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Forum: Touring
09-18-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 103
Posted By gauvins

yes, and no end in sight... WRT prevalence,...

yes, and no end in sight...

WRT prevalence, yes I regularly look at the data from 91-divoc. We're not particularly anxious, this being said. Not defiant either (we routinely wear masks).

It is...
Forum: Touring
09-18-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 103
Posted By gauvins

So... Restrooms were functional in...

So... Restrooms were functional in national/provincial parks? That's good news.

Booking for car camping (I.e an official site) was extremely difficult in our experience this summer. Do you know...
Forum: Touring
09-18-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 103
Posted By gauvins

Canada -> USA on a bike

Long range planning :)

We are certainly not looking forward to a repeat of Summer 2020... Recent events suggest that international travel will be a pain for quite some time (seriously depressing)....
Forum: Touring
09-17-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By gauvins

Energy budget

[motivated by recent thread on solar panels].

Curious as to how many Wh/day people use. I'll read energy budgets with interest. (not being able to tour for the past year or so, I don't have a...
Forum: Touring
09-17-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 511
Posted By gauvins

Very true. Happened to us. But advances in...

Very true. Happened to us. But advances in battery banks are changing the game.The latest generation has a 60W...
Forum: Touring
09-15-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 511
Posted By gauvins

I've tried solar and found that is wasn't worth...

I've tried solar and found that is wasn't worth the trouble, for my use cases. Viable, though. A better alternative might be a dynohub.

Personally, I've attacked the "problem" on two fronts. (1)...
Forum: Touring
07-27-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,785
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: 1,624
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: 1,624
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: 532
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: 60
Views: 4,054
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: 647
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: 647
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: 647
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: 943
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: 943
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: 943
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: 1,373
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: 1,580
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: 1,580
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: 10,118
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: 1,373
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: 1,373
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: 616
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: 943
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: 2,664
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: 1,360
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: 890
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: 873
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: 10,118
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: 10,118
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: 10,118
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: 829
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: 656
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: 1,798
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: 1,798
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: 562
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: 11,585
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: 880
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: 3,938
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: 1,749
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: 2,999
Posted By gauvins

Interesting suggestion.

Interesting suggestion.
Forum: Touring
02-13-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,999
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: 13,462
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: 3,128
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: 915
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: 620
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: 986
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: 1,407
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: 5,193
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...
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