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Re: Carrying currency on a tour in Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 10:06am
Any thoughts on how the cash is carried?
On my last tour I had paper money in a body belt.
I found the money damp at the end of a week. Not from rain either!
Guess I could have wrapped the notes in plastic?

Also, where else to carry a reserve?
On/ in the bike? Inside handle bars and seat tube?
A back up stash in case luggage / gear is stolen.

Quite understand if folks don't want to share their secrets but a few hints would be handy.
I set off in late May for 60 days through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Plan to take dollars and a few Euros.

Matt

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 March 2015 - 9:45am
I wish I could agree,it would let the bad SUV drivers off the hook to an extent.
However,the difference of 76mm on either side between a Focus,one of if not the most popular car on the road and an X5(pretty standard width SUV) isn't enough for a 'get out clause'.If people can't judge the width of the vehicle they're driving then they shouldn't be driving them,end of.
I rarely get close overtakes from people carriers Galaxies(2154mm),Espace(2104mm) Multipla(2152mm) or Ford Cmax(2067mm)sized vehicles which are as numerous as SUV's if not more,and not that much smaller.
I'm inclined to think that there's 'baggage' attached to some SUV drivers and mostly German prestige vehicles,IME that small percentage is higher than other classes of vehicle.

To be clear I consider anything less than a metre to be a close pass,though at that distance won't get a reaction from me unless the speed differential is high.I start getting vocal at about 600mm,if the speed differential is low the car gets a slap,if the speed differential is high the pass close ad I'm ready for it, I'll dive into my safety zone/buffer which is usually the 0.8 to 1m distance I ride from the curb.

On a slightly different tack though related I feel, when on the content,Italy,France,Spain,I'm immediately struck by the lack of SUV's,they're usually utility or forestry vehicles,the prestige/unnecessary/large SUV's are almost completely absent,yet the roads are less crowded than here generally.
There also tends to be more 'vanity' reg plates on prestige SUV's/German cars,in the UK,just an observation,perhaps another ego indicator? .

All that said I had a close encounter with Toyota Aygo on Friday,blind summit narrow road,following a blind S bend seemed to be the perfect place for Mr Aygo to overtake despite me being in primary and another vehicle coming the other way,which he couldn't see,and who had to brake hard to avoid a collision,I dived into buffer zone Mr Aygo carried on regardless

Edited to make clear

Re: Carrying currency on a tour in Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 8:48am
bigjim wrote:My expereince in Germany and Austria is that the small hotels, Zimmer, etc, is they will not accept a card. They have a heart attack when you show a credit card. France or Portugal no problem.
Wny their extreme aversion to cards?

I do know there is a certain preference for cash in italy - you don't have to think too hard to figure out why.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 March 2015 - 3:22am
reohn2 wrote:BMW X5 width overall inc wing mirrors = 2197mm
Range Rover width overall inc wing mirrors = 2191mm
Merc S class width overall inc wing mirrors = 2130mm
Ford Focus width overall inc wing mirrors = 2045mm

76mm(3inch) on either side, between the widest SUV and an average family car is not a huge difference,I think you'll agree.

Yes, but no.

I'll concede that my difference was too large, because my S Class figure was without wing mirrors, but I also note that large SUVs are around 2220mm in width, which was my Range Rover number. See, for example:

http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/f ... imensions/

And drivers sit on the right so have a greater awareness of closeness on that side, which will tend to make them drift left.

And that in the variations in passing distances noted in the research of Dr Ian Walker in 2006 differences of around 100mm are significant. So if the close passing by SUVs hypothesis is accurate and widespread, the width could be why.

http://drianwalker.com/overtaking/

Howevwer, Dr Walker failed to detect any difference in passing proximity distances between SUVs and Cars in his research, so perhaps it is all a red herring anyway .

Ferdinand

Re: GPS or maps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 2:15am
22camels wrote:I've been looking at getting an eTrex for a while too. However, I am really not very interested in using it to plan a route in advance (either on the device itself or on the computer). I would just like to know where I am and look at the map to figure out where to go next on the fly. Same way as I use the maps.me or pocket earth apps at the moment. Do you think a garmin like an etrex is still useful to someone like me or is it mainly intended for people who want to follow routes? The long battery life and AA batteries is the main attraction I see in it..

(*) does the etrex have a good zoom out capability to be able to see your route for the next 20 or even 100km, not just the small scale? Guess it depends on the map you load into it?

The etrex range will certainly give you your position to help with planning on a map, but I can't help but feel that if it's for this reason alone, it is maybe overkill. A smartphone with a gps app (Googlemaps and so on) could do the same job but without the additional expense of buying an extra gizmo. The easy availability of AA batteries is a plus in any gizmo though imo.
There are plenty of other feature about the etrex though that might be useful to you. POI's (points of interest) are handy in some situations. It can show you the location of atm's, toilets, shops, parks, cafes and just about anything else you can think of. It can double as a cycle computer showing speed, trip distance and so on.
Zooming, whilst it does work, can be iffy depending on the level of zoom and detail in the onscreen map. Just like googlemaps, the further out you zoom, minor roads start disappearing, then main roads and eventually all roads the further you go. On my 20 and using openfietsmap at its highest detail setting, I can zoom out enough to cover 1 mile of area from top to bottom of the screen whilst still maintaining the view of minor roads. I'd say you've no chance of seeing 20km worth of route in any kind of detail. There is the option of scrolling the map up, down or side to side to see that detail at closer zooms but I'm not sure if that's what you want.

