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by stevemb
11 Jun 2015, 7:52am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 89
Views: 5898

Re: Coffee

I'm also for the Aeropress. I also take a Porlex ceramic hand grinder which is small enough to fit inside the Aeropress. Then I just take the beans, which is less messy than carrying around ground coffee, and grind what I need each day. I sometimes try the Hario V60 in plastic but this is trickier w...
by stevemb
7 Mar 2015, 11:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thermos flask for standard cage
Replies: 56
Views: 13739

Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

I know it's already been mentioned but I use a Thermos Ultimate 0.8 l which fits in a cage if the 2 rubber bits , one at the bottom and a green ring 2/3 of the way up are taken off (Come off easily) I did a temperate test using a digital thermometer over time at hourly intervals with all my flasks, ...
by stevemb
1 Nov 2014, 6:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Small portable cable cutters for touring
Replies: 58
Views: 16274

Re: Small portable cable cutters for touring

I've tried 3 multi tools to cut or trim a brake cable with mixed success. A Leatherman Charge TTi did what an earlier post warned of, namely it spread the wire and the pliers got stuck together. The same thing happened with a Victorinox Swiss Tool Spirit. These two are both medium to heavy duty mult...
by stevemb
21 Apr 2014, 4:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mobile phone options for Europe
Replies: 35
Views: 7112

Re: mobile phone options for Europe

There is a post on this somewhere else but from memory I believe it is a sim from Motorhome wifi. It basically is a sim from vodafone italy and the rate is 3 euros per day for 500MB of data. You only pay the 3 euros once you use the data for that day. If you dont connect there is no daily charge. Th...
by stevemb
2 Mar 2014, 8:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikeroutetoaster is Back!
Replies: 11
Views: 13998

Re: Bikeroutetoaster is Back!

Doesn't work with Ipad Air. Doesn't respond to the touch screen when trying to input a point on the map.
Hopefully the later update sorts it as I don't want to take a notebook as well when touring
by stevemb
8 Jan 2014, 10:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route planning on the road
Replies: 3
Views: 31562

Re: Route planning on the road

I would take a tablet. You can then use a route planning program , say Bikeroutetoaster, to plan a route whilst on the road and then save it to the micro sd card on your Garmin. Then you can choose the roads you want and not rely on the Garmin's routing choice. I tend though to do as the previous po...
by stevemb
28 Dec 2013, 11:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best satnav for London commuting
Replies: 28
Views: 2687

Re: Best satnav for London commuting

I use a Garmin Edge 800 and have no issues with. It recalculates quickly if you change route and the maps are very clear. I have also used a Garmin GPS Map 60CSx plus a Satmap 10. I found the small size, the clear maps and the fact that I can charge it via Tout Terrain plug or E-Werk to be perfect f...
by stevemb
13 Oct 2013, 1:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring drinks
Replies: 38
Views: 9505

Re: Touring drinks

I tend to drink plain water and supplement the minerals by eating more - probably why I don't lose weight by touring! One tip I did use whilst in Sicily during a spell where the temperatures were over 35 degrees was one I found on this forum I believe. That was to put your water bottle in a wet sock...
by stevemb
9 Jun 2012, 10:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC bike bag - anyone have one?
Replies: 7
Views: 3251

Re: CTC bike bag - anyone have one?

Wiggle had them recently at £7.99 each less discount but when I looked today they weren't there.
I managed to get 2 for my next trip so I know I wasn't imagining it!
by stevemb
22 May 2012, 5:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Folding bags for flights
Replies: 3
Views: 2896

Folding bags for flights

Just saw that Lidl are selling large folding nylon bags for 6.99 These would be ideal for putting your panniers in and keeping them together for a flight abroad. Folds up inside itself and has capacity of 90l or 15kg Can be the stored as they weigh next to nothing I have used those pound shop bags i...
by stevemb
8 Apr 2012, 10:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tout Terrain Plug 2
Replies: 13
Views: 18009

Re: Tout Terrain Plug 2

Because there is no cache battery between the Tout Terrain and my Garmin (as I had with the e-Werk) when you stop and you are not generating any power the Edge 800 flashes the message 'external power lost'. You can either press ok and it returns to the screen you were on (map in my case) or if you s...
by stevemb
30 Jan 2012, 11:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tout Terrain Plug 2
Replies: 13
Views: 18009

Re: Tout Terrain Plug 2

I'll give it a go on way home this evening. My guess is that if you keep above 11 km/hr there's no problem - below that ie. at lights, I expect to see the MSG "external power lost" That MSG disappears once you get up to speed or press ok on the Garmin. I'll set a route and check this is so
by stevemb
30 Jan 2012, 9:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tout Terrain Plug 2
Replies: 13
Views: 18009

Tout Terrain Plug 2

I finally got round to installing my Plug 2 at the weekend . Was apprehensive as I had to drill out the star fangled nut during installation - not something I was looking forward to! However, that was the least of my problems. I changed my Thorn stem to a Thomson one some time ago and haven't adjust...
by stevemb
9 May 2011, 10:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How much weight do you carry?
Replies: 32
Views: 4309

Re: How much weight do you carry?

I'm going to do a detailed weight by item (just in order to reduce the weight) but when I did a solo week long tour of Brittany the weight was 15 kg for the bike, with approx 32kg carried. This includes stuff carried on the frame such as water and fuel plus clothes I was wearing. I would add that th...
by stevemb
21 Apr 2011, 11:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tracksuit trousers
Replies: 9
Views: 1819

Re: Tracksuit trousers

I had had a number of Altura cycle leggings, both the Winter Cruisers and standard ones for Summer. They fitted well and had a very useful zipped back pocket which I used for small change, small key etc.. it was in such a place that it didn't interfere whilst cycling. However, the latest 'improved' ...