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by RobinS
30 Jul 2020, 4:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Longer term cycle touring in Europe after 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 2796

Re: Longer term cycle touring in Europe after 2020

If the Covid situation settles down for the 2021 touring season we plan to tour in Europe again. The problem I see is the 90 day in 180 limit for Visa-free travel. Even if we need a visa we can get a 90 day tourism visa, but there does not seem to be any facility for a visa for more than 90 days for...
by RobinS
25 Jul 2020, 12:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How Are UK Campsites Since Re-opening on 4th July?
Replies: 25
Views: 1356

Re: How Are UK Campsites Since Re-opening on 4th July?

My wife and I are running a small campsite, Mousehole Camping, in Cornwall for the season, as we couldn't do our usual european tour. We have reduced capacity, but toilets and showers open. Cleaning is rigorous, but on a small site we are generally letting people use their common sense re toilet and...
by RobinS
28 Jun 2020, 12:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ferries without pre booking
Replies: 8
Views: 585

Re: Ferries without pre booking

An alternative to just turning up we have used is to book by smartphone a short while before wanting to travel - usually from 2 days down to 2 hours in advance. Pre-booked crossings even if booked 2 hours in advance are normally cheaper than just turning up.
by RobinS
22 Jun 2020, 3:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?
Replies: 179
Views: 5472

Re: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?

Boris Johnson is expected to announce to parliament tomorrow (Tuesday) details of what we will be able to do from 4th July, so hopefully some actual detailed guidelines will follow quickly after that.
by RobinS
21 Jun 2020, 1:01pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone successfully using solar panels?
Replies: 32
Views: 1199

Re: Anyone successfully using solar panels?

There are many more on sale now. I'm not sure why you think this is impossible. It is just that I have had several powerbanks, and they all have just USB output, and I have had experience of many Laptops (used to work in IT), and none of them had USB charging. Obviously things have changed - though...
by RobinS
20 Jun 2020, 12:27pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone successfully using solar panels?
Replies: 32
Views: 1199

Re: Anyone successfully using solar panels?

I've just over the last few days been experimenting with charging a laptop from a 25000mAH power bank. It wouldn't do it. Maybe the power bank's 2 amp maximum output is too low for my laptop? It's hard to know. Not that taking a laptop on a cycle tour is something I'd personally consider. I just di...
by RobinS
19 Jun 2020, 12:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?
Replies: 179
Views: 5472

Re: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?

Is the likely safe use of toilets in campsites really much different from that for public conveniences? If one is open then surely the other can open with similar precautions. If campsite toilets aren't safe then public toilets can't be either. If so then that IMHO affects whether an area can open ...
by RobinS
19 Jun 2020, 10:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?
Replies: 179
Views: 5472

Re: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?

Paulatic, Thanks for the link to the Scottish guidance, useful to read, however on the subject of toilets it says: "Toilets – due to the likely contained space of toilet facilities careful consideration must be given to how these can be used safely and within guidance. Ensure you have checked a...
by RobinS
18 Jun 2020, 7:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?
Replies: 179
Views: 5472

Re: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?

Whilst the clubs (C&CC , C&MH )seem to know what is required to open for business I’ve noticed private sites seem to be floundering and unsure of requirements. I will admit to having a specific personal interest in this as my wife and I have summer jobs running a small campsite in Cornwall....
by RobinS
18 Jun 2020, 11:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What size of road tyre for my Old Mountain Bike ?
Replies: 16
Views: 435

Re: What size of road tyre for my Old Mountain Bike ?

If you do a google search on "MTB 26 slick tyres" it will come up with plenty of choices from about £8 up to £20.
by RobinS
17 Jun 2020, 1:01pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone successfully using solar panels?
Replies: 32
Views: 1199

Re: Anyone successfully using solar panels?

From direct experience - we normally tour for three months each summer, camping, in Europe. We have a large screen smartphone each which we use for minimal communication, finding campsites and supermarkets, and photos. We use an "Anker" fold out solar panel, about 21w, which we connect to ...
by RobinS
17 Jun 2020, 12:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gentlemen's underwear
Replies: 16
Views: 799

Re: Gentlemen's underwear

I use these ones: https://www.marksandspencer.com/3-pack- ... olor=BLACK

Not cheap but they are almost everlasting, really close fitting and smooth so no chafing. I use them for all outdoor activities.
by RobinS
15 Jun 2020, 10:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?
Replies: 179
Views: 5472

Re: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?

While here in England the 4th July opening remains uncertain. Sites are preparing/prepared to open but have absolutely no guidance from government on what precautions will be needed to open toilets/showers. This uncertainty causes real problems, not least because they need to recruit seasonal staff ...
by RobinS
14 Jun 2020, 11:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: French Campsites are open?
Replies: 22
Views: 933

Re: French Campsites are open?

At present campsites and bars restaurants in France are open. The borders "should" be open to visitors from the UK from 15th June. downsides: Official FCO advice is not to travel abroad unless essential, so travel insurance may not be valid - I would expect this advice to be updated fairly...
by RobinS
10 Jun 2020, 1:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Kilometres or miles
Replies: 106
Views: 2457

Re: Kilometres or miles

While I can happily "think" in miles or km, for cycling we have switched entirely to km. This is largely because we actually cycle more in Europe than in the UK, so km are second nature. Driving I switch the odometer/trip odo/satnav to km as soon as we leave the UK. In total we spend more ...