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Re: GPS

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2016 - 9:23am
I have a 62s and it has been brilliant. I wanted rugged and accurate and was impressed by the claims for excellent reception. It has survived a day in heavy rain. Compared with my mates Edge it has consistently done a better job of showing our location on a map and has suffered lost signal under trees and near high buildings less often. This is when we have both been using the same gpx file. I have never seriously tried to use the on board routing, and have no plans to do so with the exception that in a city, if I was looking for a postal address and had a City Navigator map installed I would give it a try on the grounds that these maps seem to support this type of task well and "know" about one way systems etc. (also if it doesn't work the distances involved are relatively small!).
The biggest downsides in my eyes are the relatively small screen, which I accepted when I chose pushbuttons over touchscreen, and a finite limit on the number of route waypoints that can be stored. The Edges seem to have no such limit.

Ignoramus wrote:I've battled to make a Garmin 62S work properly for a couple of years now.... ... The problem has been that the route has only very rarely downloaded correctly onto the device - it doesn't stick to the roads and has just gone in a straight line from one via point to the next
It occurs to me that your device might be seeing your routes as corrupted files. If you spend time refining routes in Basecamp, which I do, as I like to produce the most accurate track that the map will allow, making changes, putting in an extra way point to pin it more closely to the road, making sure that you are on the track on the appropriate side of dual carriageways, going round roundabouts in the correct direction etc. etc. then the timestamps associated with the list of waypoints that constitute your .gpx file will almost certainly not be in sequence.
I was very lucky when I started to create my own routes because I used an online resource that automatically sorted this problem out without being asked. IIRC the one I used is now defunct. I didn't even suspect that waypoints had timestamps until someone casually mentioned it. Basecamp still doesn't, as far as I know, address the problem.
I was recommended to use GPX Track Editor which is a free download. Browse to your .gpx file, tell it which end is the start and it will produce a copy of your file with everything in order. I would strongly recommend making some change to the file name before exporting it! If you then load the copy into Basecamp it should now have directional arrows - and it should display on a Garmin device
Cost you nothing but a bit of time - give it a try! HTH

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 25 April 2016 - 8:55am
Postboxer wrote:It be the Beast of Trowbridge I tells ya!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -prey.htmlThat description in the link, seems very much like what I saw up in our wood. The one I saw was brown and not black.

Re: Groundeffect Bodybag. Any thoughts and where to buy

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2016 - 8:47am
Anyone had any problem having the Groundeffect bag accepted at check in?

I've had one occasion (at Kalamata airport) where the groundeffect bag was too big to go through the x-ray machine, which caused a bit of head-scratching (but in the end they just gave it a Stern Look and waved it through...); otherwise, no problems at all: I think because it looks like a 'proper' bag, check-in staff are much less likely to quibble. (The possible downside, I suppose, is because it looks less obviously like a bike, baggage handlers are more likely to chuck it around the place: I line the bag with scavenged cardboard boxes when I can, though -- touch wood -- my bikes haven't suffered any damage even when I haven't been able to do this).

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 25 April 2016 - 8:42am
A 10 mile walk is no more physically onerous than a 10 mile bike ride.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 25 April 2016 - 8:19am
Neilo wrote:But the overwhelming thing that I noticed yesterday was that a large amount of the people I saw, are either unable are can't be bothered to do even simple maintenance on their bikes.
So many people came past me, I'm not that fast, with rattles, creaks, strange noises and my pet hate, when it happens to me I have to sort it straight away, ticking derailleurs.

Some bits make a bit of noise, independent of whether they are well maintained. And frankly, if it doesn't bother the person riding it, and the bike is safe, I don't see that it should make any difference.

ANTONISH wrote:Perhaps it should be taught in schoolIs it taught in Bikeability??[/quote]

Dunno Mick F but I think it ought to be.[/quote]

There's hardly time in Bikeability to teach students the basics of safe cycling & using the road. Those who are interested in how to fix a puncture can learn elsewhere. IMO, it's no more necessary to know how fix a puncture on bike than a car. There are plenty of shops and independent mechanics that can fix a puncture for a minimal fee.

Re: Groundeffect Bodybag. Any thoughts and where to buy

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2016 - 8:15am
Thanks for positive replies. Annoyingly I was in Oz a few weeks ago, could have got one then.

Martin, I'm aware of what can be done with poly bags, bubble wrap and sticky back plastic, but I want a proper bag. Firstly to avoid sourcing all that stuff each time and secondly because some airlines are getting very fussy over how your bike is wrapped, likewise Japanese railways. Finally a proper bag with shoulder strap, etc is much easier to manoeuvre than an amorphous mass of plastic. Nonetheless thanks for suggestion.

Anyone had any problem having the Groundeffect bag accepted at check in?

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 25 April 2016 - 8:12am
Cars need constant maintenance if you count having to fill them up with fuel all the time.

