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Re: Mains USB charger for a 3 week tour?

16 March 2015 - 9:31pm
PH wrote:bainbridge wrote:Must keep the weight down!
Why? Do you really think you'd notice an extra 300g?

Why? Because I don't want to lug anything non-essential up hills!

300g doesn't sound much, but along with the accompanying wiring and plug, the phone itself and the gps unit that'll be about a kilo of electronics

The powerpack would be great if weight wasn't important, but I can't justify it when there are lighter options available.

Re: Best saddle for touring

16 March 2015 - 9:21pm
Passport Navigator - daft name for an excellent saddle, neither too hard nor too soft, only £18, standard fitting on Spa tourers and audax bikes.

http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... b0s81p2570

Recommended by Chris Juden and, er, by me, of course Comfortable from day 1.

Re: First two weeks tour in Europe in June: where?

16 March 2015 - 7:50pm
Sardinia.

Yes it would be kinda warmish (check online) but not too bad (july and august definitely best avoided) and since you only intend to cycle for a short time each day no great problem.

Beaches beautiful.

June isn't peak season and since the locals can be a fussy/wimpy lot if the day is less than perfect you may have some beaches to yourself.

Strictly, free camping is illegal but i don't think you would have great problems if you were sensible.

Lots of water available for cyclists - town/village taps and fountains, most countryside churches have a tap around.

Nice supply of other cyclists requisites - wine, beer, coffee, pizza.

If you go to cagliari, pm me and i can recommend a nice small semi invisible cantina -wondrous 15 per cent canonnau tapped into a plastic bottle for about 2.5 euros.

Check out easyjet flights to cagliari.

Ryanair i think still fly to alghero though i much prefer easyjet.

Sardinia is beautiful.

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

16 March 2015 - 7:24pm
Sweep wrote:To clarify.

When not plugged into the mains it will charge your usb devices from AAs inserted into it?
No. The USB end goes into the 2 pin continental wall plug and the charger is on the other end. That way you can also charge it through a computer I guess.

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

16 March 2015 - 7:18pm
To clarify.

When not plugged into the mains it will charge your usb devices from AAs inserted into it?

Re: Chainstays too short?

16 March 2015 - 7:16pm
What kind of touring> I've done a 3 day hostel based tour on a Ridgeback hybrid. No problems. Pack light, use front panniers on the rear rack to avoid heelstrike along with a handlebar bag. Should be enough space for credit card style tours.

Re: Best saddle for touring

16 March 2015 - 7:13pm
pete75 wrote:largeallan wrote:...if leather floats your erm ...boat, then you could try spa cycles 'nidd'....similar in shape to the B17, just as comfy and half the price.

If you go for one of those remove the lacing for the break in period - it'll be a lot easier on your backside.

I have a reasonably new B17 with lacing. Whilst I find mine comfortable, is it a good idea to remove the lacing in general during break in - or is it just for comfort ?

Re: The Isle of Wight - One night on the Tennyson Trail

16 March 2015 - 6:57pm
Lucky you. Wasn't you we met in the woods then?

No I was in Morocco at the time altho not cycling unfortunately. Our paths keep almost crossing - I've been on birdwatching trips with Said whose guesthouse you mentioned in your Morocco blog!

Re: Best saddle for touring

16 March 2015 - 6:37pm
Have to say that the Brookes B17 is the saddle of choice for my cycling adventures. It just works. . .

Re: Best saddle for touring

16 March 2015 - 6:29pm
Brooks imperial is what I use on my touring bike. Never done a really long ride but it is very comfortable for 75 miles in a day and 150 miles,at a weekend. Gel saddles destroyed me which just proves that saddles are a very individual preference

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

16 March 2015 - 6:27pm
I carry a USB charger from the £1 shop. Comes with a wall socket and takes two AA batteries. Works brilliantly. Went out and bought a spare. Not bad for £2. I've had them for about three years, used them a lot and they are still working fine.

Re: Best saddle for touring

16 March 2015 - 5:58pm
SQLab 602 Active is my current saddle. http://www.sq-lab.com/en/sqlab-products ... QcZKRNFDcs

Tried most including all the Brooks instruments of torture and none come close to the comfort of the 602 Active.

