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Re: Anyone know what this Italian sign means

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 3:59pm
honesty wrote:I laboured on a farm in Italy for June, July, August one year and basically we would work from 5:30 till 12ish then 4 til 8 ish. The middle of the day was just too hot for working in.

Thanks honesty. But that honestly not want I want to hear.

Re: Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 3:39pm
AaronR wrote:the vinyl of the case was thick enough that rain didn't affect operation while remaining thin enough that phone could still be used through it
Yes, I've a Birzman bike phone case that's like that, but these days I usually just keep the phone in a pocket (inside pocket if raining) and use the voice navigation with occasionally getting the phone out to look at if needed.

Re: Anyone know what this Italian sign means

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 3:38pm
I laboured on a farm in Italy for June, July, August one year and basically we would work from 5:30 till 12ish then 4 til 8 ish. The middle of the day was just too hot for working in.

Re: Anyone know what this Italian sign means

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 3:36pm
andymiller wrote:My twopennyworth:

- the Col de l'Échelle to Bardonecchia looks like a very good bet. You could go over the Col de Montgenèvre to Cesana Torinese but I don't know that there's any advantage to that;

- you could take the road that goes via Sestrière and Fenestrelle to Pinerolo. This takes you south of Torino but there's a climb to Sestrière. I don't think this option offers any particular advantages;

- from Susa (more or less) you can follow the Ciclostrada della Val di Susa to Rivoli. I've described the route here;

- I really liked Torino and it's actually quite bike-friendly. But the best route is probably to turn south at either Avigliana or Rivoli (Rivoli would be my choice) and then pick up the cycleway south from Airone and then go cross country from Saluzzo;

- my suggestion for crossing the Apennines would be to pick up the Moncenisio variant of the Ciclovia Francigena (that page is in Italian but there's a map and a gpx download — and you can use Google Translate). I've ridden it from Gavi via Voltaggio and then on down towards the Liguria coast. In theory you can pick it up in Torino on the banks of the Po, however my impression is that this bit was more sketchy than the sections further south;

- you can follow the coast south to Ostiglia on the outskirts of Rome. Personally I would go inland through Toscana and Lazio but that option is definitely more challenging.

Oh and getting back to the original subject, you may well see signs that refer to 'velocipedi' (eg a no entry sign with the words 'eccetto velocipedi') this is this is the term used for cyclists in documents like the Italian equivalent of the Highway Code.

Andy I cant find the download link on that second link. Do you have to join or something?

Re: Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 1:55pm
ConRAD wrote:bikes4two wrote:... had you fiddle with the calibration/setting somehow?
... fiddling with the calibration/setting??? ...absolutely NO !!!
Fiddling with the calibration? Absolutely yes! All you've done is demonstrate that a transformer transforms voltage.

Re: Anyone know what this Italian sign means

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 1:42pm
Mid-June is as good a time as any, but mountain weather is reliably unpredictable. I knew someone who overnighted at the top of the Great St Bernard, said there was six inches of fresh snow in the morning. In August. You’ll want gloves, and several layers to pile on if needed, but generally it’ll be quite alright. It was snowing a wee bit at 1300m when I set off up the col de l’Echelle in mid-May - ‘incroyable’, muttered the man at the campsite. Road was fine though.
Once you’re down in Italy, you’d expect temperatures in the low thirties, and not much shade when you fancy a rest. I’ve often found I have to keep riding just for the wee bit of breeze.

Re: Tyres for a European Tour

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 1:27pm
The best tyre for wear is the Schwalbe Mondial - although they are more expensive. You can make a pair of tyres last longer by swapping them over mid-tour (yes I know, a bit of a pain).

Tyres with a kevlar bead may be easier to get on and off. But in general I suspect that the ease of getting tyres off and on is going to depend on your particular tyre and particular rim rather than the brand in general.

Re: Chain replacement before a trip?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 1:19pm
Yes.

I think it would also be worth considering changing the middle and inner chainrings too.

Re: Maps for Spain

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 1:18pm
Michelin?

