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Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

1 August 2015 - 7:48am
Heltor Chasca wrote:
Yup me too. BUT I thought there was only one cycling forum in the whole World! Do recommend OB...b

I also follow http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/ . Might have something to do with where I live.

OB

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

1 August 2015 - 6:25am
It was unusable when I first tried it but after numerous interface Fettles it's now okay for use from a 'phone.
I wouldn't bother on a bigger screen though, and I've turned all the notification off.

Re: Which maps for Britanny?

31 July 2015 - 11:58pm
Mrs M_W and I have just returned from Normandy where we did day rides from our caravan. I would recommend the green cover IGN Top 100 at 1 : 100,000 scale. They show the quiet minor roads, Voie vertes and contour lines. Very useful. I bought 3 maps in Tabac shops at €7.75 euros each which at 1.43 euros per £ are good value

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

31 July 2015 - 11:52pm
we went on the ferry to santander then rode to leon and followed the camino, more or less. to get back we used the bus: dead easy to put bikes on, wrsap it in a plastic bag made of bin liners, take off front wheel, could not have been easier. camino is good, it's worth learning a bit of spanish, the michel thomas cd system is good.

Re: Which maps for Britanny?

31 July 2015 - 11:15pm
Yes, the Top 100 are my favourite too - I always used to think 'Top' meant they're The Best, but actually it's short for Topographical. I take the paper jobbie to augment the IGN 1:100K mapping I have on the Satmap. The combo works well 'cos I'm looking at the same map style on both versions. I've nearly always identified campsites and other points of interest ahead of time and marked them as such on the Satmap. Having this combination is a luxury, I know, but of course anyone can join the club for a few Euros - although to protect the paper version, I would recommend one of the cheapNcheerful water-proof PVC multi-purpose pouches you can get for next to nothing off of eBay. They come in sets of 3 and I've found them all v. useful in sometimes-rainy Brittany!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-X-Waterproo ... 2c9af95be9

Re: Mark Beaumont

31 July 2015 - 10:40pm
mrjemm wrote:It's the dentists you really need to watch out for...



Re: Which maps for Britanny?

31 July 2015 - 10:29pm
tatanab wrote:simonineaston wrote:Michelin maps show the campsites they recommendOnly the sites that wre in their guide the year the map was published. So probably about 5% of the available sites.
Michelin stopped showing campsites several years ago (maybe 8 or 10?).

I gave up on Michelin and swapped to IGN Top 100, when they gave up on uniform sheet coverage and switched to departmental maps at random scales

Re: Suggestions please: 10 day tour, end of September

31 July 2015 - 10:26pm
Thanks for the suggestions - Andalucia sounds quite appealing actually. I've always wanted to visit Seville (a homage to marmalade, perhaps) so that could work quite nicely.

Re: Mark Beaumont

31 July 2015 - 10:22pm
Looking at the pictures I was trying to determine which model of SMP saddle he was using. Anyone know which one?

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

31 July 2015 - 7:04pm
Find the central bus station (near the stadium and the main railway station) and ask someone about buses to St.Fagans. The buses are well used and are fine. Cardiff is also better than most cities for shopping (if that appeals). And most locals are friendly.

For St. Fagans it might be worth taking a picnic if the weather is good. It is set in pleasant parkland. Once there, it is a very relaxing and soothing place to be, so I would strongly recommend it after your long journey. And it's still free entry.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

31 July 2015 - 7:01pm
Congrats on making it. You are referring to the bit that went around the Talybont reservoir? I did it back in March in the driving rain, on 28mm tyres, was a lot of fun.. there was a diversion sign back then at the northern end saying MTB's and walkers should follow the track, but road bikes and hybrids follow the paved road.. has it been taken down? I still see some exclamation mark warning signs on the sustrans map of this section.

ncn8-brec.jpg

Re: Which maps for Britanny?

31 July 2015 - 6:54pm
tatanab wrote:simonineaston wrote:Michelin maps show the campsites they recommendOnly the sites that wre in their guide the year the map was published. So probably about 5% of the available sites.

I use very minor roads and like to know just where I am. Hence I favour IGN TOP100 maps. They are 1:100,000 (close to the old Bartholomew's half inch maps we old ones remember) which means I can use forest tracks and all sorts. Index sheet here http://www.themapshop.co.uk/images/Fran ... 20100k.jpg

I like the look of the IGN TOP 100 map - number 114. It seems to show contour lines, which I haven't seen in the AA or Michelin maps. I think that might be the one to go for....

Thanks for the suggestion.

Re: Which maps for Britanny?

