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Re: Our last trip: Italy - Vienna - Salzburg - Italy

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 8:56am
It's a great route. Thanks for posting (Grazie, complimenti).

This is a really interesting part of Europe to visit as it's a meeting point between three different languages and cultures.

If anyone is thinking of doing this route, there are some options/variations that are worth knowing about:

- there's a spectacular cyclewaye (the FVG1) which follows the old railway line to Resiutta south from Tarvisio. This won an award for being one of Europe's best cycleways. It's well worth doing as a side-trip (or you can continue following the Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg to Grado on the Adriatic coast);

- the upper section of the Drauradweg is also worth exploring.This starts at Toblach (Dobbiaco) in Italy where it links to other international routes - so for example you could come into Italy by the Brenner pass and then follow the PusterBike cycle route through the PusterTal to Toblach and then cross back into Austria. Note though that Drauradweg has some long sections of unsurfaced cycleway - definitely do-able on a decent touring bike;

- in Carinthia there seems to be a network of good well-signposted routes around the lakes between Villach and Klagenfurt which looked like it would have been worth a detour to explore;

- there are a couple of projects to promote cross-border cycle routes between Slovenija and Italy. For example there's the AdriaBike route which runs from Kranjska Gora to Ravenna and the Bike Alpe Adria (unfortunately there are a number of projects with very similar names) which promotes a number of routes mainly to the south of The Trglavski Narodni national park including a circular route linking Tolmin, with Cividale del Friuli and Gorizia.

(Note to cyclingovereurope - I couldn't get the links from the index/sommario page to work on my iPod - presumably because it uses Flash animations. did I miss something? It might be worth putting in some normal links as a back up - otherwise there doesn't seem to be any way to navigate through the articles).

Re: Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 7:52am
RAM Mounts do very secure mounts.

Protective case? I use a Griffin Defender on my iPod Touch. Doesn't solve the water on the screen issue, but at least it provides some protection against water and shock.

A lanyard is always a good idea.

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 21 February 2016 - 3:04am
obviously a city banker out for a bit of exercise

Re: Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 12:17am
cycleruk wrote:Regarding losing the map can you carry a spare sd(micro?) card with the relevant maps /routes on it?

Why not? With a file editor on board you can copy maps back and forth. If you run out of memory or are going into a different map region you can also swap maps I guess.

Al

Re: Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 12:04am
Regarding losing the map can you carry a spare sd(micro?) card with the relevant maps /routes on it?

Re: Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 12:02am
The cling film just waterproofs the phone against light rain. Touch still works on my Moto E. Havent had the screen go crazy when wet yet? I do have a bar bag with a transparent map pocket that it could go into if it really chucked it down. But in that weather you would probably find me in tbe pub anyway

4G Moto E second generation is now down to £76 on Amazon. With its massive battery life of several days its a very good inexpensive phone to bash about and not have to worry about on a touring bike. Cheaper than a decent Garmin too. Put a 'never runs out' Three 321 simm in it (no extra charge for 4G!) Get Osmand + (a fiver for unlimited maps) on it and leave your expensive iPhone or Galaxy S6 at home!

Al

Re: Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 11:33pm
Never used my iPhone (other smartphones are available) for navigation, but used to have it in a pouch like this one http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ROSWHEEL-CYCL ... SwNphWbpz2 and used it to play music back in the days of my 17 mile commute - 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

Re: Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 11:17pm
You'll just have to live with the fact that capacitive touch-screens don't work well in the wet. I found I could use it well enough to do what I needed with the sat nav, but typing a text message is a frustrating experience... Not sure what Al's doing with the clingfilm - is that to keep the water out of the phone or so you can lift it up and use the dry touch-screen underneath?

My phone has a pair of tiny holes which you can use to thread a camera wrist-strap through. I loop that round my headset and attach with a micro-carabiner, so that the phone will never hit the deck if it falls out of the mounting. I made the mounting myself - it's just a single loop of elastic. It goes under the headset and loops round the left and right sides of the phone, which holds it in the same position as Al's above. It's quick to mount, and so long as you back it up with the wrist-strap, you'll never drop your phone. You got away lightly by the way - the last time I dropped my very expensive phone, I cracked the screen - a costly mistake, even though I did the repair myself.

Re: Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 11:17pm
What about the quad lock rain cover? Works well for me when I've used it.

Re: Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 10:52pm
> Thanks Al - I remember your clingfilm trick and mounting arrangement from your review of the Moto E (2nd gen).
> I will try the clingfilm trick too but my initial thoughts are that it won't stop the effect I experienced - but I'll certainly give it a try in the next downpour and update this thread.
> with the clingfilm in place, can you operate the touch screen in the normal way? If you can then surely rain droplets are going to affect the screen too?

Re: Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 10:46pm
m-gineering wrote:But it is misleading to think of them in turns of 6V, as they will happily turn out 240AC:

Er, 240vAC - I think not my friend - especially 'happily' - even then high voltages only occur when there is nothing connected to the dynmo (figures around 90v.ac maybe). If voltages much over 100vac where present, I'm sure there would be insulation breakdown issues all over the place!

to the OP - as suggested, there are a few threads going around on this topic - here is but just one example

Re: Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 10:43pm
andymiller wrote:m-gineering wrote:3) Brooks is an Italian company now, nuff said

Brooks seems to be in good hands, so far as I can tell. Italians appreciate tradition and craftsmanship; sadly I suspect that's no longer true for a lot of British companies.

