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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#76 Post by Gerontious » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:01 pm

bonio wrote:
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The only thing I need to put in the panniers if I'm not camping is my Hi-viz, 100ml bottles of chain lube and engine oil, and one of these which are about 3 inch by 3 inch, by 1 inch...

http://www.screwfix.com/p/rac-compact-a ... UQodr14K0A
I was on the point of pressing the buy button until I read these reviews.

I have one of these.. which together with the puncture kit i use. which i will not name on this forum because being described as akin to suicidal irritates me somewhat.

the pump.. comes complete with a BMW powersocket plug (+ cigarette adapter).. I have taken it on every tour and together with the nameless puncture kit.. this has ensured sods law is in effect and no punctures happen.

the pump. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Airman-Compact ... B006B96OGS
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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#77 Post by Stu » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:05 pm

bonio wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:45 pm
Baloo wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:52 pm
The only thing I need to put in the panniers if I'm not camping is my Hi-viz, 100ml bottles of chain lube and engine oil, and one of these which are about 3 inch by 3 inch, by 1 inch...

http://www.screwfix.com/p/rac-compact-a ... UQodr14K0A
I was on the point of pressing the buy button until I read these reviews.
I was looking at buying one of these a while back! I will save my money now!
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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#78 Post by Stu » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:07 pm

Gerontious wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:01 pm
bonio wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:45 pm
Baloo wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:52 pm
The only thing I need to put in the panniers if I'm not camping is my Hi-viz, 100ml bottles of chain lube and engine oil, and one of these which are about 3 inch by 3 inch, by 1 inch...

http://www.screwfix.com/p/rac-compact-a ... UQodr14K0A
I was on the point of pressing the buy button until I read these reviews.

I have one of these.. which together with the puncture kit i use. which i will not name on this forum because being described as akin to suicidal irritates me somewhat.

the pump.. comes complete with a BMW powersocket plug (+ cigarette adapter).. I have taken it on every tour and together with the nameless puncture kit.. this has ensured sods law is in effect and no punctures happen.

the pump. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Airman-Compact ... B006B96OGS
And I have heard nothing but good things about these!
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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#79 Post by Baloo » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:57 pm

bonio wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:45 pm
Baloo wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:52 pm
The only thing I need to put in the panniers if I'm not camping is my Hi-viz, 100ml bottles of chain lube and engine oil, and one of these which are about 3 inch by 3 inch, by 1 inch...

http://www.screwfix.com/p/rac-compact-a ... UQodr14K0A
I was on the point of pressing the buy button until I read these reviews.
Jesus. Hope mine lasts then. I've had no problems with it and it inflates the tyres on my Tiger no bother, I use it on the car as well. I bought it in a petrol station in Scotland after that tyre plugging incident I mentioned above, because the gas bottles in the plugging kit only put 5 or 10 psi in to get you to the next petrol station. That was two years ago and I've used it several times since.

Maybe I've been one of the lucky ones, or maybe the people like me who are happy with it never leave a review, or maybe they just had a faulty manufacturing batch that generated a load of bad reviews.

Anyway! Glad you saw the reviews and didn't buy it on my recommendation, then have a problem with it.

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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#80 Post by Baloo » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:04 pm

I wonder whether this reviewer has hit the nail on the head

"Bought as replacement for one i had that broke but disappointed with it buttons and psi clock crooked and very flimsy which leads me to believe its counterfeit"

Screwfix wouldn't be selling counterfeit ones.

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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#81 Post by Baloo » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:10 pm

Also just noticed the list is filtered only to show 1 star reviews :roll:

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4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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1 star
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45 good reviews at 4/5 star, 6 middle of the road, 19 bad reviews at 1/2 star.

4 star rating out of 177 reviews in Argos http://www.argos.co.uk/product/7405835

Especially given more people give bad reviews that good ones, and the good reviews still way outnumber the bad, I won't rush to replace mine any time soon, but when it does break I'll get that Airman one.

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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#82 Post by Mawsley » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:34 pm

There's always this for inflation, far smaller for touring

http://www.adventure-spec.com/default/m ... -pump.html
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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#83 Post by Lateralus » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:18 pm

Mawsley wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:34 pm
There's always this for inflation, far smaller for touring

http://www.adventure-spec.com/default/m ... -pump.html

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I have a tiny CO2 thing and a decent small pump for cycling, so will probably take those. Sounds like I need to buy a proper pressure gauge though.
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See if your local Aldi has any of these puppies left - they're brilliant.

