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by khain
7 May 2014, 8:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: To Europe and back with bike on a budget
Replies: 15
Views: 5757

Re: To Europe and back with bike on a budget

You don't say where you are starting from in the UK, which can make a big difference. So I'd assume you're near a well serviced hub in the South East somewhere ? for me, living in Scotland, Bike Express work out at the most cost effective way of getting down to Western Europe (France/Spain). How mu...
by khain
7 May 2014, 8:30pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Charging your phone or tablet on camping tour…
Replies: 43
Views: 4472

Re: Charging your phone or tablet on camping tour…

I have opted for the Adafruit minty to charge my phone and gps, its small and very light using two AA batteries and a little voltage boosting circuit, my reasoning is that I can get AA batteries anywhere and not be reliant on finding mains electric. regards John I just googled it and they look grea...
by khain
7 May 2014, 7:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: is it worth taking cooking gear?
Replies: 26
Views: 1754

Re: is it worth taking cooking gear?

After my last tour I'm definitely coming round to the idea that cooking gear isn't worth it, except for long or remote trips. Obtaining fuel is a hassle and cooking is quite time consuming, particularly if you use a spirit burner or solid fuel, and gas is expensive. Even making a quick brew in the m...
by khain
7 May 2014, 7:45pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Buying fuel for a multi-fuel stove in Europe
Replies: 21
Views: 3346

Buying fuel for a multi-fuel stove in Europe

The high price of butane gas canisters is making me think of using a multi-fuel stove for touring Europe this summer. I have an MSR Whisperlite International that runs on just about anything, including unleaded petrol. Since petrol stations are so ubiquitous this would seem like a convenient, if dir...
by khain
7 May 2014, 7:31pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Who, What, Why: How dangerous are tick bites in the UK?
Replies: 43
Views: 3106

Re: Who, What, Why: How dangerous are tick bites in the UK?

They were pretty bad in northwest Scotland in March/April so I reckon this will be a bad summer. If you keep covered up and put repellent on exposed areas you should be ok. Check under your watch as I've been bitten there a few times quite badly. If you're allergic to the bites like I am they can be...
by khain
2 May 2014, 9:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trinity Portable Wind Turbine
Replies: 12
Views: 3089

Re: Trinity Portable Wind Turbine

This is a nice idea and I like the design. However, it's far too heavy for cyclists or hikers, and pointless for just about anyone else. If you're in a motor vehicle it makes much more sense to charge your phone from the lighter socket. It's also far too expensive. If the weight was brought down to ...
by khain
2 May 2014, 9:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 98736

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

You should take the coastal route as it's much more scenic and generally easier cycling. The coast is where the fjords are so if you want to experience Norwegian scenery that's where to go. However, cycling right round all the fjords would take many months and often there are no roads round them, he...
by khain
2 May 2014, 8:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Four corners and five Bens
Replies: 5
Views: 8640

Re: Four corners and five Bens

Hi Matt I cycled the four corners earlier this year. You can read about it on my blog at http://www.khain.net . There was some discussion on this forum as to what the 4 corners actually are though. I did the most southerly, northerly, easterly etc. points on the mainland (some of the true corners wi...
by khain
12 Feb 2014, 9:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: To the Four Corners of Scotland
Replies: 35
Views: 16439

Re: To the Four Corners of Scotland

Thanks for all the suggestions. Some really good ones. The question of what the four corners of Scotland are is an interesting one. I was going to make it 'The Five Corners of Scotland' but then there are really (at least) six corners. However, 'The Six Corners of Scotland' sounded a bit rubbish so ...
by khain
9 Feb 2014, 6:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: To the Four Corners of Scotland
Replies: 35
Views: 16439

To the Four Corners of Scotland

I'm doing a long cycle tour of Scotland in the run up to the referendum and writing about it on my website: http://www.khain.net . Does anyone have suggestions for interesting places to visit? Im looking for places with an interesting history and places where the land use/ownership is controversial ...
by khain
5 Feb 2014, 11:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 98736

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

Hi there, Last year I planned a route South from Nordkapp, but we sadly never got to complete it. I had in mind heading south to Karasjok and then on to the Finnish coast of the Baltic Sea at Oulu, then down through Finland to Helsinki. It certainly seemed to be a route which keeps well away from m...
by khain
5 Feb 2014, 6:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling the E6 in Norway
Replies: 5
Views: 14194

Re: Cycling the E6 in Norway

The E6 is bad. It's the main road for trucks, many of which are enormous double jointed ones. However, what some cyclists do during Summer is to cycle at night, since it is light 24 hours a day north of the Arctic Circle. The E6 is quieter at night, but not empty. I would take the coastal route if I...
by khain
5 Feb 2014, 6:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 98736

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

I cycled to Nordkapp a couple of years ago. It's a great cycle though the tunnels can be frightening at first. It's not always the most cycle-friendly of places but the scenery makes it worth it. Before you go stock up on maps as they cost a fortune in Norway. Also make sure you get a map showing th...