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by bohrsatom
18 Feb 2019, 9:41pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Platypus wine "bottle"
Replies: 15
Views: 353

Re: Platypus wine "bottle"

We've owned one of these for years and taken it on many tours but never actually filled it with anything, wine or not. It seems that for whatever reason any leftover wine promptly 'evaporates' before bedtime. BTW: The Monkii Cage is a good way to transport wine from supermarket/bodega to camp site h...
by bohrsatom
6 Feb 2019, 7:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Prague bypass route??
Replies: 2
Views: 808

Re: Prague bypass route??

Do you like beer? And a few hills? Karlovy Vary -> Plzen (Beer - home of Pilsner Urquell brewery) -> Klatovy -> Sumava National Park (hilly) -> Cesky Krumlov (nice touristy town) -> Cesky Budejovice (Beer - home of Budvar brewery) -> Telc (another pretty town) -> Brno I rode most of this a few years...
by bohrsatom
3 Feb 2019, 8:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on Food and Snacks
Replies: 25
Views: 1966

Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Finding your favourite snacks is part of the enjoyment of bike touring. These are mine: https://i.imgur.com/j17mettm.jpg Also, a boulangerie will always make you a filled baguette even if there's no obvious menu. Ham, cheese or ham & cheese are three obvious choices. They might even do a cheese ...
by bohrsatom
24 Jan 2019, 9:38pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 332

Re: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas

Start by deciding whether you want a synthetic or down sleeping bag. That'll set your price range: synthetics will be in the £30 to £200 range; a (good) down bag £150+. Then decide when you're going to be using it, and that will determine the temperate range you need. Pretty much everything else (we...
by bohrsatom
21 Jan 2019, 7:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Secure bicycle storage in Amsterdam
Replies: 5
Views: 678

Re: Secure bicycle storage in Amsterdam

Generally the municipalities provide secure bike parking in towns and cities. I've never done this in Amsterdam (have never been there on tour) but have used these facilities in at least half a dozen places including Utrecht and Maastricht. Most are free and have either CCTV or a security guard to s...
by bohrsatom
5 Jan 2019, 10:14pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UK camping without a reservation
Replies: 19
Views: 793

Re: UK camping without a reservation

This has turned into an interesting discussion, thanks for all your comments My two experiences cycle-camping in the UK were on a trip around Suffolk and Norfolk. We spent the first night at the Kessingland C&C Club site (£22 for 2 people and a small tent) and the second at the C&C Clib site...
by bohrsatom
3 Jan 2019, 9:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike washing
Replies: 36
Views: 1500

Re: Bike washing

I had the same problem. Tried many different things and now use baby wipes. You can get 80 for under a quid in any supermarket, plenty for several washes of the bike. I even find them to be good at getting the crud off a chain. When you’re done take a couple out the pack to wash your hands, then chu...
by bohrsatom
3 Jan 2019, 9:29pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UK camping without a reservation
Replies: 19
Views: 793

UK camping without a reservation

When I’m touring in Europe I don’t think twice about arriving at a campsite at 5pm without a reservation. In many years of touring there’s only one time I remember being turned away because a site was full (on the Elberadweg) and we managed to find an alternative a few KMs along the river. This year...
by bohrsatom
30 Dec 2018, 10:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Portugal
Replies: 12
Views: 691

Re: Portugal

I rode Faro to Porto a couple of years ago. It was a great trip, the interior of Portugal is wonderful and the roads are generally very quiet too. However with the exception of the coast there aren't many campsites to choose from. We ended up leaving the tent at home as accommodation is plentiful an...
by bohrsatom
25 Dec 2018, 10:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Budget Hybrid for Eurovelo Tour
Replies: 65
Views: 2004

Re: Budget Hybrid for Eurovelo Tour

The sirrus is a great budget tourer. Back in 2014 I rode mine for 4 months & 6000 KMs across Europe, laden with camping equipment and much more besides. IMO try to look out for one of the lower end models with a triple chainset and aluminium fork which will give you options for a front pannier r...
by bohrsatom
25 Dec 2018, 12:00pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Heaviest tent?
Replies: 46
Views: 3364

Re: Heaviest tent?

With the GF we have a MSR Mutha Hubba (3-man) which apparently weighs 3.1Kg, plus an extra 300g or so for a footprint. With some extra guylines I guess we're talking 3.5Kgs in total. For solo trips I use a MSR Hubba Hubba NX (2-man), 1.7Kg packed weight plus 200g more for the footprint. When buying ...
by bohrsatom
19 Dec 2018, 10:42pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Suggestions for Campsite Finder App
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: Suggestions for Campsite Finder App

Archies Europe (http://www.archiescampings.eu/) is comprehensive IMO but it helps to do a bit of Googling if planning to visit a site where you don't have many alternatives if it isn't open. Once in Czech we took a detour to a site on Archies only to find it was a kids holiday camp! In general thoug...
by bohrsatom
28 Nov 2018, 9:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cameras on tour
Replies: 33
Views: 1427

Re: Cameras on tour

When I'm by myself I carry a compact superzoom camera (Canon SX720). The picture quality is reasonable and it takes up virtually no room in my bar bag. Low light photograph isn't great but I'm usually so tired due to all the riding I'm rarely awake in the evenings anyway! With my partner we bring al...
by bohrsatom
6 Nov 2018, 7:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike to Germany for Rhine Route
Replies: 24
Views: 2166

Re: Bike to Germany for Rhine Route

Onyourbike.wales wrote:Eurostar lost my bike and I was stranded in Brussels for a week. That was nearly 5 months ago and now I have to take legal action to recover my costs.


I'd be interested to hear more about this.
by bohrsatom
27 Oct 2018, 11:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Route creation software
Replies: 126
Views: 3345

Re: Route creation software

Basecamp's all I've used on my Mac. It does what you want - routing with offline maps - but I've always found it more hassle to use compared with online mapping sites. To make your life easier, get the OpenFietsMap maps (http://www.openfietsmap.nl) and follow their instructions on creating a routing...