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Re: A few photos from China

26 April 2015 - 12:31pm
I'm with you on the sharp edges. Give me a smooth curve any day.
Thanks for info.

Re: Shane goes lightweight :)

26 April 2015 - 11:52am
Much better handling, lighter (this rack is only 300g anyway), narrower load.

Re: A few photos from China

26 April 2015 - 11:00am
mercalia wrote:very nice and u are just wandering around China with out any hindrance?

Sure, it was no different to cycling around any European country, just once we were pestered by the police for ID in one of the Xing Xang cities, apart from that we were left to our own. (I rode the Kashgar to Lanzhou with two Manchester lads)

Sooper8 wrote:Great photo's and I love the way they are presented. What did you take them with and what is that frame technique/software/app?
ps. did you tweak the colours?

I use PhotoScape on my Windows XP Asus (a free download) for the border - styles, width, colour, etc can all be customised, it’s a doddle, personally I dislike 90’ sharp edges (so un-natural!) and feel the curves make them more presentable…a bit like a lady! I also reduce the file size from ~ 4.5 MByte to about 500 Kbyte.
I never tweak any colours, I’m a bit of a purist in that sense although I do use a polarising lens, just occasionally I’d lighten a photo up if too dark using Google’s Picasa.

simonhill wrote:Nice photos. I loved touring in China, a wonderful place to ride.

A few labels on where the photos are would be useful, China is a large country.

I agree but I take so many pictures and as writing a blog-post takes about two days I can’t really warrant any more time at the P.C., so they’re kind-of summarised where they are from what section I’ve wrote about...albeit big sections they may be!!

I’ve recently wrote about Laos with plenty of good photos…at least I hope you’ll agree!

Tomorrow is a big day of my tour…I cross the bridge to SINGAPORE!!

Re: Shane goes lightweight :)

26 April 2015 - 10:26am
If you have a rack fitted anyway, is the various assortment of bags any lighter than panniers? Or is it a question of off-road handling?

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

26 April 2015 - 8:43am
Why are you doing the tour?

If you have just done 4 months, maybe it is time for a rest, mental and physical. Unless you are a professional (writing a book, etc) then its up to you what you do. Simply riding for the sake of it won't be enjoyable.

When I jacked in work 15 years ago I decided to do 3 month max tours as I had seen too many lost souls on the backpacker circuit, wandering aimlessly. Some cyclists also fall into this trap. Shorter tours keep 'it' fresh and you can have plenty of home time.

I Iimagine (and hope) that by now you have got over this and are heading bright eyed to your next destination.............but if you have not, maybe you should jack it in and start again when you have the hunger back.

Whatever, enjoy.

Cycle Touring in S Korea

26 April 2015 - 8:32am
I intend to go to S Korea for part of my next tour, end of Sept to mid Nov.

I was wondering what it is like for cycling? I will obviously be doing lots of research, but has anyone cycled there or maybe worked or visited as a tourist who can give me just a general 'feel' of what the country is like for cycling.

NB I am an experienced cycle tourist in Asia and know about crazyguy and google, but reference to any more obscure blogs, websites, etc would be welcomed.

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

26 April 2015 - 8:01am
elioelio wrote:I'm currently in my first week of cycling the east coast UK, and am 5 miles into my day and have no energy whatsoever! I was thinking I must not be eating properly, then I thought it might just be psychological.
It's probably some of both. Make sure you are eating plenty, and good food. When I am touring, I can hardly eat enough; 3 big meals, plus snacks in between. As for the psychology... I think it happens to most people at some point in a tour.

Give it a couple of days, make sure you eat well, and then re-evaluate. Whatever you decide to do, I hope you enjoy it

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

26 April 2015 - 4:41am
I suffered the same fate a few years ago. Started the LEJOG and was sure I couldn't complete even the first day. I resolved to just get through that day, forget about that days target, just get as far as possible. I tried not to think about about 'tomorrow'. Although I did improve and completed the ride on time I never experienced the exileration I expected. Since then I have done more tours but still have days when I wonder if i'm up for it. I find I have to work through the bad days best I can. Extra rests, forget that days target & solder on. Sometimes its very hard.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

26 April 2015 - 12:51am
Heltor Chasca wrote:Hey Steven. I'm still doing a sad clown's face [emoji17]that I can't join you this time and your merry caterpillar of bikes. I know I would have a gas and offer useful input. I'm sorry I'm not in a different '5 minute space' in life, but as you know we all end up stepping in dog poo when you take a short cut down an alley way. I'm liking the new cover on your book! I've got it for my little mission on the IOW to find an early Glanville Fritillary. Keep an eye out for interesting bugs on your travels.…b

Keep avoiding the dog poo. I'll look out for the bugs. And thanks for buying the book!

Re: Recommend me a book and a route!

25 April 2015 - 11:05pm
Have you considered using 'Audible'

http://www.audible.co.uk/

I find it cheaper and more enjoyable. First book is free

Re: Recommend me a book and a route!

