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Forum: Touring
06-09-19, 04:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,477
Posted By gauvins

Weather is a critical factor in (leisure) bike...

Weather is a critical factor in (leisure) bike touring.

Although not having the amount of experience of many members of this community (yet, 150 days in the past 3 years), we were lucky -- I can...
Forum: Touring
05-26-19, 12:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 884
Posted By gauvins

Yes yes, absolutely. I'd say that we can ride up...

Yes yes, absolutely. I'd say that we can ride up to 100kms if needed.

Too early for detailed planning. My guess is that the routing outlined above is significantly longer than the initial estimate...
Forum: Touring
05-25-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 884
Posted By gauvins

Well, it would look like: 1. Leave from...

Well, it would look like:

1. Leave from Calgary airport. Ride west on the Bow Valley Highway until we hook up to the GDMBR. Then to Banff
2. Ride south on the GDMBR down to the TransAmerica...
Forum: Touring
05-23-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,135
Posted By gauvins

Saint here as well + Teva Toachi (usually) or...

Saint here as well + Teva Toachi (usually) or some light trail runner in cold weather (Scarpa Gecko)
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 09:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 884
Posted By gauvins

America Northwest -- summer with the kids

[no touring this summer, so let's draw plans for next year]

The sketch is for roughly 2 months, late June to late August. The idea would be to fly to Calgary, ride south towards Yellowstone. Then...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 09:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,968
Posted By gauvins

fantastic picture

fantastic picture
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,311
Posted By gauvins

True, this could happen. Unlikely, though. These...

True, this could happen. Unlikely, though. These sensors are rugged and mounted directly on the hub (speed) with silicone gaskets. Mine stayed put for the past 4 years, including quite a few rough...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,311
Posted By gauvins

Tangentially related (i.e. using less energy). ...

Tangentially related (i.e. using less energy).

Garmin has introduced a new set of speed/cadence sensors (https://buy.garmin.com/en-CA/CA/p/641221). One neat feature is that the sensors store up to...
Forum: Touring
05-18-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,311
Posted By gauvins

:) (or is it :/) A few reasons I believe : ...

:) (or is it :/)

A few reasons I believe :

a phone has some kind of hypnotic effect on me. I'll (stupidly) stare at the screen while I should look at the scenery;
experienced cabling...
Forum: Touring
05-18-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,311
Posted By gauvins

I've been (successfully) using the forumslader...

I've been (successfully) using the forumslader (http://www.forumslader.de/automatiklader/) to that end. It generates enough power to actually recharge a depleted phone battery, while riding with the...
Forum: Touring
05-01-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 780
Posted By gauvins

[surprised by the limited number of answers. so...

[surprised by the limited number of answers. so let me add something even though I am not an expert in the field]

1. wrt camping -- if you ride "in the middle of nowhere" I suppose that stealth...
Forum: Touring
04-29-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 872
Posted By gauvins

Try brouter (http://brouter.de/brouter-web/)....

Try brouter (http://brouter.de/brouter-web/). (The web interface is not obvious, but it'll give you an idea.)

If it does what you want, then install Locus Pro (it uses bRouter as an offline...
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 08:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 851
Posted By gauvins

Your route looks good. It avoids the mountains...

Your route looks good. It avoids the mountains and goes thru several great towns.

Not much to say, as we spend little time on the western side of the island - usually pushed by gale force winds...
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 851
Posted By gauvins

​​​​​Maybe try to trick the soft by replacing ....

​​​​​Maybe try to trick the soft by replacing . with spaces, dashes or something else? You used gmaps? List a few towns you are going thru?

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We like to look at the Michelin Green Guide when...
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 851
Posted By gauvins

FWIW, I've spent many summers in Corsica and...

FWIW, I've spent many summers in Corsica and Sardinia. (sailing). Both are great, albeit we prefer the latter. Cagliari is a very pleasant town.

Riding an open jaw between Cagliari and Olbia is...
Forum: Touring
04-14-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,851
Posted By gauvins

1. You may want to spend a few $ to get a copy of...

1. You may want to spend a few $ to get a copy of Cycling About's (https://www.cyclingabout.com/touring-bicycle-buyers-guide/) buying guide.
2. As is the case for essentially any sport, or any...
Forum: Touring
04-14-19, 04:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,570
Posted By gauvins

Both are readily available (see decathlon www...