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 25 April 2016 - 8:07am
Lord McAlpine has a Capybara that keeps escaping. It then sends in letters to the Henley Standard. Most amusing..

Al

Re: Channel Isles

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2016 - 7:47am
Many thanks for all the excellent tips!
Hope to get to Guernsey just before the English school holidays
Thanks again!!

Re: Groundeffect Bodybag. Any thoughts and where to buy

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2016 - 7:38am
I have a Bodybag, and like it very much: it's a bit more robust (though also bulkier...) than a plastic bag (and has carrying handles, which can be useful when lugging bikes to distant airport xray machines, etc). My (50cm frame, 700c wheels) touring bikes fit with no problems. But it's true that getting it from NZ is a pain: my experience (with VAT + additional fees) was the same as rualexander's. I wish they'd find a UK distributor!

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 25 April 2016 - 3:54am
I knew someone that got a puncture, I said "I can fix it in 10 minutes" and he said its OK I will get it sorted another time... there never was another time and now a few years later the same bike has the same puncture, it was never ridden again because it got one puncture once. Beat that for "bad maintenance".

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 25 April 2016 - 3:40am
Badger?

I ride through somewhere near a canal and I have seen them a few times, once one ran across a main road and went in a front garden and another one that was just running along the pavement of the bridge over the canal. I think they might bite if you go near them.



I saw a newt on the pavement once, I crapped myself thinking it was a gecko or something, it was very distinctive/striking looking from a far off distance considering its tiny size, that tells you everything, a scary looking thing.

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 25 April 2016 - 3:05am
Wallabies can range quite far from those couple of areas of the UK they populate.

Re: Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping to

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2016 - 2:29am
About 12 years ago we cycled Lisbon- castelo Branco - Miranda do Douro where we crossed into Spain on our way up to Santander. It was a really fabulous trip. I'd originally planned to cycle up to Braganca but my friend was on her first cycle tour and was suspicious of all the bumpy bits up that way (I still dragged her over the Picos de Europa!).

I would not describe the trip as spectacularly easy. For instance cycling up out of the Douro valley can be hard work and the atmosphere on one day we did it was hot and humid. The camping was not extensive (may be better now but there were small hotels etc that were very reasonable and maybe scope for discrete wild camping) and I found the maps pretty limited but then again there weren't that many roads to choose from.

It was one of the best trips we've ever done though with fabulous scenery, lovely people, quiet,decent quality roads, and that feeling of having got away from it all.

Ps- have a dog plan

Re: Bike friendly hotel Tours

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 11:33pm
Thanks for the replies. I just wanted to make sure no-one had any negative comments about any of the hotels near the drop off point.

Re: GPS

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 11:00pm
I've battled to make a Garmin 62S work properly for a couple of years now. It's fine for walking and OK for plotting off-road tracks, but has only worked intermittently for cycle touring on-road. We've done some fairly complicated routes which I've plotted on Basecamp. Basecamp isn't great, but I've managed it. The problem has been that the route has only very rarely downloaded correctly onto the device - it doesn't stick to the roads and has just gone in a straight line from one via point to the next, in the same way as when you plot a track. When I've tried to use the GPS on tour, the device has often just turned itself off. Once in a blue moon, it has worked correctly, downloaded the route correctly and given turn by turn instructions. The device does record the route taken, elevation etc perfectly well - it's just hopeless for route planning and navigating. the problems have been the same whether I've used the OS map or OSM.

It hasn't been fit for purpose. Garmin support have been quite helpful but unfortunately, I let the problems persist over the guarantee period so to get it replaced will cost £82.50. So I don't know what to do, either - to get a replacement and keep returning it if it fails to work or try to get an Etrex20 for not very much more. But I hope my tale of woe is helpful to you!

Re: Rhine route (EV15) - is it worth it?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 10:52pm
Thanks to those who commented for the advice. The Rhine route sounds good but variety is the spice of life. So, not quite set in stone but I think we'll be doing the following:

  • Basel to Strasbourg following the small villages/towns of the Alsatian Wine Route rather than EV15, which is more direct but perhaps less interesting
  • Across the Northern Vosges to Sarreguemines
  • Saar radweg from Sarreguemines to Konz
  • Mosel radweg from Konz to Koblenz
  • Rhine route from Koblenz to Cologne
  • Somehow get to Brussels so we can get home to London on Eurostar

Re: Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping to

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 10:43pm
delilah wrote:bohrsatom
I'm riding a solo End to End in Portugal in September into Faro out of Porto.
I'd be interested in your route if you still have it.
Also details and your views on the accommodation would be useful
Thanks

Lucky you! Take a look at our Crazyguy blog: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=tS&doc_id=16745

Happy to help if you have any specific questions

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 10:39pm
jezer wrote:... Any ideas?
Should've gone to Specsavers .
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