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Re: Cycle touring (camping) with a BBQ - anyone got experien

1 June 2014 - 7:59pm
I've bought the disposable ones a few times. They work well. I have to admit that I dislike the waste, but it does simplify doing BBQ on the go.

Edited to add: I had another thought... A friend in the USA swears by a little wood burning stove he carries. Maybe you could use something like that?

I did a little google to see if I could find one like my friend uses, and found http://www.biolitestove.com/products/portable-grill/ instead. Their products look quite good, actually.

http://www.amazon.com/Vargo-Titanium-He ... B0042J2PL2

Looks like what my friend has.

Re: Cycle touring (camping) with a BBQ - anyone got experien

1 June 2014 - 7:34pm
Why not buy a disposable one from somewhere near the end of your day cycling? I have seen them on sale in French supermarkets and that way you don't have to carry it too far.

Re: Cycle touring (camping) with a BBQ - anyone got experien

1 June 2014 - 7:20pm
not a lot of help but i was walking the west highland way one year and met two guys carrying a cast iron bbq between them . nutters but it did keep the midges away

GPS Course this W/E

1 June 2014 - 7:10pm
As a CTC leader I've organised a W/E tuition on GPS devices this W/E and have a cancellation, is anyone interested. They look great out of the box, but take a lot of effort and asking others to get started on them and this course will make that a lot easier

I asked for
1) An introduction to gps and the devices available
2) An explanation of routes, waypoints and tracks
3) Building a route from a remote location. We are pretty unique in that the holidays we offer are truly original. Websites include http://www.bikely.com http://www.bikeroutetoaster.com etc.
4) Transferring this route to a format that can be used by various devices such as .gpx and an explanation of the options available
5) How to correctly send these to participants. There is an added step here in that many of our tours are subsequently copied by other companies, so a degree of security would be nice (Though appreciate that this may only be possible if we supply the units as well)
6) Transferring these to devices and converting these to formats that cyclists use. As we are dealing with participants that have their own gps units we are often dealing with various types of Garmin, Satmaps etc.
7) With a gps route on file, having the ability to edit it after the holiday. An example would be altering the route slighly as a better road is found or a different starting point is found without having to rewrite the whole day.

REPLY from GPS training
I’ve read your brief and all makes sense and would present no problems for us
As you have quite an extensive brief and are still thinking about which type of GPS you may end up using I’m pretty sure that you will need two days – the first for the practicalities of the use of GPS and the second for working with BaseCamp & Garmin Connect their free computer software to allow import/export of user data in GPX and Fit file formats and planning routes like your Yellowstone trip – learning how to manage files formats on your computers etc. and import/export to GPS.
All the points covered in your notes would be covered in the two days; although your head may hurt at the end of the second day – we can provide loan & demo GPS for you to use and Laptops with Basecamp installed – Garmin Connect may be a bit more tricky as it’s an online application but Pete is very familiar with it so will be able to show you how to sue it with some captured pages – he also uses Bikey & Bike Toaster so will be able to help there as well – you could bring your own computers but it may just be easier to use ours – I would recommend you don’t purchase any GPS until you’ve been on the course – we would be happy to do a deal for you and your members on GPS, Maps & Accessories
The cost of the course is £70 for both days

If you would like to come, please contact Neil at Neil@Tandem-club.org.uk

Re: Cycle touring (camping) with a BBQ - anyone got experien

1 June 2014 - 6:07pm
Great Idea, Adam!
Thought about that myself now and then. No way I'd take something like you linked to - too heavy! However, I recall seeing a street-side vendor in Delhi, who cooked pieces of corn cob over the tiniest pieces of charcoal! So thinking along these lines, why not experiment with a super-small DIY barbie, something along the lines of the disposable jobbies from the supermarkets? I have in mind something made from the sort of foil container you get take-aways in, with a mesh top from off of one of the disposables and cut down to fit the smaller tray. You'll have to buy charcoal as you go - and maybe take some sort of extra-stout placcie bag to keep it in (filthy stuff!), but it could be done!!

Cycle touring (camping) with a BBQ - anyone got experience?

1 June 2014 - 5:51pm
I'm thinking about a trip somewhere this summer, probably France or Spain, a week or 10 days. I'm on a budget but love food and happy to do sandwiches etc for lunch but want a hot dinner and can't afford a restaurant all the time. And I love BBQs.

I appreciate the weight will add a bit and charcoal too but even so... wondered if anyone's done it/has a model they can recommend that's light and folds up?

This looks flimsy but light: http://www.blacks.co.uk/equipment/62022620-summit-foldable-stainless-steel-bbq.html

Anyone tried anything ?

Thanks in advance, Adam.

Re: Back road to Ty'n-y-cornel YHA closed

1 June 2014 - 2:31pm
That's some washout!


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