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Re: cycling blog help

4 May 2015 - 5:09pm
maxcherry wrote:Or you can just click the title page/home and it takes you to a list of recent posts.

Yes but thats the problem, you don't want "recent" posts, you want the oldest posts.

https://farewellburt.wordpress.com

Is a good example of hard to follow tour. I eventually found the first post of the tour but after reading it, there was no way to go to the next post.

Dave

Re: Solo Etiquette

4 May 2015 - 5:04pm
Interesting to note.

What passes for a 'Pub' here in the USA, from my experience really, is more like a restaurant with the main focus being around the bar, with the sort of dark colors one might find in a real pub - but there is still a hostess who will seat you (unless you want to eat at the bar, free-for-all in that case) and take your order. The Irish Pub here in town, which just closed, was a nice place to go but the 'English' food they sold wasn't great...and for a place billing itself as 'Irish' I would have expected to see a UK-dominated menu with a few American Favorties, not the other way around. I think they hand Bangers Mash, Shepherds Pie, Fish'n'Chips and maybe one more item.

Luckily, I am not a Veggie - I love me steak too much. St. Fagans has been recommended to me many times over and is certainly on my list. I have a free Saturday and Sunday in Cardiff. I was hoping to catch a Cardiff City pre-season game (looks like this past year they had a game on the same weekend) but am not counting on it. If there is, that will determine which day I go to St. Fagans. I'll be staying across from the Millennium Stadium too, very close to Cardiff Castle, so I imagine I should be able to find some decent food in that area.

Same with my days in Chester. I do remember a pub there - the Cheshire Cat - but I am not sure its located within the City, if its even still around. Its my last memory of Chester from the last time I was there. I try to avoid the Touristy areas though - typically bad service and overprice due to all the people. I'd rather be in the more 'local' parts which are hopefully a bit quieter.

Ironically, I tend to eat a bit earlier than everyone else here state-side for those same reasons - better service (generally) better food (it hasn't been sitting around for nearly as long) and quieter atmospheres. I'm a pretty quick eater, but I suppose that is the benefit of not having to make conversation while you eat.

Re: Solo Etiquette

4 May 2015 - 5:02pm
Welshies, get your act in order!

Thanks for that bit of advice!

Emyr

Re: cycling blog help

4 May 2015 - 4:43pm
theDaveB wrote:The problem with Wordpress etc... Is if I come across your blog at a later date it's in the wrong order and navigating can be a pain depending what theme you choose. Crazy guy on a bike is much easier to read in the right order.

Dave


But if the OP uses a theme that helps.readers (tags,dates,titles etc) that are provided
for free, than it's easy to navigate.

Or you can just click the title page/home and it takes you to a list of recent posts.

OP can use whatever they feel comfortable with

Re: Family Cycle Tour of the Hebrides - Advice Needed

4 May 2015 - 3:52pm
The Inner Hebrides are a very nice destination too. Don't know how old your children are and how far they would like to cycle but the islands of Coll, Tiree, Colonsay, Seil, Lismore, Luing, Gigha would be well worth visiting if you like quiet roads and shorter ferry journeys than the Outer Hebrides. They may be too small if the children are used to cycling 15+ miles per day but what they lack in size they make up for in beauty

Re: Locking bikes & panniers during the day in Europe

4 May 2015 - 3:27pm
theDaveB wrote:There is one guy on here (from reading his blog) just pushes his bike around the supermarket and has never had anything said to him.

Dave
Couldn't get it into most of the supermarkets i've used abroad!

Re: Locking bikes & panniers during the day in Europe

4 May 2015 - 1:09pm
There is one guy on here (from reading his blog) just pushes his bike around the supermarket and has never had anything said to him.

Dave

Re: Solo Etiquette

4 May 2015 - 12:30pm
theDaveB wrote:Some pubs use table numbers, so you find a seat, note table number and then go to bar and order food and they bring it to the table.
It's handy to take a jacket that you can hang on the back of the chair whilst you are away at the bar.

The Eagles in Rhyader is good for food, though not so much for veggies.

Re: Solo Etiquette

4 May 2015 - 10:19am
Ron wrote:motty wrote:If the locals are speaking welsh, move to another pub
Only Welsh? it does limit your touring a bit if you only tour where the pub customers speak English
One of the advantages I find of touring in non English speaking areas is that you are not distracted by conversations which you just can't help overhearing when dining alone.

