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Re: cycling in Yorkshire dales

2 July 2015 - 5:14pm
think the road you are talking about goes from Hartlington near Burnsall and comes out on the B6265 between Hebden and Dibbles Bridge. It's a tarmac road.

As a point of local info, Dibbles Bridge was the scene of a terrible coach 40 years ago


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dibbles_B ... oach_crash

cycling in Yorkshire dales

2 July 2015 - 4:50pm
Hi

Bit of help please. I was cycling into Arncliffe from Appletrewick side, and over to my left I saw this massive looking hill with a couple if tight looking bends and very steep. Thought, I'll have a crack st that one day, looked pretty tough. Went into the Falcon pub in Arncliffe (the claim is behind the pub) and asked about the road and he said it is "Rakes Road" but can't find any information on it. He said it goes on for about 2 miles over 2 cattle grids.

Anybody know bout this climb? Thanks

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 4:31pm
Thanks for the advice on exporting GPX files.
I use an iPhone as a gps, one problem with web based apps is using them where there is no signal, where I ride this is often.. I currently use an app called mapout which I think uses the open cycle/streets maps. It has the capacity to allow the user to download sections of the map for offline use.
Could this be done with this app.

Re: CTC Bike Bag - A word of warning!

2 July 2015 - 4:08pm
Sorry to hear about your damage.Really the CTC bag is only suitable for heavy tourers & the like e.g. my Thorn Raven.
Anything lighter is probably best in a box/proper padded bike bag.
Unfortunately the baggage handlers don'y seem too bothered about throwing/stacking bags with consequent damage.
As for BA 'the World's Favourite Airline'- you must be joking!

Re: CTC Bike Bag - A word of warning!

2 July 2015 - 3:58pm
A cardboard box is not going to offer additional protection to your bike, although perhaps it allows for more protection to be stuffed around the bike. Please do not blame BA directly for the damage caused by handlers who are not their employees, although handling the claim is of course BA's responsibility. Damage claims are limited by an international agreement to quite a low sum and often you have to sign to accept this fact before you fly. BA are one of the more convenient airlines because there is no additional charge for the bike.

You have learned the hard way that it is necessary to put spacing blocks between the dropouts front and rear. In addition I turn the bars to line up with the top tube and with drops I turn them so they go under and around the top tube. This adds protection to brake levers which I have seen snapped off. I also tape the brake lever back to the handlebars so there is less leverage, again to prevent this. The aim is to reduce the number of sticking out bits, which is why you remove the pedals and why my touring machines never have cantilever brakes.

Agreed that a plastic bagged bike is difficult to handle, and the baggage handlers do not like it specifically because it makes life difficult for them.

CTC Bike Bag - A word of warning!

2 July 2015 - 3:20pm
I recently flew my touring bike over to Seattle airport from Heathrow, direct with British Airways. I padded the bike up very well, however...obviously not quite good enough. The one thing i did not do was put a filler between the fork dropouts (the little slots where the wheel axles drop in to). Big mistake - Along with a completely bent set of drop outs, my top tube was dented and brake lever bent (both padded). The luggage chimps at either heathrow or seattle must have given it a right good chuck around the tarmac, even though it was quite obviously a bike!

So from now on I will be using the cardboard box option! And probably not flying with BA in a hurry ever again - very poor customer service trying to get my damage claims back.

(Plus a cardboard bike box is way easier to handle..)

Re: Ortlieb bag colour and cleaning

2 July 2015 - 3:09pm
Ah thanks andrew, i wasn't expecting the germans to go all poetic.

Sorry, another question for folks.

I see that they have QL2.1 fixing.

What's the difference between this and QL2?

Re: Ortlieb bag colour and cleaning

2 July 2015 - 2:35pm
Sweep wrote:Ta foxy, but i meant bikepacker front plus.

Or did i imagine that they ever did them?

They are called sportpacker, not bikepacker, probably to indicate that they are useful on the back as well
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/ort ... r-ec105686

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 2:29pm
As a Mac/Safari user my solution has been to keep a copy of (free) Firefox on my computer exclusively for running cycle-travel's route planner. It's a mild inconvenience but, for me, well worth it.

