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Re: Current 2" tyre too wide - what should I get?

8 August 2014 - 4:35pm
Thank you guys Marathon hs 368 looks like a good choice.

DaleFTW wrote:By too big, what do you mean?

I have/had XRs in 2.0 flavour and will be putting them on my Disc Trucker when the current Contis wear out.

Too big meaning for the smooth/semi-rough surfaces I mainly do, my current 2.0 are overkill. I love my LHT but it's a hefty bike that I want to 'slim-down' as much as possible as it's a beast in its current form

Re: Italy cycle resources?

8 August 2014 - 2:50pm
Probably didn't make that clear. What's tedious is not route-planning for a GPS but trying to plan a long-distance route linking up strade bianche. It can be done, and maybe someone has already done it, but it would be a tedious job because the strade bianche is a dense network of relatively short stretches of unpaved roads, most of which is not joined up. Take, again, the route of the Eroica for example. More than half of the long route is on paved roads. The strade bianche sections are relatively short and discontinuous.

Re: Italy cycle resources?

8 August 2014 - 1:57pm
I can see why you would think that the route planning for a GPS might be tedious, it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I treat it as part of the adventure. It's probably not that dissimilar to the prep that others do with maps

I'm planning a Canada to Mexico trip at the moment, and I enjoy the whole process: buying the books, reading articles, chatting on forums, drawing my route on the computer, researching the accommodation and finding out about the places that I will be travelling through. I tend to do my planning on the long winters evenings and use the summer for cycling. It keeps me happy and entertained in the winter month, and it gives me something positive to look forward to.

I love cycling through towns and villages that I've seen months before as picture on my computer, or as an article in a magazine and watching them come to life.

We have maps as well, and will sometimes abandon the pre-planned route if someone recommends a better one on the way, or we just see an interesting turning or hill.

The important thing to remember is that the GPS is just a map on a different media - electronic rather than paper and you can use them in the same way


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