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by HobbesOnTour
27 Jul 2019, 9:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bar bar without bracket
Replies: 7
Views: 2367

Re: Bar bar without bracket

There is a Decathlon in Brugge. A possible solution is to pick up either a bar bag there (it will come with a simple holder) or alternatively a basket to hold your existing barbag. Can't recommend any bike shops. I'm sure if you look around you'll eventually find one. Not sure if that's what you wan...
by HobbesOnTour
27 Jul 2019, 11:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Planning a train journey from Germany to Netherlands
Replies: 15
Views: 2738

Re: Planning a train journey from Germany to Netherlands

Two changes, Arnhem Centraal and Utrcht Centraal. So, apart from Rome2Rio, can anyone recommend a reliable train planner? The plan is to book the tickets once we are in Wesel with our bikes (3 of us). This is the Dutch train site. https://www.nsinternational.nl/en While you can't book bikes online ...
by HobbesOnTour
26 Jul 2019, 9:19am
Forum: On the road
Topic: New Build
Replies: 44
Views: 6293

Re: New Build

Oh kewl Hobbes! I'll get one of those ordered ASAP. The alloy I used for my last bracket was on the soft side and was reluctant to hold threads...they stripped easily. I've done a couple headsets now using a DIY headset press I saw on fleabay, basically a long threaded rod, 2 nuts and a couple wash...
by HobbesOnTour
26 Jul 2019, 9:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone cycled the Welsh coast?
Replies: 15
Views: 3252

Re: Anyone cycled the Welsh coast?

Last September I cycled the coast from about Shotton to Bangor as part of a longer trip to Ireland. Infrastructure-wise, it was probably the best of the whole trip (excluding Holland, of course :D ). I really enjoyed that section. The weather was mixed, but I love the sea, so any day on the bike by ...
by HobbesOnTour
26 Jul 2019, 8:03am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Gangs of youths on national cycle route.....
Replies: 109
Views: 11783

Re: Gangs of youths on national cycle route.....

What's the best approach here? I don't believe there's a single "best approach", but practical things you could do are: Find a cycling buddy. You may not have seen any cyclists at the time you cycle that section of the route, but there well may be cyclists that ride at a slightly differen...
by HobbesOnTour
25 Jul 2019, 7:41am
Forum: On the road
Topic: New Build
Replies: 44
Views: 6293

Re: New Build

Best of luck, Vantage. Headsets scare the crap out of me, so particular kudos for that! As for your bottle cage dilemma, I've used a couple of these https://mountskidmore.com.au/shop/adapters/bottle-cage-adapter/ on my MTB to be able to take 2 * 1,5 L bottles. Inspiration, perhaps? In any case, look...
by HobbesOnTour
24 Jul 2019, 9:57am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: MP's reply to additional comments to recent Cycling UK form letter.
Replies: 29
Views: 4867

Re: MP's reply to additional comments to recent Cycling UK form letter.

If course there's obnoxious people on forums and real life.. Not sure who the obnoxious people are in this thread so I guess the idea that if you can't sort the trait in others it must be in you applies here. For the sake of clarity, I referred to online forums - not this forum, nor this thread. Th...
by HobbesOnTour
24 Jul 2019, 7:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Advice Changing thickness tyres on a Mountain Bike
Replies: 4
Views: 823

Re: Advice Changing thickness tyres on a Mountain Bike

I tour on a rigid MTB carrying a fair load, panniers front & back. Every time I have upgraded my tyres I have increased the size. It's not all about speed - there is also comfort. For me, the wider the tyre the more surfaces I can take on, while loaded. I've gone from a width of 1,4 to 1,75 to 2...
by HobbesOnTour
24 Jul 2019, 7:29am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: MP's reply to additional comments to recent Cycling UK form letter.
Replies: 29
Views: 4867

Re: MP's reply to additional comments to recent Cycling UK form letter.

Thanks again for all your replies. As someone who travels regularly in Asia, I am well aware of what is often called saving or keeping face and it is something that I normally try to adhere to. The whole concept of 'loosing it' just reflects badly on you and gets you nowhere. Nonetheless I think it...
by HobbesOnTour
24 Jul 2019, 7:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Recording your tour - too many gadgets already!
Replies: 34
Views: 4945

Re: Recording your tour - too many gadgets already!

The tech free (almost) approach would be to use your phone for photos, perhaps supplementing a non-gps enabled camera, using paper maps that you mark en route (freebies from tourist offices can be a big help) and write it up as soon as possible afterwards. Using something like cycle.travel you can r...
by HobbesOnTour
23 Jul 2019, 11:02am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: MP's reply to additional comments to recent Cycling UK form letter.
Replies: 29
Views: 4867

Re: MP's reply to additional comments to recent Cycling UK form letter.

I am the OP All the points I raised in my letter had already been raised often at length with the appropriate authority, ie Southend Council. I have multiple emails on the matters, plus press cuttings announcing the cycle path extension, the Council display maps showing it actually built, etc, etc....
by HobbesOnTour
22 Jul 2019, 12:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??
Replies: 57
Views: 6652

Re: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??

At home I'll either download a route or generate a route on the computer and then transfer it to my Garmin. But on tour I try and use as little power as possible due to a lot of wild camping. So I travel with only a GPS and Kindle. If I traveled with a laptop then I could always load routes via tha...
by HobbesOnTour
22 Jul 2019, 11:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Alpkit Stem Cells or equivalenta
Replies: 18
Views: 3263

Re: Alpkit Stem Cells or equivalenta

Just thought, would these stem cell type of bags stop the loaded bar bag from flipping the bars right round. One of the issues I had when first using a bar bag was that when leaning the bike against a post by the panniers the bars flipped round and the bike would need catching. I think you will kno...
by HobbesOnTour
22 Jul 2019, 11:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Alpkit Stem Cells or equivalenta
Replies: 18
Views: 3263

Re: Alpkit Stem Cells or equivalenta

However, from your other threads it seems that you're travelling with kids in Belgium. In that case, carrying a large volume of water should not be a big issue. There will be frequent places to stop and get a drink. Even if you don't wish to buy something, a small tip and a friendly request to fill...
by HobbesOnTour
22 Jul 2019, 10:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??
Replies: 57
Views: 6652

Re: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??

I tend to work out a route on a paper map and pick the points I want to travel through. Then plug the points into the garmin map and let it calculate the route between points. I normally cycle with route up but if I'm plugging the points in then I set the map to north up. Check where the route has ...