Both are readily available (see decathlon www (https://www.decathlon.fr/C-498410-rechauds-et-cartouches-de-gaz) a large sporting goods retailer). There's the "camping gaz" model (pop in) and the...
Forum: Touring
04-11-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,101
Posted By gauvins

Have you considered King Cages...

Have you considered King Cages (http://www.kingcage.com/)? Worth every penny.
Forum: Touring
04-10-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,788
Posted By gauvins

1. I'll second the advice to never eat, never...

1. I'll second the advice to never eat, never never cook, never bring food, absolutely never store food in a tent. Forget about Grizzlies - mice, squirrels and other small rodents have a good sense...
Forum: Touring
03-31-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,408
Posted By gauvins

:) Memories. Although in our case it's been more...

:) Memories. Although in our case it's been more 25 out of 30 days. (12 days is a FAST passage).
Forum: Touring
03-31-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,597
Posted By gauvins

Good point. Protective shells and silicone cases...

Good point. Protective shells and silicone cases are another option.
Forum: Touring
03-27-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,597
Posted By gauvins

Garmin's answer to your question is the Edge...

Garmin's answer to your question is the Edge Touring (https://buy.garmin.com/en-CA/CA/p/134596). Now, it probably depends on what kind of touring you have in mind. My personal take is that the one...
Forum: Touring
03-27-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,294
Posted By gauvins

Sorry to read this. 1. Not clear that a bike...

Sorry to read this.

1. Not clear that a bike touring forum is the best place to address what might be a case of dysfunctional anxiety. You may want to read about anxiety in general and figure a...
Forum: Touring
03-21-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,019
Posted By gauvins

Are you POSITIVE that you can't test ride a Surly...

Are you POSITIVE that you can't test ride a Surly in Toronto?? Large city with plenty of Surly shops (https://surlybikes.com/where_to_buy). I understand that you are in the market for a smaller than...
Forum: Touring
03-21-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,384
Posted By gauvins

:) not at all.

:) not at all.
Forum: Touring
03-21-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,384
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for the invite. I'm usually in a rush...

Thanks for the invite. I'm usually in a rush going thru Mtl. But one day, with luck... :)
Forum: Touring
03-20-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 438
Posted By gauvins

We've done a few open jaws, involving trains and...

We've done a few open jaws, involving trains and planes. We travel with padded flight bags precisely...
Forum: Touring
03-19-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,384
Posted By gauvins

yeah... My first intent is/was to be able to...

yeah... My first intent is/was to be able to completely remove handlebars for transport, and that was it. Swapping handlebars was some kind of half-baked (actually, not baked at all) idea.

What...
03-18-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,007
Posted By gauvins

Something is definitely wrong. The immediate...

Something is definitely wrong. The immediate problem is likely caused by the late loading of the CSS. Would not be an issue if content was delivered fast. But now, on my mobile, there are a few...
Forum: Touring
03-18-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,384
Posted By gauvins

Good idea.

Good idea.
Forum: Touring
03-18-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,384
Posted By gauvins

May be naive, but I don't see this as a major...

May be naive, but I don't see this as a major factor. Shifters and brake levers have adjusters that give a few mm of leeway. Not in the cards for this season. Maybe next year. Will eventually report.
Forum: Touring
03-12-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 549
Posted By gauvins

I took my bike on the TGV several times. As long...

I took my bike on the TGV several times. As long as it is in a bag, you shouldn't have any problem. What is meant by book-for-your-bike is that you then can roll-on/roll-off as is customary with many...
Forum: Touring
03-10-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,384
Posted By gauvins

Dawned on me why splitters must be fitted between...

Dawned on me why splitters must be fitted between cable holders (i.e. where the cable is naked) and there is enough wiggle room for the splitter to move back and forth.

I somehow had the wrong...
Forum: Touring
03-10-19, 03:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,384
Posted By gauvins

I hear you and found similar arguments elsewhere,...

