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by willem jongman
21 Jan 2020, 10:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in France - book ahead?
Replies: 17
Views: 801

Re: Touring in France

August will indeed be tough for hotels. I am turning 67 this weekend, but I still like camping. Fortunately modern camping gear is much lighter, and full camping gear for two people can now easily be achieved with 12-15 kg each. Modern insulated air mattresses like the Thermarest Neoairs are not onl...
by willem jongman
20 Jan 2020, 10:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike-and-train touring
Replies: 44
Views: 2346

Re: Bike-and-train touring

You can mix even more... My wife and I were originally planning for a few weeks cycling in Albania when I unexpectedly had to be in Rome for work for a day, right in the middle of our planned holiday. So we decided on a round tour in central Italy. We drove to Sienna, left the car in the railway sta...
by willem jongman
16 Jan 2020, 9:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Eilot to Jerusalem
Replies: 8
Views: 462

Re: Cycling Eilot to Jerusalem

No because you would be cycling much further to the west. I was not particularly impressed by a swim in the Dead Sea. It is depressing because the water has receeded so much that you are well away from the older facilities. And it is not really swimming because you are floating on top of the water a...
by willem jongman
16 Jan 2020, 12:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Eilot to Jerusalem
Replies: 8
Views: 462

Re: Cycling Eilot to Jerusalem

I have worked in Israel for a while. Personally I would avoid route 90. The road takes you along the shores of the Dead Sea, and that is very low lying and hence hot with lots of flies. Also, it is not the quietest of roads. And indeed, the final stretch between the Dead Sea and Jerusalem is busy an...
by willem jongman
11 Jan 2020, 3:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dutch Flyer - a missed opportunity?
Replies: 12
Views: 538

Re: Dutch Flyer - a missed opportunity?

This is a connection that I have often used and enjoyed. On the Dutch side things have become more complicated with the replacement of the train connection between Hook of Holland and the Rotterdam area by a metro system. This means that unlike in the past on weekdays you can only take your bikes fr...
by willem jongman
6 Jan 2020, 12:48pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Chinese Lightweight 1 person Tent
Replies: 43
Views: 2207

Re: Chinese Lightweight 1 person Tent

Cotton or nylon? Tatteljee in the Netherlands do this kind of thing, but they are not cheap.
by willem jongman
4 Dec 2019, 5:34pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Chinese Lightweight 1 person Tent
Replies: 43
Views: 2207

Re: Chinese Lightweight 1 person Tent

If you do not want to spend too much and still want reliability, look no further than the Decathlon Ultralight series. They are well designed, with decent quality materials like DAC featherlight poles.
by willem jongman
4 Dec 2019, 5:17pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative
Replies: 18
Views: 1134

Re: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

I think these US style inner first tents are better for hot weather use than in the cold and wet: when it rains the inner tent gets wet before you can pitch the outer, and the same applies when you take them down. That said they are often light and have excellent ventilation. We have used Hilleberg ...
by willem jongman
4 Dec 2019, 11:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?
Replies: 50
Views: 1636

Re: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?

I have different systems for my three different bottles. 1 A Bikebuddy for a 1 litre Trangia fuel bottle under the downwtube. Hanging bottles exert quite a bit more force on a cage, and the BIkebuddy is a more robust system. Also, it is invisible when I don't take a fuel bottle, with just the little...
by willem jongman
4 Dec 2019, 10:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?
Replies: 52
Views: 2803

Re: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?

I love camping because I like to be outdoors, because it is relatively flexible (but that depends on the country you are cycling in), and because it is cheaper. The downside is that in at least some countries campsites are now so crowded with camper vans etc that I do not feel quite at home anymore....
by willem jongman
22 Oct 2019, 8:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Book of campsites in Holland
Replies: 4
Views: 465

Re: Book of campsites in Holland

And this if you are keen on quiet sites in nature: https://www.natuurkampeerterreinen.nl/en/
by willem jongman
27 Aug 2019, 12:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New ferry route - Scotland to Netherlands
Replies: 5
Views: 805

Re: New ferry route - Scotland to Netherlands

Any ferry to or from the Netherlands will have to be bike friendly as that is what quite a few Dutch customers would demand. As for train connections on the Dutch side, there is a new railway station at the ferry terminal. At the moment there are a few trains a day connecting to the ferry to Borkum....
by willem jongman
23 Aug 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sleeping mats and punctures
Replies: 59
Views: 4408

Re: Sleeping mats and punctures

Thermarest are really good about warranty so that is what I would go for. I do want to remind people about the danger of leaving any mattress in a hot tent, and not just ultralight mattresses. This is asking for trouble because air expands a lot when hot.
by willem jongman
14 Aug 2019, 11:33am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: canvas tents
Replies: 30
Views: 1410

Re: canvas tents

This is the cotton tent that I used for years: http://home.kpn.nl/hmeijs/NTT/CDPlutoPlus.htm There are only two options left in the Netherlands. One, from Esvo, is somewhat affordable: https://www.esvocampingshop.com/nl/esvo-tenten/lichtgewicht-katoenen-tenten/ The other supplier is Tatteljee, who h...
by willem jongman
15 May 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle lights regulations in France, Belgium and Netherlands
Replies: 31
Views: 1387

Re: Cycle lights regulations in France, Belgium and Netherlands

+1 Flashing lights and rotation symmetric headlights are a dangerous nuisance.