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Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 9:40pm
if any of you follow tech , Microsoft I think it is will some time or other market a VR glasses or goggles that dont replace the real world like games do but project onto the world we live and move in like a Terminator view. Think of the possibilities this has for touring? What would people here want in their viewer finder?

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 9:18pm
Thanks Steven. That's very interesting. I'm also pro-Amazon for lots of reasons. I've just been quizzing my daughter on her mini iPad and I don't think it would be as good a reader as a kindle. I would get one only as a portable one stop media shop. Kindle is on my wish list but I will have to wait until the Autumn. For now I am happy with paper books. Very happy...b

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 March 2015 - 9:16pm
gaz wrote:hondated wrote:... how I could I possibly know how fast I was cycling without having a cycle conputer of some description.
It's not a question of knowing how fast you are cycling, just a question of staying under the limit. Rather like when you have a lager and lime without access to a breathalyser. You don't know what your breath alcohol content is but you are confident that it's under the limit. Where a speed limit applies ride at a speed you are confident is within the limit.

In any case so long as you are pedaling you can calculate your speed. Speed(mph) = Gear(inches) × Cadence (rpm) ÷ 336. Admittedly this is not the easiest thing to do in your head and trying to do the math with pencil and paper whilst riding is also not to be recommended.

If you're freewheeling then you should know the circumference of your front wheel, count the rpm and work it out from there . I'd imagine this becomes much harder after a lager and lime .
gaz with respect your talking to an ex secondary modern boy here not one who went to a grammar school.

" conputer " was that a Freudian slip !

Re: Mains USB charger for a 3 week tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 8:40pm
I have one of these http://www.portablepowersupplies.co.uk/portapow-crystal-usb-mains-charger/ - mains charger with 4 USB sockets - and interchangeable UK/US/Euro mains plugs.

Also sometimes take one of their USB poweerpacks.

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 8:18pm
I was lucky too as my LBS has a demo bucket of saddles. The one for me was a C17. It's a stunning saddle. But as the wise wizards on here say it's the one that fits you...b

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 8:13pm
Saddles are very personal but a Brooks B17 does the job for me. I used it on my Jogle and never got a single saddle sore. Supremely comfortable for 70 miles a day everyday.

I use a Charge Spoon on my road bike and winter bikes, but for long all day rides it has to be the Brooks.

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 7:46pm
Digital cameras are great, although I seem to be the only person using them, not a phone, nowadays. ATM's are the best modern things for me, prior to them money issues were such a pain.

When I tour I don't take a phone, I don't want to "contactable" (turning one off does not solve this problem) and it's great. I only use paper maps, I like to spread them out at the end of the day, accompanied by several cold beers, see the big picture and think about where I may go, a small tablet/phone screen cannot replicate that, I don't need or want to be guided by GPS.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 7:15pm
I read some of his blog previously, would be nice to meet him!

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 6:32pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:I'm interested in book sales and who it's best to buy it from. I'm asking because in the music industry, the artists get more profit if you buy from them direct rather than Amazon or the like. (I know this because my ex is a musician) Is it the same with books? Don't answer if that's too personal. Apologies if I'm being too direct. I work in a garden for a UK fantasy author and I've always wanted to ask, but it feels like the wrong question to ask a client.

If you want to work out what an independent author (as opposed to a traditionally published author) makes per e-book on Amazon, first divide the price by 1.2 (this removes the VAT) and then knock off 5p or 10p for electronic delivery charges (if it's a normal, text-based book). If what's left is over about £1.50 and less than about £9, then the author gets 70% of that. Otherwise, it's 35%. So yes, the author would clearly make more if he or she sold an e-book directly from their website, but then they wouldn't have the benefits of Amazon's exclusivity deal (which I believe is worth having) and they'd also have to find a way to drive loads of traffic to their own site, and if they knew how to do that they could make money more easily by working in SEO rather than writing books. All in all, I reckon Amazon do a great job for both the customer and author (although perhaps not for the people who work in their warehouses.)

I could yack on about this for hours but I've probably bored you already. The book is funnier than this. (So I've been told.)

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 6:26pm
DarkNewt wrote:yeah if there is one thing about cycle touing it's cyclists tend to be a great bunch to be around. I was more venting about my mate lol, I am really looking forward to it and it will be an outing for the new bike I have built. Hoping to bump into someone else who is cycling round the coast this year or who has already done it.

