Author Topic: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square  (Read 42109 times)

citoyen

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #175 on: September 11, 2018, 10:20:37 am »
Just signed up for this. Might motivate me to get out on the bike a bit more...

Current max square is a piffling 7x7, covering central London:


Max cluster is 225:


Quite a few gaps in the cluster that should be easy to fill to increase my max square size significantly (looks like 18x18 should be achievable with judicious use of a "gravel" bike). Annoyingly, there's one local tile that is all privately owned marshland, although the top right corner is clipped by a caravan park, so I might have to "visit a friend" there later...


I could "accidentally" leave the Garmin switched on next time I take the train that goes across the marsh, but that wouldn't be in the spirit!

ETA: just had a closer look at some of the missing tiles in my area - there are quite a few that could be easily ticked off by riding along busy main roads that I normally avoid - probably best saved for an early Sunday morning ride...  :-\

citoyen

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #176 on: September 11, 2018, 08:31:13 pm »
I've got a loose plan to get through all the squares in Kent by 2020, but some might be a bit tricky e.g. the Isle of Sheppey and Dungeness power station!

Nice goal!

Dungeness itself doesn't look to be a problem. You can get the square containing the bulk of the power station on a public road (up to whatever that mound is just North of it). It's the stuff to the West of the power station (in the 'Danger Area' on the OS maps) that might be a problem, that and the bit North of Camber Sands.

The mound is the bird observatory. That road is accessible.
http://www.dungenessbirdobs.org.uk/

From Lydd, you can go down Dengemarsh Road which takes you to the tile west of the power station.

*adds these to to-do list*

Some of the bits north of Camber Sands do look a bit trickier though.

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #177 on: September 11, 2018, 09:31:50 pm »
I have lots of 9x9 squares, both North and South of the Forth.

Need 5 squares for a 12x12 to the North (1 hillwalk and 2 rides should do it), but Loch Leven will stop me from getting more than that to the North, Pentlands will be a challenge to the South, not insurmountable, but the A702 is not a road I ever want to cycle.

Cluster of 388 containing Edinburgh, Kincardine, Kinross and Kirkcaldy.  Should be able to add Stirling, Dollar and Glenrothes to my cluster quite soon and that should bring it well over 500. Then Livingston and North Berwick are goals to the South.

Salvatore

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #178 on: September 12, 2018, 01:09:03 pm »
Salvatore, I see some red specks in the upper red corner, did you ride around Kem and the Solovki Islands?

Not Kem, but on Bolshoi Solovetski, from our hotel to a village (Rebolda) on the north of the island on hired mountain bikes.

A bridge on the old road to Rebolda

And hired a rowing boat on the lake/canal system built by the monks.

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telstarbox

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #179 on: September 12, 2018, 01:40:29 pm »
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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #180 on: September 12, 2018, 09:24:35 pm »
Salvatore, I see some red specks in the upper red corner, did you ride around Kem and the Solovki Islands?

Not Kem, but on Bolshoi Solovetski, from our hotel to a village (Rebolda) on the north of the island on hired mountain bikes.

A bridge on the old road to Rebolda

And hired a rowing boat on the lake/canal system built by the monks.

I did cycle from the railwaystation to Kem but that was before using a GPS. On Bolshoi Solovetski the weather was that bad that I only walked around the village.

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #181 on: September 12, 2018, 09:38:12 pm »
Today I finally managed to bag a few tiles near Verviers so my max square jumped from 29x29 to 32x32. It'll take quite a few rides to increase that again since the needed tiles are quite far apart (and some are in very lumpy area's). My new square now spans 3 countries though.


citoyen

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #182 on: September 14, 2018, 06:19:34 pm »
Current max square is a piffling 7x7...
Max cluster is 225...

Did a 24km road ride yesterday evening and a 38km MTB ride this afternoon, both on routes designed to target a couple of missing local squares (including the aforementioned caravan park), and I've leapt up to 10x10 and a cluster of 251. I can see this is going to prove excellent motivation to get me out on the bike more.

Discovered some interesting new roads as well. Some of them are dead ends but it's been fun having an excuse to explore them. Some potential for linking up other routes as well. The one yesterday evening could have led to further adventure and tiles bagged if I'd been on a suitable bike.

Just four more tiles to make it 12x12. And if I ride strategically, I should be up to 14x14 pretty soon...

Pingu

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #183 on: September 17, 2018, 11:18:25 pm »
And you may say to yourself, "My god, what have I done?".

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #184 on: September 18, 2018, 09:39:40 pm »
After uploading all my GPXs to Strava, here's my start point:


vv_tiles by The Pingus, on Flickr

Looking into the crystal ball I foresee many trips to the Northron wastes.

Pingu

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #185 on: September 19, 2018, 09:00:01 pm »
And so it begins. I took a diversion home from work to bag a square. I've ridden it many times before, but today was the first time with a GPS device.

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #186 on: September 20, 2018, 08:59:51 am »
So I paid my £10 and would post an image of my squares if I could work out how to... If the answer is "re-read the whole thread" then tell me!


Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #187 on: September 20, 2018, 09:33:22 am »
So I paid my £10 and would post an image of my squares if I could work out how to... If the answer is "re-read the whole thread" then tell me!

1) Click on activities and full screen. Change the colour settings with the map settings to your taste.
2) Make a screenshot
3) Upload the screenshot on some sort of imagehoster
4) post the link to the screenshot here

Pingu

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #188 on: September 20, 2018, 09:34:20 am »
I used Windows Snipping Tool to create a jpg image.

telstarbox

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #189 on: September 20, 2018, 10:06:49 am »
You might also be able to link to your veloviewer.com/athlete/12345/activities page depending on your privacy settings.
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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #190 on: September 20, 2018, 10:20:55 am »
Thank you. I understand the instructions.

fboab

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #191 on: September 20, 2018, 04:12:49 pm »
[tapatalk allows you post images direct]
TSS is not Total Sex Score, Chris!

Feanor

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #192 on: September 20, 2018, 06:26:05 pm »
Oh well, if we're playing this game, I get a VeloViewer Score of 98.980 ( whatever that means ), and a miserable 6x6:


vv_Sept_2018 by Ron Lowe, on Flickr


vv_All_UK_Sept_2018 by Ron Lowe, on Flickr

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #193 on: September 20, 2018, 06:55:48 pm »
Veloviewer1 by ff mm, on Flickr

There we go. Two 9x9 squares and a maximum cluster of 194. That gap where it says A8 is a thing to aim for - the A8 actually has an adequate-for-Britain cyclepath next to it so that's "easy" (I have cycled along that cycle path but it must have been before I routinely recorded transport cycling.) It is actually the two squares above that that might be more of a problem but there seems to be a golf course in there which I should be able to exercise my Right Of Responsible Access through in some way. Then the gaps south of there can be filled in by some creative Pentlands running...

Pingu

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #194 on: September 20, 2018, 08:08:36 pm »

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #195 on: September 20, 2018, 08:37:02 pm »
@fimm, 
One of the 2 squares to the N of the A8 can be accessed by taking the eastern road at the Kirkliston Crossroads an taking the right fork about 2-300 yds further on.
The other can easily be accessed taking the Turnhouse road from Maybury Casino or Cammo.

Highly recommend the Veloviewer Explorer helper app for checking that you have actually visited the square while on the road.

Tried posting my map, but can't find a way to upload/embed photos.

Feanor

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #196 on: September 20, 2018, 09:31:09 pm »
...and a miserable 6x6...

Me too.

Yes, well looking at our maps, they cover much of the same roads.

The simple fact is that in rural areas with a sparse road network which go around mountains, it's never going to be as easy to get a big grid as it is in a more urban environment where roads criss-cross every square.

And I CBA walking around dull mounds of Aberdeenshire just for this.

Hmph.

Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #197 on: September 20, 2018, 09:48:13 pm »
Another VV feature I love is the Eddington on the summary page- my graph tells me I have done >30 mins exercise (walk/run or cycle) on 199 days this year and >60 mins on 149 days.  So tomorrow will be an auspicious day...

Pingu

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #198 on: September 20, 2018, 09:48:58 pm »
...and a miserable 6x6...

Me too.

Yes, well looking at our maps, they cover much of the same roads.

The simple fact is that in rural areas with a sparse road network which go around mountains, it's never going to be as easy to get a big grid as it is in a more urban environment where roads criss-cross every square.

And I CBA walking around dull mounds of Aberdeenshire just for this.

Hmph.

Indeed.
 
I had a vague idea of trying to cycle all of the roads in our area as something to do to break up the monotony of doing the same old, same old. This tile bagging thang is a much better idea, I think. Purely for my own 'enjoyment', of course.

Feanor

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Re: VeloViewer Explorer Score and Max Square
« Reply #199 on: September 21, 2018, 09:25:16 pm »
Tried posting my map, but can't find a way to upload/embed photos.

You are 90% of the way there.
You have already got the image on Flickr.

Visit the image in flickr.
At the bottom right of the flickr web-page, there are 4 icons, Edit, Share, Download and Fullscreen.
Click the 'share' option.
Select 'BBCode'.
In the drop-down, select "Medium 640 x whatever"
The necessary code should appear already highlighted in blue in the box above.
Hit Ctrl-C to copy this.

Paste it into your YACF message using Ctrl-V.

This will paste something like this into your post:

[url=https://flic.kr/p/MvHqbg][img]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1956/29872313867_b9bcdeb5a7_z.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/MvHqbg]Capture[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/paddyirish/]alasdair_alexander[/url], on Flickr

I tend to stick a New Line between the image and the description, so I click between the first [/url] tag and second [url…] tag, and hit the 'return' key, to give this:

[url=https://flic.kr/p/MvHqbg][img]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1956/29872313867_b9bcdeb5a7_z.jpg[/img][/url]
[url=https://flic.kr/p/MvHqbg]Capture[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/paddyirish/]alasdair_alexander[/url], on Flickr

I've done some fancy stuff to prevent the forum software from interpreting the tutorial code above and actually posting the image.
But if I remove the fancy stuff, then this is the result:


Capture by alasdair_alexander, on Flickr