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Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

21 August 2014 - 11:21pm
theDaveB wrote:To answer some questions (can't remember who posted what) -

Am not against panniers but against all that weight on my back wheel as well as me being 17 stone. I thought a trailer would be less strain on the bike. Kept reading about people with broken spokes and replacing back wheels on tour.


I'm six stones heavier than you and have never used a trailer. Yes, the trailer reduces the weight on the rear wheel but it does increase the weight that you have to get up hills. There's no shame in getting off and pushing. One thing to bear in mind is that you ought to up your calorie intake if cycling in hilly territory - you need extra energy to move your bike, trailer and payload uphill. A calorie deficiency is a killer which turns roads into sticky 'treacle'. I tour with panniers, sometimes two of them, sometimes four.

I have had one or two spokes break in the past twelve years but nothing catastrophic. The spokes that failed were on the cheaper bikes. Yoiu can safely ignore the advice to use use 40 spoke rear wheels they simply aren't necessary. A thirty six spoke wheel is perfectly acceptable.

As for locking your bike and trailer - a thickish cable lock will immobilise your bike - the trailer is a complication making parking your bike problematic at some supermarkets.

I keep all of my valuables: phone, wallet, camera, passport, and documentation in a bar bag and take it into shops and supermarkets with me once I've locked my bike. The theft of laden touring bikes is a rarity and you can relax about the risks of theft.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

21 August 2014 - 8:42pm
Dave, I salute you.
Any attempt to escape from Runcorn leaves me with admiration ( I succeeded 30-odd years ago ).
I'm glad you've not been put off and are determined to have another go.
A mate of mine set his heart on a first tour and opted for the Coast and Castles route (Edinburgh to Newcastle?).
I thought he was a bit optimistic choosing a start point 400 miles from home.
Sadly he packed after a coupe of days. Like you he overdid it somewhat for a first tour and felt dreadful about it.
I convinced him to build up slowly with a couple of good day rides closer to home and then an overnighter.
Happily, the following year he went back and completed it.
Good luck mate,
fausto,

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

21 August 2014 - 5:54pm
None of this makes sense to me. I took the LD Lines ferry from Poole to Gijon in April of this year with my bicycle. The booking ws quite straightforward online with 'Bicycle' listed as a drop-down option under transport used.

Very weird considering what the lady on the phone said. I tried to check again using the website but now it says that there is no availability. Anyway, we've already booked flights to Asturias for the way out and getting the Santander ferry back. Ferry both ways would have been nicer and better for my airport baggage handler paranoia, but flying out seemed the easiest option in the end.

Re: New Route Planner

21 August 2014 - 4:46pm
Psamathe wrote:mark a. wrote:... OSM ... It's easy to do (their new editor is excellent) ...
Which editor and where can you get it (Windows and/or Mac and/or Linux ...)

Ian

Just the standard in-browser iD editor.

Re: New Route Planner

21 August 2014 - 4:45pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:It's somewhere between the second and the third!

I understand. Thanks again Richard for an excellent tool.

Re: New Route Planner

21 August 2014 - 3:24pm
Added to the list! Clickable POIs on the maps aren't trivial (the code that used to do that in Mapnik has been excised and isn't showing any signs of returning any time soon) but I have a half-formed idea for a really nasty hack to do it...

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

21 August 2014 - 3:17pm
smuggers wrote:Hello James... Just in awe with your planned trip. I love your attitude and outlook on life & I'm sure the trip will be life changing. Just had a lovely read here of your blog and will be following you on twitter also. Best of luck & take good care..

Thanks Smuggers,

If you've seen the blog recently you will have seen my newest post on Albania. It was certainly a change from Croatia and Montenegro. Right now I'm in Georgia, staying in The Travel House, a Serbian run open house project for travellers. I'm going to be here for a bit longer than I expected after discovering that I lost my bank card and need to get a new one sent out to me here. Thankfully, my bank (Natwest) is amazing and they arranged for a private courier to bring it to me here in Tbilisi.

This was one of my favourite posts to write so I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Albania (Of Wolves and Wild Camping) - http://jamesvsworld.com/2014/08/20/alba ... d-camping/

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

21 August 2014 - 2:56pm
For me, it depends on perspective. I actually like the challenge of getting off and pushing my loaded trailer rig up a mountain too steep to pedal, sometimes I even break into a near-jog now I've been on tour for two months and am fit as hell. It's a workout, and is one of the reasons I decided to travel like this.

This is in the mornings, of course. In the afternoons I want Norfolk with a pub at the end.

Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

21 August 2014 - 2:45pm
If we've got enough converts to start a group, I don't see why not.

Big news this morning: the trailer arm connecting pin sheered as I rode over a log leaving the forest I camped in: it broke in exactly the same spot as the last one did in Scotland. Difference is, this time I replaced it with one of the four spares I've made instead of jerry-rigging it with a couple of tent pegs and duct tape.

One in the eye for Loki!

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

21 August 2014 - 1:15pm
I only have rear panniers and a small saddlebag. I put small things in the saddlebag, eg sunglasses, gloves, etc.

