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Parts, Components & Accessories / Re: GPS or not GPS, that is the question?
« on: February 28, 2010, 01:32:18 PM »
I used a GPS once, when I cycled non stop from Amsterdam to Paris (520 km). I borrowed it from a friend, it was a Garmin. Within half an hour he explained me the main things and I had no problem all 30 hours long. (I never trained with it.) It was great to use that thing, I only made a mistake once and had to cycle back like 500 m. The maps are very detailed and I had to change them when I entered a new country. The route was made by somebody else and I only had to upload it. Too bad that now I don't know where precisely I cycled. I just looked at the GPS (left, right, straight) but on a map I can't show you where I have been.
For me it was great to use the Garmin for this race but for trips or longer journeys I wouldn't use it. I enjoy roaming, looking at the map, asking locals much more.

Parts, Components & Accessories / Re: hydraulic brakes
« on: February 13, 2010, 02:58:38 AM »
Peter is right about my brakes. Does anybody know that kind of brakes?
It's definitely a good idea to learn more about my brakes before leaving.

Parts, Components & Accessories / hydraulic brakes
« on: January 30, 2010, 02:38:31 AM »
Hi guys,

In spring I will start my first big bicycle tour through Europe and Asia. I did already some shorter trips (up to six weeks). I never had big problems with my bike. I'm not very good with repairing stuff but I know the basic things.
My question is: Does anybody has some experience with hydraulic brakes? What's your opinion about hydraulic brakes?


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