Ordnance Survey maps...Grrrr!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by PpPete, 30 Apr 2010.

  1. PpPete

    PpPete Guru

    Chandler's Ford
    I must be getting less tolerant in my old age.... but this now irritates me beyond measure.

    Don't get me wrong - love the OS mapping, used it for years, but why of why do they have to put a stupid cardboard cover on that prevents it being folded neatly to show just the section you're in now.

    Harveys do it better, just print the cover design on one unimportant corner of the map itself, so that it's visible when folded to be put away, but doesnt impede any refolding.
  2. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Er... you can always tear the cover off then glue it back later!
  3. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Trim the cover ... but I know what you mean...
  4. 661-Pete

    661-Pete Guest

    Am I remembering this right, or didn't there use to be a dotted line printed around the edge of the cover, inside, so you could trim it to exactly match the map folds?
  5. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    Yep, thats right, I was just about to post that myself. Or just take the cover off.

    The OS produce the most accurate, comprehensive, accessible, cost effective, easily understood maps in the entire world, and you moan about the cover. Stop moaning and give thanks.

    Get a bloody grip:angry:
  6. Glow worm

    Glow worm Guru

    Near Newmarket
    You could always get one of these... http://www.memory-map.co.uk/adventurer/
    Santa brought be one last year, and the device lives on the handlebars on long rides through unknown country. Gone are the map flapping in face while riding woes!
  7. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    The covers are stuck on with a lightweight glue specifically so that they can be removed easily.
  8. Chrisz

    Chrisz Über Member

    I always remove the cover first and then trim the map before covering it in sticky back clear plastic (fablon) to waterproof it and make it more durable. If you then iron the paper side with apretty hot iron to ensure good adhesion you can then remove the paper by soaking it and rubbing it gently (the paper rolls off in little sausages). this then leaves you with a plastic map that is easy to fold, you can mark it with map pens and (beacuse yu have reomoved a lot of the paper) is light weight and compact ;)
  9. 661-Pete

    661-Pete Guest

    I agree. For the record, I think the French equivalents, the IGN series at 1:25000, are total cr*p. Poor colouring, total lack of durability, scanty information about rights of way and other features, and difficult to distinguish between surfaced and unsurfaced minor roads, making it a nightmare when trying to explore rural French lanes on a road bike... Give me OS any time!

    And - I remember from a trip to Austria many years ago - the dreaded Kompass Blunderkarte! xx(xx(;)
  10. Davidc

    Davidc Guru

    Somerset UK
    Gently warming the glue helps get them off too.

    It's the first thing I do when I get a new landranger for cycling or explorer for walking.

    I wish they still did the cloth reinforced ones that we used to get in the 60s and 70s. It stopped them falling apart quite as quickly as the paper ones do.
  11. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
    I adore OS maps. I can lose myself in a good map for hours at a time :biggrin:

    OS maps are my map of choice for cycle touring. When I'm out on a day ride, I simply take a copy of the relevant bits and slip those in my bar-mounted map holder. Keeps the original maps in good condition and avoids mapfold-rage ;)
  12. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Britain is the best-mapped country in the world, we are lucky to have such fantastic maps. I can't understand why anybody other than a delivery driver would want to use a crap nav.
  13. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Because I've my OS maps loaded onto them ... then I can see the route I have taken...

    I've recorded the BBC4 series about maps ... but I'm going though a tired phase at the minute and fell asleep whilst watching it last night (not to do with the program - I also fell asleep around at my friends house whilst looking after her children (7 and older) and didn't notice my friends return to the house:blush:). The bit at the beginning seemed interesting.
  14. porteous

    porteous Veteran

    I believe you can still order OS maps in rolled format from your local OS stockist. Cheaper too. (Believe me, in the army we used nothing else, or nothing.).
  15. Theseus

    Theseus .

    It was interesting, this episode was not so much about maps to get from A to B, rather about political influence. They showed the maps used to track cholora (sp?) that showed that one outbreak was due to a contaminated pump and not a miasma in the air. There was one used by the Nazis to identify states in the US that they could use to influence the non entry of the US into WW2 and ones that showed which towns had Jews and Gypsies in. A couple of relgious ones to show the dominance of christianity and how to go on a spiritual journey to Jerusalem. A very interesting program.
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