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by ossie
2 Jun 2011, 2:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Question re French D roads
Replies: 21
Views: 6354

Re: Question re French D roads

Thanks for the replies. Ive got of a bit of a schedule to stick to so have plotted a route from Girona in Spain to St Malo utilising the quieter yellow roads and white roads as listed on the Michelin map. Ive plotted these on bikeroutetoaster and downloaded them to my Garmin, in addition I have the ...
by ossie
31 May 2011, 5:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Open Street Map - Camp sites
Replies: 21
Views: 1719

Re: Open Street Map - Camp sites

Sorry to be a pain, but it isn't easier to go to the local tourist office and find the nearest camp site? Go on, give it a go and practice a little French. I've never (ever) not found a site this way. You can over-plan a cycling trip and part of the joys of cycling in France is the sense of discove...
by ossie
30 May 2011, 7:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Question re French D roads
Replies: 21
Views: 6354

Re: Question re French D roads

Thanks for that, I have about 10 days, first 2 or 3 days in the Pyrenees so i guess I will be using the more direct routes thereafter.
by ossie
30 May 2011, 7:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Question re French D roads
Replies: 21
Views: 6354

Question re French D roads

The Michelin map of France is kind enough to tell me the difference between the busy D roads (Red) and the not so busy (Yellow). I will be ploughing straight through the middle of rural France South to North keeping away from any conurbation / Cities. When planning or deciding your route do you go f...
by ossie
29 May 2011, 10:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Open Street Map - Camp sites
Replies: 21
Views: 1719

Re: Open Street Map - Camp sites

Hi Ossie I am touring in France this summer and would be really keen to use the OSM to find campsites. I suspect I am even newer than you to all this! I have a garmin GPS and I have used your link to request the tiles. Can I ask how do you get the OSM map onto the GPS? Thanks Joe Im not sure about ...
by ossie
29 May 2011, 8:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pumps for touring?
Replies: 36
Views: 3690

Re: Pumps for touring?

Topeak Mountain morph has done me ok for a few short tours and a years worth of commuting. They claim 160 psi :shock: I got about 80 which is quite acceptable I should think. It acts like a mini track pump as stated in post 2 and will fit in a pannier.
by ossie
28 May 2011, 3:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour kit planning
Replies: 39
Views: 2798

Re: Tour kit planning

Re the GPS . Im off next week from Spain to UK and decided to get an Extrex Legend Hcx. Its taken me a few weeks to get used to it, downloading external maps etc but having used it to commute and plan my route through France its looking like a decent investment. Im learning things about it everyday,...
by ossie
28 May 2011, 11:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Open Street Map - Camp sites
Replies: 21
Views: 1719

Re: Open Street Map - Camp sites

I donwloaded the tiles from here (apologies I am new with all of this) http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/ When i open the maps in mapsource if you right click on any location and look under 'Find nearest places' / lodgings its lists camp sites amongst the hotels etc. Also appears on the Etrex as a list...
by ossie
28 May 2011, 10:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Open Street Map - Camp sites
Replies: 21
Views: 1719

Open Street Map - Camp sites

I have an E trex Legend Hcx and have downloaded the OSM of France and UK to it. I have found that camp sites are listed under 'Find - Lodgings' including what appears to be many municipal camp sites, with distance and directions etc. This is a brilliant tool but I was wondering if anyone has used it...
by ossie
26 May 2011, 6:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Map question- France
Replies: 17
Views: 1530

Re: Map question- France

Get the yellow Michelin 1:200 000 road atlas (A3 size approx 200 pages) mark out your route and rip/cut out the pages you need and boldly number them in the order that you'll need them. 16 or 17 pages were all that I needed on my North - South French coast to coast trips. Fold them in half and they...
by ossie
25 May 2011, 7:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Map question- France
Replies: 17
Views: 1530

Map question- France

Im doing Spain to the UK starting a week sunday for a few weeks. I have a Garmin Etrex Hcx with OpensStreetMap downloaded but have purchased a Michelin 1:200000 map book as an overview / back up. Its a nice looking book, all 462 pages of it and naturally its quite weighty, £8 from Amazon. The altern...
by ossie
24 May 2011, 8:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France touring
Replies: 23
Views: 2804

Re: France touring

One of the problems you will have, if camping, is being able to charge a Garmin Edge. A full charge only lasts for about 16 hours riding and it has a dedicated internal battery, so you can't swap the batteries. If you are staying in hotels, it's not a problem, but you may struggle if camping. You m...
by ossie
7 May 2011, 5:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Compression straps
Replies: 15
Views: 3119

Re: Compression straps

Does anyone else just use bunjees ? I find them more versatile (and cheaper) than luggage straps.
by ossie
6 May 2011, 8:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ridgeback or Surly
Replies: 32
Views: 3593

Re: Ridgeback or Surly

I would love a Surly LHT and indeed one day I will buy a frame and slowly build one up as per this lucky chap. http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=47667 I actually priced up my ideal components and it didnt come far off the stock price, although I would have to ask my LBS to fit the head...
by ossie
6 May 2011, 8:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Poll of how you manage long trips
Replies: 21
Views: 1730

Re: Poll of how you manage long trips

I haven't done anything that can be described as a 'long tour' yet , simply short 2-3 day tours with my camping gear.I find these small tours re-charge my batteries and give me a break from a stressful workplace and indeed home life (I have 3 teenage children). My 'Mrs' :D would cycle around the blo...