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Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

12 May 2015 - 7:14am
Malaconotus wrote:Nooooooo!

The new maps don't work on any machine I own. Streetviewing is a big part of ride planning for me and I can't do it now. had been going back to classic maps each time. What do I do now?
Does this? http://gokml.net/maps

I don't know how long this will be up but it works as expected. Plus Street View works too.

Street View on New Google Maps is now so utterly annoying (apart from things popping up and down all the time, the map is reduced to a tiny thumbnail at the bottom left making it almost entirely useless) that I hope that this alternative exists for a bit longer - for the odd occasions I wish to use Street View.

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

12 May 2015 - 7:12am
ConRAD wrote:syklist wrote:... the main difference with Google maps is that you have to enter way points in the left hand menu manually and place them in the right order, rather than simply clicking on the route to add a way point with Google maps...
... if you right click with the mouse directly on the route you get exactly what you were used to with gmaps.
The options are: starting point, destination point, intermediate point. Gpx file export is then immediate.
GREAT !!!
So it #?ؤ%" well does. I hadn't thought to right click FANTASTIC! A (virtual) pint/rohloff/peanut butter sandwich made with jam* to that ConRAD!!!

*select as appropriate.

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

12 May 2015 - 6:06am
Psamathe wrote:Stick to OpenStreet Map. It contains reference information (like supermarkets and what brand) though probably not as many and not as highlighted ("in your face") as the commercial operators.


I would like to use OpenStreetMap, but I can't find a way to make it display campsites until I've zoomed very far in. Is there any way to do this? At the moment I can only find campsites if I already know where they are, which kind of defeats the purpose...

Re: Myanmar

11 May 2015 - 11:42pm
There are recent stories of Myanmar on www.crazyguyonabike.com
Cheers, Rob.

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

11 May 2015 - 11:35pm
I happened to be looking on the Cannondale web site yesterday, their "find a dealer is still in old google map", don't know if you can use this to go further with things you may want to do.
Cheers, Rob.

Travelling with a bike on the TGV

11 May 2015 - 11:04pm
Shortly I will be cycling from Caen to Montpellier and returning to Caen via Paris by TGV. My bike - partly dismantled - will be in a CTC plastic bike bag. Has anyone else travelled on the TGV with a bike and what has their experience been? I have heard many accounts of the difficulties of taking a bike on french trains.

Re: Hebrides tour

11 May 2015 - 10:14pm
Thanks for the replies . Taking this into consideration about getting from north to south it's also more of the boy is getting older and having quality time together on the bikes/camping etc. I would consider a shorter trip even just a few islands with a bit of ferry hopping along the way . As long as we can wildcamp , fires on the beach etc and he has just bought himself a telescopic spinning rod that fits nicely in his pannier . Would anybody have other suggestions of Which islands would be good for this without too much logistics involved

Re: Girona to Barcelona

11 May 2015 - 10:13pm
heading in the direction of Barcelona, at the beginning of the 'no cycling' signs you drop down off the N11 to the roundabout and take the parallel road to the left of the N11 (A2 autovia).

EDIT: from memory it just looks like a service road, and isn't sign posted.

Re: lycra cycling shorts on tour

11 May 2015 - 10:13pm
I used to use padded shorts, now I've dumped the sweaty things and touring is much easier. Forget the padded shorts and wear merino wool underwear. Your crotch will thank you. Less to carry, less to wash and less to dry.

Re: CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions

11 May 2015 - 10:06pm
I flew Easyjet with bikes packed in CTC bags. (The bag cost just over a tenner a couple of years ago)
Easyjet refused this packing method in Gatwick at first but gave in once I’d signed a handwritten disclaimer. Interestingly, they didn’t bat an eyelid when I returned to check in at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport in July 2014.

I checked their policy five mins ago and it says yes to bike bags which is what the CTC bag is.

http://www.farawayvisions.com/flying-with-a-bicycle/

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

11 May 2015 - 9:37pm
Nooooooo!

The new maps don't work on any machine I own. Streetviewing is a big part of ride planning for me and I can't do it now. had been going back to classic maps each time. What do I do now?

