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Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

2 June 2014 - 1:42pm
jamesgilbert wrote:
The only difficulty is deciding when to stop to put them on!

Solved many years ago...

Step 1, it's started to rain, bah!
Step 2, it's not Proper Rain and/or it won't last more than a few minutes, I'll not bother breaking out the waterproofs
Step 3, well, I was wrong about that, better put them on after all...
Step 4, but I'm already soaked through, so what's the point?

Summary, you carry them, but never use them. (Corollary, doesn't matter what they are!)


Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

2 June 2014 - 12:50pm
I've had a pair of very basic (and therefore lightweight) waterproof overshoes for the last few years. They look like they're about to fall apart but do a surprisingly good job of keeping my shoes dry, even in prolonged heavy rain. Combined with some not too expensive Vaude waterproof trousers, they work well.

The only difficulty is deciding when to stop to put them on!

Re: Cycle touring (camping) with a BBQ - anyone got experien

2 June 2014 - 12:19pm
I've carried the metal grid piece from the top of a disposable BBQ with me which I have used over the embers of a fire. At many campsites in France there are BBQ pits and people often leave a bit of spare charcoal behind for others to use. I have also used pine cone instead of charcoal and they work quite well.

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

2 June 2014 - 11:01am
In warm weather I like the sandals option too, but it suck sin the cold.

Sealskinz or similar waterproofs are good but not as good as you might like... the main point of dry in the winter is it happens to be a good way to help stay warmer (as water conducts heat away well), so if you have a thin layer keeping you dry which is soaked outside the water might not get at your feet, but it can take the heat away from them. Waterproof shoes/boots are, sadly, waterproof both ways, so any water running down your legs/socks will get inside, and stay there. Overshoes with the tops inside overtrousers are probably the best solution, but a great deal of faff.

For overtrousers I tend not to bother unless I can't avoid setting off in to a deluge, and then I just use my hiking/skiing ones. Not perfect, but okay. The side zips leak a little at the knees, but not to the point that's a problem.


Re: GPS Course this W/E

2 June 2014 - 10:28am
Thanks - much too far for me, though.

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

2 June 2014 - 8:59am
mjr wrote:I'm currently using a kag in a bag and second hand rain legs, total about £20. I get wet around the edges but I've never found waterproof trousers that didn't catch on either top tube or cranks, and some water always dribbles in from my face if the neck is comfortably loose. At least these pack down small.

I got over the rain legs problem by hacking off the bottoms of some waterproof trousers just below the knees. With a pair of overshoes I found this kept my legs reasonably dry and warm throughout a wet 200k Audax.
I'm inclined to agree that a waterproof but not breathable jacket works pretty well - particularly over a fleece or some such.
Breathability doesn't seem to last - I do have an Altura which seems quite good - at the moment - but I've had Gore-tex which didn't stay waterproof for long.

opening of Col d'Aubisque 2014

2 June 2014 - 8:45am
I'm due to set off on the tourist raid mid June. It appears that the road between the Col d'Aubisque and the Soulor is closed and is likely to be so for some weeks. I'm going to e-mail CC Bearnaise to find if there is an approved alternative, but it occurs to me that there may be others undertaking the raid (either version -this part of the route is common).
I've trawled the internet but there doesn't seem a definite date.
There does seem the suggestion that although access by car is not possible there is a possibility of making it by cycle.
Any information appreciated.

Re: GPS Course this W/E

2 June 2014 - 12:04am
Sorry forgot to put this in
Sopworth in Gloucestershire


Re: Back road to Ty'n-y-cornel YHA closed

1 June 2014 - 11:35pm
We cycled over it at new year in a rainstorm when the erosion was happening. It was quite a sight. It is truly wrecked now - OK on a fat bike but a pain for tourers.

One of the main problems here is 4x4 damage. They drive modified land rovers over it and cut deep ruts that channel runoff water down the steep slope. It soon cuts deep gullies and wrecks the track. I am amazed the council is going to repair it. I wish they could close the road to motor vehicles. I hope the repairs are sensetive and that the 4x4 drivers don't wreck it again as soon as they can.

Another problem with the erosion Is that the turbid water running off the track polluted the usually clear river Doethie for days.

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

1 June 2014 - 11:31pm
I use sandals....my bare feet are waterproof!

Re: GPS Course this W/E

1 June 2014 - 11:20pm
Looks interesting - where is it?

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

1 June 2014 - 10:55pm
I just get wet feet, but some swear by plastic bags between socks and shoes, with tops clipped inside trousers. Others prefer seal skinz.

Re: Camping in the Netherlands

1 June 2014 - 10:12pm
Last year I just turned up and paid membership at the first Natuurkampeerterrainen site I stayed at. I liked it so much I didn't bother with any other types of site, found enough Natuurkampeerterrainen ones!

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

1 June 2014 - 10:05pm
I hope I'm not hijacking this thread - how do you keep your feet dry (as cheaply)?

Re: Dried ready meals …

1 June 2014 - 10:04pm
My favourite is Moroccan fish stew: 1/2 packet Moroccan/harissa/tomato couscous, a tomato or two, a tin of mackerel/sardines/pilchards. Get the couscous started in hot water, chop and cook the tomatoes, break up the fish, stir together and serve.
I usually have a packet of couscous for emergencies as most rural supermarkets have tinned fish in tomato if not the tomato itself. I'd like more ideas of couscous dishes!
I'd like to do more speedy food like this, but British supermarkets are a bit limited, particularly small amounts for those of us travelling by themselves. Lidl used to do an actually tasty packet pasta but they've not stocked it for years. Most packet pasta takes 10 minutes which would almost be enough for ordinary pasta.
I always take a little pepper pot which makes even a tin of beans and sausages taste a bit better, and a little pot of cinnamon to go on my oatbran porridge!

Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

1 June 2014 - 9:52pm
They do lovely sausage rolls and ice cream in the Netherlands! My main food during the day on my tour last year, with a coffee and pastry or apple cake in the morning. I usually have a pretty healthy diet but I reckon 2 weeks with a higher-fat diet won't be a problem, I do try to eat a vegetable and couscous or pasta meal in the evening, and I lost several pounds in weight.


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