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by HobbesOnTour
12 Dec 2019, 12:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Smartphone to use with google maps
Replies: 58
Views: 1753

Re: Smartphone to use with google maps

Hi there Does anyone know of a good Smart phone to use with Google Maps when touring? Problems I've had in the past have been the batteries running out very quickly and generally slow Internet connection. My current phone is a Samsung Galaxy S4. Also might there be a better navigation app that uses...
by HobbesOnTour
7 Dec 2019, 2:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Different shoes, different ride. Winter footwear.
Replies: 12
Views: 468

Re: Different shoes, different ride. Winter footwear.

Just a word of warning. Several years ago I wore boots (with flat pedals) for daily rides of an hour or two in winter time. It had the unintended consequences of weakening my ankles to the point I fell twice while standing or getting out of a car. At first I was reluctant to blame the boots as I wea...
by HobbesOnTour
30 Nov 2019, 1:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wading depth and waterproof footwear
Replies: 27
Views: 1239

Re: Wading depth and waterproof footwear

Cycling through water is great fun! - for me not so much the bike! Hubs and BB are the big issue more than my feet though. I've found the best things to keep my feet dry are plastic bags wrapped around my feet & tucked into (Merino) wool socks. That way, whatever shoes I'm wearing can get wet bu...
by HobbesOnTour
28 Nov 2019, 2:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What route planner?
Replies: 12
Views: 567

Re: What route planner?

First of all I'd suggest doing some more research on the topic. Lots of useful info in different threads. Secondly, it very much depends on personal preferences - what I think is a great route might be hell for someone else. Therefore, the best thing to do is to try them all out and see which works ...
by HobbesOnTour
18 Nov 2019, 6:41pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Your views on digital maps & devices for offroad riding in Europe
Replies: 3
Views: 739

Re: Your views on digital maps & devices for offroad riding in Europe

Each GPS device works differently and has different features, so I'd always advise someone to have a good think about what they want, then to look at what is on offer. Features include detailed maps, recording abilities, navigation on the fly (online & off), battery type & life, coloured scr...
by HobbesOnTour
13 Nov 2019, 11:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin Edge range- thoughts?
Replies: 63
Views: 1797

Re: Garmin Edge range- thoughts?

Beware of relying totally on a GPS Unit for navigation. I’m currently away from home, designed a route on MapMyRide from Peterborough to Oakham and back. Download it to the Garmin and set off. After about 10 miles, I get to a T junction and the Garmin says “straight on”. Except there is no straight...
by HobbesOnTour
13 Nov 2019, 11:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin Edge range- thoughts?
Replies: 63
Views: 1797

Re: Garmin Edge range- thoughts?

Well done on your purchase OP. The roam is relatively new, but seems to be working well despite initial issues with the mount.

Just to warn you the next murky area you'll need to explore is the planning software & apps! Even more disagreement there! :D
by HobbesOnTour
12 Nov 2019, 3:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How much did your RTW trip cost?
Replies: 10
Views: 896

Re: How much did your RTW trip cost?

It really, really depends on your own standards of comfort and the amount of time you'll be spending in the wealthier parts of the world. As said, it can be done on $1 a day or $5. However, I would not enjoy that. On CrazyGuyOnABike some journals give cost information that can be useful. There's alw...
by HobbesOnTour
12 Nov 2019, 3:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solar panel
Replies: 19
Views: 1088

Re: Solar panel

Thanks for all the info. I would prefer a hub dynamo but the pricing of SON means it's out of the question. Are the Shimano ones any good? I've heard mixed opinions. I had a Shimano dynohub before upgrading wheel & hub (Son). It worked just as well as the Sun from an output point of view, but t...
by HobbesOnTour
12 Nov 2019, 3:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin Edge range- thoughts?
Replies: 63
Views: 1797

Re: Garmin Edge range- thoughts?

I would say to anyone thinking of investing in a gps device is to stop and have a good think about what you want it to do. For example, do you want to plan routes on the device? And on the fly perhaps using a phone or tablet? What do you want to measure? Cadence etc. How will you use it? Two or thre...
by HobbesOnTour
8 Nov 2019, 4:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Carretera Austral
Replies: 7
Views: 460

Re: Carretera Austral

Have a look on CrazyGuyOnABike.
Search the journals for the more recent tours.
Filter out the ones originating in the UK.
If necessary, contact the authors.

Good luck!
by HobbesOnTour
8 Nov 2019, 4:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solar panel
Replies: 19
Views: 1088

Re: Solar panel

I tried out a 14W 3 panel solar panel in Spain a number of years ago. Obviously the tech has improved since then. I found that mounted on the rear of the bike gave minimal output even in bright sunshine. However, stopped and positioned properly (and moved as necessary) it works very well. For chargi...
by HobbesOnTour
1 Nov 2019, 8:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA coast to coast
Replies: 39
Views: 1993

Re: USA coast to coast

That's interesting Hobbes - I may well be doing a similar route if my sister has moved to Knoxville. How is the weather now? .... I'll be cycling July through September next year. The weather has just changed. A couple of days ago I was stuck in a forest for 2 nights due to heavy rain & incomin...
by HobbesOnTour
1 Nov 2019, 1:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA coast to coast
Replies: 39
Views: 1993

Re: USA coast to coast

I'm currently in the U.S., started in Norfolk, Virginia, south to Charleston and now heading west to Nashville. I attempted to follow the ACA Atlantic Coast route but found it boring, but most importantly very dangerous - a high concentration of 4 lane highways, sometimes without a shoulder. So much...