I always keep my passport and main cash/debit card on me in a neck pouch. I wear a conventional shirt so easy to conceal. Bumbag for things I need to hand eg small cash and notebook. Tablet and credit card and extra cash in panniers

I've never heard of a barbag being stolen, but tourists are always warned about putting valuables in the basket on front of hire bike/mbike. I imagine the theives are aware that valuable are likely to be held in barbag.

Re: Cycling around Japan

21 August 2014 - 1:05pm
My route will start in Osaka then either a circular (or zigzag down and ferry back) in Western Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. I reckon on cycling about 2000 kms in 6 weeks.

I am going to this area as the weather will be better - winter draws on.

I've got one of Josie's books out of the library, The Neon Sun one, but it is quite old (1999) and therefore very out of date for touring info.

Re: 4 peaks - Wales Ireland Scotland England - Cheers!

21 August 2014 - 12:37pm
Got back last week from the 5 peak tour.
Fantastic weather at first then a bit wet.
I really like the Kintyre express to Campbeltown but didn't enjoy the up-down road on the East coast of the Kintyre peninsula.
10/10 to Oban Cycles who sorted me out after I trashed my rear wheel. If only all bike shops were like them!
1292 miles at 61miles per day ave.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

21 August 2014 - 12:03pm
theDaveB wrote:To answer some questions (can't remember who posted what) -

Am not against panniers but against all that weight on my back wheel as well as me being 17 stone. I thought a trailer would be less strain on the bike. Kept reading about people with broken spokes and replacing back wheels on tour.

I'm 16.5 stone. I've done around 14k miles loaded touring on my Spa Cycles built rear wheel - Rigida Sputnik 36 spokes. A good 36 spoke wheel with a stout rim is all you need. After around 8 or 9k miles I had to correct a slight wobble by tightening a couple of spokes. Other than that and regreasing the hub once or twice it hasn't been touched.

Broken spokes can be a problem. I broke several on standard wheels. Even on a Dawes Galaxy. Buyinb even relatively expensive bikes does not mean good wheels. Spa or another good wheel builder can supply a wheel with standard components which will deal with a 17 stone rider no problem.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

21 August 2014 - 11:38am
It is possible to over do it.

Re: New Route Planner

21 August 2014 - 11:36am
Psamathe wrote:mark a. wrote:... OSM ... It's easy to do (their new editor is excellent) ...
Which editor and where can you get it (Windows and/or Mac and/or Linux ...)
I think it's called iD. Click the edit button on www.osm.org and recent browsers with scripting permitted will simply load it.

Could it be made possible somehow to click campsites to see whatever details are on the map? Like even their name? It's a bit annoying to flip to/from OSM to find the details.

Oh and while I'm being a pain and requesting features without time to help implement them, how about "Campsite" and "Hotels" links on the city pages like the Bike Shops ones?

Re: New Route Planner

21 August 2014 - 11:00am
Simon - yep, I'd like to show camping one level 'out' from what it is now. The challenge is that in dense areas, like Barmouth or Abersoch, there are so many campsites that showing them all would clutter the map and start to bump other stuff off.

Ideally in these cases it should just show one icon for "here be camping" (known as "clustering"). The technology isn't really there to do that. But I'll put my thinking cap on and see if I can find a way to do it...

Re: New Route Planner

21 August 2014 - 10:36am
mark a. wrote:... OSM ... It's easy to do (their new editor is excellent) ...
Which editor and where can you get it (Windows and/or Mac and/or Linux ...)

Ian

Re: New Route Planner

21 August 2014 - 10:25am
Rich369 wrote:Planned routes from campsite to campsite would then be very simple.
Brilliant! (add French camping municipal to the list, too!) Quick Q. I can see how to view campsites at larger scales, but the icon disppears at smaller scales - this can make it harder to plan a day's cycling 'at a glance' if you want to use campsites as beginning and end points. Any way round this?
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As Rick369 pointed out, its often at a smaller scale that you want to see features like campsites and other accom., so you can plan the start and end points for the day's leg. Would it possible to toggle the camping icon - or make it what Frank would have described as "Turn on and offable"...
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Re: New Route Planner

21 August 2014 - 10:14am
Nope, that was a result of me fixing the PDF export and not turning the elevation back on! Fixed now.

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

21 August 2014 - 9:59am
bikes4two wrote:A fair point - one of our club members, whilst cycling in India, had their bar-bag literally ripped off the handlebars by the pillion rider on a moped! That was her passport, phone, ipod and other essentials gone - it makes you think?

A bit off topic but out of interest, where/how would you recommend carrying said valuables?

Some barbag mounts are lockable (i.e. Klickfix, Ortlieb). While it's not gonna stop anyone opening it up and having a rummage, it at leasts keeps it from being lifted in a split second. Quite handy when you're parked up a outside cafe or whatnot and the bike is locked and in line of sight.

I keep my passport buried deep in the main panniers, my wallet and phone stays on me. I wouldn't put anything essential in the barbag anyhow, just stuff I want to hand like maps, guidebooks, glasses, etc. Problem is a thief doesn't know that.

If the OP decides not to bother with front panniers, a barbag is still well worth considering. Just so handy to be able to stop and immediately access certain things just by popping the lid open.

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