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by willem jongman
25 Sep 2018, 5:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handle Bars- US & Europe??
Replies: 32
Views: 1476

Re: Handle Bars- US & Europe??

The common view is, I think, that for climbing you need to move your body weight forward rather than sit upright. Hence also bar ends for straight bars.
by willem jongman
25 Sep 2018, 4:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handle Bars- US & Europe??
Replies: 32
Views: 1476

Re: Handle Bars- US & Europe??

Once upon a time when we had a Thorn childback tandem I used a Thorn Comfort handlebar for more leverage. On my townbike I have a Nitto Albatros bar for a more upright position in urban traffic, but both of my touring bikes have Nitto Noodle bars. I have never used anything other than drop bars for ...
by willem jongman
20 Sep 2018, 8:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: No More Extra 9 Months on Passport After Early Renewal
Replies: 70
Views: 2449

Re: No More Extra 9 Months on Passport After Early Renewal

I guess because after Brexit EU countries will also begin to demand six months remaining validity.
by willem jongman
20 Sep 2018, 7:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/

You can set a distance when you do a circular tour, but not for a one way trip, I think. What you can do, of course, is pick a destination that you expect to be roughly how far you want to go, ask the system to design a route, and then see how far this actually is. I agree it would be nice to have s...
by willem jongman
20 Sep 2018, 3:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Question on tarps and bivvys
Replies: 46
Views: 1654

Re: Question on tarps and bivvys

I mentioned it because I had only been aware of the fire risk, and not of the CO risk until I saw the measurements at Backpackinglight. For many stoves the CO levels were seriously and dangerously high, but not with all of them (the differences were huge). So apart from the general advice about the ...
by willem jongman
19 Sep 2018, 11:00am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Question on tarps and bivvys
Replies: 46
Views: 1654

Re: Question on tarps and bivvys

This is not about midges, but about cooking in a tent as discussed in some posts. I want to remind people that this can be dangerous, and not just because of the obvious fire risk. Many stoves produce worrying levels of carbon monoxide, as has been measured in various test on Backpacking Light. The ...
by willem jongman
18 Sep 2018, 8:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handle Bars- US & Europe??
Replies: 32
Views: 1476

Re: Handle Bars- US & Europe??

Marten (m-gineering) made me a nice touring bike, and guess what? It has drop bars and wide tyres for touring on bad roads and gravel. And indeed, touring on gravel has generated a new kind of bike (at least in name): the gravel racer. I agree with him that in Holland and Germany cycling careers usu...
by willem jongman
17 Sep 2018, 1:18pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping mat recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1651

Re: Camping mat recommendations

This year we had a case of an Exped Downmat delaminating and shortly afterwards a Synmat UL, plus a few years ago an Exped Downmat spewing down. Talking to a big outdoor shop in town they told me they have had quite a few issues with Exped mattrasses (and a restrictive warranty policy on the part of...
by willem jongman
15 Sep 2018, 2:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 1804

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

You will not get lost, of course. However, it is a densely populated country so you would have a much nicer route if you use the fietsersbond routeplanner. Arriving in Europoort means arriving in one of the world's largest harbour areas with many refineries etc. The Newcastle ferry gets you to IJmui...
by willem jongman
15 Sep 2018, 2:12pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping mat recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1651

Re: Camping mat recommendations

Thermarest are good for warrantees. One cause of delamination (not necessarily in your case) is leaving the mattress in the tent on a warm day. Always open the valve in that situation.
by willem jongman
15 Sep 2018, 2:09pm
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 done some of it and the problems are not insurmountable with some precuations: 1 I would mount Conti Topcontact Winter ii tyres for better grip. 2 On the clothing side you need warm stuff, including a buff under your helmet and warm, gloves, and good rain protection, including warm waterproof...
by willem jongman
12 Sep 2018, 7:34am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 6358

Re: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment

I only have two rear panniers for my stuff. One has most of my clothing, with my sleeping bag and mattress on top. This is all the stuff that should stay really dry, and this is the pannier that I will not need to open during the day. The other pannier has the stove, a plate and a cup, food and an e...
by willem jongman
11 Sep 2018, 9:16pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Tent peg mallet?
Replies: 34
Views: 3840

Re: Tent peg mallet?

In my experience steel hammers are more effective and lighter than wooden mallets. I have a small Gedore hammer that weighs all of 89 grams: https://www.primexbv.nl/gedore-bankhamer-essen-steel-50g-type-4-e-50/itm/10420. It is fine for small pegs, but for larger pegs I would suggest to opt for one s...
by willem jongman
11 Sep 2018, 4:58pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 6358

Re: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment

The trick about getting fit is to start using your bike much more in dayly life. This builds a basic level of fitness from where it is quite easy to improve. Combine this with short rides in the evening twice a week, and you will have built even more fitness. Beyond that, you still have a month or s...
by willem jongman
11 Sep 2018, 12:39pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 6358

Re: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment

Good to hear that you enjoyed it. It sounds like you need to do this more often (and get fitter in the process). Taking less also helps. I was out for the weekend as well, and had less than 12 kg. You do not say whether it was just the wind that was noisy, or also the tent flapping etc. Pitching a s...