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Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

15 December 2014 - 3:46pm
mnichols wrote:But other than the bears, pumas, wolves, coyotes, racoon's, skunks, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, psychopaths, water born parasites, hypothermia, desert heat, altitude, lack of food, water, motels and phone signal...its quite a nice place?

This made me giggle.

Just don't go looking for any of the above mentioned and if by chance you do stumble across something, run the other way.

Re: TOURING 2015

15 December 2014 - 3:11pm
The plan is to set off early April for the Harwich ferry.
Then up the Rhine and down the Loire to the coast.
Turn left for the Canal du Midi for the Med.
Turn left again to go up the Rhone.
Not sure after that but I'll be aiming for either Finland or Sweden across the Baltic.
Then back home some time in September via Denmark and the Netherlands.

Re: TOURING 2015

15 December 2014 - 2:09pm
North Sea route from Rotterdam to Esbjerg - will make a change from the Alps!

Re: TOURING 2015

15 December 2014 - 2:09pm
Mrs. M-k and I will be cycling somewhere exotic this spring: BEESTON! Which one? — All five of them, we hope.

In April we'll fly over from Canada with our tandem bike and set off from Oxford, where I have relatives. Over five or six weeks we'll meander as far north as Leeds and as far south as Bedfordshire, crossing some of the paths we rambled in younger days, meeting some friends we've only known by email, and travelling through parts of England that we've not seen before. Why visits the Beestons? — Why not?

For years we've travelled with a small mascot teddy bear named Beeston (after Beeston Castle, where we acquired him while walking from London to Edinburgh). Visiting all the Beestons (and maybe Beeston Regis if time permits) is an arbitrary framework on which to hang a journey of exploration.

Re: Established touring routes?

15 December 2014 - 1:49pm
I know nothing about this book but this is a classic route that the Eurovelo system doesn't cover. I must have done variants of this route and the parallel route down the west coast of France several times.

http://franceenvelo.cc

Re: Default tourer?

15 December 2014 - 1:31pm
if you are tall 6 foot + unless you want a farmers gate frame then lots of spacers needed? My 1-Down on the smaller sizes has a sloping top tube but not really on the 57cm largest frame. if loads of spaces works then fine by me

Re: Default tourer?

15 December 2014 - 1:10pm
mrjemm wrote:So many headset spacers being needed to raise the bars to a useable level. Everything starts to look silly after a while, whereas a sloping toptube design could've been so much neater.

Except that in many cases a sloping top tube doesn't mean a longer headtube. Thorn bikes are a good example of both the slope and the use of spacers.
Anyway, who's to say what looks silly? Many people don't like the look of sloping top tubes.

Re: Default tourer?

15 December 2014 - 12:54pm
Another +1 for the Disc Trucker...Great bike imo..But i do agree it can look a bit gappy esp with the larger frame and smaller wheel size..I swapped the stock tyres for something a little fatter and with the SKS guards think it looks how a touring bike should...Handles great loaded too.006.JPG

Re: Default tourer?

15 December 2014 - 11:13am
mrjemm wrote:So many headset spacers being needed to raise the bars to a useable level. Everything starts to look silly after a while, whereas a sloping toptube design could've been so much neater.

Oh aye, cos a 3 foot long headtube would look so much better...

Having a shorter headtube and more spacers = more flexibility to get a bike that fits. I have 10mm under my stem and I've left 30mm on top. With a longer headtube, I couldn't get that fit.

Re: Default tourer?

15 December 2014 - 10:42am
So many headset spacers being needed to raise the bars to a useable level. Everything starts to look silly after a while, whereas a sloping toptube design could've been so much neater.

Re: Default tourer?

15 December 2014 - 10:24am
and maybe also the traditional horizontal toptube design, which tends to result in mucho spacerism when a comfy set-up is arrived at.

I'm afraid I haven't a clue what you mean here (spacerism?) - could you please explain?


Thought for today:
"You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think"

Re: Established touring routes?

15 December 2014 - 10:16am
Brilliant Folks ! Just what I was after. I'll give them all a look.

Many thanks
Jim

Re: What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

15 December 2014 - 10:14am
Yes you would need to buy spokes because the flanges on the dynamo hub are larger and you need shorter spokes.

At this point the only part of your old wheel that you would be using is your rim. You can buy decent quality rims for £18. So for just £18 of new rim you save dismantling the old wheel and have your old wheel as a spare or possibly sell it for £20 to recoup the money.

I would not rebuild the old wheel if it was my bike, I would keep it and use it for those times of the year when the dynamo was mostly redundant.

Re: Default tourer?

15 December 2014 - 10:03am
Here you go, Soma compared to Surly...



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Re: Default tourer?

15 December 2014 - 9:59am
PH wrote:My American friends tell me that before the popularity of the LHT, touring bikes were very much a niche item and the choice for off the peg affordable models was usually the Trek 520 and Cannondale Touring. The other thing is that the choice has now increased thanks to the LHT popularity, I don't think SOMA (Which is a make I like, I have the ES) had a specific touring bike until recently.

I thought the Soma Saga had been going quite some time, while the Disc was only a recent addition. You may well be right though about affordable touring bikes, I don't really know; it's largely an assumption on my part that they'd be better off for such things. Perhaps the psychology there is less thrifty, and a less 'affordable' touring bike is seen as an investment, leading to more high profile brands in this market, such as Rivendell, Gunnar, etc. I dunno.

Where we have such names as Hewitt, Ghyllside and others selling a standard Taiwanese frameset in their own colours, I would again make a leap and guess that something similar would likely be offered by local/regional cycle stores (gotta use the lingo!) over there, perhaps even the very same framesets from the very same factory.

Just wondering in my head about the idea that there's an equivalent to Spa over there. Harris Cycles perhaps? http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/bikes.html Interesting to note the brands there; a significant proportion being UK names.

Sweep wrote:Some configurations can look like two wheels on a farm gate.

26" Wheels in a largish frame... Oh my, those are... erm, 'niche' products indeed. Ahem.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

15 December 2014 - 9:58am
But other than the bears, pumas, wolves, coyotes, racoon's, skunks, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, psychopaths, water born parasites, hypothermia, desert heat, altitude, lack of food, water, motels and phone signal...its quite a nice place?

Re: What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

15 December 2014 - 9:58am
Question, is it possible to take a standard wheel, namely the one found on the Dawes Super Galaxy:

http://www.bikesheduk.com/dawes-super-galaxy

And replace the standard hub with a dynamo hub? Ideally I'd like to do this myself, but would I need to buy new spokes too?

Thanks

Re: Established touring routes?

15 December 2014 - 9:16am
shane wrote:http://www.eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos

Some of the Eurovelo routes are better completed and signed than others but a quick google should reveal lots of information on 1,6 and the North Sea route for example . If you need more guidance you may be looking for a supported or semi supported ride. It's not a sin to use them especially if you are too busy at work etc to sort out a good route plan.

Local tourist offices also offer varying standards of info on route networks near to them.

Try Stamfords too, either online or in their shops- they carry a lot of route books for places like france and Germany. It's like the kid in the sweetie shop upstairs in there. I've also got UK cycle route in the downstairs sections.

http://www.freedomtreks.co.uk/about-us/

Re: Established touring routes?

15 December 2014 - 9:15am
Have a look at www.cicerone.co.uk

They do an ever increasing range of cycle guide books both here and abroad. As a rule they include enough info on suitable types of bike and what to take to enable a novice to give it a go

HarryD

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