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by willem jongman
7 Oct 2018, 3:17pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ultralight Tent Materials
Replies: 28
Views: 1383

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: 1383

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: 1172

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: 1172

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: 761

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: 375

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: 375

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: 1654

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 ...
by willem jongman
25 Sep 2018, 5:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handle Bars- US & Europe??
Replies: 32
Views: 1508

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: 1508

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: 2506

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: 231

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: 1755

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: 1755

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: 1508

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...