Re: Ortlieb bag colour and cleaning

2 July 2015 - 1:25pm
Ta foxy, but i meant bikepacker front plus.

Or did i imagine that they ever did them?

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 1:14pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:I'll look at implementing it on the server just for Safari users!That would be a nice touch, Richard, but in the mean time I can cope with saving the page!

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 12:52pm
mjr wrote:It might be the server sending the wrong file type, but I think I would have spotted that, so it's more likely safari being dim. gpx files are indeed basically text files where the content follow certain rules. It's been a while since I used an ipad, but does long-clicking offer a download option or something useful?

It is Safari being dim. The technical explanation is that the GPX file is generated in the browser rather than on the server, and Safari (uniquely) doesn't give you the option of a download for such content: https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=102914 . I'll look at implementing it on the server just for Safari users!

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 11:22am
Just recreated the route - under we go...
All that Concorde whirring has done the trick Under we go.jpg

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 11:03am
juice wrote:It's a great web site. Only one problem for me is how to export the gpx file. In safari on an ipad it's a text file.
Any ideas?
Sorry if it's been done I haven't read all 8 pages.
On my Mac \ Safari, I do, File > Save... can you do that on an iPad?

Re: New Route Planner

2 July 2015 - 10:16am
juice wrote:It's a great web site. Only one problem for me is how to export the gpx file. In safari on an ipad it's a text file.
Any ideas?
Sorry if it's been done I haven't read all 8 pages.
It might be the server sending the wrong file type, but I think I would have spotted that, so it's more likely safari being dim. gpx files are indeed basically text files where the content follow certain rules. It's been a while since I used an ipad, but does long-clicking offer a download option or something useful?

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

2 July 2015 - 9:41am
That reminds me of a pair of Argentinean cycle tourists I met in the Argentinean lake district. The two bikes had one working brake between them, requiring care on descents. One of them had a rack, but of the kind not suitable for panniers as mentioned above, so he had fitted a wooden plank on top of it, and bungied a hold-all to said plank. I think the other had a rucksack.

I checked in to a very simple B&B in the Chilean town, Coihaique, generally reckoned to be the southern end of the main section of the Carretera Austral, which at that time was mostly untarred. Later in the day a pick-up truck unloaded two cyclists with utterly trashed bicycles/luggage. They just hadn't appreciated you need bikes and luggage carrying arrangements of a certain quality to survive a 10-day cycle camping trip on unmade roads.

Re: Ortlieb bag colour and cleaning

2 July 2015 - 8:00am
My black plus material rear bikepackers still look new after 15 years of use for all sorts including lots of heavy shopping with tins. I have sometimes wondered about visibility with them being black but hope my lights will be fine.

I do have some front classics. Only been used once. Very nice but the material does make them a bit tricky to manipulate. Been toying with the idea of plus material ones for the front but a casual search didn't turn any up. I trust they are still made/available?

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

2 July 2015 - 7:44am
Am dying to know if the "lady wife" has sanctioned this adventure.

Any update, new concerns raised, addressed?

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

2 July 2015 - 12:57am
In my teens, a distant friend joined me and my pal for a cycle-camping trip, assuring us of his experience and equipment. His bike turned out to be a bog standard five speed affair that was very common in those days. Nothing wrong with that per se, but with poor maintenance, the condition left a lot to be desired.

There were alloy wing nuts on both wheels - with wings snapped off and most of the thread stripped. The rear carrier was one of those with a spring clamp for a bag on top and not really designed to take panniers. The carrier clamped to the seat stays and attached via large holes over the rear axle, held 'secure' by the next to useless wing nuts. The panniers were tartan vinyl with a couple of straps and buckles and the wheel kept shifting in the dropouts causing the tyre to rub against the chainstays. Very worn tyres and about three punctures on the first day.

Our progress was so slow that we could not make our intended campsite and had to change our itinerary drastically. We still managed over a week of 'base camping' with day trips within a 20 mile radius, so not a complete disaster. His bike was a lot more fit for purpose at the end of the trip than it was at the beginning but our wallets and collection of spares took a serious beating.

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