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Re: touring tool kit

22 June 2015 - 8:10am
That is almost exactly what I take.

No cleats as I use clips.

Also a small adjustable wrench ie a multi size spanner, useful for stubborn pedals (usually flying). It was recommended by CJ for removing broken chain link before repair.

Pretty soon those who take enough tools for a complete rebuild will be posting. I like light, take your pick.

Finally, I have 2 bottle cages on my bike. I can get most of above in a bottle shaped container. This means I always carry my tools even when riding without luggage.

Re: touring tool kit

22 June 2015 - 8:01am
It does depend what type of touring you're doing and where you're going. I have plagiarised irc's list, here's what I take for a month or two cycling slowly round Europe, mostly on-road:

Separate Allen keys.
spanner to fit mudguard nuts
puncture kit
tyre levers
1 tube
cable ties
piece of duck tape
couple of M5 bolts
chain lube
spare chain quicklink

Re: 1-way bike box hire

22 June 2015 - 8:00am
Use something like Google maps search to locate bikeshops. They usually give a website, then you can email and reserve a box. Then you only have to go to one shop.

Re: touring tool kit

22 June 2015 - 6:13am
Separate Allen keys.
Spoke key
chain tool.
spanner to fit mudguard nuts
puncture kit
2 tubes
cable ties
piece of duck tape
spare SPD cleat screw
couple of M5 bolts
chain lube
spare chain quicklink
spare spokes.
1 set spare brake blocks

touring tool kit

22 June 2015 - 6:04am
Looking for advice from more experienced tourers. What do you take as a tool kit with you?
Aware that tools are rather heavy ? Thanks for any advice.

Re: USA Coast to Coast

21 June 2015 - 9:35pm
The Adventure Cycling maps are pretty good at avoiding busy roads. They use back roads as far as possible. If busy roads are used for short sections there is usually a good shoulder. They are also good for local info - camping, shops, libraries (for wifi), etc. If you are using their maps that's all you need.

Route 66 wouldn't be my first choice. It goes through more big cities than other routes. Less choices for times as well. You really don't want to be in the Mojavie desert in the summer. ACA suggest a mid April start.

Outside big cities there is plenty scope for choosing your own routes. Many roads have shoulders and there are low traffic roads everywhere.

Consider the big rail trails as well. Washington DC to Pittsburgh PA can be done traffic free on the C&O canal towpath and the GAP Trail. The Katy Trail crosses most of Missouri.

Crazyguyonabike is the place to research USA coast to coasts though. Hundreds of coast to coast stories.

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/cat ... pe=journal

1-way bike box hire

21 June 2015 - 9:34pm
I am cycling the Pacific coast this summer. I have a box from my local bike shop to take the bike out there, but as I'm flying back from a different airport I can't stash it somewhere. I had previously seen a website that hired bike boxes at the airport ( to be returned at the destination airport). Can't find the site anywhere now?
Anybody know of anyone who does this? Failing that it will be a mad dash round LA to find a bike shop that has a bike box available

Re: Finding new touring friends!

21 June 2015 - 9:15pm
This year I think it will be short local trips (baby due in September so want to stay near). Also interested in wild camping. I've got one eye on a big trip but think that will be a while away.

Re: Finding new touring friends!

21 June 2015 - 8:46pm
Hi ipswichcycler,

What type of touring were you thinking about? Is it the UK or Europe your interested in?

Re: Finding new touring friends!

21 June 2015 - 8:31pm
Hi there, in based in Suffolk but also looking to hook up for a tour sometime.

Re: USA Coast to Coast

21 June 2015 - 6:32pm
I certainly wouldn't recommend route 66 as its popular with car and motorbike tourists going coast to coast or doing parts of it.

My thoughts are here >>> http://www.shanecycles.com/cycling-across-america-info/

Have fun, America is great

USA Coast to Coast

21 June 2015 - 6:20pm
Hi all

Just looking at the USA Coast to Coast.... Seen 2 routes of interest route 66 and trans American trail.

