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by Spadger
20 Feb 2017, 6:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Any tips for touring on the cheap?
Replies: 47
Views: 2865

Re: Any tips for touring on the cheap?

I sometimes consider that I may have been better off sticking some "aero-bars" on my straights instead of going to butterflies. It's funny you say that- I was just looking at potentially sticking aerobars & bar ends on jeremy farcycle to make a kind of almost trekking setup. I guess i...
by Spadger
15 Feb 2017, 1:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Any tips for touring on the cheap?
Replies: 47
Views: 2865

Re: Any tips for touring on the cheap?

Any particular reason straight bars are a problem breton? I'm sure most of my flat bar bikes have essentially straight bars. Also, that "pistol grip" you advocate - isn't that very similar to the grip you would have on bar ends? All my bikes, all flat bar, have bar ends and the touring ty...
by Spadger
15 Feb 2017, 1:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Any tips for touring on the cheap?
Replies: 47
Views: 2865

Re: Any tips for touring on the cheap?

Quite seriously, if your friend cannot get time to put some miles in before setting out then don't take her - a ride of a thousand miles (and more) is quite normal for many of us, but setting out to cover this sort of distance without the correct preparation is just plain daft. The ride ought to be...
by Spadger
3 Feb 2017, 4:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Any tips for touring on the cheap?
Replies: 47
Views: 2865

Re: Any tips for touring on the cheap?

One simple way to make touring cost less is do it with someone else. It's cheaper per person for two rather than one to stay in a campsite or room. Food can also work out cheaper. For instance milk is sold in one litre containers. That's plenty for two people to have an evening cupa plus cereal and...
by Spadger
3 Feb 2017, 4:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Any tips for touring on the cheap?
Replies: 47
Views: 2865

Re: Any tips for touring on the cheap?

Hello, some comments on Eurovelo One: whilst in places nothing more than a Tourist Board dream, the route is possible to follow - but be prepared to vary your route rather than slavishly following what at times can be a meandering, wandering journey. Similar to many designated cycling 'routes' in a...
by Spadger
3 Feb 2017, 4:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Any tips for touring on the cheap?
Replies: 47
Views: 2865

Re: Any tips for touring on the cheap?

The main expense when your moving is food and drink so supermarkets and self catering is your friend. Buying a good second hand touring bike can be tricky; you have to know a fair bit about what your looking at and even then its a bit of a punt re comfort/fit. Usually its better to look at what you...
by Spadger
3 Feb 2017, 4:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Any tips for touring on the cheap?
Replies: 47
Views: 2865

Re: Any tips for touring on the cheap?

How realisticic is it to cover a thousand miles in a month? Totally realistic, I did 1100 miles in two weeks in that country and there are plenty who would consider me a dawdler. An average of 35 miles a day is very achievable. Four hours cycling a day at a quite relaxed pace. I mostly rough camp, ...
by Spadger
1 Feb 2017, 5:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Any tips for touring on the cheap?
Replies: 47
Views: 2865

Any tips for touring on the cheap?

Hi, I'm new to the forum and bicycle touring. I've been on a couple of trips through Belgium and holland, which are both lovely flat countries. For my next adventure this spring I'm tripling the distance and taking the Newhaven - Dieppe ferry, then along the coast of France to meet up with the euro ...