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Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 6:49pm
There don't seem to be any readily available GPS tracks for the area where you are. Only the southernmost bit, and the one I linked above.

However http://www.biroto.eu/en/cycle-route/eur ... rt00000410 has done the map gap in open street map, and if you join the site, you can download them.

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 6:49pm
mercalia wrote:if u go for a classic style Galaxy then u need a 25"/65cms frame for your height - these dont come up very often. I used to have one and am your height so I know even then I had to have the seat pin etc up quite high

I'm 6 ft 2 in and ride a 58 cm with no more than 6 inches of seat post. I would imagine that 60 cm would be big enough.

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 6:43pm
andrew549 wrote:I'm currently near Ludvika and had been planning on riding up through the middle of Sweden although now thinking of heading over to the coast and following the eurovelo 7 route in reverse though Sweden and was wandering if anyone happened to have a GPS trace of the route heading north as I can't seem to find one very easily at the moment.

Thanks for any help

Andy
This any good?
http://www.bikemap.net/en/official/1773 ... den-north/

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 6:33pm
I used to be very sniffy about gps simon and mercilessly mocked folks with them.
But i became a convert.
For a long trip across france if you are set on a particular destination i think i would use one.
I use an etrex 20 with free osm. Brilliant.
Just used it on a plane. My android tablet wouldn't get a fix.
The garmin told me that in our odd approach to gatwick we came very close to one of my favourite waymarked free camping spots in sussex.

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 6:20pm
Can i ask which model it is and double check wheel size?

Mine is a 520sx, 700 wheels, bought new in around 97 for £220 reduced from about £280. Most bits apart from frame, stem, bars and seatpost have been replaced over the years.

This very weekend am upgrading it from 7/21 speed to the dizzy heights of 8/24

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 5:22pm
They have just done the road outside my house and I must say that for the main part have made a very good job of it. There are a couple of places where they could have flattened the road out a bit better but in general it is much smoother than before.

The sweeper lorry has been over it twice now and there are very few loose bits of chippings around. I was dreading the aftermath but I have been pleasantly surprised.

I have been on a bit of a tour of the county today and it seems like there is a lot of the same going on all over the place.

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 5:19pm
I'm currently near Ludvika and had been planning on riding up through the middle of Sweden although now thinking of heading over to the coast and following the eurovelo 7 route in reverse though Sweden and was wandering if anyone happened to have a GPS trace of the route heading north as I can't seem to find one very easily at the moment.

Thanks for any help

Andy

Re: Caen to La Rochelle to Santander.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 5:04pm
Try to do this from Caen to LaRochelle and then to Santander.

There are prevailing South Easterly winds in Northern France which make north-bound cycling tough going
at times. Moreover, starting your journey in Santander means you are starting with the toughest climbs of the whole trip...
(relative to the flatness of the Western France).

After Bordeaux down to the Spanish border, the cycling is very boring and the coastal towns very touristy...

At Irun (just over the Spanish border)...west-bound traffic for the first 50kms or so can be very heavy with a lot of trucks. (However, there is a bike accepting train service (EuskoTren) from Hendaye or Irun which can help you avoid this. Apart from that, the Basque country is great to cycle in.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 4:57pm
I hate the stuff. A few of the main roads up here were done some time ago and those roads are still rough as hell. I hate to think what would be left of my skin if I took a spill on it.
In contrast, a lane a few miles south of Warburton Bridge was recently recovered in billboard smooth tarmac. It's like cycling on clouds

Re: Which commuter?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 4:48pm
Flat or hilly (I'm assuming flat or that pace would soon have you competing in racing...)

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 4:03pm
Sweep wrote:Am slightly confused mark. The adventure is a nice bike (i have one and may be in touch with questions now and again) but it's another hybrid. I'm not criticising the adventure but why couldn't you use any of your existing hybrids?

My other hybrids are alu and get very well used, I could have used them, could have used my MTB also, they've all toured before. But I wanted a steel bike for touring only, set up for me and to be used just for that purpose.

