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Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

2 September 2014 - 11:06pm
I can take some time off in the winter without too much hardship, unless you are touring with a tent!
The correct term isn't "hardship" it is "character building"

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

2 September 2014 - 10:05pm
daddig wrote:I regularly camp tour with my Camper Longflap (my error) 24ltrs, with a frame bag and bar bag.


But why?
What is the advantage over a pair of 30ltrs panniers? I understand if your touring involves a lot of off road, where the narrower bike could be an advantage, but for anything else I'd have though the lower weight of the panniers would be better.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

2 September 2014 - 9:55pm
I, um, bought bright green ones. Think they are the back roller classics. Maybe I was not at my most analytic once I'd seen the colour.

They are ok the the rolling the top closed is a bit of a PITA ( and someone in here warned me about that in advance too).
The other thing that I don't particularly like is that the bottom section seems to be quite narrow compared to previous bags to I end up with quite a tall bag when packed whereas I would prefer a lower, wider load. It would be an advantage for those who've had problems with their heels clipping the panniers on different designs- not a problem on this one.

The other thing I didn't like was my family giving me all their stuff to carry, even the bigger tent would only fit MY bike, but that's another story.

Re: Inverness to Kilmarnock 5 day tour

2 September 2014 - 9:50pm
I stayed in the Backpackers Lodge in Mallaig in 2012, very basic but okay for one night - bunk beds, lockers and a communal kitchen area. Although if you're not on too tight a budget, there must be nicer places nearby!

Re: Mud and Biryani - 2 nights on the SDW

2 September 2014 - 9:31pm
I don't read many blogs (not long one's anyway) but yours are nice and short and fun, and it's good to see people just getting away for a couple of days at a time and having a mini-adventure. Enjoyed it!

Re: Inverness to Kilmarnock 5 day tour

2 September 2014 - 9:24pm
I've done all of the roads you will be cycling on at some stage or other, but I was cycle-camping, however I know Skye fairly well. You won't be able to circumnavigate Skye as it will be much longer than 80 miles, so you route will be fairly restricted. There is a nice pub with a bunk house in Carbost, I think there is also some kind of 'bunk' at the Slighachan as well, it would be worth checking. Plenty of accommodation in Portree,of course.

I stayed at the campsite at Lochranza, but there is other accommodation as well as the Youth Hostel, but if you can get booked in there, it looks very nice!

There is a forumite based on Skye who might be able to advise better than me!

Edit: looking at your schedule you would be better off completing a simple loop on Skye and getting the ferry to Mallaig and getting some accommodation there. Again, I spent the night in a campsite near Mallaig, so can't advise where to stay, but there are plenty of B&B's.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

2 September 2014 - 8:32pm
johnonhisbike wrote:Just read a whole pile of responses telling you this isn't a mid-life crisis, by a whole pile of fully rohlhoffed-mid-life-crisised guys. It's not the bike ... it's where you go on it.

Heh heh. My hybrid has got an 8 speed Nexus internal hub gear system, so I completely understand the "Rohloff- Affect". If I won the lottery then yes indeed. For now I'll stick to saving up for a cracking tourer and like you say, some tours. Which indecently are more expensive for me as a self-employed gardener. When you aren't at work, nobody is paying you! That said, I can take some time off in the winter without too much hardship, unless you are touring with a tent!

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

2 September 2014 - 8:19pm
cnb wrote:If your looking for a new Disc Trucker you will struggle to find a green one (2013 colour) i could be wrong on that one..I managed to hunt one down after a long search..great bike though and i'm happy with it...

Yikes! But everything I own is green. ...hc

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

2 September 2014 - 8:18pm
johnonhisbike wrote:Why? If the hybrid's comfy and it hasn't any obvious defects ... unless you're planning a massive trip through somewhere really remote, use the money you would spend to finance a really good tour.

Valid point. My hybrid is very capable of light touring and fits me well and is in remarkable nick. I am victim to that inexplicable urge to make a well-researched purchase. I also want to do some of the build on my next bike to make it "mine". Simple stuff, but stuff I've used and liked on other bikes I've owned in the past.

Am I a sucker? Oh yes, but it's rare I do anything for myself so I'm on a mission

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

2 September 2014 - 7:44pm
I regularly camp tour with my Camper Longflap (my error) 24ltrs, with a frame bag and bar bag.
Tent Saunders strapped to outside of bag
Pan and coke can cooker
Folding plate and cup
Spork
Change of clothes
socks etc spare bike shorts.
Wash kit and towel in bar bag
Tools spare tube etc in frame bag 1.5 Ltr
Sleep mat and sleeping bag
Flip flops
Weight about 13kg
My error saddlebag is Camper Longflap. 24ltrs
Tour lengths from 1 to 24 weeks !

