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Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 September 2014 - 3:06pm
Jamesjohnson wrote:I'm sad to lose the full RTW achievement, but hey, things could be worse.
I don't know "how it works" with cycling RTW, but e.g. in the US for the long distance "thru hikes" (e.g. PTC, etc.) you complete a "thru' hike" once you have walked the entire trail. It is quite acceptable to walk part one year, skip forward and do a different section another year, maybe skip back and fill-in the missing bit a couple of years later, etc. You complete the "thru' hike" when you have walked the entire trail in whatever order, whatever direction over any number of years.

So you could always go back and do the missing section later.

Ian

FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 September 2014 - 3:02pm
Is FillThatHole a CTC facility that is being left to quietly die ?

I ask only because at the start of this year CTC was granted quite a bit if money to get an Android version going and so far ... nothing.

I ask only because the existing iPhone never seems to be maintained. When iOS 7 came out it stopped working and had to be "fixed" (although it failed to be updated to actually use the hardware properly, just emergency fixes to stop crashing). Now iOS8 is out it just don't work in that there are bugs that make every attempt to submit a report crash the app, plus other bugs making it all but unusable. I've e-mailed CTC and ... no response what so ever. And at the start of the year there were plans to update the iPhone app (using some grant money) and ... nothing.

As a software developer I even offered to develop an iOS app (free, public domain the source/release it/maintain it/whatever), but I'd need the API and access to test server. But CTC were going to sort out the app and ... nothing.

So, given things like iOS8 are released to developers in plenty of time for apps to be tested, updated if necessary, etc., why the CTC waits around, does nothing and then looks stupid and incapable. Professional organisation taking our money or ... not.

And in Dec 2013, CTC said "Users of the site and app can expect to see a series of updates over the first half of 2014." and what happened ... nothing (http://www.ctc.org.uk/news/government-backs-ctcs-pothole-reporting-website).

Ian

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 September 2014 - 2:58pm
Well, things don't always go to plan when you cycle around the world.

I've now been in Tbilisi, Georgia for a whole month. I had planned to stay four days.

When I arrived in Tbilisi I found that I had lost my bank card. I called the bank to cancel it and they were great, offering to send me a new one by private courier. I was told it would be with me in a week. One week later, nothing, two weeks, nothing, three weeks... you see where I'm going with this. I called the bank (Natwest) every day after the first week and they told me they couldn't get through to my branch. After 3 weeks I finally got a reply;

"Mr Johnson, Sorry for the delay in sending your new card. I will send it today"

To say I was annoyed and angry is an understatement but I kept my cool and waited. Then I get a message saying it's been delivered after just one day, to my house, 500m from the bank.

So I've been here for a lot longer than I planned. I've opened a Georgian Bank account and the bank is sending some funds across so I can get out of Tbilisi. This has meant my plans to cycle all the way around the world have had to be changed. The weather window of opportunity in Central Asia is pretty much closed and I don't fancy crossing 500+km of barren desert and mountainous rock roads solo in winter. So I've decided to fly to Nepal and begin the Indian and South East Asia Legs of my journey. I think it's a good choice in the circumstances and hopefully I'll be able to complete Central Asia, as well as Iran, in the not too distant future.

I'm sad to lose the full RTW achievement, but hey, things could be worse.

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 September 2014 - 2:24pm
Bicycler wrote:See how many don't stop when the lights change to amber and proceed to carry on for a few seconds afterwards. Of course that is just "amber gambling" or being a bit cheeky, not law breaking like those ruddy cyclists do
Most amber gamblers don't consider themselves to be RLJ'ing.

Of course the majority of car drivers don't RLJ simply because they arrive at the red light far too late. I suspect though that most would RLJ if they arrive a bit late - certainly there aren't many junctions where at least one or two cars will go through on 'early' red.

What's interesting is comparing this behaviour to cyclists. RLJ'ing cyclists will usually RLJ on red at any point simply because they'll treat the red light as a give way. Motorists on the other hand will cross their fingers and frequently either not slow down or even accelerate through an early red.

Not hard to see which of the two behaviours is the most dangerous.

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 September 2014 - 2:21pm
bensonboo wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:Note I'm not advocating RLJ or other law breaking, but to let that become the debate is silly - the debate is why we let motorists kill thousands each year, not why a minority of cyclists do the same as a majority of motorists (RLJ)
Majority of motorists RLJ?

Utter rubbish.
Nope, you find a junction where cars don't continue to cross the line well after it's gone amber (and often red), or one where they wait for it to go green before proceeding.

The reason more don't jump the lights more often is thay it is harder to move round other vehicles in a car.

