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Re: Italy cycle resources?

4 August 2014 - 3:11pm
There are lots of routes on http://www.piste-ciclabili.com/ They also have a forum, so if you have questions about a route in a particular area, you can ask. There's another forum, dedicated to cycle touring at http://www.ilcicloviaggiatore.it/forum/index.php Google translate seems to be mostly adequate for them.

I have mainly used paper road maps (Michelin), touring Italy, then bought local maps when I needed them to supplement the road maps. Touring Club Italiano are fine, and probably a bit better then the Michelin ones. They don't show all minor roads, but you're unlikely to get lost following them. Look for them in bike shops and outfitters in Italy.

Bikeline do some guides, as well... http://www.esterbauer.com/db_rtb_detail ... ode=TOSC_E

There are some other threads about touring in Italy.
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=67075 links to another.
You should find others with the search tool.

Re: Italy cycle resources?

4 August 2014 - 2:50pm
PS - if the OP is going to end up in Rome and then head up the (presumably) west coast to France, you could always try this - though it is challenging as the vid will show.

http://vimeo.com/65552050

No I haven't ridden it.

I know someone who went to Rome for the big annual critical mass recently and he was thinking of trying it.

A day trip to Ostia Antica is also to be recommended.

Much underrated/not appreciated.

Re: Italy cycle resources?

4 August 2014 - 1:17pm
Beautiful pictures indeed in Mr Miller's flickr stream.

It is though notable that the vast vast majority of them are in the north.

Pretty far north in some/many cases

And some of those places almost consider themselves a place apart from some of their "countrymen"

Have always been somewhat interested in whether Mr Miller has any Italian blood in view of some of his responses.

Have asked but never had an answer.

I have a certain sympathy for iviehoff's view but won't go there as it may send things away from the OP's request for help.

Folk wanting to explore Italian society can find much online.

Or if in London, ask an Italian - lots of them around.

I would commend GPS and openstreetmaps to the OP.

And of course Mr Miller's web page guide.

Am not the greatest fan of the TCI 200,000 maps but they are the best you will get in many areas.

Re: Stir in soups

4 August 2014 - 12:48pm
I tried both the Heinz tomato and vegetable flavours of these soups and I gotta honest, they were 'orrible.
For one, the cooking instructions are wrong, the first one turned out like particularly nasty flavoured water and the second attempt had me adding water a little at a time to get it 'just right'. Sludge was at the bottom of the mug.
I also worried that they might burst and cover the cooking gear and pannier in that treacle like stuff in the packet.
The answer came via my girlfriend who introduced me to these http://m.groceries.asda.com/#item/910001159171.
They're smaller in size to the Heinz attempts and come in powder form. Lighter too, 35g vs 72g for the heinz. Cooking instructions are dead accurate and if followed, leave you with a delicious creamy soup, just as if you got it from a tin......nicer even.
I've only tried the chicken so far and it was gorgeous. Trying the tomato tomorrow.

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

4 August 2014 - 11:50am
'Licensing'. I think she made that bit up. LD Lines are not with it in my opinion, and I live in Poole. I'd ride to Pompey instead using Brittany.

Re: MUMBAI to GOA

4 August 2014 - 11:50am
Another more detailed journal here:-

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page ... 12353&v=6d

Re: Danube cycle path

4 August 2014 - 11:46am
Rode the EV6 earlier this summer, yes it is flat, tho around Austria many high peaks surround the river, Very busy with boat trip day riders. I was camping, but i did see many guesthouses along the route. Enjoy your journey.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

4 August 2014 - 8:54am
F70100 wrote:If you're still in the market for flying, KLM do Bristol to Cologne (just down the road from Bonn) connecting through Amsterdam. I doubt it would be the cheapest option but it may be the quickest.
Cologne airport is actually the same place as Bonn airport! Flown into there a few times, its a very easy to use airport.

Re: MUMBAI to GOA

3 August 2014 - 11:25pm
Plenty of information here

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page ... 46696&v=2K

Journal of someone who has done the same trip, detailed info of places to stay and talks about some of the dead end coastal towns you are concerned about.

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

3 August 2014 - 10:24pm
nickpaton wrote:edocaster wrote:
Looking at http://www.forumslader.de/typo3temp/pics/590d4cd9bb.png

...my understanding is that at 20km/h the 12V and 5V settings of the E-Werk cross over at 3W, but at higher speeds, both can give more power, with the 12V setting giving over 5W at 32km/h. That would equate to 0.42A. This is because the E-Werk is presenting a load that is different from that required to clamp the dynamo at 6V.
Apologies for not replying earlier - I missed it!

