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by gcogger
23 Aug 2021, 4:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any advances in HIKING GPS units recently? - As in let's talk about hiking GPS units not phone based gps systems
Replies: 147
Views: 2802

Re: Any advances in GPS units recently? - hiking ones that can be used on a bike too

I'm surprised it works so well in the woods. My Edge Explore is utterly hopeless as soon as I go under any trees.
by gcogger
25 Jul 2021, 5:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Garmin Edge Explore
Replies: 31
Views: 1691

Re: Garmin Edge Explore

My Edge Explore was doing something similar - initially it would (usually) only charge to 97%, and later I think it dropped to 93%. I recently did a reset, by holding the power button down for 10 seconds, and the last couple of charges have gone to 100%.
I'm guessing that it's a calibration issue, and hasn't actually affected the battery life, but I don't know for sure.
by gcogger
23 Jul 2021, 11:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe 2021
Replies: 743
Views: 20022

Re: Europe July.????

PDQ Mobile wrote: 23 Jul 2021, 8:41am It has pretty much remained a thread about travelling in a time of Covid though?
Certainly less thread drift than some.

I think Willem's posts have been very interesting and informative.
He knows his subject and brings a view to us here in the UK that is somewhat restricted by certain factors.
His command of English is superb- unlike some!!
Thanks Willem
I have to agree, and I welcome Willem's input on these subjects. I think it's useful to see things in the context of Europe as a whole, and the knowledge he brings on the situation over there appears very relevant to the topic.
by gcogger
22 Jul 2021, 1:18pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Liberating
Replies: 82
Views: 2083

Re: Liberating

I've not found a helmet (as long as it's well ventilated) to be a problem in hot weather, and I'm someone that's very prone to overheating. I think it just helps keep the sun off my head. We're all different, though, and I think I'd do the same as the OP if it helped me.
by gcogger
6 Jul 2021, 8:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe 2021
Replies: 743
Views: 20022

Re: Europe July.????

Dropping the face mask requirement is particularly frustrating, since mask wearing protects others, not yourself.
So people who can't be bothered to wear one will be endangering those who are trying to be careful; and those wearing masks will be protecting those that can't be bothered.
by gcogger
15 Jun 2021, 8:24am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Keeled over walking dog
Replies: 27
Views: 1474

Re: Keeled over walking dog

A cycling forum is not the place to seek medical help - you should definitely get checked out properly by a doctor.
by gcogger
3 Jun 2021, 10:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heavy Rider
Replies: 39
Views: 2248

Re: Heavy Rider

I was researching weight limits recently, and the highest limits I found for off the shelf 'normal' bikes were from Cannondale, Marin and GT. Their gravel/touring bikes are rated at 300lb rider + 30lb (or more) luggage. These tend to come with 28 spoke wheels, so I imagine it would be higher if swapped out for 36 spoke wheels.

Doesn't quite reach the 23 stone mark, I'm afraid, but close.
by gcogger
26 May 2021, 8:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cyclists who wear glasses
Replies: 49
Views: 3694

Re: Cyclists who wear glasses

I find that wearing a peaked cap forces me to tilt the helmet further back than is usually recommended, so perhaps that's part of the reason?
by gcogger
24 May 2021, 3:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Route Planning for Garmin
Replies: 22
Views: 1471

Re: Route Planning for Garmin

Mick F wrote: 24 May 2021, 2:47pm Always, I use BikeHike UK
Not as good as it once was, but that is my go-to route planer bar none.

http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php

Download your route in whatever format works for you, and upload to your device.
One of my Garmins wants FIT files.
All you need to do is convert them into FIT via a program ............ I like GPS Babel
https://www.gpsbabel.org
I think that site will take some getting used to. I put in a start and end, and it routed me on the motorway. So I unticked the 'Follow Road' checkbox ... and the route is still on the motorway. I think I need to work out how to use it!
by gcogger
24 May 2021, 2:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Route Planning for Garmin
Replies: 22
Views: 1471

Re: Route Planning for Garmin

VinceLedge wrote: 24 May 2021, 1:10pm
gcogger wrote: 24 May 2021, 12:57pm I create mine in Komoot (other options are available), export them to gpx files, then import into Garmin Connect.
Is that the paid version of Komoot or the basic free one?
The free one - on the route choose "Export to GPS Device" and save the file.
by gcogger
24 May 2021, 12:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Route Planning for Garmin
Replies: 22
Views: 1471

Re: Route Planning for Garmin

I create mine in Komoot (other options are available), export them to gpx files, then import into Garmin Connect.
by gcogger
17 May 2021, 10:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is the number plate visible or legal ?
Replies: 65
Views: 6394

Re: Is the number plate visible or legal ?

mjr wrote: 17 May 2021, 5:52pm
gcogger wrote: 17 May 2021, 5:35pm
mjr wrote: 17 May 2021, 10:11amThat is part of why I paid £70 extra for a high level rear rack, putting the bikes piggy-back above lights and plate, so no lighting board needed. That sounds expensive, but as well as being a far steadier fixing (bikes fixed at three or four points instead of two), wiring in a lighting socket to our car that has no towbar was £100 (and another 20 vat IIRC) and the lighting board and plate another £25!
Which rack did you get? I'm struggling to find anything that doesn't obscure the rear lights.
The one my Italian car maker endorsed: Peruzzo IIRC.

Thule also make a high rack but it might not be high enough for your car.
Thanks
by gcogger
17 May 2021, 5:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is the number plate visible or legal ?
Replies: 65
Views: 6394

Re: Is the number plate visible or legal ?

mjr wrote: 17 May 2021, 10:11amThat is part of why I paid £70 extra for a high level rear rack, putting the bikes piggy-back above lights and plate, so no lighting board needed. That sounds expensive, but as well as being a far steadier fixing (bikes fixed at three or four points instead of two), wiring in a lighting socket to our car that has no towbar was £100 (and another 20 vat IIRC) and the lighting board and plate another £25!
Which rack did you get? I'm struggling to find anything that doesn't obscure the rear lights.
by gcogger
11 Apr 2021, 5:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on jerseys
Replies: 27
Views: 1267

Re: Advice on jerseys

I've not had much luck with the fit of the FLAB kit I've tried (though haven't tried the jerseys), but I get on much better with the Gonso (and possibly Loffler) kit from https://www.alpinetrek.co.uk. They're in Europe, but I've had no problem with orders from them recently despite the Brexit changes.
by gcogger
21 Mar 2021, 7:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Left Hooked but My Fault say Police
Replies: 68
Views: 2881

Re: Left Hooked but My Fault say Police

To me, things like where the fault lies, highway code, right/wrong would be secondary to simple self preservation in that situation. I'd never undertake a vehicle if I thought there was any possibility it might turn left.
When I drive, I practice defensive driving (assume everyone else is a terrible driver and not paying attention, and take steps to stay safe regardless). On a bike I apply that principle to a much greater degree.