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Re: the Janapar Grant - for adventurous young cyclists

10 February 2016 - 9:43pm
A Message From The Founder, Tom Allen

The Janapar Grant
@tom_r_allen@tom_r_allenTom's Bike Trip
‘Janapar’ is the Armenian word for ‘journey’ or ‘road’, and the title of my first book and film, which tell the story of my own three-and-a-half-year adventure around the world by bicycle, which I began at the age of 23.
The journey changed my life immeasurably and in ways I could never have imagined. On returning from it, I spoke with dozens of others who’d been on similar rides as young adults, and a common theme emerged – regardless of the differences between these trips, the outcome of them all had been a new perspective on the world, a maturing of character as a result of the challenges overcome, and a heightened appreciation of what’s possible in life.
I’m well aware of the hurdles young people face when dreaming of such an adventure, though – inexperience, fear of the unknown, and a lack of resources to get to the starting line. The Janapar Grant addresses these obstacles directly. Earning the money to make your journey is the easy part – bicycle travel is one of the cheapest ways there is to see the world.
There’s only one grant available each year, so be true to yourself and don’t be afraid go the extra mile to make your application stand out. We’re looking forward to receiving it. Good luck!

Nice one Tom! Wish I was still young enough, I traveled around Europe in my early 20's the perfect age. No fear and so many possibilities.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

10 February 2016 - 9:10pm
I also recently got the Edge 810 and it took me a couple of weeks to get to grips with it. Mainly downloading and installing the maps.
Still got a bit to learn as there is much that I don't really know about yet. I've got used to the basics I think.
I have downloaded free maps from "Open Street Maps" (Whole of UK and also Majorca.)
Be aware that some downloads may go into the "NewFiles" folder and not straight into the maps folder. Also the maps come with a long drawn-out number which meant nothing to me. It is possible to rename the maps properly but I found it difficult
Be very careful if you have to change a battery in the cadence sensor as it is easy to damage a contact in the unit if the "lid" is not lined up properly first before turning.
I have had to change my cadence sensor battery today but I've know idea how long the original has been in there.
Regarding making routes I have found the system on the Garmin Connect the easiest to use. I have tried a couple or so other route mapping programs but they didn't suit me.
I presume you have downloaded the 810 user PDF manual?

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

10 February 2016 - 8:51pm
The Ultegra wheels have arrived (ooh shiney) and they have big stickers on them saying not to use tyre levers

I only use them when I need to, but sometimes you have to

I think this is because they are tubeless ready (assumption)

Should I be concerned if I'm using tubes?

Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

10 February 2016 - 8:12pm
Last June I cycled from Nevers to Nantes, then across to Roscoff. I live in Cornwall, so it was train to Plymouth, ferry to Roscoff, then train from Morlaix to Paris, and train to Nevers. I bought a copy of the Loire a Velo guide book, which gave me all my campsites, plus B+B's and hotels if needed. I just turned up at the campsites and had no problem at all.
The only problem was on the Paris to Nevers train, having to hang the bicycle up by the front wheel. Meant having to take off the panniers then put back on later.
Take at least one day off to explore the chateau. I stayed 2 nights in Bracieux to allow time to explore Chateau Chambord.
Have a great trip.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

10 February 2016 - 5:50pm
I'm one of those folk who believes in one tool for one purpose ........... if I can afford it.

A smart phone.
Is it a computer or a telephone, a diary, a calculator, a camera, or a GPS device? All the things they do may be ok, but none of the things they do they do as well as a dedicated device would do them.

Garmin 810.
Good choice.

Re: Trains in Ireland

10 February 2016 - 4:19pm
Norman H - I'll look into that route. Any alternatives are welcomed especially as I have discovered that the Irish tarmac rally championships are being held during our first couple of days in the area!!!!

Re: Trains in Ireland

10 February 2016 - 4:15pm
That's good to hear. Do let us know how it works out.

Eoinh wrote:-

From there it's a lovely cycle to kenmare, with a decent climb up molls gap.

Presumably Eoinh is thinking of the main Ring of Kerry route (N71) south from Killarney. It is indeed a very scenic route but do bare in mind that it can get busy at times and attracts a lot of coaches. You should also consider the route to the west of Loch Leane through The Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley. Distance-wise I don't think there's a lot in it and although this route is also popular with tourists, I think it's the more pleasant ride.

Incidentally there are various tracks and paths which head off the N71 up into the hills to the east and I've often wondered if there is an off road alternative to the N71 route to and from Kenmare. Whenever I've used that road I've always been in too much of a hurry to go and explore. I wonder if anyone has done this.

