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by willem jongman
20 Mar 2019, 9:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 14623
Views: 356587

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: 5104

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: 5104

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: 5104

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...
by willem jongman
17 Mar 2019, 11:25am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: US style hot weather tents
Replies: 29
Views: 852

Re: US style hot weather tents

Yes lightweight cotton tents are expensive (but they always were, at least in the Netherlands). The other side of that coin is that they last much longer. I bought a Carl Denig Pluto Plus in I think 1974. It was a lovely tent, but pretty cosy. See here for a picture from their 1985 catalogue, and no...
by willem jongman
17 Mar 2019, 11:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: RD for 105 / DA groupset
Replies: 29
Views: 1639

Re: RD for 105 / DA groupset

Would the SUNXCD SXRD34M rear derailleur not be the perfect solution for just this problem? http://sunxcd.net/rearder
by willem jongman
16 Mar 2019, 7:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 114
Views: 10480

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

Let's just give him a chance to start and discover what it is really like before ridiculing him. I agree he will have to get the miles in, and do some serious training, but he may well start to enjoy it, and recalibrate his expectations and ambitions in the process. There is nothing more convincing ...
by willem jongman
16 Mar 2019, 1:08pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: US style hot weather tents
Replies: 29
Views: 852

Re: US style hot weather tents

For those interested in classic cotton tents, Tatteljee in Amsterdam still make them to order: https://www.tatteljee.nl/nl/tenten/erdman-schmidt/voorwoord A double walled solo tent weighs 2650 grams. A similar tent for two weighs 4880 grams. In short, these tents are heavier, but not impossibly so. ...
by willem jongman
16 Mar 2019, 9:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cassette gear increments
Replies: 19
Views: 1307

Re: cassette gear increments

Infinitely small steps gearing does exist: it is called the Nuvinci system. However, the downside is significantly larger internal friction. In my experience the optimum depends a lot on the situation. Riding with luggage in a hilly environment you do not only want a wide enough range (and hence ine...
by willem jongman
15 Mar 2019, 5:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: US style hot weather tents
Replies: 29
Views: 852

Re: US style hot weather tents

This is indeed for a hot weather tent. We have our Hilleberg Nammatj 3gt and it is excellent in northern weather (which is what we will keep it for), but less than ideal down south, even with all mesh vents fully opened. I just ordered an MSR Zoic 3, and will report later in the year, once we have u...
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 3:47pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: US style hot weather tents
Replies: 29
Views: 852

Re: US style hot weather tents

Thanks Andrew. This is roughly what I thought, but it is good to hear confirmation. For us it would be a new venture without our trusted bombproof Hilleberg or Helsport shelters. Thus far we have used them even in the Mediterranean, but they were uncomfortably warm and perhaps unnecessarily heavy. T...
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 11:41am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: US style hot weather tents
Replies: 29
Views: 852

US style hot weather tents

For the last twenty years or so we have been happy users of Hilleberg and Helsport tents. These sturdy outer tent first designs are great for bad weather such as you can have in north Western Europe. However, they are also pretty stuffy in warm weather, and the advantage of outer first is less obvio...
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 11:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Why I like single touring
Replies: 45
Views: 8474

Re: Why I like single touring

I like both. I love touring with just my wife, now that the children go on their own trips. She likes to visit old churches and towns, so we potter along at a quite relaxed pace. I can do this for weeks without getting bored. Unfortunately our schedules do not always match, so in some years we have ...
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 10:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: ALPKIT for touring
Replies: 18
Views: 5646

Re: ALPKIT for touring

Decathlon is another option for bang for the buck quality.
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 10:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring in Albania
Replies: 9
Views: 1745

Re: touring in Albania

Enjoy. From our car holiday experience in Albania last year (which prompted my initial question), be prepared for hot weather, bad road surfaces, and expect wonderful mountain views, good food and friendly people. In the end we postponed our Albania plan for this year, because I just heard I have to...