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Re: Wild camping in England ???

28 February 2015 - 10:11am
I understand land owners feeling less than relaxed about wild camping. I expect everyone here leaves their site clean, but a lot of people don't. I know a park ranger who, on Monday mornings in the summer, does a tour of likely unofficial camp spots and removes abandoned cheapo pop up tents, single use barbeques and all the other litter you might expect. I'm afraid it is the dodgy characters making it difficult for the rest of us.

Re: Wild camping in England ???

28 February 2015 - 9:56am
wild camping in England is a banned subject because it IS illegal.

Wild camping on private property is merely trespass isnt it? The only legal response the landowner has is to make you leave and sue for damage if you do any. I am more worried about any illegal actions that people may take against me.

I have chatted to people in roadside Gypsy camps and they say it is legal and lets face it, if the Police had any grounds to make them move they would have rapidly done so.

If you are thinking of lighting a real fire then that is where the real problem lies. I have been caught by landowners a couple of times as I am packing away and they have fortunately always been friendly towards me and more interested than annoyed. I think the situation would be rather different if there was any more impact to the surroundings than my little patch of flattened grass.

Re: Orange / Vaucluse / Luberon - ideas?

28 February 2015 - 9:39am
Thanks everyone. Some really helpful stuff there. I have the detailed maps and the choice of good routes is enormous. This area is as near as I know to a cycling heaven.

Wild camping in England ???

28 February 2015 - 9:38am
It's generally a no go in England without the landowner's permission. I believe you can wild camp at 600 feet ASL but that means the top of Scafell Pike which is pretty bleak.

Some on here (myself included) do wild camp although officially 'we don't'. Arrive late and leave early. Clear up after yourself, extinguish your fire pit properly and use a 'poop shovel' to make decent cat scrapes. I never take a tent, preferring a hammock or in fine weather? The open sky. The trouble with wild camping and part of the reason land owners get so miffed is that a minority (as usual) leave their empty cider bottles and litter for him/her to deal with. I've come across a family tent, sleeping bags and gallons of vomitus. Unpleasant.

Enjoy: A great experience.

On the Bushcraft UK forum, wild camping in England is a banned subject because it IS illegal....b

Re: Turkey april2015

28 February 2015 - 9:17am
If you haven't already looked try www.crazyguyonabike.com and enter places you plan to visit in the search facility. For example Cappadocia will lead you here: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pag ... 60886&v=Mp

Re: Chromebook for touring?

28 February 2015 - 8:40am
Yes the latest versions of photoshop & lightroom are available online for a monthly subscription.
Whether that's cost effective for the non professional user is debatable IMHO.

Re: Bar end shifters or STI

28 February 2015 - 8:38am
I've used STI since they exist (early nineties,is it?) And travelled everywhere with them .
last year i bought a tourer with bar end shifters and just have traveled 5000 km in south east asia. Well,it's perfect!
Definitely more fun with STI but less problem with the bar ends....
Conclusion : I have two bicycles .in europe i use STI and in developing countries i prefer bar ends shifters.
if i had to keep only one bike i would stay with STI...

Re: Chromebook for touring?

28 February 2015 - 7:43am
I've been a fan for sometime. Well done for committing to the 'cloud'. Liberating isn't it? Its a big step to take but once made you wonder why you worried.

As for Photoshop, didn't they recently announce it as an online service?


Edit: Good review BTW

Wild camping in England ???

28 February 2015 - 3:40am
Hi Folks, I'm not at all familiar with the laws in respect of wild camping in England. I'm not really into 'sneaking' onto land as I'm a bit big and like to stand up by my fire occasionally. I'm thinking about an early crack at the coast and castle route and fancy doing it self supported and camping. I know I won't be in England too long but I'd be grateful if someone could put me right on what I can and can't do in terms of tent camping whilst in that savage land of the 'unenlightened' ?

Chromebook for touring?

