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Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

29 June 2015 - 10:05am
Just been down to Lands End. The roads are no worse than in Dorset or Hampshire. Drivers there are fast but tend to be more 'collision hazard aware' shall we say as they don't want to hit any oncoming traffic. Lots of cyclists and I didn't notice anyone getting close passes as I drove about between day rides.

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

29 June 2015 - 9:11am
I'm not venturing into marriage guidance, so I'll leave that one.

As for the lanes, I don't know Cornwall very well, but I live in another area with a maze of twisty lanes with high hedges and I believe it provides the safest and most enjoyable kind of cycling there is. I also drive a car on those lanes, and for a driver it is a less pleasant experience. Every corner could reveal an oncoming vehicle that requires you to back up to a passing place. So drivers keep their speed down and show caution. Most avoid the lanes to save time and avoid stress, leaving the lanes fairly quiet.

If you prefer more dangerous cycling, ride in a town!

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

29 June 2015 - 8:59am
I love GPS - Ive owned a handheld GPS ever since they became affordable in the days of selective availability – accurate to around 100m – more than good enough to find where I was on a 50k OS map – the latest incarnation is good enough for me to use to sketch stuff onto 1k and 2k base maps – assuming I get the grid offset right – however Ive never used GPS to navigate myself to anywhere.

Map reading tho is not just about being able to determine where you are at any moment in time, the nature of the terrain or where you are going – by being able to accurately interpret and use maps you are training the spatial map that is stored in part of your brain – by continually updating and refreshing the spatial map you are able to project an image in your mind that tells you which way up the world is and where places are in relation to each other. I fear that within a few decades that there will be a generation that totally relies on GPS information and will not have this ability and are effectively lost if they go outside their home locale – in fact I sure Ive met some already – those who claim poor poor sense of direction – there is no such thing as a sense of direction - unless of course you are pigeon brained - just good navigational skills

Use it or lose it! (the skill, not the GPS jobbie... )

Re: Eurovelo 15 -Amsterdam to Frankfurt

29 June 2015 - 8:49am

Eurovelo 15 -Amsterdam to Frankfurt

29 June 2015 - 8:17am
A short video and some photos from our last trip in Europe.


Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

29 June 2015 - 6:53am
OP - you could ask pal's wife if she would be happy for you to go on the same break, same venue, without the bikes. Answer might be enlightening.

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

28 June 2015 - 10:59pm
beardy wrote:
Rather like my slide rule (I may even have a set of tables somewhere in a box or at the back of a drawer).

Some years ago I arrived at a smallish campsite in Spain (I think, but it may have been France) and the usual formalities were demanded - passport, address etc (the Spanish are quite particular about this but it may just have been marketing info). Anyway, it was all entered onto a computer. I was disconcerted. This was meant to be camping, not retail high-tech corporatism. Where was the farmer with his grubby cash-in-hand, bits of straw and black pencil on an old notepad?

Same with paper maps IMV.

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

28 June 2015 - 10:25pm
Wife change required , I think .....
Finished the Ripon Revolution this afternoon and off to cycle in Cornwall at 0630 in the morning ... with my wife ... 4 days of quiet lanes and silly hills ...
and those nice flat bits around Hayle and Penzance ... and the brill café in Penzance harbour ...

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

28 June 2015 - 10:23pm
simonineaston wrote:Go for it, mate...

Or what you might mean is, "Let him go for it, missus". Or not?

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

28 June 2015 - 9:28pm
I work in tech but I just have an old phone and use OS maps for cycling. Phone screen isn't big enough for maps, I like to plan my route as I go to some extent. Prefer paper maps for walking too.

Rhine - Strasbourg to Basel

28 June 2015 - 9:23pm
What is the best part of the river to do this route ? Is it worthwhile going down the French side then back up the German side to say Freiburg or even Karlsruhe ?


Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

28 June 2015 - 9:14pm
Go for it, mate... I used to stay at a friend's house in Delabole (not the same as its picture postcard neighbours Tintagel, Boscastle etc. ) and found that once you're off the main arterial roads, the lanes are quiet and safe. There's lots and lots of lanes. Can thoroughly recommend the chippie in Delabole, but was not so taken with the pub. Peddle into Camleford, on the way to a trip to Bodmin and buy freshly made pasties from Cornish Maids, but be warned, as far as I know, they close just after lunch! Theirs are bigger and better and cheaper than Rickie's posh jobbies from his deli on the harbourside down in Padstowe, although you can sometimes get lucky around 4 o'clock and get them marked down, to stock up for the next day's pedalling.

