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Messages - Mark Manley

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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.

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/overland-bicycle-travel/new-event-uk-adventure-cyclists-65759#post394783

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/events/hubbuk/

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

http://www.bikingacrosscanada.ca/routes/trans_canada_trail.php

http://tctrail.ca/

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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Routes / Trans Canada trail or Trans Canada highway?
« on: July 14, 2012, 10:48:57 am »
I have just been looking at the bikingacrosscanada website and am considering the possibility of doing some or all of it next year. The routes listed include the trans Canada trail and trans Canada highway, does anybody have experience of either or both? The names suggest one is road and the other trail but I cannot find out much about how open the trail is to cyclists as opposed to walkers or degree of difficulty on two wheels.
I would be taking a hybred bike which has taken me on some fairly rough tracks fully loaded with camping gear, but would not want to end up having to carry the bike up or down some sections if they were only really suitable for hiking.
Your personal experiences and information gratefully received.

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Gear Talk / Re: Buying a Bicycle from Europe
« on: July 14, 2012, 08:30:25 am »
In fact, my wife and I are planning an entire 3 month UK and Europe trip next year around picking up our Nomads in Somerset! I can't wait to get on to a Rohloff rig!

Totally off topic I know but if you are this close to Bristol, about 20 minutes on the train or a few hours to ride, you can take the cycle path to Bath and Bradford-upon-Avon, a fantastic ride. If you are feeling adventurous you can actually carry on along the Kennet and Avon canal most of the way to London but the towpath gets a bit rough in places.

Back to topic, another thumbs up for SJS cycles, they do some excellent bikes with specifications to suit everyone.

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General Discussion / Re: 6 montha into Shane Cycles Africa
« on: June 11, 2012, 05:58:09 pm »
Great video Shane, I did a trans-Africa trip a few years ago on a motorcycle up the east route and visited some of the same places. I admired the cyclist I met and it inspired me to do some long distance trips on one, I hope this does the same for others.
Mark

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Gear Talk / Re: Do I need a water filter
« on: June 11, 2012, 05:44:59 pm »
I have an aquamira water bottle with a removable filter in the top, it is the same size as a bicycle water bottle and I use it like a normal bottle putting the filter in when needed, the filter takes up little room when not in use. It is the one pictured on their homepage.

http://www.aquamira.com/

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General Discussion / Re: Share how you got $ & time off to tour
« on: June 11, 2012, 05:38:29 pm »
I have packed in my job to go off travelling on several occasions, I am currently on a 3 month motorcycle tour of Canada and the US after a 3 month cycle tour of India. I work in engineering where there is a skills shortage in the UK so have no problem find employment on my return, I also make myself as useful as possible when working so am usually welcome back at previous employers.
I have met many people who have chucked it all in and gone off travelling and none of them has regretted it, it can be an eye opening and life changing experience especially if you travel in developing countries.
Apart from the good advice already given about saving money I have sold everything I don't need on ebay, look around your home at everything you own and think will I ever need that again, it is amazing how much a lot of us have that we don't need and how much of our lives is spent earning money to pay for it.
 

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A tip for flying your bike is use a cardboard box from a bike shop and fly your bike in that, dispose of it and get another for the return. I saw a couple at Heathrow the other day struggling to get purpose made plastic boxes into the oversize luggage belt, it was too big whereas my box from the local bike shop fitted easily.

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General Discussion / Re: Cash for cycling trips
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:17:53 am »
I presume that you are American so cannot advise on the best credit/debit card for foreign ATM use but here in the UK there are a couple that do not pass on the fee for foreign ATM use and there might be some in the US that do the same, others may be able to help here.
At least try and find out the lowest fees charged and go with that card. I have cycled/motorcycled in many parts of the world and have found using ATMs to be the best way of getting money, take out as much as possible each time and keep a couple of hundred dollars emergency cash which can usually be changed anywhere.

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General Discussion / Re: overseas travel
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:18:55 am »
I hav flown my bike to a couple of tours in Asia in the last three years and have used airlines with a larger luggage allowance, Emirates and Gulf, packed my bike in a cardboard box from a bike shop and had no problem, there won't always be this option but it is worth bearing in mind. I once flew it back wrapped in clingfilm at the airport which kept the weight to under 20 kg but it got a couple of scratches on the paint, it depends on how fussy you want to be about it, on a RTW tour your bike will pick up a few anyway.

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