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Alex_B

Member since Aug 2014 • Last active Jul 2021
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Am AlexB on a number of fora and used to be on the old LFGSS site as well.

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  • in Rides & Races
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    OK, then let's take advantage of your local knowledge and follow your route.

    I'm thinking it would take me about 3 hours to get to Dorking, so I would aim to meet you there, or catch up to you on the way. How does that seem?

    does anyone else want to meet me from South London (Norbury)?

  • in Rides & Races
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    My route for comparison (from Dorking): https://cycle.travel/map/journey/242937

    For anyone wanting to ride from London, I'd propose from South London, following route 21 and then heading directly West from Redhill to Dorking via Woodhatch and Brocking.

  • in Rides & Races
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    @SteadyCam that route makes a lot of sense up to about Milford, just past Dorking. Your route goes north on the road, whereas I've chosen a more southerly off-road route south of Elstead. Does local knowledge come into play here, or is this a viable route?

  • in Rides & Races
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    @Skülly do you want to send me your draft route and I'll see if I can match it up to Strava records etc. and see if I've ridden it before?

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    @Skülly, the first part of your route is my regular toute out past Dorking, that should pose no problems and I've done loads of exploration out that way. Let me check on Strava and see what the routes I've used look like.
    I suspect there's some pretty gnarly routes between Gomshall and Bramley as that region is riddled with bridlepaths, sunken lanes and the like. It's hilly as fuck, so great fun if you like chucking your bike down loose descents.
    Godalming to Milford looks pretty straightforward and then an almost entirely off-road route to the lake and a chance to cool off the nettle and bramble rash in the lake.
    If anyone has an appetite for an early start and a bit of a faster pace early on, we could leave from Kent Gate at about 6am and still catch up with the Skully train en route.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Always happy to help. I haven't been able to find a way to get it to ignore a footpath though. If you can make it do that, all power to you.
    Send me a link to your draft route and let's see what comes up.
    After last week's ride, I might pack secateurs on the bike!

  • in Rides & Races
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    A bit tentative, but why not.
    1 Skülly - Aug 1st & Aug 8th
    2 Thrasher - Aug 1st
    3 Qebrus - Aug 1st
    4 Vilms5000 - Aug 8th
    5 SteadyCam - Aug 1st
    6 AlexB - Aug 1st or 8th (tentative)

  • in Rides & Races
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    This is the route I took a few weeks back. The bit from Guildford to Petersfield takes you onto the SDW and it was a cracking route.
    https://cycle.travel/map/journey/234383

  • in Rides & Races
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    Yes. It tries to fit your route to known cycle routes based on the open bikefiets cycle maps.
    In general you enter the start and end points and see what it suggests.

    Ity can be overly cautious as it will try to avoid major roads at all costs, but sometimes you might be happy enough to ride on a major road for a few miles rather than through unknown sidestreets for 2-3x as far. You can click on a road and open in it Streetview, or see if there are geotagged images from the same location.

    For finding what a bridleway looks like, this latter feature is excellent.

    Where it does fall down is that it will not route you onto one-way footpaths. So if there is no exit, it won't let you go there, even though it's obvious it's a real route (these paths are usually there because the open streetmap data is incomplete). So sometimes you end up creating routes that don't properly work and have to import them into Kommute or something to close the links. Usually I make notes and memorise the route.

    I've found some amazing routes and trails beciuase of it and that includes a lot of "hidden" infrastructure that looks dodgy as fuck on a map, but turns out to be excellent.

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