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Re: Anyone know what this Italian sign means

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 1:43am
nirakaro wrote:Looks like a nice route - is that the col du Mont Cenis?
If it was me, I might take a more westerly (maybe flatter?) line, through Lyon and Grenoble, steady climb to sleep at Le Bourg d’Oisans at 700m, then over the col du Lautaret (~2000m), and down into Briancon (~1300m). Next day the col de l’Echelle is only a 500m climb, nice quiet road, and then it's downhill practically to Turin.
Or you could go into Switzerland, long gentle climb up the Rhone to Brig (700m), then it’s a 1300m climb over the Simplon. And there’s a train through the tunnel if you chicken out
First time I did it, I was 58, reasonably fit but no athlete, and actually hadn’t sat on a bike for four years. As long as you take your time (and you’ve got low enough gears), by the time you’ve ridden across France, the Alps are just not a problem. Really.

Thanks a bunch. I'll check out your route.

Re: Anyone know what this Italian sign means

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 12:49am
Looks like a nice route - is that the col du Mont Cenis?
If it was me, I might take a more westerly (maybe flatter?) line, through Lyon and Grenoble, steady climb to sleep at Le Bourg d’Oisans at 700m, then over the col du Lautaret (~2000m), and down into Briancon (~1300m). Next day the col de l’Echelle is only a 500m climb, nice quiet road, and then it's downhill practically to Turin.
Or you could go into Switzerland, long gentle climb up the Rhone to Brig (700m), then it’s a 1300m climb over the Simplon. And there’s a train through the tunnel if you chicken out
First time I did it, I was 58, reasonably fit but no athlete, and actually hadn’t sat on a bike for four years. As long as you take your time (and you’ve got low enough gears), by the time you’ve ridden across France, the Alps are just not a problem. Really.

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 22 February 2016 - 12:16am
Hope he doesn't drive like that, could do some damage.

Re: Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 12:07am
Dave855 wrote:
With regards to home made converters.....is it really worth it and are they as effective as those you can buy? Bikes4two, if I've understood correctly, your test results show that you need to be travelling about 13mph to gain the same power as a standard wall USB charger....that's a bit too fast a speed for me. The chargers mentioned above achieve this at about 9mph.

Hi Dave, well, I looked into the cost of the bits and pieces (I have nothing of that sort laying around in my hobby box) plus the element of trial and error in coming up with something robust and weather-proof, and opted for a purchased product.

In terms of 13MPH to get the same power transfer as the wall charger: the same power may have been obtainable at a lower speed, its just that the 2-speed electric drill I was using, an old drill with no continuously variable speed control, was either spinning the wheel at 5.5 MPH or 13.5 MPH with nothing in between.

My next step is to strap my multi-meter to the handlebars and make further observations.

Re: Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 February 2016 - 12:00am
ConRAD wrote:... happily up to 224VAC at 28km/h (... with just a minor trick ), look HERE !!!

Ha Ha - I like it - a fellow fettler for sure.

I tried to follow the test leads coming up from the dynohub to see what you'd done, but without success. The Fluke is obviously auto-ranging - had you fiddle with the calibration/setting somehow?

Re: Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 11:49pm
Thanks for all of your responses - some comments on them:
1. Several folks mentioned rain covers and the like - I bought the Doogee DG700 because it is IP67 rated (dust and waterproof to most things likely encountered on bike handlebars) so I'd not likely gain much from such things apart from maybe the screen not doing its own thing when wet?

2. I tried Al's clingfilm dodge (which was mainly to do with keeping the phone dry) - for my phone it didn't aleviate the problem, not even a little bit. Maybe this is down to individual screen sensitivity? Has anyone else found that clingfilm prevents screen madness in the rain? As the most critical time of use is when I'm touring and I tour with a bar bag, the option to tuck the phone inside the map case remains one alternative if all else fails.
P - hi Al - just seen your latest posting on your clingfilm experiment - obviously an issue for you too

3. I think that wet capacitive touch screens are going to be the downside of using smartphones as GPS. As someone pointed out, LocusMap does have a screen lock option, but after experimenting with this in the kitchen just now, the presence of water on the screen in the 'screen locked' mode does give some improvement but notifications in the notifications bar do seem to still be 'active' and thus subject to erroneous selection by water droplets (so I'll look to NOT have any notifications present, i.e. WiFi off and airplane mode).

4. Someone mentioned the fitting of a wrist strap - a good idea - I've got a spare one from my Garmin but at the moment there are no fixing/threading points on the phone so I'll be finding the best place to put some very smal holes in the DG700 casing!

And my thoughts on data loss - one or some of the following are options
> Everything of importance duplicated on a spare SD card (already mentioned above)
> Key files copied to 'the cloud' (e.g. Google Drive) for downloading when on WiFi
> And of course the GPS device is in this case a smartphone, but my 'everyday' smartphone is a separte item which will be tucked safely away in a bag, will have everything duplicated on it 'just in case'.
> And paper maps and other info too of course, albeit 'car atlas' pages.
> In terms of Locus Maps, it might be prudent to only 'load up' those tracks and maps being used at the time and keep the other tracks and maps in separate folders on the SD card. I say this as it seems that the 'phone crash' only corrupted those map/track items running in Locus Map at the time of impact (if I'm making myself clear - a bit like the file corruption that can happen if you pull out the USB pendrive on your PC whilst the files are being read)

Re: Get your bike back on the road advice...

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 21 February 2016 - 11:36pm
Hi,
Clean the bike.........sometimes
Lube chain..............gear oil
Replace chain........from ex Halfords skip bike........one previous owner ............whirrrrrrr

Re: Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 11:30pm
Thanks for your thoughts- I have trawled through all the old threads with similar content but I'm struggling to find a straight answer to this question....