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

10 February 2016 - 2:32pm
I broke a spoke on the first day of a ride from the San Francisco area to Yosemite, it was a Sunday and of course the LBS was closed. One of the other riders came to the rescue and fitted something similar to the SJS spoke repair kit. I managed to complete the rest of the ride over the next two days without any problems including about 10,000 feet of climbing.


Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

10 February 2016 - 2:25pm
I have had a pair of Open Pro rims with 105 hubs on my Trek Pilot for the past 6 years, they were built by my local bike shop - not a single problem over several thousand miles and I'm 75 kilo's. Just bought a second pair of Open Pro's with 105 hubs from Paul Hewitt for another of my bikes, really good prices and service.


Re: Navigation - Garmin

10 February 2016 - 11:45am
Yeah, I've read several reviews on DCRainmaker and other cycle websites too. The Cycling weekly website had a decent roundup of all the Garmin range on a single page with an easy to decipher "Choose this one if..." header. I was torn between the 810 and the 520, but ended up opting for the 810 cause the bundle sounded like a bit of a better deal. It even comes with an out front mount too!

What does the Sony Xperia offer? I have an old iPhone 4s at the minute and regularly use Strava and Google/Apple maps. But I'm getting fed up with my battery draining away and running out while I was out and about. I figured a stand alone navigation tool might be a bit better.

Re: Trains in Ireland

10 February 2016 - 11:30am
Thanks for all the advice. After a bit of digging it seems that travel by bus with Dublin Coach may be the best bet. They are cheapest, run quite regularly, don't charge for bikes which are allowed if they fit in the below floor luggage compartment.
I will post more info for reference when I book travel and actually do the travelling.

Lonley Planet or Bradt?

10 February 2016 - 10:37am
I am thinking of buying a guide to Sri Lanka
Anyone any comments on the best one?
Lonely Planet or Bradt.
Or others?
Thanks folks

Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

10 February 2016 - 10:00am
MartinBrice wrote:we did eurostar to paris then train to orleans to start the trip. then to get back from the end took the TGV at 6am from nantes to lille for a ridiculously small price. then euorstar to UK. But bikes are extra money and hassle on eurostar now.

You always have had to pay extra - and £30 is steep, but the amount of hassle is pretty minimal. For many people it will be the quickest and easiest option - although the ferries from Portsmouth and Plymouth may also be a good option.

Re: Child friendly, car camping and cycling, Northern Europe

10 February 2016 - 9:34am
Vorpal wrote:I would have recommended the Rhine, also. But since that's taken another to consider is Ostfriesland in Germany. You can take the coastal route (I think it's part of the North Sea Cycle route?), which is mostly on (good) cycle paths and not too hilly for a trailer.
+1 for Ostfriesland although the NSCR does not always follow the coast in Ostfriesland. But there is a comprehensive network of cycle tracks though with good signing and you can cycle all of the coast next to a dyke if you really want to.

The tourist office is here they offer cycle tour packages as well as maps and guides

Our trip in 2009 is here ... index.html

Re: Navigation - Garmin

10 February 2016 - 7:36am
Send it back and invest in a Sony Xperia smartphone.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

10 February 2016 - 1:28am
DC Rainmaker is the site to look at for tips n tricks on things Garmin. I'd recommend an outftont style mount over the stem/bar mount as it puts the computer more in your eyeline, they can be picked up for as little as £10.

Navigation - Garmin

9 February 2016 - 11:42pm
Hi all!

After much much much consideration on the different models and brands of cycle computers for navigation and fitness recording I have just ordered the Garmin Edge 810 performance bundle.

Do any of you out there have any any experience with this model or others and could offer me some pros, cons or recommendations?

I'm keen to receive it, an hoping it will fulfil all my hopes and dreams for some decent cycling days out over this upcoming year!

the Janapar Grant - for adventurous young cyclists

9 February 2016 - 11:13pm
The Janapar Grant will provide equipment and mentoring for a young person to set out into the world on a bike.

How often have you dreamed about travelling the world by by bike?

If only I had a decent bike…

People wouldn’t understand why…

What would I tell my friends and family?

I’m not sure I’d be fit enough…

People put off having an adventure for many reasons, but a new grant aims to get young people exploring the world by bicycle.

Re: Triskell Guide to Cycling Holidays in Brittany

9 February 2016 - 10:59pm
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.

Re: A review of the newest bone conduction headphones

9 February 2016 - 10:31pm
Big, bulky and will interfere with some helmet designs

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