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06-25-19, 02:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 801
Posted By HobbesOnTour

There is also this one: https://cycle.travel/ ...

There is also this one: https://cycle.travel/

Uses OpenStreetMaps and favours quieter roads. Has the option to include or exclude paved routes.
Easy export of files for use in any app.
Where...
Forum: Touring
05-18-19, 04:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 441
Posted By HobbesOnTour

A good online resource for routing is...

A good online resource for routing is https://cycle.travel/map

The streetview option is particularly handy when in strange places....
Forum: Touring
05-18-19, 03:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,398
Posted By HobbesOnTour

First of all this. Second of all is your ewerk...

First of all this.
Second of all is your ewerk set correctly? I don't have one, but my understanding is that there are various settings to optimise generation.
My own experience with charging...
Forum: Touring
05-18-19, 03:38 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,700
Posted By HobbesOnTour

If this is the reality then my advice, like lots...

If this is the reality then my advice, like lots of those above, is to get out there and try it with whatever you can beg borrow or steal (not really!).


From my own observations, I have seen...
Forum: Touring
04-29-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 879
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Not a fan of Komoot. Either manually redirect...

Not a fan of Komoot.
Either manually redirect the route to where you want to go (not easy on a phone) or try the hiking option?

Alternatively try OSMand. Has the advantage of being able to create...
Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,063
Posted By HobbesOnTour

This! A thousand times this! :) Best lesson...

This! A thousand times this! :)

Best lesson I ever learned.
Mind you it helps if it's not freezing!
Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,756
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Sebastian, first of all my condolences on your...

Sebastian, first of all my condolences on your loss.
I'm sure it has been a terrible shock and something we cycle tourists don't think a lot about - what is it like for those left behind?

Thank...
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 948
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Try https://cycle.travel/map for planning the...

Try https://cycle.travel/map for planning the routes. It chooses very good routes, avoiding urban areas as much as possible. Easy to adjust and you can see the long distance routes marked on it to...
Forum: Touring
04-04-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,288
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I'm a big fan of Merino wool for cold weather and...

I'm a big fan of Merino wool for cold weather and on tour. Even if not fully dry it warms up far quicker than non-natural materials and is warmer. I've read of the benefits of light merino layers in...
Forum: Touring
03-16-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,166
Posted By HobbesOnTour

From my recollection, the OP, was very nervous...

From my recollection, the OP, was very nervous having had a serious collision while on his bike.
This tour their way back to touring after that accident.

Unfortunately, his nervousness wasn't...
Forum: Touring
03-11-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 924
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I'd suggest trying a couple of the UK forums. Or...

I'd suggest trying a couple of the UK forums. Or CrazyGuyOnABike has a classifieds section for touring partners.
Forum: Touring
03-11-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,070
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Zendure is another brand that allows pass through...

Zendure is another brand that allows pass through charging. I do not have one but have read positive reviews from other cycle tourists.

I second the idea of charging a powerbank, then charging...
02-07-19, 05:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,808
Posted By HobbesOnTour

It might take me a year to digest all that! :) ...

It might take me a year to digest all that! :)

I get what you're saying but hope that it's not true, despite all the evidence to the contrary.:) I don't like the idea that at a certain point...
02-06-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,808
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Thanks for taking the time to answer a question...

Thanks for taking the time to answer a question directed to someone else.
02-06-19, 05:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,808
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Thanks for the detailed and reasoned reply. ...

Thanks for the detailed and reasoned reply.

I can't disagree with any of that, however, people's needs are different. For example, the topo information or street names are handy in the planning of...
Forum: Touring
02-05-19, 03:39 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,552
Posted By HobbesOnTour

One thing I learned early on in my touring is to...

One thing I learned early on in my touring is to always stop and look behind you. sometimes the views are spectacular! :)
02-05-19, 03:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,808
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I'm curious as to why you would state that? I...

I'm curious as to why you would state that?
I use my Elemnt almost exclusively for navigation and find it perfectly capable for what I want it to do.
I use mine in the context of touring, so my...
Forum: Touring
01-29-19, 04:23 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,743
Posted By HobbesOnTour

With the greatest of respect everybody does not...

