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by willem jongman
22 Oct 2018, 3:21pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: 4 season sleeping bag
Replies: 43
Views: 2275

Re: 4 season sleeping bag

You could also just use your current down bag inside a cheap wide fitting rectangular bag. My own system consists of an ultralight PhD down mummie complemented in winter by a wide outer bag with their dryshell fabric and an artificial fibre fill. This works very well.
by willem jongman
20 Oct 2018, 7:31pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping mat recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1653

Re: Camping mat recommendations

The crucial difference is the R value.
by willem jongman
20 Oct 2018, 2:14pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: 4 season sleeping bag
Replies: 43
Views: 2275

Re: 4 season sleeping bag

A well insulated mattress will be at least as important. For an alternative sleeping bag solution you can also use your existing bag, plus a duvet brought from home.
by willem jongman
20 Oct 2018, 2:09pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping mat recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1653

Re: Camping mat recommendations

It is large, both to sleep on (i.e. longer, wider and thicker than the standard mat) and also larger to pack than many others. The inbuilt pump seems to be a copy of the inbuilt pump in some Exped models. It is important to note that it does not have any internal insulation, so it is strictly a summ...
by willem jongman
17 Oct 2018, 7:53am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: The end of "wild" camping?
Replies: 39
Views: 2325

Re: The end of "wild" camping?

I am sure this is primarily another attack on refugees. The human rights situation in Hungary is indeed rapidly deteriorating, not to mention the corruption in the higher echelons of the regime.
by willem jongman
14 Oct 2018, 12:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 1807

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

I agree that seeing the huge port and refinery complexes is fascinating. As for bikes on the trains, there seems to be some misunderstanding. It is true that bikes are not allowed during rush hours on weekdays (mid summer excepted). However, this does not apply if you have a cross border internation...
by willem jongman
9 Oct 2018, 9:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling to Greece.
Replies: 15
Views: 1071

Re: Cycling to Greece.

This site has many (Dutch) long distance routes: https://www.europafietsers.nl/fietsrout ... sweb#kaart They have (usually free) gps tracks that you can use even though the booklets are less than useful if you do not know Dutch. What is stil lacking is routes south of Rome.
by willem jongman
7 Oct 2018, 3:17pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ultralight Tent Materials
Replies: 28
Views: 1337

Re: Ultralight Tent Materials

It is not a defect but a common issue with lightweight silicon eleastomer nylon. I find it quite acceptable with our Hileberg Nammatj 3gt and its quite heavy flysheet, but it certianly need sattention. Ik have to tension th etent every night before sleeping, and I certainly have to reduce the tensio...
by willem jongman
6 Oct 2018, 10:06pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ultralight Tent Materials
Replies: 28
Views: 1337

Re: Ultralight Tent Materials

Yes this is characteristic of silicone elastomere coated nylon. And the more so the thinner and lighter the material.
by willem jongman
6 Oct 2018, 8:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Another GPS question!!
Replies: 31
Views: 1152

Re: Another GPS question!!

I have said it before, my Etrex 30 lasts 4-6 days on a pair of quality AA rechargeables (Ansmann 2500 low self discharge type). I upload the tracks for my tour before I leave, and for a typical for me 2-3 week tour all I need is a bunch of spare rechargeables in my bag. I find that far more convenie...
by willem jongman
4 Oct 2018, 6:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Another GPS question!!
Replies: 31
Views: 1152

Re: Another GPS question!!

I am a great fan of the Etrex 30 (now 30x). It is cheap, light and does not use much battery power. On my last trip, using high quality rechargeables, I managed about six days on a pair of batteries. The down side is that it is a bit slow, and that the screen is small. For my purpose of just followi...
by willem jongman
2 Oct 2018, 9:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice and options turning mtb's into touring ones
Replies: 9
Views: 734

Re: Advice and options turning mtb's into touring ones

I am also a bit worried. These are budget bikes of a kind that I would not feel very comfortable with on such a trip. I looked at the build specifications, and it is mostly bottom end or no name. The wheels in particular would have me worried.
For tyres: Schwalbe Mondial
Racks: Old Man Mountain
by willem jongman
2 Oct 2018, 8:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Disintegrating Brakes
Replies: 7
Views: 367

Re: Disintegrating Brakes

Indeed. I use Magura hydraulic rim brakes, and blocks for these are often hard to get on tour.
by willem jongman
2 Oct 2018, 8:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Disintegrating Brakes
Replies: 7
Views: 367

Re: Disintegrating Brakes

Braking in the rain does indeed make you go though your blocks pretty quickly, but this is very quick indeed. However, wear of the blocks is lesss important than braking power and wear of the rims. In my experience the best blocks for wet weather are Koolstop Salmon. They last pretty long, are kind ...
by willem jongman
1 Oct 2018, 9:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Could you tour europe in the winter and not regret it?
Replies: 25
Views: 1551

Re: Could you tour europe in the winter and not regret it?

I have just come back from a weekend tour in the North of the Netherlands. It was cold: the coldest September night since 1971, with temperatures just below freezing. Riding during the day was fine, with some sunshine, though also with headwinds for much of the Saturday. I stayed at a campsite in a ...