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Re: Smartphone as GPS-two major problems

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 11:40pm
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 - 11:24pm
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 - 11:14pm
> 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 - 10:38pm
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 - 8:48pm
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 - 8:29pm
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 - 8:25pm
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.

Re: Clocks go back end march-Do you stop using commuting lig

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 February 2016 - 6:37pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Stop using commuting lights? It will be a long while before its light for my commute, but since I run Dynamo lights, I just leave 'em on at all times...


+1 Especially as in the past my late finish has been 21:45, and my early starts have been 07:15.... (currently 07:30-20:30 if not on nights) previously the shifts were only 7.5 hours so for a few very short weeks I have just about got away with not having lights on for my commute in..... they certainly stay on the 'winter' bike but are easily detachable with spare clips on the 'summer' and time trial bike.


After the cafe stop today in the Peaks, we all had lights on as the sky was darkening with the threat of rain at 11:00.
Time trialling i always run front and rear lights, a really good flashing front light gives motorists likely to pull out in front of you, time for a second thought / double take.

Re: Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 6:08pm
I slightly disagree.
My Brooks Team Pro was fitted on 2nd Feb 2006 brand new.
That month, I rode 150miles.
March, I did 240miles
April 260
May 220
Jun 340
July 1,815 miles LE to JOG and Back.

My Brooks is as hard now as it was then. Hard as nails.
Yes, it's bent a tiny bit to fit my bum, but still as hard as ever and not really moulded at all, and I've never needed to tighten the nose bolt.
To date, the saddle has supported me a tad over 35,000miles.

All bums are different.
Mine happens to like a hard solid saddle.

Re: Megabus to France

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 5:57pm
I was the original poster on the thread that has been linked to. When I used Megabus there was lots of spare space in the hold and the bus was fully booked. I came back from Barcelona by Megabus as well. However, to avoid any anxieties, it might be worth emailing them to clarify any concerns.

I like this option a lot. The price is good, the drivers were really helpful and travelling by bus removes the hassles and carbon debt of flying. Do bear in mind the weight limits though and the need to bag your bike.

Re: Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 5:52pm
One of the things about brooks saddles is they mold themselves to shape of your sit bones, although the leather will be softer the shape on a used brooks will be molded to users behind not yours, the break in is not too bad as long as you don't try to do 100 miles as the first trip. Even if the brooks doesn't suit you they sell for good money in good condition, if works out for you it could be the best cycling investment you make.

Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 February 2016 - 5:52pm
Time wounds all heels.

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 5:04pm
andymiller wrote: ....... (eg where is Buckingham Palace?). Buckinghamshire somewhere, I should think.

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 4:56pm
Yep, it ain't easy. Good luck.

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 4:54pm
andymiller wrote:robgul wrote:fishfright wrote:
Use the alternative "speak the letters" option if you have problems reading captcha anti bot checks.

Thank you. Before he comes back at you .... the captcha we are using is an industry-standard tool that has a simple mental arithmetic calculation to enter - the question is displayed very clearly, and has the opportunity to refresh for a new question with a different display. Several hundred responses, so far, have had no issue with the process.

Rob

Is there an option to have the computer speak the captcha question? I couldn't see it.

I once worked with someone who was pretty severely visually handicapped and needed to enlarge the text on his screen so that it was huge. I don't think he would have been able to deal with your captcha. The question may be simple but if it's indecipherable you can't answer it. Your captcha is better than a lot of them out there, but it's not great.

I don't know if Joomla has an equivalent, but the Wordpress Contact Form 7 has a very simple approach of asking a random question from a list you select (eg where is Buckingham Palace?). The question can be spoken by a screen reader, or the user can enlarge the text so that it is really huge, show it white on black or whatever they need to do.

The component we are using is without doubt the best "form" that we could find, both for implementation and simplicity of response - there are some alternative options for other captchas in the component that we're looking at on the parallel development site ... like everything with the TCC site and the project it's work in progress and subject to refinement.

Rob

Re: Bikes on Megabus Europe

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 4:51pm
tyreon wrote:My failure is to trust booking on line on a 'tablet'. I/we feel okay about booking online because we have an antivirus thingamebob here at home,but feel exposed when putting credit/debit card details whilst travelling abroad with a tablet computer. Is my 'fear' OTT?
There are equivalent apps, often free, from most of the major sources for tablets & phones. I'm running the Avast Mobile Security app on my Android phablet.

Rick.

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 4:47pm
robgul wrote:fishfright wrote:
Use the alternative "speak the letters" option if you have problems reading captcha anti bot checks.

Thank you. Before he comes back at you .... the captcha we are using is an industry-standard tool that has a simple mental arithmetic calculation to enter - the question is displayed very clearly, and has the opportunity to refresh for a new question with a different display. Several hundred responses, so far, have had no issue with the process.

Rob

Is there an option to have the computer speak the captcha question? I couldn't see it.

I once worked with someone who was pretty severely visually handicapped and needed to enlarge the text on his screen so that it was huge. I don't think he would have been able to deal with your captcha. The question may be simple but if it's indecipherable you can't answer it. Your captcha is better than a lot of them out there, but it's not great.

I don't know if Joomla has an equivalent, but the Wordpress Contact Form 7 has a very simple approach of asking a random question from a list you select (eg where is Buckingham Palace?). The question can be spoken by a screen reader, or the user can enlarge the text so that it is really huge, show it white on black or whatever they need to do.

Re: Megabus to France

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 4:29pm
Thank you for that link. Very interesting. I hadn't taken notice of that before, didn't hear about Megabus until earlier this week.
Bit concerned about two of us travelling. Would be a disaster if they only had room for one bike!!!

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 4:16pm
fishfright wrote:mjr wrote:robgul wrote:On the site you will be able to add your thoughts on the site's direction through the discussion Forum and I'm interested form links.
No I can't. It says I'm not human because I don't pass eye-tests! Please reconsider that. It's insulting.

Use the alternative "speak the letters" option if you have problems reading captcha anti bot checks.

Thank you. Before he comes back at you .... the captcha we are using is an industry-standard tool that has a simple mental arithmetic calculation to enter - the question is displayed very clearly, and has the opportunity to refresh for a new question with a different display. Several hundred responses, so far, have had no issue with the process.

Rob

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 3:38pm
mjr wrote:robgul wrote:On the site you will be able to add your thoughts on the site's direction through the discussion Forum and I'm interested form links.
No I can't. It says I'm not human because I don't pass eye-tests! Please reconsider that. It's insulting.

Use the alternative "speak the letters" option if you have problems reading captcha anti bot checks.
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