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by Mattie
6 Feb 2012, 8:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Australia European leg advice please
Replies: 12
Views: 698

Re: UK to Australia European leg advice please

I passed that way last summer, down the Croatian coast to Dubrovnik, then ferried it to Bari-Patras and then on to Athens. Quite a climb out of Trieste and then dow to the coast at Rijeka. The only hassle was just a bit the monotony of it. Joining the coast road at Rijeka you know you will be on tha...
by Mattie
3 Feb 2012, 11:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hiking boots for cycling in.
Replies: 23
Views: 5939

Re: Hiking boots for cycling in.

I was looking for a pair of summer boots that I could also cycle in. I was quite taken with a pair by Merrell http://www.amazon.co.uk/Merrell-Mens-Moab-Hiking-Boot/dp/B000YPSKPS but the sizing on them is nonsensical. I realise that there are a number of compromises to be made in terms of footprint,...
by Mattie
2 Feb 2012, 7:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Swiss Cycle routes and the Rhine
Replies: 6
Views: 712

Re: Swiss Cycle routes and the Rhine

I cycled through Switzerland last year, using mostly Route 2 along the Rhine from Schaffhausen to Chur and then over the Julierpass. I found the route to be really well signposted and, after a while, hardly bothered with normal road signs at all. Picked up this widely available map at a campsite alo...
by Mattie
31 Jan 2012, 6:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: RIP my Schwalbe XR - 22,000km old
Replies: 6
Views: 944

Re: RIP my Schwalbe XR - 22,000km old

You might run out of planet before you run out of tyres !

I think that gives you top trumps on any forum discussions about tyres !! :mrgreen:

Very well done.
by Mattie
30 Jan 2012, 10:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: GPS?
Replies: 29
Views: 1669

Re: GPS?

I am still curious about the whole COST of the iPhone / Android mapping solution. Can anyone tell me from experience, not theoretical, but from actual experience how much it cost to use a smartphone as a mapping device on a two week tour in France or other mainland Europe cycling tour. How much to u...
by Mattie
26 Jan 2012, 8:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Roads in Greece
Replies: 13
Views: 594

Re: Roads in Greece

Just thought of something else that may be useful to you: My bike was boxed up by TSIRIKOS BIKES in Athens, they charged me Euro 10 including the box ! which was a an old Kona cardboard box. They did a great job of it and saved me having to do it in the street or hotel room ! and for only Euro 10. T...
by Mattie
24 Jan 2012, 7:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: food and nutrition on long tours
Replies: 11
Views: 794

Re: food and nutrition on long tours

I have found that the easiest calorie monsters are things like Digestive Biscuits and Shortbread Biscuits - they are something like 70-100 calories each ! On the plus side they are easy to carry, do not spoil, taste great, and are easy to chew - even easier with the help of some water or milk. I hav...
by Mattie
24 Jan 2012, 8:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Roads in Greece
Replies: 13
Views: 594

Re: Roads in Greece

I have only cycled across the northern Peloponnese, from Patras to Athens, and then some cycling around in Athens. Some of the road surfaces along that route were very poor - poor repairs on top of poor repairs and then neglected altogether it seemed. But on the whole it was ok, just some terrible s...
by Mattie
20 Jan 2012, 8:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Malo to GIB, how hilly in Spain?
Replies: 20
Views: 1353

Re: St Malo to GIB, how hilly in Spain?

This is a lovely website of a French recumbent cyclist's trip from Toulouse to Gib, also in May, called Mira la Bici. There is a great write up and lovely photos: http://www.miralabici.net/fr/accueil_en.php?t_dernier_acces=1327046765 I hang my head in shame as I tried the St Malo - Gib route myself,...
by Mattie
14 Jan 2012, 8:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring - energy source
Replies: 8
Views: 533

Re: Touring - energy source

And a packet of soft REGALAD' sweets always handy. If you are wearing a cycling jersey then you can put a handful in the back pocket. You can pull one out and easily unwrap it with your teeth. Lovely. :D
by Mattie
11 Jan 2012, 7:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Navigation Aids for an expedition
Replies: 10
Views: 796

Re: Navigation Aids for an expedition

Thanks folks - I won't be using the Legend (screen far too small) but looking to purchase something infinitely better so thanks for the good ideas to investigate. The trip is around 5,500 miles and I'm doing it on a quad not a bike - so a tad easier! Thanks again. With a (motorised) quad you will h...
by Mattie
8 Jan 2012, 9:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: france top to bottom
Replies: 11
Views: 1036

Re: france top to bottom

I didn't plan ahead. When I go again I'll have a route figured out and a list of campsites every 20k, so I can cycle til dark and not bother with spending the last 2 hours of light playing campsite poker. You can get big books of campsites but they're v heavy, and not on kindle as far as I can see....
by Mattie
3 Jan 2012, 11:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone using a GoPro
Replies: 10
Views: 995

Re: Anyone using a GoPro

......Also, how does the video image quality stack up when viewed on an LCD telivision and against something like a Canon 7D, 5D Mk II, Panasonic GH2, etc, etc Any input on the above from other GoPro users would be much appreciated and a big help, thank you. I bought the cheaper Delkin Wingman HD w...
by Mattie
3 Jan 2012, 1:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GPS Units in Europe
Replies: 20
Views: 1611

Re: GPS Units in Europe

As a point of interest, would you use a GPS to navigate out of town on a precise course, i.e. turn left, turn right etc, or would you just set a point on the outskirts and aim for that and accept any mistakes on the way? Personally, I wouldn't want that level of detail around town, or is that becau...
by Mattie
28 Dec 2011, 1:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikepacking UK tour for summer 2012 - ideas needed
Replies: 14
Views: 1383

Re: Bikepacking UK tour for summer 2012 - ideas needed

takeonafrica wrote:
Which is crazy because I'm in Mexico right now and have sun and the sea of cortez here!


Wow, is that where the Humboldt squid comes from ? saw a NatGeo docu about it; sure it was Sea of Cortez.

Watch your pinkies in the water if it is ! :mrgreen:

Good luck on your trip.