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

11 May 2015 - 9:25pm
horizon wrote:jamesgilbert wrote:What I do find google maps useful for is looking for campsites, supermarkets, bike shops, hotels, cinemas, etc etc in a specific area.

AIUI, this is what you are supposed to think. Again, AIUI (so I could be wrong) all those nice little branches of the usual multinationals are paid for map-based adverts. Whereas an Ordnance Survey map might have shown PH for a pub, Google will show George Inn but only if the George Inn has paid them to do so. At what point they pay, I'm not sure (e.g. map level or number of hits or they bid for it or whatever).

If anyone wants to further explain this and enlighten me, please feel free. My current understanding though is that Google isn't a map at all but an advertising flyer.
This is the reason I avoid Google maps (as well as Apple maps and Bing maps) - at least as far as possible. I don't like having to see the world according to Google/Apple/Bing's commercial interests. World according to Google is not what we really need.

Stick to OpenStreet Map. It contains reference information (like supermarkets and what brand) though probably not as many and not as highlighted ("in your face") as the commercial operators.

I don't know about Google, but Apple Maps is still very inaccurate. And Apple can be quite "lethargic" about making reported corrections. I reported where the show a road and there is no road (and they can confirm this from their satellite images as it's across farm fields; and more than 2 months later still not fixed. And (as an experiment) I reported a supermarket misplaced (it was half a mile away from it's real position) and that got fixed pretty quickly - commercial interests !!

Ian

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

11 May 2015 - 9:09pm
@Horizon Yes, I'm sure that does happen to some extent, especially with things like restaurants or shops - the same as with a classic google search. For campsites it's generally a lot more reliable though.

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

11 May 2015 - 8:53pm
jamesgilbert wrote:What I do find google maps useful for is looking for campsites, supermarkets, bike shops, hotels, cinemas, etc etc in a specific area.

AIUI, this is what you are supposed to think. Again, AIUI (so I could be wrong) all those nice little branches of the usual multinationals are paid for map-based adverts. Whereas an Ordnance Survey map might have shown PH for a pub, Google will show George Inn but only if the George Inn has paid them to do so. At what point they pay, I'm not sure (e.g. map level or number of hits or they bid for it or whatever).

If anyone wants to further explain this and enlighten me, please feel free. My current understanding though is that Google isn't a map at all but an advertising flyer.

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

11 May 2015 - 8:43pm
syklist wrote:... the main difference with Google maps is that you have to enter way points in the left hand menu manually and place them in the right order, rather than simply clicking on the route to add a way point with Google maps...
... if you right click with the mouse directly on the route you get exactly what you were used to with gmaps.
The options are: starting point, destination point, intermediate point. Gpx file export is then immediate.
GREAT !!!

Re: Cycle luggage trailers on DFDS Newcastle Ijmuiden ferry

11 May 2015 - 8:21pm
Thanks to Shane and all the other responses.

Re: Cycle luggage trailers on DFDS Newcastle Ijmuiden ferry

11 May 2015 - 8:16pm
Nope, didn't have to but that was my plan. Just remember that the guys on the car decks have no contact with customer services, bookings or the website. So, as long as you can get your bike and trailer where they want it without any hassle and smile then just about anything is possible

Re: Cycle luggage trailers on DFDS Newcastle Ijmuiden ferry

11 May 2015 - 7:53pm
Thanks Shane
Did you have to take your trailer upstairs? We are planning a tour for twelve people and will have a number of trailers each with several plastic boxes containing individuals luggage. We will certainly take the boxes to cabins but would prefer to leave the trailer on car deck

Re: Cycle luggage trailers on DFDS Newcastle Ijmuiden ferry

11 May 2015 - 7:45pm
The only problem is getting your trailer up the stairs

dfds by Shane Cycles, on Flickr

IMG_0662 by Shane Cycles, on Flickr

Re: Cycle luggage trailers on DFDS Newcastle Ijmuiden ferry

11 May 2015 - 7:33pm
Do not recall seeing any one with a cycle trailer on that crossing. But do not think it will be a problem. Crew just direct cyclist to the cycle parking area - which is dead space too small for a car and leave cyclist to sort out stacking bikes against walls and if necessarily each other. The normal co-operation between the cyclist should sort it out.

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