http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/garmin-gpsma ... html#Build
I reckon I'd lose my fillings first!
I've had enough fun using Garmins in the car. On the bike, I only follow preloaded tracks or to locate myself on a map
The 62s has a limit on the number if data points used to define a pre prepared track. I was able to reduce the number but I couldn't get it below the limit for an end to end. This is where the ability to use plug in memory cards came into its own - 2 cards meant I never outfaced the device.
It might be worth checking this sort of thing out for the unit you are considering buying, especially if you are going to use 3rd party gpx files.
Garmin do a free download called Basecamp. There are no meaningful maps in it but it will display whatever map (Doesn't have to be Garmin) is installed in your gps), allow you to prepare a route on it and send it to your device or any plug in card. Or if you have a gpx file from elsewhere, you can view it against your map.
It's as well I didn't take the tube out as it could've potentially been frustrating.
When I got home I repaired the tube found a small thorn in the tyre but decided to check out the rest of the tyre and found two more thorns stuck in it .
One had pierced the tube the other not,so if I'd found one in fading light I may have just replaced the tube and thrown the tyre on thinking all was well
Just goes to show,always check
Anyway the pump worked OK
The menu control on the etrex is just different, no better no worse. The menus are customisable, so you can have the menu items and order however you want it (most accessed items at the top; map, trip, track mgr, etc). I suspect the reviewers don't like the joystick (etrex) and prefer the thumb-pad of the larger unit. Personally I don't think it's such a big deal, you just use what you've got.
Garmin auto-routing (in Europe, outside UK/France/Germany type countries) is quite poor, for various reasons. It depends where your 4000km ride will take you, as to whether you'll have success with Garmin routing. Having said that, if you can read a map (in fairly basic terms) then you're unlikely to get lost riding in Europe; other than in large cities. In large cities the best is to stop at a big hotel/tourist info and get a single sheet city map, draw on the destination and stick it in your map case.
The 64s will be fine, as would the etrex. Both have minor draw backs, but neither would really cause you a problem. It's not worth the anxiety though, so your 64s is worth it in that case. Load up your .gpx routes, (find the track in the menu, set to display on the map) and you're off.
You can also load up POIs, such as campsites, which might be useful for you. There's a list of campsites from a website called Archies Camping.
Thanks for the info. I'm not so concerned with the weight difference between the two, which seems to be about 100g, although launching off the mount doesn't sound very good. I do like the extra battery life though. I'm pretty torn now. I think I'll go check them out in person at a shop and look at the differences.
I've read a couple reviews online for both, and people seem to say that navigating the menus are difficult with the etrax 30, do you find that to be true?
Again, thanks so much for your advice!
Not just small motorbikes either.
As a lifelong cyclist I was keen to observe ASLs when I passed my motorbike licence. I can still remember my first morning motoring to work; I filtered up the outside of a queue at the Lambeth Palace roundabout lights, reached the ASL and was careful not to enter it because I was piloting a motor vehicle. When the lights were turning green the Transit beside moved earlier than I was expecting, he jumped the lights, and I was left precariously high-and-dry trying to slot back into the now moving stream. I learnt that lesson the hard way and would never put myself in such a silly position again. Now I will filter up the offside, and I will enter the ASL but I'm careful of any cyclists there, and try to leave room for others to join.
I don't think so. What you're talking about is Tar-macadam, i.e. macadam bound with tar usually abbreviated to tarmac. If they say plain macadam, they probably mean plain macadam, as invented by the eponymous Scottish road builder in about 1820, i.e. sharp gravel, graded to a uniform grit size that binds together when rolled.
Let us hope they do use a machine to roll it, rather than rely upon the wheels of long-suffering bicyclists!
We need to start with the assumption that a motorcyclist is 'allowed' to filter through to the front of a queue (if you disagree the rest of this is nonsense).
If they can't pass the stop line then they must queue either between lanes of traffic or to the side of a vehicle. Suppose that vehicle can't see them? Or see's them but thinks they can get away faster? Suppose the bike is going straight on but the vehicle is wanting to turn across it's path? Suppose the bike stalls?
