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Re: Trail A Bike For Tourer?

14 November 2014 - 3:21pm
I wont need to weld a 'T' bit. The clamp from the tag along hitch will clamp onto the old forks part. The tag along will hitch to the hitch as it should. Photos will describe better when I get the tag along on Tuesday.

Now, do I use pannier bags or get a couple of samsonite suitcases and bolt them to the pannier racks so the lids are outwards. They would be a bit like hard cased panniers. Might be too heavy.

Re: French End to End

14 November 2014 - 3:18pm
mullinsm wrote:The straight line approach was one I tried on LEJOG a couple of years back, but after 2 days of climbing ridiculous gradients in Cornwall and Devon, I vowed to be more circumspect in future. On day three it took three and a half hours to cover 15 miles before I threw the planned route away and started following roads that ran in valleys! I don't mind a few hills, but all day going up and down ramps is soul-destroying on a heavy bike.........French hills are higher but a lot easier than west country hills - mainly because they are well graded and you often get pay-back in terms of long freewheels down the other side. I'd definitely advise not to be put off - and you can work out some picturesque routes avoiding big towns - even minor roads have gentle gradients.
Come to think the west country is one of the hilliest places we've ever cycled and definitely the hardest part of LEJOG.

Re: North Sea route - Rotterdam to Esbjerg

14 November 2014 - 2:28pm
martin113 wrote:I did the North Sea route from Zeebrugge to Delftzil a month ago and could practically write a book about it so rather than launch in, if you want to give me some pointers to what you want to know I'll try and answer the questions.

foxyrider wrote:Has anyone got any particular recomendations for stuff to see, particular campsites/accomodation to use / avoid or route advice - all welcomed.

Is there a campsite i should avoid, a museum i must visit, a route best avoided? At this stage in the planning i've broken it up into daily chunks but done nothing much more. Should i camp on the islands or just visit during the day? when is the best time visit?

I find it strange that the Dutch sites have no other languages, but perhaps i'm spoilt by Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark! i know i can use google translate but thats hardly infallible!

London - Istanbul. Which route?

14 November 2014 - 2:25pm
I'm planning to cycle to Istanbul from my home in London next Spring/Summer, have built the bike and now face the more bewildering task of picking a route. I have fat 26" semi-knobblies and relish taking off road tracks into the wilderness.

What routes have you taken and which parts did you/didn't you like?

Re: DIY Luggage options

14 November 2014 - 2:08pm
When it was stuffed I had to cycle bow legged

I can imagine.

Re: DIY Luggage options

14 November 2014 - 2:04pm
reminds me when I was at school I had one of those cheap pressed imitation leather brief cases with two sprung buckles, I would open it up and place it in the frame and close the top over the top bar
When it was stuffed I had to cycle bow legged

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

14 November 2014 - 2:01pm
Aushiker wrote:Pete Jack wrote:My Trek520 and creative rain gear. Outside the cafe in Tennessee I scrounged the bin bag from. Yes, it was very wet and I'd left my nice Goretex 200 miles back. (I think. I never have found it.)

Great idea. I should have thought of that when I lost my Shower Pass jacket ....

Thanks Andrew. Nice to know I'm not the only one who has done that sort of thing. I phoned all the places we stayed at and no one had found a jacket. Somewhere on this site somebody claimed they had never, ever, forgot to take something they needed on tour. Aye...right.

Actually the bin bag works surprisingly well.

DIY Luggage options

14 November 2014 - 1:29pm
I'm heading to Morocco soon and need a bit more carrying space. I had some bits and bobs lying about that I cobbled together to make a frame bag. The WSD frame doesn't leave me a lot of space in the triangle but it's better than nothing at all.
Here's how I made this bag. http://www.farawayvisions.com/diy-frame-bag-curved-top-tube/

MYOG Bikepacking Frame Bag small.jpg

Re: Favourite country?

14 November 2014 - 1:28pm
I vote for Germany. Outstanding cycling infrastructure; excellent scenery, food & beer; good summer weather; and friendly people, most of whom speak some English.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

14 November 2014 - 10:53am
Here is my bike. I have panniers on the back and will be making a pannier trailer.

One I made last year and sold. I wish I hadnt.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

14 November 2014 - 8:30am
Pete Jack wrote:My Trek520 and creative rain gear. Outside the cafe in Tennessee I scrounged the bin bag from. Yes, it was very wet and I'd left my nice Goretex 200 miles back. (I think. I never have found it.)

