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09-24-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 418
Posted By gauvins

A Garmin watch is hard to beat. The Enduro...

A Garmin watch is hard to beat. The Enduro measures all sorts of metrics (pairs with chest HRM, cadence/speed/power sensors/etc.) and the battery lasts forever (70hrs+ on standard GPS, 200hrs+ in...
Forum: Touring
09-23-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 735
Posted By gauvins

Be careful. Although it depends on the...

Be careful. Although it depends on the jurisdiction, for credit cards the dominant doctrine is that the merchant is responsible for fraudulent uses unless he can show the customer's signature on the...
Forum: Touring
09-23-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 735
Posted By gauvins

1. I do not see any benefit in carrying cash....

1. I do not see any benefit in carrying cash. Nowadays most places prefer contact-less payment (phone or NFC enabled card). If you lose your card you can get replacement; if you lose cash you're...
09-21-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 255
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: 255
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...
09-20-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 255
Posted By gauvins

Solar panel on handlebar bag

I need very little energy to get my electronics going when touring (less than 1Wh/day). So I'll look into solar.

The plan would be to stick a small panel (2W? 4W?), perhaps as small as those found...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 401
Posted By gauvins

Shades of grey ;) 32 I believe, but don't know...

Shades of grey ;) 32 I believe, but don't know for sure; color e-ink is locked and therefore requires more gymnastic (Aurora and side loading of apps). I've set my flagship to grey scale in order to...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 12:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 401
Posted By gauvins

you may want to watch this: this [Onyx...

you may want to watch this:

this

[Onyx isn't the only manufacturer who's provided solutions to the refresh rate dilemma. Search yT for video reviews of the Hisense A5 -- rather crummy GPU, yet...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 401
Posted By gauvins

I navigate with a stem-mounted watch (currently...

I navigate with a stem-mounted watch (currently Garmin F5, Enduro is in the mail), which provides unrivalled autonomy -- 2 long days with the F5 draw 300mAh vs 1 day on a phone drawing 4000mAh....
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 401
Posted By gauvins

e-ink phones -- Better for touring?

E-ink seems to be a better alternative for touring. The screen is easy to read in direct sunlight and battery life is much much better -- users routinely report autonomy of up to 10 days, vs 12hrs...
Forum: Touring
09-10-21, 06:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,259
Posted By gauvins

Perhaps you have wide shoulders. Looks like you...

Perhaps you have wide shoulders. Looks like you ride drop bars. They are "supposed" to be shoulder width.

This being said, my butterfly setup had my hands very close to each other, not unlike...
Forum: Touring
09-07-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,259
Posted By gauvins

quick and premature :) The red arrow points to...

quick and premature :) The red arrow points to the shifter's mount. I've ordered the I-Spec kit such that the shifters will be mounted on the brake levers mounts.

Position 1 -- hands resting on...
Forum: Touring
09-07-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 839
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...
09-05-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 527
Posted By gauvins

In case this could be useful -- I ride on 3x10...

In case this could be useful -- I ride on 3x10 XT. Zero problem for the past 5 years. This summer, riding in muddy gravel (touring), something happened and I've started experiencing poor shifting and...
Forum: Touring
09-05-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 828
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
09-04-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By gauvins

Riding in the rain - NRS socks effectiveness (and other components)

I had promised to give feedback on the NRS hydroskin 0.5mm neoprene socks (https://www.nrs.com/product/30011.02/nrs-hydroskin-05-wetsocks). "Unfortunately" I've had only a few days of significant...
Forum: Touring
09-04-21, 11:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,259
Posted By gauvins

Handlebars width - how far apart are your hands?

I've changed my handlebars following this summer's trip, from butterfly to flat. I am curious as to what width you settled in, and perhaps your rationale.

For context - I've had butterfly handles...
Forum: Touring
09-03-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,233
Posted By gauvins

You may want to read this...

You may want to read this (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/fully-vaccinated-people.html) official CDC document and explore a bit further to get bits of data on risk...
Forum: Touring
09-03-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,233
Posted By gauvins

I've cycled across Canada this summer because of...

I've cycled across Canada this summer because of the pandemic. I live in Quebec and preferred not to travel internationally.

Conditions varied across provinces and over time. The more annoying...
09-03-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 311
Posted By gauvins

hmm... cog is how a sprocket tooth is called...

hmm... cog is how a sprocket tooth is called (https://bicycles.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1179/is-there-a-difference-between-cog-and-sprocket) , although many people use cog and sprocket (or...
09-03-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 311
Posted By gauvins

Me neither, which I why I raise the issue here....

