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Re: T.D.F

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 July 2015 - 10:59am
Yes, someone must have a short memory. There was a time when pretty much all the first week was sprinters versus breakaway stuff. GC time gaps limited to the occasional windy day split into echelons. Though I do feel slightly sorry for the sprinters that they now have get relatively few classic bunch sprints. I think they are right to have introduced more varied terrain from the start but I've often thought it would also be good to split up the mountain days a bit more by having flat sprinters' stages inbetween which would probably allow for better racing amongst the climbers knowing that they can push to their limits without worrying about overdoing it and suffering the following day.

Re: Cycling from Paddington to Hackney this Saturday

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 July 2015 - 10:51am
Alan D wrote:The return route the next day was most interesting because of the two peds who had a death wish and stepped off the kerb in front of me; one when the crossing light was against them and the other too engrossed in a vitally important phone call. I love to see their look of pure terror when I bellow "NO!" at them. However, I'll never travel up Oxford Street again, it's all stop-n-start.
Please be nice! You're not a car, you know: it's fairly easy for most of us to pass behind the pedestrians and share the road more nicely than that, without making them think that people on bikes are a-holes.

I agree on Oxford Street. It's easy to find but tediously slow and not much fun.

Re: Collision with another bicycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 July 2015 - 10:29am
Vorpal wrote:Being on the wrong side of the path may have some bearing. However, he should not have been going too fast to stop within the distance he could se to be clear. My opinion is the same as beardy's; take it on a knock for knock (equal liability) basis and leave it at that.
There is no wrong side of a narrow unmarked path.

Re: Collision with another bicycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 July 2015 - 10:21am
profpointy wrote:you do know you are actually supposed.to give way to pedestrians if you're turning into sideroads ?

If they are already on the road. Yes. If they step out whilst you are cornering, without a glance over their shoulder, I think a word of warning in their direction is a good idea.

Re: Collision with another bicycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 July 2015 - 9:49am
Being on the wrong side of the path may have some bearing. However, he should not have been going too fast to stop within the distance he could se to be clear. My opinion is the same as beardy's; take it on a knock for knock (equal liability) basis and leave it at that.

Re: Summer Tour to the Netherlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2015 - 12:37am
I went last year....

I would agree wholeheartedly about the http://www.natuurkampeerterreinen.nl/. They are superb and made our trip. I would base any trip around nature campings but would also like to try the pole camping - these guys explain it here: http://travellingtwo.com/5233

I Think you could get a camping card on arrival at your first site... we went into Den Haag and bought a card at the Beversport shop. The great thing about the NL is that, even with a family, you can aim for any city centre and enjoy riding in and out again. It's so easy.

We parked up in the ferry car park last year and came back to find they weren't charging and so it was free.... Would be too good to be true I guess but its worth checking if this is still the case.

Re: Summer Tour to the Netherlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2015 - 12:00am
MartinBrice wrote:http://www.natuurkampeerterreinen.nl/

or

https://www.facebook.com/Natuurkampeert ... 53/?type=1

are cheap, clean, quiet, and once you've been to one you won't camp elsewhere. you need to join before you go. a decent map is essential simply for the planning, get it before you go.
leave the panniers on the bike, i always have done.
from the ferry go east 2k or 3k on the road until you hit the sea and can see the hoek van holland sign, then look for a sign pointing northwards, that takes cyclists northward. If you want to start in the north, get a train rotterdam, change at amsterdam and go on a train to the north, then head south on the bike.
the prevailing wind is from the south west.
it's a wonderful place, lovely people, great cycling and camping.

Guess you really mean go west to the sea unless i've got my map upside down!

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 July 2015 - 11:38pm
They have an obsession for sidewinds blowing the peloton over the road, when trees hardly seem to ripple.
I wish Boardman would shave.

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 11:27pm
My son rode my old Diamondback mountain bike of 88/89 vintage across the USA from west to east and the following year, north to south down the Pacific coast about 6500 miles all told. It's still going strong.
I rode a 16" wheeled folding bike 140 miles across England.

Re: GPS location sender on Android

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 10:42pm
I use the app real time gps tracker, free on android. Only takes a few seconds to get your location, then updates your unique url at http://www.greenalp.com/RealTimeTracker/

Works well for me.

Re: GPS location sender on Android

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 10:37pm
chris_suffolk wrote:Looks good, but in the hour I had it installed, only sending location every hour, battery drained by 13% - and battery monitor said it was mainly down to ViewRanger. Way too much, so uninstalled
I would think it will only send beacons when your position changes. Things to check are, what coverage you have and what type of data connection, have you downloaded all mapping you may have been using (as it will work with online mapping, downloading mapping as needed). I'd also check your GPS (in ViewRanger - those that tell ViewRanger how to handle the GPS) settings as those can affect the power consumption in a big way. For example, leaving the GPS on continuously when you only want to send a single beacon every hour is bund to consume a lot of battery !!

