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Re: Ortlieb bag colour and cleaning

2 July 2015 - 2:35pm
Sweep wrote:Ta foxy, but i meant bikepacker front plus.

Or did i imagine that they ever did them?

They are called sportpacker, not bikepacker, probably to indicate that they are useful on the back as well
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/ort ... r-ec105686

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 2:29pm
As a Mac/Safari user my solution has been to keep a copy of (free) Firefox on my computer exclusively for running cycle-travel's route planner. It's a mild inconvenience but, for me, well worth it.

Re: Ortlieb bag colour and cleaning

2 July 2015 - 1:25pm
Ta foxy, but i meant bikepacker front plus.

Or did i imagine that they ever did them?

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 1:14pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:I'll look at implementing it on the server just for Safari users!That would be a nice touch, Richard, but in the mean time I can cope with saving the page!

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 12:52pm
mjr wrote:It might be the server sending the wrong file type, but I think I would have spotted that, so it's more likely safari being dim. gpx files are indeed basically text files where the content follow certain rules. It's been a while since I used an ipad, but does long-clicking offer a download option or something useful?

It is Safari being dim. The technical explanation is that the GPX file is generated in the browser rather than on the server, and Safari (uniquely) doesn't give you the option of a download for such content: https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=102914 . I'll look at implementing it on the server just for Safari users!

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 11:22am
Just recreated the route - under we go...
All that Concorde whirring has done the trick Under we go.jpg

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 11:03am
juice wrote:It's a great web site. Only one problem for me is how to export the gpx file. In safari on an ipad it's a text file.
Any ideas?
Sorry if it's been done I haven't read all 8 pages.
On my Mac \ Safari, I do, File > Save... can you do that on an iPad?

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 10:16am
juice wrote:It's a great web site. Only one problem for me is how to export the gpx file. In safari on an ipad it's a text file.
Any ideas?
Sorry if it's been done I haven't read all 8 pages.
It might be the server sending the wrong file type, but I think I would have spotted that, so it's more likely safari being dim. gpx files are indeed basically text files where the content follow certain rules. It's been a while since I used an ipad, but does long-clicking offer a download option or something useful?

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

2 July 2015 - 9:41am
That reminds me of a pair of Argentinean cycle tourists I met in the Argentinean lake district. The two bikes had one working brake between them, requiring care on descents. One of them had a rack, but of the kind not suitable for panniers as mentioned above, so he had fitted a wooden plank on top of it, and bungied a hold-all to said plank. I think the other had a rucksack.

I checked in to a very simple B&B in the Chilean town, Coihaique, generally reckoned to be the southern end of the main section of the Carretera Austral, which at that time was mostly untarred. Later in the day a pick-up truck unloaded two cyclists with utterly trashed bicycles/luggage. They just hadn't appreciated you need bikes and luggage carrying arrangements of a certain quality to survive a 10-day cycle camping trip on unmade roads.

Re: Ortlieb bag colour and cleaning

2 July 2015 - 8:00am
My black plus material rear bikepackers still look new after 15 years of use for all sorts including lots of heavy shopping with tins. I have sometimes wondered about visibility with them being black but hope my lights will be fine.

I do have some front classics. Only been used once. Very nice but the material does make them a bit tricky to manipulate. Been toying with the idea of plus material ones for the front but a casual search didn't turn any up. I trust they are still made/available?

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

2 July 2015 - 7:44am
Am dying to know if the "lady wife" has sanctioned this adventure.

Any update, new concerns raised, addressed?

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

2 July 2015 - 12:57am
In my teens, a distant friend joined me and my pal for a cycle-camping trip, assuring us of his experience and equipment. His bike turned out to be a bog standard five speed affair that was very common in those days. Nothing wrong with that per se, but with poor maintenance, the condition left a lot to be desired.

There were alloy wing nuts on both wheels - with wings snapped off and most of the thread stripped. The rear carrier was one of those with a spring clamp for a bag on top and not really designed to take panniers. The carrier clamped to the seat stays and attached via large holes over the rear axle, held 'secure' by the next to useless wing nuts. The panniers were tartan vinyl with a couple of straps and buckles and the wheel kept shifting in the dropouts causing the tyre to rub against the chainstays. Very worn tyres and about three punctures on the first day.

