Useful tech things I have found useful

So there's always things that you discover along the way that make touring that little bit easier.  

here are some of the technology things that have saved me a few times, so far.

 

1. Warmshowers - obvious one, but it's fricking amazing. 

2. Offline cycle route apps (so good) by Stuart Grey. He has them for UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark. They're £3 each from apple/android app stores or you can buy them in bundles for £5. They use your phone's free GPS for location. They also show bike shops, cafes and pubs/bars.

3. I use Maps.ME - so so so good because you download the areas you need to use and it gives you super good directions, like a GPS. I often look at vague routes on Bikemap (another app) and then follow smaller roads on maps.me because I like the tiny roads :) An awesome feature I found of Maps.ME is is you search 'drinking water' it brings up all the water taps. I usually bookmark them all on my route so I never get caught short.

 My 'drinking water' bookmarks for the Italian coast on Maps.ME

My 'drinking water' bookmarks for the Italian coast on Maps.ME

4. Or failing that, navigating with offline google maps and GPS - better for specific landmarks in cities, but I find it doesn't have cycling directions in many countries.

5. I use methylated spirits in my trangia stove, and this list of fuel names by country saved me on more than a few occasions. The NAFAA (North American Fire Arts association) also has a good, more updated list, that replaces petrol with paraffin.

 List of fuel names at fuel.papo-art.com

List of fuel names at fuel.papo-art.com