Alt Berg boots, a long established Yorkshire bootmaker are now a suppler to the army (probably after years of troops buying their own boots from there instead of wearing issue kit), their boots are made in Italy and I had a pair of their motorcycle boots that I wore daily for 3 years and sold for 4/5 of the new price, and wear their current issue boots daily with zero complaints

I've decided to take the plunge and try a Cambium C17 Carved saddle.. if it turns out not to be right for me they seem to resell very quickly

Thanks all for your input

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 10:42pm
That's the benefit of sold secure gold rating. It's an insurance installed rating so if that's your thinking for using a lock then it's a good lock for you. Personally I think it's better not to have to make a claim in the first place by whatever means you can. On a tour I guess you're limited on your means.

You're possibly right about this lock not being the lock I heard negative reviews about. It was a gold rated squire d lock though.

I'm still occasionally using a squire d lock, squire high security paramount d lock I think it has written on the side. Probably not very secure by.modern days but ok for low risk use at work. Especially since other bikes aren't locked or just with a thin cable lock. Seriously thin ones that could be cut in seconds I reckon.

Re: Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 10:40pm
Cling film and a secure mounting like this.

IMG_20151129_152301 by Al, on Flickr

Al

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 10:24pm
Tangled Metal wrote:I don't have the link but it was a quick Google search. I'm too lazy to go beyond page 2 and most often page 1 so it should be easy to find. IIRC it's London cyclist or one of the magazine/commercial forum reviews where they use a retired, unnamed bike thief to test the locks. If it helps the site boasted that they've never failed to break a lock. Something about having the expertise of professional bike thieves.

IIRC this lock failed in less time than sold secure silver rating, then they upgraded the lock and it lasted about silver rated time but not gold. Basically got the impression that they considered it less secure than other gold rated locks.

There's a scene around the world for picking/breaking locks, even a world championships you know. I believe there's even a hack shop in London running classes in how to make the pick and IIRC it's called the anvil that.they work the pick against the lock mech with and how to use those tools. I reckon there's the expertise to pick any sold secure rated lock. The thing is always time.

Sold secure IMHO is not to be relied on. Look to the foreign standards and rely on them, not sold secure which is really an insurance scheme. I think the German or Dutch standards carry out more severe tests than sold secure.

I think you might be on about a different lock Tangled because I can't find anything, plus your initial reply said the lock only locks on one side and this one actually locks on both sides.

Not really sure why I was given a lesson on how locks can be picked and how rubbish sold secure is. No lock is impervious to a determined attack but if sold secure gold satisfies my insurer it's acceptable to me too. At 1.38kg it's something I'm willing to carry on tour and leave my bike locked to if I can't get secure storage, and if the bike isn't there when I return I'm good for a claim.

Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 10:14pm
> I have for the last few weeks been investing much time and effort in 'learning' to use OSMand and LocusMaps on an Android smartphone (Doogee DG700) bought specifically to use solely as a bike GPS device on my cycle camping trips.
> I love the screen quality, screen size and the general ubiquity of the two apps in particular and the smartphone in general but yesterday I encountered two major issues which I share with you to see if others have similar issues and/or fixes

ISSUE ONE - the smartphone screen being capacitive touch sensitive (rather than resistive touch sensitive as found on Garmin devices) was adversely affected during a down-pouring of rain (screen kept changing as though you were pressing it). I can see that if navigating in unfamiliar territory and wanting to see the map, this would be a real nuisance.

ISSUE TWO - The smartfone became dislodged from its mounting (my fault - I was brushing the water off the screen ) - anyway, the phone is a rugged beast and it bounced merrily along the road with barely a mark on the case, but the bouncing did cause it to re-boot - and this was the problem in that I was running LocusMaps at the time and the offline maps and tracks stored on the SD card were lost! (lost as in the SD card could be read by the file manager and the missing file names seen, but their file size showed 0 Kb). If I'd been on my tour with all my maps and tracks pre-loaded for the journey, I'd have been a bit annoyed (but I will ALWAYS take paper maps anyway )

I can think of several strategies for overcoming ISSUE TWO but I'd be really interested to hear the views of Smartphone GPS users on both issues.

And finally, so the thread can have a chance of remaining a useful reference, can the luddites, naysayers and other anti-smartphone users please keep their chuckling and negative views to themselves please (fat chance I know, but I have to ask don't I )

Re: Anyone used a TEASI gps cycle gizmo ?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 9:38pm
I have a Teasi one2 and it is virtually identical in use to an Etrex20 with PC and GPX files, seems to plot a 'go to' route better than the garmin - probably mapset that makes difference. Benefits are it has a huge screen so shows more of a map, drawback is the infrequently (monthly) updated proprietary free maps - if it woud take a talkytoaster/openfiets/etc it'd be unbeatable.

Re: Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 7:48pm
m-gineering wrote:3) Brooks is an Italian company now, nuff said

Brooks seems to be in good hands, so far as I can tell. Italians appreciate tradition and craftsmanship; sadly I suspect that's no longer true for a lot of British companies.

Re: Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 7:29pm
Mick F wrote:I slightly disagree.
My Brooks Team Pro was fitted on 2nd Feb 2006 brand new.

1) the older the Brooks the longer it will last. If you have a well maintained 30 year old one it will turn 40 with no problems. Buy one new now and chances are it will probably be a sagging mess in 10 years time. Probably something to do with all the cows sitting behind a computer and growing weak.
2) B17's do not use the same quality leather as the Pro's
3) Brooks is an Italian company now, nuff said

Re: Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 7:25pm
But Mick you road a chopper on your jogle, most saddles are probably scared of YOU now. It does illustrate the point though, brooks saddles are different, most B17,s seem to be molded to shape after a few miles. I have a new black B17 ti at home and it feels very different to my brown one with 4000 miles on it.
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