Great idea. I should have thought of that when I lost my Shower Pass jacket ....


Re: Planning My First Tour

14 November 2014 - 6:13am
A very valid last point. I understand why that could happen, and it could certainly happen to me. To be hoenst, I don't think I'll ever have this slot of time again so will persevere when things get tough (and I'm sure there will be times like this).


Re: Eurovelo route 15 - please comment on our plans!

14 November 2014 - 6:09am
Hi Gareth,

Will be watching the thread closely as I plan to do the same ride in summer 2015, with a bit tagged on beforehand. From my research (which you will have probably already found to be honest) you are doing it in the right direction, it is largely a comfortable ride and there is plenty of amenties along the route.

I would be very interested to learn more about options from accomodation, from people's experiences. Is there plenty of camping spots? Were hotels / B&Bs required.

Also, did people prefer to ride on the French or German side up and around Cologne / Dusseldorf?

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

13 November 2014 - 10:34pm
If it's ortlieb vs carradice I doubt anyone is gonna change anyone's minds if they're already set on one or the other. That said, jackets can be breathable and let water in the end, but personally I want my panniers 100% waterproof - so I tend towards ortlieb. At least you know where you are then and aren't second guessing when your stuff will start getting wet.

Eurovelo route 15 - please comment on our plans!

13 November 2014 - 9:31pm

Two of us intend to ride most of this route in late spring next year. We've already booked the time off work and have 3 weeks from 13th April.

We're looking at getting a plane with our bikes to Basel and then riding northwest along the Rhine (route 15) through to Holland and either getting a plane back with our bikes from Schipol or riding on to the hook of Holland and getting a ferry back to the UK.

The only thing solid so far is our time off work has been booked. This will be my first tour outside the UK and my second ever long ride (I rode from Bodmin to Bristol in March this year and loved it).

If any of you good folks have some comments, questions or constructive criticism please do post your thoughts here. I spent a lot of time reading about the adventures people on here have had an would very much appreciate anything that is mentioned.



Schwalbe Big Apple Plus 26"

13 November 2014 - 9:12pm
Well, its finally been done - I've fitted something other than Marathon+ to a bike for the first time in thousands of miles, pleased to report it has been a revelation

Fitted to my '98 Specialized MTB that was purchased for a Jogle trip they are fantastic, softens the ride, they roll faster and being Plus/+ they should keep the P***ture fairy at bay too

A big thumbs up for RoseBikes too, delivered in two days well packed and very keenly priced once you offset the £7.60 delivery charge by buying other stuff

Re: Oban to Stonehaven

13 November 2014 - 9:05pm
Something like this is worth considering: http://cycle.travel/map/journey/9544

In brief: head towards Fort William making use of the new cycle path, then cross on the ferry to Ardgour and back again to Fort Bill. Continue up the Great Glen (usual provisos apply about track surface quality), then climb on the B roads on the east side. From there it's much easier to wend your way to Stonehaven on quiet roads than it would be direct from Oban.

Re: Oban to Stonehaven

13 November 2014 - 8:46pm
Thanks for the reply. I actually live in the North East of Scotland. Just never cycled over the West Coast side of Scotland.

When I said hidden gems I was referring to side roads or good paths to avoid the main roads etc.


Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

13 November 2014 - 6:54pm

My Trek520 and creative rain gear. Outside the cafe in Tennessee I scrounged the bin bag from. Yes, it was very wet and I'd left my nice Goretex 200 miles back. (I think. I never have found it.)

Trail A Bike For Tourer?

13 November 2014 - 5:24pm
The pivot part is a Burley Piccolo fitting but you are right it could be made from an old headset if you can weld the 't' bit that you bolt to the trailer. The plate that wraps round the rack is bolted to an aluminium block that came with the trailer. That then is bolted to a block under the rack which clamps the whole lot together. I have packed it out with rubber air hose to stop any squeaks and rattles but mainly to protect my Surly racks...hc

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