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Re: Backup drivetrain bits

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 2:21pm
whoof wrote:When touring I take
2 tubes and a puncture repair kit plus a couple of inches of old tyre as a boot.
Some allen keys and a 8 & 10 mm spanner.
A chain tool
1 brake , 1 gear cable.
A couple of M4 and M5 nuts and bolts, I've tried to get all the nuts and bolts on the bike down to two sizes.
Some cable ties and electrical tape
A penknife with a screw driver.

I tour in Europe and if I needed anything else I would go to a shop.

The worst incident I've had in 25 years of touring is the bolt holding the saddle to the seatpost braking. I rode 10 miles to a bike shop standing up and got a new bolt.


This is exactly what I take, plus a couple of kwik links.

Re: Most Annoying and Potentially Dangerous Motoring Manoeuv

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 21 February 2016 - 12:02pm
nosmarbaj wrote:brynpoeth wrote:Disregarding priority. I really hate the b******s who try to wave me out when I am obliged to wait. I point at the "wait" sign and shout, "können Sie lesen?" (can you read?)
Both when driving and cycling, it seems to me it is generally safer to stick to the legal priorities as defined by signage and road markings - this causes less confusion. There are exceptions of course, especially in heavy slow-moving traffic, but generally I don't cede my priority, and don't expect others to do so for me.

Having said that, surely someone ceding priority is generally trying to be helpful? I understand sometimes it is better not to accept their kind offer, depending on other surrounding events and traffic, but I would not shout at the "offender" - just adds to the anti-cyclist impression some folks have. Maybe it's different in Germany?

Maybe it is different in Germany, I have not lived in the UK for many years. Fortunately it is necessary to shout when the vehicles windows are closed, and the rules are clear. There are plenty of "accidents" caused by abuse of priority rules, I do not see that I can ignore them even if it suits me. Or may I ignore any rule if I chosse? No, I just wait in the cold until the way is free.

Re: Most Annoying and Potentially Dangerous Motoring Manoeuv

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 21 February 2016 - 12:02pm
nosmarbaj wrote:brynpoeth wrote:Disregarding priority. I really hate the b******s who try to wave me out when I am obliged to wait. I point at the "wait" sign and shout, "können Sie lesen?" (can you read?)
Both when driving and cycling, it seems to me it is generally safer to stick to the legal priorities as defined by signage and road markings - this causes less confusion. There are exceptions of course, especially in heavy slow-moving traffic, but generally I don't cede my priority, and don't expect others to do so for me.

Having said that, surely someone ceding priority is generally trying to be helpful? I understand sometimes it is better not to accept their kind offer, depending on other surrounding events and traffic, but I would not shout at the "offender" - just adds to the anti-cyclist impression some folks have. Maybe it's different in Germany?

Maybe it is different in Germany, I have not lived in the UK for many years. Fortunately it is necessary to shout when the vehicles windows are closed, and the rules are clear. There are plenty of "accidents" caused by abuse of priority rules, I do not see that I can ignore them even if it suits me. Or may I ignore any rule if I chosse? No, I just wait in the cold until the way is free.

Re: Most Annoying and Potentially Dangerous Motoring Manoeuv

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 21 February 2016 - 12:02pm
nosmarbaj wrote:brynpoeth wrote:Disregarding priority. I really hate the b******s who try to wave me out when I am obliged to wait. I point at the "wait" sign and shout, "können Sie lesen?" (can you read?)
Both when driving and cycling, it seems to me it is generally safer to stick to the legal priorities as defined by signage and road markings - this causes less confusion. There are exceptions of course, especially in heavy slow-moving traffic, but generally I don't cede my priority, and don't expect others to do so for me.

Having said that, surely someone ceding priority is generally trying to be helpful? I understand sometimes it is better not to accept their kind offer, depending on other surrounding events and traffic, but I would not shout at the "offender" - just adds to the anti-cyclist impression some folks have. Maybe it's different in Germany?

Maybe it is different in Germany, I have not lived in the UK for many years. Fortunately it is necessary to shout when the vehicles windows are closed, and the rules are clear. There are plenty of "accidents" caused by abuse of priority rules, I do not see that I can ignore them even if it suits me. Or may I ignore any rule if I chosse? No, I just wait in the cold until the way is free.

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 21 February 2016 - 11:58am
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?

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 21 February 2016 - 11:03am
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

Re: Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 10:46am
There is a lock screen facility in Locus maps. Look at the bottom right hand corner. This sets the screen to ignore all input except the unlock swipe. As for your phone falling off you need a different holder. In the last 18months the only time my phone has come off is when I've crashed and even then it was in the cradle which had detached from the handle bar holder.

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

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 February 2016 - 9:56am
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 - 8:52am
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 - 4:04am
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 - 1:17am
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 - 1:04am
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 - 1:02am
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 - 21 February 2016 - 12:33am
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 - 21 February 2016 - 12:17am
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 - 21 February 2016 - 12:17am
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 - 11:52pm
> 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 - 11:46pm
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 - 11:43pm
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 - 11:42pm
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.
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