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online hostel reviews - what do you think?

30 June 2014 - 11:02am
Hello fellow travelers!

I'm hoping you can help me out - I'm a masters student working on my thesis regarding online hostel reviews. I'm looking to understand how people use reviews, who they trust, etc. If you've booked a hostel in the last year and have read some online reviews, you're perfect! It takes just 5 minutes...please follow the link https://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/coventry/hostelreviews !

thanks so much for your support! diane

psst....you need to be 18 or older!

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

30 June 2014 - 8:44am
We have a problem. I own a Thorn Discovery Tandem with a 160mm rear drop out. Due to a friend having his Cannondale Tandem stolen last week we now have to use both of my Tandems for our Atlantic to Med tour in August. Both bikes were going to tow Adventure C1 Trailers but the standard 'long' quick release is not long enough for the Thorn 160mm OLN.

Does anyone know if this item could be stripped down to provide a donor Skewer to fit the Adventure 'Cam End'?

http://www.extrawheel.co.uk/spares-and- ... kewer.html

Re: What do you think about this overshoes?

30 June 2014 - 7:33am
I have these overshoes, I can recommend them. Cheap, lightweight, easy to put on with a bit of practice and they do keep your feet dry.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

29 June 2014 - 11:16pm
+1 for Scotland in May.

We go almost every year and have done for (cough) several decades.

In the age before kids it was for the climbing and walking, moving around places, since then we tend to base in Applecross. Great campsite and generally one of the best places in the world to chill-out, helped by having no mobile reception.

This year, with the oldest 14 we took the bikes up for the first time and the two of us did the round of the coast road and back over the Bealach na Bar. For any cyclist absolutely has to be done - fantastic climb followed by a seriously fast decent, which probably put me up there on the list of irresponsible parents.

And, being in May and on the coast, few midges.

In short, don't let the midges put you off …

Re: What do you think of this bike?

29 June 2014 - 10:17pm
Fork has been around since 2011 at least....http://www.yumpu.com/fr/document/view/7165064/sr-suntour-swing-shock-owners-manual-2011

Wonder why we haven't heard of it?
I think it would "top out" under braking, like a leading link motorcycle fork

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

29 June 2014 - 10:15pm
Yep i'm no fan of Marmite either..Best way to deal with Midgies is to leave your visit till May or Sept.. Interestingly enough i have just come back from a tour of the Netherlands,,Midgies on a couple of sites but they didn't bother us..

Re: Riding down the Valley of the Lot

29 June 2014 - 9:57pm
I've been in the valley of the Lot and you do not lie!

Re: Dried ready meals …

29 June 2014 - 9:42pm
The OP asks about dried meals. I'm assuming this is equivalent to lightweight as far as possible.
Slowroad, I like your couscous...
Here is my version (a bit less snazzy than yours)...

Plain couscous, some veg of some description, stock cube or packet soup (the long cook version is nicer than instant but either will do)

Couscous can be substituted with quick cook pasta, noodles or rice (use the energy saving method, add to cold water, bring to boil and then turn off heat. Wrap the pot in a fleece or put in a snug cosy - I'm about to make one out of some neoprene - and leave for 10min before eating)

Veg can be dried (superlight), or try dry seaweed! Weird tasting but apparently quite good for you, or tinned or best of all fresh. Also tinned fish is an option.

Stock cubes, packet soup - whatever - It took me a while to realise that less soup mix was better and made the result look and feel less like cement mix. I'm experimenting with miso and umani and I have also found some fermented black beans that are interesting! I quite like a very liquid sort of meal.

Small bits of sauscison or chorizo for meat eaters add more texture and taste

Here is the standard Mountain marathon evening meal I've relied on for years...

1. Pot noodle (or posh noodle) - save the noodle pot for the next course... carry on boiling water
2. Two cup a soups in the empty pot - keep boiling more water
3. instant flavoured couscous - keep on boiling water
4. optional if it was very cold and we were hungry - onion (s)mash with some grated parmesan - more boiling water
5. instant custard in its own sachet (hold it with a glove or in the noodle pot) and crumble in some rich fruit cake or chocolate brownie

6. lie down, cradle a taut, round belly and groan whilst sipping an aeroplane plastic miniature bottle of malt - but maybe not finish with a wafer thin chocolate mint.

