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by ChrisF
3 Dec 2019, 12:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Malaga to Cadiz and back May 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Malaga to Cadiz and back May 2020

The coast roads are indeed pretty bad, just a string of resorts SW from Malaga. There's plans for Eurovelo route 8 but mostly* it isn't yet in place at all. (One stretch of it a few miles SE of Cadiz just runs along a beach, loose sand for several miles, as a result of which I dodn't have time to ge...
by ChrisF
28 Nov 2019, 4:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How long to fix a pothole ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1039

Re: How long to fix a pothole ?

I'm still trying to get my head around all this ... .... I think that the companies here in the UK deliberately use crappy tar so as to stay in business same goes for countries such as Germany .... roads are good with very few potholes and similar weather and traffic Depends on the local council an...
by ChrisF
27 Nov 2019, 8:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How long to fix a pothole ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1039

Re: How long to fix a pothole ?

I think there's a fair bit of difference between a simple pothole and subsidence. A pothole is caused by the top layer(s) of tarmac have coming adrift, usually started by water getting into a small crack and freezing. This is often around a drain cover or similar. But if the underlying road bed is s...
by ChrisF
22 Nov 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Croatia
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: Touring in Croatia

Croatia is beautiful but perhaps one of my least favourite in Europe as far as traffic is concerned. The drivers seem to have a thing about not crossing white lines, so tend to pass too close. The islands should be quieter than the mainland though. Be aware that many of the island ferries don't take...
by ChrisF
15 Nov 2019, 6:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: malaga to santander
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: malaga to santander

Mrs Whoof did most of it this year. She recommends the road that used to be the main road. Please see link to journal below that describes the route. She went from Malaga to the Southern most point in Spain to start but you could start by going to Cordoba. https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1mr...
by ChrisF
12 Nov 2019, 10:04pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Who/When invented eBikes?
Replies: 14
Views: 340

Re: Who/When invented eBikes?

in around 1985 I was involved in running a product development workshop, partly funded by the (now defunct) GLC in London. There was a small company working there developing an e-Bike based on the (then new) regulations. IIRC it was powered by NiMH batteries. I think it was a basc throttle control, ...
by ChrisF
12 Nov 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: e-trailer for touring?
Replies: 3
Views: 183

e-trailer for touring?

Not sure if this post belongs here or in 'touring' but I'll start here. I'm wondering about the possibility of cycle-camping with a standard road bike and a (single-wheel) trailer fitted with motor and battery. The idea is that the trailer would let me carry more equipment (I'm getting old now; need...
by ChrisF
26 Oct 2019, 12:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour de northern France: a new cycling trail in Flanders
Replies: 6
Views: 594

Re: Tour de northern France: a new cycling trail in Flanders

The article has at the end: Over the next two years, the network will expand north to Dunkirk, and one would hope that it’s only a matter of time before this brilliantly simple idea makes the leap across the Channel. For this surely is the future of cycle touring: the days of the old-school map are ...
by ChrisF
7 Oct 2019, 11:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another mapping app request
Replies: 10
Views: 456

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: 456

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: 1416

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: 715

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: 1201

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: 2713

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: 43
Views: 4479

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...