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by m-gineering
22 Feb 2020, 7:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Parking for 10 days in Netherlands
Replies: 10
Views: 363

Re: Parking for 10 days in Netherlands

(Sluis). The first thing I see on streetview is a sign for paid parking for 500 cars, so Sluis doesn't meet the definition for dozy. Generally speaking you want to give the first town over the border a miss (especially in the south), with too much activity geared around the border and differences i...
by m-gineering
21 Feb 2020, 12:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Parking for 10 days in Netherlands
Replies: 10
Views: 363

Re: Parking for 10 days in Netherlands

We're trying to plan a bit if this years hols. I need to park the car in just over the Belgium/Dutch border for about 10 days. Has anyone done this? Is there a system like Just Park where you can park on private land for a fee? Any help gratefully received. Find a dozy village and stick it in a pub...
by m-gineering
10 Feb 2020, 7:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes
Replies: 78
Views: 2606

Re: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes

another potential thing against hydros is extreme cold and seal problems. I have read of bicycles having this problem, and I presume its about the fluid and well below 0c temps. It seals becoming hard and starting to leak, Sram for instance had a massive recall after their new shiny kit failed at t...
by m-gineering
9 Feb 2020, 10:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes
Replies: 78
Views: 2606

Re: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes

Some may complain that a disc equiped bike needs a harsher riding fork,touring bikes that'll take a front rack and load already have a harsher riding fork. There is a load of difference in building a fork which can cope with the symmetrical stresses of a bit more load and a frontrack, and one which...
by m-gineering
7 Feb 2020, 9:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes
Replies: 78
Views: 2606

Re: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes

If you enjoy descending at speed, and only brake for hairpins when you have to, you're reducing your chances of brakefade. You're scrubbing of a lot of energy by wind resistance, and everything can cool off for the next application of brakes. Same when the hill is so rough you have to take things ve...
by m-gineering
7 Feb 2020, 8:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes
Replies: 78
Views: 2606

Re: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes

Hydraulic brakes are like all current bikeparts designed for a crowd who will only be an hours walk away from their cars. Those cars are probably fitted with diskbrakes, but funnily enough those brakes will be fitted with highly effective dustcovers which bikes - operating in a muddy environment- ca...
by m-gineering
16 Jan 2020, 6:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WW1 cycling route?
Replies: 10
Views: 674

Re: WW1 cycling route?

Wondering about some routes to see the battlefields of WW1? Has anyone done these? We are heading to France for 6 weeks and would like to make the part of the tour. Thanks! There is a guide in Dutch but with plenty of pictures and maps (and GPS tracks): Kees Swart: Fietsen langs de frontlijn https:...
by m-gineering
17 Dec 2019, 5:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: An American cycle tours in Europe, 16 December 1944
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: An American cycle tours in Europe, 16 December 1944

mercalia wrote: I bet he wish he had a Brompton would be a good advert for the bike? :lol:


unlikely, he was very much into top off the bill French constructeur touring bikes like Herse, so he might have settled for a Demontable
by m-gineering
23 Nov 2019, 8:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dutch website on european bike routes
Replies: 6
Views: 565

Re: Dutch website on european bike routes

mediumbird wrote:I've been trying to search the forum(and failing)! I seem to remember seeing a link for a website showing lots of different European bike routes that was run by a Dutch based group. Anyone any ideas?? Tried the usual Google search as well and no luck.

https://www.europafietsers.nl/ ?
by m-gineering
14 Oct 2019, 8:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Polecamping in Netherlands
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Re: Polecamping in Netherlands

No. Care to explain roughly what it is? Intriguing name. A quick google reveals: a form of Wild camping, where the facilities are minimal. First and foremost for fruitpickers . Google translate has a lot to answer for. The spots are situated near walking or cycling trails and are meant for nature l...
by m-gineering
25 Aug 2019, 10:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring with a fold up- hard case trailer?
Replies: 7
Views: 601

Re: Touring with a fold up- hard case trailer?

I have a dahon Vitesse hub gear bike which is serving me well. My wife has bought a Bickerton Junction which is incredibly similar but has the edge due to dynamo lighting. We are now looking for hard cases for them but can’t find any for 20” wheels. Ideally they would convert to trailers with soft ...
by m-gineering
27 Jul 2019, 1:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Planning a train journey from Germany to Netherlands
Replies: 15
Views: 2793

Re: Planning a train journey from Germany to Netherlands

LittleGreyCat wrote:Just checked on Cycle.Travel and that is about 100 km so not a short cycle ride between stations.

Interesting ;), given that Wesel is ~ 40 km's from the Dutch border. I'd say jump on the bike, aim for Arnhem or Nijmegen (could be the hillier option) and hop on the train there
by m-gineering
13 Jul 2019, 7:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Charging whilst cycling touring??
Replies: 57
Views: 3192

Re: Charging whilst cycling touring??

Next month I’m cycling from London to Rome and still haven’t got my bike set how I’d like it. I want to keep my iPhone X, Garmin 820 and GoPro batteries charged while I’m cycling. I have a Shimano hub 6V- 3W. I bought a PowerBUG and connected it to my Dynamo but doesn’t seem to charge my phone up j...
by m-gineering
12 Jul 2019, 8:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying a touring bike - things I didn't know
Replies: 72
Views: 4705

Re: Buying a touring bike - things I didn't know

You’re 100% correct, save that there is already an answer to this problem. Campagnolo. No sideways motion of the brake levers at all. Love mine. Campagnolo is pretty limited on low gears for loaded touring though. Sunrace (microshift) 3 x 9v levers are Shimano compatible and work fine with 9sp Shim...
by m-gineering
11 Jul 2019, 6:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying a touring bike - things I didn't know
Replies: 72
Views: 4705

Re: Buying a touring bike - things I didn't know

No-one other than racers need their brake levers to wobble sideways, adding complexity and cost while reducing compatibility and functionality. :twisted: That said, hopefully a solution is in sight You’re 100% correct, save that there is already an answer to this problem. Campagnolo. No sideways mo...