Our progress was so slow that we could not make our intended campsite and had to change our itinerary drastically. We still managed over a week of 'base camping' with day trips within a 20 mile radius, so not a complete disaster. His bike was a lot more fit for purpose at the end of the trip than it was at the beginning but our wallets and collection of spares took a serious beating.

Re: Oh eck...its another one of those "What bike" questions.

2 July 2015 - 12:38am
Go on, post a picture!

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 12:10am
It's a great web site. Only one problem for me is how to export the gpx file. In safari on an ipad it's a text file.
Any ideas?
Sorry if it's been done I haven't read all 8 pages.

Re: Long tour

1 July 2015 - 11:06pm
I only go away for about 3 months at a time, but it is twice a year. I've been doing it so long now that within a day or two of being home I am (frighteningly) back in the swing. Likewise when I go away, after a couple of days it feels normal to be staying in a hotel, eating local food and pedalling my bike.

Most of my friends are equally blasé about me coming home. A quick ' had a good trip' and back to normal chat. Most of my neighbours don't realise I have been away at all.

It used to phase me a lot more when I was younger and more wide eyed. I would come home from somewhere completely different and mind boggling like India and people at home would be telling me about the big problems they had had with work/social life/washing machine/etc. It always seemed so trivial, but it was normality and I soon dropped back into it.

I always wanted a major shock by being home, but never had one.

Re: New Route Planner

1 July 2015 - 10:52pm
I have enjoyed all the routes it has suggested so far, thanks for a great bit of software

BW

Re: New Route Planner

1 July 2015 - 9:33pm
The data's now fresh again (UK up now, Europe churning away on my server-that-sounds-like-Concorde-taking-off as I speak). It would have been a little earlier had I not discovered an issue with the routing profile and had to rerun the whole process!

BeardyWeirdy - I'm working on a 'reverse route' option and should have it live before long. Getting elevation in the PDF will be a little trickier but a great idea - will see what I can do.

Re: Oh eck...its another one of those "What bike" questions.

1 July 2015 - 8:31pm
Phil66 wrote:and for those of you who get updates from your replies or posts...........


Took delivery of a Surly Disc Trucker yesterday. Excellent!!



Thanks for all your replies,

Phil

Nice one! I'm delighted with mine...b

Re: Long tour

1 July 2015 - 7:37pm
A small exert

" Coming home

Walking through the front door of a house I left a year ago planning never to return was a little weird. By the time I was in the living room it felt as if I’d just left a week ago. It was nice after a year to walk into a place and recognize things, things that I’d bought years previously, furniture, my favorite painting on the wall. I felt like I was home.

The next morning I found myself hunting for my stove, planning to head into the garden to cook up some water for a cup of tea. “[inappropriate word removed] I don’t have any fuel.” Then I remembered there is a kettle in the kitchen, time to learn to live the “civilized” life again.

The first week went by in a blur, enjoying the luxuries of home, wasting gallons of drink water under the steaming hot power shower, enjoying the cool damp autumn air, walks in the woods and catching up with friends. Mr Hyde also enjoyed being pampered in a workshop with proper tools rather than at the roadside or in a field. Good food and an overdose of good coffee gave me lots of energy and my sickness and tiredness of the last months felt like a distant memory.

For almost the first 10 days my mind felt less fit than my body. It felt empty and numb almost as if I was sedated. It was unexplainable and almost scary especially in combination with all the flashbacks but I just accepted it as part of the process. This is now happily also a distant memory and I’m now feeling rested and able to start looking forward again. The regular flashbacks of the last months are now almost non existent so I guess my mind is finally catching up and getting its filing system sorted out."

I've been home for 2.5 years now and only in the last 6 month started finding my feet and balance in my life. The first 2 where a yoyo between working for money and getting away on shorter trips.

Now I'm slowly getting sucked back into the rat race( I even have a car again now...grrrr), though will never quite fit in with this crazy modern (Western) world of hours, but I'm also done with long trips abroad. The main things that have changed are a greater tolerance and respect for other, more patience and appreciation of the things I have.....Health, clean running water, good coffee, access to good food and healthcare. More than anything I think Africa humbled me......

Who knows what the future will bring as I'll always have itchy feet....

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