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by RobinS
20 Apr 2019, 10:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rusted chain
Replies: 10
Views: 485

Re: Rusted chain

I'd just spray with WD40, then a few days later spray with oil. When you get back it will probably be fine, or if not you'll need a new chain.
by RobinS
16 Apr 2019, 3:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route and POI Planning
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Route and POI Planning

To be honest on our normal 3 month tours we plan a general idea of the route (though often that changes dramatically half way through), follow that in principle, and visit nice places that we happen to find along the way. The best sights, interesting places etc are usually those you come across by a...
by RobinS
16 Apr 2019, 3:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Saddle Height - Which Indicator More Reliable
Replies: 29
Views: 1262

Re: Saddle Height - Which Indicator More Reliable

I am someone who rarely cycles, except when I go off on tour, riding almost every day for 3 months. I just set the saddle at what feels the right height, after the first day (or maybe sooner) I adjust if it if it doesn't feel perfect - I may do three or four adjustments in the first couple of weeks....
by RobinS
14 Apr 2019, 5:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas
Replies: 18
Views: 1054

Re: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas

For cycle touring we use Vango Venom 200 down bags. I originally bought mine about 15 years ago for mountaineering bivvies, and it is still going strong, including having been used on several 3 month tours in recent years. It is just warm enough for April and October weather (we have survived some v...
by RobinS
14 Apr 2019, 3:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Euro Velo 6
Replies: 24
Views: 2263

Re: Euro Velo 6

Our planning for this season is EV6 as far as Bratislava, then head north into Czechia to pick up the River Elbe cycleroute all the way back to the North Sea, then the N.Sea cycleroute to Hook of Holland. This seems to give us reasonable numbers of campsites and other facilities all along our route....
by RobinS
14 Apr 2019, 12:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Help! Getting back from Basel
Replies: 18
Views: 735

Re: Help! Getting back from Basel

There is a really nice cycleroute from Basel to Hook of Holland (Rhine route), we found it an ideal way to get our bikes home! (More seriously, it does seem that unless you are a determined expert it is a real pain trying to transport a loaded tourer by public transport, so we are generally doing ci...
by RobinS
14 Apr 2019, 12:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting cable disc brake to hydraulic
Replies: 8
Views: 313

Re: Converting cable disc brake to hydraulic

Well I swapped the knackered Avid hydraulic disc brakes on the Mrs's MTB for new Avid cable actuated discs with no issues at all - everything just fitted straight on. (went that way because she didn't like the hydraulics but loved the cable ones on her touring bike, and I have become expert at maint...
by RobinS
4 Apr 2019, 8:01pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping spares
Replies: 44
Views: 1740

Re: Camping spares

We use drybags for the tent anyway - if packing it away wet put the fly in a drybag on it's own and nothing else in the pannier gets wet. And it is much easier to pack if the poles/pegs are separate.
by RobinS
4 Apr 2019, 7:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Euro Velo 6
Replies: 24
Views: 2263

Re: Euro Velo 6

Maybe wave as we go past - we are leaving St Malo end of April to head for Nantes, then east on the EV6, hope to follow it to Bratislava before turning for home along the EV4.
by RobinS
1 Apr 2019, 1:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Why I like single touring
Replies: 45
Views: 8688

Re: Why I like single touring

All my tours are with my wife of 34 years. Nowadays we do a 3 month camping tour most summers. Aside from the fact she wouldn't let me go alone, because she wants to do it as well, I find touring as a couple has several advantages. Weight of camping equipment is shared between 2 (a 2.2kg tent is muc...
by RobinS
3 Sep 2018, 8:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Blackburn pannier rack?
Replies: 8
Views: 2105

Re: Blackburn pannier rack?

I would also mention that the original rack pictured without the hoop over the wheel is possibly the least stable/safe front rack available. With all the fixings along the fork there is very little resistance to a pannier twisting into the front wheel - not recommended for heavy front panniers!
by RobinS
18 Aug 2018, 3:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Solar panel for touring
Replies: 19
Views: 1362

Re: Solar panel for touring

I'm not much use for recommendation on what to buy, as the PortaPow 11w charger we use is no longer available. I can say though in reasonably sunny climes, using a powerpack as an intermediary power store the principle works fine. Myself and the Mrs have done two 3 month tours around Europe, and wit...
by RobinS
13 Aug 2018, 9:18am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent
Replies: 112
Views: 4112

Re: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent

We had some torrential storms, and some very strong winds on our trip, and no issues at all in the Xenon.
by RobinS
12 Aug 2018, 12:23pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent
Replies: 112
Views: 4112

Re: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent

We were looking for the same sort of tent after our Berghaus one failed on a three month tour last year with repeated pole breakages. We bought the Vango Force 10 Xenon UL2+ referenced above. This summer we used it for six weeks straight, and it performed faultlessly - spacious enough for two comfor...
by RobinS
4 Aug 2018, 1:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing avid Juicy 3s with mechanical disc brakes?
Replies: 7
Views: 396

Re: Replacing avid Juicy 3s with mechanical disc brakes?

Well, after getting back from Parkrun this morning fitted the new BB5s and levers. All went on like a dream, the bike (Giant xTC W) even had spare brake cable guides on the underside of the top tube so I could run the cables normally without having to use a full length outer on the rear. The adjusta...