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Re: Advice for tyre size for touring - 32c OK for off-road?

1 hour 50 min ago
My Fuji Touring bike came with decent 32c 'Vera Citywide' tyres and is fine for a bit of off-road (gravel, towpath, unpaved bike path and even a bit of fire road).

Re: Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

1 hour 58 min ago
The wifi is variable in quality, after being yesterday, this morning forums such as this and TTF are loading easily, anything with lots of pictures or graphics, ie Facebook or garmin connect won't load properly. Phil reckons there is insufficient bandwidth.

Re: Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

2 hours 25 min ago
Hey we moan about the wifi, if the bars restaurants and now local govt, can provide excellent free wifi, then so should the hotels. It's a no brainer, decent wifi the clients stay in the hotel spending money in the bar. Need to upload the garmins somehow.
As said the food has improved since March, and the hotel is to be upgraded. But you can do bed n breakfast at the PP, just eating out is expensive every night.

Re: Advice for tyre size for touring - 32c OK for off-road?

20 October 2014 - 11:12pm
what sort of bike are you riding? how much luggage? front and back panniers? bike stability is just as important as tyre choice. tyres can only do so much. make sure you have a good pump so you can adjust pressure regularly. it makes a huge difference to off-road handling for any tyre.

I'm also off to NZ off road and have just purchased some marathon mondial 26 x 2. v. expensive but if they are anything like the other schwalbes I have had (marathon + and supremes), they go a long way with no punctures

Re: Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

20 October 2014 - 10:33pm
OK I'll stop moaning about the WiFi. We used Bruce's (Pro Cycling) across the road earlier this year. Perhaps the lack of good WiFi in the hotel is just telling us to be more sociable & turn off these ....mobiles. Still set on B&B & finding nicer foot to eat elsewhere in a leisurely manner.

Re: Advice for tyre size for touring - 32c OK for off-road?

20 October 2014 - 10:11pm
When you say 'off road' do you mean trails or something a bit more rough?

I have 32c Marathon Pluses and I would happily go non extreme off roading with them

Re: Lighting a bike/high vis on tour

20 October 2014 - 9:41pm
Cunobelin wrote:Yet the same drivers who won't see the Supermarket worker without this visibility aid will see Mr and Mrs Bloggs along with Charmaine and Kevin who don't need Hi-Viz?

Or maybe they won't?


http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/VIDEO-P ... story.html


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-de ... e-28153128

http://news.sky.com/story/1130017/boy-9 ... t-car-park

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/111 ... permarket/


Etc,etc

Re: Cycling the Portuguese coastline

20 October 2014 - 9:20pm
I cycled a small part of the Portugese coast about 15 years ago.
I crossed the Tagus from Lisbon and headed south. I stayed in a B&B in Sesimbra then went to Setubal and took the ferry across the Rio Sado. From there I cycled down the coast to Villa Nova de Milfontes. As borisface says, it is an interesting and attractive area. The road surfaces were rather variable, generally ok.
I seem to recall that the traffic was light (in contrast to Lisbon which was intense).
For a few days I cycled with a Japanese man. He was camping wild and didn't seem to have any difficulty but I stayed in small hotels or B&Bs.
After Villa Nova I went away from the coast and made a loop eventually back to Lisbon.

Re: Advice for tyre size for touring - 32c OK for off-road?

20 October 2014 - 9:15pm
if u are worried about punctures consider getting some tyre liners as extra protection eg

http://www.halfords.com/cycling/tools-maintenance/pumps-puncture-repair/bikehut-touring-race-bike-tyre-liners

I have used these or along time with good results.

Re: Advice for tyre size for touring - 32c OK for off-road?

20 October 2014 - 9:01pm
elioelio wrote:Thanks. Although I thought a wider width tyre would slow me down on roads? I know when I changed from a mountain bike to a tourer the change was immense!
See irc's post above about tyre construction.

This I would imagine accounts for the difference you felt.

I would expect a nobbly low pressure mountain bike tyre to be slower on the road.

Just as I would expect the touring tyre to struggle trying to achieve traction on sloppy mud.

It's my understanding thst it is a myth that wider tyres are slower on the road.

Some authoritative sounding industry research made this clear I think.

Possibly from scwalbe?

Re: Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

20 October 2014 - 8:46pm
Port de Pollença has free wifi coming out of the lampposts (not joking!) and excellent 4G coverage in the town so I wouldn't worry too much about that.

Re: Advice for tyre size for touring - 32c OK for off-road?