Re: 1903 Tour route

2 September 2014 - 7:12pm
Before anybody asks

Mais chaque participant doit impérativement être équipé : - d’un casque cycliste homologué

Helmet compulsory

Re: 1903 Tour route

2 September 2014 - 6:50pm
This thread might be useful: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=83362&p=746902

The following website has GPS downloads for all the stages: http://www.surlaroutedupremiertour.com/#parcours

1903 Tour route

2 September 2014 - 6:37pm
Hi all. I meet once a year with 7 friends and we cycle for a long weekend on folding bikes. We met in 2009 doing London to Paris on folders with 30 others (fundraiser) and after that did C2C and then in four stages LEJOG which we finished this year. In 10 days time we will be cycling the first stage of this year's Tour through Yorkshire (at this stage you may say 'nutters' ...).

Next September we want to ride the first ever Tour (stage 1) from Paris to Lyon and somewhere, someone has written down the route ... but I can't find it. Does anyone know?

thanks

Martin (btw - most of us have grown up bikes, obviously determining how many bikes you need using the formula N+1 (N= the number of bikes you have + 1 )

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

2 September 2014 - 4:51pm
If you've a good local bike shop that you can trust and that does second hand as well as new, just go and have a chat, and see what they have to offer. For a trip like that which you are planning (allegedly!) I'm pretty sure that you'll have lots of choices at a range of prices, that will fit the bill. Another possibility is that, in our town certainly, and I'm sure others too, you'll find a 'Community Bicycle Shop' that sells cheap reconditioned bikes; lots of bargains if you look out.
Whatever you finish up riding, hope you enjoy your trip.

Re: New European Cycling Website

2 September 2014 - 3:22pm
Hi John,

I've got your comments, thanks. I prefer to add them manually (it guards against spam) and I had family staying for the last few days. Sorry for the delay.

It wasn't that I didn't like Poland. After all, I didn't see that much of it. I think it just felt a bit tame after Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. And I loved the food too. One of my best meals of 2013 was in Poland. One thing I didn't like was that the roads reminded me of the worst aspects of the UK. But maybe we like different things. I found Hungary a bit tedious. I prefer hills (and their views) to flats. That said, the north east of Poland was pretty. But this is the reason I wanted to open the comments up to everyone and absorb them into each country page. It's not much use if it's just my opinion. So thanks for taking the time to add them.

Cheers,
Steven

Re: Touring Iceland

2 September 2014 - 3:22pm
Tigerbiten clearly did not cycle in the NW fijords - we spent best part of the day going up and down over the hill in some grim conditions .. would not have missed it for the world!

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

2 September 2014 - 2:54pm
Just read a whole pile of responses telling you this isn't a mid-life crisis, by a whole pile of fully rohlhoffed-mid-life-crisised guys. It's not the bike ... it's where you go on it.

Re: New European Cycling Website

2 September 2014 - 2:32pm
Hi Steven,
I noticed on your site that you were not too enamoured about Poland.
I tried to reply on your website but I'm not sure if it actually posted. In a nutshell though ...
Me and my wife toured in Poland (NE from Lithuania to SW into Czech Rep) in 2012. We've toured pretty extensively in Europe and would put Poland 'right up there' with Hungary, Serbia and Turkey, for a variety of reasons. We stuck to back roads in the main (using Michelin 1:300,000 maps) without any real problems; the scenery (especially in Biebrza National Park) was lovely, the terrain generally flat and easy to make good progress, Poland has a rich history, culture and a simple, but very tasty cuisine; but the most memorable aspect of Poland was it's people. We were welcomed with genuine warmth, and shown wonderful hospitality. If we couldn't find a campsite (often), I would ask (we can't speak a word of Polish) at a house or village shop if there was 'somewhere nearby to put our tent for one night' ... and always we were shown somewhere. On several occasions this was an invitation to camp in the person's garden, share a meal, or even to stay in their house. Language barriers apart, we had some wonderful evenings!
Personally I think this is the entire basis of touring.
Cheers John

Re: Thank you to the forum

2 September 2014 - 2:05pm
It's the Somme canal running from Abbeville to St Valery sur Somme- just fantastic riding

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

2 September 2014 - 1:59pm
Have done well in excess of 20,000 miles on my Thorn Raven with Rohloff and have been well pleased with it.
For those who are reluctant to invest in the Rohloff, the Edinburgh Bike Coop have some excellent and reasonably priced cycles.

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