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Re: Cycle friendly B&B in Bangor?

15 June 2015 - 6:20pm
mcallaghan wrote:Are you talking Bangor, Wales or Bangor, Maine?

Or indeed Bangor N.I. or Bangor on Dee.

Re: which pump and outline spares?

15 June 2015 - 6:18pm
A good big pump will always work better than a good small pump, so you get the following hierarchy:
track pump > frame fit (Zefal HPx/Topeak Road Master Blaster) > Topeak Morph > Lezyne.
The Lezyne may be good compared to other small pumps, but there's no getting round the huge number of pump strokes required.

Spare screws for Ortlieb panniers are available as spares, and I have both taken them on tour and used them, to replace 3 of 4 end top rail rivets on an aged pair of front rollers (which pre-date the current screwed construction), and one at one end of the lower anti-sway hook rail on a brand new back roller. I've also got a pair of spare hooks & strap that I sometimes take but have never used.
If the panniers are new-ish, it's worth checking the screws are tight, but otherwise the need for spares is pretty uncommon.

Re: Seeing the screen?

15 June 2015 - 6:18pm
That'll drain your battery very quickly though.
Depending on which smartphone you're using, there is likely an anti-glare screen protector you can buy for it. They have a "mat" finish on them which helps immensely in sunlight.
I use them on my etrex and smartphone.

Re: Cycle friendly B&B in Bangor?

15 June 2015 - 6:03pm
Are you talking Bangor, Wales or Bangor, Maine?

Re: Seeing the screen?

15 June 2015 - 4:39pm
Genius!

I've just been outside (in the sunshine) with the brightness up full and it makes a huge difference.

THANK YOU!

Re: which pump and outline spares?

15 June 2015 - 4:37pm
mercalia wrote:dont know how good the hi pressure Lezyne one is at pumping hi volume tubes?
As Mick says it'll just take a few more pumps - I got the HP one on the grounds that I can do bigger volumes with a bit of extra pumping but may not be able to reach the high pressures should I want them with the HV version.

Rick.

Re: Seeing the screen?

15 June 2015 - 4:34pm
Great suggestions thanks. I'll certainly have a little play around with brightness and look at negative colours!

Re: Ferry travel

15 June 2015 - 3:55pm
When I've done Dover-Calais in the car we've always been put on the next ferry even though our booking was actually for one a couple of hours later (I'd allowed extra time to travel that up to now hasn't been needed). Is it the same with a bike (or even on foot)? I've only been across once with a bike in recent years but that was with an organised trip and there were about 30 of us.

Rick.

Re: Bicycle tickets on regional and local German trains

15 June 2015 - 3:22pm
Thanks. It looks like I need a bike ticket for North-Rhine Westphalia but possibly not in Rheinland Platz. Apparently tickets are a bit cheaper fron an automat than fron a ticket office but you have to know what you are after.

EDIT: If I stay within the VRS transport association then a bike ticket is covered by buying a second adult ticket in the 1b/2a price band, which is 2.80 Euro, whereas a regional bike ticket for North-Rhine Westphalia 4.70 Euro.

Re: Ferry travel

15 June 2015 - 3:16pm
I've rolled up at some excruciatingly close times to sailing, to get on a Brittany Ferries vessel... they'll always let you on, if it's just you and a bike. If you already have a ticket, then you just keep pedalling until someone actually stands in your way. If not, then allow a minimum of 10 minutes to buy a ticket... Not that I'm recommending this way of travel, you understand!

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

15 June 2015 - 3:11pm
Just note that the Winchburgh tunnel is closed on the railway line outside Edinburgh so all trains are either running from Linlithgow on to the Fife line and then into Edinburgh or there is a replacement bus service (they are electrifying the line and hence they have to lower the level of the tunnel). Trains from Edinburgh to Glasgow are affected also. Plus there are roadworks on our motorways at the same time (our school holidays start at the beginning of July so they think that it is a good time for this work). The tunnel work runs until 26th July. This may not affect you directly but it might affect you indirectly. If you plan to use the train check for up-to-date information.

Llandudno guest house

15 June 2015 - 3:06pm
Anyone know of a Cyclist Friendly guest house in Llandudno. We need safe, covered bike storage over night. Most hotels/guest houses don't have parking space or even bike space. (we don't need car parking)

Re: Bicycle tickets on regional and local German trains

15 June 2015 - 2:38pm
It certainly does vary from place to place, of course its easy to just ask if you are at a ticket office or buying from the conductor. The bike ticket for 5€ is for a whole day - useful to know if you are hopping trains.

