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by RobinS
4 Apr 2018, 9:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solar charger
Replies: 15
Views: 1409

Re: Solar charger

We also use a 15w portapow solar charger on the back of Janet's bike for long tours. On recent three month tours this kept two powerbanks charged, from which we charged two large smartphones. We did get the occasional mains top up, but the panel provided 90% of our power. This was touring France / S...
by RobinS
27 Mar 2018, 6:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo 15-Rhine Route June 2018-Thorn Nomad
Replies: 11
Views: 1699

Re: Eurovelo 15-Rhine Route June 2018-Thorn Nomad

Oh - and we found the cicerone guide rubbish - it is just turn left, turn right, go straight instructions with rubbish maps - the Bikeline or Kompass guides mean you do not need extra maps.
by RobinS
27 Mar 2018, 5:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo 15-Rhine Route June 2018-Thorn Nomad
Replies: 11
Views: 1699

Re: Eurovelo 15-Rhine Route June 2018-Thorn Nomad

We came home along the Rhein last summer after crossing the alps from Italy into Austria, camping all the way. The Bikeline guides are in 4 volumes, and last summer one of the volumes was unavailable. We got a Kompass guide to cover that section, but the Kompass guides cover the whole route in 3 vol...
by RobinS
15 Oct 2017, 12:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Defining cycle touring...
Replies: 36
Views: 2375

Re: Defining cycle touring...

Your definition is of "Cycle Tourism" rather than Cycle Touring. Cycle Tourism can include flying to Mallorca, staying in one hotel and going out for day rides. I would suggest Cycle Touring is a multi day cycle ride staying overnight at different places. Actual distance is irrelevant - I ...
by RobinS
2 Aug 2017, 1:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Maxxis tyres
Replies: 8
Views: 445

Re: Maxxis tyres

I replaced with Vitoria


When our Schwalbe Marathons wore out on tour I bought a Vittoria Randonneur for my wife's bike in Bolzano. By the time we got to Bonn it was completely worn out - in only 1100km!
by RobinS
26 Jul 2017, 8:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cycle road map
Replies: 13
Views: 1055

Re: cycle road map

Or if you are thinking of the Velodysee there are two volumes of guidebook (in French) that incorporate quite good maps that are perfectly sufficient. See here https://www.velodyssey.com/practical-in ... -and-books
by RobinS
26 Apr 2017, 10:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bosnia’s new cycle trail is a big ‘open-air museum’
Replies: 1
Views: 293

Re: Bosnia’s new cycle trail is a big ‘open-air museum’

Very interesting - we will be heading north from Dubrovnik after cycling to Albania via France and Italy this summer (departing tomorrow!). This looks like I could a very nice diversion to one of the attractions of Bosnia. Thanks for posting.
by RobinS
7 Apr 2017, 10:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which Panniers Should I Buy?
Replies: 25
Views: 1933

Re: Which Panniers Should I Buy?

MrsS and I have front and back roller classic panniers, she has a 7ltr Ortlieb bar bag, I have a 3ltr one, and I also have a medium sized Ortlieb Rack bag, which is nearly empty most of the time, but useful for a lunchtime baguette or an afternoon supermarket stock up. We used these with a full camp...
by RobinS
3 Apr 2017, 4:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: west highland way kinlochleven
Replies: 6
Views: 606

Re: west highland way kinlochleven

I walked it (in winter) a few years ago, on a bad weather day. I would not consider taking my touring bike that way.
by RobinS
26 Mar 2017, 11:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Velodyssee In The Summer School Holidays
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Re: La Velodyssee In The Summer School Holidays

[/quote]Just one thing - the Huelgoat campsite isn't the one I linked to (which is in the town) but almost certainly this one which is well away from any civilisation so you need to carry food (though their bar may have something - early in the season often they don't) - http://www.larivieredargent....
by RobinS
25 Mar 2017, 11:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Velodyssee In The Summer School Holidays
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Re: La Velodyssee In The Summer School Holidays

Late April last year we successfully camped at: Huelgoat Gouarec (thanks to Bretonbikes for opening specially for us) Josselin Guenrouet (we contacted them, and they also opened a few days ahead of schedule for us) Nort sur Edre Nantes Paimbouef La Bernerie then we were into May, and further south l...
by RobinS
23 Mar 2017, 10:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathon Alternatives
Replies: 14
Views: 1853

Re: Schwalbe Marathon Alternatives

We use Marathon Greenguard "original" 700c x 38 on the rear, and Marathon Mondial 700c x 35 on the front, as the front carries less weight. On a three month tour last year we had one puncture each in the Mondials and none in the Greenguards. With the pressure at a sensible 70 - 75 psi the ...
by RobinS
20 Mar 2017, 9:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?
Replies: 17
Views: 3164

Re: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?

If you do a search on all routes to Spain, for Portsmouth - Bilbao it comes up with "Please Call"
by RobinS
19 Mar 2017, 2:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New mudguards for my tourer
Replies: 21
Views: 809

Re: New mudguards for my tourer

Well the SKS chomoplastics arrived, and I have spent the last three hours fitting them! The combination of front and rear racks and disc brakes makes the fitting extremely tricky to say the least! Cut the stays with a mini hacksaw, but completely wore out a blade doing it - they are very tough. The ...
by RobinS
13 Mar 2017, 8:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sourcing water
Replies: 23
Views: 1400

Re: Sourcing water

In mountainous areas (mainly while hillwalking and mountaineering)I and many others have drunk directly out of hill streams without issue for many years. Just check there are no habitations, animal pens etc just upstream. Some of the climbing club huts I use have water supplies straight off the fell...