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by Richard Fairhurst
23 May 2019, 5:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 676
Views: 103928

Re: Cycle Travel question!

Yes and no! I've gone some way towards that with the interface at https://cycle.travel/map/mobile which is a little more app-like. The big challenge I've found is that JavaScript map interaction tends to be very pernickety on mobile - the library used by cycle.travel (and everyone else), Leaflet, wa...
by Richard Fairhurst
16 May 2019, 2:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Canal Route Earlswood-Stratford - Towpath Surface
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: Canal Route Earlswood-Stratford - Towpath Surface

All of the canal is administered by the Canal & River Trust, like most canals. Navigation on the River Avon is administered by the Avon Navigation Trust who do issue a separate licence for boats.
by Richard Fairhurst
15 May 2019, 11:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map

Andy (who runs OpenCycleMap, and who's a friend) has entirely rebuilt his tile-serving infrastructure in the last couple of years. I don't know the specifics of it (well, bits and bobs) but it probably depends on customer demand for his map tile business, thunderforest.com, and how much hardware he'...
by Richard Fairhurst
15 May 2019, 7:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map

You can't edit OCM separately. But third-party sites pull data from the main OpenStreetMap database at different times: OpenCycleMap usually lags a few days behind the main OSM database, cycle.travel updates every month or so, and so on. I suspect the graffiti has already been deleted from OSM but O...
by Richard Fairhurst
15 May 2019, 5:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: Hidden message(s) on Open Cycle Map

OpenCycleMap is just a "view" on the OpenStreetMap database, choosing to highlight some features and not others. There are hundreds of such views - in fact almost all online bike maps and route-planners are based on either Google or OSM, and if it doesn't look like Google then it's probabl...
by Richard Fairhurst
15 May 2019, 5:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Canal Route Earlswood-Stratford - Towpath Surface
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: Canal Route Earlswood-Stratford - Towpath Surface

I've cycled pretty much all the Stratford Canal - it tends to be fairly raw and rural. It's ok around Lapworth as far south as Lowsonford, and obviously this section past the locks is very pretty! The final stretch from Wilmcote into Stratford is part of NCN 5 and is good. Otherwise it's mostly sing...
by Richard Fairhurst
12 May 2019, 7:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Garmin model?
Replies: 25
Views: 798

Re: Which Garmin model?

Personally I'd add Bluetooth, and the associated ConnectIQ app functionality, to my "must-have" list for a Garmin. Being able to transfer a route without faffing with cables or SD cards is a boon, and it's pretty much essential if you have an iPhone, which won't do either cables or SD car...
by Richard Fairhurst
12 May 2019, 10:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Garmin model?
Replies: 25
Views: 798

Re: Which Garmin model?

Personally I'd add Bluetooth, and the associated ConnectIQ app functionality, to my "must-have" list for a Garmin. Being able to transfer a route without faffing with cables or SD cards is a boon, and it's pretty much essential if you have an iPhone, which won't do either cables or SD card...
by Richard Fairhurst
11 May 2019, 12:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 676
Views: 103928

Re: Cycle Travel question!

Just catching up after being a bit distracted with paid work this week...! Hi Richard, now that I'm doing more tracks, bridleways and byways, I find I often can't use cycle.travel to plan - even with 'Paths and roads' toggled on. It just won't let me select certain routes - which is a shame, even if...
by Richard Fairhurst
11 May 2019, 11:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Planning routes when you are on tour. PC? Tablet?
Replies: 38
Views: 1079

Re: Planning routes when you are on tour. PC? Tablet?

Yep - that's my issue with Strava's heatmap/Metro routing too; ultimately "absence of cars" is a better indication of a good cycle route than "presence of other bikes" IMO. There was a longish thread on the subject recently - https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12...
by Richard Fairhurst
7 May 2019, 11:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Planning routes when you are on tour. PC? Tablet?
Replies: 38
Views: 1079

Re: Planning routes when you are on tour. PC? Tablet?

I've recently started using RouteCourse on my Edge 520 which is a nice little app. Once you've installed it on the Garmin via ConnectIQ, it gives you a link and access code to punch into its website (dynamicwatch.link; you need to register an account there too). From then on, you can use that websit...
by Richard Fairhurst
6 May 2019, 10:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BINO: Bypasses In Name Only
Replies: 49
Views: 1234

Re: BINO: Bypasses In Name Only

Wyre Piddle. The railway bridge is restricted to "buses, cycles and emergency vehicles only". It's an interesting case in point, though, because the bypass was intended to serve two purposes. First, a village bypass; but second, to enable the A44 to be rerouted to follow the north bank of ...
by Richard Fairhurst
5 May 2019, 12:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 676
Views: 103928

Re: Cycle Travel question!

Gah, Google really are a pain. It's not really either http or https - it's not downloaded from a server, but rather is created locally in the browser using JavaScript. In other words, it's a file Chrome itself has created, following cycle.travel's instructions. The same's true for the GPX, so why Ch...
by Richard Fairhurst
3 May 2019, 12:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Oxford following the Thames
Replies: 5
Views: 263

Re: London to Oxford following the Thames

Once you're out of Greater London, lots of the Thames Path is public footpath (rather than bridleway or similar), which means there's no right of access for bikes... and some of the landowners can be very protective. You could devise a good bikepacking route following bridleways nearish the river fr...
by Richard Fairhurst
2 May 2019, 4:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Planning routes when you are on tour. PC? Tablet?
Replies: 38
Views: 1079

Re: Planning routes when you are on tour. PC? Tablet?

Do I have to take a Windows PC with me or is there a straightforward way to transfer a file from, for example, an Android tablet? The Edge Explore has Bluetooth so it should be easy, insofar as anything's ever easy where Garmins are concerned: ⋅ Download your route as a GPX (or TCX) file ...