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Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

30 June 2015 - 11:37pm
I've found ones like that to be rattly and flappy offroad as they have little rigidity - the ends wave about sideways. I've used these off road for the past 10 years, which are decent and don't flap about:
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/crud ... lsrc=aw.ds

Re: Touring in Norway

30 June 2015 - 9:56pm
Have a lovely trip!

Re: Rhine - Strasbourg to Basel

30 June 2015 - 8:49pm
The Wine Route from just above Cernay (near Mulhouse) to Strasbourg uses mainly agricultural back roads servicing the vineyards. The vines are grown on the lower slopes just up from the Rhine valley floor so consequently the route is mildly undulating and also is often not the shortest distance between two points but you can take the lower level D roads as required. The traffic on these was quite light when we were there last week.

Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

30 June 2015 - 7:36pm
I've just fitted a pair of them to a 26" wheel tourer I've just built. They seem to be quite robust though I'm maybe going to drill an extra hole, near the rear of the rear mudguard, to zip tie it to my rack.

Mine cost me nothing as I removed them from a bike which had been abandoned on the side of the B7076. After three months I reckoned they weren't coming back for it.

Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

30 June 2015 - 7:15pm
Thanks, they look good - still pretty cheap with postage so am considering ordering.

Re: Rhine - Strasbourg to Basel

30 June 2015 - 6:02pm
Many thanks for the reply

What kind of surface was the Alsace Wine route and was it hilly at all ?

Heading of on Saturday and the forecast is saying it's going to be extremely hot

Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

30 June 2015 - 5:41pm
http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/mudg ... /aid:50735

These from Germany are dirt cheap and well made, although you really need to make up the order with something else to mitigate postage costs. They detach easily once the fittings are permanently in place. The lack of strengthening stays seems to be a positive advantage over traditional guards when the going gets really rough.

Re: Touring in Norway

30 June 2015 - 5:11pm
Vorpal wrote:I doubt that it will be closed much longer. We had a cold spring, and even a couple of weeks ago, there were still day time temperatures barely above freezing, but it has been relatively warm for several days, now, and Rallarvegen is open at least far as Hallingsheid (according to Finse 1222). I would expect it to be fully open by the time you are here. They're taking bike hire booking from Finse for the 5th July, so they are expecting it to be fully open, as well.

That is good to know. I can't believe it is under a week until i'm leaving now!

Thank you everyone for all the help!

Mudguards for Off-road Touring

30 June 2015 - 3:39pm
Any recommendations for a robust mudguard that can withstand offroad touring, fitted on a cross bike?

Doing the Via de Plata in Spain last summer I ended up ripping off my SKS mudguards - all the bumps on the offroad sections just kept knocking them into the tyres.

But this summer I'm set to do camino del norte on the northern coast, and with the greater possibility of rain, thought that maybe some kind of protection is a good thing.

Mountain guard clip on style?


Re: Rhine - Strasbourg to Basel

30 June 2015 - 3:33pm
Just return from a tour from Munich to Strasbourg via Basel but didn't use the Rhine path on that last stage, used the Alsace Wine Route from Basel to Strasbourg passing through nice old towns like Colmar and Obernai. Well signposted, quiet and very pleasant.
There's a nice easy exit from Strasbourg via the disused "Canal du Bruche".

Re: CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions

30 June 2015 - 3:15pm
[quote="bigjim"]They tried this nonsense with me at Biarritz airport.

I've used the CTC method on Easyjet several times now, most recently into Munich and home from Strasbourg and with no problems. Before each trip I get a confirmation email from their Customer Care regarding acceptability of using "large see-through heavy-duty polythene bag" and also there being no need to deflate tyres. I've needed to use my trump card only once and that was at the miserable place laughingly known as "Bournemouth International".

Re: La linea or Gibraltar?

30 June 2015 - 2:00pm
La linea it is then! Not sure whether to leave the bike at hotel or use it to get around gib. Haven't been there since 1994! Been staying at some very cheap but adequate hotels using trivago, booking etc. Tonight's is only 20 euros!

