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Cycle across the Himalayas - tell me what I need to know

11 August 2015 - 8:32pm
Next month I'm cycling across America. It's been a year in the planning and from experience I'm going to need something to look forward to when I get back...usually something bigger and different to what I've just finished

The word 'Himalayas' pops into my head whenever I think about this

I know very little about the Himalayas, so where do I start? Geographically and in every other sense?

I usually do self supported, but is a tour company more practical for this?

I've done lots of touring, but only credit card never camping - is that possible?

What are the best times of year?

What don't I know that I don't know?

Re: Solar charger or dynamo

11 August 2015 - 8:10pm
The problem with solar, it's finicky, whereas the big battery is a good option providing you can find a power point, but make sure it charges at 2 amp rather than the common 1 amp, which takes all night and some more. The dyno is trickle feeding power into the battery, all the time, and the occasional short power charge gives it a boost, that would be my preference in areas where charging is difficult, or you don't want the hassle of finding a power point every so often.

Talking about solar arrays while cycle touring.
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page ... id=2404144

Re: Specialized Awol

11 August 2015 - 7:59pm
The Comp 2015 is discounted here -

http://www.bikesheduk.com/bikes/touring ... -comp-2015

Re: Solar charger or dynamo

11 August 2015 - 7:47pm
In France I use a Goalzero Nomad 7 solar panel charging a 10,000mA lithium pack ideal. Opened out and attached over rear rack when cycling, then more efficiently angled at the sun when campsite reached. This kept a Garmin + Nexus 7 tablet charged on St. Malo to Narbone trip last year. The Goalzero comes with a battery pack holding 4AA batteries, but this is too small, just get a larger pack from Maplins or off the internet.

Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

11 August 2015 - 7:46pm
I did the Pamir Highway in July on my Thorn Raven but my pal from Spain did it on one of these. With a Rohloff hub.
He carried more than me and was going on the China Pakistan India and Nepal
Both bikes did well
He was hyper critical of all his gear and praised his bike no end.

My Raven was great but his was equal or better.

Re: Calais Battlefield Tour

11 August 2015 - 7:46pm
Bizarrely, after I wrote my last post above, I wondered downstairs and there on the table was a map of Ypres with the war stuff all marked out. Would you like me to write some notes for you? ...and give you the name of the map (!!??) I'm away for a few days now, but can do it on my return. Let me know.

Re: Solar charger or dynamo

11 August 2015 - 6:32pm
Quilkin has it right but I'd grab a cheaper battery pack so I could leave it charging in the toilet block without toooo much fear. Can recommend the Anker ones.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mobile-Phone-Ba ... =329078031

Re: Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

11 August 2015 - 6:24pm
Not sure about OP's weight calculations but that rack would work fine with the attachment of a nice beechwood topboard. Or lightweight plastic.

The $250 porcelain rocket panniers have same volume and weight as one backroller or a pair of old-skool Karrimor front panniers.

Re: Tour video of London (Outskirts) to Scotland

11 August 2015 - 5:27pm
mercalia wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Glad you enjoyed yourself. Sadly the link doesn't work on my device.
works for me
And me.
I recognised the Milton Keynes bit. I often go running by the Grand Union canal.

Re: Hook of Holland - Europort ferry

11 August 2015 - 5:12pm
We sail on Sunday night and it will be our first time cycling in Holland.
according to Eric van der Horst's guide book the ferry between Maasvlakte and Hook is operated by RET http://www.ret.nl it runs daily Mon-Fri every 30 mins until 8pm and weekends every hour until 7pm. The guide suggests it will take an hour to pedal there from the Hull ferry.

Edit --
just looked on ret and the ferry goes at 25 past the hour on a Sunday.

-- end edit

We thought about taking that route but in the end have decided to cycle via Brielle, Rozenburg and Schiedam to get to Rotterdam.

Enjoy your trip.


Re: Solar charger or dynamo

11 August 2015 - 5:11pm
I have one of thesehttp://www.allmacshop.co.uk/proddetail/96840/Just-Mobile-Gum-Max-Duo-Universal-Charger-11200mAh/ (although I didn't pay that much for it).
It will need charging once a week, probably. I don't think there's a solar solution good enough for a bike, unless perhaps you're guaranteed full sun every day. A dynamo with the necessary voltage controller to charge your devices will cost more than this battery pack.

Re: Tour video of London (Outskirts) to Scotland

11 August 2015 - 4:29pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Glad you enjoyed yourself. Sadly the link doesn't work on my device.
works for me

Re: Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

11 August 2015 - 4:29pm
tomawheels wrote:here's a spendier lightweight option:http://www.porcelainrocket.com/product/micro-panniers/
at 800 grams for the pair. I wonder if there are other companies doing similar designs this side of the pond?

I can't get this link to work

Solar charger or dynamo

11 August 2015 - 4:23pm
Hello everyone,
Some advice please. I'm planning a solo camping tour next year in France and need to address the issue of charging a phone and GPS. I've looked at various Shimano hub Dynamo systems but wonder if a solar charger would be a better option. I have no experience of either equipment. Any help would be appreciated....

Re: Calais Battlefield Tour

11 August 2015 - 3:55pm
Funnily enough, I visited Agincourt earlier this month! I stayed with the family in Le Touquet, took the bike and had a few shortish rides. To be honest, cycling is the best way to get about in that part of France in early August.
Rode to Agincourt one day, then up to Boulogne via the war cemetary at Etaples, the next. Busy road, but there is a good cycle path

Re: Calais Battlefield Tour

11 August 2015 - 2:13pm
On the way to Cambrai I would go via Vimy. Some very well preserved landscapes from WW1.

Also if you are cycling there from Calais, why not tick off Agincourt? 600th anniversary in October!

Re: Tour video of London (Outskirts) to Scotland

11 August 2015 - 12:30pm
brilliant thanks for posting.
did you camp or BnB ,what camera did u use to film that.

anyway enough questions i enjoyed that even tho the music was a bit much for me im a bob dylan fan lol sorry.pity u didn't get to my part of the world Ireland great place for cycling but weather is mostly hit and miss just like the UK.


Re: Hook of Holland - Europort ferry

11 August 2015 - 11:31am

Have you sailed to Europort and found this out yet?

We sail on Saturday and I am just trying to figure out the passenger ferry to Hook from the main port?

Thanks in advance





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