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Re: In an heavy raining day

2 hours 9 min ago
Can depend, there may not be a train, we had rain from 4pm one evening to a similar time the following evening, with no option but to ride one year in Italy. We had 2 days of riding to do to get to Verona and only 2 days to do it in.. so no choice... though we did not camp either evening..... and my son was promised (and got) several hot chocolate stops to ease the pain....

Re: In an heavy raining day

3 hours 19 min ago
Heavy rain all morning: shelter. Ride in afto.

Heavy rain all day: shelter. Seek accommodation

Heavy rain for x3 days or more: seek train or bus to skip a bit. Forecaste for longer: sorry,return home(depending upon howfar you are from home or got where you are)

To carry on cycling in heavy rain = depression,anger,divorce...wet feet,no matter what you wear+++(excepting full waterproof trousers etc)

I salute and endorse VC's to those who continue to cycle thru the deluge: not sure of your reasoning!

Re: In an heavy raining day

3 hours 22 min ago
Riding in the rain is usually okay while you are doing it. It can actually be good. So long as your kit is dry.

Re: In an heavy raining day

3 hours 31 min ago
Continue riding.
That's what you are there for.

Travel hopefully.
The weather will clear up!

In an heavy raining day

7 hours 58 min ago
Often, during a long cycling trip we are forced to take a tough decision, that fights with our spirit of adventure...

Re: Tips and tricks with Google Maps..

11 hours 16 min ago
1. With Macs, you zoom in and out with two fingers only. No need to click anything.
Upwards zooms in, downwards zooms out.

Re: Tips and tricks with Google Maps..

3 October 2015 - 9:34pm
Google also have another mapping system called "my maps" whilst it is free to use, you need to register to use it. This allows you to prepare routes, then save and download them, something you cannot do in Google maps. I have used it to prepare three long tours in the past couple of year.

Re: Amateur 150mi tour in memory of a friend. Tips appriciat

3 October 2015 - 7:38pm
Your MTB should be fine. Something like a Schwalbe City Jet or Big Apple MTB tyres for road riding, and should be comfortable for long distances. Don't put too much air in them; run them harder than you would knobblies, but a little soft will be more comfortable without being overly detrimental to rolling resistance.

Also, if you can, fit a rear rack to your MTB and use panniers or a dry bag instead of a rucksack. Your back and shoulders will thank you

Re: Amateur 150mi tour in memory of a friend. Tips appriciat

3 October 2015 - 7:02pm
I would suggest following parts of NCN6 but stick mostly with quiet roads as they will be easier to ride and give better views, access to cafes etc. Go for a slick/semi-slick tyre and lock out the suspension on your bike. I did most of my touring on a cheap 26" MTB

Re: Tips and tricks with Google Maps..

3 October 2015 - 5:46pm

Re: Tyre recommendations

3 October 2015 - 3:31pm
Something designed for ice.

Tyre recommendations

3 October 2015 - 3:30pm

I plan on cycling in Russia in winter and wanted to know if anyone has any recommendations on tyres I could use. My current tyres are 26 x 1.75.


Re: Tips and tricks with Google Maps..

3 October 2015 - 12:08pm
Immensely! Thank you Al...b

Tips and tricks with Google Maps..

3 October 2015 - 12:06pm
1. Goodbye pinch-and-zoom, hello one-handed zoom

Simply double-tap the screen, but keep your finger on it after the second tap and then swipe down to zoom in or swipe up to zoom out.

2. Save maps to use offline on your phone or tablet

Whether you’re on 3G or 4G, mobile data connections can be flaky – especially if you’re outside a major city. You may also want to turn data off while abroad to avoid a large bill. Fortunately, you can save maps for offline use and access them later in the main menu under Your Places:

Android: Tap the mic and say ‘OK Maps’ to save the maps.
Apple iOS: In the top-right, tap the three-dot menu and tap ‘Save offline map’.
3. Send directions from a computer to Android/iOS devices

You can ping over directions you’ve looked up on a laptop to a phone or tablet using the Send to device option, just as long as you’re signed into your Google account on all devices.

Enable the option in iOS via Google Maps > Settings > Notifications > Sent from desktop maps.

4. Set scale, units, places, home/work and view history

In the Google Maps menu lies Settings, where you can set distance units, enable map scaling and view/edit maps and locations history. Your places lists offline maps, saved locations, and the option to set Home and Work addresses. The Google Now app synchronises this information across app and desktop versions and gives you real-time traffic updates – handy to check before heading off to work or on a trip.

5. Orient yourself when out-and-about

Ever wonder if you’re facing the right (correct) direction? Tap the compass icon and the map shifts to face the same direction you are. Tap again to revert to the default ‘North up’ view.

6. Catch the last train, view public transport, traffic and cycling routes

Enrich standard and satellite maps by adding layers from the menu. There’s Cycling, Terrain, Public Transport and Traffic – the latter two with real-time information, such as red lines warning of heavy traffic or upcoming departures and arrivals for bus, train and tube stops (and the routes serving them). To view the last trains and buses tap the train icon, load the route, then tap Settings > Last > Done.

