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Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 11:47pm
This is what I tried to do with http://www.biketouringtips.com . I started with the idea that bike tourists would enter useful information they knew or found out as they went on tours.

The site got its start when I pulled into a park that used to have a hiker/biker site that had closed the previous year. I wanted a place to put this (it was still in the guide books) where it wouldn't simply scroll off the front page and be lost. So, I created the above site with every entry indexed by topic and, if appropriate, by location. I also decided to make it a free site without advertising. It was up and running in 2007.

But, no one entered anything. So, after a few months, I started searching the web myself for interesting tidbits and entered them. I've probably entered 95% of the (more than 2400) entries. The other 5% point back to the website of the person who entered the information, which is Ok if it is something valuable to other bike tourists.

In the intervening 9 years, I've added my own journals, written articles, and created a way for bike tourists to organize their touring plans so they can be shared with others. Last year, over 50,000 entries were downloaded from the site.

Good luck with your endeavor. I hope you are successful and create a truly valuable site that helps people interested in bicycle touring get useful information and new ideas. But, be aware that creating a new site further fragments the location of information, making it harder to find.
I hope that you'll take the time to put an entry about it on my site. If not, I will, eventually.

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 11:16pm
One comment on the forum implementation: allow it to take the full window. Having it embedded in the page ends-up reducing the size and you (or I) end-up with two vertical scroll bars, one on the full page and another on the forum "window". Nightmare and seriously limits it (and will not encourage people to join). I appreciate it is early days but I'd put this near the top of your priority list. (I appreciate that you have link through to get it full page using new tab/window, but not ideal and something some wont appreciate.

Ian

Re: Navigation - Garmin

12 February 2016 - 11:08pm
As I said above. I have my custom audax screen in locus maps which displays 12 fields. All readable. Plus a nice large section of map.

Re: the Janapar Grant - for adventurous young cyclists

12 February 2016 - 10:34pm
This is the kind of fund I would set up if I came into a large sum of money. Great stuff.

I'm just a little too old to apply though....

Re: Navigation - Garmin

12 February 2016 - 10:02pm
cycleruk wrote:One of the things with the 810 is the "pages" can be configured to show what you want. So, obviously, it shows speed and distance + perhaps heart rate and cadence on one page. Then another page can have time of day, run time, average speed, elevation and total ascent. You can configure the number of "boxes" on each page and what is in each box. I'm still working these out

You can if you can see them [emoji1]
With the Edge 500 I have set at two fields and rotate between the pages.
I plumped for the Oregon recently, looking for mapping capability, I've set its pages to 2 huge fields but interestingly I have the other portion of screen to 4 small fields which I, surprisingly, can read.

Re: Lonley Planet or Bradt?

12 February 2016 - 9:03pm
Your local library may do free eBook rentals. Mine does and it includes a wide range of Lonely Planet guide books. Well worth a try, then if it's any good you can buy it.

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 8:55pm
Bmblbzzz wrote:Potentially interesting. I'm not tempted to sign up yet, but will look back in a week or so to see if anything's happening there; being the only voice in a forum doesn't appeal! But I'd ask who you are trying to attract: touring cyclists, of course, but who do you think they might be? I ask because the lower picture on the home page, the 1950s style illustration, I find off-putting. I'd hope this resource is not intended to become a nostalgia fest!

No not anostalgia-fest - but traditional values in the modern world ... Dennis and I both have Titanium tourers (although I have to own up to having a 1975 Galaxy as well !)

Rob

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 8:46pm
Potentially interesting. I'm not tempted to sign up yet, but will look back in a week or so to see if anything's happening there; being the only voice in a forum doesn't appeal! But I'd ask who you are trying to attract: touring cyclists, of course, but who do you think they might be? I ask because the lower picture on the home page, the 1950s style illustration, I find off-putting. I'd hope this resource is not intended to become a nostalgia fest!

Re: Navigation - Garmin

12 February 2016 - 8:27pm
One of the things with the 810 is the "pages" can be configured to show what you want. So, obviously, it shows speed and distance + perhaps heart rate and cadence on one page. Then another page can have time of day, run time, average speed, elevation and total ascent. You can configure the number of "boxes" on each page and what is in each box. I'm still working these out

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 8:12pm
and I assume the affiliation question was in jest? The vision is perhaps the antidote.

