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Re: Poncho

25 September 2014 - 6:17pm
Bike-components have yellow and mango ones on sale for 20 euros.

http://www.bike-discount.de/en/praesenz ... ude+poncho

Re: 700c wheels in India?

25 September 2014 - 4:57pm
I'm 5"10" and rode the GT for about 10 years. It might have done for you, but I am off to Japan in a couple of days so a bit late now. I live on the Fenchurch St line and may have a bit of time if you want to look over the weekend. PM me.

You are right, no campsites in India. The biggest problem is finding space not used by anyone and also privacy. You are almost constantly being watched and putting up a tent would attract a permanent crowd. A hotel room offers a bit of a respite. Safety is not normally a concern, but there was a recent problem of 2 Swiss being killed while camping. Constant attention and possible pilfering are much bigger problems.

I have cycled from Katmandu to Goa; Goa to the bottom and back; 2 other trips round the South. Roads vary widely. Some are very good, a few are terrible, most are OK. I often seems to be a State thing with some much worse than others. I tried to ride on the State Highways and avoid the much busier National Highways. Many of the smaller roads may be unpaved.

I never broke a wheel and had few punctures, but I am light, ride fairly carefully and don't carry lots of luggage. A few few spare tubes, maybe a spare folding tyre and a few of each spokes should do.

India is a fascinating place, I am sure you will love it. If you don't want the expense and aggro of getting to E Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are local and both worth a visit.

Enjoy.

Re: 700c wheels in India?

25 September 2014 - 3:50pm
Sorry for the delay in getting back to your q's.

here is London but I'm currently scoping out options which seem to be span the whole country. It's hard work getting a complete setup from scratch! I'm 5'11" so think your GT outpost might be a bit too small for me - what do you think? Hoping to get my hands on a Dawes Sardar but they seem to be a little out of my price range. Would be happy with a decent stell MTB tbh but lots of cheaper Dawes Galaxys keep popping up with 700c wheels.

We toyed with the idea of camping initially but soon realised that it's not recommended. Is it just unsafe to camp? I can't imagine there being many camp sites in India. We're just taking a stove for boiling water and may camp in East Africa if we get there.

Where have you been in India? What are the roads liek on the whole?

An impossible question really but if I end up getting a 700c bike how many spare inner tubes/tyres/spokes etc would you suggest I take?

Thanks,
Jude

French Alps - recommended places...?

25 September 2014 - 3:13pm
I’m about to set off down to the Alps with the bike in the back of the car to ride about a bit and stay in various places - a mix of hotels and B&B’s, maybe camping, depending on the weather. I’ve no itinerary planned as yet, and enjoy just heading where the fancy takes me. (No, "the fancy" isn't my nickname for the bike).

Does anyone want to recommend favourite places to stay or restaurants to eat in?

Obviously, if the places you know and love are so good you don’t want to broadcast them for fear of them being overrun forever afterwards, you can just PM me. I promise not to reveal your secrets.

Re: Santander hotel

25 September 2014 - 3:07pm
thanks, i have emailed the san marco.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

25 September 2014 - 2:52pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Thanks Martin. I have a friend who has made blood brothers with his Thorn and rode round Oz so obviously tried to sell me down this route. I just don't have the budget. Surly is an option so far.......hc
My 585L Sherpa, 18 months old, will be on Ebay in a few weeks when i return from spain - where I'm going on my Rohloff equipped Raven......

Re: Poncho

25 September 2014 - 1:27pm
There is a little Army surplus shop near Warterloo Station, go past the Old Vic and Down the Cut, it's past Evans Cycles on the same side olmost oposite the Young Vic

Re: new to touring

25 September 2014 - 12:09pm
Depends on what sort of touring you want to do. If a moving-on tour staying at hostels or B&B's then you don't need to carry too much stuff, so a couple of panniers will suffice. If camping, you need to take more stuff, so you may need the ability to add front panniers and a front rack. i have the fittings for an extra bottle cage under the downtube but don't use it. If camping, it can be a useful place to keep a fuel bottle or extra water bottle.

Re: new to touring

25 September 2014 - 10:37am
The main thing is that the bike is comfortable; it needs to be. Other aspects are mostly fixable as you go.

Re: new to touring

25 September 2014 - 10:28am
It should be fine for touring. Bearing in mind folk have successfully toured on penny-farthings, that your hybrid isn't a "proper touring bike" is really not an issue. You may find yourself walking up nasty hills towards the end of the day, but that's hardly the end of the world, and you might find yourself taking the odd walk with 27 gears anywy. Tweaks needed will be sufficient luggage space, assuming you don't already have it, and while mudguards aren't essential they do tend to make life more comfortable on wet roads. Toe cages or clipless pedals make long distances a little easier, but again you can live without them.

