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Re: Dealing with mosquitos

6 July 2014 - 8:21am
Yeah I'm obviously not trying to but when I breathe after spraying it even if I wait as long as possible it still catches in my throat. Maybe its totally unrelated though we'll see!

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

6 July 2014 - 8:12am
I haven't seen a cream, but I don't recommend breathing it. Hold your breath when spraying it. And don't spray it in your face. Spray it on your hands, then rub it on to your face.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

6 July 2014 - 7:55am
40% was the strongest I could find in Budapest but I'll have another look in Vienna over the next few days! Saying that I'm kind of ill at the moment and I was wondering if the sore throat part might have been triggered by the spray... Might see if I can find an alternative application like cream?

Re: Cycle tour insurance

6 July 2014 - 7:14am
BeeKeeper wrote:+1 for AXA for medical insurance. The company I was with before didn't cover cycle touring, which I didn't know until I asked them the question after being prompted by discussion here. .

*2 for AXA medical insurance

Thanks for your post, as I was struggling to find medical insurance for several days in France. I couldn't see any exclusions for non "helmet" wearers

Re: knee pain and touring

5 July 2014 - 9:57pm
Hi,
Although you can cycle without any pedal retension for feet ,cycling 35 miles might be better done with a minimum of strapless pedal clips £5.
The problem with cycling with no device for feet is that your feet will creep around on the pedals and if they twist a little and you then continue to cycle this can then lead to knee pain.
If you are cycling on the midfoot heel on edge of pedal, then moving to ball on pedal will initially give you foot arch cramps which will pass very soon and your cycling will take on a new life.

Although cycling mid foot is a suggested way to relieve knee pain, you have cycled for years with no pain ? so did you change your shoes ?
It started on hilly terrain IIRC seat height would not affect standing and pedaling, in the seat the normal sensation is subtle sorness above knee cap in the thigh.
Both knees

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

5 July 2014 - 9:09pm
+1 for Jungle Formula.

When in Asia we used mosquito coils when sitting around indoors and outside.-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/19096619 ... 108&ff19=0

Geckos are your friend as well(They eat mossies)

I`ve just got over my annual unpleasant insect bite episode which resulted in me having to take a heavy dose of antibiotics for a week.

Re: knee pain and touring

5 July 2014 - 6:51pm
Bike was in for a service and think he didn't put height back as was. I'm no bike expert, I don't have toe clips either. I wear walking shoes to cycle. Anyhow the advice here has been excellent and feeling great after my cycle.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

5 July 2014 - 6:20pm
On the aerosol DEET spray from S.C. Johnston the instructions said "Do not reapply". Anybody know why?

Re: Spain North to South

5 July 2014 - 6:07pm
The N-630 enables really good progress and is very (surprisingly) quiet.

+1 for the N630. We cycled Santander to Tarifa last October en route to The Gambia. They've built a motorway south of Zamora that runs alongside it and hence the N630 is largely empty. Perfect for the fully loaded tandem we were on. The Via de la Plate tracks were waterlogged where we joined it.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

5 July 2014 - 6:02pm
If anybody reading this thread is thinking of heading to Africa and concerned about mosquitos, I'd say don't bother with Doxycycline anti-malarials. I took them regularly while cycling to The Gambia and still got malaria. Regarding Marmite (mentioned elsewhere in this thread), I had a phenomenal appetite for the stuff while I was sick. Not sure if the B vitamins help fight malaria or if the malaria depletes the body of them, but there's definitely a connection. Indeed part of the local treatment I got involved B vitamin supplements.

Re: online hostel reviews - what do you think?

5 July 2014 - 5:43pm
Diane

One issue is that outside of big cities you don't really have a choice of hostel. OK if you're backpacking by train say, location isn't such a factor, but if you are cycle touring then the choice may come down to stay at the hostel or stay at somewhere more expensive.

Vorpal wrote: Similarly, it's hard to say how many negative or positive reviews will influence my decisions. I picked '2', but if there are 2 negative reviews and and 100 positive, or there other way around, I'm not inclined to pay so much attention to those that are in small numbers. If there are only two reviews, and they are both negative, well, that means a bit more. But the survey only asks about numbers, not proportions, ratios, etc.

I apply the rule of 'there's always one'.

Re: knee pain and touring

5 July 2014 - 4:35pm
Hi,
andy_scot_uk wrote:Raised saddle 1.5 inches. Used low gears. Did 35 miles and fine. Reckon my saddle was the issue.
How on earth do you have the saddle so low if you have been cycling so many years
If you dont use cleats ? then you are not using toe clips either ?
Trainers are to soft if your ball of foot is on the pedal or are you using the mid foot on pedal like BMX'ers?

Re: knee pain and touring

5 July 2014 - 2:14pm
Raised saddle 1.5 inches. Used low gears. Did 35 miles and fine. Reckon my saddle was the issue.

Re: Travel Insurance

5 July 2014 - 9:26am
Barrenfluffit wrote:TBH I'm giving up on insure and go. Its no good making special exclusions for the kind of things that I need cover for. personal accident cover and third party liability isn't a huge ask given the other activities that are covered. There's also a pre-existing medical condition to cover. Citybond is out. Who else are people using this year?

Has anyone else found travel / medical insurance for short trips abroad? I'll be in continental Europe for 7 days, prior to cycling back North through England (I'm purely concerned about medical insurance, in the event that one of those motorists get me while I'm in France).

Insure and Go state they cover cycle touring. Aside from the fact that every policy I checked in detail in respect to Insure and Go, specifically excluded cycle touring

I may just go. If the motorists kill me while I'm cycling it's not of a huge concern (Last time a consultant stated I'd "died" during the accident, I'd been oblivious ). I'm purely concerned about surviving and being handed a huge medical bill on my return from holiday

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