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by HobbesOnTour
25 Jun 2018, 8:08am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Loaded Camping Gear Weight
Replies: 60
Views: 2287

Re: Loaded Camping Gear Weight

Consider swapping the solar panel for a front dyno hub? That was my original plan but I can get what looks like a descent solar panel for £50 whereas a hub costs a bit more. Plus I can hang a solar panel on my tent when not on the move (I'll probably be on shorter distances than most seasoned toure...
by HobbesOnTour
10 Jun 2018, 4:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2 weeks tour from Dunkirk and back - where to go?
Replies: 15
Views: 592

Re: 2 weeks tour from Dunkirk and back - where to go?

That’s a very open question, Wes, :D 3 countries, 2 weeks.... advise me.... I’ve no idea how far you want to travel and the advice you’ve had so far is all valid. Camping is not an issue in NL, campsites everywhere. Still lots in Belgium, but not as many. Along the coast it’s not an issue at all. Mi...
by HobbesOnTour
5 Jun 2018, 10:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Belgium
Replies: 17
Views: 620

Re: Belgium

Hello, I'm new to this forum so go easy on me if I say something stupid.....but have a question regarding route planning. I'm organising a trip for early July; Dunkirk-Ostende-Bruges-Ghent-Antwerp-Brussels (Eurostar back). The year before last I did London - Paris using print outs of the Avenue Ver...
by HobbesOnTour
5 Jun 2018, 10:31am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Loaded Camping Gear Weight
Replies: 60
Views: 2287

Re: Loaded Camping Gear Weight

For my test I ended-up using 21Kg (plus another 1+ Kg in water in the bottle cages) partly to test a "worst case" but mainly because I was riding in East Anglia/Flatlandia. Just used water bottles in the panniers to get the weight up. Useful as I did discover some things needing tweaking ...
by HobbesOnTour
5 Jun 2018, 10:18am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ou est le papier?
Replies: 6
Views: 339

Re: Ou est le papier?

From my experience, I never count on TP being available anywhere, not just France. It's very common to be absent here in Holland, too. But also Spain, Belgium, Italy, Germany & Austria.
Always have your own to hand! :D
by HobbesOnTour
1 Jun 2018, 2:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Great Divide USA what bike would you choose?
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Re: Great Divide USA what bike would you choose?

Hi All I have long nursed an ambition to the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Banff in Canada to Antelope Wells in New Mexico! The question is what kind of bike? I am assuming I would need a mountain bike for wide tyres but have never owned one. With a budget of about 500 - 1000 UK sterling wh...
by HobbesOnTour
30 May 2018, 7:25pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Loaded Camping Gear Weight
Replies: 60
Views: 2287

Re: Loaded Camping Gear Weight

Not yet got gear together (or even purchased) and next step is checking out bike gearing/handling so I was wondering what sort of gear weight (total) people end-up carrying when loaded camping (tent, stove, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, etc.). Just wondering about the overall total (not individual it...
by HobbesOnTour
27 May 2018, 7:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Central European tour
Replies: 12
Views: 511

Re: Central European tour

I'm sure you'll get all sorts of weird and wonderful advice on routes and so on from all the armchair tourists here so I will stick to more practical things...... I just wanted to highlight this as absolutely fantastic advice! As for your request? Sorry, OP, it's too vague. Several countries, no in...
by HobbesOnTour
25 May 2018, 4:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First time
Replies: 26
Views: 1140

Re: First time

Hey guys, I have recently travelled over here from Aus (6months ago) and am planning a cycle tour through Harwich > ferry Holland > Hannover > Berlin > Krakow. I am leaving early August and am hoping to do it in about 18 days for a charity back home. This is my first time touring so I have very lit...
by HobbesOnTour
25 May 2018, 4:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What Is It You Enjoy About Touring
Replies: 18
Views: 728

Re: What Is It You Enjoy About Touring

A bit of a daft question but I really really need some inspiration. I've got to get away now and choice is between going cycle tour (France/Europe camping/loaded for foreseeable future) or disappear off to South America (for the foreseeable future). Not yet cycle toured but used to enjoy camping (b...
by HobbesOnTour
19 May 2018, 8:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Route Planner
Replies: 407
Views: 79935

Re: New Route Planner

It's not there, but it is something I've been working on! Probably the way it'll work is that cycle.travel will have a 'library' of routes, so you could choose (say) NCN 4 and it'll present it to you on the map just like any other route, with via points in the right places to follow the route. Does...
by HobbesOnTour
18 May 2018, 11:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Could someone inspire me about northern spain please!!
Replies: 11
Views: 627

Re: Could someone inspire me about northern spain please!!

Hello everyone,this is a bit of a whiney thread so just humour me ok(or telling me to get a grip is fine too).Ok got ferry booked to northern spain next week and feel completely nervous and uninspired,i have done three trips in france,about two months all in between the three so its not my first to...
by HobbesOnTour
18 May 2018, 10:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Route Planner
Replies: 407
Views: 79935

Re: New Route Planner

Richard, As a European mainland user I'd like to commend & congratulate you on all your work. You really have created a fabulous resource! Many thanks. Now, to my question. Is there any way to to load a pre-exisitng long distance route - I'm thinking here of the EV routes or LF routes in NL/Belg...
by HobbesOnTour
11 May 2018, 4:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bridges
Replies: 53
Views: 2646

Re: Bridges

I know nothing about the bridges in the OP, but just wanted to say what a great thread this is turning out to be! Lots of inspiration! Many thanks!
by HobbesOnTour
9 May 2018, 10:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice for a Newbie Tourer
Replies: 24
Views: 2351

Re: Advice for a Newbie Tourer

Having done the 'long slog' a time too many on tour i've seriously cut back what I expect I can cover in a day - the flat road on the map will inevitably have a stupid climb on it, the coffee stop will be 30 moins not 15 and each photo stop adds 5 mins! An easy way to help sort this is to forget mi...