I have TrackR chips but TrackR and Tile aren't real GPS devices. They are crowd GPS devices. Most of the chip ones are. They rely on someone with the TrackR app on their phone (and the phone having GPS) being within range of your tile so the app only shows the GPS coordinate of the phone that pinged your TrackR. I originally bought them to put on my dogs collars but when I realized the chances that if the dog got lost on the Shore there is almost a zero percent chance that someone with the app that will be in range in the forest who will also have cell reception. The good dog collars that have GPS tracking usually rely on some sort of SIM card technology which means that there is a monthly fee on top of the purchase price. The other option are ones that rely on blue tooth that communicate with another device. So if you come within 300' of your stolen bike then you get notified. Not really ideal either.
Interesting. This is the second missing OneUP tool I've heard of in the last week. Is this a design flaw or are people taking them out to use and forgetting about them? (god knows I've left my share of tools sitting on rocks after using them).
Super cool concept. Just watched your Expresso vido. It was fun to watch it in lowres and not full screen. When I expanded it to full screen and increased the res to HD it was seizure inducing. Absolutely unwatcheable. I can't wait to see where this is going. You could almost imagine being on the bike riding. Keep working on it.
The one thing that always amazes me when I see some racks on cars is the lack of tongue weight knowledge. With my VW Golf with a 1 1/8" hitch from U-Haul the tongue weight is 200 lbs. The kicker is that weight is measured at the actual point where the hitch mounts to the car.
The guy at U-haul that installed it explained that because the actual rack sticks out 2 feet behind the car when it's folded down (older Swagman G2) that the bike rack acts like a lever. So the actual tongue weight gets reduced by approximately 50 percent to only 100 lbs when the rack is down and loaded. Seeing as the rack weighs about 25 lb and 2 bikes weigh about 35 lbs each then I'm at maximum tongue load pretty quick. So as you can see the hitch mounted racks need weight to be kept to a minimum if you are running a smaller car with a low tongue weight.
I'm glad I paid the $60 to prepay for all the races and own the chit. I'll never have to wait in line again to sign in. Even during the gong show that was the line up when I got there Christine very efficiently got everyone singing waivers and then Brian picked everyone out of line who bought the chit so we could get right to racing. In the future I just go to stage one and start racing. (And the chit is good for as long as they use them) It's the vip access card to the fivers. Best $20 I'll spend on biking this year.
That was pretty much my opinion about the Big Agnes. It's really light weight and if I was doing bike touring or something where weight was super important I could see the benefit. But for long term durability I don't see it being worth it. The Hubba Hubba NX was actually my first choice but it looks like we might have a found a better price on a Nemo Dagger.
For a stove I have the Primus Trail. It's pretty basic and affordable ($22 at MEC). I use it with a GSI Pot and if you wrap it all with a piece of tinfoil it's OK for efficiency. Again not the lightest (and most efficient) but serves the purpose. On that note what's everyone's opinion on where to get the best price for canisters? I get them from MEC because I live basically right next door so it's convenient but I'm also super cheap so I'm always looking for the best deal.
I'm 99% set on the Nemo Dagger. Especially because it has an accessory called the pawprint to keep your dog from tearing a hole in the bottom. Pretty much everything Nemo makes looks awesome. The wife tried out their woman's mummy down bag on the weekend at REI and it has a unique shape that actually makes you feel like your feet aren't tied together.
So what equipment is everyone else using for summer camping. What type of camping do you do? What tent are you using? Sleeping bag? Sleeping pad? Stove? Headlamp? Etc. Etc.
So much for patient doctor confidentiality. Now it's patient, doctor and Google's AI.