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Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

23 May 2015 - 6:20pm
Can i ask which model it is and double check wheel size?

Mine is a 520sx, 700 wheels, bought new in around 97 for £220 reduced from about £280. Most bits apart from frame, stem, bars and seatpost have been replaced over the years.

This very weekend am upgrading it from 7/21 speed to the dizzy heights of 8/24

Re: Touring in Sweden

23 May 2015 - 5:19pm
I'm currently near Ludvika and had been planning on riding up through the middle of Sweden although now thinking of heading over to the coast and following the eurovelo 7 route in reverse though Sweden and was wandering if anyone happened to have a GPS trace of the route heading north as I can't seem to find one very easily at the moment.

Thanks for any help

Andy

Re: Caen to La Rochelle to Santander.

23 May 2015 - 5:04pm
Try to do this from Caen to LaRochelle and then to Santander.

There are prevailing South Easterly winds in Northern France which make north-bound cycling tough going
at times. Moreover, starting your journey in Santander means you are starting with the toughest climbs of the whole trip...
(relative to the flatness of the Western France).

After Bordeaux down to the Spanish border, the cycling is very boring and the coastal towns very touristy...

At Irun (just over the Spanish border)...west-bound traffic for the first 50kms or so can be very heavy with a lot of trucks. (However, there is a bike accepting train service (EuskoTren) from Hendaye or Irun which can help you avoid this. Apart from that, the Basque country is great to cycle in.

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

23 May 2015 - 4:03pm
Sweep wrote:Am slightly confused mark. The adventure is a nice bike (i have one and may be in touch with questions now and again) but it's another hybrid. I'm not criticising the adventure but why couldn't you use any of your existing hybrids?

My other hybrids are alu and get very well used, I could have used them, could have used my MTB also, they've all toured before. But I wanted a steel bike for touring only, set up for me and to be used just for that purpose.

It actually cost in total £208, bike, wheels, cassette, cogs, chain and tyres and it rides lovely, nimbler than my others. It has a nearly new Charge saddle on it now.

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Re: best iphone satnav for spain

23 May 2015 - 2:34pm
dandru wrote:Psamathe wrote:garibeet wrote:...also using airplane mode during the day etc....
If doing this, make sure you have upgraded to iOS 8.3. (important if this is what you need to do).

Ian

Funny you mention that because a few days ago I saw the Gps working on airplane mode and thought it was odd, so I tested it out properly yesterday and it works well.
A lot depends on how the app uses the GPS. Not every app will switch on the GPS. I tried Apple's own maps and it didn't have much success (but I was indoors so not 100%), whereas MapOut and ViewRanger seem fine. I wont bother playing/testing Apple Maps further 'cos it's a useless waste of space (poor mapping, low functionality).

Ian

Re: best iphone satnav for spain

23 May 2015 - 1:23pm
Psamathe wrote:garibeet wrote:...also using airplane mode during the day etc....
If doing this, make sure you have upgraded to iOS 8.3. (important if this is what you need to do).

Ian

Funny you mention that because a few days ago I saw the Gps working on airplane mode and thought it was odd, so I tested it out properly yesterday and it works well.

Re: National Parks in the Netherlands

23 May 2015 - 12:14pm
not an expert on birds, but a possible route could be:
Oostvaardersplassen
continue north for Giethoorn
If you need to see a couple of hundred storks turn west for de Schiphorst
Keep going for Fochteloerveen
Continue north for the Lauwersmeer
Head back south along the German border
cut across de hoge Veluwe

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

23 May 2015 - 9:47am
I am so not sure about the idea of pre-planning a detailed route, to follow on a screen. My experience is that I'd rather potter about, going wherever I please, even if that means getting into some navigational pickles, now and then. Part of the pleasure of cycle touring is the unexpected discovery and the unplanned detour - I know these are both possible regardless of whether you use a Garmin or a compass, it's just that that clever piece of plastic on the handlebars has a magnetic pull and a mesmeric tendency to get the rider to follow the line... I'm not 100% convinced yet!

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

22 May 2015 - 9:38pm
I use an Etrex 20 with Garmin City Navigator Europe maps. Works beautifully. For route planning I use Open Runner, but it gets a bit phunny over 1000 km.

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

22 May 2015 - 6:23pm
You can pickup a garmin legend for less than £50 S/H these days. Runs on 2 AA batteries and lasts a long time on a charge. Spare batts no problem. It will track you and tell you where you are and you can follow a preplanned route if you wish. I use mine with paper maps and would not be without it. Its old tech now, but works fine even in the rain.

National Parks in the Netherlands

22 May 2015 - 6:23pm
This summer I'm touring the Netherlands for 2 weeks. I've finally decided to theme it on National Parks. Birds and insects being my interest, but landscapes being important. I'll only be camping.

This is the plan so far: start at Hoek van Holland and head north up the coast to NP Zuid-Kennemerland and then head off in a South Westerly direction, avoiding Amsterdam, possibly via Utrecht. I need to get back to HvH.

The rest depends on my nose, the lap of the Gods/Godesses or any inspiring suggestions from the wise and experienced on here...

...Thanks in advance.

Caen to La Rochelle to Santander.

22 May 2015 - 6:21pm
Or Santander to La Rochelle to Caen. In July. Thoughts on North to South vs South to North. Many thanks.

Tour of Switzerland

22 May 2015 - 6:20pm
For next summer we are planning a tour around Switzerland , from Chiasso, through Vaduz, Costanza Lake, Zurich, Bern, Geneve, Martigny, Lugano....There is someone already did it?
any suggestions? safe cycling routes?

Re: Probably the best cycle touring video I've seen...

22 May 2015 - 5:23pm
Many thanks for the link, I've really enjoyed watching this series of films.

touring around france

22 May 2015 - 5:22pm
hi all

i am touring around france from the 13th june for 3 weeks from st malo over to lyon and was wondering if anyone else was in france at that time to meet up or can offer me any advice on all things touring as this is my first time touring.

many thanks

Re: best iphone satnav for spain

22 May 2015 - 4:30pm
garibeet wrote:...also using airplane mode during the day etc....
If doing this, make sure you have upgraded to iOS 8.3. (important if this is what you need to do).

Ian

Re: What constitutes light touring?

22 May 2015 - 4:17pm
Light touring = not camping in my book. When i camp i have @ 12kg all up on the bike, for CC/light its @ 5kg of mostly clothing.

Re: best iphone satnav for spain

22 May 2015 - 3:38pm
Not sure about a turn by turn vocal description but something like orux could be used as a bar mounted satnav/gps. Battery usage can be an issue, though having the screen pretty low can help quite a bit, also using airplane mode during the day etc. Given the speed one would travel on a bike I am not sure how useful the vocal element would be, except maybe in towns etc for directing into streets? I would guess that a mapping app and a little time spent making a few cue-cards would be more use IMO.

Re: What constitutes light touring?

22 May 2015 - 3:26pm
My set up is 2 front panniers, on the rear, of about 15L, my list Iis a bit shorter than al_yrpal's. 2 dry bags 8L and 5L with sleeping bag and camp mat on top of the rack and my 2kg tent strapped to the handlebars. Or I can throw the whole lot in 2 Super C rears.
The frames I was looking at are the Spa Audax or Tourer.

Re: What constitutes light touring?

22 May 2015 - 2:52pm
Heres my list about 8kg for light B&B or CC touring and an additional 6.5kg when camping. I like to have a change of clothing to wash and something decent to go down the pub.

Weight ist by Al, on Flickr

Al

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