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Gear Talk / Re: folding bike for touring
« on: November 05, 2011, 07:28:59 am »
I don't know if they're available in the USA but have a look at Moulton bikes.   I haven't ridden one but owners I've spoken to regard them very highly.

http://www.moultonbicycles.co.uk/

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Routes / Re: Southern Tier favorite section? Advice needed!
« on: November 04, 2011, 05:56:45 am »
I enjoyed the section from San Diego to Tempe.   Gets a bit steep in paces but nothing you won't be able to cope with.   There's also a pleasant variation in the terrain from the hills around Alpine to the verdant agricultural sections and then the heat of the desert.   


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General Discussion / Re: Camp Coffee That Doesn't Suck
« on: October 28, 2011, 04:25:57 am »
No kit required.   Boil some water in your pan, chuck in a handful of coffee and bring back to the boil.   Lift off the flame for a few seconds then repeat twice.   Pour into mug, drink and remember to leave the last half inch or so of liquid in the mug unless you like chewing grains :)   You can also add sugar if required at the first stage.   

This is actually the traditional method of making Turkish coffee although they use a very small copper utensil.


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International / Re: Italy
« on: July 22, 2011, 04:14:58 am »
I don't know a particular source but I recommend the Michelin regional series.   They're quite usable for bike touring and highlight scenic routes.   They also identify Michelin rated campsites.   

Regional tourist offices might have cycle route maps.   

http://www.fietsrouteplanner.eu/content/view/104/109/ might be helpful

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General Discussion / Re: Your top 5 things to take on tour
« on: July 20, 2011, 08:48:46 am »
Another vote for Kindle.   Just come back from a 3 week jolly in France and was really pleased with it.

As regards charging for Garmin, phones etc., I use the shaver sockets in campsite washrooms.

Cooker.   I use a Primus, the pot that came with it has a fast boil heat distributor on it.   Brilliant, boils enough water for a brew faster than you can put the tea/coffee/sugar in the mug!

Yorkshire Tea.   The best, imho!

Soreen Malt Loaf.   (Try it with a sharp cheddar or Wensleydale.   Yum!)

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I thoroughly enjoy cycling in The Netherlands.   Camp sites are fairly common along the coast but a bit rarer away from the holiday resorts.

I'd recommend Michelin maps, they're comprehensive and also show "picturesque" routes.   I'd back Hem up on his comments about route markers, I followed the Nordsee Kuste route a couple of years ago and kept losing it so the map is an essential.

If you're planning on buying a bike over there, you'll have plenty of choice.   The standard "Dutch Bike" will do very well as the equipment includes a rear rack, mudguards (sorry, fenders) and a horse shoe lock.   Cycle paths are everywhere.

http://www.fietsrouteplanner.eu/content/view/104/109/

http://www.landelijkefietsroutes.nl/routes/


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General Discussion / Re: I was asked a question today...
« on: March 10, 2011, 04:54:29 am »
I think it was Josie Dew, in one of her books, who discussed the many and varied uses of a cycling cape!

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General Discussion / Place names
« on: February 28, 2011, 06:17:20 am »
One of the small pleasures of touring for me is coming across interesting place names.   Here are some of my favourites.   What are yours?

Mavis Enderby.   No, not a woman, a small village in Lincolnshire

Skirl Naked.   In the Cheviots where a group of rievers stopped to dry their plaids after crossing a river on a cattle raid into England and had their piper play reels so they danced to keep warm while their clothes dried.

Bloody Bush Edge.   Where the locals caught up with another rieving clan.

Beer.   A village in Devon

Christmas Pie.   A village in Surrey

Ysbyty Ystwyth.   A village that vowels forgot.  In Wales

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.   Longest place name I've ever visited.

Toller Porcorum.    A village in Dorset, Latin for Valley of the Pigs.   I suspect medieval realtors :)

What Cheer.   Iowa.   Must have been founded by a Geordie :)

Buggers Hollow.   Arkansas, istr.   Didn't stop.

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General Discussion / Re: Luxuries
« on: February 26, 2011, 05:54:13 am »
Coffee!   I normally just have a jar of instant but what are the (lightweight) alternatives?   I suppose a simple metal coffee pot on the stove would work although I recall reading an article some years ago which said that coffee made in this way was the worst for you as it brought out all the chemical compounds more strongly.   Any ideas?

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Routes / Re: Bike Routes in Tuscany
« on: February 21, 2011, 02:13:58 pm »
The road from Volterra to Massa Maritima is lovely, pretty hilly of course.  I'd also recommend a trip to Castellina in Chianti and Radda in Chianti.

The whole area is lovely so wherever you go, you'll enjoy it.   The Michelin maps are the best, look for the green highlighted routes and pack a low gear :)

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General Discussion / Re: Luxuries
« on: February 17, 2011, 06:57:30 am »
Lagavuilen!  Simply the best :)

Although in a pinch a bottle of The Famous Grouse or Jameson's will warm the cockles.

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Totally agree with Westinghouse.   One additional comment I'd make is to keep a separate small notebook and make notes of each photo as you shoot it.   Otherwise, if you have lots of photos, it can be difficult to remember the circumstances and even the location of each one.

It's also a good idea to keep a scrapbook for things like park entrance tickets, restaurant bills etc.   Brings the whole thing wonderfully alive later on.

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General Discussion / Re: Recommend a bicycle for travelling round the world
« on: February 15, 2011, 04:30:58 am »
Lots of choice.   As you're in the UK, first stop I'd suggest would be SJS cycles

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/

Also have a look at Koga Miyata and Dawes. 


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General Discussion / Re: Motorbike riders out there?
« on: February 12, 2011, 07:46:02 am »
Honda Transalp, Kawasaki ZR7S, ZX6R and Royal Enfield Bullet 650

2 x 35,000 mile trips around the USA (all 48 contiguous states).   Longest day ride:  from the Pyrenees through France to the North of England, 1115 miles on a ZX6R.   Who needs a Gold Wing :)

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Gear Talk / Re: moving bar end shifters?
« on: February 11, 2011, 07:15:09 am »
Just a thought, if you're thinking of trekking bars, why not fit shifter pods.  Much more convenient to use than down tube shifters.   I fitted trekking bars to my Surly LHT with Shimano shifter pods and SRAM brake levers.   Works very well.

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