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Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

11 September 2014 - 12:05pm
I bought my 2nd hand 1990 Galaxy 4 years ago for £350 & it's done a good few thousands of miles with full camping load and no problems what so ever. (thanks Jerry, you know who you are).

Re: Have I Planned a *good* Route in Belgium?

11 September 2014 - 10:16am
sorry folks, it looks as though my urls didn't work very well, first post jitters..

I'll look at that planner...

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

11 September 2014 - 9:49am
I bought my Dream Tourer just over a decade ago. It does make a difference to me in how much I enjoy touring, but I went a bit more radical than a "proper touring bike"...



Better head-up view, no weight on arms, no crick in the neck, no need for contrived trousers and padded mitts, and it takes luggage better too (the lowriders are midway between the wheels and under the rider, the only affect on handling is glueing you to the road better).

Pete.

Re: Have I Planned a *good* Route in Belgium?

11 September 2014 - 7:21am
jamesgilbert wrote:A possibly better translation would be "node" instead of knot
See below.

Re: Have I Planned a *good* Route in Belgium?

11 September 2014 - 7:09am
A possibly better translation would be "node" instead of knot

Re: Have I Planned a *good* Route in Belgium?

11 September 2014 - 4:42am
I don't know the region, but one clue for a better route.
It seemes to me you plannend your route on Google-maps. Turn your map to OSM-cycle (upper right corner of the map). Then you will see a lot of blue lines and numbers. This is the so called 'Knooppunten' (cycling from knot to knot, wich is a very bad translation ). If you are planning the route along these 'knots', you will be sure to have a better route.

Or use this planner.

By the way, the grammar for a nice link in your posting is:
[url=link]text[/url]
or
[url]link[/url]
and not
[url]=link[/url]

Good luck,

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

11 September 2014 - 1:01am
And a little family of touring bikes, ready to set off.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

11 September 2014 - 12:48am
Newer, this is used for mucking around on trails with the kids and a bit of touring. Kona dr dew. West coast of Ireland.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

11 September 2014 - 12:44am
Old (not the oldest, not sure where those photos are..), this is the orbit gold medal, in Spain.

Have I Planned a *good* Route in Belgium?

10 September 2014 - 11:14pm
After a lot of web research and searching on this site in particular, I've devised routes for our soon to happen bike ride from Kent to Antwerp, and I wanted to sound out the group on whether the route will be a good one. We did London to Paris last year, but used the Donald Hirsch route so this is the first one I've done myself...its my first post here so be gentle with me, I have them on ridewithGPS so I will try to post the links.

day1 is getting to Dover, then [url]=http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5962218[/url] is from Calais to Bruges via the canals from Gravelines and south of DUnkirk, it seems to be tracks and paths mostly, but I think it is OK.

Day 3 [url]=http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5967418[/url] is where I've been getting a little concerned, we need to get from Bruges to Antwerp and although I know we could head south and come in via Gent, I was asked by the group to take us more directly, therefore I think we will be on more roads than day 2 BUT I think they are quite quiet, am I right or going slightly mad?

Finally, we've got to get from Antwerp to Brussels the following morning, is there a direct path which we can follow to take us there please

Hope this all works and makes sense, any guidance and insight would be HUGELY appreciated, as it is my first time planning something on this scale, and I don't want to get shouted at for getting it wrong.

Thanks for all the advice I've seen on previous posts, and thanks in advance for any guidance given here
M4K

Re: 700c wheels in India?

10 September 2014 - 9:01pm
start your tour with new but run-in kit and avoid all this!

Our wheels were fairly new and the rims weren't worn as we were using disc brakes. The bike was a Hase Pino tandem and very heavily loaded. The combination of the weight of the gear and the need to dodge Moroccan trucks was what caused the rim to split. The drop from the road onto the rocky 'hard shoulder' can be substantial and it gradually took it's toll.

Re: Coast and Castles - Newcastle to Edinburgh

10 September 2014 - 8:38pm
If you can, spend a night on Lindisfarne.

It is a totally peaceful and secluded place once the tourists have gone.

Sitting above the ruins watching the sun set was a highlight of our trip

Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

10 September 2014 - 8:38pm
I'm almost in the same situation. Flight landing in Porto at 9pm. Clear customs, retrieve bike. Unbox it, rebuild it, dispose of box. Close to 11pm now. Trouble is sleeping on an airport floor, what do I do with bike whilst visiting Loo in the night. You are not supposed to leave your belongings unattended.
Then hey ho. I find a hostel less than a mile from the airport. £10 for a bed, that also includes breakfast. Job done.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

10 September 2014 - 7:22pm
Three weeks ago waiting for the Rhein ferry at Gernsheim north of Worms.

Re: knee pain and touring

10 September 2014 - 7:04pm
mjr wrote:............. the troublesome time with clips seems to be traffic which I doubt you're making photo galleries about

The tracks I ride can be composed of loose stones the size of your fist, mud with tractor ruts, peat, and steps up to or down from exposed rock, to name just a few. I think I know as much about unplanned stops and dismounts as somebody who rides in traffic.
A bicycle of any sort is not much use at all if you can't ride it, I wonder how many of the people who deny the benefits of cleats have ever taken the time to get to use them properly.
I can understand if you are elderly or badly co-ordinated then the fear of injury from toppling-over during the learning phase could be enough to put you off, I suppose I was about fifty when I started with cleats.

Re: Coast and Castles - Newcastle to Edinburgh

10 September 2014 - 5:27pm
I did it using the coastal route last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mainly flat with great coastal scenery, especially in Northumberland. Wild camped on the coastal path near Boulmer, just a bit south of Embleton and woke up to a fabulous sunrise over the North Sea.

Re: 700c wheels in India?

10 September 2014 - 4:56pm
Just to mention re 32H rims, if you start off with a matching pair you can always get a broken-rimmed rear wheel rebuilt with the front rim, then beg or borrow any old wheel for the front. But start your tour with new but run-in kit and avoid all this!

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

10 September 2014 - 4:23pm
I think pneumatic's comment illustrates just how personal this is. Sometimes a bike just feels right and sometimes one which ticks all the boxes on paper just ends up unloved

Re: Do you ride out of the saddle?

10 September 2014 - 4:16pm
Never really thought about it, but saw this post yesterday and stood up today. Unfortunately not one of your examples.

Riding in town, came to 5 way junction. Approached slowly and double looked all ways. By this time I had slowed down a lot (not stationary) and was in too high a gear for the 'quick' pull away so had to stand to get the bike going.

Showed lack of anticipation and over caution, must try harder!!

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