canadians-to-be-immunized-by-june-updated-vaccination-timeline-shows-1.5314048) puts the figure at somewhere...
02-26-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,631
Posted By gauvins

(F5 + 2nd gen speed/cadence) My experience...

(F5 + 2nd gen speed/cadence)

My experience is that the watch will display speed based on sensor data, whenever available. Noticeable at traffic lights - w/o sensor, you'll see speed going down...
Forum: Touring
02-02-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,122
Posted By gauvins

Interesting decision... If I may: (1) when; (2)...

Interesting decision... If I may: (1) when; (2) how long; (3) where are you from?

Asking because Portugal is currently the worst country in the Western World...
Forum: Touring
01-31-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,769
Posted By gauvins

Read great things about the Empire Trail (NY)....

Read great things about the Empire Trail (NY). But I'd go in the Southwest for a variety of reasons (Utah, Arizona). We really enjoyed circling the Grand Canyon 2 years ago. Your dates are near ideal...
Forum: Touring
01-27-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,337
Posted By gauvins

Probably 125W (in my case.) IIRC elite...

Probably 125W (in my case.)

IIRC elite cyclists average close to 400W (tour de France).

Young and fit riders will probably sustain 200W. You may want to play with Garmin insights to compare...
12-04-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 7,750
Posted By gauvins

I have a reasonably good caliper, certified at...

I have a reasonably good caliper, certified at 0.02mm accuracy.

The problem wrt measuring a bike chain is that the way you position your caliper will have a definite impact on the reading. I took...
Forum: Touring
10-16-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,655
Posted By gauvins

We are now relying on a smartwatch (F5 -- but...

We are now relying on a smartwatch (F5 -- but your FR935 would certainly do) for TBT navigation + essential metrics (e.g. distance to destination). In extended mode, the F5 works reasonably well and...
Forum: Touring
07-27-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,976
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
07-04-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,999
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
05-13-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 21,611
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...
05-11-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,764
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...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,130
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
02-07-20, 09:24 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 19,774
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...
12-10-19, 09:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,781
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...
10-30-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,019
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...
09-30-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,995
Posted By gauvins

Garmin watches are (IMHO) excellent alternatives....

Garmin watches are (IMHO) excellent alternatives. They'll capture all the metrics of computer heads and provide an easy 20h+ with GPS, and twice that in ultratrac mode. I've recently purchased a...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 11:49 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,638
Posted By gauvins

In our experience, bike touring is very frugal....

In our experience, bike touring is very frugal. Camping in foul weather is no fun; you have a fairly limited range of food options (no refrigeration). I would not consider it as a lifestyle option...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,638
Posted By gauvins

The more usual scenario would be to get a boat...

The more usual scenario would be to get a boat and sail somewhere/around the world. You'll find several accounts in that vein.

I've seen a few stories of families on an extended bike tour. But not...
Forum: Touring
07-21-19, 04:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,088
Posted By gauvins

1. Loire à vélo is a great route. Paris Nantes is...

1. Loire à vélo is a great route. Paris Nantes is a tad more than 400kms. Take your time and this is a nice week. Should be relatively easy to design a loop. Get a green Michelin guide and have fun....
01-03-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,911
Posted By gauvins

Accuracy shouldn't be an issue anymore. In this...

Accuracy shouldn't be an issue anymore. In this review (https://www.tomsguide.com/us/heart-rate-monitor,review-2885.html), reported differences average 1 heart beat per minute. I've been through a...
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