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Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 9:22pm
Beware, though, of the well-documented issues concerning usb charging from dynamos, for certain smart phones, notably iPhones...

Really? how come? do you have a link?

Electricity is electricity doesn't really matter how its produced just how its converted in to a useable supply, so if you have a good usb device i can't really see a problem…I'm no expert however!

The only thing I can think of is that on a usb port the iPhone needs to detect power at the communication pins via the charging lead on the usb or it won't charge..thats why cheap car chargers don't always work with iPhones, so I would imagine the same with usb dynamo chargers.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 9:06pm
syklist wrote:Occasionally, when I read a post like this, I wonder if our plan to cycle from Gol to Trondheim (and then some more) this summer, toddler in tow in a trailer, is a tadge ambitious. So I go through the proposed route in my head once again and wonder, briefly, if gravel tracks, 800m climbs and 50km days really are that much worse with a trailer behind your bike than on a solo bike.

It is probably best to not think about it until we get there
Think instead on all the families who will do long road trips with a toddler sat in a car seat for hours every day. And be grateful for fresh air and mountain roads, and your ability to pull the trailer up there.

Your son will have a much better experience than the ones stuck in cars to drive halfway across Europe for their summer holidays

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 8:45pm
elioelio although I can't offer any route advice I can offer you all my respect for being so thoughtful towards your partner. I hope you have a wonderful time...b

Re: Brittany - Voies Vertes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 8:11pm
Agreed, but they can be great for the less confident rider. My wife loved the route from Roscoff to Redon, avoiding all busy roads.

Re: Edinburgh airport

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 5:27pm
for your return journey... there's no train station within cycling distance, you'd be better off just cycling into Edinburgh centre (flat and straight, along Corstorphine Rd and through Haymarket).

EDIT: I was wrong, no bikes on trams...

http://edinburghtrams.com/information/conditions-of-carriage

Not allowed: "bicycles except if specifically permitted by way of notices along with publication of the applicable conditions on the Company’s website. Folding bicycles which are folded and fully enclosed in a suitable carrying bag will be carried providing there is space available on the tram to do so."

cheers,

Re: Toddler Hit

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 May 2015 - 4:54pm
Dan this thread is already running at "Pavement Cycling"

Re: Edinburgh airport

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 4:45pm
irc wrote:Can't help with your question but have I read it wrong? Your wife is driving from Aberdeen to Edinburgh to take your panniers home??

Err.
Yes.

Now you have (kindly) pointed it out I'll have a rethink.
Sounds crazy I know.

Because of time restraints etc. I have to box the bike at home, hirer a van, drive down from Aberdeen to Edinburgh with my wife and panniers ( mustn't forget the panniers).
Be dropped off at the airport - and my wife drive the van back to Aberdeen ( without me, the bike or my panniers)
I guess we thought it would be best to do a reverse process - but avoid the hassle and cost of the van - since the bike can be unboxed on arrival at Edinburgh.

Many thanks for stirring the grey matter.

Matt

Toddler Hit

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 May 2015 - 4:28pm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11620983/Toddler-knocked-by-hit-and-run-cyclist-is-dragged-along-pavement.html

Footway or shared use? There are plenty of paths like this that are shared use - and this shows why they are a bad idea. No excuse for cyclist's reaction afterwards though.

Re: Edinburgh airport

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 4:15pm
Can't help with your question but have I read it wrong? Your wife is driving from Aberdeen to Edinburgh to take your panniers home??

Re: Edinburgh airport

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 4:11pm
Now I do know the answer to this, there is a bike trial with the trams in May, so I guess the answer is generally no. https://edinburghtrams.com/news/bikes-on-board.
Otherwise, you could cycle as far as Edinburgh Park train station (using the pavements, I have seen people cycling along the A8 pavements and you can cross at the RBS on a pedestrian bridge or you can go under the A8 at the airport road end on pavements) and the Aberdeen train stops there. There is a map of cycle routes in Edinburgh http://edinburgh.cyclestreets.net/
I have spent the last few days trying to figure out how to get yougest son to Edinburgh airport on the bus from Stirling and back again so I've spent some time looking at the walking routes around the airport to get him the last bit between Ingliston showground and the airport. Don't ask it has been dreadful, he's 18 and clueless, but the trains are now back on so he will take the train to Edinburgh Park then the tram (a jaw-dropping £5 for 2 or 3 stops one way) into the airport and then reverse it to get home with girlfriend). The tram fare is much, much lower if you cycle to the next stop at the park and ride and it is a safe cycle to there!

Re: Which commuter?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 May 2015 - 3:30pm
Terrain? On or off road? How long do you want it to take?

Re: Which commuter?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 May 2015 - 3:26pm
Not set a budget, I've got an idea of what I'm gonna build but just thought I'd ask in case I'm over looking a good alternative, even alternative type of bike.

Edinburgh airport

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 3:24pm
I have done a search here but not found an answer to this question:
I will be flying into Edinburgh airport at the end of my tour. My bike will be boxed and my wife will meet me in our small car and take my panniers back home.
Has anyone un-boxed a bike at the airport and then cycled to a train station?
I know the trams are now running.
Do they allow a bike on - un-booked?

I have to return to Aberdeen so want to catch a train there.
Our car isn't big enough to take the bike and panniers.
It's an early flight arrival- so I have time to catch the train home

Thanks folks

Matt

Re: North Sea Cycle Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 2:36pm
daveg wrote:I'm planning to ride another section of the NSCR next month hopefully riding from Hamburg to Grena in Denmark.

Planning is going well but I've just hit a small snag. I'm navigating by Garmin and I've either got or plotted the route using Cycline guides from Hamburg as far as Frederikshavn, but I can't find any information or guides for the next section.
Do you mean Frederikshavn to Grenaa? Then you need to follow Danish Cycle Route 5. You should be able to find basic overview maps of the network in bookshops and tourist information. There is a set of four detail maps covering Jutland. We found one we needed last summer in the bookshop in Hirtshals plus a more detailed overview map (green cover in a plastic pouch).

I can check when I get home and see if they have ISBN numbers on them.

Re: Which commuter?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 May 2015 - 1:58pm
Raptobike ?

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 1:41pm
Beware, though, of the well-documented issues concerning usb charging from dynamos, for certain smart phones, notably iPhones...

Re: Share the space drop your pace

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 May 2015 - 12:17pm
RickH wrote:I liked the illustration they used for this on Facebook
Duck lane.JPG
First time I've ever seen a Duck Lane!

Rick.
But it is only a painted one and guaranteed cars will be parking in it before long!!

Re: Nigg/Cromarty ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 11:01am
Is it anything to do with a slipway dispute on the Nigg side? Last year I was talking to the guy who owned the slipway and he was complaining about no payment from the ferry operators.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 10:52am
I don't know which part of Norfolk you are in, but if you are withing striking distance of the train, riding to or back from Ipswich is a fantastic weekend, using the train one way.
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