Of course you can try to filter into the stream of traffic but you'd be surprised how many drivers will try to prevent you.
The safest thing to do on a motorcycle (if you've filtered) is to put yourself in front of the vehicle at the front of the queue, something I was doing years before ASL's appeared.
It's also not true that "all" motorcycles can keep up with other traffic, if you have a small motorcycle particularly with an automatic clutch there is a lot of traffic that can easily beat you off the line and IME if you want to experience bullying - forget bicycles and try to ride a small scooter in traffic!
Jackie Fulton, nursery staff at Shotts Nursery and Play on Pedals tutor, has written a guest post about her experiences tutoring nursery staff at the Easthall Resident’s Association training before Christmas, here it is:
A great day delivering Play on Pedals training with staff from Barlanark Nursery, Beachwood Nursery, Sandaig Nursery along with youth workers Libby and Jason from the Glenburn Centre who also hosted our training day providing us with a great venue, warm hospitality and a fab lunch.
I was so impressed with the motivation shown by the participants especially facing a windy and wet December morning outdoor session comprising of braking, steering cornering and risk assessment, We were a very competitive bunch during the” Naming the parts” game with lots of sprinting and some elbowing to get there first – all in great fun!!
A warmer indoor session provided us with the opportunity to learn how to carry out the “M” safety check and also how to adjust seats and handlebars as well as taking off pedals to create our own balance bikes. All of which came in very useful later on that day.
After a hearty lunch time bowl of hot soup and bespoke toasties provided by Libby and her team we were ready to greet the children from Barlanark Nursery who were very keen to get in the saddle. This session allowed the participants to use their new found knowledge to support and develop the children’s cycle skills. Fun afternoon had by all. Afterwards it was great to share our thoughts and views on how the session had gone. Lots of great feedback from the participants who said they felt happy, confident and excited about delivering the Play on Pedals programme to the children within their nurseries and centres.
A BIG thank you to all the participants and children in making it another successful, fun, and informative Play on Pedals Training session.
I'm sure the motorcyclists weren't deliberately causing problems. Merely ignorant. And not bothered about the pesky law about crossing the first white line on red.
1) What are the safety benefits for motorcyclists not being allowed in the ASL box? Usually we arrive from the right hand side and cyclists arrive from the left so we're not mixed up that much (I'm in Leeds rather than the more manic situation of London) and the motorbikes will be out of the way before any problems can occur (my view - I am expecting it to be challenged).
2) Would people object to motorbikes being allowed to use the ASL box and what are the reasons for this?
I'm in London and am ambivalent towards ASLs for the reasons others have given. If they are not already blocked by motor traffic, it is rarely possible or safe to access them on the left due to parked cars, stationery traffic and the presence of buses and HGVs further down the line. I normally arrive on the right and, while I mix more with motorbikes, regular shoulder checks help prevent any conflict. I generally find motorcyclists very courteous. However, while both parties are vulnerable road users, cyclists are at greater risk if in conflict with any motorised vehicle. Sharing an ASL with one motorbike is harmless, but several all in a hurry (everyone here seems to be in a hurry) may prove problematic. On occasions where a motorcyclist positions themselves on my right in an ASL and I'm about to turn right, I'll inform them and they very kindly hang back. More motorbikes in an ASL, however, means more room for error and safety for cyclists could be compromised. For that reason I feel ASLs should be restricted to bicycles, but while there's zero enforcement they're probably best regarded as 'Another Stationery Landrover' .
For about 400 baht (£8) you can get an estate style taxi that will take 2 bikes and you.
I and many other cyclists stay in the Baan Sabai which is near Khoa San Rd, but not in it. They have a covered inside courtyard where you can leave your bike.
I like Kanchanaburi and the surrounding area, but the ride up to Chiang Mai is a bit flat and tedious.
Nice vids but here's what you're missing out on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeamDfgQVUQ
Not my own vid, but long ago before I got chicken and flogged the MTB, this was one of my regular haunts. The guy at the end got off lightly as hitting those boulders halfway down, I can say with some authority, hurts, a lot, when you come off
Enjoy your trip, and let us know how you got on.