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by Mattie
22 May 2012, 7:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 50
Views: 6342

Re: Breakfast

Meic - I know what you mean about carrying milk. I found though that I can quite easily use a liter of milk. If you buy some from a shop at the end of the day, drink most of it and have some left for tea in the morning. As for breakfast - in France - anything that comes to hand - stale French bread ...
by Mattie
10 May 2012, 1:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sports drinks
Replies: 20
Views: 3373

Re: Sports drinks

Well I am sure you will see how you get on when you get there. On a previous trip to Spain, in August, I found that my water requirement went up massively when cycling uphill and in the hot sun. I found that a pinch of salt would help stop the raging thirst that seemed unquenchable, and cure the hea...
by Mattie
9 May 2012, 11:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sports drinks
Replies: 20
Views: 3373

Re: Sports drinks

For myself sports drinks are the key to success in hot weather cycling, to keep cycling all day. I found that I do not really want to eat when it gets really hot so sports drinks keep the energy levels up, and provide liquids and salts. I have found that buying Powerade from petrol stations is an ex...
by Mattie
19 Apr 2012, 8:06am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How do you do it?
Replies: 10
Views: 6652

Re: How do you do it?

A small tent does not bother me, but do not like the idea of camping rough, in Western Europe anyway. I do not like being unclean - turning up at a hotel or being served in a shop - whilst being all unclean and not washed for many days would make me feel like a tramp. Campsite, and a shower, and eve...
by Mattie
12 Apr 2012, 8:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Help needed planning tour through France
Replies: 6
Views: 5775

Re: Help needed planning tour through France

My vote would be for a route through the centre as you could visit the epic Puy De Dome. You could also include Clermont Ferrand, Vichy, Orleans and Fontainebleau on the way to Paris. If you go by the coast all the way, well it is just more of the same thing - the coast ! I have found that the enjoy...
by Mattie
5 Apr 2012, 8:30am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Price of tent on campsites in France.
Replies: 9
Views: 5264

Re: Price of tent on campsites in France.

There are still cheap campsites around in France. I kept a log of my trip last summer (2011) and here are a few examples: Domfront municipal campsite: EUR 5.50 per night GPS: N 48 35.310, W 000 39.63 (degrees decimal minutes) Courville-sur-Eure municipal campsite: EUR 2.10 pe r night GPS: N 48 26.76...
by Mattie
22 Mar 2012, 7:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rear view mirrors?
Replies: 96
Views: 20312

Re: Rear view mirrors?

I got it !! :D Anyway more alarming is without a mirror - you look behind you sometime back and see nothing and then all of a sudden there is someone in Lycra - barely 2 feet away from you !! AAHHHH !! where did he come from ? :D I find that a bit wierd. Going slowly you expect cars to be passing yo...
by Mattie
20 Mar 2012, 7:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rear view mirrors?
Replies: 96
Views: 20312

Re: Rear view mirrors?

Spending all day, sometimes for days at a time, watching traffic in a rearview mirror as it approaches you and overtakes, you get a very good idea of what is normal and what is going to be dangerous to you. You can see traffic as it approaches, and watch it move out as it goes to pass you - you get ...
by Mattie
16 Mar 2012, 6:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rear view mirrors?
Replies: 96
Views: 20312

Re: Rear view mirrors?

...... I find that I have to lean my bike on something that is on its right side quite often, thus mirrors always get knocked out of position when doing this. And that one that mounts to the head tube is no good to me as it can't see past my luggage. I first fitted a mirror for touring abroad, so t...
by Mattie
5 Mar 2012, 8:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The frustration of a (long distance) bike buyer...
Replies: 77
Views: 14198

Re: The frustration of a (long distance) bike buyer...

How about considering a Koga Signature or Randonneur http://www.koga-signature.com/koga-signature.aspx I got a Signature in 2008 that had XT and with full set of Vaude panniers for just over £1600 You 'build' your bike on-line and it tells you the price as you go along and before you order Its hand...
by Mattie
28 Feb 2012, 8:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Air France and CTC bike bag
Replies: 4
Views: 783

Re: Air France and CTC bike bag

Nobody been on Air France? I have, in August 2009. I packed the bike up in bubble plastic from a DIY store and cardboard from a building site ( rather posh Italian tiles !) Anyway flew Madrid to Paris CDG airport. At check in in Madrid the Air France girl asked a blokey if the bike was okay. He had...
by Mattie
28 Feb 2012, 7:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Starting to tour
Replies: 32
Views: 1885

Re: Starting to tour

I think the most valuable lesson that comes with a bit of experience is to know that there are emotional Highs and Lows to cycle touring, I did not realise that at first ! So when things are bad, you are somewhere you do not like, or there are hills and headwinds or rain, is to know that the dark mo...
by Mattie
9 Feb 2012, 7:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rear brake on the left or right handlebar?
Replies: 65
Views: 4816

Re: Rear brake on the left or right handlebar?

....... There's no point in having any controls on the left after a Tiger ate my left arm ......... :P Seen you on the tele !! :D Doctor in the operating theatre asks asks if the arm will be along shortly - no, 'cause its inside a tiger !! Shouldn't laugh, but some of it was funny !, I admire your ...
by Mattie
9 Feb 2012, 1:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Australia European leg advice please
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Re: UK to Australia European leg advice please

thanks Mattie, what time of year was that? we will there early April probably and will be looking mainly to wild camp if possible, are the beaches reasonably accessible? i gather that the roads are busy in the summer but at that time of year should be relatively ok. Can you recommend any worthwhile...