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Re: Navigation - Garmin

11 February 2016 - 7:54pm
I don't see how any of the above phone 'v' GPS helps the OP learn more about his new Garmin.

Re: Pump Recommendations

11 February 2016 - 7:45pm
mnichols wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:mnichols wrote:anyone found a way of keeping the pump protected on the bike? Cling Film maybe?

[emoji23] Or similarly shaped, stretchable, item? Can't think what [emoji535]


That gave me an idea, I've made a sheath out an old innertube. I cut it to just a bit longer than the pump and sealed one end with pucture repair cement,put the pump in the sheath and attached to the bike - now it's nice and protected from the winter elements. I'll probably take it off in summer as it looks a bit naff, but will keep it safe in the winter

Napoleon would be proud. Good work...b

Re: Pump Recommendations

11 February 2016 - 7:44pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:mnichols wrote:anyone found a way of keeping the pump protected on the bike? Cling Film maybe?

[emoji23] Or similarly shaped, stretchable, item? Can't think what [emoji535]


That gave me an idea, I've made a sheath out an old innertube. I cut it to just a bit longer than the pump and sealed one end with pucture repair cement,put the pump in the sheath and attached to the bike - now it's nice and protected from the winter elements. I'll probably take it off in summer as it looks a bit naff, but will keep it safe in the winter

Re: Pump Recommendations

11 February 2016 - 7:41pm
[quote="Erudin"]This pump is £5 excluding postage if bought between 6pm-7pm:

I've ordered two!

Re: Navigation - Garmin

11 February 2016 - 6:36pm
Does your smart phone work in the rain?
Can you operate it when you wear thick gloves?
Will it last for 15hrs or more even with the screen on?
Will it take a Li battery?
Will it take AA batteries bought from the corner shop?
Will it take AA NiMh rechargeables?
Is it GPS accurate to 7ft?
Can it display full OS mapping?
Does it have a magnetic compass?

If it does all of these things, it's a good thing to have.

Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

11 February 2016 - 6:32pm
MartinBrice wrote:andymiller wrote:You always have had to pay extraNo - back in the day we partly dismantled the bikes and wrapped them up and took them as hand luggage, and spent an hour reassembling them at the other end. Carrying a dismantled bike on the Paris Metro in the rush hour was something I vowed never to do again. Paying £30 for the bike to go seemed a reasonable price at that point in time!

Yes true. I've also lugged my bike and luggage on the RER — riding between stations is definitely easier.

Re: Triskell Guide to Cycling Holidays in Brittany

11 February 2016 - 4:44pm
pga wrote:There is a big initiative in converting old railway routes into greenways (voie verte). The quality is often very good, much better than the NCN. The network is being added to all the time. Check online.

This may be a decent starting point - http://www.af3v.org/CarteAF3V/carte-detaillee.html

Re: Best camera for touring

11 February 2016 - 4:14pm
Some Panasonic LF1 pictures

https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id= ... view_all=1

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lf1/pool/page38

The pictures taken at gigs were taken from 20 yards back with the x7 optical zoom. Panoramas and videos are great too. With the F2.0 you can achieve good bokeh which enhances macro shots and portraits.

Tap on the pictures to get a closer look.

Al

Re: Best camera for touring

11 February 2016 - 3:53pm
I long for some manufacture to produce a digital camera with the simplicity of use of the old film cameras. If someone made a digital back for my old Nikon F2 that would be perfect.

I've outfitted an old Ortlieb bar bag to take my ageing FujiS3 Pro which I often take on Day rides. The Fuji is certainly no lightweight for touring and I've just bought a second hand Nikon P7100. Its a very similar camera to the Canon G series and allows a lot of manual control. Both shutter speed and aperture can be set using dials and it will also shoot raw files. Most importantly for me, it has an optical viewfinder. If it took AA batteries I reckon it would be near perfect.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

11 February 2016 - 3:39pm
I was fully considering the Z5 as my next phone anyway. I like the combination of small form factor and high end parts which no other manufacturers do (all other "mini" versions use lower end components to reduce the cost). I have OSMand on Android but havent really used it for routing yet.

Re: Best camera for touring

11 February 2016 - 3:03pm
This thread would benefit from some pictures; if you're recommending a camera, show us what it can do...

Would you describe yourself as a photography enthusiast? Do you want to shoot RAW files? Do you only want a point & shoot?

The best camera for touring is influenced by these (and many more factors).

I would describe myself as an enthusiastic photographer; I'm very pleased with my Canon G15. If I lost it I would replace it with a something like an Olympus OM-D E-M10 or Fuji X-T10.