With the greatest of respect everybody does not need three touring bikes.

Sure, if you want to race across country with a credit card in your back pocket, then cycle down the GDMBR, then do the...
Forum: Touring
01-28-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,743
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I tour on a Trek 800 Sport, which, I think, is...

I tour on a Trek 800 Sport, which, I think, is from about 1997, so not recent if that is important to you.
It has no suspension at all, which was my decision. My previous hybrid type had front...
Forum: Touring
01-21-19, 05:32 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,756
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I think you need to go back to square one and...

I think you need to go back to square one and settle on two things;
1. What is the primary purpose of the bike you will buy?
2. What is your budget, including any costs to adjust/upgrade/repair the...
Forum: Touring
01-18-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,616
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Have you thought about how you will be using it? ...

Have you thought about how you will be using it?
Specifically, things like
When, where and how will you plot routes? Do you expect to be able to create routes on the road? If so, on the unit or on...
Forum: Touring
01-17-19, 04:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 488
Posted By HobbesOnTour

My experience with some of the tourist offices...

My experience with some of the tourist offices (when they were open!) was very hit and miss. Sometimes the routes was not shown on local maps!

In any case, it's a very safe route, even if some is...
01-15-19, 05:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,321
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Going on the assumption that you are going to be...

Going on the assumption that you are going to be following routes you have already loaded onto the unit, the there should be no issue with the Garmin unit.

As for a recommendation.... anything nut...
Forum: Touring
01-15-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 957
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I got an older version of one of these back in...

I got an older version of one of these back in 2015.
https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00PW4I9M0/ref=dp_prsubs_1

I have had no problems with mine. It's robust enough to be strapped on the back rack. Has...
Forum: Touring
01-13-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,423
Posted By HobbesOnTour

The very first thing Id look at would be my...

The very first thing Id look at would be my energy needs and recharging options. If youre staying in hotels etc then your energy availability will be very different to if youre camping.

For...
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 03:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By HobbesOnTour

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map That's a...

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map

That's a map of the UK showing the official cycle routes. Zoom in on your area of interest.

Alternatively try https://cycle.travel/map. It will plot a loop...
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 03:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,129
Posted By HobbesOnTour

It is a very handy site. It started just covering...

It is a very handy site. It started just covering the UK, but has expanded over time. Because it uses OSM mapping & information it is not 100% accurate as it depends on the accuracy of locally added...
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 03:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 733
Posted By HobbesOnTour

From the Dutch train site www.ns.nl ...

From the Dutch train site www.ns.nl


Tickets are available from machines (English language available) at every station.
Bike carriages are marked with a bike sign on the doors.
Forum: Touring
01-07-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,129
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Yes there is!! https://cycle.travel/map has the...

Yes there is!! https://cycle.travel/map has the option to put in a start and end point and click on round-trip. So long as there are genuine options, it will give you separate in and out routes.
...
Forum: Touring
01-07-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,007
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I've only toured in Europe and to date have not...

I've only toured in Europe and to date have not been too concerned about bike security for what I call short term parking.
I have a common as muck Trek MTB converted for touring that looks battered...
Forum: Touring
01-07-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,667
Posted By HobbesOnTour

But....but....but.... if you research everything,...

But....but....but.... if you research everything, where is the scope for the "mystery and adventure"? :p
Forum: Touring
01-05-19, 06:49 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,667
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I'd throw another couple of terms into the mix. ...

I'd throw another couple of terms into the mix.
The first is Confidence. Do whatever of practise, planning and research that will give you the confidence and belief that you can complete your tour,...
Forum: Touring
01-03-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 849
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I have a couple of these on my MTB conversion to...

I have a couple of these on my MTB conversion to allow 2 * XL bottle cages within the triangle.
https://mountskidmore.com.au/shop/adapters/bottle-cage-adapter/

Simple idea, very effective.
Forum: Touring
01-03-19, 05:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 879
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Depending on how heavy you want to travel,...

Depending on how heavy you want to travel, another option is to buy a couple of used bikes and use them until the logistics/costs become negative, move to your next point and buy 2 more.
Any big...
Forum: Touring
01-03-19, 02:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 733
Posted By HobbesOnTour

It's very rare that I would suggest to someone...

