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by ChrisF
16 Jan 2021, 8:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring overseas 2021
Replies: 75
Views: 2696

Re: Touring overseas 2021

One thing for sure, as soon as it is deemed possible (by any countries concerned) to travel in Europe again there will be a mad rush. Ferry and air tickets (and accomodation) will be like gold dust. Such a pent-up demand, at least from those who don't have financial worries and haven't been spending...
by ChrisF
9 Jan 2021, 10:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gravel to Road bike advice
Replies: 14
Views: 1023

Re: Gravel to Road bike advice

First of all I would check that there isn't something seriously wrong with the road bike, e.g. brakes binding or underinflated tyres. Assuming that not to be the case, are you sure that you're comparing these bikes under the same conditions? Weather's colder now (more clothes = more wind resistance)...
by ChrisF
14 Dec 2020, 5:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Finding new local routes
Replies: 18
Views: 1232

Re: Finding new local routes

Mrs Whoof has been using a website called Wandrer (only one e). I think you need to have signed up to Strava but you can load all the rides you done and see what roads in your area that you have ridden. I think there are lots of different functions so you can see %_spent on some roads, length of ro...
by ChrisF
2 Dec 2020, 11:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route mapping (again?)
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Re: Route mapping (again?)

I'm puzzled as to why you need an 'end to end' map. What's wrong with separate daily maps? I think mwe need to know more; there may be another solution out there using different tools. Also, unless you're going in 'high season', or going in a group of more than 2, I would strongly suggest not bookin...
by ChrisF
15 Nov 2020, 5:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Keeping warm when stopped
Replies: 63
Views: 2499

Re: Keeping warm when stopped

I have a PodSac from PlanetX ( https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CCPDWSB/podsacs-waterproof-saddle-pack ) which I bought for lightweight touring. It holds quite a bit if you need to, but it also folds down small enough for just tools and spare tubes. But in the first lockdown it was so useful for caryin...
by ChrisF
6 Nov 2020, 10:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Analogue Navigation Device
Replies: 23
Views: 1096

Re: Analogue Navigation Device

If you recorded your voice, speaking the route aloud, onto cassette tape, and then used a Walkman (or similar) to play it back (using the pause button as neccessary) would that count as analogue? (More modern recording devices store sounds digitally so wouldn't be acceptable).
by ChrisF
6 Nov 2020, 10:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frozen Hands - Electric Gloves ???
Replies: 32
Views: 1302

Re: Frozen Hands - Electric Gloves ???

The spec for those electric gloves makes no mention of how long the batteries may last. Electric heating takes loads of power; using batteries seems environmentally irresponsible.
Apart from core warmth, consider an extra pair of arm warmers to keep the blood supply to your hands as warm as possible.
by ChrisF
31 Oct 2020, 11:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Card Payment only, No Cash
Replies: 36
Views: 990

Re: Card Payment only, No Cash

When I was touring in Wales in early September, several cafes only took cash. Between March and then I'd not used any cash; i'd carried the same single £5 note and £10 note all summer. Don't know if it's just Wales but I haven't found any cash-only establishments elsewhere.
by ChrisF
22 Sep 2020, 12:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best Garmin type computer for bicycle tourist?
Replies: 40
Views: 2195

Re: Best Garmin type computer for bicycle tourist?

No specific type. Just go on Amazon, search on smartphone, choose one that fits the bill. Remember that you are buying the phone to use only as a cycle computer/navigation aid. Galaxy S7 is waterproof and works brilliantly for navigating with all types of apps available; many not needing an interne...
by ChrisF
14 Sep 2020, 8:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 986
Views: 126371

Re: Cycle Travel Question

By the end of the ride (about 75km, round-trip) the prompt was giving me directions 6km ahead of schedule! I assumed the problem was with the Wahoo, which would have been annoying to say the least. But after the ride I loaded the TCX file into 'Wordpad' and checked some of the course points. Loadin...
by ChrisF
12 Sep 2020, 8:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 986
Views: 126371

Re: Cycle Travel Question

An odd thing happened today during my ride planned with cycle.travel. I've had a Wahoo Elemnt Roam for a couple of weeks and so far it's worked well. Today (only for the second time) I used the Wahoo to guide me on my route downloaded, via a TCX, from cycle.travel. The first time I tried this it wor...
by ChrisF
21 Aug 2020, 10:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas
Replies: 47
Views: 2350

Re: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas

What about a fixed base in one of the spanish resorts rather than a moving on tour? ....... A self-catering apartment not far from the coast, with good access to inland cycling roads and walking countryside, and with shops/a supermarket within short walking distance might be ideal. Excellent idea, ...
by ChrisF
20 Aug 2020, 11:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Google maps
Replies: 43
Views: 1631

Re: Google maps

Thanks. Looks like an impovement. But I wish they would colour minor roads something other than white. They're so hard to see against the usual pale-grey background. The increased greenery background may help (in forested areas anyway). Saw a friend try to use Google maps yesterday rather than swit...
by ChrisF
19 Aug 2020, 10:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas
Replies: 47
Views: 2350

Re: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas

@nsew , can you provide a URL for those graphs (with the drop-down country button)? Can't find it on Wikipedia. Thanks
by ChrisF
19 Aug 2020, 2:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas
Replies: 47
Views: 2350

Re: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas

Portugal sounds good - I may do something similar myself. I've also been in southern Spain (Malaga, Cadiz etc) in late November and the weather was excellent. Who knows what the Covid situation will be by then? May be better than now, with luck. But no holiday insurance is currently valid if going a...