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by maxglide
16 Jun 2015, 3:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Transport to South France
Replies: 5
Views: 473

Re: Transport to South France

Thanks for the info.
by maxglide
15 Jun 2015, 10:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Transport to South France
Replies: 5
Views: 473

Re: Transport to South France

I don't understand your 3rd option, Bilbao to Narbonne is a lot further than 120km Bilbao to French border - (then track NE or E, to link up with route N from Narbonne). Is the bike being taken as a bike, or packed into a bag smaller than 90cm x 120cm? Hopefully, as a bike. The dismantling thing I'...
by maxglide
14 Jun 2015, 11:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Transport to South France
Replies: 5
Views: 473

Transport to South France

Assuming a ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg/Le Havre, what's the easiest way down to Narbonne (ish) with the bike as luggage?

1. Train to Paris then change for a train south.
2. Coach.
3. Ferry to Bilbao (same price as Bike Express 'Med route' one way) then 120k to border.
by maxglide
8 Jun 2015, 3:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Med to Manche - best route
Replies: 8
Views: 872

Re: Med to Manche - best route

My route was 'inspired ' by the route this holiday company use That route looks worth nicking, at least adapting (£1,765!) I prefer travelling towards home rather than away - drop off at max distance & potter back - just feels better & avoids the bother of worrying about arrangements for th...
by maxglide
6 Jun 2015, 12:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Med to Manche - best route
Replies: 8
Views: 872

Re: Med to Manche - best route

that will help you on your way back north without any fuss.



Winchester, actually... hence Cherbourg - Pompeii.

Yes, I've heard of the ghost village; worth an hour or two. Will consider.
by maxglide
6 Jun 2015, 10:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Med to Manche - best route
Replies: 8
Views: 872

Med to Manche - best route

For a solo Med to Manche in Sept with a time budget of a month (I've read this is doable in 3 weeks, 2 in a push). Starting off at Narbonne/Montpellier or thereabouts, these are the 3 roughed out candidate routes. Since ease of cycling takes priority over best scenery I'm guessing #1 is probably the...
by maxglide
8 May 2015, 8:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Sad Day for Google Maps
Replies: 34
Views: 4821

A Sad Day for Google Maps

It looks like Google have finally put to death Classic Maps. This makes a great deal of sense: Develop a terrific product, then - ignoring almost unanimous negative user feedback - utterly wreck it. Well done Google, this is a 'classic'. If you give a hoot, there's a petition: https://www.change.org...
by maxglide
28 Apr 2015, 1:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How good - basic route following in Garmin Edge 200/510?
Replies: 20
Views: 1463

Re: How good - basic route following in Garmin Edge 200/510?

Going from experience of the Legend, Vista C, Edge 200, Edge Touring Plus and Edge 800 (and one or two Android apps)…. Thanks. Most helpful. The more advice arriving, the more I'm being drawn to one of the top of the line models. Hopefully, it will serve for at least a year before being discontinue...
by maxglide
28 Apr 2015, 10:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How good - basic route following in Garmin Edge 200/510?
Replies: 20
Views: 1463

Re: How good - basic route following in Garmin Edge 200/510?

At the price of the 510, unless you want/ need the training functions, I would advise a touring or touring plus just the the mapping if that is your main thing. If the functions are more useful then I guess its the 510 I considered the Touring Plus but, in 89 customer reviews on amazon.co.uk 16 wer...
by maxglide
28 Apr 2015, 5:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best map site to display track
Replies: 13
Views: 875

Re: Best map site to display track

PH wrote:But for this application where I just wanted a simple track on a familiar looking map I went with Google.


New Google Maps... who recently removed the once excellent 'save my route' feature, in a notoriously inane example of 'improvements'.
by maxglide
28 Apr 2015, 4:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How good - basic route following in Garmin Edge 200/510?
Replies: 20
Views: 1463

Re: How good - basic route following in Garmin Edge 200/510?

easyroller wrote:I've owned a Garmin Edge 200 and now own an Edge 510.

Having used the route following function on both I can honestly say that the 510 is much, much easier to follow and has far better turn by turn instruction.


Thank you, always informative to hear the horse talking. GE 510, it is then.
by maxglide
25 Apr 2015, 2:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How good - basic route following in Garmin Edge 200/510?
Replies: 20
Views: 1463

Re: How good - basic route following in Garmin Edge 200/510?

Thanks all. Some responses in no particular order: Personally I'd steer well clear of BaseCamp -- I build my route in http://cycle.travel/map, save the TCX, then upload to BaseCamp - which it seems fine for. BUT beware of Garmin's mapping -- I hear a good deal of this. More FUD to worry about. The k...
by maxglide
25 Apr 2015, 8:18am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How good - basic route following in Garmin Edge 200/510?
Replies: 20
Views: 1463

How good - basic route following in Garmin Edge 200/510?

I've planned & saved a 110 mile A to B route on Basecamp through the west country, maybe 70% through winding intersecting lanes. Now a new gizmo is needed. I have an old Etrex Vista from c. 2002 that presumably is too basic (and Basecamp can't upload routes to it via the serial port.) I'm not in...
by maxglide
2 Apr 2015, 6:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: To shim, or not to shim
Replies: 2
Views: 1177

Re: To shim, or not to shim

Thanks. I could only find shims in incremental sizes.
by maxglide
2 Apr 2015, 10:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: To shim, or not to shim
Replies: 2
Views: 1177

To shim, or not to shim

The bars on my B'twin hybrid are too low, so I bought a riser stem from Decathlon. However, it doesn't fit because, the bike has a 1" (25.4mm) steerer tube vs the normal 1 1/8" (28.6mm.) I fitted an adaptor shim which sorted the steerer tube end, but then discovered the stem clamp diameter...