Discussion in 'Beginners' started by mik, 22 Apr 2010.

  1. mik

    mik New Member

    accrington lancs
    Just wondering what scale maps people used for general rides. We currently use the O/S 1 mile to 2.5 inch but would a smaller scale be better? ie do they still show the car neglected lanes we love so well...

  2. jimboalee

    jimboalee New Member

  3. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    I use the OS Northern England map at 1:200,000, which covers everywhere I could get to in a day. It doesn't include every single back road, but that is not necessary - you quickly develop the skill of reading the landscape and on a bike I only need to know exactly where I am some of the time, not all of the time.

    On my normal range of about 30 miles from home I don't take a map because I pretty much know all the roads anyway.

    Tracklogs for pre- and post-ride analysis.
  4. chillyuk

    chillyuk Guest

    I ride purely for pleasure, and exploring without maps is half the fun. Most of the time one is only lost for a couple of miles before seeing a roadsign to somewhere recognisable.
  5. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    It's the Landrangers for me, the 1:50,000 ones. All the roads and details I need.
  6. Me too. Ideal for cycling.
    Back in the day when I used to do longer rides, I used to tear the necessary pages out of an old road atlas. Great if you're sticking to A and B roads and you can easily carry enough pages to cover an awful lot of ground.
  7. I hate being lost, especially on a bike since any detour will involve Tim Moore's special "shag battering bollock-sodding kilometres" which are necessary as soon as you have to retrace your steps.;)
  8. OP

    mik New Member

    accrington lancs
    thanks for that...seems like the o/s 1:50000 is favorite as I say we have been using the 1:25000 series but find that sometimes they contain a little more detail than we need
  9. youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke The older I get, the faster I used to be ...

    +1 - just print out what you need, fold, and put in jersey pocket, much easier than lugging around a complete OS map. One of the scale settings is pretty much OS detail anyway.
  10. jimboalee

    jimboalee New Member

    Landranger and Pathfinder are on there.

    Also AtoZ for street names.
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