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Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 9:55pm
Bmblbzzz wrote:Potentially interesting. I'm not tempted to sign up yet, but will look back in a week or so to see if anything's happening there; being the only voice in a forum doesn't appeal! But I'd ask who you are trying to attract: touring cyclists, of course, but who do you think they might be? I ask because the lower picture on the home page, the 1950s style illustration, I find off-putting. I'd hope this resource is not intended to become a nostalgia fest!

No not anostalgia-fest - but traditional values in the modern world ... Dennis and I both have Titanium tourers (although I have to own up to having a 1975 Galaxy as well !)

Rob

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 9:46pm
Potentially interesting. I'm not tempted to sign up yet, but will look back in a week or so to see if anything's happening there; being the only voice in a forum doesn't appeal! But I'd ask who you are trying to attract: touring cyclists, of course, but who do you think they might be? I ask because the lower picture on the home page, the 1950s style illustration, I find off-putting. I'd hope this resource is not intended to become a nostalgia fest!

Re: Navigation - Garmin

12 February 2016 - 9:27pm
One of the things with the 810 is the "pages" can be configured to show what you want. So, obviously, it shows speed and distance + perhaps heart rate and cadence on one page. Then another page can have time of day, run time, average speed, elevation and total ascent. You can configure the number of "boxes" on each page and what is in each box. I'm still working these out

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 9:12pm
and I assume the affiliation question was in jest? The vision is perhaps the antidote.

No it wasnt.

I was wondering about something akin to the Fridays, so members can get their CTC affiliate membership at a cheaper price than full membership and have the third party insurance.
Also the club then may be able to have permission to resurrect the and use "The Winged Wheel".
It could save the historic tradition of "The Cycle Touring Club" and let the CTC (or CyclingUK) get on with all the other stuff that are they are now so keen on.

However, it was just a question from somebody who is rather isolated from all the politics and I am happy to see and support any vision and direction that is being offered. I am sure you have given it all much more thought than I have.

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 9:06pm
robgul wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Can I be the first to be an ignoramus? I haven't heard/seen the FB issue so please excuse me. I understand there are objections towards ideas about the future of the CTC as a charity/club but these are largely beyond my comprehension.

My question is: What's wrong with this forum as a resource for Touring Cyclists? Thank you...b

We're not just talking about a "Forum" - the focus is on resources (routes, stories, tips, suppliers ... etc in an indexed and usable form) and from immediate feedback in the last 3 or 4 hours the potential for lots more.

Rob

Thanks Rob. So a similar set up to CGOAB? But hopefully with a modern appearance/structure?

(Caveat and apologies to a devout and skilled Webmaster for CGOAB if he ever comes across this: I understand the restrictions and I love your generous resource)

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 9:00pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Can I be the first to be an ignoramus? I haven't heard/seen the FB issue so please excuse me. I understand there are objections towards ideas about the future of the CTC as a charity/club but these are largely beyond my comprehension.

My question is: What's wrong with this forum as a resource for Touring Cyclists? Thank you...b

We're not just talking about a "Forum" - the focus is on resources (routes, stories, tips, suppliers ... etc in an indexed and usable form) and from immediate feedback in the last 3 or 4 hours the potential for lots more.

Rob

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 8:56pm
Can I be the first to be an ignoramus? I haven't heard/seen the FB issue so please excuse me. I understand there are objections towards ideas about the future of the CTC as a charity/club but these are largely beyond my comprehension.

My question is: What's wrong with this forum as a resource for Touring Cyclists? Thank you...b

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 8:40pm
To answer the two immediately preceding posts - the "back story" is obvious and well-aired here and on Facebook - and I assume the affiliation question was in jest? The vision is perhaps the antidote.

Rob

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 8:37pm
Is there a likelihood or possibility of it becoming a CTC affiliated club?

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 8:28pm
So what's the back story here?

Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 6:31pm
A new resource for Touring Cyclists - a new website is being launched today. Early days in the thinking process but the plan is to create an online community for like-minded cycle tourists - not another Facebook but a website full of resources for a wide variety of touring and technical matters.

