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Sweep
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Re: mapping

Postby Sweep » 15 Feb 2020, 5:52pm

aflook wrote:
I've never found it easy to buy maps while touring in the UK, and more so on the continent: actual bookshops are a very rare breed, petrol stations with a shop big enough to stock maps are few and far between (especially if you're avoiding major roads), and small newsagents rarely have maps unless the are in popular tourist areas. Do others share that experience?

But if you're not in a rush, it can lead to finding nooks of towns where you might otherwise not go. A funny little newsagent in Sicily had just what I needed....
Thank you mjr and andrew_s for your thoughts about powerbanks. I am considering this:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/elzle-26800mAh ... =8-23&th=1
Blimey. That's a long link.


I'd also consider this: (shorter link)

https://www.mymemory.co.uk/anker-powerc ... black.html
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Re: mapping

Postby LittleGreyCat » 16 Feb 2020, 12:13pm

nirakaro wrote:
andrew_s wrote:a paper map (as available in shops along the route).

I've never found it easy to buy maps while touring in the UK, and more so on the continent: actual bookshops are a very rare breed, petrol stations with a shop big enough to stock maps are few and far between (especially if you're avoiding major roads), and small newsagents rarely have maps unless the are in popular tourist areas. Do others share that experience?


On our first day in the Netherlands, still learning how to use the Garmin to navigate around Rotterdam, we tried to buy a local street map.
No shops seemed to sell maps.

It reminds me of the advice "Don't worry about mechanicals, you are never far from a bike shop.". I don't recall cycling past a single bike shop all the way from Hook of Holland to Germany.
I also note that locally we used to have three bike shops in the town centre and they have all closed down. Halfords plus two independents. I assume much the same applies on the Continent where these days most people seem to use electric bikes and transport them on a tow bar rack. So less requirement for a local shop.
But I digress.

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Re: mapping

Postby LittleGreyCat » 16 Feb 2020, 12:19pm

On power banks and dynamos.
What is the magic term for ones which can be charged and can also charge devices at the same time?
One use being variable charging from a hub dynamo whilst powering a GPS.
Some GPS units get grumpy if you keep turning the USB power on and off (allegedly).

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Re: mapping

Postby DevonDamo » 16 Feb 2020, 2:38pm

LittleGreyCat wrote:What is the magic term for ones which can be charged and can also charge devices at the same time?


https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=135185