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Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 11:25pm
ukdodger wrote:What pedals do you use in the summer?
Flats with strapless toe clips.

Re: Airport transfers in Majorca

15 October 2014 - 10:43pm
If you can wait until tomorrow, Phil has a contact we use, on his phone can then sort it out for you, but options are Resort Hoppa as well, but not sure what they charge for bikes as we don't take ours. When are you going?

Re: Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

15 October 2014 - 10:40pm
Hi aileen how are you keeping, why rule out the Polenca Park? Duva is one place, there is also a hotel right on the corner opp 1919 and the bus station but the name* escapes me at the moment... can let you know in 48 hours time and possibly pick up their contact details, they are open 365 days a year, many of the others are now beginning to close down, as are flights etc. Daina and Azul are other options but again may close as the season progresses. ah ha* .. found it Eolo...

https://www.travelrepublic.co.uk/hotels ... AkI-8P8HAQ

Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

15 October 2014 - 9:53pm
Can anyone recommend cycling friendly accomodation in Polenca. Safe cycle storage, good showers & WiFi are essential. Self catering or Hotel. Must be within walking distance of the town. Polence Park has been ruled out.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 9:47pm
Vorpal wrote:ukdodger wrote:Assume you werent using cleats then! I've cycled in wellies before but not far
Nope; don't get on with cleats. I've cycled in wellies a couple of times, too.
Cycling in the winter, I wear hiking boots until it get a few degrees below freezing. Then, my hiking boots don't keep my feet warm anymore, so I wear lined winter boots and two pairs of wool socks). If it's that cold, there's also usually snow on the ground, so I don't go so fast anyway. The extra work of riding in winter boots isn't as much as the extra work for riding in snow & ice.

What pedals do you use in the summer?

Airport transfers in Majorca

15 October 2014 - 9:46pm
Can anyone recommend a reliable company to transfer us & our bikes from Palma to Polenca. The people we used last year charged £30 per person & took 90 minutes each way.

Re: Dry bags - a lightweight alternative to panniers

15 October 2014 - 9:40pm
I have toured a few times using a Carradice Overlander bag. It weighs about 300g including the straps, I like the square shape. It has padding on the back so sits nicely on a rack. It also doubles as a rucksack and the shoulder straps are removeable to use to tie to the rack. It's better than a sack as it has a big zip around the front and can easily slide your hand in for items. I put items in plastic bags for ease of accessability. It also means you can strap a tent etc to the flat surface. I reckon it's easily about 26litre. More than a Carradice longflap and a lot lighter. I bought a second on on e-bay as a spare. £6.



Downside is that it is only showerproof but a binbag slid over it solves that problem if need be.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 8:47pm
ukdodger wrote:Assume you werent using cleats then! I've cycled in wellies before but not far
Nope; don't get on with cleats. I've cycled in wellies a couple of times, too.
Cycling in the winter, I wear hiking boots until it get a few degrees below freezing. Then, my hiking boots don't keep my feet warm anymore, so I wear lined winter boots and two pairs of wool socks). If it's that cold, there's also usually snow on the ground, so I don't go so fast anyway. The extra work of riding in winter boots isn't as much as the extra work for riding in snow & ice.

Re: Motorhome Support

15 October 2014 - 7:59pm
I would like to say a big thank you for all answers. Are there any itineraries I could try out, distances and camp sites ?
Thanks once again.

Re: Vaude or carradice cape?

15 October 2014 - 7:41pm
Hi

I use the Carradice cape and swear by it. The thing that never seems to get mentioned is how warm a cape keeps you in cold rain.
I've had mine 10 years now and would never leave home without it. I don't use it much but when it is needed it is always there and always been waterproof.

Point made about handlebar furniture but in practice you want to be dry. I moved my front light lower to get over this problem.

John

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Re: Vaude or carradice cape?

15 October 2014 - 5:41pm
I usually use nikwax for my waterproof stuff. There's also a heavier duty waterproofer you can get which is designed for the likes of tents.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 4:57pm
hotsauce wrote:I used to tour fixed in the winter. 68" of pain! Toured all over the North York moors, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. Favourite time to get away was just after Christmas, to beat the winter blues!!

Respect!

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 4:24pm
hotsauce wrote:I used to tour fixed in the winter. 68" of pain! Toured all over the North York moors, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. Favourite time to get away was just after Christmas, to beat the winter blues!!

Seems like everybody is at it!

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 4:23pm
I used to tour fixed in the winter. 68" of pain! Toured all over the North York moors, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. Favourite time to get away was just after Christmas, to beat the winter blues!!

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 3:45pm
pete75 wrote:ukdodger wrote:pete75 wrote:8,600km across Siberia starting in December perhaps?

http://www.tim.hi-ho.ne.jp/andow/fareas ... eport.html

Pass.

Notice the chap is from the Japan Adventure Cyclist Club - there's a club that lives up to it's name !!

The Japs are nuts anyway. I'm minded of that TV game of theirs 'Endurance'

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 3:42pm
ukdodger wrote:pete75 wrote:8,600km across Siberia starting in December perhaps?

http://www.tim.hi-ho.ne.jp/andow/fareas ... eport.html

Pass.

Notice the chap is from the Japan Adventure Cyclist Club - there's a club that lives up to it's name !!

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 3:30pm
shane wrote:Many good tips already, but here goes
Haven't decided if Im going to Scotland, The Lakes or Spain for my trip this winter....Im done with that really cold stuff, its too much like hard work Luckily Helen loves it and will paint a totally different picture

Ultimate respect.

I've been to Lapland three times - skiing, not cycling - and have experienced -30°. It is far colder than most British Islanders can imagine. I was out in it all day and even with ski gear and a very good Mountain Equipment Annapurna jacket on top, and a North Face Nuptse vest under, I was chilling off to the point that I had to get indoors. I could not have camped that night without a serious upgrade to my clothing.

I heard someone from the British Antarctic Survey team being interviewed and she said -30° was okay, it was when things dipped below -40° that the real problems started, and at -50° it was pure survival, meaningful work was impossible.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 3:29pm
pete75 wrote:8,600km across Siberia starting in December perhaps?

http://www.tim.hi-ho.ne.jp/andow/fareas ... eport.html

Pass.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 3:27pm
8,600km across Siberia starting in December perhaps?

http://www.tim.hi-ho.ne.jp/andow/fareas ... eport.html

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