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Cycle.travel is good for routing if you have a connection. It optimises for bike routes. Can be a bit "timid", but you can drag and revise the route. Then save it as a GPX file.
Have done this once, by swapping the MicroSD card from the Garmin (Etrex20) into the phone and copying the GPX from cycle.travel into the Garmin when I forgot to save a route onto the Garmin.
I did think about that, but having ridden the canal both ways, it gets crowded in the evening/later afternoon, so I thought it would be better to be leaving London early morning.
It's all of 500m climbing in 100km, so not exactly alpine climbing.
Well, I did the canals and a bit of railway line up to Luton on Sunday and it was a really great ride.
The urban bit following Regent's Park Canal to the River Lea Navigation is a bit slow, but really interesting as you get a very different perspective of the city from the canal.
The River Lea navigation is much more picturesque than you'd imagine and it quickly empties you out into open countryside at Lea Valley Park.
I mostly followed NCN2 and then diverted onto NCN61, so the trail was quite well marked and easy to find even without GPS.
There are a few minor roads around Broxbourne and then you're quickly into Ware - which is again, very pretty. Hertford was entirely forgettable, then we joined the Cole Green way to Welwyn.
To be honest, the route beyond Welwyn was lovely, but I could quite happily have hopped on the train there and called it a day.
That said, the road riding from Welwyn to Luton was great, really lovely open countryside, easy navigation and no hassle from cars. It was almost a relief to have some climbing and descending after the relatively flat canals and railway line. Getting back to town from Luton is super easy and fast too - about half an hour and only £15 for a super off peak single.
Any chance of a copy as well? Looks like a route worth exploring.
Not at all a Railway line, but I'm going to ride the canals up to Luton this weekend.
I'll let you know how it goes, but it could be another nice ride out, with a bit of token old railway at the far end for another day...
Is it a standard type of strap?
I cut the straps out of my old crash helmets, so I have bunch of different clips etc. They won't be Giro, but they might fit.
There was a podcast on the Race to the Rock bikepacking race - I've been looking for the link, but can't find it, where one of the racers describes doing just this- in his view, it's literally the only way to pack in enough calories and fat in easily edible form over a realistic time-frame!
It'd be pretty tricky dropping a rested rider up the course amongst the front runners, no matter what the reason for them pulling back.
My bar bag on my commuter bends my brake hoses all over the shop. It's been like that for about four years with no ill effects.