28 February 2015 - 12:26am
My PC is getting a bit long in the tooth so for a long time I have been looking at replacing it with a laptop. For the past few months I have been looking at laptops, and a week ago I saw a Which report recommending an ACER Chromebook. I didn't know anything about Chromebooks but read up on them, looked at some YouTube reviews and that prompted me to really think what my wife and I actually use our PC for:-

Sometimes emails although our tablets usually take care of that,
Writing the odd long document or preparing or amending an occasional spreadsheet.
Planning journeys on Google Maps
Planning cycle rides and generating .gpx files for smartphone navigation
Storing and retrieving photographs
Scanning and editing photographs using Photoshop and Lightroom
Web surfing, looking at a few forums
Web shopping

Of course many of these things can be done on our Android smartphones or tablets and they often are. But most if not all of these things can be done in a Chrome browser which we also have on the PC, phones and tablets. But sometimes you do need that bigger screen to see what you are doing and get a good sized overview.

The things that were attractive about the ACER Aspire CB5 311 Chromebook that Which highlighted, was that it is compact, light, quick and inexpensive and it comes with a huge free (for 2 years) online file cloud storage of 1Tb via Google Drive. That would enable us to sort out all our documents, scans and photographs and properly organise them to be continuously synchronised and available anywhere on any any of our devices. The ACER got a particular Which thumbs up for battery life - genuine all day working of 13 hours plus and the Chromebook is completely silent. It has a local solid state disk storage of 16Gb. There are 2 USB ports, an HDMI socket an SD card slot and a headphone socket.

So, I bought one, and so far I am not disappointed. Lift the lid and its up and working in 7 seconds, or less if you left it switched on. It runs all day and will run several days without a charge under our modest use. Google Docs ad Sheets take care of documents or spreadsheets which can be saved in Word and Excel format as well as being able to read Microsoft files. No need to save anything, its save into Drive automatically. If you don't have Wifi it stores them and uploads them to the Google Drive cloud next time you do. It tethers by WiFi to my phone, so even if no local Wifi is available you can easily go online anywhere. Although there is no Photoshop or Lightroom available for Chrome but there is the free Pixlr and Polarr programs which seem to be pretty good substitutes. Our photos were easily transferred with a memory stick, they are now safely stored in the Google Drive cloud. Printing is a breeze with Google Cloud Print to my HP wifi printer. I can print from literally anywhere if the printer is switched on. No antivirus software needed, Google takes care of that. Every piece of software I have downloaded has been free although I do subscribe to Spotify. I can cast Youtube, Spotify and Now TV to my TV via a Chromecast. Scanning was a bit more complicated. But I am lucky, I have an HP Wifi all in one printer/scanner. After putting the printers IP address into the Chrome browser the printers control panel popped up on the screen. Using this I am able to scan straight from the Chromebook wirelessly.

So far I have found nothing that I want to do that I cannot do from the Chromebook.

For a laptop to take cycle touring I think the Chromebook would be a good choice. Its very light, 1.5Kg, its inexpensive £189, so if it got damaged or stolen its not such a disaster and all your data will always remain safe because its always saved in the Google Drive Cloud. If you have no Wifi you can tether it to your phones data service and still get online. The ACER is well made, the only thing thats not absolutely top class is the screen. Its a 13.3” 1366x768 HD screen, but the trade off is its low power consumption and eye popping battery life. Chromebooks are definitely worth a look for straightforward tasks.


Re: Bar end shifters or STI

28 February 2015 - 12:01am
Don't change the shifters.....change the brakes/levers for Vee brakes.....

Anyone ridden from Locarno to Domodossola?

27 February 2015 - 11:27pm
I am trying to create a route from Locarno on Lago Maggiore to Domodossola. There is only one road with a couple of long, dark tunnels, as far as I can tell. The route goes through Santa Maria Maggiore on SS 337. On the way down to Domodossola, there are some long tunnels. Specifically, one that bypasses Paiesco, for which there appears to a bypass road. But, the photos on Google show lots of construction and I can't tell if the bypass actually meets up with the road past the tunnel or not.

Has anyone ridden this route?

Re: faroe islands anyone toured there, how did you get there

27 February 2015 - 11:24pm
BeeKeeper wrote:The time to be in the Faroes is on the 20th March this year for the total eclipse.

