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Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

2 hours 17 min ago
We are paying for these airlines and baggage handlers to respect our packages. They know what they are. They are making a profit on them. Fair does. But treat the baggage(bicycles) right,please!

We're an encumbrance! Well add £10 to the fare,then. Just make sure our kit arrives okay. Treat us ok;we're part of your bread and butter!

Re: New Route Planner

10 hours 31 min ago
Richard Fairhurst wrote:Let me know if not - really keen to get this nailed. (And to nail Garmin's programmers to something.)
Saved TCX files from Cycle Travel opens up OK in BikeHike, but the route is much coarser than one created in BikeHike. They also appear to open in my old Edge 605 OK. Tomorrow I'm out recce-ing a route for Sunday so I've plotted a short route* to the start of that (I know most of it pretty well, except I possibly need a prompt to take the right turning at the end to get to the meet up point) so I'll see how it behaves "in the wild" & report back.

Rick.

(*Even if it did take over 30 via points to get a 9.5 mile route to go the way I wanted it to using direct roads & avoiding a muddy footpath with stiles! To follow a main(ish), but not that busy, road I needed to put a point in pretty much every block. It does seem slightly pointless to repeatedly suggest a doing a right turn onto back streets to get off an A road then after a block - perhaps only 100 yards long - want you to do another right turn back onto the road you just left )

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

28 August 2015 - 9:46pm
May be off topic but Bing got me using their maps by putting the OS maps on them.

Donana national park spain.

28 August 2015 - 8:49pm
Arriving in San Lucar I was told I could ride to Huelva but only on the beach

After paying the ferry €10 I,m given little time to ride the distance so opt to camp after 20kms on the dunes.

Anyone else daft as me done this?

33km of hell really. I run 1.6 inch tyres. I didnt want to ride the 200km to seville and then turn left.

I sure was glad to reach Matalascanas and tarmac, and a garage to wash the sand off, the chain was on its way out anyway, but in hindsight I,d prefer the longer route.

beautiful views though.

just a warning.

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

28 August 2015 - 7:37pm
I often fly back from Beziers with Ryanair. Will be doing again in September. I use a crappy £6 lightweight bike cover that offers little protection but it is covered in pictures of bikes so no argument about it being a bike bag.

I have never being refused though I was once asked to sign a waver. The bag tears easily but the bike will wheel in and I sometimes get two or three trips out of it. It is also very light.
However. The last time I travelled I suffered a dinted toptube and slightly bent frame that I had to scrap. Maybe could have happened with any bag.
In Faro airport it would initially not fit in the largest Xray machine [25" frame] and they wanted to open the bag to inspect but eventually juggled it through when I objected. I have used the CTC bag without damage but also being refused boarding in Biarritz when I was told it was not a bike bag. I've also had bags torn by staff to let down tyres that don't have to be let down. I don't know the answer to a hassle free flight with a bike. I often use a box when flying out but it is a pain to dismantle the bike to fit and then have to put it back together on arrival. Also it may be used as a platform to stack suitcases, although I have never suffered damage using a box. I find the CTC bag heavy and bulky to take on tour.

Re: Rear lights are driving me mad

28 August 2015 - 7:34pm
martin113 wrote:It's that time of year again when a cyclist's mind turns to thoughts of lights. I want a rechargeable rear light with option to have it steady or flashing. Trouble is that buying on the internet it's hard to see what kind of bracket it comes with. Most just use a rubber ring to fit around the seatpost. Useless if you use a seat pack. I want to fit it to the seat stays but of course with a simple wrap around rubber thing it points mostly up in the air. I want to be able to adjust the direction of the beam to hit those motorists right in the eye. Tell me about your favourite and most powerful lights on your seat stays.

I have several Cateyes, there's a choice of brackets and which don't seem to have changed in years.
http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/rear-light-b ... EYE&page=1

Allows me to swap lights between rack, seatpost and stay on different bikes.

Re: Rear lights are driving me mad

28 August 2015 - 7:30pm
Therealsouthstander wrote:Well, when I'm cycling into work on a dark morning at 4.30 am on a rural road ,I have 2 flashing rear lights - the Cateye LT 1100.1 on my helmet and 1 on my saddle bag..


Apparently you're better off with one flashing and one steady, can't remember where I read it but think it was a reliable source. The theory is that the flashing light gets more attention but the steady light makes it easier to judge distance.

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

28 August 2015 - 7:21pm
Whilst searching for a different topic that I'd posted in, I came across this one and thought I would note for anyone suffering slow performance from Google Maps that there is now a switchable ""Lite" version - a little lightning bolt down near the controls at the bottom right of the screen - that may (or may not) help with slow loading, etc.

Rick.