No it wasnt.

I was wondering about something akin to the Fridays, so members can get their CTC affiliate membership at a cheaper price than full membership and have the third party insurance.
Also the club then may be able to have permission to resurrect the and use "The Winged Wheel".
It could save the historic tradition of "The Cycle Touring Club" and let the CTC (or CyclingUK) get on with all the other stuff that are they are now so keen on.

However, it was just a question from somebody who is rather isolated from all the politics and I am happy to see and support any vision and direction that is being offered. I am sure you have given it all much more thought than I have.

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 8:06pm
robgul wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Can I be the first to be an ignoramus? I haven't heard/seen the FB issue so please excuse me. I understand there are objections towards ideas about the future of the CTC as a charity/club but these are largely beyond my comprehension.

My question is: What's wrong with this forum as a resource for Touring Cyclists? Thank you...b

We're not just talking about a "Forum" - the focus is on resources (routes, stories, tips, suppliers ... etc in an indexed and usable form) and from immediate feedback in the last 3 or 4 hours the potential for lots more.

Rob

Thanks Rob. So a similar set up to CGOAB? But hopefully with a modern appearance/structure?

(Caveat and apologies to a devout and skilled Webmaster for CGOAB if he ever comes across this: I understand the restrictions and I love your generous resource)

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 8:00pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Can I be the first to be an ignoramus? I haven't heard/seen the FB issue so please excuse me. I understand there are objections towards ideas about the future of the CTC as a charity/club but these are largely beyond my comprehension.

My question is: What's wrong with this forum as a resource for Touring Cyclists? Thank you...b

We're not just talking about a "Forum" - the focus is on resources (routes, stories, tips, suppliers ... etc in an indexed and usable form) and from immediate feedback in the last 3 or 4 hours the potential for lots more.

Rob

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 7:56pm
Can I be the first to be an ignoramus? I haven't heard/seen the FB issue so please excuse me. I understand there are objections towards ideas about the future of the CTC as a charity/club but these are largely beyond my comprehension.

My question is: What's wrong with this forum as a resource for Touring Cyclists? Thank you...b

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 7:40pm
To answer the two immediately preceding posts - the "back story" is obvious and well-aired here and on Facebook - and I assume the affiliation question was in jest? The vision is perhaps the antidote.

Rob

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 7:37pm
Is there a likelihood or possibility of it becoming a CTC affiliated club?

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 7:28pm
So what's the back story here?

Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

12 February 2016 - 5:31pm
A new resource for Touring Cyclists - a new website is being launched today. Early days in the thinking process but the plan is to create an online community for like-minded cycle tourists - not another Facebook but a website full of resources for a wide variety of touring and technical matters.

Have a look at http://www.touringcyclistclub.org.uk - the new Touring Cyclist Club website and help shape the direction it takes and, if you want, offer your assistance to run it. 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.

Together we can build a new resource and, if people want it, even a new Touring Cyclist Club.

Rob

Re: Best camera for touring

12 February 2016 - 3:26pm
robing wrote:Smartphone.

The limitation is the lens, you cannot get the sharpness and light gathering through a phone camera. Nor any controllable depth of field, focus point, etc etc etc. The image is usually heavily processed by the phone CPU to tidy it up. Phones are great for landscapes in sunlight, however in difficult lighting they really suffer. Likewise the lenses don't have the magnification or indeed wide angles. It's amazing what you get for the money, but an entire camera the size of a coat button is not going to perform as well as something purpose-built.

Most compact cameras cannot resolve much above 5-6Mp due to lens limitations, phones are worse.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

12 February 2016 - 3:20pm
Yes, my tired old eyes had problems with my 705 ........... similar size to the 800 series.
Now, I have a Montana, and even MY tired old eyes can see it.

Huge screen, and as bright as you want. 100% brilliance and it'll go for five or six hours. It's so bright at 100%, it hurts.
Come down to 70%, and it'll go for 12hrs, a little dimmer and it'll go for 18hrs easily.

Re: Lonley Planet or Bradt?

12 February 2016 - 2:20pm
Lonely Planet are not what they used to be under the original owners, they have definitely gone upmarket to some degree and the layout is not as useful, but for many places they are still the best traditional guidebooks.
I don't know about the Sri Lanka edition though.

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