Quite right, and we couldn't miss the opportunity to take the Danish-chartered ferry that calls in at Newcastle in a fortnight's time! We're looking forward to spending four days in the Faroes with our bikes.

BeeKeeper wrote: Of course the chances of it being clear are remote I suspect!

That's the risk that eclipse chasers have to face. Even if the skies aren't clear, the experience of travelling to see total solar eclipses is still well worth the effort, and particularly when travelling by bike in remote, less visited parts of the world. People travel from all round the globe to be in just the right place to see probably the most spectacular event in nature. Strongly recommended - but I suspect it's too late for anyone wanting to book now to get to the Faroes for the 20th March.

Re: Weight distribution.

27 February 2015 - 10:49pm
jamesgilbert wrote:I'm not sure when it changed, but I haven't seen any people loaded like this: http://site.cty.free.fr/images/historiq ... ique12.jpg I have only been touring for a few years though!

I got my bike from a touring bike shop in Paris, the only frame options were Surly or Fahrradmanufaktur...

That's exactly what I remember seeing, but we're going back 20 to 30 years. It does seem to have changed since then.

Re: Weight distribution.

27 February 2015 - 10:41pm
jamesgilbert wrote:I'm not sure when it changed, but I haven't seen any people loaded like this: http://site.cty.free.fr/images/historiq ... ique12.jpg .

He has to have those big bags on the front as his wife sits on the rear carrier.

I prefer to avoid having panniers both front and rear as I often use trains. It's bad enough fitting the bike in with rear panniers and bar bag, which have to be removed, without adding front ones as well.

Re: Weight distribution.

27 February 2015 - 10:32pm
I'm not sure when it changed, but I haven't seen any people loaded like this: http://site.cty.free.fr/images/historiq ... ique12.jpg I have only been touring for a few years though!

I got my bike from a touring bike shop in Paris, the only frame options were Surly or Fahrradmanufaktur...

Re: Weight distribution.

27 February 2015 - 10:18pm
That surprises me. Doing Semaine Federal we used to have fun spotting the nationalities of cyclists. One of the ways to tell the French from the others is that they had barbags and/or front panniers with nothing on the rear.
A Carradice saddlebag was an easily spotted Brit.
Other Europeans would have rear panniers rather like the British who didnt have saddlebags.

I did really like those French bar bags which were set up with all sorts of goodies to occupy yourself with while riding.

Re: Warmshowers "membership" charges.

27 February 2015 - 10:16pm
I really like Warmshowers, and I think I'm breaking even in terms of nights stayed with a host and nights hosting other cyclists.

I'm fairly happy paying something to use this service, although I agree that it's good that there is a loophole. I would also like to point out that as far as I know there is zero advertising on the website, and also it is a not for profit organisation.

Although it's on a very different scale, there are some parallels with what happened to Couchsurfing; there's a good article here if anyone's interested: http://bollier.org/blog/lessons-corpora ... uchsurfing

Re: Bar end shifters or STI

27 February 2015 - 10:10pm
I have bar-end shifters on my drop bar converted mtb, I use compact bars and set them high and find them easy to reach.

On my LHT I've put the bar-end levers onto Retroshift brakes (now called Gevenalle).

I prefer them over STI as I can use V-brakes, mix and match gear components, and no fine-tuning of gears needed.

Re: Bar end shifters or STI

27 February 2015 - 9:58pm

perhaps you should just get the bike with the bar end shifters it comes with and give them a chance. Cut the bars down a bit if it helps. If you don't get on with the shifters you can change later. Simple.

I don't have any issues with using bar end shifters. It doesn't affect my steering at all. The hand doing the shifting remains partly holding and steadying the end of the bar with the thumb and index finger forming a grip, and the palm and other three fingers tilting the lever up or down. And I don't hit my legs with them. Braking and changing gear at the same time is something I found awkward with STIs so I don't miss it with bar end shifters. And after binning 2 sets of Ultegra STIs a few years back I don't trust them in the long term.


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