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Gas cannisters in Holland and Belgium

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 May 2016 - 10:46pm
Any advice about the availability of gas cannisters in Holland and Belgium?
Can we hope to find resealable cannisters (e.g. primus) fairly easily? What do other people use?
A trangier is probably not an option, as we need to fit a fairly large pot on the stove (we are a family of four).
Any other stove advice very welcome.

Re: Tram lines...

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 17 May 2016 - 10:40pm
irc wrote:What can trams do that buses can't do? The zero emissions (at point of use) plus is negated when they are sharing the streets with other traffic, especially buses. Otherwise buses built to offer the same seating space as trams would have the advantages of being able to operate both on exclusive routes where appropriate and shared streets where appropriate. They wouldn't have needed the 3/4 of a £ billion spent on the Edinburgh system much of which was for digging up ancient streets to move utilities - not needed for bus systems.

Any minimal speed advantages for trams are due to dedicated routes. You don't need a bus running on rails to have separate routes when appropriate. Another tram speed advantage is the limited stops. Conventional city buses make the mistake of having stops so close together the bus can be stopping every couple of hundred yards. That is easily changed.

And buses don't need tramlines to cause cyclist injuries and deaths.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Coro ... story.html

I would hazard a guess that a tram is much lower rolling resistance than a bus...

Re: Long touring without front panniers

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 May 2016 - 10:13pm
Rather than buying a new bike you could just replace the suspension fork. Surly have a few suspension corrected forks with front carrier braze-ons. Or you could use any suitable rigid fork and a clamp on or axle-mounted carrier.

Re: New Route Planner

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 May 2016 - 10:10pm
The dual carriageway might be a mapping or routing issue. Richard - does cycle.travel recognise turn restriction relations where the 'via' role is a way rather than a node? Last time I checked I don't think that OSRM did.

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 17 May 2016 - 10:01pm
Postboxer wrote:I'm talking about people stepping out so the driverless car does an emergency stop, the occupants might spill their cornflakes, or hot drinks,

Well I suppose it comes down to whether you consider spilt cornflakes to be more important than a childs life.

Re: Long touring without front panniers

I'm thinking about buying a proper touring bike and mounting front panniers after more than 8,000 miles on this rig.



One reason is to more evenly spread the load for steep climbing, the other is I'll be able to use smaller panniers on the back to enable easier un/hitching of the trailer either side of those infernal motorcycle gates of which some local authorities are so infuriatingly fond.

Option two is, of course, a battery-powered angle grinder.

Re: Help with new mountain bike options

Cycling UK Forum - MTB - 17 May 2016 - 9:23pm
Don't get a 29er.
There,whittled it down quite a bit.
The Scott Contessa Scale 720 at 699 seems a reasonable buy to me

Re: New Route Planner

So I've cycled for a couple of days "shakedown trip" using routes created by cycle.travel about 60 miles in total, on a mixture of roads and NCN routes. Very pleased with the route chosen. Only a couple of minor problems. The biggest was that it routed me to a dual carriageway from a side road. The route wanted me to turn right, but the junction was left turn only. I guess that is a mapping error? The other issue was that the route choice falls into the "Sustrans trap" of wanting to route you on small roads whenever it can. In my case it wanted me to turn right of a main road to travel 100m or so along a parallel side road before making another right turn back onto the main road! I'd noticed this when I created the route and fixed a few of them, but I must have missed this one. I think this may happen when you drag the route rather then using the original route selection, but I may be wrong!

Re: iPhone GPS Navigation in Holland

Phileas wrote:I use Viewranger.

As above there are a few methods for importing a gpx file into it including emailing it to yourself and telling the iPhone to open it in your app of choice.

I downlod things into Dropbox which I can then access from within Viewranger.
I used to use ViewRanger (even purchased a load of OS maps from them), but as their app developed it became very clunky. These days whenever you run it for some reason it seems to insist on communicating with their own servers (using data!!).

I find they are focusing far more on social media (sharing things, downloading other peoples tracks, etc. they want you communicating more and more with their servers and I ended-up having to block their domain so my iPhone will not pass anything to/from their servers). I switched to MapOut as I found the mapping far superior (and smaller) and much better performance.

Ian

Re: iPhone GPS Navigation in Holland

andymiller wrote:That does look like it might a good bet. Thanks Ian.

GB version of the link:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mapout/ ... ?l=en&mt=8
It isn't an every bell/whistle app but has what I find very clear rendering giving very readable maps. And for the download size and speed of drawing, the maps zoom to stunning levels of detail.

It has this "pretty" feature where you put it into 3D mode and as you tip the phone so the hills more with a 3D effect giving you an good impression of the hills/mountains of the area being displayed. Probably nice if you are in the highlands but not something I've ever really used.

In terms of importing routes and sending recorded tracks, and mechanism to get the gpx on the iPhone (e-mail yourself, Dropbox, One Drive, Airdrop, Bluetooth, etc., etc.) and you can register with MapOut and e-mail it to <registration name>@mapout.me and the gpx will automatically appear in your list of routes.

Ian

Re: iPhone GPS Navigation in Holland

I use Viewranger.

