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by ossie
19 Sep 2019, 7:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 1.2 million E bikes sold in Germany
Replies: 63
Views: 1842

1.2 million E bikes sold in Germany

I saw this headline on the German TV news on my recent tour abroad. It was sales in the last year and trust me they are absolutely everywhere, being used by absolutely everyone of every age group. Its becoming a massive thing. Whilst I was loaded with touring kit these things were passing me all of ...
by ossie
18 Sep 2019, 9:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dogs off lead on shared use path
Replies: 97
Views: 10996

Re: Dogs off lead on shared use path

I live on a major shared use path. Sustrans have adopted it and its a main cycling route to a port. Its also a pedestrian route to the nearest village and used by school children, As a cyclist and dog owner who uses it daily I'm afraid its the the behaviour of some cyclists who overshadow the behavi...
by ossie
17 Sep 2019, 8:52pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Vango or Vaude
Replies: 32
Views: 971

Re: Vango or Vaude

The Vaude Hogan is essentially a cheaper version of my Taurus (Taurus has higher hydro figures for example) which pitches very quickly, has survived all the weather you can throw at it and even a tree landing on it. After 10 years of abuse I did spend out on a replacement front pole as it was start...
by ossie
17 Sep 2019, 8:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Billy no mates, channel to the med
Replies: 28
Views: 1478

Re: Billy no mates, channel to the med

Looking at those organised group prices I'm glad I've got a tent and the Archies camping app. That aside daily mileage is also highly personal. If you can find someone willing to do 70/80 miles a day, for 12 days then best of luck. That's not a tour its a mission. You won't exactly be taking in the ...
by ossie
14 Sep 2019, 10:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 260
Views: 7416

Re: McDonald's

You don't need to buy a SIM card if you can find a McD. Other places have wifi, but I'd pay €1 for a SIM and a few more for a gig of data to avoid going in one! Perhaps stick to glamping or whatever it is you do. No need for wifi, loo paper, a toilet, food, drink... You remind me of the guy who kep...
by ossie
23 Aug 2019, 5:03pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Tent run over at campsite
Replies: 15
Views: 995

Re: Tent run over at campsite

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49411705 Driver charged. Some injuries, one serious. I have a "thing" about camping with motor vehicles in the same area, and try to use sites where they are segregated from lightweight campers. Years ago I spent a very uneasy night at a poorly-regulate...
by ossie
22 Aug 2019, 10:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 260
Views: 7416

Re: McDonald's

I thought it was more of a full rebuttal than a simple contradiction, actually. It doesn't mean that you're a supporter' because you used a toilet in some Mac D's and nicked their loo paper, used their wifi, charge your devices. No indeed but posting in support of them means you're a supporter. I h...
by ossie
22 Aug 2019, 8:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 260
Views: 7416

Re: McDonald's

Does misrepresenting Oldjohnw's accusation as "because, well because" mean you see nothing wrong with a large company forcing suppliers to donate to its pet charity? It is indeed very sad that we have threads where supporters of some large company or popular evidence-free campaign post ir...
by ossie
21 Aug 2019, 9:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 260
Views: 7416

Re: McDonald's

They serve a purpose for a long distance tourer. I've been in French towns on a sunday where everything is shut, absolutely everything apart from a McDonalds,,which is usually rammed with locals. That tells you something. Free wifi, toilet facilities and the sort of food that ..well you know, does a...
by ossie
18 Aug 2019, 10:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Theft from campsites
Replies: 32
Views: 1598

Re: Theft from campsites

Most people feel quite upset that some drugged up , dirty scumbag has Have to say that my only experience of theft in a wider sense, related to a former colleague over booking mileage. Like myself, he was a senior offficer in a specialist civil service legal enforcement role (NB. He was caught out,...
by ossie
18 Aug 2019, 9:47pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Theft from campsites
Replies: 32
Views: 1598

Re: Theft from campsites

"we still felt violated " I have a concept issue with this statement ... we have been burgled 3 times ... the sheds twice. On 2 occasions the criminal entered our house ... Victim Support ( possibly a contradiction in terms ) told us they would help in overcoming the effects of being viol...
by ossie
18 Aug 2019, 8:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Theft from campsites
Replies: 32
Views: 1598

Re: Theft from campsites

I steal shower gel / shampoo left in the showers.....

Well just enough to have a shower and top my little bottles up.

I really should hand myself in.
by ossie
15 Aug 2019, 8:56pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: camping chair hunt
Replies: 103
Views: 15928

Re: Trekology YIZI GO camping chair

No, but take a look at the weight => 960g . . . nearly double the weight of a Helinox Chair Zero ( 510g approx ) I would not want to be dragging around all that extra weight - despite the much lower price. PS. My Aldi version only weighs 760g approx ( £18 ). But that one does show indications of a ...
by ossie
13 Aug 2019, 2:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bag for panniers
Replies: 24
Views: 1291

Re: Bag for panniers

I've used the IKEA bags for collectively checking in three panniers and a tent etc when flying. The other pannier comes with me as hand luggage.

Really strong bag and folds up nicely as well.
by ossie
10 Aug 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Recommendation for touring bike
Replies: 141
Views: 4951

Re: Recommendation for touring bike

Many thanks slowster for the very informative reply. It is much appreciated. I don't know why I made the comment to Ikenbikeit about preferring steel! I must have been overwhelmed by all the replies :-) I will certainly give some thought to Dacite 1 and "converting" my old MF along the li...