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by HobbesOnTour
24 Aug 2019, 10:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Belgium - Guides/GPS/Maps.
Replies: 8
Views: 620

Re: Belgium - Guides/GPS/Maps.

I'm sure you've come across this? http://fietsroute.org/cycling/belgium It's got the long distance routes, online planner and the node network/knoopunten. You'll pick up a book for the knoopunten when you arrive easily enough. The problem with the book is trying to plan a long journey involving mult...
by HobbesOnTour
23 Aug 2019, 3:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo USB charger options?
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Re: Dynamo USB charger options?

A recent thread on the topic is here: https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=131322&hilit=usb+charging It goes a bit awry near the end, though. First of all what wattage is your hub? I think it needs to be at least 3,5W to be useful for anything other than lights. I use a Power2Cha...
by HobbesOnTour
16 Aug 2019, 6:29am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?
Replies: 52
Views: 2980

Re: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?

I'm getting back into cycling to commute (urban, about 25 minutes) to work on a Decathlon hybrid, plus some weekend canalpath/railway line excursions. A friend has been moderately insistent I get toe clips because of the - alleged - pull-up, so I just spent an unbelievably frustrating 30 minutes at...
by HobbesOnTour
16 Aug 2019, 6:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke key?
Replies: 31
Views: 1504

Re: Spoke key?

Are these kind of tools "a good thing"? Looks more versatile than buying several dedicated spoke keys. They're only as good as the person using them. One got me out of a hole one time when 2 spokes snapped. I was able to adjust tension enough that the wheel was reasonably true (not rubbin...
by HobbesOnTour
16 Aug 2019, 5:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First Bike
Replies: 16
Views: 1066

Re: First Bike

Sorry, but I have to disagree with this. There is a lot o anti-aluminium feeling amongst the touring crowd but I think it's in justified. The frames made from aluminium for touring are specific to touring. They have been engineered to do the job. And if you want to see what an aluminium bike can do...
by HobbesOnTour
16 Aug 2019, 5:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First Bike
Replies: 16
Views: 1066

Re: First Bike

Worth saying that the world tourist linked above wasn't, by his own admission, your average, nor were Stephen's mechanical issues related to his aluminium frame. I wasn't trying to implicate the alu frame as a problem. As far as I recall all the World Tourers are customised. I'd suggest that blog t...
by HobbesOnTour
14 Aug 2019, 9:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First Bike
Replies: 16
Views: 1066

Re: First Bike

Hello My second post. I read Tom Allen's book, have sold my car, and plan on going around the world. OK, I am a bit crazy. But I intend to set off in two years time. Hello, welcome and what a great idea! But, as for a bike.... for expedition travel you kind of need an expedition bike? There's the K...
by HobbesOnTour
13 Aug 2019, 9:18am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tatty frame, good components - what's the point?
Replies: 9
Views: 847

Re: Tatty frame, good components - what's the point?

Well, to state the obvious.... you could have waited for them to come out and ask them :) I have a "tatty" frame, some simple componets and some top of the range. The frame is the way it is to deter theft. The more basic components are consumables and the more basic they are the more avail...
by HobbesOnTour
13 Aug 2019, 8:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Family touring
Replies: 21
Views: 1113

Re: Family touring

Would like to go somewhere for up to a week next summer suitable for a 9 year old. He easily does 30km plus now but obviously not up massive hills. Thinking a ferry to Holland and then a route or maybe something else that follows the Rhine or similar. Would prefer a circular route. Any ideas apprec...
by HobbesOnTour
12 Aug 2019, 11:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on an electric bike?
Replies: 60
Views: 2106

Re: Touring on an electric bike?

I am wondering about an electric bike and trailer as a support vehicle for conventional touring, though. I suppose the first question is what exactly do you mean by a "support vehicle"? When I think of a support vehicle it is carrying food/water/spare parts and has the ability to pick up ...
by HobbesOnTour
12 Aug 2019, 11:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting a Muddy Fox
Replies: 51
Views: 2231

Re: Converting a Muddy Fox

. I will probably not use a front carrier. I know it's early days, but I wouldn't be discounting a rack at the front just yet. Obviously, if you don't need it, you don't need it, but for travelling on decent surfaces I prefer the weight distributed front and rear. My bike, (also a MTB convert) hand...
by HobbesOnTour
10 Aug 2019, 2:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting a Muddy Fox
Replies: 51
Views: 2231

Re: Converting a Muddy Fox

That's a nice looking bike. Check what mounting options you have - basically holes in the frame at the rear & front hubs. You'll need these for mudguards and racks. ! The pics show separate rack and mudguard eyelets on the rear pretty sure can see eyes on the front. Your pc is better than mine :D
by HobbesOnTour
10 Aug 2019, 2:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting a Muddy Fox
Replies: 51
Views: 2231

Re: Converting a Muddy Fox

That's a nice looking bike. Check what mounting options you have - basically holes in the frame at the rear & front hubs. You'll need these for mudguards and racks. To be boring, I'd say the first job is to get it on the road - make sure gears, brakes, tyres, tubes etc are all in order. Make sur...
by HobbesOnTour
10 Aug 2019, 10:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Google maps distance
Replies: 21
Views: 805

Re: Google maps distance

Paulatic wrote:
HobbesOnTour wrote:

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It’s quicker by IPhone :D


Apple software is obviously lighter than android. Something for weight weenies to consider! :D
by HobbesOnTour
10 Aug 2019, 10:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Google maps distance
Replies: 21
Views: 805

Re: Google maps distance

Just started up my Nexus 7 Tablet that runs Android 6. Google maps only show time, no distance, for all modes of transport. Cycling does have a topographical graph. It seems that as you are running an old version of the operating system you have lost some functionality. Presumably as apps and OS up...