This guy will be thier - http://bikearoundbritain.com as he is setting off around Europe from thier.

Dave

Re: ASL fixed penalty

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 March 2015 - 6:25pm
snibgo wrote:Enforcement is currently done with a detector loop under the road after the second stop line, and a camera pointing at that area. These could be moved to the first stop line. Technically, not difficult.

It would take motorists some time to realise that a red light means "don't cross the first stop line". Judging by cases on Pepipoo, motorists often don't realise that the stop line defines the offence. (I could say something similar about many cyclists.)

And of course the loop knows whether it was activated before/after the light turned red...

I imagine I'd have a few photo's taken (since I'm set up to trigger said loops) but it should be fairly easy to adjust the sensitivity - they manage it on various traffic light controlled junctions

Re: Red Blob to Blue Blob

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 March 2015 - 6:22pm
Strava does a heat map (premium feature, so I have no idea what it looks like)

But yes, a "multiple GPX upload" painting of a map should be possible...

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 6:04pm
My best saddle is...
The one that fits my bum!

OK I know I'm being a bit flip but I seem to have acquired 11 saddles and am only prepared to sit on one of them for 5hr plus a day.
There are two others which are tolerable but there is only one to rule them all.
Heaven/Mordor knows what I'll do when my precious wears out (I got it second hand on this forum and it is old).

My LBS have a funny seat that shows pressure points when you sit on it and then hopefully you can find a saddle that matches your sit bones (Ischial tuberosities) without it playing havoc with your other bits. Try to match your pelvis bones to the wide part of the saddle (is the best advice I can suggest).

I guess - when you find a saddle that is right - you will know it is the one. Buy several if you can!
Best of luck!

I must get round to putting those surplus saddles up for sale on the forum!

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 5:39pm
Psamathe wrote:smith4188 wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:These Kindle things. Hmmm. I've got your paperback book coming my way. I'm struggling to imagine a Kindle in my panniers instead of books. Never say never though.

Cheers, HC! I reckon if it's a tour short enough for a singe novel then there's little difference between a book and a Kindle. But for longer tours, where you might not know what you want to read months down the line, it's hard to beat a Kindle. On my last tour I put all my Open University course books on my Kindle allowing me to study on the move. That would have been impossible with real books. Hope you enjoy the book!
I'd have thought if you don't have anything already that a tablet would be better (depending on exact requirements). Although probably not as good as a reader (even if only because of power consumption), it does allow GPS, mapping apps, etc. even a phone (is you get one supporting SIM/GSM).

Ian

My 13 yo daughter has got a mini iPad which she got from her Mum. It's brilliant. It also holds serious "behaviour currency". It's by far the most powerful thing I've confiscated to rein her back in when she slips out of line. It's even surpassed her pet tortoise as confiscation-currency . He's chuffed as he was getting pretty fed up with being stuffed into my sock draw.

smith4188 wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:These Kindle things. Hmmm. I've got your paperback book coming my way. I'm struggling to imagine a Kindle in my panniers instead of books. Never say never though.

Cheers, HC! I reckon if it's a tour short enough for a singe novel then there's little difference between a book and a Kindle. But for longer tours, where you might not know what you want to read months down the line, it's hard to beat a Kindle. On my last tour I put all my Open University course books on my Kindle allowing me to study on the move. That would have been impossible with real books. Hope you enjoy the book!

Looking forward to it. I'm interested in book sales and who it's best to buy it from. I'm asking because in the music industry, the artists get more profit if you buy from them direct rather than Amazon or the like. (I know this because my ex is a musician) Is it the same with books? Don't answer if that's too personal. Apologies if I'm being too direct. I work in a garden for a UK fantasy author and I've always wanted to ask, but it feels like the wrong question to ask a client.

All the best, Blair.

Re: Red Blob to Blue Blob

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 March 2015 - 5:27pm
Very inventive! In the past I looked into how I could mark all my local roads that I've cycled and was amazed that there was nowhere online that could do it. Surely something like Bike Route Toaster or Bikehike could be modified to do it? Would rather not spoil my OS map with colouring pens!

Re: Bristol-Bath Cycle Path

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 March 2015 - 5:24pm
recumbentpanda wrote:Lighting in the tunnels is quite adequate. Rather than lights,take eye-shades and dark glasses to protect you from all those who consider it essential to ride through them with ridiculously bright and/ or flashing lights. <grump off>

Very good!

