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Messages - Mark Manley

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There is a very good resource here for route planning in Europe

Here is one for the UK

And here is one with some useful information on global travel, I realise it is primarily for motorcyclists but there is a cycling section and great advice on visas, routes and places to stay if you are taking the road less travelled

Have a great trip, it is a fabulous world out there full of great places and people.

I agree with those who say that a long tour can actually make you feel unhealthy, after 4 months in SE Asia I felt quite under the weather due to poor diet in rural parts of Vietnam and Laos but I recovered after about a fortnight back at home and a good diet.
But if you are thinking of doing a trip that you have dreamed about I would not let this stop you, when you are in the retirement home dribbling into your cup of tea it will be too late and you will regret not doing it.

General Discussion / Re: Touring sideways in time.
« on: June 22, 2013, 03:30:57 am »
Some interesting photos, thanks for sharing. Rather than travelling sideways in time I can recommend that your next 90,000 miles be around the world, it is a fantastic place full of wonderful places and people many of whom show tremendous hospitality to foreign travellers, particularly those on bicycles.

Gear Talk / Re: newbie saddle question
« on: June 21, 2013, 11:12:18 am »
Having toured in many countries I have found the best saddle for me and the most popular with the long distance travellers I have met is a Brooks, I prefer the Flyer which is sprung. They do take some time to break in and have found that of the two I own one has taken a lot longer than the other but both are now comfortable. 
I have tried padded shorts but found any extra comfort gained was offset by the effects of increased sweating and the problems that causes on a longer trip, I prefer looser fitting shorts or trousers.

General Discussion / Bristol bespoke bicycle show review
« on: April 16, 2013, 02:08:12 am »
Yesterday I visited the third Bristol bespoke bicycle show and was treated to some of the finest examples of the cycle builders craft I have seen.
There were cycles to suit all tastes, if not all pockets with frames made of not just steel, aluminium and carbon fibre but titanium, stainless steel and wood.
Along with frame makers there were a number of parts manufactures such as Brooks, Middleburn and Royce.
I did take some photos, until my camera battery ran out and you can see them here.

Here are a few to whet your appetite, enjoy.

General Discussion / Around the world cyclists killed in Thailand
« on: February 22, 2013, 02:13:43 am »
I have seen this tragic incident reported on a couple of forums but not here yet. Having cycled in Thailand and other Asian countries I can say that the standard of driving and respect for cyclist is not what it is in Europe and North America, no matter how bad we think that is here. A dreadful end to a dream trip.

Cycling Events / The UK handmade bicycle show 2013
« on: January 06, 2013, 03:26:04 pm »
I have just noticed that there is a bespoke bicycle show in Bristol in the southwest of England next April.
Full details here with a list of exhibitors, I knew that a lot of high end bicycle parts were made in the UK with several bespoke frame makers but never realised there were so many, I can feel my wallet trembling already.

Gear Talk / Re: Durability of Dry Bags?
« on: December 27, 2012, 02:53:10 am »
I have toured some fairly rough roads with an Ortleib dry bag strapped to my rack with no problem, just make sure it is held down tightly. If they are not too long I prefer to strap my tent poles under the top tube with velcro straps.

Cycling Events / Cycling related adventure travel event in the UK
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:32:56 am »
The previously motorcycle orientated horizonsunlimited travellers meeting in the UK has been moved and broadened to include cyclist and drivers of 4WDs. It is at a new venue, Donnington park farm which is next to Donnington park racetrack in the midlands.
I have been to a few of these events and have found the presentations by other travellers interesting, informative and inspirational. Apart from talks about individual trips there have also been talks on trip preparation and other travel related subjects.
There was one talk by an overland cyclist last year which was well received but next years should include more talks specifically aimed at adventure cyclists so if you are in the area or want something to aim for if touring in the UK this could be for you.

Gear Talk / Re: Panniers and Racks
« on: August 05, 2012, 01:13:40 pm »
I have Altura Orkney panniers which are universal, left or right, front or rear, they are cheaper than the nearest Ortleib equivalent and I think just as good quality, the are also made in Germany.
For racks I would recommend Tubus, again German quality.

General Discussion / Re: Transporting a bicycle
« on: August 05, 2012, 01:03:43 pm »
Beware of some bought bike cases as they are too big for oversized luggage on some airlines, as has been suggested a cardboard box from a shop is the best bet, if the shop you bought the bike from is local it could be a good place to start.

Gear Talk / Re: Best touring tires
« on: July 17, 2012, 06:30:36 am »
For long life and durability I would recommend something from the Schwalbe marathon range, not sure exactly what they do in your size. I would also recommend slime filled tubes which I have found work very well and swopping front and rear tyres every 1,000 miles or so to even out wear.

General Discussion / Re: Essential Kit for Trans AM
« on: July 17, 2012, 06:21:47 am »
Whilst the replies given include the absolute minimum you will require you really need to give us a little more information about how you intend to travel, camping or motels, cooking yourself or using restaurants whenever possible.

Routes / Re: Trans Canada trail or Trans Canada highway?
« on: July 16, 2012, 06:01:56 pm »
Thanks for that Geegee, this is just what I was after, I hope next year to do at least some of this.

The next question has to be what are the best months? I would estimate the whole trip would take about three but which ones?

Routes / Re: Trans Canada trail or Trans Canada highway?
« on: July 15, 2012, 07:02:40 pm »
Have you seen these?:

Yes I have been looking here but was wondering if anybody on this forum had some first hand experience of either or both.

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