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by MarkF
10 Dec 2014, 8:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Multi Function Watches
Replies: 28
Views: 3140

Re: Multi Function Watches

I always wear a watch, I do have a couple of solar/radio G-Shock Casios, I use them for football training mostly and they are pretty much indestructible. But for cycling I find the cases are too deep, they dig in my arm. For cycling, inc touring, I use an Orsa military watch on a hemp strap, it's so...
by MarkF
10 Dec 2014, 7:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?
Replies: 22
Views: 2942

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

I don't own a hat, bar bag, GPS system, mirror or waterproof panniers..................I was struggling to think of something but I suppose my Spork is the thing I'd miss if I lost it, often, it's my entire "kitchen".
by MarkF
1 Nov 2014, 5:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite country?
Replies: 36
Views: 6305

Re: Favourite country?

Spain, it's dry, and when it's not, you soon are after, meaning minimal weight is needed and carried.
by MarkF
24 Oct 2014, 10:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?
Replies: 16
Views: 2361

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

Otherwise packed up in a padded bag with wheels is best, On a circular tour maybe. I did have a Lakelands (wheels & strap) bag and it was great but not much use unless I was doing a short tour around BCN, so I sold it on Ebay and started with cardboard boxes. I am lucky in that I live 10mins fr...
by MarkF
24 Oct 2014, 9:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?
Replies: 16
Views: 2361

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

I use a cardboard bike box, that's what they are made for, safely transporting bikes and they cost nowt! Never had a problem obtaining one and always arrange at least one sure fire place to pick one up in advance by email.
by MarkF
20 Oct 2014, 9:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Baggage allowance- max dimensions
Replies: 15
Views: 2191

Re: Baggage allowance- max dimensions

Contact them via email, so that you have a record. I flew with a courier with max dimensions, on my final day of my tour I'd arranged to collect a cardboard bike box and then go direct to the nearby airport. It was gigantic! I had zero time and materials to reduce it's size, it was so big I had to g...
by MarkF
10 Oct 2014, 9:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Spain trip
Replies: 4
Views: 827

Re: Spain trip

I'm just in the very first stage of planning my next adventure. I haven't done anything since going coast to Coast over the Pyreneese in 2010 after which I had my bike nicked. Anyway I'm feeling the itch to go on another journey. For the last couple of years I've parked my motorhome up on a motorho...
by MarkF
5 Oct 2014, 7:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: ultra light touring?
Replies: 8
Views: 1553

Re: ultra light touring?

hi i did an ultra light tour for 7 days with just saddle pack last year in spain, with hired carbon bike. i literally had cycling kit and change of clothes which i washed every night. ........has anyone tried it with just a messenger bag? cheers Yes, I did a 7 day Catalonia tour in early September,...
by MarkF
1 Sep 2014, 10:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?
Replies: 7
Views: 1821

Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

El Prat is v.busy and loaded with security guys, I would not bank on a few hours uninterrupted kip with a bicycle. I'd sleep at an airport, say Hull, but not at BCN, it is a fantastic city, you could be in the centre super quick via the airport train before the fun has kicked off, with a great night...
by MarkF
7 Aug 2014, 10:00pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping in Northern Spain
Replies: 11
Views: 2606

Re: Camping in Northern Spain

I don't camp in Spain, economically it's pointless and it's too much hassle trying to find a non-RV site. Rooms are available everywhere, even if you cant "see" them, ask and you'll get something, in many tours I've never not got a room in Spain. For 2 travelling I'd expect rooms (with bat...
by MarkF
4 Jul 2014, 3:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Spain North to South
Replies: 16
Views: 10919

Re: Spain North to South

As "ernybc" said, horses for courses, it's only IMO. :wink: I'd so looked forward to it but found it monotonous, boring, not much visual delight, the experience has put me off cycling the canal du midi. However, I'd also say the same for the interior on the N-630 but the difference was tha...
by MarkF
2 Jul 2014, 9:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Spain North to South
Replies: 16
Views: 10919

Re: Spain North to South

Hi Mark i'm planning to do a similar route this coming October but from Santander. i'll use the Via de la PLata and end up in Andalucia where ever there is some there's some work ( i'm looking on the "workaway" website that offers food and shelter for a few hours work a day ). thanks for ...
by MarkF
29 Jun 2014, 7:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dealing with mosquitos
Replies: 49
Views: 10056

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

Ah, but you shouldn't deprive yourself of the most amazing scenery!... so go to Scotland in May before the midge season starts - the weather is (often) at its best then too. I'll let you know about the Autan as I'll probably get a tube before I go. True Tigger, I've driven all over and wished I cou...
by MarkF
29 Jun 2014, 9:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dealing with mosquitos
Replies: 49
Views: 10056

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

Tigger wrote:MarkF, have you tried Autan against Scottish midges? I'm going up next week and only have Skin So Soft packed so far...


No, I would like to but I am too scared to go to Scotland, with it's midge reputation, I don't have the time to risk a tour being ruined. :(
by MarkF
28 Jun 2014, 10:22am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Ellis Briggs Shipley
Replies: 1
Views: 6761

Re: Ellis Briggs Shipley

They have some beautiful EB touring/audax bikes in their window, but I can't afford them. :( It's my LBS and I've had mixed experiences, I do give them business wherever possible, because it's a business is under attack from the new "boutique" type shops of which there are 3 nearby now (as...