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by dnrc
19 Jul 2020, 11:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe is open - who's going?
Replies: 55
Views: 2707

Re: Europe is open - who's going?

Hotel in cologne tonight. Then winging it

Plan to wild camp on hohe acht and somewhere around rurburg in the eifel national park

Other than that no idea.

At departure lounge at stanstead now, its actually nice and quiet.

I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my SM-A705FN using hovercraft full of eels.
by dnrc
16 Jul 2020, 8:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe is open - who's going?
Replies: 55
Views: 2707

Re: Europe is open - who's going?

I'm off on Sunday - all the .gov pages have travel updates and right now everywhere is good to go. Insurance including covid contraction cover is available now.

I fly into Cologne, will head for Koblenz and then spend some time pottering around the Moselle/Nurburgring/Eiffel area, will then maybe pop in to Antwerp and then up to get the ferry home at the hook.

Can't wait - will be my first break of more than 3-4 days since this time last year.




FYI you can sign up for real time travel updates on the .gov websites for countries you are planning to visit - they will email you whenever the advice changes.
by dnrc
6 Jul 2020, 6:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe is open - who's going?
Replies: 55
Views: 2707

Re: Europe is open - who's going?

thornie1543 wrote:The thing i don't understand about not excepting foot/bike bookings is if on the ferry to spain for instance are they expecting all the people to sit in their vehicles for 24hrs of the crossing? when all those people get out of their cars and go into the ferry what difference would it make from a foot passenger/cyclist? .Except the part where they can keep people in their cars before boarding of course,but when they park and get out its all the same isnt it.oh well.


this is my downfall at times as well - i apply logic to a situation and expect others to
by dnrc
6 Jul 2020, 6:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe is open - who's going?
Replies: 55
Views: 2707

Re: Europe is open - who's going?

robertsurtees wrote:I have a return crossing booked with Stena for mid August and I haven't heard from Stena that there is a problem. Also have a B&B booked in the Netherlands although without breakfast. I had a brief email with the owner the other and that's all ok. I'm optimistic and looking forward. I hope it doesn't rain but only because I will want to eat outside! Normally its because prefer not to ride in the rain but right now I'd get wet every day just to go for a cycling holuday.


same here - i'm booked to come back hook to harwich on the 30th july i think it is

was able to book with bicycle ok last week and not been told there is a problem so far
by dnrc
4 Jul 2020, 12:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe is open - who's going?
Replies: 55
Views: 2707

Re: Europe is open - who's going?

im flying to cologne in a couple of weeks to meander around germany / belgium / holland for a couple of weeks
by dnrc
30 Jun 2020, 9:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff
Replies: 46
Views: 1478

Re: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff

Glumbags wrote:Hi everyone.
I've been commuting to work for the last year after a job change and now commute, go grocery shopping, and just about everywhere on this thing!
It's a Saracen Powertrax 1996 MTB with Tange MTB tubing (not sure how good this frame actually is tbh - could someone enlighten me?)
Bought off ebay for £100 and rides very well to be fair.

Next year I retire and an looking at some longer tours which might include some unpaved rougher stuff outside Europe. I used to be quite a keen mountain biker so I do enjoy that sort of thing, although I want a bike to tour on principally.
I live in a small flat so only have room for 1 bike.

My question is - do I keep and upgrade it for example - it has no front fork eyelets for panniers and it has some old spec...or ditch and buy for example a second hand Surly LHT for £500ish of Gumtree?
Could any experienced tourers give me some sensible advice?
I want:
26" wheels
steel frame
I often whistle whilst I ride so that gives you an idea of the speed I go at! Comfort trumps speed for me. Cheers in advance for any advice folks.



If you already enjoy riding it then i would say to start with there is no reason to change especially if you only have room for one bike, why not use one you have and like. Old MTB's are great for touring.