The extra eyelets are for an extra water bottle cage, assuming you (a) want one and it (b) fits.

The main thing, and the most difficult thing, you need to go touring is the resolve to get on and do it. Once you're on your bike with a target in front of you it's "just" a case of turning the pedals until you get there. If you stick at it you can tune the kit to your own preferences over time, but to just get out touring you don't need any special kit.

Pete.

new to touring

25 September 2014 - 9:39am
HI all,
I have a ridgeback 8 speed hybrid,with all eyelets for touring,
with a few tweaks will this be suitable for touring?
it also has eyelets on the underside of the down tube top end just behind the front wheel what would these be for
Thanks

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

25 September 2014 - 8:56am
bigjim wrote:theDaveB wrote:Here is my Decathlon Original 5 Night and Day + cheap Bob Yak ripoff trailer.
I want to know more about this.
I'm off to Portugal on Sunday. I hate travelling with the bike. It can cost me £100 to take my own bike. There is a Decathlon near the airport. I thought that Original three looks as if would tour. It's about £150. mmmm... Searched the net to see if anybody had toured with one. I tour light. saddlebag or stuffsac if poss.
So come on spill the beans. I know it's the 5 but I think there is not that much difference.

The 3 has thinner tubing on the frame and mentions a weight limit on the spec. I went to the shop to look at it and decided a 5 would be better for me as I weigh 17.5 stone.

I paid £209 at the time (12 months ago) and last time I was in noticed that do loads of others now around that price.

I can't complain about mine at all, only been on 2 tours to North Wales but go out on it nearly every day and not had a single problem. Only things I have changed our seat, tyres and pedals. They come with a £30 gel seat, I use their own £10 seat, much better. Changed the tyres due to too many punctures and the pedals becuase I wear sandals and could feel the pedal under my feet after a while, so swapped for some flat ones, also from Decathlon for £5.

Edit: Just had a look on the site, the 520 looks the same as mine and the 500 is the same minus rack and Dynamo.

Dave

Re: touring tyres help

24 September 2014 - 7:34pm
thanks for the replys everyone

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

24 September 2014 - 7:10pm
theDaveB wrote:Here is my Decathlon Original 5 Night and Day + cheap Bob Yak ripoff trailer.
I want to know more about this.
I'm off to Portugal on Sunday. I hate travelling with the bike. It can cost me £100 to take my own bike. There is a Decathlon near the airport. I thought that Original three looks as if would tour. It's about £150. mmmm... Searched the net to see if anybody had toured with one. I tour light. saddlebag or stuffsac if poss.
So come on spill the beans. I know it's the 5 but I think there is not that much difference.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

24 September 2014 - 6:15pm
Here is my Decathlon Original 5 Night and Day + cheap Bob Yak ripoff trailer.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

24 September 2014 - 6:08pm

Looking north over Mid Wales
My 20 year old Saracen Terratrax MTB. Only original component left is the seat post and bottle bolts.

Neil

Re: touring tyres help

24 September 2014 - 5:59pm
On my 26" surly disc trucker I've done long-weekend touring (2x full back rollers plus bar bag) involving road and some gravel with:

1.75" conti travel contact
1.75" marathon plus
1.5" pasela tour guard (folding)

The contis were nicely balanced, good on gravel and rolled well. Did pick up a couple of punctures, however.
The marathon+ felt quite leaden and I once lost the back wheel on some fairly innocuous gravel which somewhat dented my confidence in them. No punctures at all though.
Just done my first long weekend on the pasela TGs and they feel wonderful. Relatively easy to fit, no punctures, rolled nicely and were pretty adept on the loose stuff, so I'm potentially a convert, although only time will tell re punctures. Not cheap though!

Christiian

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

24 September 2014 - 5:13pm
Crossing the Danube 31st August 2014. The orange front bags are my home made lightweight set. This was about mid distance of the 1100km tour and my 'wet' day

Re: Poncho

24 September 2014 - 3:38pm
I use this one -

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/forclaz-100- ... 84715.html

Although it says entry level, I was in a massive downpour and it kept me dry on my bike.

Dave

Re: touring tyres help

24 September 2014 - 12:54pm
Hrmmm 30mm for a rim is very fat already? - so you'll be looking at something wide whatever?

Big Apples are a great all round slick. Not too bad off-road as long as it's dry. They come up to 700 x 60mm. You should be able to get Marathons or Marathon Deluxe's in 700 x 50mm.

I'm a fan of the fat tyres - nice plush ride, can take on some rough stuff (and bump up curbs fully loaded). They don't accelerate well tho.

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