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by Reigncloud
2 Mar 2011, 5:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sat nav or Map?
Replies: 57
Views: 4377

Re: Sat nav or Map?

The batteries are specific to the phone, like below. I take about 10 along, but usually have some still fully charged at the end of a two week tour as I charge them as I go whenever I can. nokia_BL-5B.jpg I also take a spare GPS battery as well (same style of battery), but I've not had to use it yet...
by Reigncloud
2 Mar 2011, 4:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front Panniers or pile it on the back?
Replies: 63
Views: 6941

Re: Front Panniers or pile it on the back?

Seems some strange responses to this question to me. I'm a solid rear-only tourer (with handlebar bag). I pack light and use 2 x 26 litre panniers. Never had any issues with stability, even up and over the alps. As mentioned above it makes life easier when you need to carry them around. I've always ...
by Reigncloud
2 Mar 2011, 4:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sat nav or Map?
Replies: 57
Views: 4377

Re: Sat nav or Map?

I like to think I've found nirvana in this respect. I use my Nokia 6120 'smartphone' with TomTom navigator software. It has all maps stored on the SD card and uses about 3/4 of a battery per day riding when in offline mode i.e. not connected to the mobile network. I do need to use a bluetooth GPS ho...
by Reigncloud
2 Mar 2011, 3:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Nokia charger
Replies: 8
Views: 2232

Re: Nokia charger

I tour with my phone as a satnav which of course leads to battery issues. One fully charged battery lasts about 3/4 of a day in 'offline' mode. As a result I take a load of spare (and cheap off ebay!) nokia batteries and ask the campsite manager to charge the batteries overnight using a dual USB wal...
by Reigncloud
2 Mar 2011, 3:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Security...with a one man tent.
Replies: 35
Views: 5661

Re: Security...with a one man tent.

Thankfully I've never had any issue with theft in tours of Europe. Normally I take a standard D lock or fat cable lock. Last year however I 'downgraded' to a very thin cable lock with alarm in an effort to save weight: http://www.rapidonline.com/Tools-Fasteners-Production-Equipment/Automotive-Produc...
by Reigncloud
2 Mar 2011, 2:18pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Ay-Up Lights
Replies: 21
Views: 6744

Re: Ay-Up Lights

These are surely the best value for money bike lights around. Mine are now 3.5 years old and still working like a charm. The service of the manurfacturers in Australia is also second to none.

Highly recommneded.
by Reigncloud
2 Mar 2011, 2:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pannier "Crisis"
Replies: 41
Views: 6502

Re: Pannier "Crisis"

I know this is an old topic but... I have an almost the exact bike discussed here - mine is a Marin Fairfax. I have toured extensively on it, including single trips of well over 800 miles, and it has held up beautifully. Bearing in mind it has flat bars and carbon forks and is my daily commuter as w...