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by willem jongman
27 Aug 2019, 12:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New ferry route - Scotland to Netherlands
Replies: 5
Views: 762

Re: New ferry route - Scotland to Netherlands

Any ferry to or from the Netherlands will have to be bike friendly as that is what quite a few Dutch customers would demand. As for train connections on the Dutch side, there is a new railway station at the ferry terminal. At the moment there are a few trains a day connecting to the ferry to Borkum....
by willem jongman
23 Aug 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sleeping mats and punctures
Replies: 59
Views: 4005

Re: Sleeping mats and punctures

Thermarest are really good about warranty so that is what I would go for. I do want to remind people about the danger of leaving any mattress in a hot tent, and not just ultralight mattresses. This is asking for trouble because air expands a lot when hot.
by willem jongman
14 Aug 2019, 11:33am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: canvas tents
Replies: 30
Views: 1128

Re: canvas tents

This is the cotton tent that I used for years: http://home.kpn.nl/hmeijs/NTT/CDPlutoPlus.htm There are only two options left in the Netherlands. One, from Esvo, is somewhat affordable: https://www.esvocampingshop.com/nl/esvo-tenten/lichtgewicht-katoenen-tenten/ The other supplier is Tatteljee, who h...
by willem jongman
15 May 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle lights regulations in France, Belgium and Netherlands
Replies: 31
Views: 1272

Re: Cycle lights regulations in France, Belgium and Netherlands

+1 Flashing lights and rotation symmetric headlights are a dangerous nuisance.
by willem jongman
15 May 2019, 1:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle lights regulations in France, Belgium and Netherlands
Replies: 31
Views: 1272

Re: Cycle lights regulations in France, Belgium and Netherlands

And there is the difference that in the Netherlands many are not only car drivers but also cyclists at other moments. And even if they are not, their children will be.
by willem jongman
15 May 2019, 11:22am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Upgrading my Tent....looking at Hilleberg options.
Replies: 42
Views: 1954

Re: Upgrading my Tent....looking at Hilleberg options.

Much depends on th environment you want to use the tent in. For north western Europe with its sometimes cold and wet weather, Hilleberg and Helsport are the best. They are outer first tents where the inner is attached to the outer, so you pitch them in one movement, and keep your inner tent dry. If ...
by willem jongman
15 May 2019, 10:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 133
Views: 8616

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

Ryanair are evil. I recently had to threaten them with action from our bank before they were even prepared to look into the fact that they had somehow not administered our payment for a flight (they denied they had been paid when we could prove that they had). The (big) bank was not surprised, and h...
by willem jongman
15 May 2019, 10:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe tour - send bicycle ahead in a van??
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Europe tour - send bicycle ahead in a van??

What a pity you have already booked the flights. The train would have been so much more convenient (and scenic).
by willem jongman
15 May 2019, 10:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle lights regulations in France, Belgium and Netherlands
Replies: 31
Views: 1272

Re: Cycle lights regulations in France, Belgium and Netherlands

I can imagine there is a point in having a flashing light on a quiet country road. However, in busy Dutch urban traffic a car driver may have to keep track of the whereabouts and directions of a dozen or more cyclists at any one time. If they all had flashingsg lights that would be quite impossible....
by willem jongman
29 Apr 2019, 6:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front Rack?
Replies: 20
Views: 891

Re: Front Rack?

Loading the bike at the front rather than the rear is indeed a French tradition, and there is something to be said in its favour. However, it also presupposes French style low trail geometry.
by willem jongman
29 Apr 2019, 2:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front Rack?
Replies: 20
Views: 891

Re: Front Rack?

Alternatively, invest in more compact gear. I have no difficulty fitting everything for a three week European summer trip in a 33 litre pair of rear panniers, the tent on top of the rack, and a bar bag for valuables etc.
by willem jongman
20 Mar 2019, 9:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 20320
Views: 498003

Re: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?

[moderator note: this post refers to a deleted post] That I find a sickening post. As a historian I could go on explaining that most of western European urban culture and society owes a lot to immigrants, but that is unlikely to persuade the supporters of brexit. But sick of fellow humans? Instead ...
by willem jongman
17 Mar 2019, 8:56pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5774

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

The ultralight 3 is in fact very well ventilated because you can roll up the entire rear, just like on the Hilleberg Anjan.
by willem jongman
17 Mar 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5774

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

The Ultralight 2 is not realistically a two person tent unless you are into mountain marathon kind of snug hardship. The ultraligjht 3, however, is quite feasible for two people and at 2750 grams not ridiculously overweight. So yes, the cheaper of these Quickhiker tents tents are on the heavy side, ...
by willem jongman
17 Mar 2019, 1:44pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5774

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

I bought a Quickhiker 2 for my son to use at festivals instead of his expensive Helsport tent. It is a clearly very well thought out tent without any obvious flaws. My son bent a pole at a recent festival (somebody probably fell into the tent...) but a spare set was supplied at low cost. Out of curi...