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by Angstrom
1 Sep 2019, 6:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 265
Views: 7831

Re: McDonald's

My memories of French MacD in Brittany was that the burgers looked closer to the images of them. You bought a big mac it was big not fiat and thin like in England. The burgers had more additions from fresher salad to actually having the odd slice, pickled gherkin plus a mayonnaise too. Basically in...
by Angstrom
1 Sep 2019, 6:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What is the Most Popular Touring Bike in the World?
Replies: 50
Views: 3157

Re: What is the Most Popular Touring Bike in the World?

Sorry, but I think this is a really irrelevant question. I just don't get the point. The real answer probably has nothing to do with quality of the bike but more with distribution, availability etc. Along that line, when Decathlon comes out with their touring bike, it probably will be the highest se...
by Angstrom
1 Sep 2019, 5:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: TER Train Clermont Ferrand to Toulouse via Figeac
Replies: 7
Views: 831

Re: TER Train Clermont Ferrand to Toulouse via Figeac

Thanks for the replies. After much investigation it appears that the bus is the option. Then it looks as if we will take the scenic train to Nimes (if it's still running.) It's still running (I take it often as I live nearby and loooove this train (one of the most picturesque lines in France/Europe...
by Angstrom
3 Jul 2019, 3:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 926

Re: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts

matata wrote:Thanks Angstrom...just the local knowledge I'm after...do you mind if i get back to you soon...currently working on the bikes and waiting on maps..Ta Nik

Not at all. Just contact me when you're ready.
I'll stay tuned. :wink:

PS: what kind of maps are you getting?
by Angstrom
2 Jul 2019, 3:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 926

Re: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts

Why Chamonix? Personally I am not a great fan of these 'wonderful' car free routes (Velo Vertes) that others rave about. I quite like a bit of interaction with locals and places to buy food, etc., but each to their own. I am like you. Although I advised the south route which could be done almost en...
by Angstrom
2 Jul 2019, 3:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 926

Re: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts

Im planning on cycling with my wife as above,this September. Ive looked at two different cycle route suggestions.. Cycle travel suggest heading south east towards Toulouse then to the french coast and then up towards Geneva...sort of anticlockwise..climbing 4200 metres Ride with gps suggests headin...
by Angstrom
2 Jul 2019, 2:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?
Replies: 74
Views: 2683

Re: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?

Are panniers really a problem off-road? I know some don't have secure fixings, but lots of them seem fine to me. I'm sure peeps have done arduous 3rd-world wilderness trips with panniers (and rigid metal frame/forks :P ) Meanwhile we've all seen "bike-packing" luggage looking very insecur...
by Angstrom
2 Jul 2019, 11:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?
Replies: 74
Views: 2683

Re: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?

All these discussions are flawed because of marketing. Marketing plays a huge role because cycling is just more than a sport, it's a life style. And not a single life style. Many different ones. Cyclists often see themselves as members of a "community", and that implies adopting the gear a...
by Angstrom
18 Jun 2019, 9:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany ...maps advice please, Voies vertes etc
Replies: 13
Views: 2318

Re: Brittany ...maps advice please, Voies vertes etc

The new edition of IGN Maps TOP 100 (1/100.000th scale) contains the voies vertes now. It results from a partnership with af3v Not for Profit in charge of Voies Vertes in France. I did a blog post about this new edition on my blog. Translated into English by GooTran. It does a fair job. https://tran...
by Angstrom
3 Jun 2019, 4:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 755
Views: 110828

Re: Cycle Travel question!

Couple of updates today: ⋅  Unpaved roads are now displayed on the map with a dashed edge ("casing") in Europe, as they have been on the North American map for a while. Example: https://cycle.travel/map?lat=55.4682&lon=23.519&zoom=11 Could there be a delay for this to ap...
by Angstrom
27 May 2019, 4:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 755
Views: 110828

Re: Cycle Travel question!

Using a smartphone as an "always-on" tool akin to a GPS device to display real time on-screen mapping and give turn-by-turn instructions will require tethering the phone to an extra battery or to a generator on the bike for charging, in my experience. Not my experience. Turning the screen...
by Angstrom
24 May 2019, 4:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 755
Views: 110828

Re: Cycle Travel question!

I would assume a native app must be more power/battery efficient than a web/javascript app (but that is a guess - I can't cite any tests on it). And battery life can be an important aspect to using a phone on a bike (even if just to get routes and load them onto a GPS). Addressing the question of b...
by Angstrom
23 May 2019, 5:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 755
Views: 110828

Re: Cycle Travel question!

Richard Fairhurst wrote:Watch this space. :)

I sure will... :D
by Angstrom
23 May 2019, 4:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 755
Views: 110828

Re: Cycle Travel question!

Hi Richard,

Would a Progressive Web App be a good way to get a solution on mobile that would be usable by on all mobile OSes and offer a UI to a if not exactly the same but sufficiently similar to a native app?

Thanks
by Angstrom
5 Mar 2019, 4:38pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2238

Re: Anyone dabbled in MYOG?

Graham O wrote:John,

If you, or anyone else, needs any help or pointers with fabric suppliers, designing etc John feel free to ask.

Yes, I'd like to sew some classic design paniers out of cotton duck cloth.
Where could I buy it?

Thank you?