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 1:53am
Yes it's a really personal thing, not reflected by price. Best for me have been SDG Bel Air and some cheapo Tioga effort. I've never given my Brooks flyer enough time/miles to break in, keep meaning to get around to it, I got too irritated by the creaking of the damn thing, could not stop it despite oiling springs/bolts/metal frame to leather interfaces etc. I have a Charge Spoon but don't get on with it.

Re: GPS or maps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 1:38am
22camels wrote:
(*) does the etrex have a good zoom out capability to be able to see your route for the next 20 or even 100km, not just the small scale? Guess it depends on the map you load into it?

No

Re: GPS or maps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 1:37am
Its gota be maps if like me you only do global planning beforehand - macro planning is done the night before or at the cafe stop - micro planning doesnt happen

Ive owned a GPS with mapping for about 15yrs - sits on the handle bars turned on every moment the wheels are turning on tour - nice for comparing landmarks - road shapes, junctions etc for pinpointing where I am on the map and ensuring the spider senses are not letting me down exiting large cities - good for determining how many vertical metres I have left on a col - great for identifying afterwards exactly which way I went- however, no good for picking a route "on the fly" zoomed out you might just a well be looking at the bottom of a beer map - at 150k to 200k on a map I can just pick the route for the day, the morning, the afternoon or the next hour with a quick look - its easy to pick out the likely interesting towns and villages by the shape of roads, where the bridges are et.al - a convenient fold, a handle bar map holder and a clear plastic bag to keep it dry - jobs a good one

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 March 2015 - 1:34am
BMW X5 width overall inc wing mirrors = 2197mm
Range Rover width overall inc wing mirrors = 2191mm
Merc S class width overall inc wing mirrors = 2130mm
Ford Focus width overall inc wing mirrors = 2045mm

76mm(3inch) on either side, between the widest SUV and an average family car is not a huge difference,I think you'll agree.

Re: maps for the west of USA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 1:27am
robgul wrote:Flippant perhaps but in my view there are no "good" maps of the US.

You might look at http://www.adventurecycling.org/ which has some resources to point you in the right direction.

Rob I've lived here 40 years and second that. The only thing with the detail of OS maps are USGS maps and you would need so many a sag wagon would be required to haul them, if you could figure out which ones you need. There are excellent 1" or so scale maps for the popular hiking areas, these are known as Green Trail maps for off road stuff these would be just dandy but not much use for a road tour, again because you'd need so many of them. Be aware there is no Right to Roam in the US and you can land in trouble wandering across people's land without getting permission.

Spendy as they may appear ACA maps are a great investment for the Pacific Coast or the Sierra Cascades if mountains are your thing. These routes are well thought out and you can make a rod for your back trying to outsmart them. I added about 100 miles to a tour because a pass was snowed in and I detoured round it a few years ago.

State maps are worth having in addition to ACA maps. With ACA maps you end up with a sort of tunnel vision, when I did the TransAm it was only by looking at a state map I realized I was only 15 miles from a big city, Wichita Kansas. But in general if a route on a state map looks better than the ACA version it isn't, like the time I took the quick (hah) way from near Boggle Hole to Whitby: horrendous climbs and Brands Hatch roads. You get the same sort of thing over here.

Re: GPS or maps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 1:03am
I've been looking at getting an eTrex for a while too. However, I am really not very interested in using it to plan a route in advance (either on the device itself or on the computer). I would just like to know where I am and look at the map to figure out where to go next on the fly. Same way as I use the maps.me or pocket earth apps at the moment. Do you think a garmin like an etrex is still useful to someone like me or is it mainly intended for people who want to follow routes? The long battery life and AA batteries is the main attraction I see in it..

(*) does the etrex have a good zoom out capability to be able to see your route for the next 20 or even 100km, not just the small scale? Guess it depends on the map you load into it?

Re: Carrying currency on a tour in Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 12:43am
My expereince in Germany and Austria is that the small hotels, Zimmer, etc, is they will not accept a card. They have a heart attack when you show a credit card. France or Portugal no problem.

Re: Geraint Thomas E3 Harelbeke win

CTC Forum - Racing - 29 March 2015 - 12:11am
+1
The lad' is improving all the time.

Re: Geraint Thomas E3 Harelbeke win

CTC Forum - Racing - 29 March 2015 - 12:10am
Yes, great stuff by 'G'. First cycling I've watched on TV this year (forgot about MSR) and really looking forward to the Spring classics!

Re: Carrying currency on a tour in Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 March 2015 - 9:26pm
Maybe I've been lucky, but never had any issues of losing money abroad, and a card is as susceptible as cash to being stolen. It is a long time since I paid for accommodation in holland and Germany etc., but certainly used cash as usually just arrived on spec anyway. When I first toured abroad I took travellers cheques but got annoyed at the cost, buying them in the first place, exchanging them then converting the cash back to sterling. Viva the euro and simplicity.

Only items I have had stolen was saddle; Copenhagen yh, and a map I had left under map clip when tandem was left in German hotel dining room.

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 March 2015 - 9:13pm
you might have to wait a while.. few pics from my last vist





Re: Trangia in USA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 March 2015 - 9:06pm
Thanks for that Des. Yes, we've got similar warnings from Canadian Affair about having clean components. Makes you laugh really when you think of all that duty-free alcohol sitting just above you in the overhead lockers.

Re: Geraint Thomas E3 Harelbeke win

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 March 2015 - 8:08pm
+1
Absolute corker! Well done Geraint.

Gluten Free

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 March 2015 - 7:03pm
I'm doing the Coast & Castles south in September but I've recently found out I have to follow a gluten free diet. Is there anyone out there who is also gluten free that may have done the route and found some good places to eat?
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