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Not found any in the few Aldis I've passed recently, so have ordered one of these instead. Can pack a couple of bin liners for backup waterproofness, but the reviews are very favourable, and for a tenner it only needs to last the trip.

And so back to routes - have plotted the next 2 days, on Google Maps for now as it's much quicker and easier for dragging lines around.

Argelès-Gazost to (potentially) Andorra la Vella. 219 mile day, taking in Col du Tourmalet and the interesting part of one of this year's Tour de France stages, along with an excellent-looking route into Andorra. Looks ambitious, but hopefully achievable, and I like the idea of a night in Andorra. Accommodation is a bit cheaper than places earlier along the route too.

Then the final day of this leg - Andorra la Vella to Feuillade, either by motorway, or not. Might play this one by ear and see how I'm feeling after the previous excursions, but a mix of motorways and scenic routes would seem most likely.
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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#84 Post by Baloo » Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:16 pm

Lateralus wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:18 pm
on Google Maps for now as it's much quicker and easier for dragging lines around.
But there's now no way to import that to Tyre within the free version to get an ITN file onto the sat nav.

Motogoloco mapping interface IS google maps, so works in exactly the same way, but then allows you to export your route direct to ITN.

Do it in google maps and you'll have to do it twice if you want to get that route on the sat nav.

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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#85 Post by Lateralus » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:27 pm

Baloo wrote:
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:16 pm
Lateralus wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:18 pm
on Google Maps for now as it's much quicker and easier for dragging lines around.
But there's now no way to import that to Tyre within the free version to get an ITN file onto the sat nav.

Motogoloco mapping interface IS google maps, so works in exactly the same way, but then allows you to export your route direct to ITN.

Do it in google maps and you'll have to do it twice if you want to get that route on the sat nav.
Not sure if it's my computer then, but I found Motogoloco very temperamental about whether it would pan the map or drag the route around, which irritated me so I just switched back to what I know! I knew I'd have to do it twice, but for the purposes of messing around I'm fine with that.
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red is a great colour.
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Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:07 pm
I may have to begrudgingly agree.

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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#86 Post by Stu » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:43 pm

@Lateralus Did I miss something? have you bought a sat nav? if so which one?
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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#87 Post by Baloo » Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:26 pm

Lateralus wrote:
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:27 pm
Baloo wrote:
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:16 pm
Lateralus wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:18 pm
on Google Maps for now as it's much quicker and easier for dragging lines around.
But there's now no way to import that to Tyre within the free version to get an ITN file onto the sat nav.

Motogoloco mapping interface IS google maps, so works in exactly the same way, but then allows you to export your route direct to ITN.

Do it in google maps and you'll have to do it twice if you want to get that route on the sat nav.
Not sure if it's my computer then, but I found Motogoloco very temperamental about whether it would pan the map or drag the route around, which irritated me so I just switched back to what I know! I knew I'd have to do it twice, but for the purposes of messing around I'm fine with that.
Hmm, maybe they are having bandwidth issues. It used to get laggy like that if you used it for really long trips, I tried to use it for an 800 miler and gave up and went back to tyre, but for 250 odd miles at a time it used to be fine. If you Google for "gmaps to gpx" there's a site you can convert your Google maps link to a Garmin GPX file, then open in tyre, then save as an TomTom ITN. Bit of a faff but better than doing it twice.
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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#88 Post by Baloo » Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:28 pm

Stu wrote:
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:43 pm
@Lateralus Did I miss something? have you bought a sat nav? if so which one?
Loan of mine, TomTom Urban Rider v3, not like I'll be climbing back on a motorbike this year with my injury, so someone may as well get the use of it.

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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#89 Post by Stu » Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:37 pm

So in that case take a look at ITN converter where you can plot routes and export them to any file you like

you can pick your maps and routing and it works well :D
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Re: Northern Spain to northern France

#90 Post by Baloo » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:48 pm

Stu wrote:
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:37 pm
So in that case take a look at ITN converter where you can plot routes and export them to any file you like

you can pick your maps and routing and it works well :D
Nice, will have to try that

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