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Re: Profile Of A Cycle Tourist by Pierre Roques from 1965

19 November 2015 - 10:46am
Excellent stuff ! What a good read .

Re: Touring luxuries

19 November 2015 - 10:44am
A radio and a good book , also mentioned else where a hip flask.

Re: Profile Of A Cycle Tourist by Pierre Roques from 1965

19 November 2015 - 10:15am
hujev wrote:Here it is (the Velocio biography by Clifford Graves - I just found it by accident somewhere else!)
Thank you. Reading that was so interesting. Reading of his ending was as sad as that of little Nell in a Dickens's novel. Reading it also made me think about the many I cycle with who still use down tube lever's and rather than worry about having the latest equipment get out there and ride.

Re: Touring luxuries

19 November 2015 - 10:05am
In my first tours my kit included stuff like: pair of doc martens for the evening, medium sized ghettoblaster, folding chair. I've taken a weber BBQ on a 4 day tour before but can't really say that's part of my regular kit. Nowadays, I'd say civvie clothes for the evening (at least a regular shirt, maybe a pair of jeans), a small portable DAB radio, and ofc drinkies for the evening picked up as and when.

Re: New Route Planner

19 November 2015 - 9:39am
I need a like button!

Re: Touring luxuries

18 November 2015 - 10:23pm
My Lippy! A book, Cross stitch.

Re: Touring luxuries

18 November 2015 - 9:42pm
Thanks to someone on here I learnt about the aeropress.
I bought one and love it. Not too heavy to carry and takes up little space.

Re: Touring luxuries

18 November 2015 - 9:28pm
I seem to remember someone on here recommending a stainless steel cafettiere possibly available through the demon amazon, until i get that my favourite luxury ( i lie, a necessity) is a bialetti espresso maker.

Touring Japan from Tokyo to Fukuoka in October

18 November 2015 - 9:13pm
If anyone interested I have just compiled a short video about touring Japan in October 2015. Really interesting experience.


Enjoy watching! In case you have any questions do not hesitate to send me an email.

Re: Touring luxuries

18 November 2015 - 8:58pm
Alite Mayfly chair when I'm camping...

Re: Touring luxuries

18 November 2015 - 7:57pm
My luxury is a percolater It makes good coffee, but it can also be used as kettle, steamer, soup pot, extra cooking pot, etc. It can be filled with things, so it doesn't take up so much room in panniers.

p.s. +1 for the Kindle. I love mine.

Re: Touring in Ireland

18 November 2015 - 7:55pm
I did a ten day tour of Donegal. 500km of the Wild Atlantic Way. Quiet lanes, national cycle routes that take you across a strand and fabulous people.
The route I rode is on my site and can be downloaded as a GPX for your use. Some trip reports as well and lots of pics. Would give you a flavour of cycling in that part of Ireland. It was sunny most of the time.


The route is here

It doesn't really matter where you go I'm sure you'll enjoy your trip.

Re: Touring in Ireland

18 November 2015 - 7:38pm
I basically followed the main road along the North shore (did a counter-clockwise loop on the Sheeps Head) and had to choose between the goats path and one that seemed to follow the shore a little more before turning bag and zigzagging up the hill. I took the more direct Goats Path, which does as the Welsh do - goes straight up the steepest point. I remember being happy that since this was a day excursion for me, I left the panniers at the B&B I was staying at - otherwise I may have started to roll back down!

Re: New Route Planner

18 November 2015 - 7:14pm
Not yet - it doesn't highlight busy roads as it does offroad bits, though I'd like to add something along those lines in due course!

Re: New Eurostar Bike Policy

18 November 2015 - 7:09pm
Toffee wrote:Think we have been celebrating too soon. I have just had this in an email from Euro Dispatch this morning regarding my booking in March.

"To guarantee your bike onto a specific train it will need to be in a bike bag or box. We can still accept fully assembled bikes for the 24 hour service."

Looks like I still need to take some tools with me.


I think that response may be related to the new trains which, I understand, have different freight/bike facilities - from early in 2016 Eurostar will be running two sorts of rolling stock as the old ones are phased out and the new ones brought into use.

... what doesn't bode well is the potential longevity of the apparent change in policy that the CTC has been crowing about . . .


Re: Touring luxuries

18 November 2015 - 5:18pm
When camping the luxury is an inflatable pillow.

General touring, hotel/b&b/camping a Kindle has been a boon in recent years. Several books to read in a compact size and I put copies of all my travel and insurance documents on it as well.

Another luxury --- getting away from computers, and the associated constant contact with other people. I've switched off, I'm on holiday.

Re: Touring in Ireland

18 November 2015 - 5:11pm
Re. the sheeps head.
When I first got here last year I thought it'd ba great idea to go all the way around the sheeps head peninsula. We were living with the mother in law in Durrus. I knew the south side but not the north. I thought it would be similar (ie. pretty level). It's not bad up as far as the "goats path", over to Kilcrohane but if like me you decide to go past there up the small lanes on the north side you'll find yourself on a mental hard bit of a ride. It's an experience but not for the faint hearted. And take a good map.

Mizen head.
The coast road from Barley cove up the north side of the Mizen head is lovely. You have a long gentle climb either way but it's not bad and well worth it. Most people seem to ride east-west but I think it's nicer coming back up.

Re: Touring luxuries

18 November 2015 - 4:38pm
toothbrush - for ones companion. Nothing worse than foul breath in yr face

Re: New Route Planner

18 November 2015 - 4:30pm
I've just had a play with this and think it's fab. I planned a route from my home to my mother's - 184 miles of which only 1.4 miles was on major roads - the first bit of major road was local and i know a way round so adjusted. But i'd like to look at the other major bits to understand what they are like (the photos are great!) but i can't find an easy way to jump to the next bit of A road without scanning through all the directions? Am i missing a trick?

Re: Touring luxuries

18 November 2015 - 4:12pm
a bag of Haribo or similar to munch on as i peruse the maps/guide books after i've returned to my accomodation/tent for the evening




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