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General Discussion / Re: Are insects a problem in Alberta?
« on: December 17, 2010, 04:13:20 am »
And ticks!   Quite common on the prairies!

Gear Talk / Re: Uncomfortable seats
« on: December 13, 2010, 07:09:22 am »
What about a recumbent?

International / Re: Request Info on Touring in Japan
« on: December 09, 2010, 05:03:33 am »
Josie Dew has written a couple of books about touring in Japan, Land of the Neon Sun is one , can't remember the name of the second.   Great books and well worth reading.

Routes / Re: Nevada and Utah 2011 ? Advice & tips please
« on: November 25, 2010, 04:27:25 am »
I'd recommend a Golden Eagle Pass.   Costs $80 but gets you into most National Parks without paying the local charge.   There are a few exceptions, Carlsbad Caverns comes to mind, but good for all the main parks in Utah and California.

Routes / Re: Routes through france to denmark
« on: November 17, 2010, 04:38:26 am »
Wow!   I've just tried out that fietsrouteplanner link.   It's absolutely brilliant.   Many thanks!

Routes / Re: Routes through france to denmark
« on: November 17, 2010, 04:28:22 am »
Oh yeah!   18 euros for a camp site made me grit my teeth.

Did you ride the section over the massive sea dyke with all the flow gates?   Did that with a following wind :)   They used quite a lot of that for the Giro this year.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks B17 - Standard or Aged?
« on: November 16, 2010, 07:18:31 am »
Hmm!   Must have changed the style, the preaged I bought several years ago was not textured.   It broke in more quickly than a standard and after that has exactly the same wear pattern so you don't need to worry about longevity.   

The pre aged took about 500 miles to break in, I find a standard takes about twice that.

First a comment on the Garmin, I use a 605 and the accommodation finder section of the system is very useful.

If camping, on of the things top of my list is the Thermrest chair thingy.   Don't know the proper name but it's used to make your thermarest a chair and very comfy it is too :)

Books.   Gotta have something to relax with in the evening after a day in the saddle.   I buy mine in thrift stores or from public libraries.

A bottle of malt whisky for a sundowner :)

Routes / Re: Routes through france to denmark
« on: November 16, 2010, 07:02:25 am »
There is a European Cycle Route, the North Sea Coastal Route which is very enjoyable.

This will take you on mainly cycle tracks and quiet roads.   It will also take you right by Den Haag, the capitol of the Netherlands (not Amsterdam).   Signposting is generally good but can get a bit iffy in places so I'd recommend a good map.

You didn't mention accommodation but camp sites can be few and far between in some parts so I'd recce that carefully before you start.

International / Re: Calais to Paris
« on: October 31, 2010, 03:08:12 am »
From Calais to Brugges you can, if I remember correctly, use the North Sea Coastal Cycle Route.   It's a bit obscure in places but is generally a good ride on paths and cycle routes.   You follow th coast to Dunkirk then turn inland and follow a canal pretty much all the way.   Don't know what your plan is for accommodation but there is only one camp site in Brugges and it's quite a nice one.   

Can't help with the route to Paris after that as I was headed on down the coast.   

Have fun!

Gear Talk / Re: Salsa Fargo Front Rack
« on: October 20, 2010, 05:53:58 am »
Please be aware that the Fargo has, in some cases, major handling problems if fitted with front racks.

Gear Talk / Re: Down to three bikes....
« on: October 20, 2010, 05:51:20 am »
A few comments, I have a Surly LHT which is an excellent bike.   I'm not a big fan of drop bars so have fitted mine with trekking bars and speed shifters.   For me that's a lot more comfortable with a good range of hand positions.

As I think I may have mentioned in another thread, I weighed my front and rear panniers and racks and they came to 6kg (not including bar bag).   The weight I've seen quoted for a bob yak is 8 kg so in touring terms, although there is a difference, it's not hugely significant.

In both cases it's largely down to personal preference but the arguments for a trailer are pretty compelling.   

Gear Talk / Re: Shaking on the downhills
« on: October 20, 2010, 05:40:20 am »
As mentioned above by whittierider, this is a problem difficult to identify.   The first thing I'd try would be to take the front panniers off and see what happens.  If you still get the shimmy, try again with more weight in the front panniers. 

Routes / Re: Renting a van to transport bicycles
« on: September 10, 2010, 03:28:28 am »
In my experience most towns will have several rental options.   U_Haul is probably the most common for van hire but do you actually need a van, you may find an SUV will suffice and it will be a lot more comfortable.   I was able to get my Surly and all baggage into the back of a Hyundai SUV without any difficulty and without needing to remove wheels etc.   Plenty of room for a couple of bikes.   I've had good experiences with U-Haul, Enterprise and Alamo over the years.

Costs are calculated differently.   In addition to a daily charge, U-Haul also charge mileage.   Enterprise had a higher daily rate but didn't charge mileage.   Where you may encounter a larger cost is if you rent the vehicle from one location and return it to another, you will then be charged a fee based on distance.   You may also find that, in some cases, rental companies will charge extra if it's returned in a different state.

You should be able to get lots of information from the various company's websites.

Routes / Re: US Civil War Tour
« on: August 29, 2010, 03:28:34 am »
I can also recommend asking for tourist information leaflets when you contact the States.   Virginia has a series of excellent leaflets for the main battlefield sites in the state.

I'd also recommend (if you haven't already got them) the excellent Civil War History trilogy by Sheldon Foote.

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