Get some panniers and maybe a more suitable rear rack. Depending on how much stuff you need you could get a canti mounted rack for the front or even a bikepacking roll style front carrier thing (beer means I can't think of the proper name right now) and off you go.
by dnrc
15 Jun 2020, 8:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the Yare and Bure
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: Crossing the Yare and Bure

for the yare it's norwich, reedham or yarmouth - otherwise you need to swim

the bure has a fair few places to cross it except for the bits between wroxham and acle and acle and yarmouth (which to be fair is most of it!)
by dnrc
15 May 2020, 7:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is £84 for a 20 yr.old Raleigh Amazon a good deal ?
Replies: 11
Views: 552

Re: Is £84 for a 20 yr.old Raleigh Amazon a good deal ?

have you got a pic mate. would be nice to see it

in the condition you describe and if it fits you good it sounds a great buy.

it's an absolute go anywhere, do anything bike.
by dnrc
13 Oct 2019, 9:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Polecamping in Netherlands
Replies: 10
Views: 879

Re: Polecamping in Netherlands

I've been to one, Avelingen

it was a small patch of land near a river where you could camp for free

thats pretty much it, no facilites of any kind so it's wild camping with no fear of getting caught. expect other people to be there.
by dnrc
27 Sep 2019, 7:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rhine Ferries
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: Rhine Ferries

you dont need to worry about ferry crossings on the rhine IMO

there are bridges all over the place

you will be back and forwards all the time
by dnrc
1 Sep 2019, 8:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Titanium Touring Frame - CdF or ???
Replies: 17
Views: 1476

Re: Titanium Touring Frame - CdF or ???

i have a CDF Ti, a 2018 model

I built mine up from F+F. It is a great bike, i love it and pretty much use it for everything nowadays

Mine meets all of your requirements except a couple:

It won't take a front rack (well the carbon fork mine came with doesn't) you could get a different fork though that has rack fixings
Mine only has flat mount brake fittings on the front, I believe the more recent ones have flat mount brakes front and back though

get one, you won't regret it.
by dnrc
7 Jun 2019, 10:08pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: For a 1 week tour (wild camping) ... How much does your bike weigh?
Replies: 44
Views: 2454

Re: For a 1 week tour (wild camping) ... How much does your bike weigh?

why are you having new wheels built?

what's wrong with the current ones?
by dnrc
7 Jun 2019, 10:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maintenance and toolkit when touring
Replies: 76
Views: 3463

Re: Maintenance and toolkit when touring

This elaborates on my point. I bought a decent bike with decent components:

The idea that it won't last more than a week without maintenance is ridiculous





simonhill wrote:What always worries me with these posts is that they are likely to frighten off beginners or people who don't want to or can't do maintenance while on tour. Someone who is maybe a bit hesitant about doing a one or two week tour is likely to be even more put off by the thought that they must do a fair amount of maintenance.

Imagine buying a 2 grand bike from Thorn or Spa and then being told it will require maintenance after a week or so of touring. Imagine as well if you bought a washing machine, or car, or computer and was told you have to put your hand in the back every other week.

I hold that a good quality modern bike is a reliable piece of equipment. Read my post above for my experience, which is mirrored by a number of my touring partners.

Let's be pragmatic about what maintenance is really needed rather than what people like to do. Then we can spend our time encouraging people to tour, rather than putting them off with tales of all the (unnecessary) work that needs to be done to keep their bike on the road.
by dnrc
7 Jun 2019, 9:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maintenance and toolkit when touring
Replies: 76
Views: 3463

Re: Maintenance and toolkit when touring

i haven't read any of the 3 pages of this thread

but just wanted to say, for a week's tour i wouldn't take any more tools/stuff than i would on a normal ride

i also wouldn't do any maintenance other than if something went wrong or started rattling
by dnrc
7 Jun 2019, 7:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Berlin - Hook Of Holland Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Berlin - Hook Of Holland Advice

@nirakaro - it's only illegal if you get caught!

but the zeitplatz places you mention sound good, any more info/links/maps?


@nsew - whats the problem with the german fens? And what's wrong with the water?