7. Effortless voice and ‘nearby’ searches

Search by speaking places names in Android, via Siri in iOS on an iPhone, or your PC microphone. If you’re looking for points of interest, such as a car park or cash machine, or want to grab lunch in an area you don’t know, simply search using the word ‘near’, for example ‘cafes near Bristol train station’.

8. Off-road street view with ‘Views’ and ‘Treks’.

Treks takes Google’s Street View camera from the car roof and onto a helmet, boat and so on. Explore Yosemite National Park in the US, cruise around the canals of Venice, view the majestic Northern Lights and much more.

9. God-view mode

Fancy flying around London, New York or just between home and your local chippy? Get a unique view with this combination of Google Maps and Google Earth.

Phone/Tablet: You’ll need both the Google Maps and Google Earth apps installed. In Maps, tap the menu button and select Google Earth to open. Place two fingers on the on-screen map and change the viewpoint as you wish: to rotate the map, move them in a circular direction; to tilt, move them up or down the screen; or pinch them towards or away from each other to zoom in and out.

PC/Mac: Search for a landmark/location, such as the Empire State Building.

Click the square named Earth in the bottom-left corner. Click the Tilt view icon (it looks like four tiles) to change the angle.

Finally, position the map as required – hold down the Ctrl key and use your mouse to move it, and use + and - symbols to zoom in/out. As you zoom by past certain major landmarks, they’ll appear in 3D.

10. Google Maps ‘Easter Eggs’

A few of the best (chocolate-free) surprises, which are best experienced using Google Maps on a laptop:

Search for directions between ‘Brecon Beacons‘ and ‘Snowdon‘, and check the transport options to discover a rapid, but rather toasty, scaly route.
Search for directions between ‘Fort Augustus‘ and ‘Urquhart Castle‘, choose the train/bus icon and check the transport options to have a local beastie help you on your way (choose ‘fewer transfers’ if you can’t see the unusual method).
Locate Dr. Who’s TARDIS on a London street and venture inside.
Drag ‘peg man’ over Area 51 in Nevada and he turns into a spaceship.

Hope you find this useful


Re: Overnight tour of the Isle of Wight -Slight Fail.

3 October 2015 - 12:04pm
Farawayvisions wrote:Heltor,
I'm thrilled thrilled thrilled that you enjoy my work. Did I say thrilled?
Thank you. And Bryan Willis would be the very same man that you met all those years ago. Dan was competing at the Nationals in Restronget, near Falmouth in 1983 and he thinks Plymouth in 1984. He never made the Internationals though. Are you still sailing?

I did my first nationals in an 'oppy' in Largs in 1988 and the worlds in Yokohama in 1989. I did another worlds in an ISO in 1999 in France. 10 years to get that good again? Slow progress eh?

Everything was about competition, nutrition, fitness and adrenaline. I couldn't go near a body of water without my heart rate going up and going on a boat for a day trip or picnic was in unthinkable waste of oxygen. I realised I needed to chill out and I hung up my spinnaker in exchange for a kayak paddle. That soon turned competitive so I sold it and went for a canoe. NOTHING you do will make a canoe go fast so it was ideal. I reconnected myself with the spirit of water, nature and learning to slow my body and mind. The perfect cure to my blood thirsty competitiveness.

I had always been into bicycles, but getting into touring opened up a new perspective on travel and cultural exchange as well as my love for bikes as an amazing machine in itself. Occasionally I catch myself competing against myself or other cyclists, but it's a lot more contained, and I use any 'moments' I have like these as a way of having a laugh at myself. I also take a moment to congratulate myself for the improvement my 'moderation' of my extreme competitiveness has made on my quality of life...b

Re: Overnight tour of the Isle of Wight -Slight Fail.

3 October 2015 - 8:52am
I'm thrilled thrilled thrilled that you enjoy my work. Did I say thrilled?
Thank you. And Bryan Willis would be the very same man that you met all those years ago. Dan was competing at the Nationals in Restronget, near Falmouth in 1983 and he thinks Plymouth in 1984. He never made the Internationals though. Are you still sailing?

Re: Latest OS Maps

3 October 2015 - 6:14am
quilkin wrote:Isn't Chromebook a normal Android device?

No, it's ChromeOS. However there is a way to run android apps. Never tried it, though having been reminded now it may help my son-in-law with a Strava problem he has. Thanks.

Vrienden op de Fiets

2 October 2015 - 10:09pm
I'm off to the Netherlands in a few weeks and have joined 'Friends of the Bicycle' for budget B&B. I'm wondering about what it'll be like, and particularly how far in advance I'll need to book, as it doesn't say in the address book. Advice from those who have used this would be welcome! I'm used to just turning up at campsites so this is a bit different.

Overnight tour of the Isle of Wight -Slight Fail.

2 October 2015 - 10:05pm
Always always a good read! Did I say always? Your humour is appreciated thank you M...b

EDIT: Bryan Willis? Optimist dinghies? This is a tiny world! I met him in Africa in about 1988 or 1989 and very possibly in Yokohama in 1989. I think he was a judge/officiate in the sailing world. Goosebumps! I did a few national championships and a world championship in one of these 'Swallows & Amazons' boats...b


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