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by HobbesOnTour
22 Jul 2019, 10:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tap water tips
Replies: 67
Views: 7766

Re: Tap water tips

Personally it's mostly been Welsh streams which, barring dead sheep, have probably been fairly potable anyway! Up in the Lakes last weekend I was kicking myself for not taking it, especially as the churchyard we tried didn't have a tap. I'd happily drop it into lake, river or stream, waterbutt or b...
by HobbesOnTour
22 Jul 2019, 10:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Going to France in a few weeks...
Replies: 10
Views: 2555

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

Hi. I am off to France in a few weeks for my first foreign tour and I've only plotted a part of the route. The tour will be open ended i.e. two week to a month. At first I had planned a route to Paris from Calais in order to stay in Paris in an Airbnb for a few nights and then carry on in order to ...
by HobbesOnTour
22 Jul 2019, 10:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tap water tips
Replies: 67
Views: 7766

Re: Tap water tips

So, any hot tips for snaffling tap water? Yes! Churchyards and asking people! :D Anything else has its risks especially in rural areas. In Spain many of the mountain towns and villages have wonderful water fountains, the same in the Tirol region of Austria/Italy. One village had a fancy dispenser t...
by HobbesOnTour
22 Jul 2019, 10:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tap water tips
Replies: 67
Views: 7766

Re: Tap water tips

More for when you're away from dense civilisation but last year I picked up an MSR Trailshot water filter and absolutely love it - being able to drink from literally any source is very liberating! Under £40, small, very lightweight and filters seem to last for ages. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com...
by HobbesOnTour
22 Jul 2019, 10:06am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Alpkit Stem Cells or equivalenta
Replies: 18
Views: 3263

Re: Alpkit Stem Cells or equivalenta

Anyone use these? Any good? I'm touring on a bike that's unable to take front rack. So I've got most of the load on the rear rack. I have an 8 litre bar bag and a possibly 11 litre full frame bag. I put a water bladder in there and heavy stuff that's not bulky. With two stem cells I can carry water...
by HobbesOnTour
21 Jul 2019, 11:12am
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'm reminded of a situation I found myself in a few years ago at an airport. Public travel was in chaos that day with the result that most people had missed their flights, including myself. I joined the lengthy queue at my airline's desk to book a new ticket. The guy in front of me was attacking the...
by HobbesOnTour
21 Jul 2019, 10:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Eurovelo 15 north to south from Wiesbaden to Andermatt
Replies: 2
Views: 869

Re: Eurovelo 15 north to south from Wiesbaden to Andermatt

Nothing wrong with going in either direction, except for the fact that you're facing into a climb to get to Andermatt. Practically the whole route is on dedicated cycling paths. All you have to do is choose which side of the river to cycle on in most areas. However, by starting in Wiesbaden and head...
by HobbesOnTour
20 Jul 2019, 3:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Garmin or Wahoo ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1356

Re: Garmin or Wahoo ?

dim wrote:
Brilliant . Thank You!!

No problem.
I'm not so sure about Strava but as far as I am aware once the ride is finished the data is stored until such time as your unit accesses your home wifi or your phone is online.
by HobbesOnTour
20 Jul 2019, 2:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Garmin or Wahoo ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1356

Re: Garmin or Wahoo ?

I have a few questions as regards the Wahoo .... if I plan a route on RideWithGPS on my computer, can I download the route to the Wahoo with a cable connected to my computer or do I have to use my phone to download it? .... same applies to my rides.... do I have to upload to Strava using WiFi and m...
by HobbesOnTour
20 Jul 2019, 10:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: rear pannier advice needed
Replies: 83
Views: 9997

Re: rear pannier advice needed

So I redistributed the clothes and shoes into my Aldi (I think, could have been Lidl) sale purchase large roll top rear pannier. The fixings aren't as good as Ortlieb but are reasonable. Just on the Aldi/Lidl panniers.... I've used them for a few years for commuting in all but the worst weather. Wh...
by HobbesOnTour
20 Jul 2019, 10:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??
Replies: 57
Views: 6653

Re: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??

The most common answer seems to be whatever your most comfortable with I guess. I have a Garmin 820 edge, but I don’t have a computer so I can’t pre plan my routes. Saying that I prefer the freedom of not pre planning. When I’m out cycling locally I tend to stop and check the roads ahead every now ...
by HobbesOnTour
20 Jul 2019, 10:15am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 20135
Views: 495157

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

I concede that this is not always the case, such as with the recent referendum to legalise abortion in Ireland. But this last could also have been achieved by Parliamentary legislation , without the distraction of a referendum. I think you may be mistaken here, Pete. The recent abortion referendum ...
by HobbesOnTour
18 Jul 2019, 10:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??
Replies: 57
Views: 6653

Re: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??

Do you need a gps? No Is it handy to have? Certainly....but any gps device is only as good as the route that was planned. If you're the kind of person to plan out a full route in advance and follow that every day, then a gps can be very handy. If you want to make up your route as you go along, then ...
by HobbesOnTour
16 Jul 2019, 2:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hat
Replies: 58
Views: 3366

Re: Hat

I use a bandana.
Covers the back of the neck, keeps sweat out of my eyes, can be watered to cool me down, multipurpose and works with or without a helmet.
by HobbesOnTour
16 Jul 2019, 11:58am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 587
Views: 66970

Re: Pictures of your tents.

DSCF0076.JPG My old Coleman Coastline along the Rhine. Cheap, heavy, but tough as old boots. I like cheap and tough. Bought a few "too finessed" camping things. What tent do you use these days Hobbes? Why did you retire the coleman? Did you get another? Haven't camped since September, unf...