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  1. Robberg

    Robberg Guest

    We are going to Europe in the Spring. Where can we obtain inexpensive cycle route maps ??

    Rob
     
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  2. > We are going to Europe in the Spring. Where can we obtain inexpensive
    cycle
    > route maps ??
    >
    > Rob
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    Europe! Finland or France or? /ole
     
  3. Greg Shannan

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    Rob:

    You don't say where you are going, but for France (and probably Germany, Itally and Spain) the
    Michelin maps at the 1:200,000 scale are very good. That is 2km/cm, they have indications of steep
    grades, and most important the colour of the roads on the map indicates traffic volume.

    ... Greg Shannan

    "Robberg" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > We are going to Europe in the Spring. Where can we obtain inexpensive cycle route maps ??
    >
    > Rob
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  4. "Greg Shannan" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Rob:
    >
    > You don't say where you are going, but for France (and probably Germany,
    Itally
    > and Spain) the Michelin maps at the 1:200,000 scale are very good. That
    is
    > 2km/cm, they have indications of steep grades, and most important the
    colour of
    > the roads on the map indicates traffic volume.
    These maps are only a reasonable start but if you rely on them you will be disappointed.

    In France get the IGN maps which have twice the detail and show every road. These have green covers.
    They are excellent. In Germany there are a host of special cycling maps which you MUST get to get
    the max out of it. If you are doing tours like the Mosel, Rhine etc. you have little books which
    have all the cycling route details on them. These are superb. Germany has terrific cycling
    facilities which enable you to avoid most of the traffic, but you must seek them out.
     
  5. Greg Shannan

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    Garry:

    "Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "Greg Shannan" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > Rob:
    > >
    > > You don't say where you are going, but for France (and probably Germany,
    > Itally
    > > and Spain) the Michelin maps at the 1:200,000 scale are very good. That
    > is
    > > 2km/cm, they have indications of steep grades, and most important the
    > colour of
    > > the roads on the map indicates traffic volume.
    > These maps are only a reasonable start but if you rely on them you will be disappointed.
    >
    > In France get the IGN maps which have twice the detail and show every road. These have green
    > covers. They are excellent. In Germany there are a host of special cycling maps which you MUST get
    > to get the max out of it. If you are doing tours like the Mosel, Rhine etc. you have little books
    > which have all the cycling route details on them. These are superb. Germany has terrific cycling
    > facilities which enable you to avoid most of the traffic, but you must seek them out.
    >
    >
    Interesting. My experience with the IGN maps, was less positive than yours. The fact that they are
    at a larger scale is good, but they do not show the terrain as well, for instance they do not have
    the "fleches" that Michelin uses to indicate any hill over 5%, they also do not have as good a
    rendering of the topology and altitudes are completely missing. I found that the way they rendered
    the main roads was by "official" traffic volumes, where the Michelin seemed to use the real traffic
    volumes on the roads. This was very important to
    me. And finally, in my case, where they disagreed with the Michelin maps, I always found the
    Michelin maps to be correct. I also have never found any roads missing on the Michelin map.

    This is not to say the the IGN maps are not good, they are, but they seem to be more aimed at the
    car, curiously enough, considering the alternative is a tire maker. I definitely prefer the Michelin
    maps though. They are both around the same price.

    ... Greg
     
  6. Cycling Joe

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    Depending on which country, try Amazon.uk, amazon.de, amazon.fr.. whichever..

    I bought "Bikeline" guides off of Amazon.de a few weeks ago. In German.. but hey.. when in
    Germany....

    Robberg wrote:

    >We are going to Europe in the Spring. Where can we obtain inexpensive cycle route maps ??
    >
    >Rob
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    >
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  7. Cycling Joe

    Cycling Joe Guest

    Depending on which country, try Amazon.uk, amazon.de, amazon.fr.. whichever..

    I bought "Bikeline" guides off of Amazon.de a few weeks ago. In German.. but hey.. when in
    Germany....

    Robberg wrote:

    >We are going to Europe in the Spring. Where can we obtain inexpensive cycle route maps ??
    >
    >Rob
    >
    >
    >
    >
     
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