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Discussion: Map Boards, level and front wheel

in: Adventure Racing; General

Sep 17, 2023 11:40 PM # 
BrianJohnston:
I was using a DIY map board before switched to a Miry map board.

I used to mount my map board level but currently I mount it on an angle so I can see my front tire but that makes it more difficult to see the lower part of the map.

Are there any good options for seeing your front wheel or tire? For rocky terrain, hill climbing, drafting, etc. it's advantageous to be able to see your front tire.
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Sep 18, 2023 6:43 PM # 
BrianJohnston:
One idea I’m going to try is lowering the map board closer to my handlebars. That should improve the visibility of the front wheel even when the map board is level but lowering it will also increase the distance between the map board (i.e. the map) and my eyes, which may negatively impact my ability to see and read the map. I don’t foresee lowering the map board causing any riding issues. My knees shouldn’t contact the map board.

The background. All of these because I upgraded my bike and map board. I used to receive looks of surprise and comments at adventure races because I was racing on my daily commuter bike from the eighties. A couple of years ago we were the first team to retrieve our bikes and walking past hundreds of them I didn’t see any other rim caliper brakes. It was time to update my ride. My old DIY map board was pretty specific to my old bike and simple—made from a civic election sign, good old corrugated plastic. It was also time to update my map board.
Sep 21, 2023 5:39 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
Pics of new bike?
Sep 21, 2023 6:57 PM # 
BrianJohnston:
A 2014 Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 2.

There pretty good pics here including of the stem if you scroll through the images to #8.

https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/mountain-b...
Sep 23, 2023 1:20 AM # 
BrianJohnston:
I temporary lowered the map board and it worked well.

At lower height, the map board doesn't obstruct the front wheel nor does it interfere with peddling--my knees are pretty close but I tried some hill climbing and tight turns with issues. And the map board can still fully rotate as well.

I'm happy with outcome. Next will be figuring out how to make a race worthy version of the lower mount that I rigged up to test out the concept.
Sep 25, 2023 3:27 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
Looks like a pretty sweet ride!

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