It actually cost in total £208, bike, wheels, cassette, cogs, chain and tyres and it rides lovely, nimbler than my others. It has a nearly new Charge saddle on it now.

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Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 4:03pm
The tape works well but you have to be careful to get bubbles out when putting it on. Also on white it does eventually show with slight colour change ( its been on my acciaio nearly 3 years ), on black it seems still invisible. Like all film's with edges it'll show dirt or unpolished wax etc. Seem's mixed reviews for different makes also but it's a case of going through reviews, sometimes they only own mark because it wasn't cut in the right shape so not really a fault of the material.

For nice frames I think it's worth the few pounds and 20 minutes of applying.

A new type of bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 3:30pm
Had this link sent to me for a new bike design:
http://dailyliked.net/backwards-brain-bicycle/

Now, I'm not sure about the reasoning behind this - I don't think that it's brain related - I think that it's a reflex - but that's a different matter.

Enjoy. Who's going to build one ...

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 3:23pm
I have a cadence sensor.

It hasn't change my life and I don't have it showing on most rides, but it's another interesting piece of information to look at after your ride when you download the data. My average cadence is almost always between 85 and 95 RPM over most rides. The only time I've ever used cadence for training has been the odd turbo session when it's been to work on low or high cadence drills.

For £12 it'll be a nice thing to have, even if you don't use or analyse it much.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 3:10pm
If like me you've ever had knee problems, then maintaining a relatively high cadence with a lower gear helps.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 2:37pm
old_windbag wrote:It's clear frame protecting film. I bought the M-part pot from merlin( don't seem to do it now ) which gives a good selection of strip sizes but it's commonly availaible through amazon etc

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=helicopter+tape&tag=googhydr-21&index=aps&hvadid=24515030094&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=s&hvrand=12919046315827843664&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_8kd2hpjdzt_e

I bought a frame protection kit by tivoli from ribble but it had http://www.tivoli.eu on the chainstay protector..... I wanted simply transparent but it was not indicated in the advertising. Also it was thick and rubbery where as the tape is thin and clear.

Thanks, I have that TIVOLI clear protector on my best bike. The logo did bother me at first. Luckily the clear dots don't have any visible branding and aren't too obtrusive around where cable rub occurs. They are quite thick!

Re: best iphone satnav for spain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 2:34pm
dandru wrote:Psamathe wrote:garibeet wrote:...also using airplane mode during the day etc....
If doing this, make sure you have upgraded to iOS 8.3. (important if this is what you need to do).

Ian

Funny you mention that because a few days ago I saw the Gps working on airplane mode and thought it was odd, so I tested it out properly yesterday and it works well.
A lot depends on how the app uses the GPS. Not every app will switch on the GPS. I tried Apple's own maps and it didn't have much success (but I was indoors so not 100%), whereas MapOut and ViewRanger seem fine. I wont bother playing/testing Apple Maps further 'cos it's a useless waste of space (poor mapping, low functionality).

Ian

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 1:40pm
Yes they use the roadroller but they do seem to use everyones cars to finish the job over a 6 month period... they often forget to come out and sweep the excess chippings which I think they're supposed to after a couple of weeks.... well probably coveniently forget, I get sick of hearing about their budget cuts( the head of highways gets 85k on my council.. £40k would be easily liveable in comfort and better value to council tax payers, perhaps without a new audi every year though ).

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 1:27pm
The forum won't allow me to say what I think of it.
It's horribly dangerous stuff, it's half a job, which they kind of hope that cars will do the rest of over the next 18 months.

Re: best iphone satnav for spain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 1:23pm
Psamathe wrote:garibeet wrote:...also using airplane mode during the day etc....
If doing this, make sure you have upgraded to iOS 8.3. (important if this is what you need to do).

Ian

Funny you mention that because a few days ago I saw the Gps working on airplane mode and thought it was odd, so I tested it out properly yesterday and it works well.
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