Re: Rear lights are driving me mad

28 August 2015 - 5:53pm
Big fan of the Moon http://www.moon-sport.com/product-detail.php?id=72 lights, great mounts and steady or flashing states

Re: Rear lights are driving me mad

28 August 2015 - 3:30pm
Well, when I'm cycling into work on a dark morning at 4.30 am on a rural road ,I have 2 flashing rear lights - the Cateye LT 1100.1 on my helmet and 1 on my saddle bag..

I want cars/ trucks to see me from as far back as possible.. Do you honestly think this is wrong. ?

Re: Rear lights are driving me mad

28 August 2015 - 3:14pm
People with powerful and/or flashing rearlights are a plague for following cyclists. There was a silly fellow last week who had one on his bike and one on his idiot head, both of them flashing in a random pattern at variable intensity, the final blast being powerful enough to cut through steel. Dear Lord the misfortunes I wished upon him, if half of them came true he'd have been in three graves by now and shaping up for a fourth.

FWIW I use a stay-mounted B&M Secula on one side and one of these as a back-up on the opposite stay:

http://www.cateye.com/en/products/detail/TL-LD650/

Angled horizontally and in non-blinking mode, of course.

Rear lights are driving me mad

28 August 2015 - 1:34pm
It's that time of year again when a cyclist's mind turns to thoughts of lights. I want a rechargeable rear light with option to have it steady or flashing. Trouble is that buying on the internet it's hard to see what kind of bracket it comes with. Most just use a rubber ring to fit around the seatpost. Useless if you use a seat pack. I want to fit it to the seat stays but of course with a simple wrap around rubber thing it points mostly up in the air. I want to be able to adjust the direction of the beam to hit those motorists right in the eye. Tell me about your favourite and most powerful lights on your seat stays.

Re: New Route Planner

28 August 2015 - 11:22am
Let me know if not - really keen to get this nailed. (And to nail Garmin's programmers to something.)

Re: Netherlands Tour - Rig Statistics

28 August 2015 - 9:56am
For added geekiness, you could also split your body weight front and rear, in your normal riding position

Re: camp site recommendations for Derbyshire

27 August 2015 - 10:46pm
Waterloo Arms at Biggin. Close to the Tissington Trail and to Hartington. Good basic site, and nice friendly pub.
Callow Top just outside Ashbourne. On the Tissington Trail, walking distance to Ashbourne. Maybe a bit rule-driven and elaborate, but does have on on-site pub which brews its own beer.
And I think there's a basic farm site at Wetton, close to the Manifold trail and Thor's cave. The pub (Royal Oak) is good, but not as good as when it was more basic and had its own campsite.

Re: New Route Planner

27 August 2015 - 10:45pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:I've done a bunch of work today on the GPS downloads:

[list]
[*]TCX should now work properly on Garmins - I've tested it on BaseCamp and Training Center and it works fine, though I don't have a new Garmin unit to test with;
...

Oh, amazing. I'll have to try it out. In the past I've done the route finding on your site then (I can't remember if the reasons are from bad experience or just stupidity on my part) I've had to manually recreate the route in Garmin Connect, since I've never had success with GPX or TCX files. Fingers crossed that TCX works nicely.

Re: Bought the bike!

27 August 2015 - 8:22pm
And the same for the Dalesman: fit the widest posible tyres for maximum effect. I have just come back from a tour through the Czech Republic and Germany, and while admiring the quality of the German cycle routes, pretty large chunks were forest trails and gravel. That was part of what I like about them, but my 42 mm tyres were on the narrow side: next time I will use something wider.

Re: Bought the bike!

27 August 2015 - 8:18pm
Enjoy the ride.

Re: Solar charger or dynamo

27 August 2015 - 8:17pm
I like simplicity. So I keep my phone switched off during most of the day, and only turn it on for a few minutes at the end of the ride to text my wife t5hat I have arrived safely at the next campsite. That way I only have to charge it, say, once a week. For that I have a litle charger. I also have a small and light battery pack that is good for one charge of the phone. That way, I recharge the phone, and can recharge the battery pack when and where it is convenient and safe without risk of the telephone getting stolen. As a gps I have a Garmin Etrex 30. It is the cheapest range, and also the lightest. The final and perhaps most important advantage is that is also lasts longest on a set of batteries. If you buy really good rechargeables like the Ansmann Eneloop type, one set is good for five days of cycling if you switch it off when you have a break, and only follow tracks. So on a 2-3 week tour I don't need a charger, but only a few sets of spare rechargeable batteries. For the record, I have a Schmidt hub generator on my bike for the lights, but I really do not want to have to deal with stuff like an Ewerk and all those cables. For a trip in outer Mongolia the choices will be diferent, of course.

Re: Bought the bike!

27 August 2015 - 8:07pm
Thanks all. I am borrowing (um stealing) the bike we bought for my son as it will be fantastic as a heavy duty off main roads tourer. I'll do as Willem suggested and use the KoM with wider tyres, tour with both and see what works for me.

Thank you again!!!

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