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by HobbesOnTour
20 Jan 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour bike setup and Equipment
Replies: 39
Views: 2408

Re: Tour bike setup and Equipment

A trailer may be a good alternative, but is probably for the committed and experienced tourist (and no use off road, obviously). I'd disagree that a trailer is for the the committed & experienced and the ExtraWheel I mentioned above is pretty much designed for off-road use. In fact, for those p...
by HobbesOnTour
19 Jan 2019, 3:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What better than doing the coast to coast?
Replies: 26
Views: 4541

Re: Who has done this?

Hmm not sure what to do now. Sounds like four successive days of 60 miles plus is extreme for a first attempt, three days of 40 miles plus and train back not particularly taxing . The plan was to stay on the west side of Hartside on the way there and the east side on the way back thereby travelling...
by HobbesOnTour
19 Jan 2019, 3:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour bike setup and Equipment
Replies: 39
Views: 2408

Re: Tour bike setup and Equipment

What a great opening post! If you can tap into your youthful spirit you'll be 3/4 of the way to having a great trip! I don't know the bike, but there's no reason that it won't work for you. The 2 most important things to consider are the length of the chainstays so that you are not hitting panniers ...
by HobbesOnTour
19 Jan 2019, 1:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 602
Views: 100568

Re: Cycle Travel Planner Question

mjr wrote:Be aware that it's currently mislabelled and describes cycleways as "traffic-free", even in the Netherlands!


I'm sorry. I've read that several times and I can not understand the point you're making. I am not understanding how cyclepaths in NL are mislabeled?
by HobbesOnTour
19 Jan 2019, 1:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What better than doing the coast to coast?
Replies: 26
Views: 4541

Re: Who has done this?

From https://cycle.travel/route/c2c "Four days is standard. Three days is fine for the experienced cyclist, but the second day is gruelling with a succession of beastly climbs. Consider taking five days or more, and really enjoying the countryside. Only the superhuman will attempt two or (shudd...
by HobbesOnTour
17 Jan 2019, 10:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo 1: From Rochelle to Nantes
Replies: 4
Views: 249

Re: Eurovelo 1: From Rochelle to Nantes

https://www.velodyssey.com/ gives a good breakdown of what sections are shared. https://cycle.travel/map will show what is paved/unpaved and you can use Google maps for more info. I saw many families travelling happily when I did this route. However, I did have issues finding and following signs in ...
by HobbesOnTour
14 Jan 2019, 11:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trans Penine
Replies: 20
Views: 780

Re: Trans Penine

Can i ask where your second pic was taken, hobbes, ie: the one top right? Screenshot_2019-01-14-11-11-23-547_com.google.android.apps.maps.png or as a link https://goo.gl/maps/xV9Yac6grh12 It wasn't long before I had to cross the A628 which took a while because it was constant traffic in both direct...
by HobbesOnTour
14 Jan 2019, 11:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trans Penine
Replies: 20
Views: 780

Re: Trans Penine

There's the Trans Pennine Trail, Southport to Hornsea, and there's the C2C, Whitehaven to Tynemouth. I have a suspicion HobbesOnTour is describing C2C. I've just done a little reading up and i see there are various descriptions of cycleways involving the Pennines. I was mainly on Route 62 which acc...
by HobbesOnTour
13 Jan 2019, 2:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: SIM card and plans -Finland??
Replies: 12
Views: 838

Re: SIM card and plans -Finland??

There are no roaming charges in the EU anymore, so in theory any EU provider should work. However, given the nature of Finland, it might be better to find out the best provider there and make sure that your provider has a reciprocal arrangement (if not using the Finnish provider). Also, just bear in...
by HobbesOnTour
13 Jan 2019, 1:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trans Penine
Replies: 20
Views: 780

Re: Trans Penine

I did most of the TransPenine trail back in September as part of a roundtrip from NL to Ireland. I did minimal research before departing because my first option fell through so parts of it were a surprise! :D I was camping & cooking and given that it was nearly October when I was returning I pac...
by HobbesOnTour
11 Jan 2019, 10:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Santiago de Compostella
Replies: 6
Views: 340

Re: Santiago de Compostella

For "official" routes there are three books from a Dutch author. https://webshop.fietsvakantiewinkel.nl/st-jacobs-fietsroute-deel-2.html As pointed out above there are various sources for GPS routes. Easy enough to download and edit to personal preferences. I did the Camino from my front d...
by HobbesOnTour
5 Jan 2019, 12:13pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UK camping without a reservation
Replies: 19
Views: 856

Re: UK camping without a reservation

But, compared with the continent, most sites here don’t seem to be set up for cycle tourists, with minimum two or three night stays and mandatory reservations. My only experience is a couple of nights at Camping and Caravan Club sites where we didn’t reserve but their sites are few and far between ...
by HobbesOnTour
22 Nov 2018, 10:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Around Ireland
Replies: 17
Views: 901

Re: Around Ireland

For the West Coast, check out the Wild Atlantic Way, a designated "tourist route" from the north to south or vice versa. As pointed out, the west coast is very indented! From memory, the west coast is in the region of 2000 km! There is a route along the coas...tish of Northern Ireland, but...
by HobbesOnTour
3 Nov 2018, 12:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!
Replies: 23
Views: 1405

Re: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!

Thanks HobbesOnTour. All up I had 6kg up front and 8kg on the back. Including my Aldi chair :D This one didn't snap! I read somewhere that having most weight up front was a good way to load but that to my mind would result in the tail wagging the dog. A couple days before the trip I'd managed to ge...
by HobbesOnTour
2 Nov 2018, 11:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!
Replies: 23
Views: 1405

Re: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!

+ 1 on the congratulations for getting out there and getting another tour under your belt. I'm with the poster above on a possible source for the shimmy being the loose front panniers. Then investigate the weight distribution and position of the panniers. Personally, I think it's important to have c...