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by vernon
14 Aug 2013, 9:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: SON 28 or SON Deluxe
Replies: 11
Views: 6356

Re: SON 28 or SON Deluxe

I would caution against using the SON delux if you intend to charge devices. Not all devices will charge from the output of the SON deluxe via an e-Werk. I had a bike custom built with a SON delux hub last year. It charged my HTC Desire HD phone perfectly well last year but struggled to maintain cha...
by vernon
18 Jul 2013, 5:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tyre volume.
Replies: 14
Views: 823

Re: Tyre volume.

I have toured on 25mm, 28mm and 32mm tyres. I weigh in at 23 stones plus luggage. There's not a lot of discernable difference between the three sizes in terms of ride comfort but the 25mm tyres, Specialized Armadillo delaminated on me twice before I switched to 28mm Panaracer Paselas. I still ride u...
by vernon
18 Jul 2013, 5:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Convert a Hybrid or an MTB?
Replies: 5
Views: 585

Re: Convert a Hybrid or an MTB?

If your gearing is low enough you will not need to get out of the saddle. If you do need to get out of the saddle get off and push. It's just as fast. All of the bikes that I have used for touring have had a 22 tooth granny ring and a 34 tooth largest sprocket on the cassette giving a 17" gear ...
by vernon
29 Jun 2013, 6:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The Four Inns Cycle Tour
Replies: 19
Views: 5010

Re: The Four Inns Cycle Tour

What's happened to the Double Coast to Coast ride?
by vernon
29 Jun 2013, 8:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: solo or companion trip?
Replies: 24
Views: 3041

Re: solo or companion trip?

It al depends what you want from a tour. I tend to tour solo and have never had problems finding someone to talk to when I stop anywhere. I enjoy my own company and the ability to do what I want, when I want, where I want. I toured with a friend last year who loved to micromanage: ' We'll cycle for ...
by vernon
23 Jun 2013, 12:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying Bikeline guide in Budapest
Replies: 1
Views: 280

Re: Buying Bikeline guide in Budapest

You'd be better off asking the bookshops if they have any idea where it can be bought within Budapest. I have the book and a map set and the route does not look as straightforward as the rest of Eurovelo Six/Danube Cycle Route.
by vernon
10 Jun 2013, 10:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting to Stockholm / Helsinki - overland
Replies: 2
Views: 819

Re: Getting to Stockholm / Helsinki - overland

Hi, Does anyone have any suggestions/experience how to get a bike to either Stockholm or Helsinki overland (without riding it :-) ). Swedish trains aren't bicycle friendly as far as I can tell.... Best wishes, Dorthe and Mark have you tried http://www.seat61.com which has lots of advice on train se...
by vernon
10 Jun 2013, 10:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Euro Velo 6 Mulhouse-Orleans
Replies: 1
Views: 524

Re: Euro Velo 6 Mulhouse-Orleans

Purchase the Huber Verlag map set. It covers the route, indicates the presence/location of campsites, places of interest and bike shops. It overs a sufficiently wide corridor along the Loire to accommodate 'off piste' riding. There were no camp sites at the locations suggested by the map at Orleans....
by vernon
8 Jun 2013, 7:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Something to cover the bike.
Replies: 31
Views: 2178

Re: Something to cover the bike.

There's the security aspect I guess too - is a covered bike more likely, or less likely to attract unwanted attention? I don't know. Tho if I had a 5 grand Ti custom framed Rolhoff jobbie I might want to a tarp to keep it out of sight. I have a four grand belt drive Rolhoff jobbie and I want everyb...
by vernon
7 Jun 2013, 11:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Weekender Touring From Wigan
Replies: 6
Views: 786

Re: Weekender Touring From Wigan

On my solo tours I've: + Been fed on countless occasions + Had beer bought for me here and on mainland Europe + Had a bottle of wine given to me by a camp site owner to celebrate my arrival at Montpellier having cycled the length of France + Had a tab opened for me at a pub camp site when I arrived ...
by vernon
7 Jun 2013, 7:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Weekender Touring From Wigan
Replies: 6
Views: 786

Re: Weekender Touring From Wigan

Don't let the lack of a companion stop you getting out and about. The vast majority of my cycle touring is done solo and it will remain that way. Last year and this year I'll have had a companion with me and we'll have a laugh get drunk eat excessively and put weight on on the tour. It was a blast l...
by vernon
7 Jun 2013, 7:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Something to cover the bike.
Replies: 31
Views: 2178

Re: Something to cover the bike.

There's the security aspect I guess too - is a covered bike more likely, or less likely to attract unwanted attention? I don't know. Tho if I had a 5 grand Ti custom framed Rolhoff jobbie I might want to a tarp to keep it out of sight. I have a four grand belt drive Rolhoff jobbie and I want everyb...
by vernon
5 Jun 2013, 11:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: were do big cyclist buy waterproof trousers from
Replies: 8
Views: 992

Re: were do big cyclist buy waterproof trousers from

In the summer wear shorts. There's less to get wet.

I've never bothered with waterproof trousers and use bib longs, bib shorts and conventional shorts.

I am a 4XL shrinking to a 3XL on the lycra front.

Prendas cyclismo stock large size in lycra.
by vernon
5 Jun 2013, 12:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Minnigaff Youth Hostel
Replies: 11
Views: 1385

Re: Minnigaff Youth Hostel

We treasured the network of hostels for their simplicity and the comradeship there was. I appreciate it is a different world but a lot has been lost. There's only a minority affected by the loss. Hostels close because they are not being used enough. I remember being in Keld YHA talking about the sh...
by vernon
4 Jun 2013, 11:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Something to cover the bike.
Replies: 31
Views: 2178

Re: Something to cover the bike.

I stuff a carrier bag between the rails under my Brooks saddle and use it to cover the seat overnight. There's little point in covering the bike. It will get wet during the day when it rains and a well maintained and lubricated bike will shrug off water -that's what paint and oil does.... If you are...