Re: Anyone know what this Italian sign means

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 12:55pm
Thanks for the replies chaps. I think I'm back to trying it. I'll look at those routes in detail and will probably come back for more info. Cheers.

One other thing. What about the weather. I'm considering starting mid Jun. Any comments?

Re: Chain replacement before a trip?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 12:53pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=103770

Very useful thread about parts to take - I would err towards taking the minimum spares, but because of this I am looking towards more prevention than cure!

From Pogies to woolly knickers, tips for staying snug when c

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 22 February 2016 - 12:45pm
A few years ago, when I took up cycling, I braved the winter weather a couple of times and got so cold, my snot froze. But as time went on, I learnt how to dress for the conditions and found that my weakest spots were my hands and feet.

http://www.farawayvisions.com/how-to-stay-warm-when-cycling/

Re: Chain replacement before a trip?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 12:42pm
If in doubt I would change it, and try it out to make sure it works with your part worn cassette / chain rings. Pack a rivet extractor and spare joining links and you should be fine.

Re: Chain replacement before a trip?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 12:34pm
Hi,
You will almost certainly pick up a spare chain on route in Europe.
I would take a spare chain and a cheap chain gauge just to compare as you go, then swap chain when you get above 1 %.
A chain will go further but at the expense of cassette and crank chain wheels.
If at 1% stretch if the drive is still quite and are not suffering chain suck (difficult to change gear) you can put the old chain back on after the second (new spare) goes west, then you will have an idea how long they last.
Some here will say you can survive that mileage on one chain but bad weather lack of lube and grit can destroy a cheap chain in a few hundred miles.

Get some one to check your whole drive train before you go.
And practice fitting a chain before you set off.
Prudent for at least one spare chain between you, I would do at the least, don't forget some lube and some gloves, a bit of rag will help, also quick links, and a reliable chain splitter!

Good luck

Re: Anyone know what this Italian sign means

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 11:27am
DaveP wrote:I seem to be having a stupid morning - I see a tunnel entrance, but no sign... ?
+1 thought it was just me

Cycling out of Hook of Holland ferry terminal

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 11:25am
Can anyone tell me how easy or difficult it is to get away from the port and on to the LF1?

I am thinking of cycling across to Nijmegen and then over the border to friends in Heinsberg in Germany. From the maps it looks easier to go North on the LF1 and then pick up the LF4 and go eastwards but stand corrected if there is an easier or more direct route.

Re: Anyone know what this Italian sign means

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 10:37am
My twopennyworth:

- the Col de l'Échelle to Bardonecchia looks like a very good bet. You could go over the Col de Montgenèvre to Cesana Torinese but I don't know that there's any advantage to that;

- you could take the road that goes via Sestrière and Fenestrelle to Pinerolo. This takes you south of Torino but there's a climb to Sestrière. I don't think this option offers any particular advantages;

- from Susa (more or less) you can follow the Ciclostrada della Val di Susa to Rivoli. I've described the route here;

- I really liked Torino and it's actually quite bike-friendly. But the best route is probably to turn south at either Avigliana or Rivoli (Rivoli would be my choice) and then pick up the cycleway south from Airone and then go cross country from Saluzzo;

- my suggestion for crossing the Apennines would be to pick up the Moncenisio variant of the Ciclovia Francigena (that page is in Italian but there's a map and a gpx download — and you can use Google Translate). I've ridden it from Gavi via Voltaggio and then on down towards the Liguria coast. In theory you can pick it up in Torino on the banks of the Po, however my impression is that this bit was more sketchy than the sections further south;

- you can follow the coast south to Ostiglia on the outskirts of Rome. Personally I would go inland through Toscana and Lazio but that option is definitely more challenging.

Oh and getting back to the original subject, you may well see signs that refer to 'velocipedi' (eg a no entry sign with the words 'eccetto velocipedi') this is this is the term used for cyclists in documents like the Italian equivalent of the Highway Code.

Re: Anyone know what this Italian sign means

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 10:12am
I seem to be having a stupid morning - I see a tunnel entrance, but no sign... ?
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