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Anybody have a compass on the handle bars?

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 12 Jul 2007.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ...I was just wondering if this works what with the bars being metal etc?
  2. sloe

    sloe New Member

    Were you thinking of one of those bobblyball dashboard stickons? Have had cause to wish for one often enough.

    Suppose it depends how much steel there is nearby, nothing else would affect it.
  3. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    yes I was...I could have used it on yesterdays ride.

    Years ago when I was young I ordered such a thing mail order....when it arrived it was a compass designe dfor use in th esouthern hemishere where north is south and south is north ...bloody confusing....

    They arnt that expensive so I may just try one and see.
  4. MartDavis

    MartDavis Senior Member

    I've had a compass/bell which I liked except that it lied to me because of the steel handlebars. You might be alright if you have aluminium ones though. I'm going to carry a small compass in my pocket in future and have an ordinary bell.
  5. orbiter

    orbiter Well-Known Member

    I confess to using the bell with inbuilt compass too. It works fine with ally bars but I couldn't live with the look of it.

    I'd never tour without a compass as they've dug me out of holes many times in strange territory. Normally I use the sun to navigate but someone keeps switching it off :?:

  6. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    I've done a bit of travelling in both hemispheres and never heard of that before!!
  7. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    well i assumed that was what the problem, th dial told me that what I knew to be east was in fact west and vice versa....
  8. piedwagtail91

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

    i've a compass built into the gps. comes in handy for getting a bearing to work out the names of hills or features
  9. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    I find the hand held compass hooked on my belt more convenient. It can be used on the bike but also handy for finding the camp site after checking out the night life on foot. :?:
  10. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    No offence, but if you think that you seriously need a compass on the handle bars touring might not be for you. I could understand it if you were navigating cross country in a desert or something but otherwise no.

    I keep a compass in my rack bag for those moments when I'm convinced that I've wandered off course. It's a cracking bit of kit - a marine compass mounted in a block of solid aluminium so it's completely waterproof. Cost a bloody fortune though from the duty free in Amsterdam airport.
  11. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    I bought a pair of discount Karrimor trainers to wear down the pub, and they came with a combined emergency whistle, LED light and compass keyring. It helped me navigate my last tour on dozens of occasions. I wouldn't dream of going without a compass in future. A pin on a cork floating in a jam jar lid of water works though. :?:
  12. Never felt the need. I take the relevant page torn from a road atlas and / or a 1:50 000 OS map, which go in the map pocket on top of my bar bag. I got a GPS system for Christmas a few years ago and I've never even taken it out of the box.
  13. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    I noticed that the OS 1:50 000 maps are more expensive than petrol. probably heavier too. I ended up with seven of the bloody things in my bar bag last time. Should've posted them home as I went I suppose. A decent GPS gizmo with a good base map could potentially do the job much more conveniently in my opinion.
  14. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    I've never carried a compass when riding the bike but I'm sure they are handy if you're in an area totally unkown. However good maps are a must in such places IMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  15. Yes, but OS maps are among the nicest things in the world.