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by gloomyandy
4 Oct 2020, 12:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NC500 info
Replies: 8
Views: 398

Re: NC500 info

You may want to search out the GCN video of Mark Beaumont doing this ride (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J2gAY-WZhU). They modified the "standard" route to include more of the coastal roads to Lchinver (which i've ridden and I'd definitely recommend) and also some small roads/tracks to ...
by gloomyandy
24 Sep 2020, 9:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 947
Views: 122977

Re: Cycle Travel Question

You shouldn't expect too much precision, as the source data is relatively crude (assuming that Richard has used NASA SRTM data, or maybe OS Terrain 50 DTM in the UK) You'll always get a better answer by going out and riding a hill, using a barometric GPS, than you will using average heights for 30 ...
by gloomyandy
23 Sep 2020, 10:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 947
Views: 122977

Re: Cycle Travel Question

Thanks Richard for the super fast response! Yes all working now. On climbs, one thing I've noticed is that the Max value for climbs does not always show the actual steepest percentage. Is there some sort of smoothing being applied? So for instance with this route: https://cycle.travel/map/journey/18...
by gloomyandy
22 Sep 2020, 10:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 947
Views: 122977

Re: Cycle Travel Question

@Richard email sent.
by gloomyandy
22 Sep 2020, 9:06am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 947
Views: 122977

Re: Cycle Travel Question

Hi Richard, unfortunately the link to Garmin Connect does not seem to work for me. I followed your instructions and got the popup login box for Garmin Connect and all that went well, however every time I try to send a course I get a pop up box saying "Sorry, the link between your Garmin Connect...
by gloomyandy
9 Sep 2020, 10:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 947
Views: 122977

Re: Cycle Travel Question

What's the problem with just plugging it in (sounds easier than your current multistep system) - I assume your garmin has a cable input as you say you would "rather not" do this. I use a chromebook and it's no great problem to plug my garmin etrexs into its USB ports - the lead is short a...
by gloomyandy
9 Sep 2020, 10:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 947
Views: 122977

Re: Cycle Travel Question

Not wireless but if you connect the Garmin with a USB cable (an android phone works with an On The Go adapter a chromebook will probably just need the cable) you can save the route TCX & then copy the file (or multiple files) directly into the "Garmin/New Files" folder on your Garmin....
by gloomyandy
9 Sep 2020, 10:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 947
Views: 122977

Re: Cycle Travel Question

Quick question (possibly not a quick answer though!)... What is the best way to get a file from Cycle Travel on to a modern Garmin (in my case an Edge 530)? I currently create the route, download a tcx then upload it to Garmin Connect and then send the course via Garmin Connect app on my phone to my...
by gloomyandy
7 Sep 2020, 1:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Training for NC 500
Replies: 20
Views: 679

Re: Training for NC 500

Having ridden most of the West coast part of this route but not in such big daily chunks, I'd say the hardest parts are the stretches of steep but short up and downs at various parts of the coast. So for instance on the section to Applecross and beyond I found the main climb hard but fine, but the r...
by gloomyandy
1 Sep 2020, 3:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: North East 250 Cycle route
Replies: 18
Views: 869

Re: North East 250 Cycle route

Is the cycle route much different from the North East 250 "car route"? There is a website that provides details of the car route: https://www.northeast250.com/ That also has some advice for cyclists: https://www.northeast250.com/cycling-the-north-east-250/ But that section is currently not...
by gloomyandy
26 Aug 2020, 8:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A tent for Scotland : August : bikepacking : 2 man/lightweight
Replies: 25
Views: 1135

Re: A tent for Scotland : August : bikepacking : 2 man/lightweight

For a trip in Scotland (i.e. quite cold and wet) Depending upon which part of Scotland, I'd put windy at the top of my list! On my first trip to the Hebrides I spent a few sleepless nights wondering if my (then new) tent (a Terra Nova Voyager) was going to survive the battering it was getting. Sinc...
by gloomyandy
25 Aug 2020, 12:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The old days.
Replies: 19
Views: 1370

Re: The old days.

In 2005 the ferry in Orkney from Papa Westray to Kirkwall was still loading cars by sling, and our bikes went into the small blue container before being slung aboard. I would assume they are still doing it that way. 2020-08-22_09-41-05.jpg They have a RoRo ferry to Papa Westray these days. However ...
by gloomyandy
19 Jul 2020, 1:25pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: sustrans cuts routes
Replies: 89
Views: 4157

Re: National Cycle Network Being Slashed

Some of this seems a little strange though. I've cycled on the roads that make up the Hebridean Cycle Way many times and to be honest they are probably much safer in many respects than the Sustrans owned and maintained Spen Valley Greenway which is local to me. The mixture of walkers, dogs, skiers(!...
by gloomyandy
23 Jun 2020, 10:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?
Replies: 179
Views: 5471

Re: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?

Perhaps the difference is how long you may spend in a campsite block? Having a shower, washing etc. is likely to be longer than using a public toilet, so you may be in closer contact with others in the block for longer? Just speculation on my part but I can see that there may be differences between ...
by gloomyandy
22 Jun 2020, 8:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scottish ferry news
Replies: 6
Views: 398

Re: Scottish ferry news

Yes my interpretation would be it isn't law but please don't travel to the islands for recreation etc. A bit like the 5 mile travel limit (which I don't think ever made it into law in Scotland). I follow a number of island facebook group/pages and there is definitely still a certain amount of anxiet...