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Re: A few photos from China

27 April 2015 - 5:34pm
Yes, sorry, I posted that the link was probably at bottom of your post, then after posting thought I should check this as it seemed a bit too obvious. In my haste to check, I clicked on the wrong link and then incorectly edited my post!!!! Duuuuugh!

I can confirm it is at the bottom of your post and it works.

Thanks for info about Causeway, it is often talked about as the way to Singapore and I wondered if it was still there.

Re: A few photos from China

27 April 2015 - 5:11pm
That's strange, my footer link works okay when I click it, it's at: http://www.wallisonwheels.net ,if the links not working just google wallisonwheels.net

There's a map at the bottom showing the route I've rode. Although arriving in Singapore today I'm a few countries behind in my writing so will continue to publish when I'm back in blighty.

The crossing into Singapore was over what people called the 'causeway' but is basically a low bridge with an adjacent rail line.

Re: Family Cycle Tour of the Hebrides - Advice Needed

27 April 2015 - 5:02pm
Where are you starting from in the UK to get to your tour start point?

These might be of some use:
http://www.travelinescotland.com/cms/co ... bike.xhtml

I mention Inverness as you can get there by non-Scotrail services ie Virgin East Coast.

I'm not an expert, but does the trailer pack down at all, in which case it would be just luggage not a trailer.

Re: Family Cycle Tour of the Hebrides - Advice Needed

27 April 2015 - 4:13pm
http://mtbflo.com/ I haven't used them, there are other companies if you search for them.

Re: summer 2016 Amsterdam -germany- amsterdam

27 April 2015 - 2:26pm
As no-one else has replied yet...

6 days for Amsterdam, some of the rest of the Netherlands and a bit of Germany seems quite optimistic, unless you get a train to somewhere in Germany and cycle back to Amsterdam. 50-60 miles per day is about right, it should give you time to stop and explore, especially as you can cover ground very quickly in the Netherlands when necessary (as long as there's not too much wind!).

In terms of routes in the Netherlands, basically the west can be quite industrial while the east is slightly less flat with a bit more variation. I did Maastricht - Eindhoven - Utrecht - Amsterdam last year, it was very pleasant but not the most exciting tour ever. You won't need to aim for big towns to find places to stay, there are plenty of B&Bs and hotels all over the place and most people speak English.

Family Cycle Tour of the Hebrides - Advice Needed

27 April 2015 - 1:29pm

I'm planning on a short cycle camping tour with my kids (15,15&10) and dog (suitably harnessed in his trailer). My only requirements are that the roads be child-friendly and that there are a few ferry rides involved. Can anyone recommend routes or areas? Also, I've spoken to ScotRail and it appears trailers are a no-no for their trains. If push comes to shove, I could do a circular route and dump the car but does anyone know if there are any companies which transport bikes - something like the European Bike Express but on a smaller scale?

Thanks for your help,

Loire v Danube

27 April 2015 - 1:19pm
If you had eight or nine days in May, would you cycle along the Loire from Digoin to St Nazaire, or along the Danube from Regensburg or Passau to Budapest? I am in the happy position of being able to do what I want, but I'm finding it difficult to choose. Loire would be easier (and cheaper) logistically, in terms of getting myself and my bike there, because I can do it all by train without boxing up the bike. But is the Danube going to be more interesting and/or spectacular? I've read a few reports of both routes and I'm leaning towards the latter despite the additional hassle and cost, but I'd welcome your informed opinions.

Also, if I were to choose the Danube route, how easy would it be for me to find a cardboard bike box in Budapest? I've read conflicting reports on this forum and other online sources about this, but none particularly recent.

Re: Minimalist smartphone sat nav idea

27 April 2015 - 1:16pm
I refer you to my previous response...

Re: Minimalist smartphone sat nav idea

27 April 2015 - 12:43pm
What if it rains?

Getting to grips with the Oregon 600 and offline maps

27 April 2015 - 12:38pm
I have been trying for some time to get my Oregon 600 to mimic some of the attributes of the much loved Edge 800 that it replaced. In particular the ability to import a route into the Oregon without being asked if I wanted the calculation to "Minimise time, distance or elevation". Having spent some time plotting a precise route I don't want my GPS trying to help! And have also been looking for an offline map to work with my iPad on which I can show my planned route.

I'm by no means sure that what follows is the optimum approach so please comment if you have a better method.

1. I plan my route on RideWithGPS (I find it much more intuitive than Basecamp) and export it as a KML file.
2. Import the file into Basecamp and then plot a Route over the top of the imported route. Yes, I know this sounds crazy but I find BC so clunky and I like to be able to balance distance and elevation and make quick and simple changes as I plan a route.
3. Remove the shaping points to simplify the route and export it.
4. Import the file into JaVaWa RTWtool (free software that can convert most GPS related files) and, with the Garmin plugged in, "convert" (ie export) the file to the Garmin.
5. And finally, on my iPad, export the file from RideWithGPS and import it into Galileo. This is free mapping software which works offline provided you have downloaded the maps before you leave - and when the file has been downloaded from RWGPS the iPad offers the choice of importing directly into Galileo. And on a long trip this allows you to download individual days as separate files and show them in different colours so you can see where each day starts and stops.

