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by HobbesOnTour
2 Sep 2018, 9:40am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 6043

Re: Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment

Two failed tours to date but I'm gonna try an overnighter short trip soon to see how I get on. Good luck to you Old Blue. Hi Vantage, I don't mean to pry, but I wonder what constitutes a "failed" tour? I read a lot of journals on CrazyGuy and sometimes see postings under the "disaste...
by HobbesOnTour
1 Sep 2018, 9:30am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 6043

Re: Budget touring, I would be very grateful for advice on gear

If I was buying a new trailer, I would probably look for an Extrawheel. I've often thought of taking a kids tagalong bike and welding rails to it so you can mount two sets of panniers each side, or a guitar. The single wheel trailer is undoubtedly more flexible on bad roads. I've recently started u...
by HobbesOnTour
24 Aug 2018, 3:49pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 6043

Re: Budget touring, I would be very grateful for advice on gear

Wow! Your enthusiasm is evident from your posts, the detail in them and the progress you're making! On the sandels, I've cycled thousands of kms in sandels, some with a stiff sole (better in my opinion), but also in cheapy plastic ones. Efficiency doesn't bother me when I'm touring. On the boots, ma...
by HobbesOnTour
23 Aug 2018, 5:17pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 6043

Re: Budget touring, I would be very grateful for advice on gear

I'd hate to spend the £30 on panniers and find I can only get a mile or two down the road because of bad tyres, so tyres is probably the best place to spend the money? Is there someone you know who is handy with bikes? Maybe they could have a look at the tyres (and wheels) for you? I'd hesitate to ...
by HobbesOnTour
21 Aug 2018, 2:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What to do if you get injured in a remote location
Replies: 30
Views: 1066

Re: What to do if you get injured in a remote location

What would be your advice for a someone in a pair picking up a nasty injury, say a broken limb, in a remote area with no mobile coverage? Being the Southern Tier, it is likely that there would be a reasonable number of passing cars to flag down. G As others have said, I don't think there will be a ...
by HobbesOnTour
21 Aug 2018, 2:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring without cooking equipment?
Replies: 53
Views: 1762

Re: Touring without cooking equipment?

Is it a crazy idea? Not at all. Personally, I'll pack my Trangia fro every trip. I just enjoy the whole process. But you don't need to bring it. I can't rely on kitchen/cooking facilities in the camp sites, I've not seen these in any of the Dutch campsites I've stayed at previously. They only had wa...
by HobbesOnTour
11 Aug 2018, 12:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hook of Holland to Hamburg
Replies: 9
Views: 441

Re: Hook of Holland to Hamburg

Hi Simon, Not a lot of info to work off. For example if you're planning on staying with friends, then you obviously have places that you want to visit. The first thing that hits me is a 4 year old in a trailer. Is that one of those bike trailers, where the young one is "cycling" along or a...
by HobbesOnTour
7 Aug 2018, 3:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First time in Netherlands on a road bike
Replies: 11
Views: 672

Re: First time in Netherlands on a road bike

I live here, in NL and have used the knooppunten to navigate for years. When they work, they're great. For anyone who isn't aware, they are never the most direct route from A to B, but they are on routes very suited for bikes. They may involve forest paths, loose gravel, but nothing that is dangerou...
by HobbesOnTour
1 Aug 2018, 6:38pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Trangia flame: what should it look like?
Replies: 76
Views: 2937

Re: Trangia flame: what should it look like?

Yes, that was my thought too. Having said that, I do like the "nothing can go wrong" concept of the spirit burner (though I'm not that much of a convert that I believe that fully). On the plus side, I was surprised how quick the Trangia is - I was expecting to be able to pack the tent awa...
by HobbesOnTour
1 Aug 2018, 4:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle tourists driven over and killed in Tajikistan terror attack
Replies: 35
Views: 2031

Re: Cycle tourists driven over and killed in Tajikistan terror attack

I find some of the replies to this incident a rather sad indictment of this forum. What should have been a tribute to fellow cyclists who dare to venture away from their home base, has turned into accusations and a debate on statistics. From what I have read, the dead cyclists were cycling The Pami...
by HobbesOnTour
31 Jul 2018, 2:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Euro Velo 5
Replies: 11
Views: 1082

Re: Euro Velo 5

My experience in Italy is limited to a rectangular area between Austria & Grado & Verona. Quite a few roads because I was following my nose as opposed to researching specific biking routes. I found the Italian drivers to be extremely courteous, if a little schizophrenic. By that, I mean I us...
by HobbesOnTour
25 Jul 2018, 4:10pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: "Best" panniers for cycle camping
Replies: 63
Views: 3545

Re: "Best" panniers for cycle camping

. Eg you need a plaster on the road but your first aid kit is neatly packed at the bottom because then it fits neatly with the sleeping bag so you have to unload the whole ruddy pannier to get one small thing. I don't want to be shot for maybe stating the obvious, but the things you may want to acc...
by HobbesOnTour
21 Jul 2018, 12:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 3 week cycle trip - Buy bike, rent or borrow friend's bike
Replies: 33
Views: 1246

Re: 3 week cycle trip - Buy bike, rent or borrow friend's bike

I'm in a major dilemma...... Well, to start off, I wouldn't buy a new bike for a 3 week trip unless I already wanted that bike and had a use for it after the trip. I'd also bear in mind the maxim about buying in haste and repenting at leisure. I tour on a rigid MTB. Are you sure that yours is not s...
by HobbesOnTour
25 Jun 2018, 8:08am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Loaded Camping Gear Weight
Replies: 92
Views: 4495

Re: Loaded Camping Gear Weight

Consider swapping the solar panel for a front dyno hub? That was my original plan but I can get what looks like a descent solar panel for £50 whereas a hub costs a bit more. Plus I can hang a solar panel on my tent when not on the move (I'll probably be on shorter distances than most seasoned toure...
by HobbesOnTour
10 Jun 2018, 4:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2 weeks tour from Dunkirk and back - where to go?
Replies: 15
Views: 761

Re: 2 weeks tour from Dunkirk and back - where to go?

That’s a very open question, Wes, :D 3 countries, 2 weeks.... advise me.... I’ve no idea how far you want to travel and the advice you’ve had so far is all valid. Camping is not an issue in NL, campsites everywhere. Still lots in Belgium, but not as many. Along the coast it’s not an issue at all. Mi...