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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.

Re: Megabus to France

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 3:29pm
Have you read this?
Bikes on Megabus Europe
viewtopic.php?t=100861

Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 February 2016 - 2:33pm
Bonefishblues wrote:Don't agree - two wrongs and all that...

...besides he lives on the same estate, I note.

Quite agree.
Every dog has his day, and every thing comes to he who waits

Re: Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 2:29pm
I recently bought a new B17 after using my well worn (50p from the car boot) one for ever (still using it on my other bike). I was a bit worried about the "breaking in" period but it was very comfortable out of the box. If you use mudguards and don't leave the bike sat in the rain then there seems to be no issues with them getting wet. I pop a plastic bag on it on the odd occasion it goes on a bike rack. Don't know if this helps you at all but thought I'd pass on my love of B17's.

Re: Tour of southern Turkey - suggestions?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 1:19pm
If I were going to southern Turkey I would take some time to check the security situation. As with Tunisia, there must be a possibility that tourists could be seen as a target by groups hoping to destabilise the nation. I've not heard of attacks on tourists in Turkey so far, but I would not dismiss the possibility. And whilst any one visitor is unlikely to be a victim, you could be looking at cancelled holiday plans. Sorry to be on a downer, but the bottom right hand corner of the Med is not a happy place at the moment.

Re: Tour of southern Turkey - suggestions?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 1:00pm
I've only ever done the bus ride from Antalya to Konya but I recall that there were some nice hills in the way. The Konya plains are flat though so you'll have a good few flat miles around that section. Pop into Catalhoyuk on the way into Konya. Great archaeological site, tell them I sent you!

Re: Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 12:43pm
Hi I've had very good results from this battery http://www.amazon.co.uk/PortaPow-10200m ... B00KZLXUR4

I use it with a dynamo and solar panel and changed to it as the previous battery would discharge into the panel in lowlight!
No problems over a 3 week tour and still going strong

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 11:30am
I love my Super Cs.

I'm on my second pair, the first lasted 14 years of touring and are now my shopping and day trip panniers. The second are about ten years and still OK. There are a few wear holes, but nothing serious. You do need to use poly bags for full waterproofness, but the up side is that they breath which is a benefit in the tropics where I mainly tour.

I think the Cs are excellent for anyone doing extended tours, because they are very durable and also repairable because they are heavy cotton (like canvas).

I also like the well worn look they get. Not a fan of plastic and shiney.

I don't think Super Cs are necessarily the best for the OP, but they'll do for me.

Oh and I love the big rear pockets, currently water in one and odds and sods in other, including tablet, guidebook, sun cream, peanuts and a small cartons of milk that I wouldn't risk in the maini compartment.

Re: Switzerland, St. Moritz to Martina

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 11:26am
petevannuys wrote:We're planning a tour for 10 people, riding from St. Moritz to Bolzano IT.
We're roadies, and can ride Hwy 27 in the Inn valley if we must, but prefer "B" roads and paved paths.
We'll be on small wheels-- 406 x 1.5-- so the much used gravel "trekking" paths are not an option.

You can go through Martina climbing up to Nauders. I only travelled coming from Austria, I don't know how is the path from St. Moritz to Martina. But from Martina to Nauders you ascend along a low traffic road (that is part of claudia augusta route), then up to Bolzano is a continous paved path just for cycles

From St. Moritz to Martina you can see here:

http://www.veloland.ch/en/routes/route-065.html

from Martina to Bolzano is easy but, if you need, I have the gps tracks

Megabus to France

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 10:14am
Has anyone tried taking a complete bike to France on Megabus. Any problems etc? We normally use the Bike bus but from Shropshire it is quite a way to pick up the coach in the first place. We've had problems with the bikes when flying and don't wish to drive to the south of France.

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 8:57am
bikes4two wrote:To add to the pile of excellent panniers already mentioned, I've used Altura Dryline for many years without any cause for complaint.

I've been using these for several years. I like them and they are hard wearing, but you need to line them with rubble bags as they are not completely waterproof unlike Ortliebs.
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