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Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 9:02pm
Bicycler wrote:
Even today it is startling how close Yorkshire comes to Lancaster. :

Garmin GPS .gpx Compatibility and Advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 8:39pm
Hi!

I'm planning a fairly long bike trip across Europe this coming year. It'll be somewhere between 5000km-6000km, and as such I would like to invest in a good reliable GPS. (I already have plenty of paper maps to sort through for physical backups or general overview of our route, but when it comes to the day by day navigation while biking I would really like a GPS)

From touring forums and other reviews I've settled on the Garmin 64s as being a very good option. So I was looking for peoples help/advice on the following:

1. Is this a good and reliable option?
- If you advise another one, why do you think it is better?
- Do you have any major issues with this model?
Note: the price of ~$300.- USD is fine with me, I probably wouldn't want to go much higher though
- I know that we'll be changing our route sometimes while on the go, and I've heard that this GPS works relatively well for uploading files from your smart phone, have you found this to be true?

2. I'm very new to this, so this might be a stupid question: We've obviously not planned out our route to the last detail, but we do know the main cycle routes we would like to follow. For almost all of these I've found .gpx files which I believe store the routes?
I was wondering if the 64s is compatible with .gpx files?
- On the website in it's specifications it says it's compatible with Garmin Custom Maps, but it doesn't seem to mention .gpx files anywhere.
- They also mention some way of creating KMZ files from other files, which seemed somewhat confusing to me. I was hoping to be able to literally just download the .gpx files directly onto the GPS or an SD stick and have the GPS be able to read them as is. So is that possible?

Thanks for any and all help you can provide me with! Just getting responses for either of those questions would already be amazing!

Re: ELF..another way forward utilising electric assist tricy

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 January 2015 - 8:21pm
Also, not water tight, so you'd get wet if it rained, which seems to be one of the big disadvantages of cycling vs driving. Seems like they wouldn't have to add much to improve this though.

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 8:19pm
Hi again!

Just wanted to thank all of you for all your help! I feel much more confident about my route now.

Andrew_s & southerly: By the sounds of it, biking over to Purullena & Lugros would be quite worth it. I would love to do it, it'll just depend on how much time we have I guess. But it definitely sounds like an amazing place to see, and I would love to experience real spain! Thanks so much for the advice!

Mick F: That's some great advice, and sounds pretty spectacular! Thanks for the tips!

Re: Canal towpath closures

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 January 2015 - 7:25pm
Si wrote:thirdcrank wrote:This looks like one for "Too good to lose."

Consider it done.

Re: ELF..another way forward utilising electric assist tricy

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 January 2015 - 7:17pm
Its not a bicycle you would need tax and insure it in this country the motor is too big and the top speed too high. its very heavy (150lb unleaden or as much as 3.5 electric bikes or an extra adult) making the power to weight ratio poor, I would not like to pedal it with a flat battery. The battery is only a 48v 11 .25ah giving 540 wh storage a normal 36v electric bicycle battery would give 360 wh or 66% of the stored energy. The claimed range of 15 miles would therefore seem to me to be optimistic and 90 miles also claimed well do the math as the Americans say, given the storage availiable you would need to pedal a lot I think.

In this country solar charging? an expensive gimick.

I think you would be better with a conventional electric bike or a converted recumbant tricycle a lot less costly with a far better range and no tax and insurance and a lot less expensive.

Like a lot of things with green label the numbers do not stack up this the worst of both worlds it either needs to be developed into a real electric car or lightened to make it comparable to an electric bicycle and made legal. In America it might work if it had a bigger battery to give it a reasonablle range.

Score 5 0ut of 10 the sinclair C5 was more convincing

Re: Holland cycle route info

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 6:37pm
Here's the cyclsits b&b link.

I think you contact them and they send the book and them you send them a donation.

http://www.vriendenopdefiets.nl/nl/

Edit it looks like they've uodated it to be online but you still need to make a donation- there's an english version if you look top right on the webpage.

Edit edit. Don't buy new loads of new cycle gear before you go, the cycle shops are common and excellent and good value in the Netherlands!

