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Re: Cycling snobbery!

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 May 2014 - 5:24pm
Quite by accident, we happened to intercept the Great Haywards Heath Bike Ride today - we didn't even know it was on. Going the opposite direction to us, with lots of family groups with small children taking part. Quite a lot exchanged greetings, but after too many "Good Morning"s repeated in rapid-fire, one does tend to get a bit hoarse...

Re: Cycling snobbery!

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 May 2014 - 5:19pm
AndyBSG wrote:Basically, unless I see someone on exactly the same bike as me with the same gear as me cycling at the same speed and in the same manner as me then they're clearly idiots and should be treated with disgust and scorn!
Fit a mirror to your bike.

Re: Ventoux on a Chopper

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 May 2014 - 5:14pm
Watch one of the guys shake his head when passed.:-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNaqRgGOuQQ

Re: Had a chat with the Google Streetview man

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 May 2014 - 4:49pm
700c wrote:How do you access older versions ? Thanks!
You need to be using the new version of Maps. When you go into StreetView & there is more than one set of images there should be a "New" in red in the black band telling you your location at the top left (It is completely absent if there's only one set of images). If you click on the "New" a popup opens that shows the same view on however many dates they've covered that location.

new StreetView 2.JPG
Rick.

Re: Cycling in restaurants?

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 May 2014 - 4:25pm
Yes, I think you probably do.

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2014 - 3:16pm
brianleach wrote:Rather tempting fate here but I have only once had a problem with bikes on a ferry and that was on the LD Lines crossing from Le Havre. Would never use them again.
Interesting and unexpected comment. What was the problem ??

brianleach wrote:I wouldn't recommend Le Havre for a first timer. In my view it is by far the least attractive port and the cycle out and trying to cross the Pont de Normandie is not a great introduction.
It is a long time since I have been to Le Havre and would concede that the first few kilometres to get out of the centre are not particularly pleasant. However, you don't HAVE to go over the Pont de Normandie.
My route was always along the Route des Falaises - flat, easy going - to the Pont de Tancarville, then on across through the Marais Vernier to the valley of the river Risle. All very pleasant.
The valley of the river Eure is brilliant and can take you all the way down to Chartres.
Come to think of it the valley of the Seine itself has a lot of interest ;- historic, scenic and the little ferries across at various points are good fun.

Re: Bikeroutetoaster

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2014 - 2:43pm
Can anyone help me on Bikehike. I have a new Garmin Touring Plus and have been trying the course creation tool, I am not particularly good at this sort of technology. I manage to create a route, and then when I come to save it, I'm not sure what format to choose so I go for tcx - is that right??

1. If I save direct to my GPS it does something through the bikehike system which turns it into a .fit file and then appears in saved courses ok. I haven't tried riding it yet so we will see.

2. It will save direct to my PC as a tcx file, I can copy it to the Garmin removable device on my PC but it does not appear when I switch on the device itself. I want to enable this because my brother and I have a long ride to do in France this summer and I am hoping he can create routes, send them to me and I can put them on the GPS.

Am I being thick here. I notice .fit files are a lot smaller than .tcx files.

Stiff soled touring shoes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2014 - 2:12pm
My long serving touring shoes have had it. I need another pair with very stiff soles - I'm heavy. I keep looking at the dromarchi web site but even if I were up for the 200plus sovs they're always sold out. Anyway recommendations for a pair gratefully accepted. I'm using frog pedals

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2014 - 1:08pm
I wouldn't recommend Le Havre for a first timer. In my view it is by far the least attractive port and the cycle out and trying to cross the Pont de Normandie is not a great introduction.

Either Ouistreham(Caen) or Cherbourg pitch you straight into much more appealing cycling terrain.

I did a couple of camping tours from a single base as an introduction.

I soon found however that this restricted what you could see because the distance to anywhere was effectively doubled ie there and back. I now always do a linear but circular route and you can see much more. This year it's a short one out via Le Havre (despite what I said) and back via Ouistreham as youngest son and I are doing two weeks in Spain later in the year. Which incidentally is also easily accessible from Portsmouth although much more expensive of course being a twenty four hour crossing.

