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Re: Best camera for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2016 - 8:15pm
Almost any modern camera is capable of taking decent pictures so you really need to think about what is important to you (which it sounds like you already have: "easy to handle, light, quick to pick up and shoot with good picture quality and battery life" etc.). I get the impression that you want something small and simple (to operate) so I have ruled out micro four third format and DSLRs (but I could be wrong)

My reckoning is try to get an idea as to how automatic you want your shooting to be and how much control you want to take - will you want to override the camera's decision making and choose/experiment with your own settings or be happy with what the camera decides? If you want to choose your own settings without going through menus, there are some compact cameras with knobs and dials that make changing settings a lot easier - like the Canon G series; there are other compacts that only have automatic 'style' modes. As others have said - decide on things like viewfinder and file formats. If you want a wide range of focal lengths, a super-zoom bridge camera might be more up your street.

Once you've decided on a few key features, I would say go to a shop and try them for size - some brands/models just feel more 'right' and intuitive than others to the individual. As you have said, you want a camera that you are going to handle easily and be quick to shoot with. Cameras are like bikes - some people prefer hub gears over derailleur, some prefer straight bars over drops - both get the job done .

Re: cheap cycling jackets for cold dry weather

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2016 - 8:07pm
Vantage wrote:I never really saw the point in windproofs. Rain jackets are both (at least ime) water resistant and windproof and so only the one coat is needed on a bike ride. My Aldi rain jacket does both and has the benefit of a fleecy neck covering, a front side pocket for keys etc and a big rear pocket for whatever a big rear pocket is for. Roomy too

Breath-ability and wash-ability.

With most waterproofs I would get boiled-in-the-bag and they need special washes with expensive special magical fluids.
There was a time when it didnt actually rain all the time and my windproof was my normal outer jacket.
At the moment I cant actually remember my last ride when it didnt rain or rain wasnt expected.

Re: cheap cycling jackets for cold dry weather

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2016 - 7:52pm
reohn2 wrote:I took a gander at these on Ebay and was quite surprised by the quality and good condition they were in for s/h ex army issue.
There was also some new ones for an extra tenner

I would find them a bit warm for cycling but for general wear or work wear they'd be great IMHO

well I bought 2 from differnt sources - both in excellent condition. There are a lot for sale some in less than perfect condition at a reduced price eg broken zips or stains or tears. The stuff sack is useful to have as it does pack down quite small. Even if you dont use while cycling they are small and light enough to carry with you should you stop and its cold? I have been using one for general wear and the lack of weight is amazing. No more heavy jackets. I got a "new" one for £25 incl postage.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2016 - 7:47pm
Ride with GPS has good set of pages on Garmin settings.
If you are using a Garmin for route map navigation, you want to read them.
The default Garmin settings make following a set route more difficult than
it needs to be. Still have not found the "Cake Stop Button", for food stops
leave the Garmin on.

http://ridewithgps.com/help/?cat=9

Re: Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2016 - 7:14pm
andy_l wrote:Monday night about 6pm I watched a Deliveroo cyclist go through red lights at the top of Park Street, dodging the traffic coming from his right along Park Row. He then pootled along the right-hand side of Queens Rd, opposite the Wills Building/Museum etc. No lights, dark clothing...

What a surprise! "guess what",, i saw one do the same thing at the bottom of Temple Meads slope ... I'm beginning to think myself and about three other people on the planet are the only ones left still stopping on red. It would be a bit ironic to get tangled up with another cyclist and his hardware, who had jumped a red in opposition to ones self.
There was an article in the Times financial pages a couple of weeks back, i only skimmed it but i think they are fairly big cheese.

Re: Best camera for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2016 - 7:07pm
F70100 wrote:This thread would benefit from some pictures; if you're recommending a camera, show us what it can do...

Nice photos, but what this shows is more about the photographer than the camera. Digital in a way makes that less so, the more you take the chances of getting lucky increase, but I know a photographer who uses shots as sparingly as they would if it was the most expensive film and still gets great results. And someone else with a pro level SLR who produces mediocre snapshots.
Link to my flicker below, I've only ever had one camera at a time, it shouldn't be hard to spot where I changed from a compact to M4/3, though the Panasonic LX5 was a very good compact. I shoot in raw and play with in Lightroom, I like it when a photo captures what it felt like to be somewhere, yet despite a reasonable understanding of the technology and composition my results are unpredictable.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/phbike/

Re: Best camera for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2016 - 6:58pm
On my desk are 5 cameras ranging from a Nikon Coolpix 330 to an Olympus OMD. The Nikon has survived two years of abuse but my Olympus 500UZ went for over five years before dying on me, the 600UZ lasted 18 months and one drop killed the Fuji S8000!

The things I look for in a touring camera are the following

Easy to source power - I prefer AA batteries, available almost anywhere
Reasonable zoom function - @ 12 is best I find
Light and easy to hold - i've sometimes had the camera in my hand for several hours
Simple menu - i'm not aiming for art pictures, just reasonable quality images - i've been known to take 10000 pics on a two week tour!
Must fit in my bar bag and jacket pockets - no good saying a haselblad is the best camera if you can't carry it!

