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by el flaco
16 Dec 2014, 7:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Established touring routes?
Replies: 8
Views: 1388

Re: Established touring routes?

Very strong recommend for franceenvelo it's a book. Stanfords have it. The route starts at St Malo where the overnight ferry arrives at 8am.
by el flaco
16 Dec 2013, 5:30pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sleepingbag liners
Replies: 18
Views: 2935

Re: Sleepingbag liners

I'm still using my egyptian cotton yha liner, now forty years old.
by el flaco
30 Nov 2013, 7:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I'm off....(again)
Replies: 19
Views: 43143

Re: I'm off....(again)

A wonderful website, best of luck.

Why take a tent to Africa? Did you not stay with the locals?
by el flaco
15 Nov 2013, 1:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pannier questions
Replies: 44
Views: 30638

Re: Pannier questions

Sweep: the bottom movable thingies fall off and get lost. I think they've been discontinued. The panniers with the red clip thingy are good but my other ones (smaller) aren't adjustable and have often fallen off the bike.

They all "work" and are too expensive to replace.
by el flaco
13 Nov 2013, 6:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pannier questions
Replies: 44
Views: 30638

Re: Pannier questions

I've had Altura for years because they never wear out. The fixings are useless but work. The yellow covers are wonderful as a visibility device, for keeping kid's hands off my stuff and possibly for keeping rain off. The pockets are great for "the stuff on top" glasses, puncture repair wat...
by el flaco
13 Nov 2013, 6:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Taking kids on a cycle tour
Replies: 12
Views: 2515

Re: Taking kids on a cycle tour

They need lots more food breaks and water than you. Not much stamina but recover fast. Still have fond memories of touring with my 9 year old daughter.

What's the Canal du Midi like? I don't think it's tarmac so not fast but cyclable, anyone else know.
by el flaco
11 Aug 2013, 3:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring repair kit
Replies: 17
Views: 2272

Re: Touring repair kit

I only carry two inner tubes plus tools for puncture repair including patches. I rely on getting to a bike shop by taxi whatever. A properly maintained bike won't break down in two weeks. I also carry tools when flying for getting it flight ready.
by el flaco
16 Dec 2012, 10:28am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Man and van to move bikes in France
Replies: 34
Views: 2196

Re: Man and van to move bikes in France

Surely you could contact the Calais tourist office and they could find someone?
by el flaco
13 Dec 2012, 3:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: PDW 'take out' basket
Replies: 20
Views: 2972

Re: PDW 'take out' basket

I don't bother with bar bags but on my last trip I required extra storage so put an Exped drybag across my drop handlebars, worked a treat and very lightweight. I tied it on with paracord which I find ties and unties a treat.
by el flaco
4 Dec 2012, 6:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Denmark?
Replies: 11
Views: 1504

Re: Touring in Denmark?

It's windy, best to cycle West to East. The bike routes are well sign posted.
by el flaco
14 Aug 2012, 6:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Colombia advice on route? Cartagena to Bogota
Replies: 5
Views: 5382

Re: Colombia advice on route? Cartagena to Bogota

Cartagena is a small tourist town. Barranquilla one hour away is huge and is bound to have a bike shop.
by el flaco
13 Aug 2012, 11:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Colombia advice on route? Cartagena to Bogota
Replies: 5
Views: 5382

Re: Colombia advice on route? Cartagena to Bogota

Tunja has an altitude of 2820 meters and Cartagena is at sea level. Surely it would be better to go from Bogota to Cartagena. Colombians love cycling there will be no problem getting a bicycle but there is a better chance in Bogota than Cartagena. Consider flying to Bogota. I have been to all those ...