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by RobinS
6 Nov 2019, 3:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone been to Durmitor NP in Montenegro?
Replies: 8
Views: 497

Re: Anyone been to Durmitor NP in Montenegro?

The wife and I had vague hopes of cycling Albania and Montenegro on a tour starting and finishing in the UK a few years ago, but unfortunately we only got as far as Italy before having to turn for home across the Alps. As we hadn't made it, the following summer we went to Slovenia, Croatia, Monteneg...
by RobinS
2 Nov 2019, 3:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Small Toolkit for Touring
Replies: 36
Views: 1780

Re: Small Toolkit for Touring

Over the last few years my wife and I have done three tours around Europe, each of three months duration. The tools and spares taken with me and actually used on any tour have been: One tube, One small pack patches. Tyre levers. Small multi-tool, including screwdrivers, allen keys and some spanners....
by RobinS
15 Oct 2019, 9:56am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: How dry are your stuff sacs?
Replies: 15
Views: 939

Re: How dry are your stuff sacs?

My Exped drybags are pretty much completely waterproof in normal use. I have several dating back to the 1990s which are still in good waterproof condition, but more recent ones seem less hard wearing and are starting to delaminate. For less critical items I use stuff-sacs with drawcord tops, but mad...
by RobinS
13 Oct 2019, 3:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Marathon Plus or Marathon Tour?
Replies: 28
Views: 1264

Re: Marathon Plus or Marathon Tour?

We have used both the Plus, and the Tour Plus on long heavily loaded tours. Wear levels similar, ride comfort similar, the Plus is possibly smoother rolling on smooth tarmac, the Tour Plus gives better grip on grit and other non smooth tarmac surfaces. My preferred choice now is the Tour Plus. (and ...
by RobinS
27 Aug 2019, 5:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best way to change gear ratio
Replies: 20
Views: 898

Re: Best way to change gear ratio

On my tourer I took the inner chainring right down to 22 tooth, this combined with a 12-34 cassette gives me the lowest possible gear that I can remain vertical with - it is designed for crossing the Alps or Pyrenees with a heavy "3 month camping" load.
by RobinS
15 Aug 2019, 7:47pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: camping chair hunt
Replies: 103
Views: 16463

Re: Trekology YIZI GO camping chair

It's very similar to the "Naturehike" ones we bought off Ebay 4 years ago. We have been very satisfied with those - it's only now after about 350 overnights use that the fabric on one has failed, and the other is still going strong. With these cheap Chinese made chairs though you pay your ...
by RobinS
2 Aug 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Small Light Bike Lock ???
Replies: 24
Views: 2822

Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

The 5mm Tecni-cable is the thickest one we use, we have used it as our main security on several short UK tours, and three, three month long tours around Europe. Bikes have been left on campsites while we are out, outside bars and supermarkets etc without issues so far. I work on the basis that it is...
by RobinS
31 Jul 2019, 7:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2-week cycle from Hook of Holland to... any recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 2430

Re: 2-week cycle from Hook of Holland to... any recommendations?

The South and North Holland sections of the North Coast route north from Hook are really nice, but beware - the Ijesselmeer dam is currently closed to cyclist, with a bike bus service. We were going south and had no problems, but riders heading north were suffering 2 to 3 hour waits for space on the...
by RobinS
31 Jul 2019, 6:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Small Light Bike Lock ???
Replies: 24
Views: 2822

Re: Small Light Bike Lock ???

For our touring bikes, while on tour we use cables from http://www.tecni-cable.co.uk/Products/TECNI-Security-Cables-Cable-Locks combined with a "Master" lightweight padlock. These allow you to choose the length and thickness of cable you want - we have short fat ones for the bikes, and lon...
by RobinS
2 May 2019, 5:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Weather in France (May'ish)
Replies: 11
Views: 512

Re: Weather in France (May'ish)

We are off tomorrow, Portsmouth to St Malo, down to Nantes, then east along the Loire, and onwards...….. On average the weather should be moderately warm (12-20c), some rain, but more dry days than wet. What we have had in the past leaving home late April - one trip, consistent night frosts, down to...
by RobinS
2 May 2019, 11:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Finland- looking for advise on routes etc
Replies: 8
Views: 341

Re: UK to Finland- looking for advise on routes etc

http://www.eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos shows Eurovelo routes - combine a few of those and it would get you from Hook to Finland.
by RobinS
2 May 2019, 11:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight footwear.
Replies: 23
Views: 1191

Re: Lightweight footwear.

What's wrong with wearing your SPD shoes to the pub - I often do. On a three month tour I have just SPD shoes and very lightweight open sandals or flip flops, I certainly wouldn't cart trainers around.
by RobinS
1 May 2019, 10:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Glue to fix sole of SPD shoes + tubes of patch glue
Replies: 16
Views: 713

Re: Glue to fix sole of SPD shoes + tubes of patch glue

McNetts Freesole. Absolutely brilliant. Repaired a pair of walking boots with it and they lasted yonks - the repair was as strong as the rest of the sole/rand.
by RobinS
30 Apr 2019, 12:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France coast to coast off road...
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: France coast to coast off road...

Which coast to which coast? Channel to Med? Atlantic to Med? Channel to Atlantic? https://www.af3v.org/CarteAF3V/carte-detaillee.html is a good starting point
by RobinS
30 Apr 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire Valley Tours this August ....
Replies: 10
Views: 2078

Re: Loire Valley Tours this August ....

I am thinking of cycling the Velo 6 this September and found the above posts interesting. For me the issue is how and where to come back to the UK from? Any thoughts please? Anthony We are setting off to do a good bit of EV6 this week. Ferry to St Malo, cycle to Nantes, follow Loire, etc to Basel, ...