As above there are a few methods for importing a gpx file into it including emailing it to yourself and telling the iPhone to open it in your app of choice.

I downlod things into Dropbox which I can then access from within Viewranger.

Re: First cycle tour

Ok, I've come up with a plan.

3 day tour:
Bristol - Abergavenny
- Cardiff (or perhaps Caerphilly or somewhere in general area)
- Bristol

I can decide on the day how far to ride by making use of the various NCNs running up and down the valleys. I'll probably camp at Abergavenny.

Re: iPhone GPS Navigation in Holland

That does look like it might a good bet. Thanks Ian.

GB version of the link:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mapout/ ... ?l=en&mt=8

Re: Sri Lanka

Forgot to say. Bill Weir has a few entries on SL on crazyguonabike. I think the one for the north is called something like a swing through the north and east.

Bill used to edit the Arizona handbook and his journals are very detailed.

Re: Cyclist killed in three-rider collision in Lancashire

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 17 May 2016 - 4:50pm
iviehoff wrote:Curiously, on Friday someone said to me "how long until a cyclist on cyclist collison causes a death". He was thinking of the situation in London, with the rapid growth in cycling and increasingly dense corralling them into superhighways and other routes. Clearly this incident is a random incident that could have happened any time.

There were three fatal cyclist-on-cyclist collisions last year (although one was during a race). ISTR one of this year's earlier fatalities was also reported as being possibly due to contact between two riders.

Re: First cycle tour - kit advice

I've not had time to read the whole thread, so excuse me if I say something already mentioned.

Lack of front panniers is not a deal breaker. You only put light stuff in them anyway. The tent can stay outside, probably on top of the rack. Keep everything to a minimum. Don't take a big Trangia style cooking set-up if you don't need to. Select clothing on the basis of how small it packs and how quickly it dries. Wash clothing at the end of each day and dry it partly by rolling it up with a super-absorbent travel towel, kneeling on it, wringing it and so on, so that the clothing is almost dry before you leave it out in the air. That way you can minimise the clothing you need to take. Practice that drying technique at home if you are not sure. It works. I use padded cycle shorts and only need one pair on tour because I can wash them in the shower each evening and get them dry(ish) for the next morning even in damp weather. That saves a lot of space.

Re: iPhone GPS Navigation in Holland

I use MapOut (a few quid on the Apple AppStore https://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/mapout/id477094081?l=en&mt=8).

You download the free OpenStreet/Cycle Maps (so it's just the cost of the App) normally over WiFi from home (or wherever), then it works completely offline (no GSM coverage needed, in Airplane mode, whatever).

It is a very Cycle/Hiking orientated mapping app. You can enable cycle network "overlay" which then highlights the various cycle routes. It is very strong on giving altitude plots (e.g. tap a cycle route and you get an attitude plot for so many miles either side of your tap; tap/hold two fingers at the same time and you get an altitude plot for the line between those two points. Also shows map altitude contours.

Technically it uses vector mapping which means maps do not take up much space, can be fabulously detailed if you zoom right in and are very quick to display and very clear when displayed (it has the best map rendering of the mapping apps I've tried).

You can send it gpx files through several means (including just e-mailing it to a special e-mail address) and can display the route clearly on the maps (nice feature of selecting the route and jumping to the map scales to fill the display with the route. You can also record your track as you ride and send it off through all sorts of means.

I've tried a few different ones and I find MapOut the clearest map display without all the "Tweet your position", "Update your Facebook page", rubbish getting in your way. It's been around for some time so no major issues - just works.

Ian

Help with new mountain bike options

Cycling UK Forum - MTB - 17 May 2016 - 4:03pm
Hi,

After trawling the internet for quite some time, I've come up with a few options for a new bike.My old town bike is very heavy and has been better days. After building up my fitness level I am ready to move on to something else. My criteria is; I'd like it to be as light as possible. I'm using it for long distance leisure ride at the weekends and will be riding along river paths and forest areas.

Specialised Rockhopper Expert 29.http://www.evanscycles.com/specialized-rockhopper-expert-29-2016-mountain-bike-EV244880
Specialised Rockhopper Sport 29. http://www.evanscycles.com/specialized-rockhopper-sport-29-2016-mountain-bike-EV244882
Scott Contessa Scale 720.http://www.evanscycles.com/scott-contessa-scale-720-2016-womens-mountain-bike-EV253466
Trek X-Caliber 9. http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CTRK1001BG
Cube Access WLS SL. http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0747BB
Cube Access WLS Race. http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0746GK
Cube Access SL 29er. http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0692ER

I just wondered if anyone has any of these or can help me whittle it down..."I wouldn't go for that one when you could have that one" kind of thing.

Thank you.

Re: Cyclist killed in three-rider collision in Lancashire

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 17 May 2016 - 3:45pm
Curiously, on Friday someone said to me "how long until a cyclist on cyclist collison causes a death". He was thinking of the situation in London, with the rapid growth in cycling and increasingly dense corralling them into superhighways and other routes. Clearly this incident is a random incident that could have happened any time.

Re: iPhone GPS Navigation in Holland

I don't know why, but the Edit button seems to have disappeared. Apologies for the typos - chubby thumb syndrome.
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