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by syklist
19 Nov 2009, 9:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on GPS for touring
Replies: 73
Views: 7623

Re: Advice on GPS for touring

[snip] I bought the Ixon IQ as it was a good light but with an eye towards using it with a hub and Ride n Charge at somepoint in the future. So the report of it failing to charge enough to keep a GPS in power was a bit worrying. I only hope that as a fast, lightweight summer tourer, I will produce ...
by syklist
18 Nov 2009, 6:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on GPS for touring
Replies: 73
Views: 7623

Re: Advice on GPS for touring

To the best of my knowledge I have never been anywhere where there is a WAAS satelite available. I have suffered from "altitude sickness" on my old Legend GPS but it was very minor compared to "lost signal sickness". Exactly HOW accurate a track do you need of a long distance to...
by syklist
18 Nov 2009, 1:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on GPS for touring
Replies: 73
Views: 7623

Re: Advice on GPS for touring

I have heard from someone else that there is an option which is worth trying which is OFF by default, which is supposed to increase sensitivity. I will try this next time I go somewhere hilly. The setting is under System Setup. Apparently if 'WAAS/EGNOS' is 'Enabled' it makes a Legend or Vista HCx ...
by syklist
18 Nov 2009, 12:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on GPS for touring
Replies: 73
Views: 7623

Re: Advice on GPS for touring

There is a GPS device which is very power efficient and provides a positioning service internationally. It's not a mapping or routing device so for cycling purposes its an accessible data logger. A battery life of 12 months is pretty useful; Details here: http://gpsmagazine.com/2008/01/spot_satelli...
by syklist
17 Nov 2009, 7:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling in Holland Top to Bottom
Replies: 10
Views: 1126

Re: Cycling in Holland Top to Bottom

Cycling in Holland. Hi it is me, Mary Laver, Lands End 2 John O'Groats in my Power Chair, again calling for your help. My next challenge is driving my power chair from the top of Holland to the bottom. Has anyone done this. If you have can we please open a dialogue. Thanks Mary Laver :lol: The nati...
by syklist
17 Nov 2009, 7:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on GPS for touring
Replies: 73
Views: 7623

Re: Advice on GPS for touring

Dynamos are not rated at 3W but rather at 500mA constant current. For a 6V bulb you do indeed get 3W (from P=IV) but they can put out roughly 1W for every 2mph AFAIK. Still, obviously people aren't going to ride around at 40mph to generate 20W. But I thought I would weigh in anyway :) .....and a cy...
by syklist
17 Nov 2009, 8:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on GPS for touring
Replies: 73
Views: 7623

Re: Advice on GPS for touring

1) The biggest problem with this unit is battery life. To create a good track you need the GPS unit on all the time. We can easily make ten hour days on cycle tours (start to finish including all breaks). This means a good set of fresh NiMH batteries will just last two cycling days. Using a B&M...
by syklist
7 Nov 2009, 10:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A good link to touring in Western British Columbia
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: A good link to touring in Western British Columbia

Thanks for all of these links. I've sporadically and fruitlessly looked for good travelogues for BC and these links are great. My nearest and dearest is from BC but wasn't a cyclist before she left. We have been considering taking the bikes over with us for the next family visit and doing a longer t...
by syklist
5 Nov 2009, 8:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on GPS for touring
Replies: 73
Views: 7623

Re: Advice on GPS for touring

I'd recommend an Etrex Legend HCx (£140 ish). 25h on 2xAA, takes a memory card that will hold maps for almost all of Europe, no gimmicks that add extra cost. I used one this summer for creating tracks on a long cycling holiday. I'm not sure I would take it on another trip. 1) The biggest problem wi...
by syklist
4 Nov 2009, 8:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Front lights for 7 ml rural commute
Replies: 31
Views: 2193

Re: Front lights for 7 ml rural commute

I can see from the ctc shop I might have to spend a lot!!!Id rather not but I am hoping for less than £100 but can see that there are off the shelf lights for £250 and probably more.That said I value my life so dont want to come a cropper! I'd check out the B&M IXON IQ battery lamp. You can get...
by syklist
23 Oct 2009, 9:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ok, a touring bike - but what KIND of touring bike?
Replies: 23
Views: 2930

Re: Ok, a touring bike - but what KIND of touring bike?

Si wrote:I think that something like an expedition tourer (such as the Thorn Sherpa) would be best.

Or a VSF T400 see viewtopic.php?f=16&t=20225
Stan
by syklist
22 Oct 2009, 7:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: German touring bikes
Replies: 14
Views: 8246

Re: German touring bikes

One of the posts above refers to buying a steel Thorn as an alternative. I just wanted to reiterate that the T400 is beautifully built from steel and not aluminium. Not to mention built like a brick outhouse. I ran mine fully laden into a kerb at 20km/h earlier in the year, a tired end of day sort ...
by syklist
22 Oct 2009, 11:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Luggage...other than ortlieb
Replies: 17
Views: 2150

Re: Luggage...other than ortlieb

i have to say that i rate carradice cotton over ortlieb.... when i think about ortlieb i always have this image of the pilot of the tandem, i was ridin' with at the time, tryin' to repair his torn ortlieb with a inner tube patch... he had caught it on something when off loading, and put a small and...
by syklist
21 Oct 2009, 9:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: rohloff weighty problem?
Replies: 52
Views: 3404

Re: rohloff weighty problem?

1. You can't really use one with drop bars. Not true. I have bullhorn bars which are the best touring bars for me (same problem). Changer is on extension below them. Easier to use than bar-end shifters or downtube shifters. [snip] Two possibilities on this page http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/ro...
by syklist
21 Oct 2009, 9:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: German touring bikes
Replies: 14
Views: 8246

Re: German touring bikes

What does the Fahrrad T400 weigh - I've never found it on the spec? See http://www.fahrradmanufaktur.de/T400_Rohloff_Speedhub_14G_34.html http://www.fahrradmanufaktur.de/T400_Shimano_Deore_LX_27G_35.html The Rohloff and Deore versions say 15.2kg http://www.fahrradmanufaktur.de/T400_Sram_iMotion_9G_...