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Re: Rain Jacket

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 November 2015 - 11:37am
Over the years, I have used any number of jackets for touring. I loved my Greenspot Nomad which was state of the art in the seventies and there have been some others that were really good. But, there's no doubt that today's jackets are very much better than what we had before. Recently, I started using a Showers Pass Refuge jacket and it's been first class - by far the best I have ever used. It combines 3-layer Elite material with exceptional venting which results in a very high standard of breathability, waterproofness and venting. Another plus for me is that it is not designed for a tight 'race fit' so it's much more comfortable when on the bike for a long period.

Cheers

Bob

Re: Touring luxuries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 November 2015 - 11:24am
andrew_s wrote:horizon wrote:By definition though, if it's a luxury it doesn't get taken
Not at all.
Any "nice to have" item that you know isn't essential and that you could do without if necessary is a luxury.
I'd argue that Chat Noir's smartphone falls into that category, though I don't suppose he'd agree, especially if he's one of the 50% of the population that suffer from Nomophobia.

I'll concede on this - I still can't get my head round it though . It may of course be that something like cycle touring (mainy camping but even staying in a hotel after a long ride) accentuates all of life's experiences: what is normal and taken for granted suddenly becomes an utmost luxury. Maybe poorer people have these experiences all the time. But maybe also the searching for luxuries in today's world is a pointless exercise - first of all you have to go without and then you realise that even a simple thing can be a luxury.

Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 11:13am
There's a side junction I go past on my daily commute where very frequently vehicles pull out turning right in front of me, such that they would hit me if I maintained my speed and course. Even cyclists have pulled out in front of me there. I think it is because they are turning out of a one-way street and there isn't a centreline in the two-way street they are turning into, so they briefly overlook the possibility of people using the road in the opposite direction to them. Since I use it every day, I've given up getting annoyed with them. I just anticipate it now, I slow down and get ready for it.

Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 10:24am
Hi,
reohn2 wrote:NUKe wrote:You just get days and people like that, fortunately if you are of the right temperament they are few and far between,

Are you saying if the cyclist is of the 'wrong' temperament s/he attracts idiot drivers?

I nearly knee jerked on that too

I think and I will give them the benefit of the doubt, that it was just not well phrased, I am sure they meant -

"You just get days and people like that," and those "days are few and far between", "fortunately" you "are of the right temperament" to chill and carry with the rest of the day, tomorrows another day.

Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 10:22am
Think he's probably saying, you can tolerate all this crap, if you're in a good mood!!!!!

Re: Route planning app?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 November 2015 - 9:56am
MrsHJ wrote:On route planning I have some routes already generated but what does everyone download the Gpx Files it produces too. I have an iPhone and iPad that aren't interested in Gpx or is it GPs downloads. The laptop can see them and download them to save but can't open them.

How do I get the route from saved on my lap top to open in something like my iPhone on a suitable app (and which apps do you use?).
On your laptop depends what applications you have installed that will open .gpx files. On my Mac I tend to use GoogleEarth (hate it but can't find anything better yet). I would assume GoogleEarth on windows would have similar functionality.

As to getting it onto your iPhone, it depends on what app you use as different apps support different methods (normally several different methods). On my iPhone I use MapOut http://mapoutapp.com/en/ (payed for but pretty cheap). And it is excellent. You download OpenStreet Map mapping for offline use (and it uses vector mapping so has massive resolution and much lower storage that the other tile based apps). It includes cycle paths layers and is very good at showing altitude plots. To get your .gpx laptop to iPhone using MapOut on iPhone, easiest way is to free register with MapOut choosing a name and then you e-mail your .gpx to <chosen_name>@mapout.me and it will appear on your iPhone in the mapping app (showing as a route line over the map). Or you can send the .gpx using AirDrop or DropBox or iCloud Drive, etc. (though not OneDrive - Microsoft!).

Ian

Re: Riding with or without technology

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 November 2015 - 9:53am
I agree about a compass.
I have one on a pinger and is has helped in small towns in Holland and Belgium.
Using a paper map I know whether to exit the town N,S,E or W.
I also write a route plan and have it visible on the bar bag.

Re: Drugged drivers

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 9:53am
Si wrote:During the summer, when people are driving around with windows open, I expect to be passed by a couple of cars per journey with a thick miasma of weed issuing forth, some times more often. That's across brum city centre - so probably quite different to some areas, however I would say that it represents a much too common occurrence. yes I've noticed the same thing passing queuing traffic

Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 9:49am
NUKe wrote:You just get days and people like that, fortunately if you are of the right temperament they are few and far between,

Are you saying if the cyclist is of the 'wrong' temperament s/he attracts idiot drivers?

Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 9:47am
I think you may find 'peak idiot' to be a 'sawtooth' affair shown as a graph,but with an ever upward trend.
At least that's been my experience in recent years,the worst thing being that the idiots tend to now somehow feel justified in scaring the living daylights out of any others they happen across,even to the point with some motorists being a game they play to bolster their own sick existence.
It has to be said it's mainly cyclists they pick on as they:-
a)don't think they'll be caught either by the cyclist(too slow)or the police(just deny everything as it's one persons word against another)
b)they justify their actions by seeing cyclists through their own twisted logic as non people,who don't pay their way on the roads
c)they're the sort of people who just don't give a monkeys for anyone else anyway and are now given free rein due to a complete lack of policing.

Thankfully they're in the minority,though one misjudgement on either the cyclist or the idiot's part and we know who'll be the one wrapped in bandages or even an oak veneered overcoat.

Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 9:46am
You just get days and people like that, fortunately if you are of the right temperament they are few and far between,

Re: Route planning app?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 November 2015 - 9:24am
MrsHJ wrote:.....How do I get the route from saved on my lap top to open in something like my iPhone on a suitable app (and which apps do you use?).

I'm not an iPad/iPhone user so I can't help you on specifics, but in general terms you could email the gpx file on your laptop to yourself and then download it from your iPhone email app couldn't you?

Is Bluetooth file transfer possible between the iPad/iPhone?

Re: advice wanted re:Danube - Passau to Vienna/wild camping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 November 2015 - 9:18am
I'm wondering if the flow of migrants in and through the EU will make the authorities even more sensitive to wild campers?

I've just started a thread on this topic here - it will be interesting to see what others think.

Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 8:39am
There’s something about darkening mornings which worsens behaviour.

Today I had
- First emergency stop. A motorist (with a defective light) clearly saw me but decided to turn right across me regardless
- Second emergency stop. Presented by a milk float on the wrong side of the road coming straight at me having cut the corner
- First close overtake (motorist with defective rear light)
- Second, this time *very* close overtake. I caught up with this one and had a full and frank exchange of views. I was presented with the following excuses: You were too far out; I’m a cyclist too; I was over the white light so it was OK.

Normally the ride is a stress reliever. Not today.

Let's hope it was "peak idiot".

Re: Touring luxuries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 November 2015 - 8:03am
Our favourite 'luxuiries are the SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER and a very small Vango Stove

1) “A lifetime of water at hand.”

blurb..

'Our most popular filter just got smaller and lighter. The Sawyer MINI Water Filter is rated to 0.1 micron absolute, weighs only 2 ounces, and filters up to 100,000 gallons! This award winning system is reliable and easy to use.

The MINI can be attached to the included collapsible drinking pouch, inline on a hydration pack, on a standard soda bottle, or simply use the included drinking straw to drink directly from the water source. How is that for versatility?



http://sawyereurope.com/water-filtratio ... ter-filter

We have drunk from Lochs, Rivers, Puddles, you name it we have drunk from it using this and were still alive...


2) A very small vango stove fits in the palm of my hand in its little box a great little stove. It only weighs about a 100g and folds up very small

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vango-ACXSTOVE- ... ango+stove




you really cant beat taking water from a loch and serving up dinner:

Re: How daft is this?!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 8:01am
deryck wrote:Anyone considered using a mountain bike and riding over the vehicles - sticking to the cycle lane of course?
Using studded tyres of course.

Better channel Danny Macaskill (sp?)

Re: How daft is this?!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 7:43am
Anyone considered using a mountain bike and riding over the vehicles - sticking to the cycle lane of course?

Re: Cycling holidays

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 November 2015 - 10:22pm
thelawnet wrote:Well I found an existing itinerary, albeit one that is no longer run

http://www.veloasia.com/country/sumatra/

Ah, happy memories of Lake Toba circa 1987! Love the idea of cycling round Samosir.
Hope they've updated the ferry - The huge old truck engine they used frequently stalled, and only way to restart it was using us passengers in tug of war mode on the end of a long rope wrapped around the flywheel! It mostly worked......

Re: Replace my worn out Ribble

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2015 - 9:19pm
It is most infuriating! If I ever work it out I'll share.

Re: advice wanted re:Danube - Passau to Vienna/wild camping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 November 2015 - 9:15pm
As well as campsites (kampingplatz?), in Germany you sometimes see a 'zeltplatz' (tent-place?). The one I used was basically a field where you could put a tent up free for one night, with a bar adjacent where you could use a tap and a toilet. Nice halfway house between campsite and wild camping. I think there's one at Passau, and one at Linz.
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