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

30 June 2015 - 12:43pm
Legendary Swedish cycle tourist Janne Corax lists some interesting records on his website http://www3.utsidan.se/corax-e/ including

◾Most desperate for legend status: Norwegian biker one a one-gear post bicycle from Venezuela, dressed in the Venezuelan postal workers uniform, with post panniers for his gear.

I once met a Uruguayan cyclist in northern Chile, who had cycled there all the way from Uruguay on a tandem he had modified into a kind of recumbent - he was pedalling the front pedals while sitting somewhere below where the stoker would normally sit. He had welded on shelves onto the sides of the bike he could put ordinary travel luggage on, and the bicycle also had a sound system. It was all very heavy and mechanically poor, and comparison of his rate of progress as against mine in relation to some similar route segments we had ridden suggested he was going at about 60% of my speed.

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

30 June 2015 - 12:08pm
I had an apollo hybrid 5 years ago that cost around £180 IIRC. I broke the bottom bracket in less than a week, cassette, chain and tyres all worn out within 2/3 weeks. Gears never stayed indexed, brakes and the wheel was back every few days to get trued by there "mechanics". I got my money back as it was not fit for purpose (riding).

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

30 June 2015 - 10:02am
In 1987 I did LEJOG on a cheap Raleigh tourer style thing with crap everything. The heavy frame, rubbish gears and lacklustre brakes I could live with, but the cheap, nasty wheels with galv spokes and chrome plated steel rims were bad news. Every second day I broke a spoke in the rear wheel, and as I was a mechanical numptie at the time I had to find cycle shops and beg them to do an on the spot repair. When I got home I bought some better wheels and I learned how to change spokes.

Re: La linea or Gibraltar?

30 June 2015 - 9:50am
La Linea, we found a nice hotel by turning left out of customs and just off to the right in a back street.... Don't be put off by external appearances, we often found ones that looked a bit dingy outside were perfectly acceptable often with interesting features, courtyards or gardens that you would never have guessed at from the outside....., when we toured Andalucia.
Personally we found the Gibraltarians just a little bit too English for our liking...... with awful and expensive food, it was certianly an interesting experience to visit the Rock and take the tour.

Re: Expedition bike - all thumbs on 8 or 9

30 June 2015 - 8:28am
It was that bike which originally got me thinking down those lines dandru.

Then posts on this thread made me concerned that thumbies might not be as uber reliable as i thought.

And at over £100 (the special mounts needed can cost £50!) It then didn't seem such a good idea.

And my cheap altus 21 speed changers have lasted 15 to 20 years.

So i have managed to get a pair of alivio 8 speed rapidshift shifters.

If i was uber-cautious i could always carry a pair of altus or acera shifters.

Or carry a pair of downtube shifter levers.

Since the bike will be 8 speed i won't be needing super slick shifting anyway.

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

30 June 2015 - 8:25am
I got fed up with the local transport Mafia when on a long non cycling trip to Madagascar. Bought a cheap new $50 (£30) Chinese MTB.

They were shipped in unassembled and put together on the pavement outside the shop by sub contractors. It was rubbish! Chain broke in first hour. None of the bearings were greased and bb seized after a few days. It required regular maintenance each day to tighten everything up. Rear derailleur jockey wheel fell off and I had to get lift to next town.

Had a full service where I oversaw the mechanic and instructed him to strip and grease all bearings. He couldn't understand why I would spend money before it was broken or needed fixing.

Steel wheels and hard bake blocks made fast downhills a nightmare.

I rode it over 500 kms through the mountains and up the coast and then used it for local transport and sightseeing. Better than the minibuses and a great experience, but I prefer my LHT!

Re: La linea or Gibraltar?

30 June 2015 - 7:42am
I stayed in La Linea as much cheaper for a tourist style hotel, pool, etc. Also cheaper and better and cheap food on the Spanish side.

Away from the border and marina, LL is a bit of a grubby working town, whereas Gib is more touristy.

Have a look on something like booking.com or other website for prices. The hotel I stayed in rented bikes.

Once across the Gib border you can get buses to centre, returns cheaper and discount for over 60s.

La linea or Gibraltar?

30 June 2015 - 4:49am
Sometimes the Spanish get a tad irate and have an effect on the border which can really slow down the in/out movement - gib itself gets a bit busy and you may see no delays at all but summer is the favoured time for border hassle to take place.


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