It's very rare that I would suggest to someone that there is something they they "should" do as we are all different and from my own experience the places and things that have had the most impact on...
Forum: Touring
12-12-18, 03:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,341
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Interesting topic. I live off the land when I...

Interesting topic.
I live off the land when I tour.... that is I enjoy the local food! :)

I think it's more of a romantic notion than a realistic option, given the fact that time taken foraging...
12-11-18, 04:27 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By HobbesOnTour

It's a niche feature, but incredibly important...

It's a niche feature, but incredibly important for a subset of users out there (both Garmin & Wahoo).

I popped off a note to Wahoo to let them know it can be done, but I got the distinct...
12-09-18, 08:15 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By HobbesOnTour

The folder is "Routes". Just to digress for a...

The folder is "Routes".
Just to digress for a moment, this will contain the routes that have been manually (ie cable) transferred as I understand that the routes done the normal way, ie through the...
12-09-18, 07:03 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Hi folks, just wanted to update this thread with...

Hi folks, just wanted to update this thread with some good news!

A few weeks ago I lost my darn phone, so had to get a new one, a Redmi 6. I've been sick the last few days, so I've had a chance to...
Forum: Touring
11-03-18, 06:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 847
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Not an app, but a website...

Not an app, but a website https://cycle.travel/map started in the UK and is expanding around the world.

It uses OSM maps, and is very simple to use. You can save your routes online, download them...
Forum: Touring
10-25-18, 12:59 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,148
Posted By HobbesOnTour

They also give a significant section of people...

They also give a significant section of people the confidence to get on a bike and go for a ride, people who "feel" they could never do it on their own.

An argument could be made that someone who...
Forum: Touring
10-24-18, 11:39 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,148
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I like your logic! :) Let's see where that...

I like your logic! :)

Let's see where that brings us....

If you use non-motorised transportation, please stay off the roads.

I'm not even going to start on your logic behind calling a e-bike...
10-03-18, 10:53 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Well, the HooToo nano arrived. The first...

Well, the HooToo nano arrived.

The first issue was that the tablet is incompatible with the app (old tablet), so I switched to my telephone (Samsung Moto G Play running Android 7.1.1)

Installed...
10-01-18, 11:10 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Hi Bob, I'm back after 3 wonderful weeks on the...

Hi Bob,
I'm back after 3 wonderful weeks on the road.
I see you've made great progress! Well done!

I've ordered a HooToo to work with my tablet. My tablet is old and has no OTG compatability,...
09-10-18, 10:21 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Thanks, John. I tried playing around with...

Thanks, John.
I tried playing around with Hotspots last night but had no success. Some of the hotspot apps are rubbish.
I think, even if I do get to make a hotspot and connect the Elemnt to the...
09-10-18, 10:18 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By HobbesOnTour

That's very true, Bob, I'm a genius! :):) ...

That's very true, Bob, I'm a genius! :):)

OSMand is perfect for the scenario you have described - and which I want to utilise.

I've tried explaining to Wahoo a few times what it would mean if...
09-09-18, 03:06 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Hmmm.... I'm not exactly an expert in...

Hmmm....
I'm not exactly an expert in technology, but that sounds like an option.
My understanding of a hotspot was that the phone takes an existing wifi/data connection and makes it available to...
09-09-18, 01:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Thanks, Bob. I'm a big fan of Osmand - it's...

Thanks, Bob.
I'm a big fan of Osmand - it's been my emergency navigator for years. Take it out, see where I am, put in my destination and off I go! The only problem is that I either use it on a...
09-08-18, 12:03 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Thanks for that, Bob! A picture tells a thousand...

Thanks for that, Bob! A picture tells a thousand words.
So, if I'm understanding this correctly;
The white rectangle is a battery pack supplying power to the HooToo
The HooToo is creating its own...
09-08-18, 11:16 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,412
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Thanks, John. In the event of no internet...

Thanks, John.
In the event of no internet access, I can just navigate by OSMand - that's what I would use to create the route without internet access. Not ideal, but in an emergency it'll do ok.
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