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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

Re: Skye to Oban Route

28 June 2015 - 11:20am
irc wrote:There is a roughstuff route from Corran to Kinlochourn as an alt to Mam Ratagan Pass and the A87 Glen Cluanie Rd. Only 7.5 miles of off road. How hard can it be!! Looks to have a far amount of rideable stuff in this crazyguy account.

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pag ... 29614&v=37

That's exactly what I was looking at. It's about 8 miles with a couple on decent tracks, we will be on tourers not mountain bike but I'm well up for it if it's doable.

Thanks all for the replies.

Re: Expedition bike - all thumbs on 8 or 9

28 June 2015 - 11:09am

May be useful reference for anyone else wandering down the same thoughtways as me.

Re: Cycle computers.

28 June 2015 - 10:21am
I can't comment on cycle computers with regard to touring, just day leisure rides. And I've been through quite a few thanks to my stupid preference for wireless ones (stupid as none of the many I've tried have worked properly - both digital wireless and analogue wireless). Problems with wireless ones include, having taken the computer off the bike or walking round a supermarket with the computer in my pocket I'd suddenly be moving at 15.3 mph ... 3 mph ... 0 mph, etc. A digital one I had (briefly) once recorded me doing 54 mph whilst I was stationary waiting at a junction (and the sensor magnet was opposite side of the axel to the sensor. (n.b. I ride alone so no "cross-talk" from other nearby cyclists). Another would periodically "get stuck" and have to riding at the same speed for around 5 mins; stop and still says you are riding along at the "stuck speed".

In the end I've found cabled is cheaper but more importantly works reliably.

The one I like is a basic (but not desperately cheap) model the Specialized Speedzone Sport (http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/speedzone-sport-computer-ec034604 but available all over the place). Just does the basic speed, trip, time, odo, av speed +/- on av speed, but has a clear easy to read display and has sensible "averaging" (had one where the lag was terrible and you speed-up and computer says no change so you slow right down and suddenly it catches-up with your previous speed increase - and that was an expensive digital one as well).

However, I've only done day leisure rides and whilst with a bit of thought it is easy to route the cable neatly, I don't know is 4 months in SEQ the cable might be just something else to get caught/cause problems.


Re: Cycle computers.

28 June 2015 - 10:10am
If you are talking about just a non-GPS type speedometer then I would not spend that much.

I would buy something wired, cheap, reliable and battery friendly.

Like this as an example

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-t ... igmcomp174

Or I would make the leap to a GPS system which will be both speedometer and navigation device.
I often have both as most of my bikes have a speedometer permanently fitted.


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