When you use your phone to e.g. record a track, what sort of battery consumption do you get ?

Reason I'm suspecting some other cause is because ViewRanger is a very mainstream app (used by vast numbers of people) and I can't believe that sending a single beacon is taking 13% of you battery (even for an old of not so powerful phone).

If there are no other explanations of the power consumption, then I'd contact their support - which in my experience (of several issues raised) is pretty responsive and helpful.

When I used to use ViewRanger I used to get a 3hr ride track recording (no BuddyBeacon) taking less than 25% charge - so ViewRanger is actually quite an efficient app in terms of it's power consumption - although that's on an iPhone with a healthy battery. Similarly, as mountain rescue use it (also tracking "Buddies" as well as sending their position) I would suspect it would quickly be discarded if it consumed battery power excessively (as they'd all suddenly be lost from view from everybody else if they didn't find their target quickly).

Ian

Re: Santander to Biarritz

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 10:19pm
Thanks for your reply. Sorry maybe I wasn't clear enough - I'm looking for the best advice for cycling the north coast to avoid the busy roads, and recommended camping stops. We've got 4 days to do from Santander - Biarritz. Are their any GPX sets available etc?

The best account of the route I've found so far is - https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o= ... =7411&v=B0

Re: GPS location sender on Android

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 10:16pm
it seems quite configurable, so I think it might be ok. You can control how it uses the battery, gps, etc

Does anyone know how to get it to work with existing offline (free) osm maps rather than their chargeable ones?

Re: Santander to Biarritz

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 10:01pm
maybe a bus from santander to pamplona
http://bit.ly/1MoHwzM

€21 takes four hours. 10 for the bike, IIRC. wrap the bike in clingfilm, it's easy.

it's high up, you can go over the pyrenees on the north road or do in to st jean in france. it'll avoid the busy roads on the north spanish coast, which carry all the trade between spain and northern europe.

Re: T.D.F

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 July 2015 - 9:56pm
frank wrote:Thank god that is over. That is the most boring start to a tour i have ever seen. Rest day tomorrow they have done nothing . roll on the mountains . or are they fixed also

Boring? I must have been watching a different race then.

Re: Summer Tour to the Netherlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 9:52pm
http://www.natuurkampeerterreinen.nl/

or

https://www.facebook.com/Natuurkampeert ... 53/?type=1

are cheap, clean, quiet, and once you've been to one you won't camp elsewhere. you need to join before you go. a decent map is essential simply for the planning, get it before you go.
leave the panniers on the bike, i always have done.
from the ferry go east 2k or 3k on the road until you hit the sea and can see the hoek van holland sign, then look for a sign pointing northwards, that takes cyclists northward. If you want to start in the north, get a train rotterdam, change at amsterdam and go on a train to the north, then head south on the bike.
the prevailing wind is from the south west.
it's a wonderful place, lovely people, great cycling and camping.

Re: GPS location sender on Android

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 9:11pm
Looks good, but in the hour I had it installed, only sending location every hour, battery drained by 13% - and battery monitor said it was mainly down to ViewRanger. Way too much, so uninstalled

T.D.F

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 July 2015 - 8:54pm
Thank god that is over. That is the most boring start to a tour i have ever seen. Rest day tommorow they have done nothing . roll on the mountains . or are they fixed also

Re: Summer Tour to the Netherlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 8:50pm
We left most of our panniers on the bike on the Harwich-Hoek ferry, as did quite a few other people, and no one seemed to mind and nothing happened.

You have to go past a security guard and barrier to get into the car park next to Harwich International Station, since he's also controlling access to the secure area. Whether he cares if you kip in your car, I don't know. The car park has about an £8 daily charge. I'm not sure why you'd want to overnight there rather than where you are going to park up for the rest of your trip.

We were there during a (Dutch) holiday weekend when some campsites had signs up saying full, but by asking nicely we found they still had room for some cyclists with small tents. Along the coast campsites are larger and less frequent than well inland. We found the smaller campsites were not shown on the ANWB 1:100 000 cycling map, though someone else showed me another brand of 1:100 000 cycling map that showed more campsites. A 1:50 000 cycling map I have shows about 5 campsites in the close vicinity of Hoek, and another on the edge of Monster, though we didn't get close enough to have a look at any of them. Some of them are very close together so it isn't too hard to go and scout them out, but you will need that 1:50 000 map, or equivalent, as we found it all a bit confusing with the maze of cycle paths in the dunes near Hoek. You might want to buy at least your first cycling map before arriving, as Hoek is a rather small town with only rather basic stuff on sale.

Re: GPS location sender on Android

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 8:16pm
Viewranger is perfect. Thanks
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