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by Mattie
18 Apr 2013, 7:56pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: winter camping on tour
Replies: 62
Views: 7940

Re: winter camping on tour

Well, to answer your questions: The triangular flap at the top means you can leave the zips partially open at the top and the triangular flap will provide cover to stop rain coming in - a bit of a ventilation option. Each side has its own zip that meet and end at the top - you cannot zip all the way...
by Mattie
14 Apr 2013, 4:05pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: winter camping on tour
Replies: 62
Views: 7940

Re: winter camping on tour

Curiously the Vango Mirage seems to be similar but with the major problems addressed. Its also cheaper. No direct experience yet I used one of these last year for a couple of trips away in the summer. Ventilation was OK, and freestanding. Also you can just tip it up and wipe any condensation out be...
by Mattie
3 Mar 2013, 7:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Show your touring bikes !!!!
Replies: 180
Views: 35216

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

Koga Miyata World Traveller - the climb out of Trieste

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by Mattie
15 Feb 2013, 10:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Amsterdam to Paris - advice please
Replies: 10
Views: 2244

Re: Amsterdam to Paris - advice please

I have done this, but the other way round, actually started in St Malo. Cycled through Paris from Versailles, followed the river and exited at the Bois de Vincennes. Then from Paris - Chalons en Champagne - Charleville Mezieres - followed the River Meuse round to Dinant - Namur - Liege - Maastrict -...
by Mattie
1 Feb 2013, 7:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Need a St Malo (ish) hotel...
Replies: 5
Views: 477

Re: Need a St Malo (ish) hotel...

Hotel de L'Europe in St Malo, between the train station and the walled city. Cheap and nothing remarkable but according my log the room smelled of cheap air freshener, and had to pay EUR 5 to garage the bike. This might be one that you may not want to stay at. :) If you are feeling flush then there ...
by Mattie
9 Jan 2013, 8:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping , Brittany in March
Replies: 9
Views: 564

Re: Camping , Brittany in March

I have stayed at a municipal campsite near there, in PAIMPONT, in early April. They maybe open in March, not sure. But it is on your route and it was open in April 'cause I stayed there myself at that time (€5 per night bike and tent) Rode from there to St Malo in a day (65.03 miles in 5 hrs accordi...
by Mattie
19 Dec 2012, 10:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What changed while I was away..
Replies: 13
Views: 1079

Re: What changed while I was away..

Coming back from a trip away can sometimes give a false impression of reality. As the returning adventurer you return with, a bit, the sense that you are the one who has been "Doing Something" and those you return to have done nothing. They have stayed behind and nothing has changed. What ...
by Mattie
2 Dec 2012, 6:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: accommodation in france
Replies: 17
Views: 2084

Re: accommodation in france

I have found cheap hotels in the small towns, but even so they are still around €18-25 at the cheapest. The only real way to keep the costs right down is to camp. In my humble opinion (IMHO) Camping is actually preferable - it is a bit more sociable - you can cook for yourself - wash your clothes - ...
by Mattie
21 Oct 2012, 8:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland Winter Bike Ride
Replies: 35
Views: 7975

Re: Scotland Winter Bike Ride

Not sure about Scotland but there is a good weather forecast (up to ten days) found here: http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Laggan+UKXX6613:1:UK Maybe have a few possibles lined up and keep an eye on the forecast, and decide as you get closer to the time. Would be interested to know what sleepin...
by Mattie
20 Oct 2012, 1:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Croatia
Replies: 8
Views: 4534

Re: Touring in Croatia

I cycled this coast road in August/September 2011 and just had a quick read of the log of the trip. I have recorded the stretch of coast from RIJEKA down to STARIGRAD as being the quietest and desolate stretch of the coast, with the stretch from KARLOBAG being particularly quiet, even took double wa...
by Mattie
9 Oct 2012, 11:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Negev Israel
Replies: 5
Views: 9520

Re: Touring Negev Israel

I have done this in late summer 2010, and I could see the damage done by flood water, in some parts, although it was baking hot when I was there. The tour was from Ben Gurion, to Asqelon, then a campsite near Ha Basor. Then the back road through the tank testing ground, very interested to see a Mirk...
by Mattie
30 Aug 2012, 7:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Jabs - inoculations.....
Replies: 5
Views: 6535

Re: Jabs - inoculations.....

Heck :shock: - that is some bite ! it looks more like you have been bitten by a shark than a dog !

I hope you are getting better and able to cycle again. Really that is a big deal !

Good luck.
by Mattie
7 Jul 2012, 2:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Possibly stupid question on breaking a chain
Replies: 11
Views: 847

Re: Possibly stupid question on breaking a chain

By the way, in some situations it is better not to push the pin out completely as it will be impossible (in my experience !) to put back in.

Have fun :D
by Mattie
5 Jun 2012, 7:37am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping in Switzerland
Replies: 2
Views: 485

Re: Camping in Switzerland

I passed some of that way last summer, in August. Joined the route at Schaffhausen The first campsite was at a little place called WAGENHAUSEN next to the river Rhein. It was the first bit of socializing with other cycle tourers, as the small campsite had a patch for cycle campers, and a common room...
by Mattie
30 May 2012, 8:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: how did you get into touring?
Replies: 27
Views: 10268

Re: how did you get into touring?

Riding a motorcycle at a speed dangerous to the public - license suspended for one year. That was in 2008. Had planed to do a tour on my motorcycle. I had booked the time off work and so decided to do a tour on a bicycle instead. That was the Spain in August tour ! I should have been doing it on a ...