Have a look at http://www.touringcyclistclub.org.uk - the new Touring Cyclist Club website and help shape the direction it takes and, if you want, offer your assistance to run it. On the site you will be able to add your thoughts on the site's direction through the discussion Forum and I'm interested form links.

Together we can build a new resource and, if people want it, even a new Touring Cyclist Club.

Rob

Re: Best camera for touring

12 February 2016 - 4:26pm
robing wrote:Smartphone.

The limitation is the lens, you cannot get the sharpness and light gathering through a phone camera. Nor any controllable depth of field, focus point, etc etc etc. The image is usually heavily processed by the phone CPU to tidy it up. Phones are great for landscapes in sunlight, however in difficult lighting they really suffer. Likewise the lenses don't have the magnification or indeed wide angles. It's amazing what you get for the money, but an entire camera the size of a coat button is not going to perform as well as something purpose-built.

Most compact cameras cannot resolve much above 5-6Mp due to lens limitations, phones are worse.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

12 February 2016 - 4:20pm
Yes, my tired old eyes had problems with my 705 ........... similar size to the 800 series.
Now, I have a Montana, and even MY tired old eyes can see it.

Huge screen, and as bright as you want. 100% brilliance and it'll go for five or six hours. It's so bright at 100%, it hurts.
Come down to 70%, and it'll go for 12hrs, a little dimmer and it'll go for 18hrs easily.

Re: Lonley Planet or Bradt?

12 February 2016 - 3:20pm
Lonely Planet are not what they used to be under the original owners, they have definitely gone upmarket to some degree and the layout is not as useful, but for many places they are still the best traditional guidebooks.
I don't know about the Sri Lanka edition though.

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

12 February 2016 - 2:35pm
TonyR wrote:bainbridge wrote:1.38kg is an increase on my 900 gram kryptonite evolution d lock but at least this one can't be opened with a bic pen!

Did you miss out on their recall programme? They replaced my bic-pen special years ago with a brand new key operated lock free of charge.

Yes I missed out and was quite startled to learn that my £45 lock was rubbish, not to mention disappointed that kryptonite didn't inform me even though I'd registered the lock with them.

I raised a query via their website asking if they could do something for me but they replied saying the replacement scheme had ended and they'll rekey it for 20 bucks if it is mailed to the USA.

This new squire one looks ok, it's has a good review here:


http://www.cyclist.co.uk/reviews/690/ch ... -bike-lock

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

12 February 2016 - 2:26pm
Sweep wrote:Says 21.98 now

£5 discount if you sign up for the newsletter and free delivery so £16.98

Re: Trains in Ireland

12 February 2016 - 12:07pm
You need to be careful when using Irish trains. I went on one which had hangers that held the bike front wheel upwards and the rear wheel in a steel channel, much like you see sometimes in France. When I was boarding the train, a railway employee, trying very hard to be helpful as I was dealing with my panniers, picked up the bike, hooked the front wheel in the hanger and then dropped the rear wheel into the channel destroying my brand new Honjo mudguard. The secret is to position the rear wheel alongside the channel, not inside it. You can then use your panniers to steady the bike so it doesn't swing about.

Cheers

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

12 February 2016 - 11:32am
yes it's an old old story, though maybe lives on on youtube.

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

12 February 2016 - 11:30am
It looks like they Krptonite did the recall programme, and stopped making that type of lock, in 2005 (Wikipedia).

The Kryptonite New York Standard is probably the best d-lock on the market (don't confuse it with the Fahgedabboutit which is probably too big and too heavy for most people).

Re: Navigation - Garmin

12 February 2016 - 11:16am
freeflow wrote:For me that would be 50 hours of not being able to read the screen.Thats just it, I have had my Edge 800 for a few years now but as i'm getting an old git and now need glasses for reading I find the screen a little on the small side so sometimes find myself squinting and getting closer to it to make out a junction ahead.

GPS navigation will always be a horses for courses type thing so if you find something that works for you stick with it.
 
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