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Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 2:55pm
SimonCelsa wrote:Steve, I've just downloaded & bought your book on my kindle (not bad considering I'm on a Chinese ship off the coast of the Philippines at the moment).

Our evening entertainment of table football & table tennis has just finished so it had better be a good read!!

Cheers, Simon. I hope you enjoy it but if not maybe you could try to get another table football league going.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 2:54pm
Psamathe wrote:It will be very interesting to see how you get on. I would guess a significant issue would be getting enough calories. I've found just going for leisure rides around my local lanes my calorie requirement increases dramatically. So on a tour the need for calories must be substantial and it will be interesting to see how foraging and energy input get on.

Don't forget that we have the £1. I did some calculations. Flour gives about 12,000 calories to the £, pasta about 9,000.

Psamathe wrote:Another thing (may have already been mentioned), but when I lived in France there were rules/laws about open fires in the summer (i.e. not allowed). I don't know how local or widespread this law is/was, not the exact dates. But maybe something to consider.

Good to know, but I was planning on a stove rather than open fires.

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 2:50pm
Tacascarow wrote:If you are going to cook them by rapid charging IMHO probably cheaper just to buy cheap disposables as & when you need them.

Even with the likes of wilkos 4 AAs for 50p it's unlikely to be cheaper. I've seen fast chargers with 4 AAs selling around £20 so anything over 40 cycles would be a saving. What I've read suggests fast charging reduces lifespan by 20%, that's still 100s of cycles before it's below 80% capacity, and even at that it can have some use depending on the application.
I can see the convenience of disposable batteries, but I doubt there's a financial case.

Re: It's a miracle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 2:44pm
It used to annoy me greatly when I was cycle-commuting, that the wind was against me in the morning going in, and against me in the evening coming home.

It never happened that the wind was behind me both ways.

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 2:33pm
As I read it, it was the passenger who got out, so surely that means there was a driver who stayed in the car and so could have left the passenger to sort stuff out if they were that bothered about getting the kids to school.

Re: Sustrans Routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 2:25pm
mjr wrote:I think http://cycle.travel/map is the best presentation of surface types I've seen so far and the routing engine isn't bad.

That's really useful. Just had a look at Bristol. Most maps just show if a cycle path is traffic free or not. From this I can see the difference between the Bath Bristol Railway Path, which is tarmacked and the route 41 following the Avon to Pill, which isn't.

Thanks.

London to Brighton Night Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 2:21pm
came across an advert for this in the Evening Standard

London to Brighton Night Ride 11-12 july 2015

https://www.bhf.org.uk/L2Bnight

Re: Sustrans Routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 2:00pm
I think http://cycle.travel/map is the best presentation of surface types I've seen so far and the routing engine isn't bad.

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 1:58pm
If you are going to cook them by rapid charging IMHO probably cheaper just to buy cheap disposables as & when you need them.

Re: Sustrans Routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 1:46pm
Perhaps a little cynical ... but for the second part of your last sentence : the theory of Sustrans is great BUT on the ground it's all a bit different .... as suggested many of the surfaces are poor/poorly maintained - many of the routes are tortuous to say the least with weird diversions for no logical reason. I can see that being a barrier (ah, Sustrans again ) to enjoying the ride.

Quite a lot of the original Sustrans route planning had funding from LAs that had separate agenda and criteria that needed to be met, regardless of the obvious route - hence the deviation.

Rob

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 1:45pm
I suspect that the driver will keep clear for a few days - perhaps walk to school??

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 1:36pm
Sweep wrote:Yes, I saw that a few days ago.

May be a good alternative to the 700.

But it's not the same model as posted at the top of the thread - doesn't have the two highest charge settings which would allow you to charge over a pint or two.

Or pint and a burger.

I have a high power SMART front light which only needs two batteries - it could be very useful for that.

Ahh, right, I saw it was called the BC1000 and thought...
That is quite a fast boost charge, but if you don't mind cooking them there are faster and cheaper options. Possibly usefull to have both functions in the one unit, but I think I'd still rather stick to two and use the cheap one for touring.

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 12:34pm
Yes, I saw that a few days ago.

May be a good alternative to the 700.

But it's not the same model as posted at the top of the thread - doesn't have the two highest charge settings which would allow you to charge over a pint or two.

Or pint and a burger.

I have a high power SMART front light which only needs two batteries - it could be very useful for that.

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 12:26pm
And looking like it came out of the same factory, there's this one on offer for £20
http://www.7dayshop.com/products/7daysh ... WH2-DS-127

For touring, when I need AA cells, I take a simple plug into the wall charger, not the best for the cells but not so expensive that I wouldn't leave it unattended somewhere.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 12:19pm
Steve, I've just downloaded & bought your book on my kindle (not bad considering I'm on a Chinese ship off the coast of the Philippines at the moment).

Our evening entertainment of table football & table tennis has just finished so it had better be a good read!!

All the best for your next trip, when all my kids have left home I will certainly be doing something similar hopefully,

All the best, Simon

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 12:17pm
The battery converters let a smaller battery be used inside the converter to fit in the place of a larger one.

From the picture I think it is to convert AA into fake C cells. Personally I would have more need for AA to AAA converters but not much point in them with this charger.

The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 12:13pm
http://www.batterylogic.co.uk/technolin ... harger.asp

I have the 700 model.

Very good - it's not terribly fast though I realise that that is best for the batteries.

But this one has two very high power options if you are charging just two cells.

While clearly best to stick to slower charging normally this will surely be very useful on tour now and again. You could easily charge two batteries while sitting in a caff/Weatherspoons etc.

Maybe then could even forsake the dynamo option?

Anyone know what the battery converters are it refers to as included?

Re: It's a miracle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 12:01pm
fluffybunnyuk wrote:Someone needs to have a word with the weather bureau. Your supposed to get headwinds bothways
that was last Sunday's sportive - every direction was into a howling gale!
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