You can't argue against the graphs, which make enlightening reading. I guess it's a combination of the dynamo giving out more than its rated output, and the load presented by the E-Werk.

However the E-Werk switch mode circuit will not give out more power (ie voltage x current) than that provided from the source (dynamo).

Yep, the '3W' rating Shimano give is very easy to exceed. The dynamo won't easily give more current than 500-600mA current, but the voltage can be far higher than 6V.

Re: Touring the Isle of Mull

3 August 2014 - 10:14pm
Merry_Wanderer wrote:Visit Loch Buie old post office for tea and cakes and more. It has an honesty box and is open until late. Wild camping there would be good

+1 This is a gem. Moy Castle is down there and there's a coastal path to Carsaig if you fancy a wander.

Also there are boat trips to Staffa and Iona from Ulva Ferry which is 10 miles from Salen.

Re: Touring the Isle of Mull

3 August 2014 - 8:36pm
http://www.ionahostel.co.uk

http://www.independenthostelguide.co.uk ... hostel=184

The campsite at Fionnphort is very nice, but very exposed. Wild camping might be better if (!) it's windy.

Oh, and while you're there, do take the boat to Staffa. It's a half day trip from Fionnphort or Iona.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

3 August 2014 - 8:13pm
If you're still in the market for flying, KLM do Bristol to Cologne (just down the road from Bonn) connecting through Amsterdam. I doubt it would be the cheapest option but it may be the quickest.

Re: Touring the Isle of Mull

3 August 2014 - 8:11pm
I had planned to camp at Fionnphort and take the ferry to Iona as a foot passenger but I see that you can take bikes across. Can you wild camp on Iona? does anyone have any more info on the hostel, a link perhaps?

Re: London - Dunkirk - Bruges - Rozenburg - Amsterdam

3 August 2014 - 8:05pm
Dunkirk has terrible (no) road signage particularly at the port so make sure you have a good map. I suggest that if you do see a sign to a village, take it and then pick up the route from the smaller place. I went around in circles for more than an hour once.

The tram line - the longest in the World - runs from here, all along the coast to very close by to Bruges and I recommend you take that route. The scenery is magnificent and the cycle path excellent and flat. Not to be missed, despite it slightly elongating your journey.

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

3 August 2014 - 7:40pm
edocaster wrote:
Looking at http://www.forumslader.de/typo3temp/pics/590d4cd9bb.png

...my understanding is that at 20km/h the 12V and 5V settings of the E-Werk cross over at 3W, but at higher speeds, both can give more power, with the 12V setting giving over 5W at 32km/h. That would equate to 0.42A. This is because the E-Werk is presenting a load that is different from that required to clamp the dynamo at 6V.
Apologies for not replying earlier - I missed it!

You can't argue against the graphs, which make enlightening reading. I guess it's a combination of the dynamo giving out more than its rated output, and the load presented by the E-Werk.

However the E-Werk switch mode circuit will not give out more power (ie voltage x current) than that provided from the source (dynamo).

Re: Touring the Isle of Mull

3 August 2014 - 7:23pm
bogmyrtle wrote:The hostel on Iona is very good. It's best to get a late afternoon ferry over, that way you avoid the coachloads that swamp the place during the day and you can appreciate the true tranquility of the island.

+1 exactly that

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

3 August 2014 - 4:55pm
I'm planning on doing this next year and after some consideration I'm going to take my car on the ferry and drive to Germany. Find somewhere to park the car for a fortnight and cycle a circular tour. I may possibly cycle a linear tour and train back to the car.

It means I'll be less stressed about having to meet up with a train/coach on a certain day.

I'm not helped by the fact I have a trike, albeit a folding one. I don't see how I can fold the trike with panniers and seat off and get it all on and off trains on my own. Yes it would be cheaper to cycle onto the ferry but I reckon the extra cost will be outweighed by the reduction in stress.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

3 August 2014 - 4:47pm
In 2010 I crossed Belguim to De Panne by train and then onwards via camping in Dunkirque to the ferry. Very easy and inexpensive journey.
Trains were of the hook the front wheel variety.

There are some interesting rail trail routes in the Ardennes / Eifel to link the Leige area with the Mosel. Spotted from a car, not tried them. Lovely scenery.

Re: Cark (cumbria) to Chipping norton

3 August 2014 - 4:37pm
50 mile days from Cark would give approximately
= Preston, Stoke on Trent, Lichfield, Chipping Norton.
Sustrans Route-6 would get you down past Manchester.

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