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Re: St Malo to Narbonne

11 December 2014 - 9:35am
Very sadly my /our end to end is now on hold, health issues kick me hard.

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Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

11 December 2014 - 9:28am
simonhill wrote:Seems like a poorly disguised plug for his blog!

Very standard methodology on here it seems. A selection of bloggers do this regularly, rather more than this fellow in fact. But, some are rather good blogs, though some...

My essentials would be:

Kindle.
Sleeping bag.
Maps (paper ones, mmm).
Oh, and of course, Madame.

Not at all able to stick to the essentials though.

Re: 1980s Raleigh Esprit for tour of Italy?

11 December 2014 - 8:30am
Steel rims were still the norm in the 1970s (for ordinary cyclists).

I had only seen one pair of aluminium rims (on a rich friend's bike by 1982) when I moved on to motorcycles (also with chromed steel rims). Another friend had rod operated brakes!

Even the local Police were riding around on steel rimmed bikes in 1982!

Re: 1980s Raleigh Esprit for tour of Italy?

11 December 2014 - 8:04am
ANTONISH wrote:All my early cycling was on steel rims - all weathers - 100miles + in a day.
I suppose one just adapted to the braking capacity available. Maybe the brake block compounds of the time (mid fifties) were better suited to steel?

We all adapt to the prevailing conditions whatever and wherever we ride. However the prevailing conditions on the roads of the 1950s were very, very few cars, and nothing like the amount of street furniture either.

A Golden Age for cycling. My late Father was a keen cyclist in the late 1940s and 1950s (riding all over southern England, the south west* and to the Loire - in 1953) and had just about the best rim/brake setup to be had at the time - alloy rims and centre pull brakes. This combination is still good today as I have his 1951 Hobbs of Barbican with this setup (although the brakes and rims have been renewed).

Jon.

*one trip on his Evans tandem (with a friend to Lyme Regis) they overtook cars...cars were slow and few (this trip was in 1945 to celebrate his 16th birthday and the end of the war).

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

11 December 2014 - 8:01am
A bike

Re: Cable lock in hand baggage?

11 December 2014 - 5:45am
One final thought, if going longhaul you may well have to pass through more than just the UK security check due to disembarking each time the plane lands or in transit, etc.

You could be lucky once, but maybe not every time.

Re: Multi Function Watches

11 December 2014 - 5:29am
Cheers Chaps useful info and discussion. I think I will go for the F-91. Same spec as my last one, but with a different backlight and half the price. Whooppee!

...........and who could resist the Argos description: " This classic and faultless design has not only lasted the test of time, but has emerged the other side just as courageous as it entered. The Casio F91W has become an institution among digital watch designs and though many can claim extra features, few can compare with that retro and chic sensation you feel each time you wear this everlasting masterpiece."


This is my second watch as I have a nice one at home, and also I don't want anything too big or flash as some of the places I tour are a bit risky. Once had a Casio ripped off my wrist in El Salvador. I agree that if I want GPS, altitude, etc better off getting a device. Also I carry a small compass and thermometer, so why duplicate.

I agree about the straps being the weak link and they are expensive in the UK. Fortunately they are cheap in Asia, so I tend to buy a couple of spares.

Couldn't be without a watch, even if the time is available elsewhere. Thanks again.

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

11 December 2014 - 5:07am
Seems like a poorly disguised plug for his blog!

I wish I only had 4 things, then my panniers wouldn't be so full.

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

10 December 2014 - 10:28pm
Me
Bike
Good book

Packing for 3 weeks in the mountains

10 December 2014 - 9:46pm
So many things - so little space.
I'm getting better each time.
http://www.farawayvisions.com/packing-for-a-bikepacking-trip/

How do you pack?

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

10 December 2014 - 9:21pm
Mt hi viz tabard from Halfords clearout - in the summer can wear with little else underneath and is lovely and cool but shields u from the direct wind. Also arm and leg warmers esp in winter,.In the winter the same, without the need for heavy coat but with a very warm light weight motorcycle inner jacket underneath.oh and an fm radio probably these days in my simple budget mobile

Re: Multi Function Watches

10 December 2014 - 8:38pm
I always wear a watch, I do have a couple of solar/radio G-Shock Casios, I use them for football training mostly and they are pretty much indestructible. But for cycling I find the cases are too deep, they dig in my arm. For cycling, inc touring, I use an Orsa military watch on a hemp strap, it's so light I don't notice it, the strap is comfy (+ washable ), the face is very simple and legible in any light and I prefer it off the bike too.

I did have a Casio Protrek temp/compass/altitude thingy but it's readings were compromised by body temp and it's water resistance compromised by the sensors. I like solar/eco/kinetic but would steer away from them for a tour, you can't replace a capacitor like you can an easily available battery. So, if I wasn't so anal about wristwatches and was the OP then I'd just buy a sub £10 Casio F19W, tough resin case, water resistant and with a useful light, even if it meant a sweaty strap.



Mick F wrote:This day and age, wristwatches aren't needed so much and sales have slumped.

Nonsense. I think the sales of wristwatches are at an all time high, if I am wrong then they have still increased year on year since 2007.

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

10 December 2014 - 7:55pm
I don't own a hat, bar bag, GPS system, mirror or waterproof panniers..................I was struggling to think of something but I suppose my Spork is the thing I'd miss if I lost it, often, it's my entire "kitchen".

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

10 December 2014 - 5:15pm
Apart from the necessities such as panniers, the thing I'd least like to do without is a bar bag...

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

10 December 2014 - 4:48pm
Bike
Tent
FM radio
Teabag

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

10 December 2014 - 4:33pm
Antonio,

That only goes to show how different we all are. Of those the only one I have is the hat and I have ridden without that on occasions.
I have obviously been lucky with saddles because my Brooks is the worst that I have.

I tried to think of things that I couldnt live without but they can all be replaced with something else.

Things that I would miss the most are

Music player
Drink bottle on frame
GPS
Shimano sandals.

Re: Multi Function Watches

10 December 2014 - 3:37pm
Hi,
Started wearing casio's in the eighties and waterproof so great for outdoors and in the shower
Very very reliable, but of late cant find them that easy in the high street.
Anyway I bought several HR monitors from LIDL and some at a fiver each, the other half has nicked one, night light alarm etc and waterproof etc, But I do like a clock face when not sporting around.

Re: Multi Function Watches

10 December 2014 - 3:32pm
Yeah, Smartphone clamped on your wrist, then you have to wake it to see the time, very convenient..

We have a replica Salvador Dali melting clock in our sitting room, which I really like. But, when hands are at the top its a bit difficult to see the time accurately.

Al

Re: Multi Function Watches

10 December 2014 - 3:23pm
As for the OP and the mutifuncion watches question, a smart phone will do anything. My Garmin has a compass, a barometer, and altimeter, and full mapping. No watch could even come close to what my Garmin can display.
I may be retired, but I still want to know the time. I'm obsessive enough to want to know the time all the time.
Always have done, and always will do.

We have clocks in the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen, the workshop, the bedroom.
The clock in the car is always there, the time is on my computer in front of me, my Garmin displays the time, and if I'm out of the house not in the car or on my bike, I take my phone.

This day and age, wristwatches aren't needed so much and sales have slumped.

What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

10 December 2014 - 3:23pm
Hi guys,

I am not a gear geek, but I reckon there are still some material possessions I think I couldn’t go bicycle touring without.

These are my top 4: http://www.theadventurejunkies.com/4-th ... g-without/

What about you guys? Do you have any piece of gear you simply couldn't do without?

I would love to hear your opinions.

Thanks!
Antonio

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