Its when you walk into a shop/bar etc and they are all talking English only to swap to Welsh when they realise a 'furrener' is there. Its about the rudest behaviour possible. I have no issues in any country if people are using the local language, why would i but to swap like this shows real 'chip on the shoulder' issues persist. In Germany or Denmark i've had the locals start speaking English when they know an English speaker is about - Welshies, get your act in order!

Re: Solo Etiquette

4 May 2015 - 10:13am
quilkin wrote:Interesting thread, and useful for many solo tourists I suspect. I'd add two bits of advice:
Firstly, I wouldn't eat at a restaurant where it's busy; sometimes you'll get bad service because you're taking up a table where 2 or 4 may have otherwise sat, and they'd bring in more money that a solo.

I have been on the back hand of this, couples etc getting better service because the waiters think they are worth more only for them to order coffee worth £5 or £6 whilst the person they avoid serving racks up a bill in excess of £25! Its a problem within the trade generally, you don't tend to find it happening in 'non european food' vendors but rather in establishments who clearly know 'their' ideal clientelle. I've taken to leaving reviews on trip advisor which will include such treatment - maybe one day they'll get the message - hungry cyclists can be worth more than lazy car drivers!

Re: Maps tips

4 May 2015 - 9:55am
There were several newspapers reporting yesterday that Cameron is going to stay in office and try and get a Queen's speech through. They had "sources", and I have no idea about the "reliability" of such sources. But it sort of sounds like the guy; he seems to have the attitude that he is entitled to rule, sort of how he was born for it and feels it just wrong that any upstarts should question his right. Seen the sort before, public school, etc. (not that everybody who has been to public school has such attitudes, but some do and they kind of stand-out).

Ian

Re: Maps tips

4 May 2015 - 9:44am
Good tip.

For single folded sheets from the philips road atlas i use those thin plastic wallets that go in a lever arch file.

Re: cycling blog help

4 May 2015 - 9:06am
The problem with Wordpress etc... Is if I come across your blog at a later date it's in the wrong order and navigating can be a pain depending what theme you choose. Crazy guy on a bike is much easier to read in the right order.

Dave

Re: Maps tips

4 May 2015 - 8:53am
My top paper map tip, for what it's worth: Whatever scale map you choose, pop it in a nice cheap waterproof pvc pouch!pvcwallet_200.jpg

Re: Maps tips

4 May 2015 - 8:14am
I wouldn't have enough money to go touring if I used 1:50,000 maps - I mostly go for 2 or 3 weeks somewhere in Europe, generally in a straight line.

When available I like to use 1:100,000, if not then 1:200,000. But to be honest, I tend to choose maps on quality rather than scale, and whether they show cycle routes, campsites, etc. I used the OS tour map for the Outer Hebrides, it was fine for me but it depends how much tolerance you have for knowing you're going in the right direction without necessarily knowing which minor road you're on! If you're planning on sticking to the main roads then any road atlas would do.

Re: Maps tips

4 May 2015 - 4:46am
+1 for the 50,000.


25,000 i have a ton of for southern engkand and though they helped me discover some really nice rides when i used to lead rides i must say that for general use the area they cover is far too small.

For the OPs use in the area they are going to i think their own suggestion of the philips is excellent.

In fact these days i'd say a philips and a gps like the etrex20 is an ideal combination.

Re: cycling blog help

3 May 2015 - 10:19pm
WordPress is pretty good, alot of themes are free and it is app friendly for people on the move

Re: cycling blog help

3 May 2015 - 10:16pm
previous thread...
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=87364

Re: cycling blog help

3 May 2015 - 10:11pm
I'm currently using blogger/blogspot as it free fairly simple to set up and get going, I had a look at wordpress which seems a bit more customisable but it seemed like most things were an extra that you had to pay for as well as some of the features you couldn't seem to do very easily or at all like integrating maps into the post/page.

My fairly basic blog is linked to in my signature to give an idea of what is possible fairly easily.

cycling blog help

3 May 2015 - 10:02pm
I'm in the process of setting up a cycling blog, can anyone recommend a good blog website, or are they all pretty similar?

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