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Re: Cyclist killed in three-rider collision in Lancashire

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 18 May 2016 - 9:08am
That's daft. I think it's a fair question and no doubt will occur to others. I'm not trying to preach or even trying to restart that intractable debate.

I had a horrendous head injury (not cycling) which would certainly have been mitigated or even eliminated had I been wearing a helmet. It has totally changed my life. Having seen what happened to me (paralysed, 2.5 years in rehab, blah, blah) all my friends wear helmets. Your choice of course but please don't try to belittle other peoples questions and viewpoints.

Re: Commute to train then walk other end:rucksack/panniers-

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 18 May 2016 - 8:53am
Ortleib do a rucksac convertor for their regular panniers. Rolls up when not in use.

Re: Cyclist killed in three-rider collision in Lancashire

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 18 May 2016 - 8:51am
Would it have helped the woman who bruised her leg if she had been wearing motorcycling leathers? Would it have helped if they had all been on recumbents and falling off feet first? Would it have been better if they had all stayed at home?

There are many questions we could ask, and they all reveal a theory or two, and in some cases an axe to grind.

Re: Cyclist killed in three-rider collision in Lancashire

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 18 May 2016 - 8:39am
Hate to ask this but was he wearing a helmet? If not and being a head injury would one have helped him?

Re: Gas cannisters in Holland and Belgium

You should be able to find Primus (threaded) cartridges in outdoor stores. If you are passing a big town/city just do a google search for outdoor stores in that town. In Holland I found the Beaver chain of stores useful (http://www.bever.nl/index.cfm/fuseaction/main.shops).

However I also recommend getting the Edelrid Cartridge adaptor for Camping Gaz (http://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/ ... aptor-p454). IME CampingGaz is more widespread in Europe and they have a useful store locator, which works all across Europe, where you can find stockists.

You can probably find them for sale at larger campsites but they do tend to have a high markup.....

Re: Gas cannisters in Holland and Belgium

If all else fails there's Decathlon:

http://www.decathlon.nl/gasvulling-powe ... 38931.html

(although hopefully they have larger sizes as well).

But given the number of Dutch people you meet in campsites around Europe there must be lots of other camping goods shops.

Re: iPhone GPS Navigation in Holland

I've got Maps.me android app on my phone, also works on IoS. Download mapping for the area you're travelling to before you go, best over wifi given the size of the maps and then uses GPS to navigate whilst travelling and, Googlemaps offers offline areas too.

http://maps.me/en/home

Re: Long touring without front panniers

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 May 2016 - 11:43pm
FarOeuf wrote:
I would assume when the whole pannier idea was brand new lots of people made very similar (dogmatic) arguments about why they were the devils invention, not least that putting all that weight over the rear wheel (in addition to the rider) was sheer lunacy. But the world kept turning when panniers and racks came along. Now some people are experimenting with soft bags in the pre-pannier style, the world continues to turn. I really don't understand why people get upity/dismissive about strapping a bag onto a bike, I mean people have been doing it for decades...it's hardly a new idea.



I became fixed on four panniers when I loaded up my Super Galaxy twenty years ago with full camping gear and yomped along the A38 in the sunshine: it just felt completely right. I had loads of space, nothing flapped, the bike was as solid as a rock, I knew where all my stuff was, steering untouchable, the centre of gravity of the low-riders beautifully low. 20 kg safely stowed and problem sorted 100%.

I recognise that people have other needs, concerns, requirements - and solutions. But this was a pretty major milestone and one that requires a lot of beating.

Re: New Route Planner

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 May 2016 - 10:53pm
gloomyandy wrote: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?

What do the route instructions say? they will sometimes specify "on foot" if the routing decides there isn't a practical alternative that is rideable.

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!
Yes it can be a bit like that. The latest routing algorithm is much better. The old one I could get literally going round in circles trying to route onto back streets to avoid a "busy" road! There was one bit in Chester (ironically the road with three of the city's bike shops along it) where the old algorithm could make a 1/2 mile direct route into 2.5 miles that still turned on and off the main road as I added via points to try to get it to go where I wanted!

Rick.

Re: New Route Planner

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 May 2016 - 10:52pm
Glad it was (mostly) a success!

I'm guessing the turn was probably a mapping error - if you let me know which turn it was then I can take a look. It might well be the issue Bicycler highlighted where a particular type of turn restriction isn't recognised by OSRM (the underlying engine that cycle.travel uses).

Fussy on-then-off routes are a difficult one to solve. It's less keen on them than it was before - with the most recent update, I made the routes more "sticky", so that once it's on a particular route it has a bias to keeping on it. But if it's a busy road it'll still try to spend as little time on it as possible. I suspect the solution here might be to really penalise right turns onto busy roads.

I'll put it on the to-do list. But not quite yet - I've been working on a fun new feature today which hopefully will be ready before too long...

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
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