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by Norman H
7 Feb 2014, 1:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 751
Views: 110202

Re: New Route Planner

Don't be discouraged by the odd negative comment. I had a quick play when you first went public and thought it was excellent. I recently recommended it to an End-to-Ender and she thought it was fantastic.

Congratulations
by Norman H
5 Feb 2014, 6:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: IRELAND TOUR SUGGESTIONS?
Replies: 29
Views: 26139

Re: IRELAND TOUR SUGGESTIONS?

I don't think you'll have a problem at that time of year. School summer holidays in Eire are a fair bit earlier than in UK but not before June I think. Most of the larger towns have Tourist Information Offices and will book ahead for you. It would be wise to book the first night or two though.
by Norman H
5 Feb 2014, 2:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: waypoints...
Replies: 17
Views: 5833

Re: waypoints...

I also mostly use Memory Map,on the pc, for route planning, using the create route tool. It's not essential to follow every turn in the road but, as someone up thread pointed out, it helps to make it unambiguous at junctions. Especially if the route is to be uploaded to a non routing type of GPS lik...
by Norman H
3 Feb 2014, 12:24pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJoG - new, squeaky clean, new member!!
Replies: 26
Views: 33105

Re: LEJoG - new, squeaky clean, new member!!

We followed a route which was based around the CTC Youth Hostel route. Approaching from Culcheth it went via Leigh and Westhoughton which was the most urban part. And then cut between Blackburn and Preston via Adlington, Hoghton, Samlesbury Bottoms, Mellor and Whalley and then on up to the YH at Sla...
by Norman H
2 Feb 2014, 7:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Turning into a Grumpy Old Woman....
Replies: 23
Views: 25067

Re: Turning into a Grumpy Old Woman....

Beryl Burton was famous for giving encouragement and Liquorice Allsorts to those she passed

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by Norman H
2 Feb 2014, 2:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: IRELAND TOUR SUGGESTIONS?
Replies: 29
Views: 26139

Re: IRELAND TOUR SUGGESTIONS?

I should have mentioned the tourist coaches on the Ring of Kerry. Best done out of season or better still cut through the middle on minor roads. The Maggillicuddy's Reeks (what a name) are worth seeing.
by Norman H
2 Feb 2014, 1:54pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJoG - new, squeaky clean, new member!!
Replies: 26
Views: 33105

Re: LEJoG - new, squeaky clean, new member!!

I'm taking a right there and heading towards Poulton - Le - Fylde .... if possible, I'm begging for help around that route, cos I'm having difficulty getting detailed information around there. :shock: Did you mean left? :) We did a C2C a couple of years ago from Lytham St Anne's to Scarborough. On ...
by Norman H
1 Feb 2014, 1:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike fitting...
Replies: 40
Views: 9920

Re: Bike fitting...

It's been observed that should a bicycle that's been ridden by the same rider for a number of years be left alone in a kitchen with say with slice of bread on the table,after a short while some if not all of the bread will be found to have disappeared


Not if the owner follows a LCHF diet. :D
by Norman H
1 Feb 2014, 1:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: IRELAND TOUR SUGGESTIONS?
Replies: 29
Views: 26139

Re: IRELAND TOUR SUGGESTIONS?

If you're flying into Cork I would definitely explore the peninsulars in the South West. Start at the Mizzen and just follow the coast ------- Mizzen Head ------ Sheep's Head ------ Beara Peninsular. From there you could take in the Ring of Kerry or head up through the Gap of Dunloe and out onto the...
by Norman H
31 Jan 2014, 12:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA dead?
Replies: 192
Views: 35916

Re: YHA dead?

I take the points about young people not cycle touring but the point I was trying to make was more about the nature of hosteling. The broad consensus on this forum, at least, is that the YHA should drop the Youth bit and become more inclusive. After all this, in reality, has been the situation for s...
by Norman H
31 Jan 2014, 8:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA dead?
Replies: 192
Views: 35916

Re: YHA dead?

I was unsure whether to revive this rather long thread or to post this anew. Yesterday I received an E-mail from YHA. It appears they've been short listed for the Guardian Best Consumer Campaign 2014. They are urging me to vote for them . http://www.theguardian.com/best-awards/competition/vote-best-...
by Norman H
28 Jan 2014, 6:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bar reach v stem lenght
Replies: 13
Views: 7547

Re: Bar reach v stem lenght

reohn2 wrote The upshot is that if you're thinking of changing your handlebar you may need to change you're stem and if your old 'bars are 26mm you'll definately need a new stem as 26mm bars are disappearing fast. It's a great shame that there isn't more choice of compact bars in 26mm size. It would...
by Norman H
27 Jan 2014, 5:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Oban: secure car parking
Replies: 13
Views: 26381

Re: Oban: secure car parking

Post by gloomyandy » Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:07 am One problem I had when looking at using one of these secure parking places is when they are open. Some of the sailings are pretty early in the morning and so ideally I wanted to arrive early and drop my car off then, but that was not possible with some...
by Norman H
26 Jan 2014, 4:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Sat nav systems
Replies: 60
Views: 13063

Re: Cycling Sat nav systems

The Garmin Etrex 20, together with some form of open source mapping, seems to be very good value and is chosen and recommended by many on this and other forums. I'm sure that if I had not already been heavily committed to using both Memory Map OS mapping and Maptech Marine cartography I would have p...