Re: The Isle of Wight - One night on the Tennyson Trail

16 March 2015 - 5:47pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Fabulous! I'm off round the IOW in May. Great blog as usual. Only downside is that you've made the waiting harder [emoji6]
It'll be worth the wait.

pedalsheep wrote:Lovely write up. The Isle of Wight is a great place, tho I could be slightly biased - I live there!
Lucky you. Wasn't you we met in the woods then?

rannochraider wrote:Nice post and quite inspirational in a world that often challenges our ability to mix domestic happiness with worthwhile micro adventures. Liked it. Thanks.
That's really lovely of you to say, thank you.

Re: Best saddle for touring

16 March 2015 - 5:43pm
Brooks 17 for me - lady version. Love it and I took it on a 500km tour straight out of the box.

Re: Chainstays too short?

16 March 2015 - 5:22pm
It's probably worth saying that moving the Panniers back may cause shimmy on some bikes........not a good thing if carrying no spare underwear.
Low and as close to the saddle as possible is a good rule.

Re: Bike security for camping tour

16 March 2015 - 4:31pm
You can't completely remove the risk. There was a UK-China cyclist who had built his bike into his tent, but someone in Mongolia came along with a pick-up truck, attached it by a chain to the bicycle, and drove off in order to take the bicycle. Sadly, this rapidly made both tent and bicycle unusable, and sleeping cyclist found himself staring at the stars. There are people who tell of having their bike stolen when it was inside a locked hotel and chained up to solid metal fittings. If someone wants your bike badly enough, they will separate you from it, maybe even at gunpoint. But there's the famous story of the guy who'd been cycling around the world on his bicycle for 40 years or something, and never had a bike stolen until he came to Britain, where it was stolen in Portsmouth shortly after he got off the ferry. So all risk is relative.

People generally say that former soviet central Asia is a bit dodgy, so it is an area to be careful. There are a number of noted cyclist incidents there. I think it is generally wise to stay in accommodation whenever it is available, in any country where it is a bit dodgy.

My general philosophy is that if it's safe enough in general to wild-camp, bike or no, then a cable lock should suffice for your bike. I travelled and wild-camped in South America, but didn't go anywhere dodgier than Bolivia; I later went to Guatemala and I would not wild camp there, at all, nor several other countries in central America. I know several people who have had problems while wild camping in Peru.

Re: Best saddle for touring

16 March 2015 - 4:13pm
My Salsa Vayas no name saddle that came fitted to the bike is the best I have ever had, and I have had 9 in the last 9 years. Its plastic, quite slim and firm but the part where the sit bones sit has a bit of give. I have tried a couple of leather saddles including a Brooks but these have an unforgiving leather covered metal part at the back that transmits shocks and vibrations very directly without any damping and the side parts really chafed badly on my thighs.
Dont spend too much, try lots, and dispose of the failures in the For Sale section here.

Al

Re: Stuttgart and Bratislava Airports with bikes

16 March 2015 - 4:03pm
Have you cycled the Danube route? I've done it several times.
Last year I did Gunsburg (just East of Ulm) to Vienna if you need any info.
I have a GPX file of my route if you want, although it really just follows the path.

Re: Stuttgart and Bratislava Airports with bikes

16 March 2015 - 3:53pm
danube wrote:foxyrider wrote:Where did you find a flight to Stuttgart?

I'm flying Dublin to Stuttgart with Aer Lingus.

I'm not answering your question very well, but....
I fly out of Dublin with Aer Lingus every summer, usually to Munich or Vienna.
I just use a CTC plastic bag and never had any problems. Aer Lingus have been excellent with the bike.
As have the staff at Munich and Vienna.
The plastic bag folds up to easily fit in a pannier so don't need to worry about a box.

Re: Stuttgart and Bratislava Airports with bikes

16 March 2015 - 3:44pm
foxyrider wrote:Where did you find a flight to Stuttgart?

I'm flying Dublin to Stuttgart with Aer Lingus.

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