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by HobbesOnTour
5 Aug 2019, 6:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long term touring advice
Replies: 30
Views: 1850

Re: Long term touring advice

Things I love: Stunning landscapes and scenery Very much in the eye of the beholder.... and weather dependent! :) Quiet If you mean campsites, the more popular the area the louder the campsite in my experience. Creature comforts Specifically? On longer tours a creature comfort can be the last beer ...
by HobbesOnTour
5 Aug 2019, 10:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in July/August
Replies: 21
Views: 2317

Re: Touring in July/August

An you elaborate for the sake of possibly naive brits hobbes? I live 10 minutes from Belgium. It's not unusual for the leftovers from drugs labs to be dumped in the border areas. Typically they'll look for out of the way places.... the same kinds of places where a stealth camper might be looking to...
by HobbesOnTour
5 Aug 2019, 9:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Recommendation for touring bike
Replies: 141
Views: 4941

Re: Recommendation for touring bike

Derek, have you done a search on the forum? There are no shortage of discussions about this topic! To get good information, you'll need to supply some more information. For example Do you have a bike? Are you used to cycling? Any bike mechanic skills? Where do you want to tour? For how long? What ty...
by HobbesOnTour
4 Aug 2019, 11:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in July/August
Replies: 21
Views: 2317

Re: Touring in July/August

Free campsites in NL https://www.logerenbijdeboswachter.nl/paalkamperen Ditto in Belgium : http://bivakzone.be/ I've wild camped in Germany, but well, well away from civilisation. Be wary in border areas of NL. Dodgy things go on in the border areas. But lots of smaller campsites in NL that can be v...
by HobbesOnTour
4 Aug 2019, 4:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Beijing to Ulaan Batur
Replies: 13
Views: 1443

Re: Beijing to Ulaan Batur

Make up a small a scrap book of pictures. Food: cow, sheep, horse(!) Etc. Plus house/ hotel. Tent. Hospital. Policeman/ station. Etc. Easy to point. I used one in Tajikistan. Locals loved it . I had an elephant and giraffe in it! Great idea! Wish I thought of it before buying one of these: https://...
by HobbesOnTour
4 Aug 2019, 4:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What Smartphone / GPS for touring UK/France ?
Replies: 95
Views: 8116

Re: What Smartphone / GPS for touring UK/France ?

I've bought a Motorola G7 Power, via GiffGaff. I may be calling for more of your generous advice in due course . . . . . e.g. Should I be buying a micro-SD card immediately for . . . storing data & applications ? * Std 14-day return if not delighted. Fingers-crossed. Immediately? There's no nee...
by HobbesOnTour
4 Aug 2019, 4:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A view from the outside
Replies: 41
Views: 2414

Re: A view from the outside

If you disagree with someone you try to demolish their case, you don't try to shut them up. Is that not a part of the problem? Demolish: verb (used with object) to destroy or ruin (a building or other structure), especially on purpose; tear down; raze. to put an end to; destroy; explode: The result...
by HobbesOnTour
4 Aug 2019, 11:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: EuroVelo 7 North Italy to Berlin (or alt routes) - any tips?
Replies: 8
Views: 1107

Re: EuroVelo 7 North Italy to Berlin (or alt routes) - any tips?

Plus one on the Alpe Adria. It's a great route, but camping is limited. https://www.biroto.eu/en/cycle-routes will show lots of routes to get you where you want to go, Eurovelo or not. As MarcusT has pointed out, the popular routes will be busier in August. The busier the route, the typically slower...
by HobbesOnTour
4 Aug 2019, 11:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... which kickstands will fit Spa's Wayfarer?
Replies: 14
Views: 1302

Re: ... which kickstands will fit Spa's Wayfarer?

Hi Vantage, I used a kickstand attached to a chainstay on my old (alu) hybrid. As I learned more, I removed it. It so happened that the chainstay failed where the kickstand was. Coincidence? I know not. For my MTB tourer I got a Clickstand. Light & compact it's expensive, but works a treat - eve...
by HobbesOnTour
3 Aug 2019, 10:04am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A view from the outside
Replies: 41
Views: 2414

Re: A view from the outside

I have frequented this forum intermittently for some time, occasionally interjecting by leaving a comment or otherwise. However I have found myself becoming somewhat disturbed by the often degeneracy into subject drift and political comment, quite frequently with total disregard to the OP’s origina...
by HobbesOnTour
29 Jul 2019, 10:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Android mapping software for Europe - TCX files
Replies: 6
Views: 1840

Re: Android mapping software for Europe - TCX files

As Al says, osmand is your friend. But it will not read tcx files, only gpx. You can download NL & the German provinces you need in advance - up to 5 are free, I believe, nominal charge for the rest of the world. It has the advantage that it will work offline and depending on the settings used, ...
by HobbesOnTour
28 Jul 2019, 2:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What Smartphone / GPS for touring UK/France ?
Replies: 95
Views: 8116

Re: What Smartphone / GPS for touring UK/France ?

Am I about to step into the world of the evil empire ? Can anyone advise ? ( P.S. Does anyone own a separate device for cycle-touring rather than for normal, daily use ? ) 1) Map function - e.g. for planning a route on the hoof e.g. cycle.travel/map Any internet connected phone or tablet can run cy...
by HobbesOnTour
28 Jul 2019, 9:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Groupset - Dear Shimano
Replies: 57
Views: 6186

Re: Touring Groupset - Dear Shimano

scottg wrote:
Now a 5 or 7 speed disc cassette hub would be a wonderful thing. :D

I've run a 7 speed cassette on an 8 speed hub with a spacer (non disk), and now, due to circumstances, run the same cassette on a disk hub.
by HobbesOnTour
28 Jul 2019, 7:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Going to France in a few weeks...
Replies: 10
Views: 2555

Re: Going to France in a few weeks...

Hi. Thanks for your input. I've now changed my mind about camping and decided to take my racer and a 10L saddle bag instead. It will probably be 2 weeks max now due to the increase in accommodation costs. I hope to get to Paris and back again mainly staying at hostels and some airbnb's. So I need a...
by HobbesOnTour
28 Jul 2019, 7:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Belfast to Lough Erne
Replies: 4
Views: 2102

Re: Belfast to Lough Erne

Can't advise the best route - everybody's different, but can certainly advise you not to use Google Maps for places you're not familiar with.

Try https://cycle.travel/map for bike friendly routes. If surface is sensitive for you, make sure you check paved only.