Out on my Dahon TR

29 June 2014 - 8:56pm
Well I finally got out on my Dahon TR after having the new steering stem fitted, A better ride than I thought, although short in reach and I think I will still need padded shorts on the Selle saddle. I will probably put my Brookes on it. A very good range of gears which took some getting used to when I first rode out, I even got overtaken by a lad on a BMX.... how embarrasing. I also purchased a set of MKS removable clipless pedals, expensive but extremely well made and comfortab le for my Aldi touring shoes.

Re: What do you think of this bike?

29 June 2014 - 8:38pm
Thanks for your reply. Well I was interested for that bike mainly for the price, but your points are right: I'm also suspicious of that fork and I haven't found much information about that fork.

Re: Cycle Touring in the Outer Hebrides - Questions

29 June 2014 - 7:42pm
Just got back.....
Hope this is helpful
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/14396

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

29 June 2014 - 7:09pm
Tigger wrote:Ah, but you shouldn't deprive yourself of the most amazing scenery!... so go to Scotland in May before the midge season starts - the weather is (often) at its best then too. I'll let you know about the Autan as I'll probably get a tube before I go.

True Tigger, I've driven all over and wished I could cycle there too, if I could rely on not missing riding days (through bites) it'd be my next tour.

Re: What do you think of this bike?

29 June 2014 - 7:01pm
A few points if I may.....
Suspension forks. Why?
28 spoked rims. I'll take the extra 8 spokes in a 36 spoked wheel and it's extra few grams any day.
The mudguards look like strips of flat plastic.
The biggest offput.......no drop bars! Are you mad???

Re: What do you think of this bike?

29 June 2014 - 6:59pm
I think I would be suspicious of the suspension fork design.
With that kind of pivot I would suspect it could wear out very quickly.

If you want front suspension then I would stick with a proven design that has lasted years.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

29 June 2014 - 6:57pm
I live in Scotland and find Autan is the best of the products I've tried so far - though I haven't tried Skin so Soft. I like the solid sticks as they are easy to apply quickly and there is no risk of squishing and stuff oozing out.

For camping I would also use a mosquito coil - even if they don't bite it is really annoying when you can't avoid eating them....

What do you think of this bike?

29 June 2014 - 6:22pm
Hi all,

I'm looking for a good bike for touring and bike commuting. In a local shop there is http://www.speedbikes.it/en/pd/metro/bike for 600€ and considering the components it seems interesting. Obviouslty it must adapted a bit for touring. What do yu think about it?

Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

29 June 2014 - 6:22pm
I have a 48cm bike and this http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004XVPDMC/r ... Stb03W2KDA fits nicely.
2 sets of stays are supplied (one set is stupidlgigfuy long) and 2 sets of the little steel plates (can't remember what they're called) that bolt to the rack eyelets are supplied (also of different lengths).
10mm alloy tubing with twin rail heights allow use of the top of the rack without fouling the panniers. There's no sprung top plate but there is a plate on the back with 60mm spaced holes for a rack light.
I've seen nicer welds but it doesn't look or feel like it'll fall to bits any time soon. £25

Re: What do you think about this overshoes?

29 June 2014 - 6:18pm
foxyrider wrote:I use something similar from Gore - work very well, never had properly wet shoes when I've used them despite sometimes hours of torrential rain.
thanks they look interesting since they are cheap and you can walk with them, compare to others.

Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

29 June 2014 - 6:13pm
2 bikes with frames smaller than that here (well, 3, but 1 has no rack at present), one with a Tubus Logo (IIRC), the other a Tortec Velocity Hybrid. Both fit well. Neither need any special long stays... not sure why they would. As ever, SJS also do lots and lots of rack spares, including long arms.

Recently bought a Blackburn rack for another bike, and unsure about the build quality, and prefer the Tortec and Tubus we have.

Re: Caution - Verona Airport

29 June 2014 - 6:10pm
An interesting experience - I think it is good advice to remove the front wheel in most cases for all airports as advised by the CTC in their website article.

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