Now on the Garmin I simply select the route, click on "Go" and it sets up the route as I originally planned. I have one of the panels on the Trip Computer window set as Automotive Turn which shows the type of turn at the next junction (an arrow pointing left, right etc), and I get a warning beep just before the turn. With this method the 600 is proving to be a fantastic GPS.

And I have at last discovered that my wifi-only iPad will tell me where I am if it can pick up nearby wifi connections. The Oregon is of course very precise in this respect, but being able to haul out the iPad and use the Galileo scaleable map on a large screen can be a great help.

As a philosophical aside, it is interesting how some of us get obsessed with all of this technology. In the old days a map and a simple how-far-have-I-travelled computer was all one had or seemed to need. But apart from the convenience of easy navigation, these things do help pass the time when grinding along long boring stretches of trail.

Re: Locking bikes & panniers during the day in Europe

27 April 2015 - 12:21pm
Do you need 7 feet of cable? Seems quite long. You could go shorter and lighter or shorter and thicker maybe? Wheels can be secured w hex bolts / 3mm cable / security skewers options, much easier at lock-up time too than getting that 10mm cable through all the wheels.

Re: Locking bikes & panniers during the day in Europe

27 April 2015 - 12:14pm
I agree with the idea of leaving your bike where you stay when in cities - youth hostels are always pretty good because they do have somewhere to lock bikes and of course are generally cheaper.

I also agree that generally bike panniers get left alone but about ten years ago I saw two bikes chained to a tree in a car park outside San Gimignano, somebody had comprehensively gone through all of their panniers and just left their possessions scattered around the bikes. But of course just about everyone in that car park would have been a tourist and I'm sure the same thief would have smashed a car window if he/she had seen anything tempting on a back seat. Let's face it - comparatively rich tourists attract thieves.

Re: Minimalist smartphone sat nav idea

27 April 2015 - 10:47am
It will work on any device that you can download CycleStreets to, so an Android tablet would work. However, I didn't mention the other innovation I'm pleased with: a handlebar mount consisting of a single loop of elastic which holds the phone securely on top of my two lights - the phone itself is waterproof so job done. Mounting a tablet will be a bit trickier.

Re: Minimalist smartphone sat nav idea

27 April 2015 - 9:48am
Will this work on a tablet?

Re: Locking bikes & panniers during the day in Europe

27 April 2015 - 9:00am
I agree with comments saying there isn't usually a problem. I've been through France and Spain and been fine. I haven't left the bike out of sight in dodgy areas though.
I have a D lock and cable and also a movement sensor alarm which i think is good for the money :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/M-Wave-234000-M ... B00342V73K

it is possible to get very slim cable locks like this one to put through the panniers. :
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/abus-combiflex- ... 00043804uk

or just get a length of that sized cable to attach to your existing lock.

again i think it's unlikely to have a problem if you're wise about it.

all the best


Re: Locking bikes & panniers during the day in Europe

27 April 2015 - 8:47am
Never had a problem in years of riding around Europe, also never met anyone who had a problem. I think the assumption should be that you'd be really unlucky to have something/everything stolen, and work from that basis. Once you get past worrying about theft abroad, and realise it's theft at home that's the bigger problem, then being away is actually a bit of a relief

For towns/cities I tend to put the bike in a very visible public place, the opposite of hiding it. If I'm stopping for coffee/food, I'll put it in full view, and close, to the place I'm going. I'll then take my time around the bike to make sure people so it's mine, especially the staff of the cafe. For supermarkets I tend to just be as quick inside as possible, and stick it inside the entrance if there's space. If I'm going to wander, eg around some shops, I'll pick a suitable cafe (friendly, not too busy, nice space outside for the bike) have a coffee and ask them to keep an eye on it. If you sit in a cafe and watch people, you'll find it's rare that anyone even looks at your bike let alone approaches it.

You could also shift the focus of the problem. Logically everyone (regardless of nationality) acts in a pretty similar way, they're mostly good people. The worry comes from internal paranoia (which we all start off with, probably media induced), and a great side effect of travelling abroad is that it breaks down this paranoia somewhat. If you don't have much experience of cycing abroad, then take the assumption that you'll be learning on the road and that the worry you have about bike security will ease off with time. There's no quick fix, just time on the road to develop your sense of when somewhere feels right or wrong.


Re: A few photos from China

27 April 2015 - 8:16am
I'm guessing his blog is in the link at the bottom of his post.

Edit: No, just tried it and it is the tumblr login!!

Re crossing to Singapore, is it still The Causeway, or have they now built a bridge as well?

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

27 April 2015 - 6:23am
Be careful with DEET; to fight off a fly (of some kind) attack in California I sprayed a DEET based repellant all over my head and shoulders. This got rid of the flies quite nicely. The next morning I discovered that the stuff was dissolving my helmet, turning the styrofoam stuff in the helmet into a black sticky goo. It says on the label that it's OK with cotton or wool but nothing about bike helmets. Fortunately I bought both helmet and repellant at the same place and they replaced the helmet. A pal I was riding with bought her helmet at a different store and wasn't so lucky. So, test your repellant on anything it might get sprayed on.

Re: A few photos from China

27 April 2015 - 5:09am
How do we find your blog?

Re: A few photos from China

27 April 2015 - 3:45am
They are beautiful photos. Could you share with us your riding route in China?


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