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by MarcusT
19 Jan 2021, 5:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Foam sleeping mats
Replies: 34
Views: 919

Re: Foam sleeping mats

If you go inflatable, look for the valve system. I have a Big Agnes insulated and is comfortable and warm, but the valve is too small and takes too long to inflate and just as long to deflate.
The newer valves are much more efficient.
by MarcusT
16 Jan 2021, 6:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring overseas 2021
Replies: 32
Views: 1239

Re: Touring overseas 2021

I am thinking about an overseas tour in the winter of 2021 but am totally unsure what I will do. I know where I want to go and the prices of flights are great with good airlines and free exchange....But I am hesitating to book as I am unsure about the effects of the virus on the trip. First and for...
by MarcusT
30 Dec 2020, 5:43am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Questions about E-bike
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: Questions about E-bike

For a lock I suggest watching these videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxIbAFnmsIQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pywN558dJaU
I would also remove the battery when you secure the bike.
If it is an economical ebike (less than 1,000) it is not as a big a target as the high end ebikes
by MarcusT
24 Dec 2020, 5:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route between Venice and Dubrovnik
Replies: 6
Views: 437

Re: Route between Venice and Dubrovnik

I arrived in Dubrovnik from the south by bike a few years back and caught a bus north along the coast road. It's certainly not a road I'd consider cycling along, it was narrow and very busy - and that was at Easter. The coastal road is not welcoming to cyclists, though very beautiful. In-land roads...
by MarcusT
23 Dec 2020, 5:39am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Are Electric Bikes Way Overpriced
Replies: 56
Views: 1634

Re: Are Electric Bikes Way Overpriced

I predict all that ev stuff will come way down in price -- much lower in fact than ic vehicles cost. If you consider the cost to manufacture and complexity of a modern diesel car compared to a much simpler ev it's hard to see why manufacturing costs would not come down as take up of ev's improves. ...
by MarcusT
21 Dec 2020, 5:24am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Are Electric Bikes Way Overpriced
Replies: 56
Views: 1634

Re: Are Electric Bikes Way Overpriced

Vetus Ossa wrote:
MarcusT wrote:Yes, they are over priced.
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Guess which costs more

But which would you rather own :?:

I own both 8)
by MarcusT
20 Dec 2020, 5:29am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Are Electric Bikes Way Overpriced
Replies: 56
Views: 1634

Re: Are Electric Bikes Way Overpriced

Yes, they are over priced.
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Guess which costs more
by MarcusT
10 Dec 2020, 6:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Telling the time at night
Replies: 30
Views: 1812

Re: Telling the time at night

If you ride with a smart phone, there are apps that will take voice commands to tell you the time verbally.
by MarcusT
8 Dec 2020, 6:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Decathlon adventure bike
Replies: 122
Views: 5039

Re: New Decathlon adventure bike

I was intimidate by my first set of hydraulics (Tektro), but they have never given me any problems, so never had to touch them after 3 yrs of hard mtn biking. Then, the second bike with hydraulics (Shimano) gave me numerous problems. Watched a number of youtube videos and finally feel comfortable wo...
by MarcusT
5 Dec 2020, 5:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Decathlon adventure bike
Replies: 122
Views: 5039

Re: New Decathlon adventure bike

Not sure one can compare the 920 and the 520. Other than the frame, most components are different. The 520 has entry level components and the 920 has pretty close to top of the line. I would most likely not use either to tour the world, but where many touring bikes are becoming extinct, it's comfort...
by MarcusT
4 Dec 2020, 5:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Decathlon adventure bike
Replies: 122
Views: 5039

New Decathlon adventure bike

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/touring-bike-riverside-touring-920/_/R-p-306383 Seems like a very well equipped bike. I'm not into gravel bikes, but it looks like they put some serious R&D into this one. For the price, it offers some real advantages over the global brands. I just don't care for th...
by MarcusT
2 Dec 2020, 6:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Where to find a thru axle Disc wheelset for touring/bikepacking?
Replies: 6
Views: 237

Re: Where to find a thru axle Disc wheelset for touring/bikepacking?

There's a brilliant bicycle wheel building outfit at Bristol. Have a word with Ryan, he's very good with advice. https://www.ryanbuildswheels.co.uk/ Not in the market for new wheels, but checked out their site. Very good marketing, they've devoted a section to "gravel" wheels, without act...
by MarcusT
17 Nov 2020, 5:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: If you could go anywhere where would you go?
Replies: 51
Views: 2145

Re: If you could go anywhere where would you go?

The utility cyclist wrote:Any place that isn't duped/too dumb to fall for the covid fraud and hasn't put restrictions on human life in place.

What?
by MarcusT
17 Nov 2020, 5:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: If you could go anywhere where would you go?
Replies: 51
Views: 2145

Re: If you could go anywhere where would you go?

Jamesh wrote:It's a title of a children's story book btw.

But if you had 10 days / 2 weeks where would you go...?

I vote for Italy next summer ride out fly home?

Cheers James

Italy is a little large for 2 weeks. Everybody dreams of Tuscany and is well merited, but Apulia is where my next dream trip is.
by MarcusT
25 Oct 2020, 5:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 700c in front of 26 wheels: How much more efficient?
Replies: 43
Views: 1615

Re: 700c in front of 26 wheels: How much more efficient?

26" tyres are becoming more difficult to find in LBS, In the last several years I've had to buy online. Like mentioned before, if you're not travelling in countries with far less access to modern bike shops, then 700c was my choice.