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by willem jongman
16 Mar 2019, 7:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 130
Views: 11848

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

Let's just give him a chance to start and discover what it is really like before ridiculing him. I agree he will have to get the miles in, and do some serious training, but he may well start to enjoy it, and recalibrate his expectations and ambitions in the process. There is nothing more convincing ...
by willem jongman
16 Mar 2019, 1:08pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: US style hot weather tents
Replies: 29
Views: 1148

Re: US style hot weather tents

For those interested in classic cotton tents, Tatteljee in Amsterdam still make them to order: https://www.tatteljee.nl/nl/tenten/erdman-schmidt/voorwoord A double walled solo tent weighs 2650 grams. A similar tent for two weighs 4880 grams. In short, these tents are heavier, but not impossibly so. ...
by willem jongman
16 Mar 2019, 9:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cassette gear increments
Replies: 19
Views: 1366

Re: cassette gear increments

Infinitely small steps gearing does exist: it is called the Nuvinci system. However, the downside is significantly larger internal friction. In my experience the optimum depends a lot on the situation. Riding with luggage in a hilly environment you do not only want a wide enough range (and hence ine...
by willem jongman
15 Mar 2019, 5:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: US style hot weather tents
Replies: 29
Views: 1148

Re: US style hot weather tents

This is indeed for a hot weather tent. We have our Hilleberg Nammatj 3gt and it is excellent in northern weather (which is what we will keep it for), but less than ideal down south, even with all mesh vents fully opened. I just ordered an MSR Zoic 3, and will report later in the year, once we have u...
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 3:47pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: US style hot weather tents
Replies: 29
Views: 1148

Re: US style hot weather tents

Thanks Andrew. This is roughly what I thought, but it is good to hear confirmation. For us it would be a new venture without our trusted bombproof Hilleberg or Helsport shelters. Thus far we have used them even in the Mediterranean, but they were uncomfortably warm and perhaps unnecessarily heavy. T...
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 11:41am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: US style hot weather tents
Replies: 29
Views: 1148

US style hot weather tents

For the last twenty years or so we have been happy users of Hilleberg and Helsport tents. These sturdy outer tent first designs are great for bad weather such as you can have in north Western Europe. However, they are also pretty stuffy in warm weather, and the advantage of outer first is less obvio...
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 11:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Why I like single touring
Replies: 45
Views: 8688

Re: Why I like single touring

I like both. I love touring with just my wife, now that the children go on their own trips. She likes to visit old churches and towns, so we potter along at a quite relaxed pace. I can do this for weeks without getting bored. Unfortunately our schedules do not always match, so in some years we have ...
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 10:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: ALPKIT for touring
Replies: 18
Views: 5816

Re: ALPKIT for touring

Decathlon is another option for bang for the buck quality.
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 10:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring in Albania
Replies: 9
Views: 1808

Re: touring in Albania

Enjoy. From our car holiday experience in Albania last year (which prompted my initial question), be prepared for hot weather, bad road surfaces, and expect wonderful mountain views, good food and friendly people. In the end we postponed our Albania plan for this year, because I just heard I have to...
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 10:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 130
Views: 11848

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

I think this is a good idea that needs some adjustment. First, I think if you conceive of this as part of a life style change, you have to take a longer term perspective. The first thing I would do is include cycling into your daily routine, if possible. Ride to work, use your bike for shopping trip...
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 8:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring in Albania
Replies: 9
Views: 1808

Re: touring in Albania

It is a real issue, particularly in Bosnia, but not in Albania. There are many warning signs all over Bosnia, but I would not trust that they cover all remaining mines. Similarly, there are abandoned houses that are booby trapped.
by willem jongman
5 Mar 2019, 6:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 18127
Views: 450899

Re: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?

I said what I said because I have not seen any rational economic analysis of the advantages of Brexit. I am an economic historian by profession and I think I know a bit about economics. The vast majority of academic economists predict that Brexit will hurt your economy. Hence I can only assume that ...
by willem jongman
5 Mar 2019, 3:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 18127
Views: 450899

Re: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?

And yet you trusted some politicians to deliver Albion from the evil Europeans?
by willem jongman
4 Mar 2019, 8:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 18127
Views: 450899

Re: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?

If there is indeed one thing in which the UK is fundamentally different from the rest of Europe it is social inequality. In Britain the rich are filthy rich, and the poor are desperately poor. If you look at the statistics the contrast is enormous. And now it is upper class twits like Jacob Rees-Mog...
by willem jongman
4 Mar 2019, 6:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring in Albania
Replies: 9
Views: 1808

touring in Albania

I was wondering if anyone has toured in Albania and/or knows good routes. Last summer we visited by car and loved the scenery of the country. The hotels we used last year were pretty good and cheap, and the same was true for restaurants.This year we are considering returning to the region, but now f...