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Re: Garmin GPS .gpx Compatibility and Advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 January 2015 - 7:48pm
Don't know about a 64, but I do have a 62s. My long trip with it was (only) an end to end. Failed to launch it from this holder:
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.
HTH

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

CTC Forum - MTB - 12 January 2015 - 7:27pm
I got a chance to try out a Giant medium sized pump on the 2.4's today as I punctured about 3 miles from home,it was a slow one and as it was going dark I decided to pump it up from 5psi to 25+ according to the little gauge on the pump,I had to pump it up three times on the way.
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

Re: Garmin GPS .gpx Compatibility and Advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 January 2015 - 7:02pm
I mention the weight not so much in terms of carrying it, but in terms of it unintentionally leaving the GPS mount. I chose a beefier mount than normal, and still it launched. Most garmin 'bicycle' mounts are quite weak.

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.

cheers,

Re: Canal towpath closures

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 January 2015 - 6:23pm
Most users of the canals these days use the towpath rather than the water. Indeed, as Dave shows, there are canals which have been closed to navigation for decades but where the towpaths are still well used. Lots of the river navigations have lost their old towpaths. Where towpaths were provided as part of a canal and the canal itself has been maintained the towpath has almost always been maintained as well.

Re: Garmin GPS .gpx Compatibility and Advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 January 2015 - 6:22pm
Hi FarOeuf,

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!

Re: ASL and motorcyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 January 2015 - 6:19pm
kwackers wrote: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!

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.

Re: Canal towpath closures

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 January 2015 - 5:41pm
As craft using canals these days have an engine is there still any requirement for a towpath? For the same reason they no longer have people to leg boats through tunnels.

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 January 2015 - 5:31pm
AndyK wrote:The next stretch through the forest will be given a Macadam surface, 2.5 metres wide. That sounds to me like the same treatment as HCC gave the Viaduct cycle path in Winchester, in which case it will be machine-laid and will be a decent surface. (I think it's the same equipment as they use to re-lay single-track lanes, something they've been doing quite a lot of in Hampshire.)
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!

Re: Riding to the Semaine Federal

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 January 2015 - 5:23pm
Thanks - that definitely sounds an interesting route, and gives me something to go at.
Cheers

Re: ASL and motorcyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 January 2015 - 4:38pm
Psamathe wrote:I can't see the safety benefit for motorcyclists. Great, it allows them to move to the front of a traffic queue and zoom away ahead of the cars. However (and not being a motorcyclist myself) I have always considered virtually all motorcyclists more than capable of keeping up with the other motorised traffic (and in practice doing far better) ... so other than help them queue jump and zoom away ahead of these slower cars/lorries, what would the safety benefit for them be ?

Ian
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!

Guest post – Jackie Fulton Play on Pedals tutor

Play on Pedals blog - 12 January 2015 - 4:19pm

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.


Re: ASL and motorcyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 January 2015 - 4:07pm
I can't see the safety benefit for motorcyclists. Great, it allows them to move to the front of a traffic queue and zoom away ahead of the cars. However (and not being a motorcyclist myself) I have always considered virtually all motorcyclists more than capable of keeping up with the other motorised traffic (and in practice doing far better) ... so other than help them queue jump and zoom away ahead of these slower cars/lorries, what would the safety benefit for them be ?

Ian

Re: ASL and motorcyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 January 2015 - 3:45pm
A couple of time, in Cambridge, I've wanted to go into an ASL but a motorcyclist has blocked it. This is particularly annoying when I want to turn right and my only chance of not being stuck in the middle of the junction is to get across sharpish as soon as the lights change. (At one of those junctions, a cyclist was killed, a year or two ago.)

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.

Re: Thailand 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 January 2015 - 3:35pm
I have to agree with Simon regarding the airport don't attempt to ride into the city. I came out of the airport just as a guy was unloading some bikes from a pickup, they belonged to some English cyclists on the way home. The driver offered me a ride back into the city for a few Bahts, maybe you could be as lucky.

Re: ASL and motorcyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 January 2015 - 3:34pm
No sharks here, just people on wheels – in various forms .

philehidiot wrote:
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' .

Re: Thailand 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 January 2015 - 3:29pm
If I were you I would forget cycling out of the airport. I presume you are flying into Suvarnabhumi airport, which is about 25kms east of the city centre. The main roads are busy and often bikes are banned, the smaller roads would be a challenge to follow. Not to mention jet lag and climate shock.

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.

Re: Greetings from aus video

CTC Forum - MTB - 12 January 2015 - 3:23pm
Welcome to the forum corey.
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

Re: ASL and motorcyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 January 2015 - 2:57pm
Personally, as that's what you're asking, I wouldn't mind sharing the ASL with motorcyclists provided they are careful maneuvering around any cyclists. I've never once that I recall had a problem on the road with an inconsiderate motorcyclist when cycling, BTW.

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 January 2015 - 2:18pm
Great!
Enjoy your trip, and let us know how you got on.

Re: Quick little DH vid

CTC Forum - MTB - 12 January 2015 - 2:11pm
Looks like great fun Corey. Thank you for sharing
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