25 April 2015 - 10:29pm
Hi everyone, thanks for the recommendations. I've read the Black House and the The Fragile Islands on previous trips to the Hebrides (I'm a repeat offender!). A School in S Uist sounds interesting and I will order it, then I need to decide if I wan to carry a paper book or not!

I really want to approach Applecross from the south (I've been there before but not on the bike), hence the rather convoluted route.

I'm planning on heading up there around the 13th of May, and have about 14 days or so (but need to include days at each end to get to and from Leeds).

In the past I've just parked my car on the road in Oban on the sea front near the Sea Food Temple, but that was only for a week or so. Was thinking of asking if I could leave it at the camp site (Which I will probably use for a night at the start and end of the trip), but not sure if they will do that or how much it will cost. If I decide to start the journey from Uig then I will either leave my car in the long term parking on the pier or again see if the camp site will let me leave it there.

Re: 1st tour advice

25 April 2015 - 8:00pm
The tour you have described looks ok to me.

It's often recommended to do a short trial tour before setting out on a first tour. It can be quite near home....say a couple of nights with the kit you intend to take later. It gives the opportunity to refine your ideas about luggage etc.

Re: Recommend me a book and a route!

25 April 2015 - 7:59pm
Bettina Selby's The Fragile Islands would be my recommendation for a book.

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

25 April 2015 - 5:13pm
Those photos are stunning Kieran!

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

25 April 2015 - 4:58pm
Hey Steven. I'm still doing a sad clown's face [emoji17]that I can't join you this time and your merry caterpillar of bikes. I know I would have a gas and offer useful input. I'm sorry I'm not in a different '5 minute space' in life, but as you know we all end up stepping in dog poo when you take a short cut down an alley way. I'm liking the new cover on your book! I've got it for my little mission on the IOW to find an early Glanville Fritillary. Keep an eye out for interesting bugs on your travels.…b

Re: Recommend me a book and a route!

25 April 2015 - 4:30pm
How long have you got?

A couple of years back we did the Hebrides from Barra to Butt of Lewis and then crossed to the mainland and returned to Oban from Ullapool using the coastal route:- Gairloch, Torridon, Applecross, Skye, Malaig and Ardnamurchan. We didn't include Raasay but it was a pretty relaxed 15 days. The longest day (about 75miles) was Ullapool to Gairloch.

With regards to reading material, when I returned a friend leant me a copy of “A School in S Uist” (F.G. Rea) A fascinating insight into the history of island life.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/School-South-Uist-Reminiscences-Schoolmaster/dp/1874744874

I only wished I'd had it with me when we were on Uist.

Re: Shane goes lightweight :)

25 April 2015 - 3:26pm
........and finally started writing this trip up......

http://www.shanecycles.com/transandaluc ... lle-cadiz/

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

25 April 2015 - 2:53pm
Cheers K, much appreciated.

Back on the bike pre tour

25 April 2015 - 2:46pm
It has been a very long time since I cycled, October 2012 was the last time my white legs were on view to the world, except for nipping to the post box that is, but that doesn't really count. I had swapped leg power for horse power, the equine variety and had been very content breaking my youngster in and hacking him about the countryside but these past few months I've suffered from itchy feet.

Not only did I have itchy feet but I also had the desire to sit on my bicycle so I hatched a plan to put an end to the nonsense and go on tour. I have spent the past few weeks with maps spread out on the floor working out my daily mileage so as to be able to calculate flight dates, re ordered my replacement RoadID tags as I have moved since the last ones were made, put together my kit list and made sure everything is serviceable and today I got on my bike.

I rode to the yard, not far about 9 miles in total and was amazed at how fit I was. My legs managed all the hills albeit slower than I used to do them and my lungs managed to keep up. I have told myself if I keep it up for a month and train properly I can book the flights at the end of May.

The plan is to fly to San Diego on September 10th and ride the Southern Tier to St Augustine, turn right at the Atlantic and end up in Miami flying back on December 1st. I am very excited (for excited read unbearable and hyper) and can't wait to go because as much as I love my horse there's nothing like being on tour.

Re: Off road cycling from Dublin to Galway

25 April 2015 - 1:47pm
I cycled this stretch May 2014 as part of an 11-day coastal tour from Rosslare. I based the route
on Route 7 in Cicerone Guide "Cycle Touring in Ireland" by Tom Cooper. Once you navigate your
way out of busy Dublin, the Grand Canal towpaths are very good but are not always tour bike friendly
with frequent gates (sometimes locked) and busy roads to traverse. I stopped overnight at Edenderry and
Athenry, B&B easy to find and very cheap (approx. 30 euro) at this time of year. The grass towpath sections
were a bit boggy in places but easy for MTB, hybrid or tour bike. Depending on your chosen route, you will pass
through Shannonbridge and probably follow the minor R roads to Galway. I don't know if the route has been
improved since my trip but there is nothing major to put you off.

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