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

28 June 2015 - 8:26pm
Perfectcircles wrote:Thanks very much for the practical suggestions about routes and safe cycling in that area. They were very helpful. The earlier replies from a couple of correspondents suggesting my question actually discloses more profound issues including "marriage guidance" and the role of God in road safety, were not so.

Quite. But I think you will also agree that the wife of your cycling partner wanted a reassurance that simply cannot be given. That does indeed belong in a different realm.

What Mick F has said is all perfectly sensible. But if you take the Camel Trail, for instance, and not the roads (in order to placate his wife) is that not giving else something up, not for safety reasons but for some other reason?

There have been several threads on this forum connected with the fears of family members. They are incredibly difficult to answer and I take them very seriously. However, I've re-read your post and my original impression is that it was your friend's wife who was concerned about the safety aspect. It seems now that you yourself (or your friend?) are finding that advice useful (it's all good). Again, my first impression was that neither of you (you and friend) had concerns about safety over and above the usual - it was your friend's wife who was concerned. I can see now that you yourself were concerned ("is she right to be concerned?").

I would really like it if you could clarify where you are actually coming from on this.

By the way, will you be following Mick F's advice to use a mirror?

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

28 June 2015 - 6:54pm
Thanks very much for the practical suggestions about routes and safe cycling in that area. They were very helpful. The earlier replies from a couple of correspondents suggesting my question actually discloses more profound issues including "marriage guidance" and the role of God in road safety, were not so.

Re: Skye to Oban Route

28 June 2015 - 6:45pm
I've just read that there used to be a chap called Billy the Boatman that would take you from Corren to Kinlock Hourn, but he might have packed up. Anyone know anything?

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

28 June 2015 - 6:14pm
simonineaston wrote:gottogetfit wrote:...they are my favourite bed time read.When I tell people that, they look at me as if I'm strange and tell me I need to get out more - which is ironic...

Find us all a bed big enough and I'll be the first in it! Have map 197, willing to travel.

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

28 June 2015 - 6:13pm
psmiffy wrote:I quite like the look of viewranger - it is not clear if you can view maps on a PC or for that matter mobile device when offline? - might be worth me considering as I am in the process of refreshing my digital maps

As someone who much prefers paper maps, I got ViewRanger to help when out in unfamiliar territory. Picked up a pack of National Parks, SW and SE England in 1:50k and I've been very happy. The app, on my HTC One M8, is fast and responsive and I can upload GPX tracks that I made on the PC as well as download routes I've ridden on. Once the maps are downloaded to the app it can all be accessed offline. You can also then use the maps you've purchased to plan routes on their web site and sync them with the app on your phone, which is handy. Unfortunately the maps you purchase cannot be "seen" via a PC directly, but again you can use them on the web site.

Would be nice if digital & paper OS Mapping was just linked to a central OS Survey account so we only had to pay once, without worrying about changing apps, apps being shut down etc. Another corner of life darkened by Digital Restrictions Management (DRM).

Re: Ortlieb bag colour and cleaning

28 June 2015 - 2:57pm
Thanks for the help everyone. I took my new ortlieb plus red/black bag (£46 posted from bike inn) for its first proper ride yesterday and I have to say I am in love with it. I used to think they look clunky but it is quite amazingly useful and the magnetic closure works great. But the best thing about it has to be that it can fit not just one, but a whole three 500ml beer bottles:MidWales-00281-2.JPG

Re: Cycle computers.

28 June 2015 - 2:30pm
The family fleet are all equipped with basic Halfords wired computers from about a decade ago. They need a new battery every six years as I use the slightly better silver oxide instead of the standard alkaline.

A lick of vaseline on the contact pins on the back and that is it for another six years*, totally reliable and automatic on/off.

*If you dont mind doing a BST to GMT conversion when reading the time.

Re: Cycle computers.

28 June 2015 - 2:20pm
I have been using a cheapo £3.50 one from Ebay for the last year, never take it off the bike ( who is going to steal it? and no one has) Has been reliable but a couple of times I think the battery has been upset and reset to zero, but easy to set back to previous mileage. A cheap one means you can take a spare should some thing happen. Mine uses cheap alkaline button cells so maybe need to be changed after about a year


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