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by Reigncloud
26 Jul 2012, 7:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sat Nav
Replies: 19
Views: 6224

Re: Sat Nav

No problems with autorouting as long as its all planned properly first. I'm curious, my phone will autoroute using a suitable app but I am unaware of a method of uploading a gpx track. I would love to be able to do this as the autorouting is often unsuitable for cycling. It does have the benefit of...
by Reigncloud
24 Jul 2012, 2:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which tyres
Replies: 12
Views: 6667

Re: Which tyres

Michelin Krylion Carbons. I bought some because Mike Hall (who recently broke the round the world record) used them. He got from London to Istanbul on one set. I just returned from a 1200 km tour on these and I can confirm they are great. Really fast rolling and tough as nails - even over some terra...
by Reigncloud
24 Jul 2012, 2:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sat Nav
Replies: 19
Views: 6224

Re: Sat Nav

My standard GPS response! My personal setup is linked below. Nokia 6120 with bluetooth GPS unit and TomTom software installed. Whole setup should cost you less than £50 (assuming a 2nd hand phone and cheap BT receiver off ebay). I pre-plan everything on google maps/bikeroutetoaster to optimise for s...
by Reigncloud
26 Jun 2012, 10:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lightweight lock for touring
Replies: 8
Views: 1239

Lightweight lock for touring

Can anyone suggest a good lightweight lock for touring? Yes, I understand the security risks of a lightweight lock! :) I've been using an alarmed cable lock up to now and it's been great, but unfortunately it got water into it last year and needs replacing. I'm inclined to go the same way, as the al...
by Reigncloud
14 Jun 2012, 7:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Reliable Front Lamp
Replies: 26
Views: 3460

Re: Reliable Front Lamp

Knog boomer USB. Mega bright, rechargeable and fully removable so doesn't leave an unsightly bracket on you bike. Highly recommended.
by Reigncloud
17 May 2012, 3:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: iPhone apps useful on a bike tour (e.g. good GPS?)
Replies: 34
Views: 13600

Re: iPhone apps useful on a bike tour (e.g. good GPS?)

I prefer roadsigns and to live in my surroundings. Following the landscape is more satisfying to me than following data on a screen. But surely constantly looking at, and looking out for, roadsigns is the exact opposite of 'following the landscape'. And in fact, you don't even need to look at a GPS...
by Reigncloud
17 May 2012, 3:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: iPhone apps useful on a bike tour (e.g. good GPS?)
Replies: 34
Views: 13600

Re: iPhone apps useful on a bike tour (e.g. good GPS?)

The phone's GPS function comes into its own when you're out in the boonies with no signposts... I do sometimes wonder if most road signs will one day become redundant because of GPS. I can travel (bike or car), gps-guided, for very long periods without actually looking too much at roadsigns and ins...
by Reigncloud
17 May 2012, 11:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lighter panniers?
Replies: 25
Views: 9108

Re: Lighter panniers?

About time somebody made a light pannier set, there must be enough demand. I reckon it would be extremely difficult to really cut down the weight of panniers like Ortleibs without compromising strength and durability (waterproofing aside). Given that these things hold your life while on tour, I'd b...
by Reigncloud
16 May 2012, 12:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lighter panniers?
Replies: 25
Views: 9108

Re: Lighter panniers?

I was looking at this recently. My current Alturas are about 2.0kg of rthe pair (42L). I need to upgrade them (wearing out after daily use for 7 years) and wanted to go as light weight as possible. The two I came down to were Ortleibs (of course) and Alture Fuse. I couldn't find the weight of the la...
by Reigncloud
12 May 2012, 9:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are LEDs making dynamos unnecessary?
Replies: 28
Views: 1967

Re: Are LEDs making dynamos unnecessary?

Another great leap forward is the USB rechargeable led light. Makes charging a breeze and no more messing around with aaa batteries.
by Reigncloud
8 May 2012, 11:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are bike shops taking the Mick with postage charges.
Replies: 46
Views: 5352

Re: Are bike shops taking the Mick with postage charges.

I also think that some postal charges can be excessive . I recently went to purchased a genuine kick/prop stand for a Raleigh Swift folding bike at 5.50p . Not a bad price for a genuine part i thought . But when the postage came 6.50p,i decided not for me . Purchased a universal type from Amazon fo...
by Reigncloud
17 Apr 2012, 11:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: First day of NOT owning a car tomorrow
Replies: 285
Views: 15299

Re: First day of NOT owning a car tomorrow

Mick F wrote:Just taken our Clio in for her MOT.

Miles done since last MOT?
4,317miles.

I often do that in a year on my bike.


Love this post!
by Reigncloud
17 Apr 2012, 7:12am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: First day of NOT owning a car tomorrow
Replies: 285
Views: 15299

Re: First day of NOT owning a car tomorrow

That is £4,000 for 25 years of car use! I think there may be a catch there, like losses in transmission and cost of infrastructure. New turbines these days are all more than 3MW (up to 8MW offshore), so assuming 1.5MW probably accounts for any losses due to transmission or intermittent wind. Is 24W...
by Reigncloud
16 Apr 2012, 11:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: First day of NOT owning a car tomorrow
Replies: 285
Views: 15299

Re: First day of NOT owning a car tomorrow

Lets not keep pointing the finger at anyone who uses a car on the grounds of fossil fuel wastage when that pointing hand has three of those fingers pointing back its owner. No human(even cyclists) is without "guilt" where pollution and fossil fuel use is concerned. Absolutely. Presumably ...
by Reigncloud
14 Apr 2012, 11:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: First day of NOT owning a car tomorrow
Replies: 285
Views: 15299

Re: First day of NOT owning a car tomorrow

I also highly contest that anyone 'needs' a car. What ever did humans do in the thousands of years prior to the 20th century? The claimed 'need' for a car is a shockingly recent and western phenomenon (though I do concede that it's the direction society pushes people)