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

15 June 2015 - 2:36pm
khain wrote:There is a rough track and some byroad between Tyndrum and Rannoch Moor which is probably the easiest part of the WHW, however I still found it pretty rough going with panniers. All the parts from Loch Lomond to Tyndrum will be really rough going on a bike. I also don't think the path between Glencoe and Kinlochleven over the Devil's Staircase is possible on a loaded bike. It was tough enough on foot! There are alternative byroads for much of this part though. Between Kinlochleven and Fort William I'm not sure. Some of it was very rough and steep, other parts ok. The Rannoch Moor part before Glencoe was quite boggy so probably difficult on a bike. You might get a shock at how rough and boggy paths in Scotland can be - even on foot they're hard going!
Hmm, it sounds difficult. Are there any parts which you would recommend, as scenic and easy enough for cycling? How about Tyndrum to Kingshouse, and Kinlochmore to Fort William? These two fragments look doable. I don't mind pushing my bike for some time if necessary, but not for the whole day or two, then it doesn't make much sense.

khain wrote:If traffic bothers you it might be better taking an alternative route through the central Highlands, which is also lovely and more cycle friendly. Use the NCN routes and byroads then take a left turn after Dalwhinnie to Fort William.
I'm not sure which road you mean, could you write some more details?

khain wrote:Some more photos from a Scottish cycle tour I did. https://www.flickr.com/photos/61002072@N00
Thanks! So nice!

andrew_s wrote:To see what such tracks are actually like, use cycle.travel/map to plan a route that uses the track, then right-click and "find photos". To plan a route, click to set start, click to set end, then drag and drop to adjust.
What a great link, thanks!!!

Re: Bicycle tickets on regional and local German trains

15 June 2015 - 1:39pm
Basically it seems to depend on where your service is, some services are free, others you pay 5 euros, and there are local restrictions.
https://www.bahn.de/p/view/service/fahr ... kehr.shtml
https://www.bahn.de/p/view/service/fahr ... ahme.shtml
For example, the term S-bahn in Stuttgart (this means the u-bahn in other cities and vice versa, so the S-bahn are the underground trains and the u-bahn are trams). Certainly in Stuttgart bikes are free on the S-bahn so long as you don't take them at rush hour. You would have to look at the regulations for the state that you are visiting.

Open Source Maps with cycle routes

15 June 2015 - 1:18pm
I'm trying to find a Garmin img file of Open Source Maps with cycle maps (NCN, National Byway, etc) city cycle routes and contours.
I've tried https://sites.google.com/site/openstree ... incycleuk/ but that doesn't have contours.
I believe that the TalkyToaster one doesn't have cycle routes on it.
There's a wiki how to make one from the available constituent parts but I'm not sure I understand it.

Someone somewhere must have made one.

Re: Ortlieb bag colour and cleaning

15 June 2015 - 12:23pm
Iviehoff, blimey! You must put some serious hours of use into your stuff. My apparently everlasting Ortlieb Classic panniers have lasted around seven years of year round use, five days a week, commuting 10 miles each way in rain, sunshine, frost and all the rest, and they look like new. But this is mainly Welsh conditions, and perhaps more extreme sunshine could produce the deterioration you describe. I can only claim to have given them a good Welsh testing. And no rodents were involved.

Re: Touring in Denmark

15 June 2015 - 11:58am
jaz wrote:Hi all. Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere but Regina Lines emailed me today to say that the first sailing of the new Harwich-Esbjerg ferry is scheduled for March 12th 2016. Fingers crossed...
And someone emailed me yesterday saying that there was $36million in a Nigerian bank account that needed my help to get it out.

Re: Touring in Denmark

15 June 2015 - 11:55am
Marjorie Dawes wrote:I had no idea the Regina service was in difficulty.
It never got far enough advanced to get into difficulty, fortunately, as that might imply some fool and his money had been parted. Announcements that someone is starting or reopening a ferry service next spring are a bit announcements that someone has a wondrous new technology to generate electricity using a perpetual motion machine, all it needs someone gullible to stump up some money, and then the prototype can be developed into a practical version for manufacture.

Re: Seeing the screen?

15 June 2015 - 11:52am
Vorpal wrote:If you don't want to leave it on maximum brightness all of the time, there are some apps that will allow you to put a swipe/control bar on your home screen for quick adjustment. You could also try auto-brightness. If your phone doesn't do that, there are apps for that, too.
They can try by using the time to take a guess at the correct brightness, but if the phone doesn't have an ambient light sensor or a front-facing camera, it can't really do it.

Recent Android phones (4.1 and later, for sure) can be set so that, after unlocking, you swipe just onto the top edge of the screen and then left/right to change brightness. I've found that's much easier than trying to hit a control bar by guessing where it was. To do that, tick Settings: System: Status bar: Brightness control.

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