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by RobinS
13 Mar 2017, 8:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sourcing water
Replies: 23
Views: 1568

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...
by RobinS
12 Mar 2017, 12:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sourcing water
Replies: 23
Views: 1568

Re: Sourcing water

Certainly in France whenever we have stopped for snacks or drinks they are happy to fill bottles, indeed they have often offered off their own backs without us even asking.
by RobinS
12 Mar 2017, 10:50am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Self straightening rotor.
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: Self straightening rotor.

Towards the end of our long tour last summer MrsS's front rotor was definitely warped, we believe while getting very hot on some long descents in the Pyrenees. We don't use the tourers in the winter, but I have just been fettling them ready for this years big tour, expecting to have buy a new rotor ...
by RobinS
10 Mar 2017, 11:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New mudguards for my tourer
Replies: 21
Views: 844

Re: New mudguards for my tourer

SKS chromoplastics it is then - think I'll go for 50mm, as I'm only ever going to go larger with tyres not smaller, as our tours get more adventurous!
by RobinS
9 Mar 2017, 7:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New mudguards for my tourer
Replies: 21
Views: 844

New mudguards for my tourer

What the title says really - I am after some new mudguards for my tourer ready for the next long (4 month trip). The original ones, as well as being a bit battered and broken were fitted to cover 32mm Continentals, and I now run 38mm Schwalbe Marathons, so am looking for recommendations of good mudg...
by RobinS
9 Mar 2017, 5:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Caen to Biarritz or Biarritz to Caen
Replies: 9
Views: 1121

Re: Caen to Biarritz or Biarritz to Caen

I would do north to south (we did Roscoff southwards early last year), mainly because I think it is easier and nicer to start in a cool climate, and for it to gradually get hotter rather than the other way around.
by RobinS
9 Mar 2017, 5:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best route to cycle over the Alps- North to South?
Replies: 13
Views: 1860

Re: Best route to cycle over the Alps- North to South?

MrsS and are setting off in that direction next month as well - but only as far as Albania before turning around to come home. Late April/early May lots of the best roads across the alps are still closed by snow, and you can't cycle through many of the tunnel alternatives. As we are avoiding Switzer...
by RobinS
8 Mar 2017, 11:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting France have a decko at these wonderful videos?
Replies: 4
Views: 427

Re: Visiting France have a decko at these wonderful videos?

While I have visited most of those, the beauty of France is that if you just travel on a bicycle you come across many places just as good by accident - places that few people have even heard of.
by RobinS
28 Feb 2017, 7:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Gas cooking on a Trangia - views?
Replies: 52
Views: 5309

Re: Gas cooking on a Trangia - views?

I don't use a trangia, but I do cook on gas stoves using Trangia pans (non-stick for the frypans, ordinary for saucepans), and they work absolutely fine on gas stoves.
by RobinS
28 Feb 2017, 7:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Minor road accident - advice
Replies: 11
Views: 546

Re: Minor road accident - advice

A car braked to avoid running into a car in front making a turn - and you ran into him. I'm afraid you appear to be entirely at fault. You should always ride (or drive), allowing sufficient space so you can stop. If you had stopped sharply and a following motor vehicle had run into you I'm sure you ...
by RobinS
19 Feb 2017, 11:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo 1, Roscoff southward.
Replies: 36
Views: 1435

Re: Eurovelo 1, Roscoff southward.

This website lists all French campsites - http://www.campingfrance.com/uk Many of the entries give opening dates, and if not, going to the sites own website (either via the link, or by google search) will usually provide the information needed. By using this we were able to plan stops OK. Our April ...
by RobinS
18 Feb 2017, 11:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo 1, Roscoff southward.
Replies: 36
Views: 1435

Re: Eurovelo 1, Roscoff southward.

Incidentally - last year Late April in Brittany was absolutely freezing, well below freezing every night, and only up to 8 - 12c during the day.
by RobinS
18 Feb 2017, 11:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo 1, Roscoff southward.
Replies: 36
Views: 1435

Re: Eurovelo 1, Roscoff southward.

We headed south from Roscoff on 21st April last year. As far as Nantes we had to plan stops carefully as not many campsites were open - had to do a couple of 90km days (further than MrsS likes, as we were carry three months kit) consecutively. BretonBikes site in Gouarec opened up specially for us, ...
by RobinS
18 Feb 2017, 11:24am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Robens tents,anyone had/got one?
Replies: 19
Views: 4529

Re: Robens tents,anyone had/got one?

MrsS and I have used a Robens Verve tent for the last couple of years. In 2015 for several long weekends, and a two week tour of Brittany, and in 2016 for a 3 month tour of France and Northern Spain - used every night for 90 nights. Quality wise it has stood up well, it now somewhat faded but still ...
by RobinS
21 Oct 2016, 12:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: More route advice?
Replies: 5
Views: 890

Re: More route advice?

This summer we were in southern France and northern Spain with temperatures in the low to mid thirties, and that was not a problem, so I don't think temperatures on the route suggested will be a problem. Anyone any comments on best routes, places to take in/avoid etc? (The Sahara averages are a full...