Some G15 images:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/130356579@N02/24526319799/in/datetaken-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/130356579@N02/16250286168/in/datetaken-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/130356579@N02/21844247984/in/datetaken-public/

Re: Navigation - Garmin

11 February 2016 - 2:59pm
Locus maps supports OS maps now.

Regarding charging - its all about strategy. I have a tri-bag which contains my battery pack. The phone is usually fully charged before I start a ride. I always ride with the phone charging. Then if it rains I can disconnect and seal the phone knowing I have 4-5 hours of riding. In that time I'll have stopped at least once so will get at least another 20 minutes+ of charge into the phone. But honestly, I've found that a small piece of bluetack wrapped around the socket after I've plugged the lead in provides a perfectly acceptable waterproof join. Tested it several times with no problems.

I'll think you'll find that a phone like a Sony Xperia Z3 compact gives a garmin a run for its money in terms of battery life.

Re: Best camera for touring

11 February 2016 - 2:43pm
Smartphone.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

11 February 2016 - 2:29pm
Phones have definitely got better since I bought my Garmin. Having ones that are waterproof and with ant+ is a big advance, but for me battery life is still the issue. I get 10 to 12 hours with my edge with screen on. Phone cannot match that. I know you can get external batteries, but then you have to make sure the USB port is waterproof in use on the phone, and you have the extra faff. When my Garmon dies in a few more years I think the decision is going to be harder again as as I understand my ordanace survey maps are only usable on the current unit...

Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

11 February 2016 - 2:26pm
andymiller wrote:You always have had to pay extraNo - back in the day we partly dismantled the bikes and wrapped them up and took them as hand luggage, and spent an hour reassembling them at the other end. Carrying a dismantled bike on the Paris Metro in the rush hour was something I vowed never to do again. Paying £30 for the bike to go seemed a reasonable price at that point in time!

Re: Navigation - Garmin

11 February 2016 - 2:14pm
My phone costs 600 quid

So was the xperia when I bought it. At that time the 800 for something like £400. When I replaced the phone with like for like it was essentially an obsolete model and set me back £200.

But as I have already pointed out you can get a toughened, waterproof phone with a bigger and more detailed display than a garmin for around £150. This makes garmin's (800-1000) look quite sick in terms of value for money.

I set my phone up and start riding. There's no need to touch it until I'm finished. My current Audax data screen has 12 info fields which are fully readable by aged varifocal needing eyes and occupy less than 1/4 of the screen. I have no need to fiddle with the phone whilst on the move. So it doesn't matter if I'm wearing gloves or not. On the rare occasion I need to do something whilt riding I just lick the end of my gloved finger and that's sufficient.

My phone is water proof. I wouldn't have bought it if it wasn't. Waterproofness and ANT+ were what attracted me the the Xperia range of phones. I believe Samsung now do ANT+ in some models but don't have as good a range in term of waterproof phones.

The apps I use for navigating allow me to upload to a range of fitness sites. Even if they didn't its still quite simple to export the ride in a wide range of formats.

I admit that I took a risk when I strapped a £600 phone to the handlebars of my bike but in retrospect it has worked exceptionally well. And scince Oct 2013 when the Xperia Z Ultra was first sold.

Try your phone with Locus maps (assuming its an android phone). Its a bit of an eye opener.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

11 February 2016 - 2:01pm
Is the 5 hours of battery life with the screen on for all of that time? How easy to read is in bright sunlight?

Yes. I could get longer if I switched the screen off and used proximity detection. In bright sunlight the screen is hard to read. But on those 10 days in the year I can cope pause under a shady tree or something similar). The rest of the time its perfectly adequate. The 5 hours was with the phone new on a middling day. The more power you put into the screen for visibility the lower your battery life.

Re: Best camera for touring

11 February 2016 - 2:00pm
simonineaston wrote:Don't you guys just yearn for a period of stasis! Imagine how different it was back when you bought your 35mm rangefinder and then kept it for years - decades, even. You got to know the camera intimately - the plating could be worn away...

I had my previous Olympus Bridge Camera for about 12 years before I bought the tiny LF1. The LF1 produced pictures so good in comparison it awakened my interest in Photography as a hobby. I took it to Oz/NZ last year and a fellow tourist had a really good SLR so when I came back I bought one. A good camera that gives excellent results is a spur to your creative instincts. Off abroad soon and the LF1 will be tucked away on my belt all the time with a credit card and spare battery in the case when in busy town centres where camera snatchers are likely. The SLR will come out in safer situations off the beaten track.

Al

Re: Best camera for touring

11 February 2016 - 1:58pm
All cameras are a compromise, and we'll all choose those compromises that fit in with what we want. For me, M4/3 is about right, doesn't loose too much image quality over a SLR, reasonable enough weight to carry all day with a pancake lens, and a decent zoom doesn't take up much space in a bar bag. I have a Panasonic GX1 with 20mm and 45-175mm lenses and an add on viewfinder. In the 4 years I've had it, it's never failed to impress me and I doubt I'll ever get close to it's capabilities. The current model is the GX7, with built in viewfinder, it’s been around a few years and can be had for half it’s original price.
 
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