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Re: Dealing with mosquitos

4 July 2014 - 9:52am
randomblue wrote:Update on the deet! I got a 40% spray as it was the strongest I found. Yesterday was stopped by two touring cyclists going the other way in the middle of a forested track which prompted me to respray myself as I had bare arms. Despite this one of them got me right on the tip of my elbow which is going to drive me crazy for the next 2 days -.- in addition to that they got me three more time THROUGH MY CLOTHES!!! I get thespray all exposed skin but what am I meant to do bathe in the stuff??? I already feel like I'm going through the bottle pretty fast and relative to my tour budget it wasn't cheap! Especially if it's not actually going to keep them off me!

I'm not sure the 40% version is good enough Where are you? Can you get something like http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pyramid-Insect- ... B000R2DPYY ? Maybe at an outfitter? Or have it sent ahead to where you will be?

However, I recommend that you spray your clothes throughly, also. This may be easier to do when you aren't wearing them. I don't know if the DEET will affect synthetic clothes. I haven't ever had any problems, but most of the clothes I've put DEET on are some kind of blend. It might be worth trying it on a small spot, first.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

4 July 2014 - 9:46am
[quote="randomblue"... in addition to that they got me three more time THROUGH MY CLOTHES!!![/quote]
Some hiking clothing comes pre-impregnated with insect repellant (though normally with a permethrin repellant (not good for cats!!).

Ian

knee pain and touring

4 July 2014 - 8:02am
Been tour cycling 40 years and and planning doing Hadrians wall cycleway Thursday next week. Building up my training runs but yesterday suffered bad knee pain after a hilly ride. It's a hybrid bike and I wear jeans not lycra. Never had issues like this before and had my bike for 12 years. Desperate not to miss the trip. Plenty of advice on the internet http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/take-care-of-your-knees-part-2-17445/ and considering going for a bike fit. But that appears to be for guys with cleats and who do lots of cycling. It's also expensive.

My thought is that after a days rest go for easy flat runs. I realise I need to pay more attention to my body now. Advice welcome.

Re: One night in the Welsh Hills

4 July 2014 - 8:00am
alans wrote:I enjoyed reading that particularly as I have ridden around the Llanreader y Mochrant area &stayed in the village a few times in the past
Thanks for posting
Thank you so much Alans, I'm delighted you enjoyed the story. I enjoyed Wales and look forward to another visit. I write with all my senses and tell it how it is. I'm off to Holland in a couple of weeks time, with my bike of course.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

4 July 2014 - 7:54am
Update on the deet! I got a 40% spray as it was the strongest I found. Yesterday was stopped by two touring cyclists going the other way in the middle of a forested track which prompted me to respray myself as I had bare arms. Despite this one of them got me right on the tip of my elbow which is going to drive me crazy for the next 2 days -.- in addition to that they got me three more time THROUGH MY CLOTHES!!! I get thespray all exposed skin but what am I meant to do bathe in the stuff??? I already feel like I'm going through the bottle pretty fast and relative to my tour budget it wasn't cheap! Especially if it's not actually going to keep them off me!

Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

3 July 2014 - 10:45pm
Thanks man!

Currently in North Wales, though the blog is still in the middle of Scotland. I'm a writer for a living, so blogging unfortunately has to play second fiddle to my paying work.

So far the BOB knockoff trailer has been working great. The improvised rear skewer you came up with has been trouble free. I chucked the bag that came with it and went with a 65l waterproof Gelert Expedition http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gelert-Expedition-Cargo-Bag-Black/dp/B002BO0XV4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404423006&sr=8-1&keywords=gelert+expedition+65l+cargo+bag and a set of RCP rear waterproof panniers http://www.amazon.co.uk/RCP-WP100-carrier-bags-Colour/dp/B002RLFCEY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1404423148&sr=8-3&keywords=red+waterproof+panniers. More than enough space for everything I want. The trailer bag is a little too long to fit in the trailer, but I keep my sleeping bag and roll mat underneath it at the back of the trailer so the bag sits at a slight forward sloping angle, lending the rig a wolfish, aerodynamic appearance belying the goofball riding it.

I'll post a pic when I get one online.

Cheers

Stef

Re: Cycle Touring in the Outer Hebrides - Questions

3 July 2014 - 10:35pm
Call in for cake and coffee, first house on the left in Maraig.

Touring holiday in Brittany

3 July 2014 - 10:14pm
We’ve just come home from a brilliant couple of weeks touring in Brittany with Breton Bikes. We went to Gouarec in, as near as I can tell, the absolute middle of Brittany and left our camper as a base on the local campsite.

Breton Bikes provide bikes made to their own spec by Orbit, complete with all of the kit you are likely to need and they maintain them to a good standard, then they provide their clients with a personalised tour to suit your own requirements. There were families with children due to go out on tag-alongs as well as seasoned tourers covering 80 miles per day, yet they appear to manage to keep everyone happy.

