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by DaveyDave
31 Mar 2012, 8:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Manche to Med Routes
Replies: 1
Views: 2064

Manche to Med Routes

Hi All, I wonder whether anyone knew of any resources suggesting routes for the top-to-bottom traverse of France. Realistically, I'd like to start at Calais and end somewhere where I can get a flight back to Gatwick/Heathrow. I love mountainous scenery but I don't really want to over-do it with a lo...
by DaveyDave
5 Nov 2011, 6:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Inspiration Required
Replies: 16
Views: 1856

Touring Inspiration Required

Hi All, For the last three years I've done a single annual cycle tour in the summer months of about 3 weeks duration (LEJOG, Iceland and Norway). I'm looking for inspiration for next year. Something of the order of 1000 miles with great scenery and not too culturally challenging (I think Africa or S...
by DaveyDave
11 Jun 2011, 8:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: BA flights and Bicycle packing
Replies: 16
Views: 2793

BA flights and Bicycle packing

Hi All, Has anyone any recent experience with BA (and SAS) with respect to their acceptance to certain forms of bike packaging?. The nature of my proposed tour is such that I cannot use a box or fabric bag so I was going to go for CTC's polythene travel bag approach. The BA website says: 'We will ac...
by DaveyDave
5 Feb 2011, 5:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ortlieb Roller Panniers - Classic or Plus?
Replies: 15
Views: 134101

Ortlieb Roller Panniers - Classic or Plus?

Hi Guys, I need to replace my halfords panniers. They've been surprisingly good and I've toured, Ireland, Scotland, LEJOG and Iceland with them but I think they've had their day. I've settled on Ortlieb panniers and almost definitely the rollers which I perceive to be (either rightly or wrongly) mor...
by DaveyDave
24 Oct 2010, 8:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: camping
Replies: 33
Views: 2827

Re: camping

The main benefit of cycle/camping is the flexibility it provides. So in short, it seems to me that if you have to book in advance then you might as well stay at B&Bs and motels instead. I did the LEJOG just turning up at campsites without booking and I only had problem once and even on this occa...
by DaveyDave
23 Oct 2010, 9:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inspiration Required
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: Inspiration Required

dave: Question 1: to fly or not to fly? Question 2: challenge ride (i.e. one way with a "destination") or "tour" Question 3: exotic (i.e. cuturally challenging) or familiar (e.g New Zealand, Norway, North America) Yes, will need to fly. A tour with a challenge element is attract...
by DaveyDave
23 Oct 2010, 8:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: what shoes for touring
Replies: 21
Views: 2254

Re: what shoes for touring

Recently got back from Touring Iceland and had similar problems. Originally I took a pair of shimano shoes with SPD for the bike and a pair of North Face Hedgehogs for light hiking and wearing around camp. In the end I binned the shimano shoes as they aren't warm enough, not wind proof and not water...
by DaveyDave
23 Oct 2010, 7:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inspiration Required
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Inspiration Required

Hi All,
Thinking about what to do touring-wise next year. Wondered whether you guys had any good ideas. Here are the criteria:

1). 3 week duration
2). About 1000miles.
3). Great Scenery.
4). Not in the UK.

Looking forward to your ideas!! - thanks,

Dave
by DaveyDave
17 Aug 2010, 10:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Iceland Tour Photos - July 2010
Replies: 6
Views: 530

Re: Iceland Tour Photos - July 2010

Mattie wrote:Pictures have come out very well, looked through them all.

Just wondering if they were taken with a point and shoot or a DSLR


Just a point and click Canon IXUS camera. I probably couldn't justify the additional space and weight of an SLR.
by DaveyDave
16 Aug 2010, 7:35pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tyre Size
Replies: 22
Views: 1291

Re: Tyre Size

I've done LEJOG on 28s and would not recommend it. I'm my view they cannot hack it with a loaded bike. I would recommend 35mm minimum. You can get 35mm Schalbe Marathon tyres with a road tread which will take 85 PSI and roll well on roads, apart from being indestructable. I think when you are tourin...
by DaveyDave
16 Aug 2010, 7:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Iceland Tour Photos - July 2010
Replies: 6
Views: 530

Re: Iceland Tour Photos - July 2010

They seem to have been having a very good summer this year, with "drought" claimed in some areas. Assuming the photos are in the order you took them, I can see you followed the ring road along the south coast, east coast and part way along the north. You then seem suddenly to turn up on t...
by DaveyDave
15 Aug 2010, 9:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Iceland Tour Photos - July 2010
Replies: 6
Views: 530

Iceland Tour Photos - July 2010

Just got back from a touring trip in Iceland. Pretty damn good. Here are a few pics:

http://daveydave.jalbum.net/Iceland%202010/

Thanks for all your help in answering my queries beforehand.

Dave
by DaveyDave
28 Jun 2010, 9:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tool Weight
Replies: 7
Views: 644

Tool Weight

Hi All, Just preparing for tour and looking at the kit I'm going to have to haul around. Obviously I want to keep both the weight and bulk to a minimum, but at the same time be safe and self-reliant. I'm going to Iceland where I understand I could be a few days from a bike shop at times, and so bein...
by DaveyDave
29 May 2010, 9:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Charging mobile devices on tour
Replies: 14
Views: 1149

Charging mobile devices on tour

Hi All, I am looking at how I can charge my mobile phone whilst touring. I've found a couple of items, which seem to have very mixed reviews. I wondered whether anyone on this forum had experience which either of these in UK-like weather conditions (ie. unguaranteed sunlight). PowerMonkey Explorer :...