Currently the Finepix is the camera that travels with me, it's quite tough, light, cheap and takes most stuff quite adequately. The OMD is nice but it's too complicated for quick shots and heavy too so whilst it's small it's not a tour camera.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2016 - 6:54pm
I don't see how any of the above phone 'v' GPS helps the OP learn more about his new Garmin.

Re: Pump Recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2016 - 6:45pm
mnichols wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:mnichols wrote:anyone found a way of keeping the pump protected on the bike? Cling Film maybe?

[emoji23] Or similarly shaped, stretchable, item? Can't think what [emoji535]


That gave me an idea, I've made a sheath out an old innertube. I cut it to just a bit longer than the pump and sealed one end with pucture repair cement,put the pump in the sheath and attached to the bike - now it's nice and protected from the winter elements. I'll probably take it off in summer as it looks a bit naff, but will keep it safe in the winter

Napoleon would be proud. Good work...b

Re: Pump Recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2016 - 6:44pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:mnichols wrote:anyone found a way of keeping the pump protected on the bike? Cling Film maybe?

[emoji23] Or similarly shaped, stretchable, item? Can't think what [emoji535]


That gave me an idea, I've made a sheath out an old innertube. I cut it to just a bit longer than the pump and sealed one end with pucture repair cement,put the pump in the sheath and attached to the bike - now it's nice and protected from the winter elements. I'll probably take it off in summer as it looks a bit naff, but will keep it safe in the winter

Re: Pump Recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2016 - 6:41pm
[quote="Erudin"]This pump is £5 excluding postage if bought between 6pm-7pm:

I've ordered two!

Re: Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2016 - 5:36pm
Does your smart phone work in the rain?
Can you operate it when you wear thick gloves?
Will it last for 15hrs or more even with the screen on?
Will it take a Li battery?
Will it take AA batteries bought from the corner shop?
Will it take AA NiMh rechargeables?
Is it GPS accurate to 7ft?
Can it display full OS mapping?
Does it have a magnetic compass?

If it does all of these things, it's a good thing to have.

Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2016 - 5:32pm
MartinBrice wrote:andymiller wrote:You always have had to pay extraNo - back in the day we partly dismantled the bikes and wrapped them up and took them as hand luggage, and spent an hour reassembling them at the other end. Carrying a dismantled bike on the Paris Metro in the rush hour was something I vowed never to do again. Paying £30 for the bike to go seemed a reasonable price at that point in time!

Yes true. I've also lugged my bike and luggage on the RER — riding between stations is definitely easier.

Re: cheap cycling jackets for cold dry weather

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2016 - 4:56pm
I took a gander at these on Ebay and was quite surprised by the quality and good condition they were in for s/h ex army issue.
There was also some new ones for an extra tenner

I would find them a bit warm for cycling but for general wear or work wear they'd be great IMHO

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2016 - 4:48pm
So Volvo man turns out the be claiming long term disability benefit and with his wife being his carer. Well well, I honestly wasn't expecting that.

What are the chances that his original vehicle, which was in for repair, was provided by the state - in which case he probably doesn't even have to pay his own insurance premium.

Perhaps one good outcome would be for this deadbeat to get fast tracked for a reassessment of his 'disability'

*********** 28th September 2015 - Nottingham Magistrates court ************** Failure to identify driver ------- £150 fine ------ 6 Penalty points

Re: cheap cycling jackets for cold dry weather

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2016 - 4:17pm
I never really saw the point in windproofs. Rain jackets are both (at least ime) water resistant and windproof and so only the one coat is needed on a bike ride. My Aldi rain jacket does both and has the benefit of a fleecy neck covering, a front side pocket for keys etc and a big rear pocket for whatever a big rear pocket is for. Roomy too

Whyte T-130 5 months old medium frame orange

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 11 February 2016 - 4:02pm
Bought 5 months ago. Regretfully selling, amazing beautiful mountain bike. High spec. Medium frame cost me £2,300 new. Looking for £1550 Ono. Has been used on seven stanes trials so not perfect but you won't get any better for price. Collect Peebles Scottish Borders. Viewing welcome
Categories: Go Cycling

Re: Triskell Guide to Cycling Holidays in Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2016 - 3:44pm
pga wrote:There is a big initiative in converting old railway routes into greenways (voie verte). The quality is often very good, much better than the NCN. The network is being added to all the time. Check online.

This may be a decent starting point - http://www.af3v.org/CarteAF3V/carte-detaillee.html

Re: Best camera for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2016 - 3:14pm
Some Panasonic LF1 pictures

https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id= ... view_all=1

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lf1/pool/page38

The pictures taken at gigs were taken from 20 yards back with the x7 optical zoom. Panoramas and videos are great too. With the F2.0 you can achieve good bokeh which enhances macro shots and portraits.

Tap on the pictures to get a closer look.

Al
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