I've just come back from a 40 miler today from where I live in Somerset, along the Collier's Way, through the 2 Tunnels and along the Bristol-Bath cycle path (and back home). It was pretty overcast, cool, but a great day for a bimble. The tea at the cafe at Warmley was the best. Vic sponge not too shabby either. Bacon roll? Lovely. Had a good chat to 2 chaps out on their e-bikes. Very interesting bikes. BIKES I said. That's what they called them and I agree. They have to keep pedaling ALL the time which was a surprise. You have to change settings to free-wheel. I tell you, I'm not discounting them for when I'm too old and broken to ride my Surly. But that's at least 30 years away so I'm not going to partake in any purist vs e-bike debate. OK?

The only muppets out today were cyclists in the tunnel. A shame really. Flying through the tunnels without lights. It's REALLY difficult to see them if they are going at pace or to hear them if they've got decent drive-trains. There were also two ramblers walking on the wrong side but I'm not going to moan about that because chances are they would have been run down by now and I'll just feel guilty be-moaning the deceased.

The new track between Wellow and Midford is in good shape seeing as we are out the other side of winter and the shoot season (game-keeper's vehicles driving up and down). The lane below the long barrow at Stoney Littleton has drained and is nice and dry. All in all things are shaping up for a good season

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 5:22pm
Technology definately has changed touring big time, and people seem to have identified most things. But… .theres some way to go…

I would like the top of my bar bag to be a big moving map. I would like to see my route on the screen like a Kindles screen in colour of course and to be able to zoom in to show hostelries and attractions that I am passing close by. Simply tapping on something should give me a short audio description. The map should be visible in bright sunlight, totally waterproof and the battery should last several days.

I would like a 1kg totally waterproof pop up tent that can be deployed in seconds.

I would like my touring bike to be rugged and stiff with comfortable puncture proof tyres, but to weigh no more than 10 kg.

I would like a pair of totally waterproof rear panniers that weigh no more than 1 kg and a warm sleeping bag that weighed no more than 500g but cost less than £100.

I would like a saddle that you can easily change the shape of to prevent saddle soreness.

I would like to see more selection of reasonably priced light technical clothing that doesnt make you look like a beleshia beacon or advertising hoarding.

I would like to see more quiet routes for pedestrians and cyclists where through traffic is banned and the only vehicles allowed are for residents that live on it or deliveries to them.

Anyone anything to add?

Al

Stuttgart and Bratislava Airports with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 5:11pm
This summer I am cycling from Stuttgart airport to Ulm and then following the Danube as far as Bratislava. Does anyone have any experience with cycling straight from Stuttgart Airport? Are there roads from the airport that are suitable for cycling?

Also has anyone flown from Bratislava Airport with bikes? Are there boxes provided at the airport and if not are there bike shops nearby that could provide boxes?

Any other information about flying with bikes through either airport would also be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Re: Chainstays too short?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 4:50pm
Don't know what panniers and fixings and what rack, but have you tried adjusting the fixings to move them back a bit. I have Super Cs and the hooks can move the full length of the pannier. There is a recommended position (distance of centres), but it is quite wide.

Please don't get a LHT, I am getting fed up with all the people buying by them. Anyone would think they were a good touring bike. Pretty soon burglar bill and snotty snatchbike will start to recognise them and I'll have to start taking a bit of care of mine.

Red Blob to Blue Blob

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 March 2015 - 4:31pm
I'm (still) trying to ride all the roads in Cornwall.
Silly idea, but I'm keeping a "log" about it by using a painting program and a downloaded GB road atlas to record the roads.

Here's a segment made up from a screenshot of two separate windows.Ride Home Plus.jpgThe black ink is where I've cycled.
The red blob is where - hopefully me and Bike - will get a lift to on Tuesday morning. Roche, near the railway station.
We live under the the blue blob on the A390 near Gunnislake.
Red wiggly line is the Cornish/English border.
Red blob to blue blob by the shortest route is 35miles ish.

Where should I ride to take in some new roads to get me from Red to Blue???
Timescale 09:00 leaving Red, arriving Blue by 15:00 or maybe 16:00.
Distance I'm happy with (considering this is Cornwall) is 50 odd miles.

Please get your mapping programs out and give me a route.
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