20 October 2014 - 8:27pm
Thanks. Although I thought a wider width tyre would slow me down on roads? I know when I changed from a mountain bike to a tourer the change was immense!
If it didn't make a difference I would get thicker tyre just to be sure. But if they are puncture resistant then maybe I don't need to worry?

Re: Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

20 October 2014 - 8:25pm
Aileen Brown wrote:The report from our club group just back from the P Park was that the food was fractionally better but the Wifi worse.
Well at least they have stopped charging for it, tonight it has been better than last night, thou currently in the Palms supervising Andrew watching the footie x 2 though Man Utd losing and the wifi is much better, we usually go to 1919 for the wifi.

Re: Good footwear?

20 October 2014 - 8:20pm
As with any shoes, so with cycling shoes... there's a lot more to a good fit than a simple numerical size description. Feet are a complex 3d shape and you're best off finding some made on a last that's something like your own feet. If they're not a good shape for you they'll be uncomfortable and probably inefficient too.

So while my wife's touring shoes are Shimanos they're no use to me: far too narrow in the forefoot (I'm fine in their sandals byt the lack of upper means my feet aren't constricted) and if I get them broad enough there's a huge space in front of my toes. My current ones are Diadoras, Bontragers seem to fit me okay too, but unless your feet are like mine that's not necessarily any use to you.

This means trying a load on, which isn't always easy. If there's none available nearby to try mail order a load and be prepared to send at least some of them back.

The laces only thing, not uncommon for those to have a wee velcro laces-loop to tidy them away. Worth having something though, or sooner or later the laces will be chewed and/or wound around the pedal.

Pete.

Re: Lighting a bike/high vis on tour

20 October 2014 - 8:15pm
Psamathe wrote:One thing I've noticed when it comes to hi-vis on narrow lanes is: Horse riders always wear hi-vis, dog walkers mostly wear hi-vis (sometimes even the dogs), cyclists mostly wear hi-vis, mothers pushing buggies never wear hi-vis.

I'd be interested to know the casualty data for mothers pushing buggies on narrow country lanes; 'cos I was very surprised when I became aware of the pattern.

Ian


There is a campaign in the New Forest for all the "wild" ponies to wear HiViz!

Then in Wales it is cows and sheep wearing HiViz

Eventually someone will come up with the idea of headlights on cars and actually driving at a speed where you can stop when you see something in your path!

Re: Good footwear?

20 October 2014 - 7:19pm
Galloper wrote:You mention that you don't like cleats and use toe clips. If you want something for all round use, I'd suggest having a look at some walking shoes. Cotswold Outdoor have a good range (breathable and waterproof) starting at £40 and if you're a CTC member you get 15% discount. I have a fairly elderly pair of cross trainers that I've used for some time and they work very well on flat pedals so should suit clips. In bad weather I use a pair of lightweight walking boots.

I'd also recommend a pair of flip flops for use in a hostel or shower block. The other thing you might consider is a pair of camp slippers. They're light and cosy.

thanks for reply - I thought for while about this, but presumed either the sole wouldn't be firm enough when on the bike, or the shoe would be so firm it would be very heavy and bulky in the clips.
However, I do recall seeing some great Brasher walking shoes once that might have fitted the bill, the only thing that held me back was the price.

Thanks for the other tips too!

Re: Good footwear?

20 October 2014 - 6:59pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Some shoes have laces only (older type) some have just velcro straps (normally used with clipless) some have just the one velcro across instep with laces.
The single velcro strap across the instep covers lace knot and is above the pedal clips.
With an all velcro double velcro strap shoe, the lower velcro strap tangles with the pedal clips
Ah, my hardness of understanding I note

Re: Good footwear?

20 October 2014 - 6:28pm
Hi,
Some shoes have laces only (older type) some have just velcro straps (normally used with clipless) some have just the one velcro across instep with laces.
The single velcro strap across the instep covers lace knot and is above the pedal clips.
With an all velcro double velcro strap shoe, the lower velcro strap tangles with the pedal clips

Re: Tips for your First Bicycle Tour

20 October 2014 - 6:16pm
Lots of excellent suggestions there Antonio, I especially liked the generally positive and encouraging advice. I had thought you would have had lots or detailed tips on gear etc but it was refreshing to find it was mostly "seize the day and have fun"!!
A practical bit of advice I find helpful is to take and carry photocopies of passports, IDs, driving licences etc. Useful to have spare rechargeable power for phones too

Re: Rhine route?

20 October 2014 - 6:13pm
nirakaro wrote:Many thanks for that - very helpful. Look at Valle di Lei, 46deg30N 9deg27E (It is pretty tiny!). Thanks again.

Okay, i give you that!

Bizarrely the actual dam is Swiss!

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