We took tents and headed off to the north coast, spending some time on the Isle de Brehat, quiet enough to bring us right down to earth. Then we headed by a roundabout route back to Gouarec for a day off and then off again, this time going south, with the beautiful Pont Aven in our sights. This week was rather harder work, with the Montaignes Noirs in the middle.

In the past we have done our own thing: LEJoG and Montpelier to Calais in the last two years. It made rather a nice change to have something organised for us this year and have no worries where we were to pitch our tents each day.

A word to the wise if anyone decides to tour with Breton Bikes: we came unstuck twice, both times when we thought we could do better and went off piste. The tours are well researched and you might as well get your money’s worth! See http://www.bretonbikes.com for details. There is also a useful forum about everything you can think of to do with touring! As long as we are not out to do long distances, we are very likely to come back to Breton Bikes. They have some lovely countryside in the area and seem extremely competent at arranging routes and accommodation to suit. They even managed to get the weather spot on for us!

Re: Cycle Touring in the Outer Hebrides - Questions

3 July 2014 - 9:16pm
If any assistance is required between Skye and Oban, I've recently moved to Fort William and have a bike rack.....

Re: One night in the Welsh Hills

3 July 2014 - 7:13pm
I enjoyed reading that particularly as I have ridden around the Llanreader y Mochrant area &stayed in the village a few times in the past
Thanks for posting

Re: Stir in soups

3 July 2014 - 6:19pm
If I'm touring on my bike I want all the calories I can get!

Re: Stir in soups

3 July 2014 - 5:49pm
I like Ainsleys packet soups, some excellent flavours and all less than 100 calories

Al

Re: Stir in soups

3 July 2014 - 5:26pm
Might have to find an old cigar tube to put them in . Guess I'm a little paranoid after the squeezy carnation incident after it escaped its shackles. A small box (ideally locking ) for the squashables isn't too much to carry I suppose. Good to know they will withstand some shaking about.

Could always bungee it to the outside of the mudguard along with the bananas

I tend to eat out late lunch and Breakfast number 2 and are happy to keep it simple in the evenings and breakfast 1. I like the sound of the gooey bit in the bottom. Concentrated treat to finish.

Re: France: La Manche to Le Med -advice?

3 July 2014 - 5:10pm
I did Caen to Montpelier a few years back. I had difficulties finding a suitable route between Nevers and Lyon, so took the train. I recommend that you take in Sancerre - the view of the town in the distance as you approach it from the west is a thing of beauty. I thoroughly enjoyed the stop over in La Charite sur Loire. I slogged down the A7 through Valence, Montelimar & Orange. I don't recommend this, as it's a busy route, but it seemed like a good idea at the time; you could probably plot a route that weaves around the main drag. Avignon to Montpelier is a very pleasant ride. I approached Montpelier from the south, passing through Aigues Morte and Pavalas - not a route I would necessarily recommend, but I was staying on the south side. PM me if you want more details.

Re: Stir in soups

3 July 2014 - 3:24pm
if you are thorough with the stirring they are great - better than cup a soup although less choice of flavours.

I put them inside my kettle for transport along with the stove - no issues with damage or mess.

Re: Stir in soups

3 July 2014 - 2:53pm
These have been around for two or three years now. They are ok but don't disolve particularly well and you usually get left with sludge at the bottom of the cup.
I would think they would survive in a pannier reasonably well, maybe double wrap them in a ziplock bag to be sure.
Personally I would stick with Cup-a-soup, although the genuine Heinz Tomato flavour of these tubes is good.

Re: Cycle Touring in the Outer Hebrides - Questions

3 July 2014 - 2:24pm
Thanks for all your informative and enthusiastic responses - really can't wait to get up there now. I have booked the train to Glasgow on the 22nd and will return from the same on the 29th. This should give me just about enough time to do the route suggested. I will post up pictures on my return!!!

Fingers crossed on weather

Re: Spain North to South

3 July 2014 - 2:15pm
Horses for courses I guess, but my personal preference is a trail/track to any road, any day !

- no cars/fumes/dangers
- close to country side
- many tracks/trail are old routes... churches, vialles, etc, etc.

Stir in soups

3 July 2014 - 1:25pm
I see Heinz are now doing a stir in soup that seems to be in ultralight packaging: http://www.heinz.co.uk/en/Products/Soup ... -of-Tomato.

Anyone tried them in a pannier yet? I can gamble on the price to taste one, it's more the robustness of the packaging when on the bike I'm interested in.

Re: France: La Manche to Le Med -advice?

3 July 2014 - 12:23pm
Central france can be hilly as well as hot. Which means allowing more time, water and suncreme. Start as early as possible and make sure your properly hydrated before a climb. Alcohol isn't really your friend. Standard stuff.

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