31 July 2015 - 6:47pm
simonineaston wrote:I'd need a bit more info. from you before I commit, like how far you're going and what you need to see on the map. For example, Michelin maps show the campsites they recommend, which will be of no interest to you if you're staying in chambres d'ote or hotels. I'm off to Gourarec where I will be doing 'star tours', and then going up to Paimpol for the music festival, so I'm taking the IGN Top 100 #114, which covers everywhere I'm going on this trip - lucky me!
Others will recommend smaller scale maps - the Michelin 'local' maps at 1:150k are popular.

Thank for the reply. I'll be doing a small circuit from Roscoff over 6 days, staying in hotels. I'd like a map that shows the most minor roads and it would be nice if it indicated places of interest too......

Re: Raiders Road Dumfrieshire.

31 July 2015 - 6:47pm
Is that the one that goes along Loch Dee?

If so I cycled it a couple of months ago. It was pretty bumpy but is cycleable. I think they actually have resurfaced some of it and possibly are still in the process of doing so, which might mean having to push for a bit. Some sections are pretty steep too. I wouldn't fancy doing it on 25mm tyres but I reckon it's possible with the odd bit of pushing.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

31 July 2015 - 6:31pm
Well I made it. I was not very fond of the Taff Trail until around 12 miles out of Cardiff. The part that went up through the trees around the reservoir was terrible - logging road more suited to a MTB. It would have been unridable in the rain, I think, so was glad for the sunshine today.

Because of that, I stuck to the roads the rest of the way around the Reservoirs. Including that sharp incline you mention - though I powered through it. It did make me wonder if NCN 8 avoided that down then up bit, but when I saw the turn for NCN 8 taking me back ontro gravel, I told it to sod off..

The Taff Trail was terrible. I to lost in one or two places since the usual fork in the road wasn't marked, had some steep pitches when crossing over the river, and for some reason I had to walk my bike down a long set of stairs despite being on a cycling route. Not to mention more gravel and dirt road more suited to a MTB and a lot of the parts that were paved were really rough or felt like going over speed bumps for miles on end. Things didnt smooth out until about 12 miles from Cardiff.

Also, the gates are terrible. They are either the cattle herding type where you have to slow down only drop-handlebars are narrow enough to fit through, or they are the walking kind, too narrow for a loaded tourer to turn through. I lifted the bike over the lower rung on these (which I think is meant for pedestrians).

Luckily, it was mostly all flat or slightly downhill, so a long day at 55 miles but I made it. I was honestly hoping for a sweeping view of Cardiff or even a view of the castle, but that wasn't the case at all.

Figuring our plans for the weekend now. Quite knackered so dont think I will ride the bike to St Fagans, so will have to see what public transport is like (as an American, I never use public transit so this will be interesting).

Re: Mark Beaumont

31 July 2015 - 6:03pm
It's the dentists you really need to watch out for...

Re: Which maps for Britanny?

31 July 2015 - 5:45pm
simonineaston wrote:Michelin maps show the campsites they recommendOnly the sites that wre in their guide the year the map was published. So probably about 5% of the available sites.

I use very minor roads and like to know just where I am. Hence I favour IGN TOP100 maps. They are 1:100,000 (close to the old Bartholomew's half inch maps we old ones remember) which means I can use forest tracks and all sorts. Index sheet here http://www.themapshop.co.uk/images/Fran ... 20100k.jpg

Re: Which maps for Britanny?

31 July 2015 - 5:31pm
I'd need a bit more info. from you before I commit, like how far you're going and what you need to see on the map. For example, Michelin maps show the campsites they recommend, which will be of no interest to you if you're staying in chambres d'ote or hotels. I'm off to Gourarec where I will be doing 'star tours', and then going up to Paimpol for the music festival, so I'm taking the IGN Top 100 #114, which covers everywhere I'm going on this trip - lucky me!
Others will recommend smaller scale maps - the Michelin 'local' maps at 1:150k are popular.

Which maps for Britanny?

31 July 2015 - 4:44pm
I'll be setting off for a short tour of Britanny in a couple of weeks time. I'm wondering which map to buy. I'm considering the Michelin and the AA road maps. Any recommendations would be much appreciated.

Thank you.

Re: Leeds Liverpool Canel - Shipley to Gargrave

31 July 2015 - 4:44pm
Bicycler wrote:+1 My hybrid (35mm tyres) and I nearly took several swims between Foulridge (on the Lancs/Yorks border) and Skipton in 2012.
I was on 700x35 Marathons, nowhere near knobbly enough for liquid mud. I'd been slithering around all the way from Gargrave to Skipton so I decided to continue on the road after I'd called at Tesco, but by the time I came out of the shop I'd forgotten my decision and got back on the canal. I'd just decided to get off again at the first opportunity when I slipped.

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