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Messages - Mark Manley

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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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General Discussion / Re: Bike Box
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:06:37 am »
As John says, go to your local bike shop and get a cardboard box that they come from the factory in, dump it in Holand and get another in Italy. If you do go for a hardcase make sure it is not too big for oversized luggage, I was at Heathrow airport a few months ago flying out for a tour of India and a couple with hardcases could not take them as they were bigger than the oversize allowance, my box had no problem.

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Gear Talk / Re: B17 issue. Am I the only one?
« on: December 12, 2011, 02:54:54 pm »
It could be that the nut on RussSeaton's saddle needs a 1/4 Whitworth spanner to fit it, an old English size that is .525 a/f, if you have too much time on your hands and want the full historical explanation it is here. If it were not pouring down with rain and blowing a gale outside I would go to the shed and find out what size mine is.

http://www.sat.dundee.ac.uk/~psc/spanner_jaw.html

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General Discussion / Re: 100 dollar bills too large?
« on: December 09, 2011, 03:03:56 pm »
As a point of interest $100 bills are almost totally useless in some places outside of the US, due to a fear of counterfeits I have found them generally not accepted particularly in Africa and Asia. Having said that Dollars in smaller denomination notes are welcome everywhere.

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Your BSA looks like the bike me and many of my friends had in the early to mid 1970's, I think they were the same bike produced by Raleigh in Nottingham but badged up as BSA, Triumph and possibly Sun, fitted with single speed or Sturmey Archer three speed. Mine was a Raleigh three speed in black with old fashioned pull back bars which I changed quickly. It was made for the US market with the guarantee label addressed to its US headquarters but it has somehow found its way into the UK market.
 

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How about a Raleigh Chopper? Although more suited to a journey back to your childhood than anywhere else, you will need deep pockets given what they fetch now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Raleigh_Chopper-001.jpg

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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: November 24, 2011, 01:57:32 am »
My tuppence worth on lightweight camping, I have a Terranova one man tent which weighs less than 1 kg, a ultralight Thermarest and a light sleeping bag should add about another kg and all take up 1 pannier with poles strapped under the top frame tube. It is reassuring to know you have something if other plans don't work out and need to camp.

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General Discussion / Re: Insurance for U.S. trip
« on: November 24, 2011, 01:49:26 am »
I have used Ensleigh for both cycling and motorcycle trips and have read on other forums that the post office travel insurance is pretty good for longer trips, most travel insurance policies cover cycling as long as you are not racing. Fortunately no experience of having to claim so cannot advise here.

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