Rather tempting fate here but I have only once had a problem with bikes on a ferry and that was on the LD Lines crossing from Le Havre. Would never use them again. Otherwise no problems.

Re: Ventoux on a Chopper

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 May 2014 - 1:03pm
He didn't do the descent!

Mind you, steel rims and ancient brake blocks, and flexy pressed steel calliper brake arms might not have been a good combination for those hairpin bends...

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2014 - 12:44pm
+1 to the above re the Michel Thomas course as it is in my opinion the most effective way to equip oneself with enough language to get by when in France.

It's a pity that the main meal in France (and the cheapest in restaurants) is the one sold at midday as this is not usually suitable for tourers. After three courses all I wanted to do was snooze.

Re: Had a chat with the Google Streetview man

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 May 2014 - 12:12pm
RickH wrote:gaz wrote:I am on streetview (Oct 2009 edition) twice.
I thought it was lost once they rephotographed the road we were on but the new feature that lets you see the older versions has brought me back!

How do you access older versions ? Thanks!

Re: Had a chat with the Google Streetview man

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 May 2014 - 12:10pm
661-Pete wrote:This raises the question: has anyone on here been 'caught' on Google streetview? I'm pretty certain I haven't, though I was passed on my bike by a TomTom camera car a few months ago, so I may pop up on someone's satnav (do Tomtoms have streetview built into them?) Also I recall overtaking a Google car on the M25, but that hardly counts...

Here's me on the old bike:

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.863897, ... sLy58w!2e0

Re: Had a chat with the Google Streetview man

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 May 2014 - 11:04am
I'm interested to know how a certain number of streets have been missed completely whilst some others nearby have been captured multiple times

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2014 - 10:40am
No one else has mentioned it yet, so: keep an eye out for restaurants in towns with lots of white vans parked outside them around midday on weekdays. These are likely to be serving a fixed-price meal for workers, and it's excellent value. It will say something like 'Menu Ouvrier' or 'Menu price fixe'. Last time I was over there, I had 4 courses, and as much wine as I could drink for 11 Euros. (The real workers tend not to drink the wine, as they're driving, so I didn't feel too bad about caning the already-open bottles on the table.)

Re language: I used the 'Michel Thomas' French language course ages ago and I thought it was excellent for two reasons. Firstly, it's all on CD, no writing, so you learn French how it's spoken rather than how you think it should be spoken - this helps a lot with comprehension when you are trying to talk to someone. Secondly, he gives you a few stock phrases which can be customised to allow you to say most things without having to get involved with too much complicated grammar or extensive vocabulary. Some of the other courses people have mentioned might be just as good, but this is the only one I've tried, and I'd definitely recommend it as an incredibly fast way of giving you enough language to survive. As has been mentioned, the moment you make a decent attempt at the lingo, people will tend to do their best to help you - so much so that I never really got a chance to practice my French as everyone jumps in with their English.

Re: Had a chat with the Google Streetview man

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 May 2014 - 10:26am
They do also go inside places (yellow and blue dots when you pick up the pegman) . . . I assume the proprietors pay for the service.

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https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.38179 ... 8g!2e0!3e2

Re: Had a chat with the Google Streetview man

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 May 2014 - 9:48am
thirdcrank wrote:I'd have expected that you might have told him that he should be doing it on a bike.
I did hear a rumour (in the days when my poor feet allowed me to go longer distance walking) that Google were also now sending out walkers with special backpacks covering/photographing off-road paths (at least in the US and the more established official routes). Packs with a post sticking up with cameras at the top.



Or the bike based version:


Ian

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2014 - 9:45am
somebloke wrote:We ... don't speak French and have no idea where to start.
There are several online web sites that teach the basics of languages. I am currently using Duolingo on my iPad. It's free and has an online counterpart (at http://www.duolingo.com). Everything is broken down into small chunks that take about ten to fifteen minutes to complete (a little longer if you keep repeating a section until you get 100%.) Designed to be used casually and daily, this particular app may suit lapsed speakers who have forgotten more than the learned at school but it does seem to work.

Re: Garmin etrex 20 Off Road v On Road for Time/Distance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2014 - 9:03am
Garmins manual is pants! Tells you practically nothing, and explains nothing.

Al
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