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by shane
10 May 2016, 5:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long touring without front panniers
Replies: 46
Views: 4497

Re: Long touring without front panniers

Thanks for saying that bikepacking luggage makes bike handle better. That explains some of it. . Handles better (especially offroad), no panniers snagging on rocks or bushes when doing single track(or bouncing off the racks). More importantly in my case, the overall weight is less (baggage plus bik...
by shane
9 May 2016, 8:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long touring without front panniers
Replies: 46
Views: 4497

Re: Long touring without front panniers

Totally agree with the veterans here, I've often travelled with the standard set up and wasn't sure what all that BIkepacking non-sense is about. Ironically several years on, my packing basics haven't changed. I need about the same gear for a weekend or a month, its just a question of which season. ...
by shane
11 Apr 2016, 9:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikepacking bags
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: Bikepacking bags

I make my own :) Bit of a hassle but very rewarding and flexible....

http://www.shanecycles.com/make-your-ow ... frame-bag/
by shane
6 Apr 2016, 4:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lowest gear for touring including load-pulling
Replies: 77
Views: 4440

Re: Lowest gear for touring including load-pulling

Thought I'd use Sheldon's calculator to see what I get with my Rohloff (32x17) 13,7"- 71,8" Pretty low then, and I travel really light at the moment too 8) With this set up there's nothing much I can't climb, and by the time I think I want to go even lower, its more efficient to just pick ...
by shane
5 Apr 2016, 6:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: bikebacking
Replies: 12
Views: 842

Re: bikebacking

Yup, the snow was lying above about 1200m.
by shane
5 Apr 2016, 5:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: bikebacking
Replies: 12
Views: 842

Re: bikebacking

Be very careful travelling light on the basis of a weather forecast.

I'm just back from Backpacking in Spain where is should of been between 8-15 degrees

ImageIMG_2312 by Shane Cycles, on Flickr

Good fun though :)
by shane
26 Nov 2015, 11:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter bike - do you bother?
Replies: 49
Views: 3307

Re: Winter bike - do you bother?

Are you happy to ride a bag of nails through the winter? More than happy I switched over to my bag of nails this month. (also has a rear mudguard and lights now :D ) https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5716/21680646114_8f3c11d898_z.jpg Batavus Singlespeed by Shane Cycles , on Flickr I think it will now ...
by shane
26 Nov 2015, 11:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Southern Spain in January
Replies: 6
Views: 2034

Re: Touring Southern Spain in January

Ironically found this thread while googling something else, then spotted my name :oops: My Spain blogs are here >>> http://www.shanecycles.com/category/bikepacking/ and the transandalucia website is worth a look too >>> http://www.transandalus.org/index.php?lang=en If you're more into an on road rou...
by shane
20 Nov 2015, 6:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Zuiderzee route LF 21, 22, 23 Netherlands.
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Zuiderzee route LF 20, 21, 22 Netherlands.

This campsite in Zeewolde is always nice >> http://www.natuurkampeerterreinen.nl/en/terreinen/flevoland/dasselaar/ and its only 10-15 minutes ride from a supermarket. They had digital check in when I got there this summer which was a little weird :) I've also stayed at a couple(natuurkamperterein) i...
by shane
10 Nov 2015, 10:53pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pondering cycle camping on a Brompton
Replies: 7
Views: 853

Re: Pondering cycle camping on a Brompton

Brompton is a great idea for starting out on shorter trips. Simple because if you've had enough you can jump on a bus home :)

If you have nothing better to do on a winter's evening, I have some idea's for luggage and trip reports here >>> http://www.shanecycles.com/category/brompton/
by shane
5 Nov 2015, 5:37pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Trouble deciding on a tent upgrade
Replies: 85
Views: 4041

Re: Trouble deciding on a tent upgrade

I wild camped with a couple of German's that I met on Skye during the summer and one of them had an MSR dome tent and I was amazed at how much space he had inside. My hang up with MSR dome's is that they are to be light grey - which won't help much when wild camping! I was in touch with Cascade Des...
by shane
21 Oct 2015, 12:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Post a photo of your commuter
Replies: 29
Views: 2344

Re: Post a photo of your commuter

I see that you are joking about lining up the valve, but I do that to help locate the cause of punctures if and when I get them. Its standard practice even on new bikes apart from being in 'The Rules'! So here's my daily commute pre August https://www.flickr.com/photos/92281886@N02/15441320060/ and...
by shane
19 Oct 2015, 8:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Post a photo of your commuter
Replies: 29
Views: 2344

Re: Post a photo of your commuter

Yeh, who would put a bike together like that and miss such important details :) I compensated in the photo by putting the valves at the bottom and pedals horizontal 8)
by shane
19 Oct 2015, 8:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Post a photo of your commuter
Replies: 29
Views: 2344

Post a photo of your commuter

Through the years on various posts there's been many photo's of many touring beauties....... But what about the bikes you leave at home? What does your other bike(s)(commuter) look like? It seems a shame to always be talking about the mistress rather than the wife at home :shock: :D 8) Naturally I o...
by shane
14 Oct 2015, 10:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Russia in January advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1486

Re: Russia in January advice

Helen's got more recent experience in Russia, but here's some general winter tips and the blogs from my winter trips. http://www.shanecycles.com/category/winter-cycle-touring/ -10 is fine if you have the right gear and stay sharp, -10 is beter than anything up to zero degree's in a lot of respects b...