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 September 2014 - 1:28pm
al_yrpal wrote:Got the new Which mag today. The Hudl is recommended as the best cheap tablet. At only £99 its a bargain.

Al

You can get a refurbished one off eBay for £59. At 350g though it's quite hefty.

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 September 2014 - 1:05pm
Got the new Which mag today. The Hudl is recommended as the best cheap tablet. At only £99 its a bargain.

Al

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 September 2014 - 1:03pm
bensonboo wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:Note I'm not advocating RLJ or other law breaking, but to let that become the debate is silly - the debate is why we let motorists kill thousands each year, not why a minority of cyclists do the same as a majority of motorists (RLJ)
Majority of motorists RLJ?

Utter rubbish.
See how many don't stop when the lights change to amber and proceed to carry on for a few seconds afterwards. Of course that is just "amber gambling" or being a bit cheeky, not law breaking like those ruddy cyclists do

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 September 2014 - 12:30pm
I saw a lorry carrying half a dozen brand new Peugeots jump a red light this morning.

Because I was also driving a truck, albeit a much smaller one, I felt embarrased.

Not.

I just mumbled "chump" under my breath and away he went. Any person or group foolish enough to tar an entire section of society based upon the actions of a single member of that group aren't worth listening to in the first place.

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 September 2014 - 12:01pm
I got an Asus Fonepad (which is similar to the Nexus) so I didn't need to carry a separate phone. There is a newer model but I've not really investigated it. It does look a bit odd if you use it as a phone up against your ear but you can always use a handsfree to avoid that.

Rick.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 September 2014 - 11:54am
slogfester wrote:Meet Peru (Van Nicholas Pioneer) .... Hasn't been to Peru... yet, but did 4000 km round Europe last year and will soon be off to New Zealand

Nice bike. Where in the Long White Cloud are you planning to ride?

Andrew

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 September 2014 - 10:56am
al_yrpal wrote:I quite like using the Kindle on my phone. Its quite useable, but, I don't suppose its available on an iphone?
Yes, I have it on both my iPhone and iPad Mini.

Even better than Kindle is Audible.

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 September 2014 - 10:31am
I have used either the Ipad or the IPad Mini for touring.

I use it for a series of tasks:

Photos - direct transfer via Wifi
Notes and Emails
Reading
Navigation and route planning

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 September 2014 - 10:28am
al_yrpal wrote:I quite like using the Kindle on my phone. Its quite useable, but, I don't suppose its available on an iphone?

Al

Kindle is supported across the IOS spectrum

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 September 2014 - 10:26am
[XAP]Bob wrote:Note I'm not advocating RLJ or other law breaking, but to let that become the debate is silly - the debate is why we let motorists kill thousands each year, not why a minority of cyclists do the same as a majority of motorists (RLJ)
Majority of motorists RLJ?

Utter rubbish.

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 September 2014 - 10:16am
On the tablet (not phone) front, the Hudl2 should be due soon.

(The first one was discussed as some length - and with a surprising grumpiness at times for a discussion about electronics - around about last Christmas).

The new one is rumoured to be be bigger more upmarket though.

I hope it isn't too much bigger - I rather liked its small tough-as-a-brick look for touring and was mainly looking forward to it sorting various glitches/the weak GPS etc.

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 September 2014 - 9:55am
I thought you meant the Moto 4g:http://www.trustedreviews.com/motorola-moto-g_Mobile-Phone_review
I didn't know they'd brought out another new one. It does seem odd that they've dropped 4g on the new one.

The s5 mini is £350 - it's the s5 that is £580. The mini keeps a lot of the features of the s5 eg fingerprint recognition, nfc, heart monitor. And in one respect it's better than the s5. It is water and dust resistant ip67 rated without the need for covers for the usb port.

The new Motorola phones are extremely good value for money. I upgraded my contract for the s5 mini and am paying an extra 290 over 2 years with no up front cost. My only gripe at the moment is I don't actually seem to get 4g anywhere yet, though hopefully this situation will improve!

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 September 2014 - 9:54am
I quite like using the Kindle on my phone. Its quite useable, but, I don't suppose its available on an iphone?

Al

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 September 2014 - 9:49am
Use them all the time, the best ones are those that have a mini supermarket attached, great for water, sandwiches, etc. no problem parking the bike.

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 September 2014 - 9:38am
This year we took two iPhones, my iPad Air, a kindle fire and a power monkey to help charge stuff. For a lightish tablet the iPad Air and case took up a fair amount of space and wasn't light, particularly with the rest of the electronics out included. I would definitely do it differently next time, even with the kids.

If I was travelling without the kids I'd take an ordinary kindle ( less weight than books and long battery life) just for reading and the iPhone for internet access and get a hub charger.
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