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by ChrisF
9 May 2019, 8:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Croatia to Montenegro border
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Croatia to Montenegro border

For anyone planning to ride down the Adriatic at the moment: you cannot cross into Montenegro on the minor road no. 516, near Vitaljina. This road is marked as a cycle route. It seems they are rebuilding the customs post and the road is totally closed. Oddly there are no warnings at all where this r...
by ChrisF
6 May 2019, 9:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A phone with accurate GPS recording abilities
Replies: 15
Views: 508

Re: A phone with accurate GPS recording abilities

I've been using Strava on Android (Sony Xperia z2) for over 4 years without a hitch really. A couple of times the GPS has turned itself off but turning the phone off/on sorts it. GPS tracking has been excellent. Make sure that your system settings use the GPS for location and not just WiFi/3G cell p...
by ChrisF
3 May 2019, 10:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Albania
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: Albania

I'm off to Montenegro and Albania next week (which is why your post caught my eye). I've not been there before but I'll be staying in B&Bs/hotels, and it's out of season. But I wouldn't go anywhere in August unless I'm camping or using prebooked B&Bs
by ChrisF
30 Apr 2019, 6:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: App with GPS Navigation
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: App with GPS Navigation

NickJP wrote:Locus Pro does it for me.

And me. Been using it for years; coupled with 'Brouter' it can find routes when there's no internet signal available. It's not the easiest app to learn (I think the author has put too many bells & whistles in) but worth the effort.
by ChrisF
29 Apr 2019, 5:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle resrevations on trains - a positive experience
Replies: 11
Views: 610

Re: Cycle resrevations on trains - a positive experience

Jamesh wrote:Btw how do you guys attach the cycle reservation to the bike?


Slip it between the water bottle and its carrier
by ChrisF
23 Apr 2019, 1:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: planning software advice
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Re: planning software advice

In cycle.travel, have you seen the checkbox (top left) which you need to click to add extra points. I add the vias as I go along, using this control, rather than setting start & finish and then adding vias later.
by ChrisF
17 Apr 2019, 2:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!
Replies: 82
Views: 10968

Re: YHA prices: steep increase in the pipeline!

I wouldn't be seen dead in a YHA. If you want to get a sleepless night sharing a huge room in bunk beds with 20 other fat drunken slobs, crashing around at all hours, rustling plastic bags at 5am in the morning, screaming screeching kids running amok and slamming doors then maybe it's the right pla...
by ChrisF
4 Apr 2019, 4:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: S E Wales nicest route?
Replies: 0
Views: 169

S E Wales nicest route?

Tomorrow I'm riding from Newport station, in a generally NW direction , and I've booked a B&B near Ystradgynlais. I notice that there are a plethora of NCN routes in the area; just wondering which is the best? Default using routing apps is NCN 47, then 478, then 46. Gravel tracks OK as long as t...
by ChrisF
4 Apr 2019, 12:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: downloadable cycle map of France?
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: downloadable cycle map of France?

. The Dakota uses AA batteries, so I can just take a box of rechargeables. I'm normally a fan of rechargables but wouldn't take them on a camping trip with nowhere to recharge them. Per amp-hour they're heavier than disposables, and you'd probably need to take quite a few. You can buy single-use AA...
by ChrisF
3 Apr 2019, 7:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring around Cornwall
Replies: 22
Views: 1519

Re: Touring around Cornwall

No cycle route to the Lizard? No specific routes, no. Here's a route I would take https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29628300 which includes Roskilley's as mentioned above. There's a bit of a scramble via the bridleway at Mullion golf course but it's worth it to avoid main roads. You can't avoid the la...
by ChrisF
3 Apr 2019, 7:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cycle route maps mainz frankfurt regensburg
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: cycle route maps mainz frankfurt regensburg

Have a look here http://www.radweit.de/index/routyber.html. You can download strip maps for various cycle routes in Germany
by ChrisF
2 Apr 2019, 5:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hengitsbury Head Land Train
Replies: 10
Views: 988

Re: Hengistbury Head Land Train

I can't offer any suggestions about the land train, but I wish I'd known about this cycle route last summer! I was riding from west of Bournemouth through to Milford-on-sea. After not being able to ride on NCN2 along Bournemouth seafront (no cycling allowed during the day in summertime!) I then went...
by ChrisF
1 Apr 2019, 1:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Charity ride Penzance to Papworth - route advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 1775

Re: Charity ride Penzance to Papworth - route advice please

Surely there are volunteers with the charity you are riding for in your area? They could drive a minibus and support? Allowing you to concentrate on riding and resting? Just a thought? Cheers James Thanks, James. At this stage I'm just helpng by planning the route (I'm not I'll be riding myself exc...
by ChrisF
1 Apr 2019, 1:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Charity ride Penzance to Papworth - route advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 1775

Re: Charity ride Penzance to Papworth - route advice please

The route through Taunton is definitely night-only IMO using the Obridge viaduct. It also does a lap of a dual carriageway on the way out which you might like to adjust. ...... Bicester. I've driven there often, never cycled, but I wouldn't ride the ring road. I'd continue through Chesterton, cross...
by ChrisF
30 Mar 2019, 1:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carrying food in a musette on long rides
Replies: 32
Views: 2870

Re: Carrying food in a musette on long rides

Mick F has highlighted the main drawback, they have an annoying habit of slipping round and dangling in front of you. I suppose a couple of tapes from each corner, tied around the waist, would solve that problem. No need for it to slip round. I adjust mine so that it has two sets of strings, and we...