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by willem jongman
15 May 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle lights regulations in France, Belgium and Netherlands
Replies: 31
Views: 1070

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: 1070

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: 1636

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: 127
Views: 3251

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: 356

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: 1070

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: 778

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: 778

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: 16868
Views: 405375

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: 5377

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: 5377

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: 5377

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: 1010

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: 1664

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: 115
Views: 10893

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 ...