Does anyone know the types of roads these routes follow in terms of avoiding main roads



Re: Expedition bike - all thumbs on 8 or 9

21 June 2015 - 5:26pm
Thumbies, along with the 9spd indexed version I mentioned earlier, IRD also do a friction only thumbie that probably dosen't have any plastic parts to break.
http://store.biketouringnews.com/ird-th ... r-ratchet/

I've nothing against trigger shifters, even the cheap ones I've had have been reliable, but I like both the use and look of thumbies and the indexed front is a bonus.

Re: Expedition bike - all thumbs on 8 or 9

21 June 2015 - 4:40pm
When getting my new LHT built 3 years ago, I opted for Deore for everything apart from the brake arms. XT were said to be so much better and certainly work well.

I was going to get 8 speed as it had been reliable for last ten years, but LBS reckoned it was on the wane and 9 would be easier to get spares. I went for that.

So far done 6 long haul tours, 2.5 months each, total of about 16,000kms and no problems. I replace chain and tyres regularly because I like them new or not too worn when heading off.

Also some about 6,000 kms of local stuff while in the UK.

I am happy to recommend this set up, easy, not too expensive and reliable.

I believe in fit and forget - my LBS fits and I forget!

Re: CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions

21 June 2015 - 4:22pm
Just to report back that Easyjet were happy with my poly bag.

Coming back from Jersey, the security chap wasn't happy as it couldn't go through XRay. They also questioned packing, but Easyjet said poly OK so they agreed to 'handle' it. They swabbed it to see if there was anything nasty. Of course an XRay wouldn't show what was inside the frame tubes so their insistence seemed a bit pointless!!

One downside, at both ends the baggage handlers fully deflated my tyres by tearing the bag to get at the valves.

As I said in initial post, I usually box and think it is a much better way of transporting a bike. A box has handles and can be easily carried. A bike in a plastic bag is a nightmare to handle.

Finally, thanks for tip, via PM, that you can get the poly bags from bed shops. My local shop gave me 2 for free.

Re: Finding new touring friends!

21 June 2015 - 11:38am
Hi there,

My name's Peter. Not based in Wiltshire but would be interested in some longer tours in Europe.

Get in touch if you are interested.

Online tracking

21 June 2015 - 11:36am

I am going to be cycling around the world in the near future. I am looking to track my progress online so my friends and family can see where I am. I am not taking a smart phone. I have been doing some research comparing plb's to gps devices. I have narrowed it down to a few options...
The spot gen 3 tracker
The trident 9603 HX4
Or if anyone has any advice on something better I'd be keen to look into that too.
Both of the above offer tracking online.

Are there any plb's out there that offer online tracking?

Kind regards.

Re: Finding new touring friends!

21 June 2015 - 11:19am
Hi Ben, how about this group.http://www.ctc.org.uk/local-groups/blac ... yeo-valley search the CTC website for CTC and affilliated cycling groups.


Re: 2015 Tour arrived!

21 June 2015 - 7:39am
What route are you planning on taking through Norway as I can't seem to get the map on your blog to work for me, I'm about to head up to the Lofoten Islands next week and then back south so may see you on route. Good luck I think its now a bit warmer and drier than it was a couple weeks ago.

Finding new touring friends!

20 June 2015 - 11:39pm
I'm posting this as I've just come back from a three week tour in France which was amazing but it could of been better if I had someone to share the fun and struggles with.
Unfortunately for me none of my friends are interested in cycling, especially touring long miles in the rain or shine with the added bonus of wild camping or finding a doggy campsite!
I live in the South-West of Wiltshire, 34 years old and looking for anyone who is interested in short tours around the UK or longer tours in Europe.
If anyone is interested please reply and maybe we can start a Wiltshire based touring club for like minded people!

Thanks for taking your time to read this post,



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