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by ChrisF
7 Oct 2019, 11:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another mapping app request
Replies: 10
Views: 407

Re: Another mapping app request

I do not need turn by turn navigation. In the UK I am sufficiently familiar with the roads to be able to memorize the route and on the continent I usually follow signposted cycle routes which may require occasional reference to the map. Being able to store the maps on an SD card is more important t...
by ChrisF
6 Oct 2019, 10:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another mapping app request
Replies: 10
Views: 407

Re: Another mapping app request

I have been using Locus Maps for several years - I also found OsmAnd to use too much battery (not as bad as RideWithGPS though). But I'm unsure, from your post, what you're really looking for. If your phone stays in your bag all day then you're not using the maps while riding, so why do you need a m...
by ChrisF
17 Sep 2019, 8:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime lights
Replies: 36
Views: 1287

Daytime lights

Cycling on some popular routes in Austria recently (e.g.the Danube cycle path) I noticed how many riders (mainly e-bikes probably) had their front lights on full power in the middle of the day, in bright sunlight. I reckon 50% of the e-bikes were like this. Why? What a waste of battery life. More im...
by ChrisF
26 Aug 2019, 9:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Alpine lake tour suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 680

Re: Alpine lake tour suggestions

Lake Constance is near the Alps, and you could ride there from Basel airport along the Rhine cycle route. The lake has a traffic-free cycle path all round.
by ChrisF
24 Aug 2019, 9:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures
Replies: 22
Views: 1173

Re: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures

Last week I camped in a small campsite in a river valley about 5 miles from Exeter. At 5.00 am my temperature gauge attached to my bike outside read 6 deg C. The night was still (virtually but not completely windless) and clear, hence the low temperature in August. I immediately checked the weather...
by ChrisF
11 Aug 2019, 8:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: slowing down on the bike
Replies: 34
Views: 2654

Re: slowing down on the bike

Cycling Time Trials has a 'Target Times' standard for various distances and ages. For a 10-mile time trial, the target time for a 40-year-old is 25 minutes. For a 60-year-old it's just under 29 minutes, so a reduction of about 12 seconds per year. https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/documents/downl...
by ChrisF
6 Aug 2019, 1:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rail Lines - Past and Present - Cornwall
Replies: 39
Views: 3963

Re: Rail Lines - Past and Present - Cornwall

I was looking at a 1960 OS map west of Cornwall earlier. The line left Launceston (ancient capital of Cornwall) and went Egloskerry, Tresmeer and Otterham, before heading south to Camelford St Kew, Wadebridge and out to Newquay. Camelford Station, after closing as a station, was used as a cycling m...
by ChrisF
24 Jul 2019, 11:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rail Lines - Past and Present - Cornwall
Replies: 39
Views: 3963

Re: Rail Lines - Past and Present - Cornwall

Mick F wrote:They will be reopening Tavistock to Plymouth in the next year or two,

Really? What will happen to NCN route 27?
by ChrisF
22 Jul 2019, 3:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... about VeloViewer Explorer squares?
Replies: 1
Views: 1255

... about VeloViewer Explorer squares?

I've recently discovered the VeloViewer 'add-on' for Strava, which, apart from providing loads more statistaics about your rides than Strava does, has an ingenious system of recording how many map squares you've covered - the challenge is to see how many you've missed, and how to fill them in! See h...
by ChrisF
20 Jul 2019, 11:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Train to Penzance won't take bike trailer - how else?
Replies: 41
Views: 4978

Re: Train to Penzance won't take bike trailer - how else?

Well I've booked the train after a couple of hours of faff making sure I had the bicycle reservations. It's a Frankenstein website at GWR. I'll use Parcel Force to send the trailer ahead to the campsite where I'm staying, and am expecting it all to go wrong. Parcel Force might not deliver it and ju...
by ChrisF
3 Jul 2019, 9:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Connecting flight time tight
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: Connecting flight time tight

Hardly any chance of making that work, unless both legs are the same airline and you've booked your luggage through. Even if the first flight is on time, you'd need to wait up to 30 mins after landing to retrieve your bike (once I had to wait nearly 2 hours). Then get from arrivals to departures (I'...
by ChrisF
30 Jun 2019, 9:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tarka Trail
Replies: 9
Views: 553

Re: Tarka Trail

I can't believe that you haven't ridden this route yet, Mick, you live so close to it! Maybe after your epic 'A30 Bridges' project you should ride all the NCN routes in Devon & Cornwall. But maybe that would be too easy to plan !
by ChrisF
23 Jun 2019, 11:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Corrin Dennis traditional touring shorts
Replies: 11
Views: 2415

Re: Corrin Dennis traditional touring shorts

I was considering buying some of these last week, before my current trip away. I asked a question (about sizing) by email (as it was at a weekend) but got no reply. I phoned a couple of days later (during office hours) but only got an answerphone. So not very promising from a customer service point ...
by ChrisF
23 Jun 2019, 10:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gravel Bikes Advice Required
Replies: 46
Views: 1581

Re: Gravel Bikes Advice Required

I bought a PlanetX 'Space Chicken' a few months ago. £1299. Silly name but a great gravel bike that meets your spec.