I hear you and found similar arguments elsewhere, but I don't understand -- can't you fit the splitter anywhere? I mean, cut a length of housing to run from your shifter to, say, six inches; put a...
Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 08:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,384
Posted By gauvins

Cable splitters to fully remove handlebars

chrisx, in another thread, suggested using cable splitters to facilitate the process of packing a bike as small as possible. These are usually installed on S&S frames.

My use case would be...
Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,056
Posted By gauvins

1. You can charge your battery pack from your...

1. You can charge your battery pack from your dynamo. I've done it (forum slader -> Anker). If it is crucial for you, test it before you go.

2. You'll lose 25% energy with this intermediate step....
Forum: Touring
02-27-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,570
Posted By gauvins

Why do you include this northwest loop? Not a...

Why do you include this northwest loop? Not a particularly scenic region.

I'd probably start with an itinerary linking eurovelo routes (3, 6, 17, 8) , tweaked after having read a couple of...
Forum: Touring
02-22-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 408
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for the link. Not much as far as practical...

Thanks for the link. Not much as far as practical info goes. but amazing pictures and great narrative... life's definitely too short (and expensive :)
Forum: Touring
02-22-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 408
Posted By gauvins

Altiplano in May

Unfortunately, that'd be 2020... Still, the idea is taking shape. 2-3 weeks, either a loop or open jaw (eg return by bus, or airport to airport, or a mixture). Unfortunately, our Spring calendar is...
Forum: Touring
02-15-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,598
Posted By gauvins

Yes. Taken from Heine

Yes. Taken from Heine
Forum: Touring
02-13-19, 10:16 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,598
Posted By gauvins

Yes. Interesting observation. Jan Heine has an...

Yes. Interesting observation. Jan Heine has an interesting post (https://janheine.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/making-strong-wheels/) on the topic. As you suggested, the core of the argument is that...
Forum: Touring
02-06-19, 03:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,051
Posted By gauvins

Difficult to assess because most bike thefts go...

Difficult to assess because most bike thefts go unreported.

According to this source (http://www.veloperdu.fr/statistiques), France is somewhat safer than The Netherlands, somewhat worse than...
Forum: Touring
01-28-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,706
Posted By gauvins

This is a thread that I'll follow with...

This is a thread that I'll follow with considerable interest, event though my plans are closer to a ride in the park -- nothing to compare to crossing the Kolyma.

1, Alastair Humpreys, high...
Forum: Touring
01-27-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,120
Posted By gauvins

We have GP1 on our butterfly bars. IIRC, earlier...

We have GP1 on our butterfly bars. IIRC, earlier model was a breeze to install. Current models have some sort of stopper that you have remove (takes 1 minute with a file or sharp knife).

As djb...
Forum: Touring
01-24-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,559
Posted By gauvins

1. I personally put more emphasis on head gear. A...

1. I personally put more emphasis on head gear. A merino skull cap takes very little space and makes a big difference.
2. You can extend the temperature range of your bag with a liner. S2S claims...
Forum: Touring
01-22-19, 10:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 981
Posted By gauvins

Hi djb. Very very unlikely that your misadventure...

Hi djb. Very very unlikely that your misadventure had anything to do with a CDMA / GSM incompatibility. If your phone was recent, it almost certainly was capable of connecting to 4G/LTE networks that...
Forum: Touring
01-22-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 981
Posted By gauvins

For two months, it is probably worth getting a...

For two months, it is probably worth getting a local prepaid. If you expect to use a sizeable amount of data, Orange's holiday (https://boutique.orange.fr/mobile/carte-prepayee-orange-holiday-eng)...
Forum: Touring
01-21-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 742
Posted By gauvins

hmmm... no first hand experience. When I travel...

hmmm... no first hand experience. When I travel for short periods of time, I tend to activate a global SIM, and eventually purchase a local prepaid. And since roaming fees have been abolished in...
Forum: Touring
01-20-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,077
Posted By gauvins

in my experience, if your bike is packed in a...

in my experience, if your bike is packed in a soft bag, no need to book space for your bike (s) - aim for 1.2m x .9m if you wish to abide by regulations...
Forum: Touring
01-18-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,060
Posted By gauvins

but you do -- where was it?

but you do -- where was it?
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