Can the E Werk be utilised to harvest more power from a dynamo hub than other USB based chargers such as the Sinewave Revolution/Reactor, specifically when charging a cache battery? Put simply....if cycling say 50 miles at an average speed of 10mph, will the E Werk be able to put more charge into a cache battery than a Sinewave Revolution?

Appreciate the recommendation of the Portapow battery-it's top of the list so far.

With regards to home made converters.....is it really worth it and are they as effective as those you can buy? Bikes4two, if I've understood correctly, your test results show that you need to be travelling about 13mph to gain the same power as a standard wall USB charger....that's a bit too fast a speed for me. The chargers mentioned above achieve this at about 9mph.

Re: WESTERN ISLES

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 11:20pm
I did it last may/june.....the coldest, grimmest, wettest, wind-permanently-in-your-facest, week of my life.....soaking bodies in sleeping bags and tent that never dried out all week....I wouldn't have missed it for the world. It really is cycling country

Re: Glasgow to Oban

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 11:04pm
I did a similar route to Mick, but got the ferry from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay. Cycled up Bute then the short ferry crossing over to Colintraive on the mainland. After that, a lovely cycle to Portavadie and another ferry to Tarbert on Kintyre.....quality cycling!! We camped at lochgilphead,and pedalled to Kilmartin via the Crinan canal path which was very pleasant indeed.

Re: Get your bike back on the road advice...

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 21 February 2016 - 10:53pm
Hmmm.... maybe new chains suffer from something called "psychic lube memory". They remember that the previous chain had just been oiled, so they run more smoothly.

In case you're wondering, I just made that up...

Re: cheap cycling jackets for cold dry weather

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 21 February 2016 - 10:48pm
millimole wrote:I was out yesterday in Derbyshire / Staffordshire in my Buffalo smock. It was about 5° without the wind chill of cycling (or the warmth of cycling up hill). I was just about right - a bit cool on the downhills, and a bit warm towards the top of the inclines.
The only problem with Buffaloes is that they smell like one at the end of the day!
I ride around the same area and unless its close to freezing or below i dont bother with a full jacket ,and then its a packable windproof .
My normal set up would be a l/s base layer , roubaix l./s jeresy and a a gilet .

Re: Anyone know what this Italian sign means

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 9:59pm
nirakaro wrote:Several times - it's my favourite bit of a tour! What route have you got in mind?

This one. I picked on road because most of the Velo cycle paths I used to Berlin last year were really mountain bike paths.

If you have any other routes I'd like to hear them.

Touring in Mallorca

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 9:51pm
Hi,
I'm intending to fly to Mallorca in April this year for a few days stopping in refuges on the way.

Day 1 (hire a touring bike fom Palma) Then cyle Palma to Port De Soller via Andratx
Day 2 Port De Soller to Pollence via Sa Colabra
Day 3 Pollenca to Alaro via Cap Formentor (stopping at Castell d' Alaro)
Day 4 Alaro to Palma to return bike then fly home.

My question is:
I know we can ride to Es Verger restaurant (above Alaro) but how much further can we ride up towards our overnight stay in Castell d' Alaro?

many thanks

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 21 February 2016 - 9:39pm
661-Pete wrote:May I take this opportunity to confess that I have run into the back of a parked car.

I think it was when I was in my teens. I wasn't looking where I was going.

+1. I was on my paper round. Never really figured out what happened, but obviously all my fault.

Hope the car in the video was wearing an h*****

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 21 February 2016 - 9:35pm
Bonefishblues wrote:reohn2 wrote:mercalia wrote:obviously a city banker out for a bit of exercise

Yep,they're used to crashes without looking ahead,then blaming someone for it
Best we have a whip-round to buy him a whole new bike or two eh?
Well riding like that he'll definitely need one,so I'm sure as a banker(that's banker),he'll get bailed out

Re: Cycling opportunity Keswick -Kendal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 21 February 2016 - 9:23pm
Paulatic wrote:cycleruk wrote:It showed the bus on TV last night running around the temporary route but didn't mention bikes or walkers.
The Border News footage showed a cyclist on the road in front of the bus.

That's good. Ours showed a vehicle with flashing beacons going in front of the bus. Possibly the actual first journey trial?

Re: morocco - sticks and stones...

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 9:18pm
I've just had a wonderful time cycling through Morocco. Just one occasion of stone throwing when cycling through the Riff mountains in the north. I pulled up and told them off in good old Anglo Saxon language. At other times some of the kids would run alongside and on one occasion seemed a little hostile which had me hoping that they wouldn't push me over. Generally though they are a friendly lot and just unpredictable as they get very excited to see you especially in the towns along the desert highway in the south. I had some good laughs with them but they WILL come up and beg for stuff. I think it is inbred into them and it's not just the kids. Just keep a close eye on your gear. I had a rear light stolen in one village when surrounded by kids.


It's funny when you mention feeding the masses. I had a few occasions when the Berbers appeared out of the desert with their camels asking to be fed. I thought at the time, "What do they expect. I'm not a bloody canteen van..!!" It was a great sight seeing a camel train appearing out of the hills.

Southern Morocco was awesome. A bloke told me they were desperate for rain as it hadn't rained since September.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/codheadontour2016

Re: Anyone know what this Italian sign means

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 8:56pm
One thing, as i recall the law in italy demands that you wear a hiviz top/tabard when cycling through tunnels. Also possibly i think outside urban areas after dusk. The last rule strikes me as typical italian *****. Maybe the multiple police forces could better use their time reducing the number of folk of all ages regularly mown down on the strisce/zebras. Must admit that i don't know if the second rule, if i have got it right, is enforced. Maybe andy miller could advise.
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