Re: carrying luggage on a carbon road bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 5:52pm
pwa wrote:Just a word of warning. I would suggest your friend avoids any solution that involves putting a clamp around the seatpost unless he knows the seatpost is strong enough. This is particularly important with carbon posts, but thin walled alloy posts should also be treated with caution. I have had a post snap mid ride, and it really takes the shine off your day.
Can this problem be solved using a non carbon seat post, or is it more to do with the clamp on the carbon frame?

Re: Canal towpath closures

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 January 2015 - 4:44pm
thirdcrank wrote:This looks like one for "Too good to lose."

Consider it done.

Velocity racks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 4:30pm
Does anybody know whats the difference in width on the top rails on the Velocity rack and the Velocity hybrid rack is?

Re: Holland cycle route info

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 4:09pm
Never been touring in Holland but we have done around 20 day rides on different holidays.

Try this website to start;

http://www.nederlandfietsland.nl/en/onl ... te-planner

and this one; http://www.cycletourer.co.uk/cycletouring/holland.shtml

You won't need your Garmin. The Dutch network of cycle paths has spectacularly good signage, long distance and local routes have maps at intersections which show the route, the other nearby routes and settlements. Cafes are friendly and (mostly) the staff speak English. Local tourist information offices will sometimes have free maps and if you want to buy a cycling specific maps these are available at the TI offices or you can buy them (at greater cost) on line in the UK.

If I can get the photo's I have downsized to fit on this forum I will upload some for you. Never stayed in B&B's in Holland but I have heard very good reports.

Velocity racks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 4:01pm
Does anybody know whats the difference in width on the top rails on the Velocity rack and the Velocity hybrid rack is?

Re: carrying luggage on a carbon road bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 2:09pm
Just a word of warning. I would suggest your friend avoids any solution that involves putting a clamp around the seatpost unless he knows the seatpost is strong enough. This is particularly important with carbon posts, but thin walled alloy posts should also be treated with caution. I have had a post snap mid ride, and it really takes the shine off your day.

Re: Holland cycle route info

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 1:52pm
The feits something or other does b&b details for cyclists. There's a book with details. You need to give them 24 hours notice so a little like warm showers but paid for. We didn't have any problem finding rooms though in small hotels etc when we were there.

Quick little DH vid

CTC Forum - MTB - 11 January 2015 - 1:34pm
http://youtu.be/jk4K-lsqdCA
Quick little DH in adelaide
Hope u like

LA VUELTA 2015 route announced

CTC Forum - Racing - 11 January 2015 - 1:23pm
La vuelta 2015 route was revealed yesterday; at first glance looks interesting to say the least: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/2015-vu ... -two-weeks

Re: A sunday in hell

CTC Forum - Racing - 11 January 2015 - 1:21pm
thanks for the heads up on this latest 'you tube' availability; look forward to watching this again; quite beautiful film making

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 1:13pm
The traditional boundary follows the Ribble with Yorks to the North and Lancs to the South. So, yes, Brungerley Bridge was on the boundary. It did go even further west though. The traditional boundary follows the Ribble west through Mitton, then up the Hodder splitting Bowland in half via several hill tops and the summits of the Trough and Cross O Greet roads.

Even today it is startling how close Yorkshire comes to Lancaster. As a former Garstang resident I shudder to think I was within 6 miles of being a Yorkshireman

Re: carrying luggage on a carbon road bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 12:52pm
Alpkit, Revelate and wildcat are just 3 companies that make frame bags and packs that fit the seat post and frames, mainly designed for off-road touring they are great for light road touring. I use a set of revelate and can pack enough for camping etc, so a few spare clothes etc for CC touring will be fine.


https://www.alpkit.com/products/koala
Ortleib also do a smaller one that has a release if you don't need that much space

http://www.ortlieb.co.uk/bike/saddle-bags.html
I have one of these too and they are great for overnighters etc.

Re: carrying luggage on a carbon road bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 12:41pm
One-word answer to the OP.

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