Me neither, which I why I raise the issue here. Now, there is material online (https://road.cc/content/feature/when-replace-your-jockey-wheels-281959). Just wanted to hear from this community as...
09-03-21, 08:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 311
Posted By gauvins

Jockey wheels and shifting

[I've had shifting problems this past summer, after riding a few rainy days on forest roads (loose sandy gravel laced with "calcium" to reduce the amount of dust -- at one point my derailleur stopped...
Forum: Touring
08-30-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 280,596
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: 2,607
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: 2,607
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: 2,237
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: 2,607
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, 05:08 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,237
Posted By gauvins

Looks like a great plan, probably painlessly...

Looks like a great plan, probably painlessly doable.

Perhaps you want to list travel time (https://brouter.de/brouter-web/#map=9/46.8010/-71.7599/standard) as well as (or instead of) kms. ex:...
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,607
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: 30
Views: 1,537
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, 09:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,237
Posted By gauvins

1. You may want to call/write to the park(s)...

1. You may want to call/write to the park(s) where you plan to stay. I've spent a night in the Portneuf reserve last month and was charged full price (i.e. not given a bike option). I believe that...
Forum: Touring
08-22-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,237
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: 4,587
Views: 2,341,110
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: 4,587
Views: 2,341,110
Posted By gauvins

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

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/20210628_171926_036d0872e798a5da3ebe29be9a040e3869777990.jpg

Taken here (https://maps.app.goo.gl/gdHxYu3PcLinpu3WA). Quite isolated,...
Forum: Touring
06-22-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 569
Posted By gauvins

:) Perhaps expect one taken in front of the...

:)

Perhaps expect one taken in front of the Patate du Gouin...
Forum: Touring
06-21-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 569
Posted By gauvins

Katadyn's beFree is a filter -- I also carry...

Katadyn's beFree is a filter -- I also carry purifier tablets. And the seekers will apparently take care of the taste :)
Forum: Touring
06-21-21, 02:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 569
Posted By gauvins

Small things add down

Just about to leave for a 6-week solo, self-supported tour. Going through my packing list, I've made a couple of interesting finds. Everything fits nicely inside 2x12.5L Ortlieb front rollers + tent...
Forum: Touring
06-21-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,063
Posted By gauvins

djb planning to leave this week. Won't have time...

djb planning to leave this week. Won't have time to ride extensively, but (1) brakes work better; (2) after a couple of tweaks, FD works like a charm; (3) RD, not sure yet, but minor adjustments can...
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,063
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
06-19-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,063
Posted By gauvins

Yes, and yes. And I have plenty of spares as...

Yes, and yes. And I have plenty of spares as well. I "think" I've decided to carry spares with me (there's no point changing cables that are working perfectly after all).
Forum: Touring
06-18-21, 04:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,063
Posted By gauvins

Interesting tip. Thanks

Interesting tip. Thanks
Forum: Touring
06-18-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,063
Posted By gauvins

Preemptively replace brake/shifters cables?

Just about to leave for a tour that'll take me to places where servicing a bike is not possible. I'll replace the (rim) brake pads, cassette and chain; tires are in good shape. The bike is sturdy and...
Forum: Touring
06-16-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,122
Posted By gauvins

Looks like you've been very thorough :) I'd...

Looks like you've been very thorough :)

I'd add that the amount of advisable precautions depends on where you tour. If you a in a remote area where access to a store is out of the question,...
Forum: Touring
06-10-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,536
Posted By gauvins

I also prefer 2 front rollers and tent + food bag...

I also prefer 2 front rollers and tent + food bag on the rear rack (i.e. no rear panniers).

If you pack your sleeping back in the rack pack along your tent, consider stuffing your sleeping bag and...
Forum: Touring
06-09-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,051
Posted By gauvins

Could you elaborate a bit on your rear rack?...

Could you elaborate a bit on your rear rack? (what model, what capacity, why not a "conventional" rear rack?)
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 433
Posted By gauvins

Well, then... Looks like a summer at home... :/

Well, then... Looks like a summer at home... :/
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 433
Posted By gauvins

happyfeet Thanks for the pictures. This...

happyfeet Thanks for the pictures. This TransCanada trails is turning out to be a major disappointment...

So I guess that we'll either forget about the whole thing of figure out a reasonable...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 433
Posted By gauvins

BC Trail - Hike & Bike etc.

Trying to adapt to our evolving travel restricted environment, we are now considering riding the BC trail (https://bikepacking.com/routes/bc-trail/), west to east, up to Kelowna.

Anyone familiar...
Forum: Touring
06-03-21, 07:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 794
Posted By gauvins

This represents something like 60h total, at an...

This represents something like 60h total, at an easy pace. (14kmh on level, 500m/h up, 1000m/down). I am a slow rider and typically beat these estimates (locus pro)/Android).


Hot weather on a...
Forum: Touring
06-03-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,255
Posted By gauvins

Curious: what kind of rain can you deal with by...

Curious: what kind of rain can you deal with by simply pulling a tarp over your bivy (drizzle, brief downpour, all-nighter -- as long as there's not much wind, you stay dry?) I am quite interested in...
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